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Project 13 Impressions

Project 13 on Xbox One and Series X/S is an unconventional experience that blends psychological horror with walking simulator elements. Here’s a more detailed look at what the game offers:


A Descent into Unease:

  • Endless Corridors: The entire game takes place within a single, sterile psychiatric ward corridor. This monotonous setting is broken only by subtle changes in lighting, decoration, or even the occasional ominous message scrawled on the wall. As you progress, a sense of unease builds with each loop, wondering what horrors might lurk around the next corner.
  • Sensory Assault: The sound design is particularly effective. Long stretches of silence are punctuated by dripping water, flickering lights, and distorted whispers. These subtle cues heighten your senses and keep you on edge throughout your exploration.

Unveiling the Mystery:

  • Observation is Paramount: Your role as a “Probant” is to report anomalies you encounter on your walks. These anomalies can be visual (like a flickering light bulb) or auditory (a disembodied voice). Careful observation is crucial, as some anomalies are cleverly disguised or blend into the background.
  • Memory Maze: Remembering the location and nature of anomalies is essential. With each loop, the corridor subtly changes, forcing you to rely on your memory to distinguish reality from illusion. This mechanic can be frustrating at times, but it also creates a sense of vulnerability and forces you to truly engage with the environment.
  • Unraveling the Narrative: While the story isn’t spoon-fed, cryptic clues emerge through anomalies and environmental details. Piecing together the fragments of the narrative about Project 13 and the purpose of the probants is part of the game’s intrigue. Be prepared to delve into online forums or discussions to fully piece together the story’s deeper meaning.

Xbox Considerations:

  • Performance: Project 13 runs smoothly on both Xbox One and Series X/S consoles. The visuals prioritize atmosphere over graphical fidelity, utilizing a muted color palette and simple textures to create a sense of unease.
  • Controller Support: The game utilizes the standard Xbox controller layout effectively. Movement is basic and exploration focused. The user interface is clean and unobtrusive, keeping you immersed in the unsettling environment.

Who Should Play It?

Project 13 isn’t for everyone. If you crave fast-paced action or lengthy, linear narratives, you’ll likely be disappointed. However, if you’re looking for a unique and atmospheric experience that will linger long after the credits roll, then this is a game worth considering, especially at its affordable price.

In Conclusion:

Project 13 offers a thought-provoking and unsettling journey on Xbox One and Series X/S. While the repetitive gameplay and short playtime might deter some, the unique atmosphere, emphasis on observation and memory, and the lingering mystery make it a worthwhile experience for those who appreciate unconventional games.



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blank Kevin Austin has been in gaming journalism in one way or another since the launch of the Nintendo Gamecube. Married and father of 3 children he has been gaming since the ripe age of 6 when he got his first NES system and over 30 years later he is still gaming almost daily. Kevin is also co-founder of the Play Some Video Games (PSVG) Podcast network which was founded over five years ago and is still going strong. Some of his favorite gaming series includes Fallout and Far Cry, he is a sucker for single player adventure games (hence his big reviews for Playstation), and can frequently be found getting down in one battle royale or another. If it's an oddball game, odds are he's all about it.

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