- Publisher: Sony Games
- Developer: Super Massive Games
- MSRP: $59.99
- Rated: M
- Release Date: August 25th, 2015
- Platform: Playstation 4
- Rating: ★★★★★
Until Dawn just may very well be the sleeper hit of the year. It doesn’t have a giant open world for you to roam around in, but it doesn’t need it. Built up to be a “Horror Movie Turned Game” Until Dawn is just that and it’s mighty impressive. From jump scares, to a genuine creepy atmosphere, Until Dawn really nails the Horror movie genre. Using some pretty well-known actors and actresses, the team at SuperMassive Games really put forth the highest efforts in regards to making this the best experience possible.
The story is something that needs to be discussed as it really makes the game. With Hayden Panettiere as one of the lead characters, you’ll play as eight friends who are trapped on a remote mountain, being hunted by someone or something. They return exactly one year after two of their friends disappear, with the hope of being able to move on. From there, you’ll be controlling the fate of each character and ultimately deciding who lives and who dies.
Until Dawn is definitely defined under the interactive movie game genre and it’s not a bad thing. With games like Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy, and Beyond Two Souls, Until Dawn fits in perfectly, but with a twist. That twist being, not only do you control the fates of the characters, but you also control what scares you see throughout the game as Silent Hill: Shattered Memories did, but much improved. Meaning, in-between chapters, you’ll meet with Dr. Hill, a psychiatrist who as the game goes on, gets a little meaner and more sinister. His office transforms with each choice you make and Dr. Hill will give you the creeps just like a normal shrink will. Dr. Hill will have you answering questions in between each chapter and based on the choices you make, you may end up seeing or doing in game. One choice he gave was being scared of either roaches or wolves. I chose wolves and a few scenes later, I was jump scared by a wolf.
While there is very little to complain about with the title, at times the control of the characters can be sluggish. This can be a problem during the many quick time events that occur in the game, as it can slow down the response to save a character. Compared to other games if this type, however, it is still steps above in terms of gameplay.
Until Dawn is definitely one of those can’t miss games if you love the horror genre or Interactive Movie Games. It is the start of what Horror fans have been wanting from a game for years after the genre defining games kept missing the mark. I could go on and on about how great this game is, but instead you really should pick this up, turn off the lights, and enjoy.