So in the last week or so I have had the opportunity to sit down and play Sony’s exclusive PlayStation 4 game Until Dawn. A game that follows some teenagers as they make their way to a cabin on a mountain for a fun and action packed weekend with their friends. Though this mountain is not what it seems and when you arrive, you are thrust into a journey of epic and terrifying proportions. Make your way through this terrifying experience while you are constantly on the edge of your seat seeing whether or not everyone will die or who will be left standing. In a sense, this game is very similar to the cabin in the woods horror movies that will come out in the movie theater every once in a while, but where this game differs is an excellent story with great character development. Let us now look at what some of the positives and negatives of the game are.
There are many things to love about this game. One thing in particular I enjoyed was the good use of quick time events that allowed you to help decide where you were going in the story. To add onto that, it was awesome to see a game where the decisions you make actually make a difference in the overall story. For example if something happens one way, you will not be able to see a certain section of the story, or if you do something another way, you may happen upon something you may not normally see. The whole branching of story lines was extremely well done and offers tremendous replay value. So if you were wondering if this game is worth the price of $60 dollars, it definitely is. Another thing I personally enjoyed about the game was the overall aesthetics. While playing the game you feel almost completely immersed in what is going on and if you look a way for one second, you risk something bad happening.
It is hard to pinpoint any specific problems with the game. It ran very well and I never noticed any dips in frame rate or anything of that nature. If I were to mention anything, I would say that in between chapters there were recaps similar to television shows that you were not able to skip. For some people, it would be nice to just add a simple skip option if you are replaying a chapter and don’t want to watch that every time.
Overall Until Dawn is everything you would want in a horror game and more. Combining a beautiful and immersive environment with a great story and fantastic character development. In my book, this game deserves a 9.5/10, characterizing an overall fantastic game.