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Araya

  • Genre: Horror / Adventure
  • Camera View: First Person
  • Game Modes: Single Player
  • Developer: Mad Virtual Reality Studio
  • Release Date: November 24, 2016
  • Languages: English
  • Available on: Steam
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Let me introduce you to one of my favorite horror games. Now, that doesn't mean Araya is groundbreaking or deserves an imaginary horror Oscar. In fact, Araya is just a pretty straightforward paranormal psychological thriller. But this Thai horror game knows how to create seriously intense moments, some of which will stick with you long after you stop playing.

The main setting of Araya is the dimly lit or completely dark interior of a Thai hospital. Sure, this kind of setting might be a bit overdone, but especially for Western players, this offers some fresh experiences, especially since fragments of Thai mythology are woven into the game.

The developers, Mad Virtual Reality Studio, haven't said much about their creation, but let's listen to what they have to say anyway:

ARAYA is a first person adventure/horror game. Players will get a new thrilling experience inside a Thai hospital. The story will be told from the perspective of 3 different characters. Players will explore different areas of the hospital in order to piece together the mysterious circumstances and solve the murder case of Araya.

After a short but very effective introduction, where you play as an unknown hospital patient, you take on the role of Marisa, apparently a close friend of the murdered Araya. However, the student doesn't know about her friend's death at the beginning, so she follows an SMS invitation from the deceased to the hospital.

The search for Araya is pretty much like a tough haunted house ride, occasionally interspersed with small puzzles for variety's sake. These puzzles aren't too complex—for example, you might need to find three fuses in a special section of the hospital and place them in a fuse box to flip a switch.

Unfortunately, the game's visual quality varies. For instance, Araya's ghost is genuinely terrifying and well-crafted, while a supposedly crazy cultist looks more like a runaway mannequin. The only real downside to this horror trip, though, is the less-than-stellar mouse and keyboard controls, as the mouse sensitivity is far too low.

So, if you don't have a controller or just don't want to use one, Araya might not be for you. Additionally, there are some issues with gamepads that aren't Xbox controllers. Anyway, enabling Steam Input in the client’s controller menu usually fixes these problems. I personally played the game with DualShock 4 and 5.

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