"A message on an answering machine plays beneath the opening credits of Gone Home, offering some context. A young woman tells her mother that her Pan-European tour has drawn to an end and that she will be home near midnight on a particular date. The message ends, the title card fades away and it is suddenly 1:15 a.m. on the 7th of June, 1995. You can hear the rain tumbling down, its perpetuity punctuated occasionally by an unnerving rumble of thunder. As promised, Katie stands in the patio of her home, bags at her side and the front door before her. Pinned to it is a handwritten message written by Katie’s — your — sister, Sam, begging you not to try to find out what has happened to her.
"The curiosity that this inspires is enough to overwhelm the sense of foreboding imbued by the atmosphere. The door swings open at a touch, the lights in the entrance hall flicker off and on creepily, and suddenly, you are sucked into one of the most minimalistic, emotive and eng...
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