Dead by Daylight
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Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical, multiplayer (4 vs 1) horror game where one player takes on the role of a savage killer, and the other four players become Survivors frantically scurrying to avoid being caught, tortured and killed. Survivors play in third-person and have the advantage of better situational awareness. The Killer plays in first-person and is more focused on their prey. The Survivors’ goal in each encounter is to escape the Killing Ground without getting caught by the Killer – something that sounds easier than it is, especially when the environment changes every time you play.

This game is actually pretty damn good, much better than I thought it would be. It’s a more competitive version of Friday the 13th that provokes you into thinking mode. For example, let’s say you are the killer, you have to do a lot of multitasking, find the survivors, constantly check on the generators, all while using your abilities. As the survivor you have to obviously survive while helping out your teammates, fixing the generators, and finding useful items like toolboxes and medkits.

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(2016) Dead by Daylight Gameplay Video Still

 

So basically the game is a lot of fun and it can get a bit crazy at times. Every single match is different, you never know what’s going to happen next, which makes it more exciting and not boring. However, I think the main reason why people give this game such a bad review is that of the play style of the killer when they camp you. That’s not as fun and it takes some of the excitement out of playing and gets boring really quick. Even at that, the game is still a blast to play and the developers are constantly sending out periodic updates with new scenery, new survivors, and new killers, and just keeps getting better and better, and that’s a big plus in my book.

The overall concept of the game is simple and there are some varied strategies that you can employ for better success. I also recommend playing with your friends or at least grouped in a party with mics. It helps tremendously when you play with people who communicate with each other. It’s not the most glamorous game out there, but it does a fantastic job of building tension and keeping you on your toes. When you barely escape the killer and are sprinting out of the gate to escape and survive, that is truly an exhilarating feeling.

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(2016) Dead by Daylight Gameplay Video Still

 

Dead by Daylight’s lobby system is also nice, giving the player the option to join a lobby as a survivor or create a lobby as the killer. I like the fact that you don’t just hop into a lobby and pray that you will eventually get picked to play as the killer after a dozen games as a survivor. You simply choose which role you would like to step in. One might also think that everyone probably wants to play as the killer, and it must be impossible to find survivors. This is not actually true. I have found that playing as a survivor is just as much fun and you shouldn’t really need to worry about finding enough players at any point, like a killer or survivor. I can’t wait for the Michael Myers DLC!

 

About the product

  • Tons of Extra Content: The Original Soundtrack, The 80’s Suitcase add-on, The Bloodstained Sack add-on, The Of Flesh and Mud Add-on, and A future DLC to be released!
  • Survive Together… Or Not: Survivors can either cooperate with the others or be selfish. Chances for survival depend on your decisions.
  • Where Am I?: Each level is procedurally generated, so you’ll never know what to expect. Random spawn points mean you will never feel safe as the world, and its dangers, change every time you play.
  • A Feast for Killers: Dead by Daylight draws from all corners of the horror world. Play anything from a powerful Slasher to a terrifying paranormal entity.
  • Deeper and Deeper: Each Killer and Survivor have their own deep progression system and plenty of unlockables that can be customized to fit your own personal strategy.

 

GrimMagazine.com - Dead by Daylight - Game Review
Title: Dead by Daylight
Genre: Survival Horror
Rated: Mature
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Developer: Behaviour Interactive
Game Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, MS Windows, Steam
Mode(s): Multi-Player
Reviewed by: Dr. Butcher
Our Rating: 3.4 /5

 

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