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Your Writer: MuukenTuuken
Top 3 Favorite Games: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Apex Legends, Red Dead Redemption 2
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Recently Finished: Yuppie Psycho, Amid Evil,The World of Horror Demo, VA-11 Hall-A, SAS: Zombie Assault 4
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Yuppie: A fashionable young middle-class person with a well-paid job. Psycho: A psychopath or someone with psychopathic tendencies. Put them together, you’d expect something along the lines of American Psycho, but it’s more than just some murders committed to the score of Huey Lewis and the News. Yuppie Psycho is a game of surprises and problem solving, coupled with an excellent story, but first and foremost it is a horror game. If you have read my World of Horror review, you’d know that I’m not good with horror. Compared to the other horror games I’ve been coerced to review, this one is actually really good, as it doesn’t rely on cheap jump scares or grotesque imagery to inflict fear unto the player. It turns out to be more comedic than horrific at some points with its social commentary on corporate life, which I will leave for you to discover and enjoy.
☐ Text or Audio floating around
☑ Really Good
Yuppie Psycho has you play Brian Pasternack, a nobody offered a job at Sintracorp, one of the largest and most prestigious companies ever. Things quickly take a turn for the bizarre when you’re asked to sign a contract to kill a witch infecting the company. This isn’t an action game–you’ll be running from most of the threats you face–but instead of just hiding in a closet waiting for them to pass like in Outlast, you usually have to perform several tasks to escape and move on to the next area.
Hang in there buddy, work isn’t so bad.
The game’s setting is superb. It does a fantastic job of world building and from the first 5 minutes on sets the tone for the game moving forward. It doesn’t hamfist lore to the player and how much you learn about the world depends on how much you want to explore or take time to read excerpts littered about the game. The music is also very well done. The underscore works wonders to build suspense and tension, but it can also switch seamlessly to light-hearted music to pair with the more comedic and nonsensical scenes.
Gameplay-wise, the game plays from a side-view perspective and requires some level of problem-solving skills to get through. Due to the nature of the game, there are only ever one or two solutions to a problem, which makes the game very linear. You can’t unlock this gate unless you go perform this task, which requires you to go get this one thing to trade for the key you need to open the gate. An important note is that the game has no checkpoints, so make you sure you save frequently, but not too frequently as you only have a limited number of saves.
Think this might be inspired by Junji Ito, but I can’t be too sure.
All in all, the game is excellent and I cannot recommend it enough. Definitely look to pick this up if you’re looking for something to play within the horror genre. I am not familiar with all things horror, so some references to prominent horror authors like Junji Ito or Lovecraft might have flown over my head, but I am sure those of you who are well-versed with their works would find Yuppie Psycho even more enjoyable.
Yuppie Psycho was developed by Baroque Decay (@baroquedecay | #KillTheWitch) and published by Another Indie (@AnotherIndieS). It was released on April 25, 2019 and is available for purchase at $19.99 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam platforms.