Agony is an atmospheric horror survival game set in the depths of hell. The end game objective is to escape hell. You don’t know how you got here, or have any memories of your past for that matter. You spend your days in hell surviving, using possessive powers to take control of demons, and exploring the very eerie and hostile environment of hell! Agony is rumored to be released in March of 2018 for the PC Xbox One, and PS4. Madmind Studio is developing it and published by Playway.
This game is incredibly violent and will probably be seen as extremely offensive to many people. Along with that, this is not a game that will be for the faint of heart. If you are turned off by the subjects of satanism, demons, hell, you may want to stop looking at this post now! You have been warned.
From what we have seen, much of Agony’s gameplay will consist of exploring the environment. At first, you will be weak, unable to dish out harm against other demonic creatures, and you’ll be relying on stealth for the most part to proceed. Eventually, you gain the ability to control demons and even possess them. I think it can be assumed that you eventually learn abilities to control more powerful demons as the player progresses through the game.
To do this, the player must kill and consume the flesh of various other demons. If her hunger and urges are not satisfied, you will lose control of Oneskelis, and access to her multiple powers as well. I really enjoyed these cool mechanics, as it kept the combat flowing, controlling Onoskelis felt like playing a mini-game with the effort required to keep using her. I imagine that there will be many mechanics as are necessary for controlling the other various demons as well.
The developers have also stated that there will be a significant amount of puzzle solving required to progress through the game.
The game will have a linear story. You seek out an entity called The Red Goddess. It is a possibility that this “Red Goddess” is the creator of the world that you are in. The game is not for the faint of heart as I mentioned before, and for a lot of people, I think that this game will make you feel disgusted. A huge plethora of the game’s environment is covered in bones, blood, guts, and organs.
You can hear the sounds of flesh and rancid blood scrambling with every single step you take. It does a great job at making you feel uncomfortable. Just imagining myself in Hell is unbearable. The constant smell of guts everywhere. The visuals remind me of Doom II, and I imagine that if Doom II was remade in a modern setting, this is the type of graphics it would have.
Some of the stuff in this game is some of the most obscene things I have ever seen in a video game.
It seems as though the game will have a lot of replayability. There are a lot of notes to be found that explain the setting and story of the game. There are also various collectibles and secrets found throughout the levels. Some of these secrets effect the story, and as far as I know, there are about 7 different endings to the game. This gives a lot of reason to go back through the game to discover the various conclusions that the game has to offer.
Is this game worth giving a chance?
I honestly can say yes. This game consists of a small team of experienced developers. People who have worked on the likes of The Witcher 3, The Division, and Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2. For people who love atmospheric horror games, bizarre and eerie visuals, and an overall uncomfortable world that feels absolutely evil, this is a game worth keeping an eye on!