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Dead by Daylight Review

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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Dead by Daylight is a survival horror game where one player takes on the role of a killer and another other four try and work together to survive. It's unusual because of this asynchronous play and its cross-over with different franchise-inspired themes.

When you play as a Survivor you try and escape the map by repairing five Generators to power the two Exit Gates while avoiding the Killer. You can't use violence so must use tactics and stealth to avoid being caught. Crouching behind obstacles, hiding in tall grass, dark corners, or in lockers. The Killers proximity is signalled by an increasing heartbeat sound, you can also see which way the killer is looking with a red light indicator. Survivors work together to free each other from traps, and hinder the killer by blinding them. They can also heal each other from the injured or dying state.

The Killer's main objective is to kill other players which they do by catching and sacrificing them. They have advantages to offset the fact there is only one of them: track players via Scratch Marks they leave, track bloodstains left behind by injured players and get notifications of survivor location when they make loud noises. The killer character is also faster and can attack the survivor players.

Players are scored on performance which leads to their ranking for competitive matches, matchmaking, and ranking on leaderboards. There are 20 Ranks for each role, with Rank 1 being the best. Players go up and down the ladder based on their performance in various aspects of a Trial. A Season lasts for one month. As a new Season begins, the Ranks reset.

DetailsGame Details


Release Date: 14/06/2016, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Developer: @Behaviour


Duration: It takes between 3 minutes and 7 minutes to play a round of this game. Round length depends on the ability of players and experience of the killer character.
Players: You can play this with 5 players online.


Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One.
You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch.
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4. You can purchase Auric Cells to spend in the game. You can also purchase themed chapters:
  • Dead by Daylight: The Lullaby for the Dark Chapter
  • Dead by Daylight: Ghost Face Chapter
  • Dead by Daylight: The Halloween Chapter
  • Dead by Daylight: STRANGER THINGS Chapter
  • Dead by Daylight: Leatherface Chapter
  • Dead by Daylight: A Nightmare on Elm Street Chapter
  • Dead by Daylight: The SAW Chapter
  • Dead by Daylight: Cursed Legacy Chapter
  • Dead by Daylight: Chains of Hate Chapter
  • Dead by Daylight: Ash vs Evil Dead
  • Dead by Daylight: Silent Hill Chapter
  • Dead by Daylight: Darkness Among Us
  • Dead by Daylight: Demise of the Faithful
  • Dead by Daylight: Leatherface

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.


Rated PEGI 18 due to depictions of gross violence towards human-like characters. This game contains frequent depictions of gross violence towards human-like characters. When a survivor is attacked and caught by the killer, they are taken to one of the meat hooks hanging around the map and impaled through their shoulder/neck.

This attack doesn’t immediately kill them, instead the characters let out blood curdling screams and cries of pain as they struggle to free themselves from the hook. If left on the hook for too long without being rescued, large blades will lower themselves towards the victim and repeatedly stab at them until they die.

Survivors can be saved by their team mates after being attacked although they will be visibly injured. They can be seen holding at their wounds and limping until they receive the proper treatment. If they do not receive treatment, they will move significantly slower and leave a trail of blood behind them. The killer can also perform graphic execution moves on the survivors to defeat them. The animations for these moves can include dismemberment and large amounts of blood and gore.

Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:


How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.


How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.


How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Remap Sticks: Remap the stick controls to buttons/keys.

Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.

Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are.


How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.

Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.


How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Audio Events

Visual Cues for Audio Events: Text or other visual indicators of audio events.

Visual Depiction of Directional Audio: Indication on screen with arrows, icons, located colour splashes and the like, to show where directional audio for damage, footsteps, environmental or way-finding sounds are coming from.


How you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction.

Voice to Text: Convert voice from other players to text messages.

System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @GeekDadGamer

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