Impressions on exclusive for PS4 horror game Until Dawn: forsaken mansion, masked maniac, blonde prey and Heavy Rain mechanics.
Until Dawn release date – 26 August 2015 in PAL territories and 28 August 2015 in the UK and Ireland.
Until Dawn – clearly is the “Cabin in the Woods” horror of the gaming world. Eight students decided to sleep over night in the old dusty mansion, but their plans will be ruined by a masked maniac with a dorky haircut. During game process any character can and surely will be killed, which greatly effects the gameplay. Who lives and who dies, that is for player to decide, but remember that there will be no heavenly resurrections. At least developers say so.
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Is this true or not nobody knows for now. Demo version showed in London lasted 10 minutes and let us play only one game character – blonde naked gril Samantha wrapped in a towel. During peaceful moments Until Dawn strongly resembles Resident Evil series – with only exception that R.E. sheros never were unarmed. Samantha is walking around a mansion, examining specially highlighted objects and throat threats her friends, which in her view have stolen her clothes.
But these piecful moments does not last very long: in the next five minutes Samantha is being locked in a room by a maniac and game suddenly transforms into a simplified variant of Heavy Rain. In a very limited time you have to make dozens of decisions by moving your gamepad in all directions and quickly pressing the buttons. Hide under a bed or try running away? Try kicking out the door or throw an axe in a maniac? Every situation has at least two possible options. Sadly, but during my walkthrough, maniac finally got Samantha and put her to sleep with a gas. I had no second try on demo, so that’s the end of my story.
Many dev’s promises have to be taken on trust now, but some conclusions can be made already. Until Dawn is visually beautiful and greatly animated: towel looks like it going to fall off Samantha’s body from running fast, faces and eyes – look really photorealistic. This means that game is not afraid of close-up shots. On the other side, Until Dawn is a post-teen horror. According to a genre traditions, in any such product must be a lot of blood, suspense, toilet humor and tits. Developers surely can create immerse tension, but will be there toilet humor and tits is still unclear.