When The Dark Pictures Anthology was revealed, its promise was immediately obvious: Take the team that gave us the excellent Until Dawn and have it tackle new horror subgenres at a clip of about once per year. Results have been mixed across the four released games, but on a steady upward trajectory that does not falter with the latest effort. The Devil in Me is Supermassive’s latest slasher, and it outshines its predecessors–with a more cohesive plot, best-in-series characters, and a bit of clever gamification injected into the cinematic experience.
The Devil in Me takes us to Chicago, first at the turn of the 1900s to introduce–or, for horror fanatics, more likely remind us of–H.H. Holmes, sometimes dubbed “America’s first serial killer.” Holmes’ “murder castle” was in fact a hotel that he had outfitted to operate as more of a maze of horrific contraptions that could make Jigsaw’s works look like Mouse Trap. After a short flashback, the game jumps to the present day and follows an indie film crew making a documentary about Holmes.
To their excitement, they’re invited to a scale replica of the killer’s ghastly hotel that doubles as something of a museum where they’re promised footage and exclusive background information. As it turns out, the curator of the grounds is less than well-hinged himself–who could’ve guessed?–and what unfolds from there is roughly five or so hours of quality slasher material.