What I liked:
- The visuals and sound design do a great job of building up tension and the atmosphere that’s created keeps you in suspense throughout your time with the game.
- I found the puzzles to be pretty decent because the horror vibe that was included in them made completing them to be very rewarding and scary at the same time.
- This game actually made me jump multiple times which is exactly what I would expect from a game of this ilk.
- Technically the game holds up really well throughout and I didn’t bump into many if any problems at all during my time with the game.
What I didn’t like:
- The story took a while to get me fully invested and I think that was because the immersiveness was a little lacking at times.
- I found the gameplay to get a little repetitive quite quickly and the lack of depth within it didn’t help matters either.
- In my opinion the game is a little too overpriced for the amount of content that you get.
- The enemies and creatures I came across left a lot to be desired and none of them really scared me in any way.
Does Bring to Light do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all I love horror games to scare the hell out of me but at the same time I hate it as well because it makes my experience an uneasy one throughout. Giving you an uneasy experience is what these games are meant to do though and that’s definitely what Bring to Light does because it features visuals and a sound design that create a tense atmosphere no matter where you go. Unfortunately though whilst this game did manage to scare me quite a few times thanks to the jump scares that are dotted around it’s far from the perfect experience and the shortcomings do stop it from reaching its full potential. These shortcomings then are evident right from the get go because the story that’s present in the game didn’t do enough to hold my attention and when you add that to the already repetitive gameplay you find that the game gets even more repetitive. The enemies and creatures you come across don’t help matters either because each one of them left a lot to be desired and none of them were really scary in any way. Thankfully the puzzles the game has did scare me in some ways though and on the whole these puzzles were rewarding to complete because I didn’t know what was going to happen next when taking them on. In terms of content the game doesn’t have much though and in my opinion the game is a little too overpriced but at least the content it does have is technically sound throughout, which is of course a very good thing. At the end of the day then Bring to Light is definitely a mixed bag because it features some good scary moments but it also features some uninspiring gameplay as well. That being said the game probably does just enough to get a small recommendation from me but I would wait until it lowers in price before getting it though.
I rate Bring to Light 6/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Red Meat Games
Publisher: Red Meat Games
Release Date (Xbox One): May 24, 2019