The Bunker is a live-action psychological horror title heading to the PlayStation 4. At first I was sure it’s a movie, but The Bunker is most definitely a game, as it features classic point-and-click gameplay, puzzles and exploration of both a secret nuclear bunker and your suppressed childhood memories.

In The Bunker, you play as John, a man living alone in an underground bunker. John was born in this bunker thirty years ago, on July 3, 1986 – the day the bombs fell, and has never seen the outside world. To coup with his loneliness, John sticks to a routine and follows the same rules he was taught all those years ago, before everyone else in the bunker died.

One day, an alarm shakes the bunker, and John’s mind begins to self-destruct. He must venture deeper and deeper into the bowels of the of the bunker, and rediscover his repressed memories and the terrible secrets that await him there. This “complex and twisting plot” is written by the same screenwriters behind The Witcher, Broken Sword and SOMA.

Since The Bunker is a live-action title, all characters are played by real live actors The protagonist is portrayed by Adam Brown, who played the dwarf Oni in the Hobbit trilogy. Other actors include Sarah Greene (Assassin’s Creed 3), Grahame Fox (Game of Thrones) and Jerome St. John Blake (The Fifth Element).

A live-action horror game takes me back to the mid-90’s, when I played games like Phantasmagoria and the 7th Guest. However, The Bunker will be “completely live-action”, meaning we won’t see the same cheap combination of live actors and computer-generated environments. We’ll see just how scary a live-action game can really be when The Bunker hits PlayStation 4 in September 2016.


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