Of course there's plenty going on before you reach that point, and that plenty is defined by the interesting creatures you meet along the way. The team at Japanese studio Tango Gameworks delivered an intriguing set of creature designs that are as scary as they are fascinating: every design is firmly rooted in Japanese culture and folklore. Below are our five favorite designs.
1. The Slit-Mouthed Woman
When you first meet a "Kuchisake-Onna" in the game, you see a young masked woman. She may be very tall compared to other Japanese women, but otherwise there's nothing unusual about her—long before Covid, the Japanese wore masks in public to curb the spread of viruses.
Approach her, and you'll soon find out this is not your average Japanese lady. She'll ask you if you think she's pretty. Answer "no," and she'll kill you with a large pair of scissors. Answer "yes," and she'll take her mask off, repeating the question while showing horrific ear-to-ear slashes across her face. We're not spoiling which answer yields what action, but neither outcome is pretty, and you will need some proper skills to best her.
The Kuchisake-Onna or Slit-Mouthed Woman is based on a traditional type of "onryō," a ghost bent on vengeance to redress the wrongs of its past. In folk tales, this specific ghost is either the victim of a vindictive husband, mutilating his wife as punishment for infidelity, or the victim of a dental procedure gone horribly wrong.