We're used to horror adventures trapping us in claustrophic old mansions, pitch-black basements and tunnels, or fog-enshrouded streets. And for good reason – what's so scary about being out in large, beautiful natural environments? Well, we're about to find out with today's release of Alessandro Guzzo's The Land of Pain, a Lovecraftian 3D horror adventure with an unusually picturesque setting.
The Land of Pain casts players in the role of someone whose life to this point is "about to change forever." A pleasant excursion through the scenic woods becomes a nightmare when you get lost and find yourself in an unknown place full of "dead bodies, blood, and people who died horribly." What's worse, as the "rain pours, and darkness hangs in the air," you soon discover that "something strange" has appeared in the woods with you. With no means of defending yourself from this "dark and disturbing evil," your "only chance of survival is to run as fast as you can, and exploit the environment to hide yourself."
While there are some confined areas in The Land of Pain, much of the experience will be spent exploring the "huge and terrifying world" comprised of "buildings, caves, swamps, graveyards and more." Players will need to contend with poor visibility at times too, carrying only a lantern that must be used sparingly as the light also makes you more vulnerable in the dark. All this Lovecraftian-styled atmosphere is established through "CryEngine-powered graphics with photogrammetric technology and ambient sound" for a fully immersive first-person experience. You will need to collect and use objects to solve various puzzles along the way, but this is anything but a purely leisurely walk in the woods, as at times your only means of escape is to run and hide from the "unrelenting enemy" stalking your every move.
Available exclusively for Windows PC, The Land of Pain is available now on Steam. To learn more about the game, visit the official website for additional details.