Sci-fi body horror played a huge part in the gritty isometric point-and-click adventure game STASIS two years ago, and THE BROTHERHOOD‘s CAYNE – A STASIS Story is no different in that regard, although it’s released as a free standalone product.
I had high expectations before playing the developer’s first title, and even if the graphics and sound design were top-notch, the story and characters left much to be desired, while the less than subtle gory effects and cheap jumpscares replaced genuinely frightening moments. It was one of those games that had a lot of potential, but relied too much on ideas from the Alien and Dead Space franchises while suffering from puzzles that used disgusting ideas simply for gratuitous purposes rather than inventive implementation, something that CAYNE seems to embrace as well.
This game has a different protagonist, a pregnant woman called Hadley who wakes up in a medical facility where she’s hunted down by beings that want their child. It’s certainly not for the fainthearted, but at least it shows an interesting premise and will hopefully deliver a more exhilarating terror and less dull diary/log reading experience than its predecessor. If you haven’t played STASIS, it shouldn’t be much of a problem, because this is a self-contained story.
CAYNE grew out of the Kickstarter development of STASIS, so it shares the same impressive graphics engine, very good voice acting and music, so there’s really no excuse not to try it out.
For those who want to support the developers, they can also buy the Deluxe Content that includes the soundtrack, an exclusive 4K wallpaper set, and the screenplay. To celebrate the release and maybe also to pique interest in the upcoming BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION project, the Deluxe Content is 25% off until February 8, 2:00 PM UTC. STASIS is also 60% off during that time if you missed it the first time, but don’t forget to check out my review, so that you know what to expect without being too disappointed.
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