I just finished this game, and to be honest, it was a real struggle. For some reason, the stat checks in this game are INSANELY difficult. I literally don’t even know if I passed a single one. Even when I had ridiculously high Booksmarts, Perception, and Planning stats, every choice I made that supposedly signaled those stats failed. I’m not sure if this falls into my own misinterpretation of the text leading to me choosing the wrong choices or if it’s something else, but I really didn’t know what I was supposed to do half the time. By the time I got to chapter 9, every single choice offered was outside of the skills I developed, and it really drew me out of the story entirely because it was destined failure no matter what I did.
I really, honestly think this game could remove a ton of the checks and still be a really wonderful horror game. Having almost every single choice be a stat check honestly ruined the experience for me. Barring that, an option to just leave the town before the final confrontation with Ennis or with the Fog Beast would be really appreciated. At some point I got so apathetic (not the stat - I personally was apathetic) about everything going on and just wanted an option to go back to New Hampshire with my mom and Jezebel. I’ll probably do another playthrough to see if I can do better and if that makes the story more enjoyable, but I really think the stat checks brought down the experience this game has to offer.