Intruders: Hide and Seek
Your name is Ben and your family is visiting your vacation home until late one night a group of masks fiends break into the house and abduct your parents. While your parents held off the intruders you and your sister made it safely to the panic room, however, you can’t simply stay put. Your sister needs her medication, your parents need your help and the intruders are rifling through your house for your Dad’s novel research. Avoid certain death by sneaking past the intruders while unraveling more about your family than you bargained for.
Genre: First Person Stealth
Controller: Dual Shock
Game Length: 2.5-3 hours
PlayPSVR Score: 7.5
The only other pure stealth PSVR game we have available is Home Sweet Home and possibly The Persistence (although enough combat and strategy turn this into somewhat of a hybrid) and now we have another great addition in Intruders: Hide and Seek. For some reason this game has gotten very little press and it’s a shame. The concept, execution and overall development is fantastic.
First off, the game is very graphically impressive, although you will have to take a minute to notice since most of the game is surrounded in such dark environments. The people in the game can look a little cartoonish but aside from that the house and different areas looks very good. The dual shock provides a stable and easy to use control scheme as well. To really immerse yourself into a game, especially a horror game, the environment needs to be top notch and good graphics go a long way.
The game play is unique and other than Home Sweet Home you wont currently find another game like it on the PSVR. There is no combat whatsoever, rather just stealth movement and enemy avoidance. Throughout the game you are tasked with retrieving different items or helping family members and to do so you need walk through the house without being detected by the intruders. This requires patience, skill and knowledge of the house. For example, at one point you need to find your sister's medication, find a password to a computer, find your parents in the cellar, etc. So it is basic tasks you need to achieve, but in your path will always be the intruders.
It is necessary to familiarize yourself with the house before you begin otherwise the game will be much more difficult. The game provides a map, however, you can't see which rooms, hallways and paths have items to hide behind or open doors so it is beneficial to know the house regardless. The game play leads to high stress situations and points where the anticipation and suspense are intense. I don't think it surpasses the soul crushing suspense of Home Sweet Home, The Persistence or RE7, but still packs a punch, especially for those who aren't fans of the horror genre.
The game honestly is not too difficult. You certainly need to exercise large amounts of patience because you have to traverse the house and some of the rooms very slowly to make it by unnoticed, but I only failed maybe 6 times total and on only 2 different "missions". Once I kept dying I realized that the path I was attempting to use was one that was do-able, but certainly not the path of lease resistance, so once I changed my game plan I was able to make it through rather easily.
The plot was also much better than I anticipated. Granted, it starts out rather dull and uninspired, but as you progress through the game there are a fair amount of plot twists and the final ending is pretty cool. Not unheard of, but still a nice little addition to an already pretty sound game. I can't go into further detail here for obvious reasons, but have pretty decent hopes for this. The plot isn't incredible, I don't want to hype it up too much but I enjoyed it better than games such as Blind, Torn, the Unearthing Mars series, Paper Dolls and Apex Construct.
The length of the game may be a bit disappointing to you, as it registered at only 2.5 hours. Granted, I started a Twitch stream of this game and did it in sitting. The bad news is that if you really want to finish it in one sitting, it's totally do-able. For $20 that may not be what you are looking for. Also, that game has little to no replay value once you have finished it. However, on the flip side, I was enjoying myself so much that I beat it in one sitting. So although short, it is a great experience. If you are a trophy hunter then this is a great game because it is relatively easy to get a platinum and took about 3.5 hour total to get the plat.
Honestly, I have no real critiques or negatives about the game. I really think the determining factor of whether you will enjoy this game is whether you like stealth games. A great stealth game is still a stealth game, and if you don't like the genre then you won't like it. There are some things that could have been used more. For example, in the beginning of the game there was a game play component where the closer a person was to you while hiding your heart beat spiked and you had to shake the controller at the right time to avoid breathing louder and giving yourself away. This was a great idea, but I never saw that aspect of the game again!!! Why?! That is clever and would have spiced up the game play. So I see that as a huge missed opportunity.
All in all, Intruders: Hide and Seek is a very pleasant and surprising addition to the PSVR that excels in stealth game play partnered with great graphics, mysterious plot schemes and a spooky experience. The game could have been a bit longer and harder, but overall it was a joy to play and if you enjoy or even are neutral toward stealth games this is one I would have on my radar for certain. If you do, just check for robbers in your house before you put the headset on. It's going to be real hard going unnoticed with that thing on your head.
PlayPSVR Score: 7.5