Review: Back in 1995 - A Clumsy Survival Horror Tribute That's Lacking In Bite

Review: Back in 1995 - A Clumsy Survival Horror Tribute That's Lacking In Bite

Back in 1995 is where it belongs.

Survival horror games are notorious for ageing quite badly. Despite their status as some of the most influential games of all time, titles like Resident Evil and Silent Hill feel positively archaic in design by today's standards. Even Resident Evil 4, recently released for the Switch, now has deep wrinkles showing in its once fresh, clean-cut face. Yet many gamers look upon the genre – particularly examples of it released back in the '90s – with fond memories and nostalgia. Some would even go so far as to say that the games released during the so-called 'golden era of survival horror' have yet to be bettered.

If you're someone who has a deep affinity for old-school horror games, then Back in 1995 was made with you in mind. Its intention is to pay homage to the clunky control scheme, blocky graphics and weird monster design that was so prevalent in games like Resident Evil and Alone in the Dark. These aspects are all present and accounted for in Back in 1995, but a severe lack of understanding in what made its ancestors so great – such as plot, atmosphere and the occasional jump scare – has resulted in a game that is not only devoid of anything even remotely scary, but is also an absolute chore to play.

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