Review: In Rays of the Light
Updated: Apr 5, 2021
This remake of the 2012 game The Light is the latest title from Sergey Noskov who is best known for 7th Sector. It’s a walking simulator with a few puzzles hidden within that will leave you on edge and uneasy as you explore its apocalyptic setting.
The opening shot sets the feeling for the game perfectly as it opens on a time-lapse of a can as the world around it is abandoned.
This slow-paced walking sim provides no big scares but instead tasks you with finding items, viewing photos and reading notes. You’ll get a sense of an escape room style game as you the collect items to unlock new areas and repair the generator. Leaving no stone unturned will have you interacting with and discovering secrets in the simplest of objects.
It does well to keep you feeling on edge and uneasy due to its environmental sounding effects and even though it's an abandoned environment it can still give you the sense you’re being followed in select moments. Those environments can feel very claustrophobic in parts and navigating with low light will just adds to the tense, uneasy experience of navigating this game.
The story of this game is about our place in this world, life and death angled at blaming mankind which is revealed as you study the details and surroundings throughout. It can feel quite dark at times as you learn what has happened here and how so many attempted to escape.
If you’re looking to uncover everything it has to offer then you’ll want to play it through a few times to discover the multiple endings and to make sure you don't miss a hidden note.
It’s a short journey that’s worth checking out although it has brief moments of awkward controls it sets the atmosphere and mood really well as you set out to cover its story for yourself.
In Rays of the Light
Genre: Walking Simulator, Survival Horror, Mystery Dungeon
Developer: Noskov Sergey
Publisher: Sometimes You
I received 'In Rays of the Light' for free, to play and review thanks to the team at Sometimes You who kindly gifted a PlayStation 5 copy of the game.