|Platform||Wii U, PC|
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Paul Becker is a detective down in Louisiana who’ll do whatever’s necessary to solve a mystery. That attitude might come back to bite him now as he is tasked with getting to the bottom of the bloodiest massacre in the state’s history. Only two men have survived this horrendous event and when Becker arrives on the scene, they’re at each others’ throats and as opposite as can be. One looks like he just stepped off of Wall Street. The other looks like he took a wrong turn and lost his biker gang. Becker’s interrogation of the two men does more than just reveal clues to him, though, as their strange stories cast Becker into the recesses of his own damaged psyche, only bringing up more questions about everything going on here.
Anyone who ever played Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem for the Gamecube should immediately be interested in this title as it’s being touted as that game’s spiritual successor. Looking to be released episodically over 12-parts, Shadow of the Eternals will see our new protagonist experience the lives—or sometimes lives within lives—of some of history’s most interesting characters or time-periods.
The demo I saw walked me through parts of the first episode where the game shifted perspective to Clara, a young gypsy girl taken on as the lover of Erzebet Bathory, one of history’s most notorious serial killers and who bathed in the blood of young girls, thinking it was the key to eternal youth. After a chilling conversation with Bathroy, Clara reads a book that then transports her into the mind of Theodoric, a young messenger searching for Charlemagne and who comes across a church that holds a dark secret of its own.
The game promises to once again include many of the “insanity” events that made Eternal Darkness so immersive, all while building on that game’s idea of Elder Gods and alternate timelines as the way players play the game will affect options given to you later on. When you couple this with it being powered by CryEngine 3, it’s easy to see why people are excited about Shadow of the Eternals. The only sticking point is that hopefully there are enough people excited about it, as the game is relying on crowd funding through Kickstarter.