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?Until Dawn? Review: Gameplay, Story Makes It Best PS4 Horror Game So Far For Critics?

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After being billed first as a First Person Horror Game which uses the PS Move for the PS3, Until Dawn has now transformed as a phenomenal looking PS4 game with notable actors such as Hayden Panattiere (Heroes) and Peter Stormare (Fargo) lending their vocal talent. Until Dawn review from critics however point that the stunning graphics, excellent music, and great motion capture doesn?t match the quality of the gameplay and story. Until Dawn currently holds an average score of 79 on Metacritic with numerous favorable reviews and a few mixed reviews.

Gameplay

Until Dawn is an acquired taste as it is a story-driven game with tons of QTE and point and click gameplay. If you don?t like games like Life Is Strange and Telltale Games? The Walking dead, this game won?t change your mind.

The game uses the functionalities of the PS4 controller where you?ll have to keep your hands steady, and if the controller nudges, the enemy will detect you in your hiding spot. Some critics criticized this feature as they deemed this to be a gimmicky feature that should not have been implemented in a game where wrong actions can cost your character?s lives.

Critics praised the butterfly effect feature of the video game. Similar with Telltale Games? The Walking Dead and Quantic Dreams? Heavy Rain, the decision that you make in the game heavily affects what happens in the story. Choosing wrong decisions can lead to some, or even all of your characters getting killed.

Play Station Lifestyle however suggested that gamers should only play through the game up to three times: ?I highly enjoyed both my first and second times playing, but it was a little disappointing to get a peek behind the curtain on that fated third run, which not only managed to kill all friends, but some of my own impressions from the game as well.?

According to the review, your decisions does not have a dramatic shift on what happens to the story and other characters. The review stated that when someone dies, some characters even act as if nothing has happened: ?Sam couldn?t be saying she has to meet up with everyone else when she knows they?re all dead.

Story

The game revolves around a group of teenagers celebrating the one year anniversary of their friend?s disappearance in the snowy cabin in the woods.

Numerous critics said the game is heavily inspired by horror tropes and it succeeds in its goals of replicating the same experience of making you feel frustrated by the poor decisions of the characters. There are also plenty of jump scares in the game. Whether you enjoy these kind of things will ultimately depend on your preferences.

After the introduction scene of the game, players will be introduced with Doctor Hill (voiced by Fargo?s Peter Storemare) who acts as a psychiatrist. He will be asking you numerous questions on what things you make you afraid and Until Dawn introduces those scary elements which you admitted to being scared of.

While this is an intriguing feature, IGN believes that it feels monotonously latter in the game. ?How you answer him has a subtle effect on Until Dawn?s early scares ? you?ll encounter a needle if you tell him you?re scared of needles, for example ? but his role quickly descends into a strictly thematic one, which becomes redundant as the story takes that hard left-turn,? IGN wrote.

Doctor Hill.

Doctor Hill

Still doubting if you should buy the game? Well, you can check out the Until Dawn reviews with accompanying scores below:

The Jimquisition (95/100)

Until Dawn is everything that Quantic Dream games have tried to be ? unsuccessfully ? for the past decade. It emulates horror movies while demonstrating a clear understanding of what makes those movies work, its focus on consequence is nervewracking and intricate, and its story is silly but strongly delivered. It?s the best David Cage game not made by David Cage, and it?s the best interactive horror flick you?ll play.

Canadian Online Gamers (91/100)

While Until Dawn lacks complex gameplay, it counters with compelling characters, astounding visuals, and a thought provoking storyline. A masterful fusion of art forms, Until Dawn is a refreshingly self-aware experience that no thriller fan should pass up.

Game Informer (90/100)

The script kept me entertained and feeling like my decisions mattered throughout my 10-hour playthrough. Thanks to some good twists, a few fake-outs, and limitless jump scares, Until Dawn would make a solid horror film. As a piece of interactive fiction, however, it’s a remarkable experience that horror fans shouldn’t miss.

Game Trailers (85/100)

What?s most surprising is just how well Until Dawn manages to pull you in. What starts as funny and lighthearted eventually becomes quite terrifying. At the beginning, you?re just shaking your head at the ridiculous things these guys say, ready for a self-centered character to get horribly maimed, but once you?ve spent most of the night with them, you eventually want to save everyone you can. And of course it wouldn?t be complete without some shocking revelations.

Telegraph (80/100)

The horror movie the game reminds me most of is Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods. Not from a narrative sense, you understand, but in the way it lampoons the genre, while never losing sight of what bloody good fun it can be.

TheSixthAxis (80/100)

With its immersive world, branching narrative, and lifelike character work, Until Dawn will have players on the edge of their seats while pounding them with jump scares and a bone-chilling soundtrack. Having previously worked on ports and smaller titles for Sony, Supermassive Games have shown that they can play with the big boys and we can?t wait to see what they come up with next.

Game Revolution (80/100)

I think anyone looking for a solid horror game are going to be pleasantly surprised by Until Dawn. I actually found it even more enjoyable playing with an audience, especially one that?s more scared of horror games than me. Until Dawn delivers on multiple fronts and it’s a welcome addition to any PS4 owner?s library.

Gamespot (80/100)

I didn’t expect to have so much fun with Until Dawn, and the depth with which my choices mattered and affected the final outcome encouraged repeat playthroughs. The visuals can be wonky at times, but in the end Until Dawn succeeds in being a thoughtful use of familiar mechanics, a great achievement in player-driven narrative, and a horror game you shouldn’t miss.

IGN (75/100)

Until Dawn is a flawed, but fun experience. Though an unfocused story means it falls short of greatness, it?s an otherwise entertaining homage to the curious traditions of horror movies which pays off your in-game decisions with occasionally shocking consequences.

Destructoid (70/100)

Until Dawn knows exactly what it is, and it doesn’t pretend to be anything more. In that process it allows for some predictable plotlines, hammy acting, and lack of meaningful choices, but I’m glad that it exists, and every horror fan owes it to themselves to play it at some point — especially at a price cut.

Polygon (65/100)

It’s a game that’s generic while being unlike anything else I’ve ever played. It’s bad in some very evident ways, and yet I want everyone I know to try it. It’s not a great game, probably not even a good one, but it does things I want every narrative-based game going forward to learn from.

Level7.nu (50/100)

In the first couple of hours Until Dawn is a really intensive horror game, that most certainly will scare the hell out of you. Unfortunately the story isn?t sufficiently well written to hold up in the almost 7 hours it takes to finish the game. And yes, after a while the jump scares feels a bit annoying.

Digital Spy (40/100)

Despite the butterfly effect’s premise, a ham-fisted story means you won’t care about who might live and who might die. It’s not enough to save the game from disappointment, and in the end, Until Dawn is its own self-inflicted nightmare.
Will you purchase Until Dawn??If you think that it?doesn’t suit your liking, you can check-out our best PS4 horror games so far this 2015 to check if there are better games you can play on your console.

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