I finally played through and finished Until Dawn the other week. It had been one of my most anticipated games when it was announced way back, only for me to be crushed that it wouldn’t see the light of day…then to be built back up when they announced it’d be coming to PS4. It’s been out for a little while now, but I only got a PS4 3 months ago, which I’m loving more than Xbone at the moment. (I know… I’m shocked too.) So after finishing Life is Strange, I thought I’d dive into the terrifying world of Until Dawn, not sure what to expect. Turns out I’d be in for one hell of a ride and that I also picked out the perfect game to soothe my post-Life is Strange blues.
By the end of my journey into Until Dawn, I’d be blown away by, now what I call, one of my favorite games of the year, if not ever. I wasn’t too sure how the games mechanics would work since I’ve tried to stay away from all LP’s, trailers, reviews, etc. Looking at it now, I’m glad I stayed away from all those things because going in blind with this game made the experience better than anything I could’ve expected. I went in thinking I’d quit the game soon-ish thanks to my past with games of the horror genre, but I did the exact opposite and literally had to stop myself from playing to do normal, everyday things like work and sleep.
Yikes! Here’s my history with horror games:
I love horror games. They’re fun and terrifying and I tend to only watch LP’s of them on YouTube or Twitch. I’ve bought many horror games, but they rarely get played due to the stress they cause me. Seriously, I mean actual stress, not just rage stress. Something about the stealth needed to play the games and the impending doom of terror (looking at you, Evil Within), it just doesn’t make for an enjoyable experience for me. That’s why I enjoy watching people play them. It’s the fun and terror without being responsible for the terror. But with that being said, their are a *few* horror games that I enjoy like Alien: Isolation and Lucius (have yet to play this one, but I can tell I’d enjoy it) for example. Even though they both have the components to make me wanna tear my hair out, they’re actually just plain, scary fun, even if the Xenomorph or guard at hand grabs you and/or drags you away.
I LOVE THIS GAME! Why we need more horror games like Until Dawn:
Until Dawn was very story based. The mechanics in the game were quite fun and a bit realistic, making it even better, but combining that with the story at hand made for one memorable, gaming experience. All the terror was fun while feeling like a movie. You weren’t responsible for sneakily passing the intruder or anything of the such. Yeah, you had moments that could possibly kill you or your friends, but that’s the fun in Until Dawn. Will you make that quick decision or just do nothing? It puts all the responsibility in your hands, while putting the player at ease. Also while terrifying them of intruders and *SPOILER*. It all makes for one amazing game while putting you in control of the outcome. You can control if you survive or not by playing as each of the characters. It’s so cool to see that in a game like this! I really hope they make more games in the horror genre that follow this platform because sign me up.
Long story short, Until Dawn made me fall in love with the horror genre (in video games) in a whole new way. To be so invested in a story and to have a say in how it all plays out is something I’ve wanted in a game for so long. Like I said, I hope a sequel follows? Not exactly a sequel, per say, but just another game in this style from the same developers. After the storm that this game weathered, I don’t know if we’d see it anytime soon… but fingers crossed!