WORLD OF HORROR – Early access First impressions


I have a confession to make. I am very picky with my horror games. Although I enjoy horror games a lot, I honestly
don’t play that many of them. Mainly because I find that very few of them
manage to catch my interest. What I’m trying to say is that, when I do
get curious about a horror game, I’m only ever going to stick with it if I’m truly interested
in it. And let me tell you, this game managed to
hook me from the first 10 minutes I played and it’s definitely not an experience
that I’ll forget anytime soon. Just like the title screen says however, the
game is still in early access so if you’re interested in checking it out please do keep
that in mind. So whatever thoughts and feelings that are in this video will obviously also be based on the early access version of the game as well. WORLD OF HORROR is an adventure game in which
you have to solve a number of different mysteries in the small sea-side city of Shiokawa in
hopes of warding off a terrible evil. The game was inspired by retro adventure games so if you’re familiar with games like Arkham
Horror or that sort of adventure board game, you’ll most likely find WORLD OF HORROR very
easy to pick up. But do not worry! Even if you have no experience with these
types of games and you just want to check the game out because you think it looks cool,
there’s a very handy tutorial that’ll answer any questions about how the game works. So don’t be too scared. As you start a new adventure, the game will
ask you to pick a case to investigate. Each one of these cases that you choose are
built up of a number of events that are randomly generated. This means that every playthrough will be
slightly different from the next and that you’re encouraged to investigate the same
mystery numerous times in order to see all possible events and see all possible outcomes. During your investigations as you’re traveling
to different places to check for clues you’re going to be faced with both enemies and different
types of skill checks. The combat is turn-based and features an action
bar which you can fill up with any kind of actions you’d like to take in battle as long
as you have the required equipment. You have several different options whether
you’d like to actually fight enemies, run away from them or try your hand and some form
of communication. The success of all of your actions obviously
depend on your current stats and equipment. And speaking of your stats and equipment,
there’s a leveling system which will allow you to spend points leveling up whatever stats
you’d like. As well as a shop that will sell you certain
items, but you can also come across items as you’re investigating. The outcome of the skill checks will also obviously
depend on your current stats. (So keep that in mind before you try something
stupid and end up dead like I did.) So although each playthrough of the game will
be of very varying lengths and very different overall, they’re all generally pretty short. And that is again because you are encouraged
to investigate the same mystery several times. You’ll see new things if you do and depending
on your choices, you might find a new ending. If you’re looking into this game, you’re probably
going to hear the same thing being repeated a lot. And that is that this game feels very Junji
Ito inspired. But that’s because it’s true. WORLD OF HORROR isn’t an adaption of any of
Ito’s stories and it’s not a rip-off in any capacity but it’s very obviously inspired
by Junji Ito. Although the extremely intricate drawings
from a Junji Ito manga can’t be translated into something like a 1-bit artstyle, that’s
also not the point. With its uncanny faces, body horror and placing
unknown horrors into the mundane, WORLD OF HORROR ends up feeling Junji Ito inspired. One can also absolutely not ignore the very
obvious Lovecraftian influences. When cosmic gods come knocking on your door
you’re bound to think of H.P Lovecraft. That’s not to say that the atmosphere doesn’t feel unique because it certainly does. The mixture of Japanese urban legends and
cosmicism is very interesting because it weaves together folklore with the horrors of the
unknown. So although the setting feels very average
every day, you’re bound to be creeped out when you open one of the lockers at school
and can’t even wrap your head around what’s currently living inside of it. It’s a game that wraps its claws around you
within minutes of starting it. Because of the nature of the gameplay, all
your decisions will either doom you or save you and it’s up to you to figure out what
the best thing to do is. All while trying to, you know, stay sane in
the face of eldritch horrors. The pixel art-style is something that although
fairly simple-looking, really gives the game a special feel. The black and white is reminiscent of old
manga and some of the monsters in this game really made my stomach turn. Something that’s also really cool is that
the game has a bunch of different colors palettes and gives you the choice to either customize
your color palette yourself or to pick a random one before each new playthough. This sounds really simple but it makes a huge
difference, especially when you go in for your 2nd and 3rd playthroughs because it can
give scenes a completely different feel. It is absolutely also worth mentioning that
this game was made by one guy. We’ve had several of these amazing releases
in the past few years that were made by just one person, and it’s really cool to see people
so passionate about their projects. So while WORLD OF HORROR may not be the longest
of experiences, that’s not something that holds it back. As a matter of fact it’s quite the opposite. It’s adapted a very effective short story
formula which is what makes it so addicting. As a horror fan, I would strongly recommend
it. It’s been a while since a game got under my
skin in the same way that WORLD OF HORROR managed to and it’s just as spooky as
it is refreshing. I was really longing for something unique
to catch me off guard this year and I was pleasantly surprised to find it hit me upside
the head. So if you’re interested in checking this game
out, keep your eyes open because WORLD OF HORROR will be available on Steam, Playstation
4 and the Nintendo Switch this year. And like I mentioned earlier, is already available now in early access. I hope you enjoyed this video. Thank you so much for watching.

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100 Comments
  1. Deborah Meltrozo

    You should play Soma

  2. Jay

    Hey Val, do you have any suggestions of any programs or apps that teach Swedish or Japanese?

  3. Aaron Atkinson

    This looks like it come out of junji itos stories

  4. Pentti Koivuniemi

    It seems like it would be really good for online multiplay where you could investigate and fight terrors separately and together and work towards common goals… Kinda like Arkham/Eldritch Horror.

  5. Doctor infinite

    Ha that's funny i was thinking about you today and then you upload XD

  6. FFXII KD

    i'm waiting for this game to released on switch 👌

  7. Banana Sean

    Finally something me and my wife can sit through together.

  8. Danny GM

    If you want another interesting horror game then you should check out a game called 'flesh birds'

  9. Young-M

    Wait… this isn’t Valkyrie Ventures: DOOM Eternal!

  10. Erika Dalí

    I really like the idea of this game, but I couldn't wrap my head around the UI. I have no idea what I'm doing half the time and it sucks.
    It's probably just me being stupid though because Sophie didn't say anything about it.

  11. Tree

    Yeah I'm sorry but I had to replay the start alot because I kept hearing DEJA VU! In my head on the main menu

  12. Ben Anasarias

    I wish more horror games did this, like you don't have a magguffin that will instantly make you OP or a special ability that would make things easy. Just a normal (if you consider opposing ancient gods normal) human being fighting to solve lovecraftian shenanigans.

  13. TooLateToTheStory

    Never rely on Skill Checks.
    They ALWAYS fail.

  14. Ash and dust

    Oh, Junji Ito… Well, it's not copy, just similar, so, I have no reason be preconceived. I don't like Junji's works, for me it's seems like violence for the love of violence. It's not bad, simply not my cup of tea. Some strange unpredictable moves, what works like "it's all my plan, now just suffer" only in one way. When you return in beggining, try to step this plan… It's just not work.
    (Sorry for bad english, it's not my native. Love your videos. Thanks a lot.)

  15. Novad selir

    Well those images are haunting

  16. xTatlTaelx

    Wow this looks amazing!

  17. Kureshima Katsumi

    this video caught me off guard, i played this with some friends a few weeks ago and it was DA GOOD STUFF (even if i'm scared shitless of horror
    Thank you for this <3

  18. Definitely Not Shanque

    Great recommendation, I will keep this on a watch list for it's release.

  19. Kyle Harbeck

    Nothing like ValkyrieAuroras smooth voice to put my tired ass back to sleep.

  20. anonymous1hahaa

    theres something creepy about monochromatic images.

  21. Hmmm

    I’m sold at 2:42

  22. tdogGaming

    I need this game in my collection!

  23. Grape Kun

    Saw shibe shop, instant buy

  24. Papa Jhon

    I can imagine Sophie playing doom eternal.

    Just imagine a short chick running around with a double barreled shotgun, killing countless of demons because they stole her blanket.

  25. Umut Can Gümüş

    i love this game, im glad its getting a bit more recognition, thank you for making a video on it <3

  26. Pat Bone

    Oh shit she's driving the AE86!

  27. Finn Swan

    This layout and system is what I've been trying to figure out how to make. I love seeing it's at least possible to create.

  28. Spencer Wise

    It's also on Xbox Game Pass for PC!!

  29. Javier Ramirez

    I didn't play this I was 2 scared. Thanks for the video Sophie

  30. Minim

    This game asks one question: which choice will doom you and doom you faster?

  31. IHateSchool2

    A switch release later this year? Sign me up

  32. Z-V-X

    The main plot set up makes me think if JoJo part 4 and Persona 4

  33. A B E L P A I G E

    yeah the style reminded me of uzumaki and just waited till you mentioned the author of that manga

  34. Whita Cat

    the art and "Small mystery" at sea-side remind me a work from Junji ito "Uzumaki". i was never the same after finishing the manga

  35. Aeberson Juan

    My god, there’s a HACHIROKU on the main menu of this horror game!?
    creepy ass eurobeat intensifies

  36. Shadow

    dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog shop dog

  37. Shadow

    3:56 helllo hellstar remina

  38. The Calamity Carl

    I was already planning on getting this game, yet you've mamaged to convince me further. Thank you!

  39. DisneyLuvr2008

    Low-key I think this is an indie game that Junji Ito made.

  40. Knight Ornstein

    Sophie, does the game touch on the mystery of ligma?

  41. Landon

    This game is on game pass for PC for anybody who didn't know. Definitely worth checking out at least if you already have game pass.

  42. Revvy Frostina

    5:23
    In MS Paint, as well!

  43. Kawaii Cthulhu

    I'm sCaREd…

  44. Rogue Guardian

    I can't get over Sophie's voice, it's so….. Soothing ❤️

  45. Brandonious15987

    4:05 "Something is wrong."

    Yeah no shit.

  46. banyu123

    I got shin megami tensei vibe from this game, interesting

  47. Boss Player

    I've read few chapters of Ito's book in a store (when there wasn't many people to notice me standing on the same place for few mins) and it was actually quite scary even for a few mins

  48. John Joyner

    Ooooo. Somehow I got nostalgia watching this. But how I ask is such a thing possible for something I have never played? A fun new experience (shaded by the past).

  49. TheBrownBoi

    don't see too many horror games being advertised by youtubers, and this one looks interesting, dope video

  50. Thiago Andrade

    I'm interessed but i'm baby

  51. Doctor Lag

    Glad you're giving this game exposure.

  52. B M

    Thanks for bringing attention to this. Great channel as well. I enjoy your takes and reviews.

  53. Reighnvhasta

    Oh shoot, I didn't realize this was coming to Switch. I think I'd actually like this game on a smaller screen like the handheld Switch rather than on a 1080p monitor.

  54. Tisco

    Does the game have any kind of jumpscare? That really throws me off whenever playing an horror game.

  55. David Sun

    Took a glance at the thumbnail and I was like "well this certainlly looks like something a certain manga artist would make" lol, definitly going to check this one out

  56. professorJorgeZermeno11

    I don't have a Gameboy 😀

  57. John Sanders

    I'd sell my last functional kidney to live in this artstyle

  58. ahmed Salah player

    I clicked the vid just to hear ur voice again🥰 not interested in horror titles💔

  59. Daniel Bornscheuer

    I like how at 2:52 the line between ValkyrieAurora and Goofy Sophie blurs out

  60. Brandon Cary

    Definite Switch game down the line, I put Darkest Dungeon on there for how spooky and gory that gets, this would be another good addition.

  61. Desvegetarianizado

    To everyone who wants to buy the game, you should know that you can play it free, if you already have game pass from the Xbox, but it's only available to play it on PC, you just download from the gamepass app.

  62. King Of Bel

    I swear, I could propose to this girl just by her tastes in games.

  63. Gary Hu

    0:48 Me: Deja vu! I have been this play before

  64. Нурлан Яхин

    I felt unpleasant sensations from this game and this is a good quality for the games in horror genre. This was not fear, but rather excitement and tension from what was happening. But what is certainly a strong and attractive side of this game, in addition to unusual, creepy images, is the depth and flexibility of the game process, only for this you want to immerse yourself in the passage completely. And of course, the enchanting voice, the way of thinking and feeling that you expressed this game, Sophie, left only a sheer pleasure from the review. Keep it up, have an unique experience and pure enjoy of process Sophie.

  65. Redux

    From what I've heard of WoH, the game (PC version at least) will be encouraging mod support upon its official release. So I hope everyone is ready for talented fans to recreate Junji Ito stories such as The Enigma of Amigara Fault, Tomie, or even Uzumaki in this engine en masse.

  66. WMB 101

    Something about VA's voice makes me think that shes a professional reviewing the game…I think I like it

  67. gabriel chuluc

    This reminds me to VA-11 HALL-A, don’t know why.

  68. 97Multiphantom

    I literally just found this game on steam like an hour ago, what a coincidence!

  69. poonzor

    hey this game. i remember sharting myself while playing the demo

  70. KuroiOtori

    That dorifuto title screen tho

  71. Real ApokalyptoTony

    Happy Birthday Sophie

  72. Pineapple

    Bruh RagnarRox talked about this a while ago and now you are?

    It's a sign

  73. JB 2X

    I like the sign at the dog's shop.

    It's a doodle of a dog that says obey below it, but the Y is an 犬 that makes it look like the Y is upside down

  74. Jay

    Alright…i dont mean to be creepy….but your voice is HIGHLY satisfying….like normally….i dont pay attention to what most people are saying….but when i talk….i just…..😳😳😳😳😳on top of that….ive been watching your videos….for some time….u are soooooo fuckin funny…..💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💯keep doing what you are doing and im gonna follow and laugh on👍🏽

  75. Patrick

    Oh man, days after playing, I heard the soundtrack play through my head each night I went to bed. The subtle beeps and boops stuck with me as much as any of the horror in the game. So happy to play it on occasion

  76. Skeleytonz

    this is the least early access early access game

  77. CYBURGeris

    I like the mechanics adapted from tabletop games, they add a lot of replayability to what would otherwise be simple stories

  78. Leeroy Jenkins

    Yes! This game is incredible and very replayable. If you're a junji ito or lovecraft fan you owe it to yourself to play it asap.

  79. Jacob P.

    When the modding community for this game ramps up, I can imagine some pretty awesome extensions and extra stories being added too.

  80. Edward no

    Yes

  81. Ente Isla

    I actually played a lil bit of this during PAX East this year! It was super interesting, the 8-bit style and music def gave that weird sense of atmosphere I like in horror games ( though I am a complete wuss when it comes down to it) I died cause I didn’t really know what I was doin but just exploring and seeing the different monsters was super cool

  82. limp lrg45 bump

    Love the vid but bitch. You gotta let us know when you VOICE A PERSONA 5 ROYAL CHARCTER!!

  83. Idan Chen

    AWW, they placed the dog sales k-9 how adorable XD

  84. Water Bird

    try lost in vivo if you like silent hill 2

  85. alex olabode

    Hey valkyrieaurora how come you play atelier walkthrought games you have the games don't you I really like to see your take on the game play

  86. Water Bird

    Great game kind of bad name

  87. woooudo

    .. Fuck you cartoon-network.

  88. Diego Apaza

    Quiero aprender japonés pero no tengo tiempo

  89. murii chan

    oh boi what better video to watch at 3am than one about a junji ito looking ass game

  90. Ryan Lee

    0:58 Ghost of Akina

  91. Mefi Stopheles

    Thanks for bringing this gem to my attention Aurora 🙂

  92. o0Avalon0o

    I was curious, but after seeing you can adjust the color scheme, my sensitive eyes are stoked.

  93. lordlink1

    ara? I'm so happy more people are picking this game up. It seems up your alley!

  94. Shajirr

    As other commenters already mentioned, this game will have mod support, which means – adapting all your favourite horror stuff right into this game! So potentially infinite replay value

  95. Jake

    The first mission is pretty good, that's all I've played. The art and stories are obvious inspirations from Junji Ito which makes the game worth it in the end on its own.

  96. Nugzar Gurasashvili

    Didnt know Junji Ito made games

  97. The White ThaiGer

    Welp, you've convinced me. Thanks, can't wait to suffer!

  98. Ethan Kreider

    Its my first time here and I'm in love with your voice

  99. Jay Jiro

    Looks like Juni Ito art style and story

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