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The Coma: Recut (Xbox)

Developed by Devespresso Games, The Coma: Recut is available now on PC for £10.99, PS4 and Xbox One for £11.99!

Inspired by the real-life plight of overworked Korean high school students, The Coma: Recut is a remaster of “The Coma: Cutting Class” which was initially released on Steam back in 2015.

It is a 2D survival horror which honestly made me jump out of my skin more times than I would have liked. I really don’t usually go for the horror genre but I tried to be brave and put my big girl pants on! If you scare easily then perhaps play with the lights on, sound turned right down and definitely not late at night, right before you’re planning on going to bed!

Visually, The Coma: Recut is what you would expect from a horror game, it is dark (use your flashlight at your peril!) and spooky with blood splattered in places. The characters and school are well animated and there is no sign of framerate drop so the psycho killer will be able to chase you down effortlessly (which I’m not sure is actually a good thing!).

The Coma: Recut uses sound to its advantage, the background music is subtle and atmospheric but it’s the sound effects that I was quite impressed with. As you wander around, you must rely on the sounds around you to know if the killer is approaching you and then the scream that she emits will literally send shivers down your spine (maybe that’s just me?) whilst you attempt to run for your life, panic and then get cut to pieces.

Controls are generally good and responsive although I have had a few instances where I’m being screamed at by the psycho killer and it takes (what feels like) ages to start running away. I thought it was just how it was supposed to be but I’ve seen a few game clips and their character always runs faster than I ever manage to! There are instances where the killer has spawned on top of me a few times without any noticeable warning which was a little frustrating.

I will try to avoid any spoilers so I don’t potentially ruin the game for you before you’ve played it! You play as a young man called Youngho, a Sehwa high school student who falls asleep during his exams and wakes up in a living nightmare inside his school, all alone with a psycho killer chasing him.

I like that you have to explore the school to find notes, supplies and money in order to help you learn what is going on and ultimately, escape. You have a limited amount of space in your backpack so loot wisely and consume the extras you pick up along the way. The survival aspect of The Coma: Recut is enjoyable and I definitely felt like I was on edge the entire time!

My biggest issue with The Coma: Recut is the whole save system. I really wish there was an autosave feature or that you could manual save in the menus rather than having to search for a save point. The amount of times I was killed and lost so much progress was devastating. Having said that, I understand that it adds to the whole “survival” part of the game. 

Overall, even though horror games scare the life out of me, The Coma: Recut is an enjoyable game to play and the story is full of twists and turns and the ending certainly has me thinking there will be another instalment coming! If I had to give it a score it would be 8/10. Yes, my own fears definitely affected how I played the game (pausing every few seconds so I could prepare myself for my next steps..) but for normal people, I’d recommend playing it as without the “horror” I would have been in my element.

The Coma: Recut has 24 achievements available for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore. A mixture of achievements some of which are possible to miss entirely requiring a whole new playthrough. I think the type of game that it is, the extra playthrough isn’t necessarily a bad thing to have and certainly adds replayability! There is always the option of reloading previous saves if you’re good at planning ahead. If you need any help or guidance with any of the achievements then head over to True Achievements where you will find plenty of useful information.

A game code was provided for the purpose of this review. Thank you!
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