Purchased about a month ago and started right after I began the first Resident Evil. I’d say that Eternal Darkness is very similar to Resident Evil and that it probably took some cues from that game or something similar, and you can see it in the way the game allows you to interact with the world and move about and solve puzzles.
One of my favorite features is the “time travel” piece - in order to progress, you have to find things like keys and clues, but you also have to find pages to the Tome and decode them to learn the book’s secrets! The “decoding” is comprised of learning about the book’s previous owners and what they got up to; no mini-game to worry about here, just different segments with different characters. I thought that it was a very nice touch!
The story is admirably Lovecraftian, and I’d say that it does a stellar job. It isn’t anything revolutionary, but it’s a lot of fun to see it all unfold through the lives of different people across millennia. The gameplay is incredibly solid. Very simple attack controls, basic weaponry, option to hotkey spells for quicker casting, stuff like that. The menus and inventory could be more intuitive, but they are by no means difficult or confusing to navigate.
I gave the graphics a 4 because the game looks pretty good for an early 2000s title. I’d have to say that the sound is awesome. Great voice acting (with minor and forgettable exception) and music use/choice, the cries and screams and monster sounds make for wonderful ambiance, there are occasional little spooks like a sharp crack from a fire that aren’t quite jump scares but that actually add something to the tense atmosphere. I was surprised by how well it was crafted!
Overall I’d give the game a 4/5. It lives up to its potential as a solid and strong horror game, but I think that it could have put more effort into difficulty (of combat and puzzles) and into putting forward a more challenging or compelling narrative.
yes: I recommend this product