Freebie Feelers is a series where we download the free monthly console-specific or newly released free-to-play games to test their worth. This series will contain some useful information as well as plenty of personal opinion. While these articles may not be reviews, we hope that you will be able to use them to help decide whether that free download is worth it.
What is it?
Claire: Extended Cut is a 2D psychological horror game that mostly consists of avoiding and running from monstrous creatures. Set in a hospital (because of course it is), this title attempts to set up high levels of suspense through unpredictable enemies and often untrustworthy sound cues. The protagonist, Claire, must work out how to get out of the nightmare realm she finds herself in while collecting clues and answers about her past along the way.
What did you think?
Revisiting Claire since the last time I played it was an interesting experience. On one hand, I was reminded why I enjoyed my first playthrough of the title. On the other, I came face to face with all the minor and major flaws the game has on offer. While I did have fun trying to get through areas without getting caught by whatever was lurking about, I also had to deal with the bizarre map layout, annoying room to room style gameplay, and the lack of clues when I got lost.
Is it worth downloading?
This game reminds me a lot of my first time with Silent Hill 2, I was paranoid and confused but mostly just frustrated because I couldn’t figure out which damn door to go into next. Claire is for a very specific type of gamer and that will be obvious from the beginning. I would only suggest this game to people with time, patience, and an appreciation for this particular style of horror. If you’re interested, grab it up for free as a PlayStation Plus title during March.