Game review: Until Dawn

I finished Until Dawn, which is a drama, survival and horror game. Now, I’m gonna be honest straight away. To me, it wasn’t a horror game. The jump scares w/ere pretty predictable, leaving me just sitting on my couch and not in any way being impressed by it. Still, it’s a good game. Just, it won’t get the part for being a well-made horror game, in my opinion.

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A group of teenagers spend the weekend in a ski lodge on the anniversary of their friends’ disappearance, unaware that they are not alone. They have to survive on Blackwood Mountain until they are rescued at dawn.

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Throughout the game, you’re playing as eight entirely different characters. From left to right: Sam, Mike, Ashley, Chris, Josh, Matt, Emily and Jessica. With each of them, you can collect 107 clues throughout the game. There are four sections: totems, 1952, the twins and the mystery man. An example in the photo below:

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Of course, this game wouldn’t be an interactive one if you wouldn’t be able to choose the relationships and the characteristics of each character. And, their fate. Yes, you can let some die and let some live. It all depends on your choices, made throughout the game. It’s divided into 10 chapters, with playing different characters in each chapter.

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Of course, there are also some QTE’s (Quick Time Events) you can mess up. If you do, some may die. Or get injured. Your choices need to make quick and you need to pay close attention at the screen at all times.

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Oh, and sometimes you can’t move. Not an inch. Because if you do, well… You’ll see for yourself. Make sure to keep the blue cursor in between the white lines while you don’t move. Sounds hard? Not really, until you reach the end.

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The characters are well written and are all very unique. That’s what makes you get attached to (some of) them. The clues aren’t that hard to find since they’re being lit up. Which also goes for the doors to interact with. Though them using a flashlight is rather annoying. I prefer the torches they use. Using the gun is also a QTE, so make sure you move the right stick in time. Trust me, you’ll need this tip. Overall: it doesn’t quite deserve the horror genre, in my opinion. But, the game is beautifully made, the story is well written and the characters are beyond amazing. The fact that the choices in-game really matter for their fate, is what interests me most.

I shall give Until Dawn, 3 out of 5 stars!

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Love, Deem ❤

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