Review of Slender: The Arrival (PC/Steam, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U)

He watches. He follows. He has arrived.

Slender: The Arrival is the second installment in the original Slender series developed by Parsac Productions. With the same creator as the first game, this sequel is created by Blue Isle Studios,  and was released in 2013.

Picking up after Slender: The Eight Pages, this game gives some background to the original game, creating a story for the protagonist and antagonist. Although it isn’t explained well, you learn about the eight pages, as well as the situation surrounding them.

The story can be a bit hard to follow, but I’m willing to overlook it for the pure thrill the game provides. The controls are easy to pick up, and you have a bit of an open world to explore. Although you can’t go too far, you are allowed to create your own adventure, by choosing your own path through the woods, up the mountain, etc.

For this second game, they really built up the world and jacked up the scare factor, as well as the challenge. In a certain difficult level, you are not only avoiding Slenderman, but a creepy little undead minion of his as well. Again, due to the confusing storyline, it is implied that the minion used to be a friend of the main character, but this is never confirmed. Either way, she is creepier than the 3:00 a.m. customers at Walmart.

With several levels to complete, you have different challenges each time. Collect the pages, turn on the generators, close the windows, and more. All the while you are accompanied by the tense music and startling sound effects. These really add to the game, and without them, the experience just wouldn’t be the same.

The graphics and scenery in the game are AMAZING. The developers really went all out in creating it, adding so much detail to the forests, buildings, and even Slenderman. Aligning more with the original legend, in this game he has tentacles (unlike the first game). This adds to the horror, as seeing Slenderman in all his glory can be terrifying.

I feel that Slender: The Arrival has much more replay value than the first game (which still has a lot), as there is so much more to the story and game. No longer a simple indie game, this sequel is fully fleshed out, and is available on each major platform (rather than being exclusively available on PC).

You can play it with a large group of friends, which is always more fun; or you can choose to play it by yourself. Either way, you are guaranteed to have fun, and are sure to be startled or scared a few times.

I thoroughly enjoyed Slender: The Arrival, and I recommend it to anyone, especially those interested in horror games. It is fun, it’s scary, and it can be quite a challenge. The only cons to the game are the lack of a cohesive story, and the fact that it can be quite difficult to know what you are supposed to do at times. Luckily, the game redeems itself in countless other ways.

The Slenderman has arrived. Do you have what it takes to outrun him?

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