Developer: Aaron Roller
Genre(s): Survival horror
Platform: Xbox Series X & Xbox One
Age Rating: PEGI 16
Release Date: June 12th 2023
A code was provided for review purposes
Greyhill Incident is set in the fictional town of Greyhill, where paranormal activities are mysteriously on the rise. Our protagonist, Ryan Baker, takes it upon himself to figure out what’s going on, only to realize that aliens have landed and they are real. While everyone is worried about alerting the police in fear of getting locked up, Baker decides to take matters into his own hands and save Greyhill.
Greyhill Incident is a first-person survival horror game where the protagonist needs to survive an alien invasion (nice change to the typical zombie apocalypse). Our hero can defend himself by finding and using a baseball bat, or pistol. While the baseball bat will simply knock out the opposition, the pistol will kill the little grey men. The game does also have a small emphasis on stealth.
More walking sim than action
Once you’ve knocked out an alien, you’ll need to scramble and find a place to hide so they don’t get you. If they get their little paws on you, it’s instant death. You can hide in cars for example, or if in a house, you can hide in wardrobes. The game does offer a few scares thankfully. While you can hide and defend yourself, it feels more like a walking simulator than an action game. I do understand that our hero isn’t a war soldier, but it feels like you’re playing as a toddler.
Greyhill Incident is riddled with problems. The first obvious one being the development team clearly doesn’t understand how proportions work in the real world. When you inspect the inside of your truck, everything is so huge; you feel like a toddler behind the wheel. And while your character is an adult, I mean he’s as tall as other adults in the game, the baseball bat is almost as tall as you. I’ve never seen a baseball bat that’s almost as tall as an average adult. Another issue is the slow/sluggish character movement.
So much potential wasted
You walk at a snail’s pace, and when running, it barely makes any difference. Your stamina is also extremely low. I don’t know about you, but I’d run faster than ever if I came across an out-of-this-world threat. And then there’s the poor combat. It takes forever for the character to hit with the baseball bat; at least there’s a gun, but looking for ammo is annoying. Enemies can only be knocked down with the baseball bat, but two bullets will kill them.
While the concept of not being hunted by man-made catastrophes, Greyhill Incident is a game to avoid at all costs. From its sluggish movement, cringe-y voice acting, outdated visuals, and very poor combat. While the developers earn an A for effort and have little grey men as the antagonists, everything else makes it a chore to play. The only redeeming quality is that if you’re courageous enough to play it, it’s a very short (horrible) experience.
Rapid Reviews Rating
1.5 out of 5
Greyhill Incident Abducted Edition can be purchased on the Xbox Marketplace.
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