Not long now until gamers get to decide whether Deadly Premonition – “a refreshingly obscure and compelling title” according to Rising Star Games – is the mutt’s nuts or the hound’s mound. So far the game has split opinions across the board: Destructoid awarded it 10/10, calling it “simply stunning”, while IGN US scored it 2/10, saying it’s “terrible”.
Now the infamous Xbox 360 game has been confirmed for a 29 October release in the UK, allowing gamers parting with £24.99 to form their own opinions.
Developed by Access Games, Deadly Premonition is an open-world game set in Greenvale, a secluded rural town in North West America. Playing as FBI Special Agent Francis York, gamers are charged with solving the shocking, ritualistic and brutal murder of a local girl, unravelling the mystery via clues, lies and a trail of bodies.
Agent York travels around Greenvale in a variety of vehicles – entertaining gamers with facts about movies along the way – encountering eccentric natives, supernatural creatures and a folklore killer, who stalks his victims in a blood-drenched rain coat.
His appearance changes in real time (shaving, showering and eating are essential), and this level of hygiene has consequences as it influences the towns folk’s perceptions of him. Side quests and mini-games, such as darts, fishing and collecting trading cards also feature.
“A cult classic in the making, the game continues to divide critics,” said Martin Defries, MD at Rising Star Games.
“But when it comes to the consumer, they seem to really ‘get’ the game, with the average user rating on Metacritic 8.5/10.”