- Platform: Xbox One
- Backward Compatible: NA
- Region: United Kingdom
- Review Date: 2016-08-20
- Price: GBP £10.30
- Genre: Action
- Size: 6.1GB
- Online Multiplayer: No
- Splitscreen Multiplayer: None
- Developer: Funcom
- Publisher: Funcom
A license key was provided by the publisher to facilitate this review.
Set in a creepy amusement park hiding a dark and sinister secret, The Park is a one to two hour long first-person psychological horror experience focusing on intense storytelling and exploration instead of combat and action. A day at the park… a lost teddy bear… a missing child. As the sun sets over Atlantic Island Park, you must explore its dilapidated rides in search of your son, Callum. As darkness falls, you will experience panic and paranoia through a narrative written by a team of award-winning storytellers. Amusement parks are happy places, filled with the joys of childhood and the exhilarating rush of fantastic rides to be dared. That was the vision of eccentric businessman Nathaniel Winter when he opened the doors to Atlantic Island Park in 1977. Unfortunately, the park’s history turned out to be one plagued by tragedy and drama. It’s freak accidents, grotesque killings, and ghostly hauntings have inspired many a sensational headline, and locals worry the park is far from done claiming innocent lives. For Lorraine, it’s where her worst nightmare began.
I did play in a darkened room, with my headphones on, and got very involved, guessing what was going on in the story. There were several moments which made me jump. I did stop making her shout out to her son quite soon in the game, add that got repetitive and annoying quite quickly.
The story was quite guided, making it easy to follow, and the achievements are readily gained, as you don’t have to stray from the storyline for most of them.
Unfortunately, the whole game was over in under two hours. Achievements and all. This was including the fact that I searched for every note, letter etc and read all of them. Without that, it would probably have only been an hour long.
Overall, good, interesting story, but it is nearly all narrative, and far far too short.
Reviewed by Billy F.