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Old 02-01-2012, 04:37 PM   #1
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Unhappy How do you play this game?

I used all of my candles and now I can't see anything, it's too dark. I can't see where I am or where I'm going


also

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are there extra lives or a way to save? Someone spoiled the game for me and said it has monsters.











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Old 02-02-2012, 07:16 AM   #2
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the game save itself so no worries there
if you stay in the dark long enough your eyes (of your character) will get used to the darkness but also get a bit mental :P

and wth lifes? you got 1 life and have save points nothing els
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:29 AM   #3
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When you say 'more lives', do you mean health? You can find Laudanum around the castle that are used to heal yourself.

If you mean actual lives, don't worry about that. You have infinite lives :P
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:09 AM   #4
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There are no lives in this game. You have no penalty for dying; you just restart from the last autosave. And monsters isn't a spoiler, that's noted in the demo, trailers, reviews, etc.

Just keep pushing forward. If you're like me and get scared easy, do an LP of it on youtube. You'll feel a lot more confident knowing you're making a video at the same time.
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:21 PM   #5
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The best way I found to approach this game is that, at its heart, it's a puzzle game. Primarily, you are exploring the castle, gathering clues as to your character's background and identity, and solving puzzles to progress farther.

That being said, there is plenty of darkness. If you've already used all of your candles and haven't gotten very far, you honestly might be better off starting over because, starting at roughly the midway point, those candles are going to be a necessity, and you'll need as much lantern oil as you can save.

The game does have monsters in it. Unlike in most games, you CANNOT fight back. If a monster is in the vicinity, you either have to hide from it, sneak around it, distract it, or either return to a previous area or advance to the next area.

More often than not, just hiding from the monster for awhile is enough to advance; the music becomes more urgent when a monster is near and returns to the normal ambient stage music when it gives up the chase. Once a monster is gone, you'll never encounter it again. However, there are some places where you're being chased by some unknown and simply have to hoof it to the next area to get away. Additionally, a few monsters will NEVER give up coming after you. In these areas, the only thing you can do is try to find a way to sneak past it and escape to the next area.

The best way to escape from most monsters is to simply hide in a darkened room and crouch. This is one reason you need to use some discretion in lighting your candles; it's best to retain at least one pitch-black area as a hiding place in case of an unexpected encounter. You can run inside that room, close the door, and just wait in darkness until it goes away. Another strategy that sometimes worked for me is to learn which way the doors open and close. If you crouch on the side of the door so that it opens towards you should the monster invade, it's not likely to search thoroughly enough to find you there if it doesn't see you somewhere in the middle or on the opposite side of the room. Basically, the door itself conceals your presence.

Like most first-person games, you only get one life, so if you die, you restart from the last checkpoint. There are medicinal cocktails you can pick up along the way, but they are only truly effective in earlier areas; later on, monsters can kill you in one hit, so they can only heal environmental and fall damage later in the game. Truthfully, though, if you can find a place to rest for awhile, most injury will heal itself, though it will never fully repair itself past cuts and bruises.

The other thing to keep an eye on is your sanity. The manual makes it seem like your sanity depletes at a much more rapid rate than it truly does. The only way to REALLY get in trouble is to spend all of your time in darkness or look at a monster for a prolonged length of time, which is usually avoidable. If your sanity drops to its lowest point, you faint, and you'll hear a sound like a flatlining heart monitor play until you regain consciousness. If a monster is nearby, this may be fatal, but if it happens in pitch darkness, the monster still may not find you (this is especially true of a scene in the Justine DLC). Solving puzzles to advance the story, getting into a bright space and lingering for awhile, and escaping from an encounter will help restore your sanity.

These are all the tricks I picked up during my playthrough of the game. Good luck.
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:46 AM   #6
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It turns out gamma is the brightness setting so now I can actually see the level, so I didn't need any candles at all until the dark areas like the prison
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Old 02-05-2012, 05:25 PM   #7
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That might be considered cheating just a little bit since it's SUPPOSED to be pretty dark.
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:32 PM   #8
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Don't worry. The gamͬ̈̃e̔ͣ͒ͭͪ ̍̐̿͆͗͊̚w̎͘í̛ͭlͦͦ̓ͣ͊l̸̓ eͭa͂ͧ̌̕t̷̔͂̅̊̒̂̅ ͐̆̌̆̀̍ͫ҉y̒̐͟ō̴̏ͤ͊ͨų̴̨̈́ͨ͊ͨͯr̋ͥ͊͠҉̸ ̢͌ͧ͌̑ͥͭ́̈́̍s̷̛̓͌ͦ͊ͩo̸̴ͫͤ̄̄̀u̷ͤ̒̾̑ͭͤ̅l̛̆̅̚ ̴̊̑̆̄ͦ͂̀͢q̵̇ͣ͠ů̔̉͑ͩ̓̍͌҉̢̧i̒̆c̛̋̅͆͑̇̒̌ͮk̨͑̒̐̈́̒ ̵ l̴̡ͫ̾͑ͯ̿̋̿̏ͬ̾̅̀̀̚̚y̵̢ͪ̊ͤͭ̾̓͞͡ ̷̨͂ͩͤ̀̔̓ͦ̑ͩ͐ͯ̐̈́̕̕͢ą̛ͤͥ̆ͩ́͌͛̇ͬͯͮ̀̾̇̊͊́̀́͡nͭ̽̄́͋ͫ̐ͤ ̴́ͬͨͪ͑ͤ̂͘͘͟d̆̾̃͛ͩͯ͐̂ͮ͒̎̀́ ̴̉̃̊̎͗ͮͬ͌́̀͞pͪͬ͐̾̉̀͞ȧ̆͌̔͆͑͐ͦ͌̐ͬ̎̓͌̑ͬ́̑́͠͠i̿̎ͨ̎̎̎͂ ̋̓̃̒ͬ͛̀͜҉n̶̨̅ͥ̔̓̎ͩ̏͐͂̃ͭ̈́ͦ̈́͛̂ͫ̍͘l̢̈́͑͐̃́ͭͯ̑ͫ̏e̽́̐̍̿̚ ͦͪ̒͐̒ͫ́̿̔̕͢s̵͊̉ͤ̑ͧ͌͛ͮ̊̏͢sͦ͑ͥ͒͒̌̍̆̑ͣͭ͌͋͆̀l̃͌ͫͭ̄̉̐͌̓ ͣ̊̽̾҉̶̸͞ẏ̨̆͗͆̌̚͞.̨͌͐̊͐͐͗̀ͧ̅̿̍ͯͬ͡

Er, I mean, yeah, it's supposed to be very dark.

Yeah.

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Old 02-23-2012, 02:39 PM   #9
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The point of the gamma setting is to make sure that areas are supposed to be too dark to see without lighting. Plus you also need light anyway to stop yourself from going insane.

You are supposed to be careful with your tinder and lantern oil, not use them at every possibility. You have to know when it is best to use them and when you should be saving them.

I think you are missing the point of this game, it probably isn't for you.
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