Game Review: Phasmophobia

Phasmophobia is the online multiplayer psychological horror game from Kinetic Games. It was released back in early September 2020 and is currently available on Steam. The game itself is currently in early access and is receiving regular updates. The game can also be played in single player mode and it is also VR compatible too.

The aim of the game is to investigate the rising level of paranormal activity alongside your other team members. With immersive gameplay to give you a real ghost hunting experience and a variety of truly haunted locations to explore, you really need to keep your wits about you. Don’t worry you’ll be fully equipped to take on each different kind of ghost that you encounter.

Now, I’m not the biggest fan of anything horror related but after being kindly gifted Phasmophobia by a good friend I was intrigued (and very nervous) to give it a go. I knew there were a lot of streamers playing the game on Twitch but I hadn’t watched any streams so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.

My group of friends talked me through everything I needed to know and we set about on our first game on a small family home. I grabbed a couple of pieces of equipment and headed into the house. I held back a little bit while I got used to my surroundings and how things worked but it wasn’t long before I found my feet. It didn’t take long before we had gathered enough evidence to identify the ghost and complete several of the objectives.

Of course, the first handful of adventures weren’t without random screaming, getting lost, hiding in the wrong places, and a “surprise bitch” moment or two.

As a new player, you are limited to the maps and equipment available to you but as you gain more experience points, you will have more options open up as well as being able to explore larger maps. It’s not difficult to level up and you do gain a fair amount of experience each game.

There’s a lot to take in when you first start playing but when you are playing with friends it’s easy to talk it through with one another. One big aspect of the game is communication and the use of in-game voice chat. It’s really key to make sure you not only communicate with other members of your group but you also use the correct voice channel. It can be a little confusing swapping between the normal voice chat and the radio but you get the hang of it fairly quickly.

I mentioned at the start of this post that the game is still in early access and while I haven’t run into any major issues or bugs myself, I’ve had a fair share of funny moments and random levitating objects.

Overall, for me, my experience with Phasmophobia so far has been great! Despite not being a big fan of horror in general I having loads of fun playing. Of course, I had some brilliant people keeping me company, watching me get scared at the slightest little thing and, havining a laugh along the way. I’m looking forward to playing more Phasmophobia soon as well as seeing how the game will develop as time goes on.

Why not take a look at the trailer below!

Phasmophobia by Kinetic Games is out now on Steam for PC and VR.

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