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Until Dawn (Series) Review

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Posted: 5 weeks ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: Ellen Robertson and @GeekDadGamer.

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 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 offers 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

Rating:

Release Date: 25/08/2015

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action and Narrative

Developer: @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

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

ESRB MATURE 17+ for blood and gore and intense violence: characters shot in the head; characters cut in half by a saw blade; characters disembowelled or decapitated; a character forced to cut off segments of his fingers. Large blood-splatter effects occur frequently as characters are killed or injured; some sequences depict bloodstains in the environment and around corpses. The game includes sexual themes: dialogue that contains sexual remarks, a character looking at various sexual positions in a Kama Sutra book; a woman performing a striptease for a man, removing her clothes down to her undergarments. It includes strong language: the words “*!@?*,” “*!@?*,” and “dick” are heard in the dialogue.


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.

Controls

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

Motion

Motion Controls Available: You can use motion controls, tilting the controller to steer for example.

Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.

System Settings

PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping)... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @GeekDadGamer


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