When Supermassive Games announced planned eight-part horror anthology series with The Dark Pictures, I wondered if it would have enough momentum to carry it to those lengths. After all, eight horror games releasing annually in a franchise does sound a bit tiring. However, last year's Man of Medan kicked off this anthology series on a good note, albeit one that clearly needed room for improvement. This year's Little Hope is thankfully a step up from Man of Medan, but it's clear that Supermassive Games are still trying to find their bearings for this series.
Little Hope follows a group of people who become stranded in the mysterious New England town of Little Hope after their bus driver goes missing. We follow their journey in searching through this eerie town for not only your missing comrades, but the dark secrets it harbours about its turbulent past. This may seem like a minor spoiler, but Little Hope injects a series of time jumps from modern day to the 1600s in order to contextualize the antagonistic supernatural forces at work that are somehow related to the town's violent history of witch trials and burnings. It's a fairly simple story to follow, but it won't blow your mind with its various twists and turns.
...much like Man of Medan, Little Hope's consequences feel a bit superficial by design.
Trading out the decrepit confines of a ghost ship for a very Silent Hill-inspired spooky town, Little Hope is a dark, eerie and disturbing location...
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Bandai Namco Entertainment
PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
30 October 2020
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