For those of you who may not know I’m not a fan of ghosts or entities like them in film and most games. Many attempts to make them scary often fall flat because they lack any motive for doing what they do, or its super cliché like a haunting or revenge with little substance. Sometimes it’s both which is a real turn off for me. Thankfully Oxenfree avoids this
The whole of the soundtrack is good, so I chose the one I liked the most. The title cleanslate is actually rather fitting considering all the different themes within the game. Oxenfree is a 2D mystery game with supernatural elements, namely “ghosts”. While I typically don’t enjoy ghosts Oxenfree was well written and executed, so much so that it won me over. The game is very heavy in the narrative department but offers meaningful choices and interactions to go with it. Choices that actually affect the outcome of the game in a profound way. The specters of this game aren’t your typical malevolent baddies for the sake of being evil. While met with tragedy their encounters and methods are deliberate and calculated, something I can get behind. It could just be my luck but it seems every ghost film I’ve seen has to do with some vengeful spirit that kills off mostly unrelated people because they died a terrible death and they’re upset. To find a game where the “spirits” that be aren’t really vengeful, or even inherently evil while still being antagonistic is refreshing.
I really don’t want to spoil anything else because I think even after all this time it’s a game worth playing [Steam: HAXCH-T6T9Z-EYP6K]. I do hope you end up enjoying it as much as I eventually did.