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EGX 2016 STUDENT REPORT The Bunker By Mackenzie Purnell

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As the last remaining survivor in a nuclear bunker, John’s daily routine is the one thing that keeps him sane. But when an alarm goes off, his mind starts to self destruct. He has to venture into long forgotten areas, recovering long repressed memories and unlocking the dark secrets of The Bunker.

The Bunker is a completely live action experience with zero computer generated effects, filmed on location in a decommissioned government nuclear bunker with a plot crafted by writers and designers behind titles like The WitcherSOMA and Broken Sword, and incredible cast including Adam Brown (The Hobbit) and Sarah Greene (Penny DreadfulAssassin’s Creed 3).

Key Features:

  • An incredible cast, including Adam Brown (The Hobbit), Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful), Grahame Fox (Game Of Thrones) and Jerome St. John Blake (Star Wars)
  • Totally live action – No CGI, no motion capture, shot on location in a genuine decommissioned nuclear bunker
  • A complex, twisting plot written by award-winning screenwriters and designers behindBroken Sword, The Witcher and SOMA
  • Hidden secrets, documents and recordings to explore the mystery further
  • Neo-retro soundtrack by composer Dom Shovelton

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Synopsis: The Bunker is a Psychological Live-Action Horror game in which you play as John, a 20-something-year-old man who has lived his entire life inside the confines of a bunker after the nuclear war has broken out. After the death of his mother, he is the final occupant of The Bunker. Everything spirals out of control as radiation leaks in, forcing him to break away from the routine his mother told him to follow.

Gameplay: The Bunker would be better classified as an interactive movie rather than a game. The gameplay is simply pointed and click, with standard QTE’s with button mashing and quick presses in order to save your character’s life. Because of the linear gameplay, it isn’t very replayable.

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Plot: The most integral part of The Bunker is the deep story it tells. The reasons for having been trapped in The Bunker are vague at the beginning, simply left with the reasoning of Nuclear War. Through the course of the game, you find out through interactive flashbacks of repressed memories the events that have unfolded and left you as the last survivor. Once everything begins to go wrong, John’s character is built and shown as someone that isn’t suited to this situation. He was coddled by his mother for his entire life, and almost coincidentally one day after her death, everything descends into madness.

Graphics: It’s live-action. There’s not much to talk about beyond the camera quality, which is pretty high.

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Horror Aspect: The thing that makes The Bunker unique besides the live-action and setting is the fact that there is practically no villain. The Bunker itself is the villain. There’s no death scene involving a scary monster tearing your character apart, just radiation poisoning or accidental death. Throughout the whole game, I encountered one jump scare and it was in a flashback. This game is tense; it builds tension instead of throwing it at your face like a stack of bricks. It lets the horror grow slowly, and it isn’t immediately all going wrong. The game is great in this sense; you know how your character can die at all times. But you don’t know how he’ll escape a radiated bunker that leads to a radiated world or fix the problem that he’s in.

Length: This is not particularly a game, as stated before. It’s an interactive movie. You can expect 2 to 3 hours of constant gameplay with no real downtime and tension getting built throughout.

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In a sense, it’s comparable to Alien: Isolation. It doesn’t immediately throw you into the action and builds the suspense organically with sound effects and music instead of simply throwing a scary thing at you.  The acting is great, especially for a live action game, and the fact that they used a real cold war bunker shows their dedication to the game. The storyline isn’t given away constantly, it’s up to the player to find out the story and piece it together themselves, and can even be found out quite early if the player thinks about it.

Verdict: If you like live action horror games or interactive movies, get this game. It is great for a few hours of timewasting and lasts with you for a while. The ending’s a lot more complicated than you’d first think, and considering there’re multiple endings, it can get confusing if you’re not paying attention. If you enjoy games like Telltale’s The Walking Dead franchise, you’ll certainly enjoy this.

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