Creepy dolls, crying babies, and a general sense of creepiness can’t compensate for generally lackluster play
The one thing I do like and appreciate about Trenches is its unusual choice of time and place. Set during World War I, you’ll be working your way through a network of the game’s title trenches, fighting to survive and generally keep your sanity. There’s certainly a creepy vibe here environmentally, and every once in a while when you find a somewhat grim scene which is cool but keep in mind that the game’s graphical limitations it can be hard to make out what you’re seeing, diminishing the impact. The main problem is that play itself is generally ploddingly slow and just generally dull. If you’re not struggling to see anything due to excessive N64-era fog you’re being assaulted by inexplicable JJ Abrams lens flare. The “move around quietly trying to avoid being detected, and if detected run to hide before you’re caught” thing has been more than done on the system, and even among mostly dreadful competitors Trenches still trends towards the end of the list.
Justin Nation, Score: