darkwood xbox one

Can you have horror without jump scares? Well, the teams at Acid Wizard Studio and Crunching Koalas certainly think so… and with Darkwood that is exactly what you’ll be getting.

Available to purchase and download right now on Xbox One, a day after the launch on Nintendo Switch (16th May) and a few since it first arrived on PS4 (14th May), Darkwood sees us set in a dark vision of 1980s Poland, delivering a challenging survival horror that is quite possibly like no other.

See, Darkwood doesn’t feel the need to run with the usual horror tropes of making you scared witless at every opportunity, and instead it’ll see you crafting weapons, preparing traps, fortifying hideouts and exploring the eerie forests of the Soviet Bloc by day, scavenging what you can in the process. But then nightfall comes and you’ll need to hunker down in your hideout, as nightmarish forces corrupt the woods, all as you wait and pray for the sun to come up the next morning.

Darkwood certainly looks to border on the bizarre, with a gruelling procedurally generated world ensuring that each and every playthrough you take in is a different one. Plenty of different skills and perks will be ready to be utilised too and so you’ll find your time with Darkwood a lengthy one – if only because you wish to delve into the creepiest secrets of its inhabitants to escape the infested land before it destroys your body and consumes your mind.

Features include:

  • No jump scares: an atmospheric horror experience that creates a feeling of tension without cheap horror tricks.
  • Day and night cycle: roam the corrupted woods by Day and use your hideout to seek survival during the night.
  • Randomly generated map and events: the world will vary for each play-through and each player.
  • Crafting: scavenge for materials to upgrade your hideout and create weapons, traps or potions.
  • Skills and perks: develop your character by injecting a strange essence into your bloodstream.
  • No hand holding: test your skills and figure out things on your own!
  • Branching storyline: shape the world of Darkwood and determine the fate of its inhabitants.

So, what do you reckon? Think the lack of jump scares can still see Darkwood come out as a proper horror experience? You’ll only find out by heading to the Xbox Store and picking up a copy of the game on Xbox One now. The usual £12.99 price is initially discounted down to £11.69 too.

Alternatively, you could always wait for our full review to rock up. It’s coming real soon!

Game Description:

Darkwood is a challenging survival horror that does not rely on jump scares. Craft weapons, prepare traps, fortify hideouts – you will explore and scavenge the eerie forests of the Soviet Bloc by day, then hunker down in your hideout at night. With nightmarish forces corrupting the woods, wait and pray for the sun to come up the next morning. Wade through the grueling, bizarre world of Darkwood and delve into the creepiest secrets of its inhabitants to escape the infested land before it destroys your body and consumes your mind. Features: – No jump scares: an atmospheric horror experience that creates a feeling of tension without cheap horror tricks. – Day and night cycle: roam the corrupted woods by Day and use your hideout to seek survival during the night. – Randomly generated map and events: the world will vary for each play-through and each player. – Crafting: scavenge for materials to upgrade your hideout and create weapons, traps or potions. – Skills and perks: develop your character by injecting a strange essence into your bloodstream. – No hand holding: test your skills and figure out things on your own! – Branching storyline: shape the world of Darkwood and determine the fate of its inhabitants.

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