Game review: “Martha is dead”

Wired Productions and LKA are back after the success of The City of Lights to bring players face to face with the horrors of loss and war with their new dark psychological thriller Martha is dead. The game has been in the news recently as the game will be heavily modded for PlayStation due to some of the game content being deemed too disturbing luckily for you gorehounds the copy sent to me is not not affected by the changes! I want to thank Wired and LKA for the review opportunity!

Martha is dead is set in 1944 Italy where players take on the role of Giulia, a young woman obsessed with a local legend surrounding the lake near her family’s vineyard. While trying to set up a camera to capture the ghost of a lady in white, Giulia finds her identical twin sister Martha in the lake dead and after retrieving her body and out of confusion she assumes the identity of her now deceased sister while that everyone assumed she (Giulia) is dead. Giulia learns that her sister has been murdered and must now uncover the truth behind her sister’s death as the horrors of war, loss and guilt haunt her.

The controls for Martha is dead handles well and the occasional reminder of which buttons to use also helps the experience, especially with the camera and film development mechanics and responds very well, which is what you’d want in a first-person game.

The sound of the game is good, the soundtrack is amazing with a mix of original old German and Italian songs from the 1940s on the radios, and music from Aquasonic, a band that plays entirely underwater, which helps give it a beautifully eerie feel. It should be noted that the default audio language of the game is Italian, but it can be switched to English if desired.

The art of Martha is dead is truly mesmerizing and the light engine used for the game is definitely doing its job so when you’re in the Tuscan sun you can almost feel the heat from it, but when you’re out in the woods at night your spine is cooling vertebral is very real.

Speaking of thrills, as far as the horror elements of the game go, it’s darker and can be slightly disturbing if you’re not ready for it or the manner of the subject bothers you because there’s imagery nightmarish with graphic depictions of gore, death, suicide, usually shown surreal, almost like a fever dream but still unsettling. If you don’t want to see that, get the PS4/PS5 version of the game, but if you think you can handle it, the Xbox One/Series X/S and PC versions will have it.

Overall my experience with Martha is dead was pretty good. The story is a good thriller with a wonderful World War II backdrop that would explain some of the tension in the characters. Taking photos with a camera and developing them is a big part of the gaming experience and I love it and wish I had more of a “free-roam” where I can just enjoy walking around in the woods and campaign by taking photos and then developing them.

On my scale of 1 to 10, Martha is dead is a 10 for the unique story and setting, amazing art, soundtrack, and not being afraid to tackle topics that others would shy away from, but at the same time not making them the key part of the story.

Martha is dead is available now on PC, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X/S. Again, it should be noted that the game content on the PlayStation version is heavily modified whereas in the PC and Xbox versions it is not.

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