Close to the Sunby Aethyna May 15, 2019 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate Putting the striking resemblance between this game and the popular RPG/shooter series, Bioshock, aside, Close to the Sun is a story-driven horror adventure game that puts you into the shoes of a journalist, Rose Archer, who’s searching for her sister, Ada, aboard the controversial research vessel, the Helios. Play Now Similar Games Played
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Putting the striking resemblance between this game and the popular RPG/shooter series, Bioshock, aside, Close to the Sun is a story-driven horror adventure game that puts you into the shoes of a journalist, Rose Archer, who’s searching for her sister, Ada, a renowned theoretical physicist aboard the controversial research vessel, the Helios. Unbeknownst to her, Rose is walking right into a hellish nightmare that you’ll need to help her escape from!
In this game, you play as the journalist, Rose Archer, whose younger sister, Ada Archer, is an amazing theoretical physicist aboard the research vessel Helios, who has proven the one electron theory, allowing humanity access to free and limitless energy.
One day, out of the blue, you received a letter from your sister inviting you to visit her on the Helios. Note that entry to the research vessel has always been incredibly difficult mainly because the owner, the famous scientist himself, Nikola Tesla, is extremely paranoid about having his important groundbreaking researches on the Helios stolen by spies sent by none other than his arch-rival, Thomas Edison, despite repeated denials from the latter.
After all, Nikola has invested a lot of his profits from his electric company, the Wardenclyffe, into Helios just so he could create a utopian-like place for scientists to be able to perform any experiments they want, free from the usual constraints of any country’s jurisdictions as it is anchored in international waters and far from the disapproving eyes of society. This freedom is supposed to help accelerate humanity’s scientific advancements and Nikola is not about to let Thomas steal everything he has built.
Perhaps it was an experiment gone horribly wrong or Nikola’s own extreme paranoia that had triggered him to do something unspeakable to the very people on his ship, but when Rose arrived at the Helios, things weren’t as they seemed.
The vessel was incredibly silent and was seemingly void of any people… and of course, as she made her way into the check-in area, the doors slammed shut behind her, revealing a word painted in blood red color – “Quarantine”.
Determined as ever to find her sister, you’ll need to help Rose navigate the many winding corridors and rooms on the Helios in hopes of finding a way to escape while keeping an eye out for any survivors, especially for Ada.
Close to the Sun is an adventure game and as such, you’ll be expected to walk your character around, picking up clues to read as you try to make sense of what had actually happened on the Helios.
There are tons of rooms, some of which can be truly breathtaking to see, and winding corridors in this game that you can explore. The places you can explore in this game usually contain some clues for you to find that will reveal another part of the story, a gruesome scene illustrating the consequence of whatever that was unleashed on the Helios, and even a puzzle or two to solve.
Interestingly enough, the game doesn’t seem to provide a lot of handholding or clues when it comes to the puzzles you’ll need to solve. Due to this, you might need to do some trial and error before you can arrive to the solution. Some puzzles can even be brute-forced, as in you can try every possible combination in hopes of finding the correct one.
Close to the Sun is also a horror-themed game so you can definitely expect some jump scares in the form of shadows moving, creepy sound effects, and of course, the iconic flicking lights/ blackouts.
Close to the Sun is a single player game but you can still connect with your fellow players via forums, discussion boards, chat rooms, and other online locations to discuss the game and its story.
Right from the start, Close to the Sun bears a strong resemblance to one of my favorite RPG/shooter games of all time, Bioshock, and that’s a high compliment rather than a negative point. I absolutely love the eerie atmosphere and the shadows that flicker at the corner of your eye as you make your way deliberately into the bowels of what seems to be a nightmare in search of your sister. The steampunk-like themed art style used perfectly fits the game too, featuring lots of art deco design motifs that are distinctive of that era, the early 1900s.
Of course, a horror game isn’t complete without having some great sound effects that will make your heart leap out of its ribcage – no joke! Plus, the game is extremely apt at using silence as a tool to really amplify the little sounds that, although may not be much, but they can somehow make your skin crawl as you brace yourself for a jump scare that may or may not come. Close to the Sun knows how to keep you constantly on your toes, that’s for sure!
So, our final verdict? Close to the Sun is most definitely a rare masterpiece within the horror genre. In fact, I’d probably go as far as to suggest that it may attain cult-like status among horror fans. Every part of the game is pretty well-designed but I particularly enjoy the super creepy atmosphere through the liberal use of eerie silences followed by well-timed sound effects and animations that will make anyone who’s playing the game intently jump.
Plus, despite bearing a striking resemblance to the popular RPG/shooter, Bioshock, the graphics are done in a way that shows the developers’ admiration of the theme and style in the latter game rather than being a direct copy.
Thus, if you really like the theme and horror games, it’s pretty much a no-brainer to buy the game, which you can do so at the Epic Games Store. If not, you might still want to check out the gameplay on YouTube anyway… who knows? You might change your mind!