'Sadness' Bringing Psychological Noir to the Wii in Fall 2009

The crime-noir psychological thriller Sadness for Wii is a gothic horror game, with irregular scenarios deciding on such issues as schizophrenia or narcolepsy, and according to the website, if you’re counting on shooting, liters of blood and piles of dead bodies then unfortunately you won’t find this here.

Sadness is a black and white psychological horror game in which you control Maria – Victorian age aristocrat trying to protect her 8 year old, blind son from monsters trying to get him. Action is set on the verge of the 19th and 20th centuries, at a ruin in the woods of the Russian Empire. The entire game focus on psychological aspects of fear and player interactions with Alexander.

Sadness is meant to scare the player with its atmosphere and various methods of playing include slitting the throat of enemies with glass or throwing a rope over a wall to hang them. The developer, Nibris, has stated that the game will have a special way to save progress by happening automatically during specific moments unbeknownst to the players so it can keep the feeling of reality.

Werewolves will be in the game although they will not have a whole lot in common with the more traditional aspect of werewolves. In the game, the werewolf is born human and when mature they will change during the full moon and will not regenerate after death.

Likho, is another creature in the game whose roots as in Slavic mythology as a creature with one eye, usually depicted as an old person. According to Slavic tribal legend, Likho was a good and peaceful creature that lived in and took care of the forest. Its name was associated with bounty and goodness; however, adults and elders ascribed to it all the worst attributes of an evil and very ugly creature – it had one huge eye, and a deformed human-like body.

The game is slated for a Fall 2009 release, so hopefully we will learn more about the game in the coming months leading up to next year. Lord knows we have a long enough wait.

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