Story - 82%
Graphics - 70%
Audio - 71%
Gameplay - 70%
Replayability - 77%
Delve into a weird world where what you know might not be what is true and your mind busy breaking down bit by bit. The Sinking City is inspired by some of the horror works of HP Lovecraft.
I was intrigued when I started to play The Sinking City, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The game feels like a mix between Sherlock Holmes and Undying. The story starts of with a lot of gaps and you not really knowing what is going on. As you arrive in the fictional Oakmont, things will start to tie in together but at the same time even more mysteries will unveil itself.
I think the game balances well between being and investigative game and a survival horror, at times you might find some action far in between travelling and talking to people, but I still thought that the balance was good for this setting. The game has a limited crafting system where you can craft bullets and some items like med kits. Seeing as bullets are the currency used in Oakmont, it is very important to search for crafting material for you so you can craft the much-needed bullets for trading and obviously killing things.
The dark and morbid graphics contribute to the story of the game and set the scene quite well for this weird world. With the game being set in the 1920s you can feel and see that this was a dark time for the world, it is almost like you can smell and see the depression in the air.
The gameplay worked well with some minor glitches and movement restrictions but nothing that you wouldn’t expect from a non-AAA game. The critical gameplay works, aiming, shooting, jumping all didn’t portray any big issues so I never felt like I want to stop playing because of gameplay frustrations.
The Sinking City is an interesting game that will challenge your thinking and might drive you a little madder than what you are. Some cases will challenge your moral compass and has multiple ways to end the case so offers some replay value.
Reviewed on: PS4
Genre: Survival Horror, Action
Publisher: Bigben Interactive
Release Date: 27 June 2019
Likes; Interesting world setting and story
Dislikes: Can feel slow at times