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P.T.

Developer: 7780s Studio Publisher: Konami
12 August 2014
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You wake up to find yourself trapped in a looping hallway that seems to never end, soon you come to find that you're not alone, will you be able to break the loop and find a way out or will you succumb to the beings who haunt this hallway?
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the origin of all horror is longing; the origin of all longing is horror. this is the concept that the best games in the Silent Hill franchise are constructed around, a strange sense of Gothic derived numinous light placed against tension and dread. there's a spiritual humanity to it, a real beauty to the setup. psychological readings are rewarded greatly, as all the horrors a projection of the minds innermost fantasy to at least some sense.

P.T. has the player in the role of a psychotic alcoholic, trapped in a purgatorial state. you repeat the same corridors over and over, in eternal reincarnations. frustrated, lost, stumbling blindly forwards in the dark. you, as this figure, are trapped in a household, haunted by the ghosts of your family, and the slowly corrupting surroundings. it is not, by any means, subtle. the gore is horrific and rendered in high quality- the player will constantly try and look away, try to avoid seeing where they're going, hide around corners to back out from progress.

"Are you sure the only you is you?"

but they will progress. slowly. a first playthrough was intended to take weeks to complete alone without help. the puzzles are oblique, complex, nonsensical. the games final section has you blindly stumble through the same identical horrors, the same audio cues and symbols repeated again and again. but eventually, you'll get it right. your character, detached from the perspective now, steps outside onto the street.

"Dad was such a drag. Every day he'd eat the same kind of food, dress the same, sit in front of the same kind of games. Yeah, he was just that kind of guy. But then one day he goes and kill us all. He couldn't even be original about the way he did. I'm not complaining, I was dying of boredom anyway. But guess what? I will be coming back. And I'm bringing my new toys with me."

there's a final reincarnation. the streets that would have constructed whatever game this is a Playable Teaser for are shown, your player character morphs into a seperate protagonist. another reincarnation, another form of horror.

the origin of the longing is fullfilled. all the horror was a part of your design. a desire for beauty and change. the light of the logo fills the screen, a single phrase from the original Silent Hill theme plays, before decaying away into milky nothingness. comparisons to Jose Saramago's blindness are obviously constructed. it's beautiful. the father's found what he's looking for, the player has too.

P.T. isn't simply some demo, a secondary novella to an abandoned masterpiece. it, by itself, shows what life is. the inspirations from Kafka's Metamorphosis are clear... though the art may be fantasy, it shows what anyones life could suddenly be like.
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Greatest horror game i’ve never played……
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no other horror game even comes close to this
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inspirational. if you ever want to write convincing horror you need to have experienced this.
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  • Diugo 2023-10-26 17:26:47.569334+00
    Believe this is rated much higher because of its backstory. As the gameplay is cool, but just not really that interesting, let alone scary. Still a shame Silent Hills was cancelled.
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  • justadice 2023-10-30 16:36:02.326206+00
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  • Adrian347 2023-11-14 15:20:23.290761+00
    The Jodorowsky's Dune of video games
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  • Cerbdashrdashus 2023-11-17 08:23:34.329663+00
    Probably the most influential video game never released
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    • ThrashingFairy 2024-01-09 14:57:07.055207+00
      ^ Not mentioning noteworthy games there.
    • ViolentDelights 2024-02-15 12:37:54.838192+00
      I think Resident Evil 7 and 8 qualify as noteworthy. Think also of Layers of Fear, Devotion, and the way that radio has been used in everything from Alan Wake 2 to the Oxenfree games. In any case, the games they're mentioning are quite noteworthy among horror fans; Visage, Madison, and Phasmophobia all have devoted followings, and there's no denying that Visage wants to be what P.T. didn't get to be. It's true that Amnesia and Outlast have been at least as influential, but I don't see the point of downplaying the place of honor this unreleased title holds among horror developers, both in its actual content and in the mythology surrounding it.
    • aidan_sun 2024-03-06 17:01:09.333786+00
      bro commented a video essay title
    • Diugo 2024-03-27 09:02:49.45421+00
      Indeed a lot of clones were spawned. But those were pretty much just throw away horror games hoping to get some of the pt fame. Resident evil 7 could be influenced by pt, but there are way too many games similar to re7 to be able to chalk it up to pt.
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  • ACertainDegreeOfPanache 2024-02-05 16:05:27.664271+00
    God forbid we have nice things
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  • Jodas 2024-04-16 15:27:44.461701+00
    PT Emulation seems pretty decent at first glance. After The Short Message I really, REALLY want to experience P.T. even if fanmade through emulation.
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    • Jodas 2024-04-28 01:24:41.379803+00
      Underwhelming tbh. Of course Emulation is not the same, but...
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  • wavykdiz 2024-05-30 04:40:51.217647+00
    every so often i remember this and become indescribably angry. i hate konami so much it’s unreal.
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    • natraS4P 2024-06-11 21:23:05.589628+00
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  • Adamjohnson 2024-06-01 05:49:15.333463+00
    Fuck I did not expect it to actually be this good
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