Spooky season may have ended, but we still have a horror game to talk about! Today we’re talking about Headware Games’ Chasing Static, an indie horror short story. It did take me a little while to get around to this one, so huge apologies for that! But I’m here now!
What is Chasing Static?
In the dead of night a fierce storm rages across North Wales. Miles from any town, Chris Selwood seeks refuge in a remote roadside café. However, things aren’t quite what they seem. After a power outage, Chris finds the café waitress pinned to the ceiling by something with fierce glowing eyes. He passes out, and later wakes up to the dusty old abandoned remains of the café. Uncover the forgotten remains of a mysterious facility and try to piece together what happened to the missing villagers of Hearth. Explore the untouched wilderness of rural Wales.
Gameplay mechanics are very audio driven, and have you hunting anomalies with an experimental Frequency Displacement Monitoring Device. The story is also non-linear, to give a stronger experience of exploration.
The very first impression I got from Chasing Static was that you can really see the developer’s inspiration. Graphically speaking, it really took me back to original PlayStation games. The style is also well suited to the atmosphere. This, paired with the sound design, made for a very interesting experience. Now, a full playthrough is on average around the two hour mark. However, the non-linear style does mean it could take you longer, or even less time. Just something to keep in mind.
I did have one real issue with this game. Keyboard controls were okay, however controller support was not great. I had to double check the Steam page to make sure controller was fully supported honestly. With the controller, things felt very awkward and janky. It really took away from the experience for me.
Story wise, I just couldn’t get into it. Please don’t get me wrong. Chasing Static is not a bad game. In my experience, it just wasn’t the game for me. I feel like there are a lot of people out there who would really love this game. It has more than enough unique qualities and entertainment value within. It just wasn’t the game for me. That said, the game did bring up a lot of nostalgia in me for the older horror games, and it does carry that charm to it.
Sometimes, as much as we want to like something, it just doesn’t work that way. However, if you like modern horror with a retro feel and a short story, this game could really be for you!