LKA’s psychological horror game Martha Is Dead won the “Best Creation” award at the Italian Game Awards.
The job of creating a game that scares players can be considered an art form, and there are many studios capable of bringing horror to gamers. Reality horror games have dominated this year’s Summer Game Fest, with titles like Aliens Dark Descent already announced and gameplay trailers for The Callisto Protocol also shown. It looks like the genre is having a golden age, with plenty of indie titles and AAA horror debuts. One example is LKA’s Martha is Dead, which has recently won several prestigious awards.
At the Italian Game Awards held a few days ago, the psychological horror title Martha is Dead was awarded the “Best Creation” award in 2022. Games in other categories include “” Best Italian debut” goes to Cordens Interactive’s Vesper, “Excellent Italian Company” goes to Nacon Studio Milan. The award for “Best Italian Game” went to Hot Wheels Unleashed, themed about classic toys.
It’s good to see horror games getting the recognition they deserve. Usually in visual media, especially film, this genre goes unnoticed by awarding organizations and the Academy, so many people will be pleased that an award has been given to his work. LKA. Martha is Dead is one of the most anticipated horror games of 2021, along with titles like Resident Evil 8, Returnal, and Scorn.
Despite winning the prestigious award, Martha is Dead has received mixed reviews and currently has a Metacritic score of 72 for the PC version and just 58 on the Xbox One. On top of that, the game was the subject of controversy prior to its release on PlayStation because the game featured several censored scenes. LKA was disappointed when Sony insisted that some things would be cut before the game could launch on PS4 and PS5. However, it is possible that this move has benefited the game. Before the controversy, the game was not known to many people other than the most avid horror fans. The controversial game seems to have caught people’s attention, which often leads to increased sales.
It’s not certain whether the Sony controversy with some of the title’s cut content was what caught the attention of the Italian Game Awards. Either way, with horror titles like the survival game Chernobylite winning last month’s “Best Polish Game of 2021” award, perhaps it’s simply that more people are starting to notice the game. more of this type.