Emotional rollercoaster The Suicide of Rachel Foster, is releasing for PS4 and Xbox One on August 26. A suspenseful trailer was released alongside the announcement.
In this tense story, the main protagonist Nicole must return to a place of anguish – the hotel that her parents owned before they died in Lewis and Clark County, Montana. Ten years before the events of the game, Nicole’s father had an affair with her best friend, Rachel. She then found out Rachel was pregnant. After the turmoil she suffered, Rachel committed suicide, and it has scarred Nicole ever since.
Now, both of Nicole’s parents have passed away. To fulfill her mother’s last wish, Nicole has an obligation to return to the hotel where it all began and sell it off. She’ll also need to reconcile with Rachel’s parents. After a series of events, she gets stuck in the hotel and finds a mystery that runs deeper than she and the town once thought.
The Suicide of Rachel Foster released for PC (via Steam) on February 19, and has mixed reviews from critics and players. It has a “Mostly Positive” rating on Steam, but it was marred for a disappointing ending and lack of compelling gameplay. TheGamer’s Abby Espiritu said that the ending fell flat for her too. However, Peter Morics wrote in his ScreenRant review that, “it’s a truly engaging experience in its own right,” despite some poor dialogue and logistical issues with the ending.
The “walking simulator” genre gets a bad rap, and it’s honestly a terrible name for a very gripping/evolved genre. What Remains of Edith Finch remains as one of the best examples of this genre with powerfully emotional storytelling, different styles of gameplay, and impeccable visual design inside and out. Here They Lie is a captivating example of a game that was critically panned across the board but is still a striking and strange experience without the PSVR headset. Blackwood Crossing also takes a dive into the weird, but successfully tells a story about family loss and how soul-crushing it can be. Let’s call walking simulators for what they are: “walking experiences.”
If you are interested in “experiencing” The Suicide of Rachel Foster, it will be £15.99, €19.99, and $24.95 (AUS). For the U.S., it is currently $17.99 on Steam, so it will likely hover around that price when it releases for PS4 and Xbox One next week.
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