Phasmophobia is a new indie horror that recently blew up on steam. You take control of a paranormal investigation employee and you investigate various locations around the map looking for ghosts. The game has a very simple yet efficient flow to it that makes it very re-playable, no matter how monotonous it may feel sometimes.
The maps are very dark to the point that without a proper light source at your disposal you won’t be able to see anything. Adding to this is the foreboding sound you hear when entering any haunted location, you’ve got a nice mix of creepy to play with.
Gameplay and exploration
Like mentioned previously, the game has a very simplistic game plan. You use your ASWD keys to move, mouse to interact and look around and a few other keys to interact or turn your flashlight on. The biggest part of the game is exploring said locations ranging from a haunted suburban houses and farmhouses or abandoned asylums, schools and prisons.
There are multiple variants of the houses and farmhouses, while the the three aforementioned maps always have the same layout. Don’t take that as me saying that it is always the same experience. The item and ghost locations on the maps are always randomized, so it is always a new experience. As you explore them, you need to find clues and evidence as to where and which ghost you are confronting.
While it doesn’t sound bad so far you must also be careful that you do not get killed. These ghosts do not want to be found, so they will initiate what is called a haunt from time to time. This event is signaled to the player by their flashlight/lights in the building flashing and the exit door/s shutting locking. Your only means of surviving is by either using an item that is not guaranteed to work, or to run away/hide from the ghost until the hunt is over.
There are also different types of ghosts to find, which is what the evidence part is used for. Every ghost has a distinct ability and weakness you can exploit, so be wary of those. They can also hear you talk through your microphone, so be wary of what you say at what time. There are many lines that can interest/anger the ghost.
Finishing the mission and tasks laid out will net you money. This money can be used to purchase extra equipment that can help you on future missions and make your life a whole lot easier.
Multiplayer and VR aspects
The biggest part of this games success is definitely it’s multiplayer aspect. Up to 4 players can team up to tackle the various maps the game has to offer. In fact some of the maps flat out tell you the recommended number of players. Solo is fun and all, but the biggest enjoyment from this game is multiplayer for sure. Getting some friends over on discord or the in-game voice chat really helps the experience.
Phasmophobia also supports VR. The game can get outright hilarious with VR due to the characters moving the same way you move in real life, as oppose to the stiff movements you experience playing without it. If you have a friend that does own a VR device, definitely recommend this one to him.
All in all, the game as a whole is a great package. It’s an indie game, and the price definitely reflects on that. It is also early access, so the game is still going through a lot of development. But unlike most early access games these days, this one is very much stable with updates like new maps and gameplay features on the horizon.
Get some friends on this one and have a blast, we can’t recommend it enough. A blast and a scare through and through.