The Sexy Brutale

SHORT REVIEW: PS4 VERSION

Nearly unlocked a platinum trophy by mistake? Blimey, I’ve played this game to death.

You wake to the same murder rich Saturday in the fantastical hotel known as The Sexy Brutale. You’ll find yourself tracking fellow guests attempting to influence their macabre fates. To stop direct meddling the guests masquerade masks angrily come to life, requiring you to keep your distance. To combat this you’ll need to peak through doors an’ prick your ears, just like you do in real life, every weekend.

Beyond the games many, many achievements I’m going to concentrate on its technical shortcomings, as I’m a total and utter bastard.

Oh, the animations not smooth at all. Seeing your character snap to a pre-determined point over a door is an ugly sight to behold. I’m confident the game isn’t running as 60 frames per second. I saw the game engine stutter once, when I raced through the mansion. Why isn’t the PS4 track pad employed, that’s where the map goes. Oh, a parkour button would be nice…

… Ok fine, it’s a fantastic game. Happy now.

You wake to the same murder rich Saturday in the fantastical hotel known as The Sexy Brutale. You sneak around stealing jewels, and making passionate love with strangers. At 4pm on the dot.

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The Sexy Brutale

To have a great idea is one thing, but to put it in to practice is a harder trick to pull off. How many times have we seen a great idea fall flat on it’s face when you’ve got to build a game around it. These guys have nailed it.

The story is the game. Anyone who ruins it for you in scum. Uncovering the mysteries of the day, bit by bit, sees you holding hands with Mr Gaming Obsession OBE. Well, if you’ve ever felt the need to investigate a world. If not, this game will leave you terribly cold.

Just in case you’re worried, I can confirm the puzzles are fair. Even with the potential threat of being stumped, looming over your shoulder; you’ll still have the ability to follow different leads and explore the world. What I’m saying is, you don’t mind the digging. It’s all intriguing (and often amusing), even without obvious progress. 

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The Sexy Brutale

The Sexy Brutale is thematically perfect. The story and on-screen action is intertwined in a way games rarely attempt.

You wake to the same murder rich Saturday in the fantastical hotel known as The Sexy Brutale. The great Captain Birdseye catches the thrown dagger in his teeth, whilst Marjorie Dawes batters the drums, and howls at the burnt finders pancakes. Every single day.

The beautiful art design papers over a chugging game engine. It’s hard not to fall in love with the bobble-headed bastards. Plus the masquerade masks make for an instantly clear distinction between characters. Pretty handy when tailing someone. You’ll get to know the mansion intimately and I’m happy to report the music warms my ears. Indeed the main theme’s still trapped in my head a week after completion. 

The Sexy Brutale is a one shot deal. Much like, I dunno, the Sixth Sense. After you’ve watched it, ya done. Mystery unravelled. Don’t let that put you off, as you’ll get more than your monies worth. 

8

You wake to the same murder rich Saturday in the fantastical hotel known as The Sexy Brutale. You’ll find murder, mystery and unforgettable adventure. Or a slow walking puzzle round some house. 

 

 

You wake to the same murder rich Saturday in the fantastical hotel known as The Sexy Brutale. You peak through the bathroom door. A tiny skateboard hovers across your viewpoint. Time travel?