Well it never became a fully fledged commercial game, the demo for P.T. sure was a phenomenon. Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro’s ill-fated attempt at a Silent Hill sequel enjoyed a short public celebration in the form of a cryptic, free, multi-faceted demo.
“P.T.” was a genuinely unnerving experience in the best ways, and part of that was due to the graphics being able to make you doubt reality for a second. The visual detail of that hallway likely still haunts many who dared venture through it. Using the ambitious Fox Engine to satisfy director Hideo Kojima’s desires for photorealism, “P.T.” sometimes felt too real for a video game.
Though we would get to see more of that game engine’s strengths with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain, P.T. remains a harrowing experience all its own.
The PS4 has finally started to fade into memory now that PlayStation 5s are more abundant in stores. But looking back, it’s clear that developers pushed this machine to its limits with visually stunning titles like these.