I haven’t gotten very far, but I started up Swery’s latest, The Missing - JJ Macfield and the something something something.
As should be expected from Swery, this game is… something. You play as JJ, who goes on a camping trip with her friend/potential love interest Emily. The opening scene is very cute. It doesn’t last. JJ wakes up, Emily is missing, and during JJ’s brief search, she (and we) discover that she has the ability to regenerate from basically anything short of a brain injury.
This is the gameplay. You strategically burn, dismember, and otherwise mutilate JJ in order to solve puzzles. A very early example: run into a barbed-wire fence, lose a leg, grab said leg and throw it at a box which she can use to climb up to a ledge.
It is seriously disturbing, and not least because of the performance of JJ’s voice actor. You know how, in movies and games, screaming and crying has this controlled, rhythmic aspect to it? This game doesn’t. JJ’s crying is loud, erratic, snotty, despairing. When I was in middle school, I once slipped and got my foot caught in the lawnmower. It wasn’t as bad as it sounds, but my reaction was enough to cause the entire neighborhood to blanche. JJ sounds like she is perpetually caught in a lawnmower. It is seriously unsettling.
I think the game is very well made, and I like Swery, but I don’t know if I can subject myself to it.