July 2017 - Until Dawn (Game Review).
a spoiler free review.
downloaded this game recently because I'm
into survival horror games but mainly because
it was free on PS4 if you have PlayStation
Plus. I've very mixed opinions about this
game ranging from "It's a boring pile of
poo" to "This is a fantastic game."
is about a group of friends who are staying
at a lodge in Canada on a snow covered
mountain. Due to a prank gone wrong two of
the friends go missing which results in their
deaths. Their brother reunites the group a
year later as a mark of respect with them
staying at the same location as before. Then
a psycho starts stalking them and killing
them gruesomely. As the story moves on there
are multiple plots, subplots and twists which
I won't mention to avoid spoilers.
first started playing I was instantly
reminded of the Telltale Game series. It's
more of an interactive story than a
conventional game. The pacing is
excruciatingly slow as the characters are
introduced. They spend most of their time
arguing and there's not a likeable character
among them. This may be intentional as their
personalities change depending on the events
going on around them and the player's choices.
The player has no choice as to which player
to be as the game will change from one to
another as you progress.
game progresses there is more to do than
simply react to what the characters are
saying and it plays more like a conventional
game albeit with quicktime events for a lot
of the action. Press triangle, press square,
press circle, etc to climb a wall. There are
lots of things to pick up too which give
clues as to what it going on.
divided into episodes when you can select
once you've completed it. I did find the
"Story so far" summary beginning
each episode annoying however as they
interrupted gameplay. I found the therapist
character equally annoying as he often
appeared at the most inappropriate of times.
main menu is the option to see how the game
was made and to see the voice actors. That
was very interesting and a surprise that they
used their true likeness as characters within
managed to finish the game with two
characters surviving, it is possible for them
all to survive depending on the decisions you
make so I'm certainly going to play it again
at a later date. I did enjoy it once the
action got going but I'm sure the slow pacing
and annoying characters put a lot of players
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