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Until Dawn (Series) Review
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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Author: Ellen Robertson, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Until Dawn is a narrative horror game about eight friends staying in a mountainside lodge. As they settle in they are attacked by a foreboding figure that seems to have been following them. You choose how characters interact, where they go and how they respond to the situation. Inevitably, the group is split up and your goal to get all of them out alive.

As you make decisions the narrative evolves in different directions. Some of these have to be made with limited time which helps to underline the sense of fear. Your choices also impact the relationships between characters and whether they survive. The consequences of each choice are not always clear, which means that saving the whole group is difficult. As you progress you can find and collect up artefacts. These offer clues about which choices to make as well as enabling you to find out what’s really going on. Some people will play multiple times to find the full set of artefacts and uncover the truth.

The novelty of Until Dawn is the range of possible narrative directions and outcomes. There are over 250 different endings and many different ways to reach them. The combination of suspense-horror, believable and interesting characters, and directing the protagonists makes for a unique experience.

There are a couple of spin-off games available:
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood is a PlayStation VR shooting game where you try and survive a scary circus-themed rollercoaster. It takes place in the same universe as the original Until Dawn game but does not feature any characters from it.
  • The Inpatient is a PlayStation VR first person narrative game and prequel to Until Dawn. You play as a patient at Blackwood Sanatorium 60 years prior to the original game.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 25/08/2015

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action and Narrative

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Super M Games (@SuperMGames)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 8 hours and 9 and a half hours to complete. The game has a branching narrative and so some choices you make may result in a longer story.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Until Dawn usually costs £15.99. 

Until Dawn

PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99

Until Dawn: Rush Of Blood

 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for frequent graphic violence include decapitation, disembowelment and eye-gouging, all in graphic detail. Some characters are tied up and completely defenceless against the violence. And for use of strong language including '*!@?*' and '*!@?*'. The game features online playing capability which may involve real-time interaction with other players. This includes a feature where players can upload videos of their reactions to scary moments.
 
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You can use motion controls for the interactive movie elements of the game. This requires you to point the controller to the left/right quickly or to stay still when "Don't Move" appears on the screen to hide from a threat. You can disable the motion controls.
 
Our Until Dawn Accessibility Report documents 2 accessibility features:

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