Is your boring life currently defined by a noteworthy – almost alarming – lack of sheer terror? Well, we’ve got some great news for you, then: Slender: The Arrival is now available for Xbox One via ID@Xbox, and it’s sure to leave you huddled up in the corner, your belabored sobs punctuated only by the occasional bloodcurdling scream.
Yes, it’s that classic scenario ripped straight from your deepest, darkest nightmares. An impossibly tall, thin, unsettlingly proportioned specter of death – the titular Slender Man – pursues you through a number of dark and terrifying environments. Armed with only a flashlight, it’s your job to collect the scattered pages of what we’re assuming is some eldritch, Lovecraftian tome (sorry, our reading comprehension goes out the window once the panic-induced adrenaline threatens to swallow us whole). Do this before the horrific nightmare man catches you, and for the love of all that is holy, don’t look at him, or shine your flashlight on him, or do anything but run, or so help us, he will teleport in front of you and rip your face off.
It’s the kind of memorable experience that will have you putting down your Xbox One controller and walking away with your hands thrown up high, muttering “Nope, nope, NOPE, NOPE” as the Slender Man’s chilling visage is burned into your skull, planting the seeds for all those night terrors that will have you waking up in cold sweats during the darkest hours of the morning, momentarily confused as to what’s real and what isn’t.
If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll catch a sleep-fevered glimpse of the nightmare man in your bedroom’s corner, and wind up having to awkwardly apologize to the neighbors, assuring them that no, there was no reason to call the police, you were just having a bad dream.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, this game’s more than a little spooky, but it’s so good that we keep coming back for more and more. Slender: The Arrival is now available on Xbox One and Xbox 360, and you can scare yourself half to death with it for just $9.99.