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Why P.T. is one of my favorite games

August 29, 2019

Way back in 2014, which seems like eons ago in the gaming community, a game called P.T. was announced at Gamescom. It appeared to be a new IP from a new developer called 7780s Studio.

It looked scary and everyone was excited to try the free demo, which was only available on the PlayStation 4. I will never forget when I first launched it - I immediately knew it was something special. The graphics were amazing, the sound design impeccable, and the atmosphere - just, WOW. After getting so scared that I almost fell out of my chair, I completed the demo and discovered that P.T. was a “playable teaser” for a new Silent Hill game called Silent Hills.

Not only that, but 7780s Studio was just a pseudonym for Kojima Productions. The game was going to be published by Konami and directed by Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, in collaboration with renowned film director Guillermo del Toro.

You may have noticed that I am referring to P.T. in the past tense. Sadly, Silent Hills was canceled by Konami and P.T. was removed from the PlayStation Store.

If you already had it downloaded on your console, it would not be removed. Since many have upgraded to the PS4 Pro or gotten a new PS4 console, P.T. is a thing of the past for many people like myself. Or, maybe not.

My console that originally housed P.T. was formatted and sold when the Uncharted PS4 came out, for obvious reasons. I was really sad that I couldn’t transfer P.T. to my new console, but it is what it is. It wasn’t until just recently that I discovered a way to get P.T. back on my console.

A YouTuber called H-BOB-OMB has found a way to restore P.T. on your console if you previously downloaded it back in 2014.

It involves downloading a program to your computer and connecting your PS4 directly to the server on your computer. It’s a little over my head, but he explains it thoroughly in the video and it worked for me on the first try.

Unfortunately, if you never originally downloaded you will not be able to play it without purchasing a console that has the game installed on eBay. There are a few P.T. “clones,” with one of the best being Corridors. It is a free demo available on PC. It is not without bugs, but it has a very similar vibe to P.T.

I’m generally not a huge fan of horror games, but P.T. really intrigued me. I had never played anything like it. What I really love about it is that every single time I play, I have a new experience.

Sometimes the ghost, Lisa, will show her creepy face in the window...other times she’ll linger in the balcony, and sometimes she will just appear and fly toward you in the hallway. It really keeps you on your toes, and I love discovering new ways to solve the final puzzle each time I play.

If you’re interested in seeing me play P.T., I will now be streaming it periodically on Twitch at twitch.tv/gottosaurus. Hit me up on Twitter if you’re interested at twitter.com/cgottowhite!

  • Cassie Gotto-White is a gamer, communications professional and coffee lover. She discovered her passion for video games at age six when she was given an NES Top Loader. Her current main console is a PlayStation 4, but she also owns a Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. She considers herself to be a single-player games advocate, and some of her favorite games are The Last of Us, the Uncharted series, the Yakuza series and Night in the Woods. Follow her at cgottowhite on Instagram and Twitter, and add her on PSN: unleash-the-bats.

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