White Day: A School Called Labyrinth has reached the next generation. The game was officially released for the first time on consoles in the West with the arrival of nintendo switch, playstation5 there Xbox series X. The cult work of Korean horror Qube It also comes to us translated into Spanish. The game is also available on the little sisters of Microsoft and Sony, as well as on Steam. However, how does the guy stand up to this classic over 20 years later?
White Day, the return of Korean terror
As we commented, white day is a cult work of Korean horror. This game was released exclusively on PC in South Korea in 2001 and became a phenomenon in the Asian country. 15 years later, in 2016, a mobile remaster of said game was released, and a year later it came to PlayStation 4 there Steam. What comes to us today is an improved version of said remake, adding a second story with another character and several playable improvements.
In this game, we embody Hee-Min Lee, a new student who on the eve of “White Day” (the counterpart of Valentine’s Day) meets So-Young Han, the most popular student in her class. The girl forgets a diary, he finds it and enters the institute at night to leave it in his locker with a love letter. However, Hee-Min Lee will be unlucky.
. Upon entering, he finds Sung-A Kim and Ji-Hyeon Seol, two of So-Young’s classmates, but she is not there. Besides, these are the least of your problems. The institute is guarded by janitors who very excessively exceed their authority, even going so far as to kill anyone they see prowling in the dark. And to top it off, there are rumors of mysterious creatures and ghosts.
Notably white day he earned his fame. The story is basic, but the immersion in the game is brutal, and the constant feeling of invasion and fear is palpable. It’s a classic of the genre, and more than deserved. By the way, this game has up to 10 different endings, so it will scare us for a while.
A survival-horror more classic than it seems
Despite its release in 2022, White Day: A School Called Labyrinth it’s a survival horror classic in its gameplay. Items, of course, will be limited to the few we find on the map. Saving the game, meanwhile, will be free, albeit in very specific areas. A great novelty is that the puzzles will be different for each game.
In terms of gameplay, we want to focus on monsters again. Although the real monsters are the psychopathic janitors. The artificial intelligence of the enemies is very well worked, being sensitive to the noise we make or whether or not we turn on the light when entering a classroom. It’s a feeling of constant persecution that doesn’t let us breathe, and that’s a very good thing for a survival horror. However, the actions we can take are quite limited, focused on specific actions.
In reality, the difficulty of this game is adjustable. There will be 4 difficulty levels, which will increase or decrease enemy activity. In addition, the lower levels will provide us with aids such as SMS with advice or an indicator of the proximity of enemies. A much more complex and elaborate system than it seems. Of course, we will also have decisions to make.
White Day graphics and sound, one lime and one sand
The most negative point of White Day: A School Called Labyrinth is its graphics section. This game is a light remaster of one remake made for mobile in 2016, and it shows. The graphics, while the protagonists and cutscenes look good, are far from the 2022 standard, especially when it comes to classic enemies. In favor of this version, the game has several costumes for the characters, including homages to sagas like resident Evil or the graphical aspect of the 2001 version.
The other main part of the art section, on the contrary, is more than compliant. The sound section is one of the best in the game.
The music and sound effects, while seemingly simple, do a lot to create an overwhelming and terrifying atmosphere. Hearing the janitor’s footsteps, the screams of other students, or the sound of a monster while we play keeps us alert and scared.
Ultimately, White Day: A Labyrinth Named School…
Ultimately, White Day: A School Called Labyrinth It was a horror classic in 2001 and it is now too. If it weren’t for the graphics limitations and gameplay, we could talk about one of the best, if not the best, horror games of this year. And that in 2022 we had a lot of this, like Oxide room oh FOBIA: Hotel Saint-Dinfna.
The game’s story isn’t particularly long, but the decision-making is important and the game is highly replayable. The fact that there are up to 10 endings, including some new ones in this version, is a big point in its favor. On the other hand, in terms of immersion, he is a master of the genre. Finally and as always, if you want to know more about the games and what’s new, we are waiting for you here, in the Xbox Area.
White Day: A School Called Labyrinth
Customization and its nods to industry and the classic
Classic yet accessible survival horror
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