If you played the base game of Layers of Fear, you likely were left wanting more. The base game was a brilliant little adventure game that brought horror aspects to the front without the cliché jump-scare moments that have become all too common recently in the horror genre.
Inheritance does not offer any new gameplay mechanics to the fold, but it does bring a brand new story. The plot takes place many years after the original game. This time you do not control the painter like you did in the original game; instead you play as his daughter. The titular inheritance comes from the fact that the painter's daughter has inherited his house after his death. You will have to face the nightmares that once haunted the selfsame mansion before you find out what his most prized asset is though...
As mentioned above, the gameplay is the same as the base game. Most of the time is spent exploring rooms and corridors for hints, notes and paintings left either by a younger version of the girl, or her father. These notes add additional depth to the game’s story if you so choose to find them all. Whilst Layers of Fear doesn’t have any form of combat system, there is still a fail state added into the game. Some situations will lead the main character to die, such as being caught out by the enemy, or an environmental effect.
The graphics are again, similar to the original game, but with a few additional scenes that really make you stand back and appreciate just how well-produced this addition to the game is. One of the last scenes has a very memorable style to it, which I enjoyed very much. The use of shadows, fog and smoke throughout the game keeps the player in suspense as to what could be around each corner. There isn’t as much art to check out on the walls in this expansion as there was in the last game sadly. The voice acting remains as excellent as in the original. Sound effects are all on point too, adding to the creepy atmosphere created by the visual effects.
This DLC pack only took me a little over an hour to complete, and this included finding every note, painting and exploring as much as I could. Inheritance also follows in the footsteps of the first game, and gives multiple different endings depending on which paths you chose throughout. This again lends itself to replayability, encouraging you to play through it more than once.
Inheritance is a great piece of DLC for any fans of Layers of Fear. It is basically more of the same and for the low price of $4.99, you can’t really go wrong with this extremely well-put together experience.