Editors' reviewSolid 3D graphics, supernatural effects, and good sound contribute to an immersive environment that makes this first-person shooter a horrific success. Summoned to a haunted estate, you must fight through waves of nasty beasties in a quest to end the Curse of the Undying King.
Set in a fantastic world of evil, Undying uses lighting effects and sound to create a powerful atmosphere of horror. As if you were in a scary movie, ghosts suddenly appear behind you in a mirror, and cracks of lightning suddenly light up rooms, often to terrifying effect. Bodiless faces of ectoplasm attack you from the air, and disgusting ghouls rise from the dirt. To confront these unholy combatants, you have two types of attacks at your disposal: physical (shotgun, scythe, hands) and magical (spells of many varieties). The system of switching weapons isn't extremely intuitive, as you must scroll around a circle, but the other controls are conventional for first-person shooters and serve the game well.
With a slower pace than many modern first-person shooters, Undying relies heavily on its story and background, and it succeeds for the most part. The level in the demo is extremely dim, so turn up the brightness on your monitor and confront the darkness with eyes wide open.
Set in Ireland of the 1920s, players take on the role of Patrick Galloway, who has been summoned to an ancestral estate by its lone descendant, Jeremiah. Death has claimed his four siblings, each of whom have reanimated intent on slaying their living brother, the last of the family, so as to free the Curse of the Undying King .
To save his friend and unravel the curse that has befallen Jeremiah's family, Patrick must embark on five perilous quests before he can unearth the final horror of the estate. Each quest brings Patrick face-to-face with one of Jeremiah's undead siblings and the strange and wicked creatures the curse has attracted. In addition, Patrick must triumph over his reviled competitor, Kiesinger. If there is power to be had by unearthing the mystery of the estate, then Kiesinger will try and steal it--and there is much power to be had. It's up to Patrick to defeat each of Jeremiah's siblings and to vanquish Kiesinger to quell the Undying King. The demo lets you play through a sequence in the haunted mansion and includes some of the stronger weapons and spells from the full version.