Clive Barker’s Undying

If you have ever read a Clive Barker book, you’ll know how creepy he can be. This game has the same kind of twitchiness. The environment is lovingly crafted, and the characters and monsters are great – until that is, they open their mouths. This really excellent game was rendered almost unplayable by the voice talent. Unfortunately, the main character is Irish, which shouldn’t be problem, but it is. The accent starts around Newcastle, hovers for sometime in Scotland, before meandering through most of the English speaking countries in the world. Like a trip through Australia, South Africa, Canada and unavoidably America, the accent only vaguely hit Ireland, and even that was via Hollywood. Winsconsin, West Consin?
Americans are as bad at placing accents as Brits are at pronouncing Wisconsin. Hence Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins seems perfectly reasonable. If you happened to catch Dustin Hoffman impersonating Geordie Jonny from Big Brother 3 on the Graham Norton show, you’ll get a good idea of what they are passing off as an Irish accent. If you could turn the audio off this would be a pretty good game. It has a creep factor that will have the hairs on the back of you neck on end. Unfortunately, the game is narrated throughout using diaries and notes left from the other characters. The other characters are as bad as the main one for faux-Irish or English or whatever they’re supposed to be. I noticed that one of the voice overs is actually Mr Barker himself.


If you have thick skin and can stand the accents, the game itself is decent. There are plenty of weapons and spells to keep the ghoulies at bay. Sometimes it feels like American McGee’s Alice, with surreal landscapes, but it isn’t quite of that calibre. If only I could forget the voices…

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