Sense: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story comes to Xbox, with sequel planned

We know that cyberpunk has become synonymous with flinching and head wagging due to last year’s overly ambitious and released too soon outing of CD Projekt Red’s title. However, that doesn’t mean we should fear all games with a cyberpunk tone. Here to save us is Suzaku and Top Hat Studios horror game, Sense: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story.

Originally released in 2020 for PC, PlayStation4 and Nintendo Switch, Sense finally arrived this week on the Xbox One and Series X/S.

Weaving cyberpunk with rich Cantonese folklore, Sense draws from Clock Tower and Fatal Frame. Creating a horrific tapestry of atmospheric storytelling that requires attention to pacing and detail, players must be on their toes. The story takes place in 2083 Neo Hong Kong, centering around Mei-Lin Mak as she investigates the supernatural horrors around her and 14 lost souls. Trusting her cybernetic eyes may be her salvation or her downfall.

There’s spooks a’plenty along the way who may or may not be helpful. With only prayers and offerings as weapons, Mei works to help ghosts who haunt her move to the next world.

Sense requires players to hunt through every nook and cranny to discover the secrets of the world surrounding Mei. There are puzzles to solve and mysteries to uncover. And not everything reveals itself, even using Mei’s cybernetic eyes, or on the first playthrough.

A new Sense anthology begins

If Sense sounds up your alley, Suzaku plans to release the first part of an anthology sequel: SENSE/s: Midnight. A full 3D survival horror game with Resident Evil influences Midnight takes place in an abandon park, where the rumored haunted Midnight Door is said to appear. But, opening it may be the worst thing Uesugi Kaho has ever done.  

Sense: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story is currently on sale for $9.99 on the Switch and retails for $19.99 everywhere else. SENSE/s: Midnight is currently in pre-wish list on Steam with a release date of early 2022.

Alicia Graves

A bit nerdy, a bit punk rock princess, and a whole lot of mom, I'm constantly in motion. I have an enthusiasm for gaming and the cultural complexities of entertainment, both past and present. I don’t believe in limiting myself to one kind of genre in books, comics, manga, anime, music or movies. I prefer to seek out hidden gems in panned pieces, uniqueness in the mundane and new outlooks on nuances.
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