Black Mirror now has an official gameplay trailer. I think it’s the first video that actually shows any extended gameplay, beyond what was shown behind to the media at Gamescom.

Black Mirror was first announced just before the convention, with a nifty CGI trailer and some screenshots. It took THQ Nordic a while to release any sort of gameplay footage, but now they did. Sure, the graphics aren’t all that impressive, but you got to admit the atmosphere feels really nice for a point-and-click investigation game.

Although the video does show footage from the game, I’d say it’s more of a story trailer than a gameplay one. You do see protagonist David Gordon walk about the dark mansion, but there isn’t a lot going on. The interesting bits are all in the narration.

As far as the story goes, we learn that David has returned to the family castle after his father’s apparent suicide. Since the circumstances of his father’s death are rather peculiar, David starts investigating the mansion, and uncovering dark secrets.

Uncovering dark family secrets is basically the one thing to do in old mansions, really.

The story has deep undertones of Gothic horror and madness – the kind you’ll find in the works of Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. In fact, the trailer ends with a quote from one of my favorite poems by Poe: “All the we see of seem, is but a dream within a dream.”

Foreshadowing? Maybe, but it nails the game’s vibe perfectly.

I just started playing Black Mirror, and so far it’s pretty interesting. You can expect a more deep and detailed opinion next week, when I had more time to play the game (and the embargo has lifted).

Black Mirror will be available to all come November 28, on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


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