There’s a ton of 1st person adventure games these days, many of which play around with horror and puzzle themes. Valley, a new release this week on PC and Console, wants to mix things up just a little bit by having you worry about a different mechanic. Death.
Opening in a secluded area of the Rocky Mountains, you must explore these strange surroundings whilst using the power of the Leap Effortlessly though Air Functionality suit, or L.E.A.F for short. This mechanical exo-skeleton (of which Ripley would be jealous of) move and jump faster and further than a normal human, but it also grants you the use of a very unusual ability to give or take life away from any creature you find.
It sounds like you’re pretty much invulnerable, a God among men so to speak, but death can occur if you’re not too careful. Worse still, if you die at all no matter the situation, the world around you will start to die too. It’s almost as if your life is tied to everything you see, as the more you die the worse it will get for this strange world. Check out the narrative trailer below to understand the story just a little more, or the gameplay trailer further down if you want to jump to some combat examples.
Whether the consequences of your actions determine the ending you may see is uncertain, but it’s a fascinating concept brought to life by Blue Isle Studios (who, you may recall, developed the horror title Slender: The Arrival). You can find Valley on PS4, PC and Xbox One starting this week.
Mark Isaacson is the editor of PN2. Go say hi @Mark_D_Isaacson