This game came out when I was in high school, and I remember being genuinely scared playing it on school nights. The wonky "insanity" effects of the game may seem cheesy in hindsight, but I still think they were well designed. I believe there are some games now that borrow some elements from this game (like that scary PC game Dave, Brad, and Snide just did a QL for). Anybody else have any fond memories of this game?
I wasn't aware Eternal Darkness was that over hyped and well known. When I bought and played the game back then, it was very much under the radar. I guess I haven't noticed that it's so well known now? And I got your sarcasm - just thought I'd answer your facetious question anyways. But thanks for the elaboration nonetheless :)
I loved this little diamond in the rough of a game. This was always my barometer for someone's taste in horror: which do you find scarier? A zombie dog jumping through a window unexpectedly? Or the idea that World War I, one of the bloodiest conflicts in world history, was engineered in order to provide a supernatural cult with more corpses to feed their guardian?
" @kevtheasian said:It's persistently hyped, yes, but I'm not sure that means that a lot of people have played it. It seems to me a lot of the hype comes from people on podcasts and a very vocal group of fans, which I'm not convinced is that widespread. I mean, it's a third party, smaller title on the Gamecube - that sounds pretty niche to me." Actualy....never played any Half Life games. Not my cup of tea. "I'm poking fun at the fact that you act as if Eternal Darkness is obscure. Its a pretty over hyped game. "
Oh, and I own it, have played a bunch of it, but never got around to finishing it. I'm sure I will at some point, though. Y'know, when game companies stop making new stuff.
I never had a gamecube but I was always interested in playing this game. I've seen it around for cheap here and there and wondering if it's worth picking up. So I'm asking if it's still worth playing through today? Would it hold up for someone playing it for the first time?
Chatt'urga, Bankarok, Aretak, PARGON, PARGON, PARGON
Aside from casting spells getting a little on the annoying side after awhile, I love the sweet fuck out of this game. Probably one of my top gamecube games for sure.
l always made sure to backtrack through that temple level to get the purple dude Mantarok just for completion sake.
My favorite level though still has to be Maximilian's when you go around doing research on the monsters and all that.
The first time it faked erased my memory card I nearly shit myself.
Needless to say, at that age, the bathtub fucked me up bad. "
Okay strike what I said before. This dude has it right.
It isn't for everybody though, I lent it to a friend and he couldn't get beyond the first story. It is a product of its time and the controls are pretty dated.
" @kevtheasian said:Actually it's not. Quite a few people had already given up on the Gamecube by the time it came out, or they were kids playing Smash Bros or Rogue Leader. It also was a game that was under the radar for most, since it was from a studio that hadn't done anything prior, it was a mature title on the Gamecube, and it was a new IP. While in hindsight it is regarded as a great game and a critical darling, if you didn't own a GC at the time or didn't follow game press, you probably never heard of it." Actualy....never played any Half Life games. Not my cup of tea. "I'm poking fun at the fact that you act as if Eternal Darkness is obscure. Its a pretty over hyped game. "
As for it being over hyped, it's a matter of personal opinion. For it's time it was unlike anything out there, let alone the Gamecube of all places, and it was more about the state of the characters' - and your own - sanity then the enemies killed or your score. Playing it now would probably reveal some flaws that nostalgia is known to hide, and playing for the first time now after all that's been said about it would likely not live up to some of the lofty praise it has received over the years.
I wouldn't call it among the best games ever made, but it's a unique game that's worth checking out if you like games that do something different. Just remember when and where it came out when you play it to give it some perspective.
" While the game's graphics may not have aged that well, I do remember Eternal Darkness having great audio and soundtrack. Also, this scene did startle me once:
That scene was definitely a "holy crap! do I really want to continue playing this game in the dark?" moment. I remember being angry/going bonkers when the "muted volume" insanity effect first occurred.