Review of Until Dawn (PS4)

What happens when a group of teenagers get together in the mountains at night? They get attacked by psychos and monsters, obviously! If you’ve ever seen a horror movie or played a horror game, you probably know what I mean.

Until Dawn is a PlayStation 4 game released in 2015 by Supermassive Games. It follows the classic template of a horror game, and will provide the player with an immersive story that will make your heart race. With dozens of jump scares, you are almost guaranteed to leap right from your seat.

As part of my recent horror game spree, I decided to play and review Until Dawn. Although it was a bit different from what I imagined, it was surprisingly addictive, and a lot of fun. It isn’t too long either, so I would recommend playing it in a single sitting for the best experience.

The controls are easy to learn, as you mostly walk around exploring, occasionally interacting with items and participating in quick-time events. With a closed world full of monsters and maniacs, you are faced with a variety of choices, each of which will affect the outcome of the game. If you make a wrong choice, someone may die. So choose carefully!

Fairly simple in its setup, Until Dawn introduces you to ten friends who gather at the Washington’s large cabin high up in the mountains. Three of the friends are siblings: Josh, Hannah, and Beth Washington.

The other friends play a mean prank on Hannah, causing her to run outside into the snow, with Beth following close behind. The two are never seen again, and a year later, Josh invites everyone back up to the cabin to get together and try to honor his sister’s memories.

Of course, the mountain just happens to be cursed and overrun by monsters, with a few psychos hiding out in the woods as well. As you can guess, things start to go wrong, and the group splits up as they try to figure out what is going on (because splitting up is always the smartest thing to do, obviously).

I won’t tell any more of the story, as I don’t want to spoil anything. But I can tell you that I found the story to be well crafted, and very interesting. The game was fun, scary, sad, and exciting, all at the same time. Although I predicted a few things, I was surprised by many more.

Additionally, the graphics and detail in the game are amazing. The characters actually look like the actors voicing them, and they are lifelike enough to make the game seem very much like an interactive movie.

The music is eerie and scary, building up tension at the right moments. The voices are amazing, and the sound effects are well timed. Creepy clanging and screeching surround you as you walk through the dark, and you never know when you may suddenly be faced with a bloodstained and screaming ghost.

Until Dawn has a surprising amount of replay value. Due to the sheer number of choices in the game, and how they affect the outcome of who lives and dies, you can play again and again, making different choices each time. You can also try to find every item in the game, many of which can be easy to miss.

Although the game sacrifices gameplay for a very intricate plot, I thoroughly enjoyed Until Dawn. It was fun, detailed, scary, and had an engaging story. Although it has enough crude language to make Deadpool cringe, and it was a bit of a letdown on how little gameplay there actually is, the fact remains that I would highly recommend Until Dawn to anyone interested in the horror genre.

Now get out there and see if you have what it takes to survive until dawn!


Copyright 2018 Ammon Hansen

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