With the official release date of Hello Neighbor drawing near we decided it was time to take another look at the game and decide whether it’s worth your time or not.
Hello Neighbor is a stealth horror game that takes getting to know your neighbor to a whole other level. Imagine you just found a new place that has everything you wanted except that your neighbor is kind of scary and hides something scary and sinister in their basement. Now like every other human being with common sense, the first course of action would be to break into their home to make your way to their basement to sedate your curiosity about what the sinister and scary thing is without being caught by your neighbor. That’s exactly what the plot of Hello Neighbor is.
The game revolves around you breaking into your neighbor’s house, collecting items and clues from around the house to make your way to his basement but what makes the game stand out is the fact that while you’re searching your neighbor’s house and learning about the house, your neighbor is doing the same to you. The neighbor’s AI learns from your actions and determines what paths you’ve taken and what paths you’re likely to take. Once you’ve been spotted by the neighbor it’s genuinely hard to shake him off while running around the house which does make the game more dynamic and somewhat nerve wracking, for the first few tries at least.
The Game Engine :-
The game is made with the Unreal Engine 4 which means as far as graphics are concerned there’s nothing to worry about. Even with the cartoonish designs, the game looks fantastic. Every time you get caught by the neighbor or fail it results in the time of the day changing. Your neighbor also adds more challenges for you to overcome making it even harder to find what’s in the basement. For example, in your last attempt you might have entered through the window but in your next attempt, the window will be locked.
As far as the scares are concerned, Hello Neighbor relies mostly or entirely on jump scares which lose their novelty after a few failed attempts. Going out of their way, the developers made Hello Neighbor a game that hits all the right spots to take off as a YouTube-friendly survival horror game. Hello Neighbor seems to have been designed to purposely avoid genuinely frightening scares and even the jump scares have been kept in check. Considering the visuals have been endowed with a cartoony aesthetic that feels more like a CGI Cartoon than Silent Hills.
In the end, Hello Neighbor has a lot of potential to become a genuinely frightening game thanks to its unique setting which has been toned down to cater to all ages. Though Hello Neighbor won’t have you breaking into cold sweats but it’ll definitely get your blood pumping every now and then. Hello Neighbor will be out August 29 on Xbox One and PC, it is available on steam for INR 729.
You can find more information about the game on the official website Here
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