We’ve definitely had better performances in previous games in The Dark Pictures Anthology, and there’s little memorable about the music or audio design, but it absolutely gets the job done.
House of Ashes can, at its best, look stunningly photorealistic, with great facial animations. However, it doesn’t always nail it, and those moments where it goes wrong can completely pull you out of the experience.
House of Ashes’ gameplay is more polished than the previous two games, giving players full camera control when exploring, and offering better pacing between decisions, action scenes, and cutscenes. However, there’s still not a whole lot of game here, and you’ll spend most of your time watching events play out.
A solid concept is let down by slightly subpar performances, dull writing, and a distinct lack of any actual scares for the majority of the runtime. At times, it can feel like a poor imitation of what Until Dawn did so well.
A list that will require you to play through multiple times. There are some fun references to other horror media in the names, but how much you enjoy this list will be directly related to how much you enjoy the game.