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Masters of Fear: Clock Tower - The First Fear

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Even if you are getting bored, you can occupy your mind by wondering what sort of ending youíre going to get based on what youíve done. There is a very specific way to get each ending in the game, but it all plays out very organically. Itís all dictated by what happens to you. So if you see one character die during a certain part or in a specific way, that will change the way the game plays out a bit. If you pick up a certain item, something else will change on the course to your ending. If you just tackle the game in different ways, new endings will appear. You can even say screw it, run to the garage, hop in the car, and take off, if you like. The game just constructs an ending based on what youíve done, so itís hard not to stay invested in the game, even when itís moving slow. After all, that one thing you did differently could give you a brand new ending once the game's over.

The gameís creepy vibe and unsettling story keep bringing me back for more. With new things popping up every time I play it, and seven endings to earn based on the slightest changed in how you play it, Clock Tower easily overcomes its flawed speed. The game is meant to be enjoyed at a slower pace, savored each time you try it, but if youíre not in the mood for atmospheric horror, itís going to annoy you. If you really feel like soaking in a creepy atmosphere where youíre in constant danger, go find a copy and give it a try. After all, there is a pretty good English patch for the game floating around out there.

PS Ė Donít watch the video if you donít want Scissormanís most likely first appearance spoiled for you.

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About JoelCoutureone of us since 11:26 PM on 05.27.2013



Contributing Editor for mashthosebuttons.com, destitute but determined fantasy novelist & short story writer at joelcouture.com. I wish I was paid for either of those jobs.

I love horror games. If you scare me, I will give you money. I also love terrible games, as it's a lot harder to make a game that's so bad it's hilarious than it is to make something that is just bad.

For some reason I'm not super clear on, I am obsessed with J. Jonah Jameson.