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Is Layers of Fear Scary? – Answered

The only thing we have to fear is Layers of Fear itself

Layers of Fear has officially launched on June 15, 2023, for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S, bringing the popular series to the current generation of horror gaming in a compilation of both old and new content from the franchise. For those who may not have yet explored the eerily named first-person horror title, you may be curious exactly how scary Layers of Fear is. Let’s examine Layers of Fear’s scariness level to determine whether it is the right game for you.

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How Scary is Layers of Fear?

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As we’ve said many times previously at Prima Games, horror is in the eye of the beholder and is highly personal. What may not scare you could be terrifying to someone else and vice versa. However, examining the game through as objective a lens as possible, we can confirm that yes, Layers of Fear is scary. The game leans heavily on its frightening environments, which attempt to creep out players through the use of relatable sights and sounds, while also incorporating supernatural horror. If you are interested in a more in-depth examination of Layers of Fear’s scariness, check out the official Prima Games review below.

Related: Layers of Fear Review | Sweet Dreams Aren’t Made of This

Layers of Fear Developers Explain its Scariness

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In Layers of Fear, before starting the game, or even reaching the main menu, there is a warning provided by the developers at Bloober Team, which reads as follows:

“Layers of Fear contains content that some players may find disturbing or
triggering, including depictions of aggression and violence, violent language,
domestic and child abuse/neglect, unsettling childhood imagery (such as
dismembered or possessed dolls, and disarrayed childhood belongings),
unsettling depictions of human-like figures (i.e.. mannequins), blood and
blood-like substances, fire, visual depictions of severe bodily injuries (i.e..
burns), alcohol and alcohol abuse, audible and visual hallucinations,
demonic imagery, rats, dogs, confined spaces and the sensation of being
trapped or chased, depression, self-harm, and suicide.

If you are sensitive to any of these themes or have a history of experiencing
similar difficulties in the past, please use caution when playing and consider
whether this game is appropriate for you. In the event that you find yourself
having a negative reaction to this content, please remember that you can
pause or stop the game at any point and take breaks as needed.”

Is Layers of Fear Right for You?

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If you are a horror fan, Layers of Fear will undeniably be up your alley, as in many ways, Bloober Team’s newest release is a textbook representation of the genre. However, if you can’t handle horror, or are disturbed by foreboding supernatural imagery, Layers of Fear is a bad gaming choice, and would not be a wise use of your hard-earned money.

Want to know more about Layers of Fear? Check out the game’s new trophy/achievement list.

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Grant Testa
Grant Testa is a writer at Prima Games, who specializes in achievement hunting and horror gaming. He is also an avid comic book reader/collector, fantasy footballer, and rock music fanatic. Thousands who have been defeated by Grant in online multiplayer games have cried to themselves, wondering, "How did he get so good?! Why can't I be a gaming demigod like him?" They would probably be surprised to learn that Grant actually inherited his elite gaming skills from his mom, Joann Hansen, one of the speediest stenographers/typists in the nation, (and probably the world). Fun fact: he is also the son of the world’s first “let’s player” and comedy legend, Tim Testa.