Defunct Games reviews The Long Reach by Painted Black Games, available now on Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac and Linux.
From a storytelling perspective, The Long Reach is a masterclass in how to tell an effective horror story. It’s more than just the fascinating twists, as the story also hints at a deeper social meaning. Unfortunately, some of the effective writing is undone by the lame pop culture references and a buggy second half. It’s an imperfect beast, but The Long Reach is a stirring debut from Painted Black Games.