8 teenagers have taken refuge at a ski resort in the mountains for the weekend to pay tribute to their deceased friends. What these teenagers don’t know is that there is much more going on around them than meets the eye. A psychopath is on the loose trying to pick them off one-by-one, and the decisions you make will determine how many make it through the night and survive until dawn.
Until Dawn is designed to be played multiple times as players will almost certainly miss certain clues, cause deaths among their friends, and make decisions which will lower friendship scores with the people that they are trying to impress. You are sure to get attached to certain characters in the game. Taking sides, holding a grudge against one another, and even getting emotional for them when something bad happens is all part of the Until Dawn experience.
The Butterfly Effect
The Butterfly Effect system in the game revolves around you making decisions when faced with a problem or conversation, and the choices you make will have a ripple effect on the rest of the game.
The Butterfly Effects works with both personal decisions and real-world objects. For example, if you decide to take sides in an argument it will change how the people involved in the argument feel about you. The same goes for routes that you can take in the game, if you are being chased, choosing the wrong route might have bad consequences, while hiding may be even worse.
It is possible to survive the night without any deaths, but that will be for you to figure out. As the characters grow in the game, you will become a survivalist and learn each of their traits.
Thanks to the Shadow Fall engine that powers the game, the characters are brought to life with some superb facial animations. Anger, fear, sadness, and anxiety are all shown off in the characters, allowing you to feel for them as they fear for their life and you are the only one that can save them.
The cast is phenomenal with actress Hayden Panettiere, and Meaghan Martin taking on the roles of Samantha and Jess. Bret Dalton, Peter Stormare, and Rami Malek play Michael, Dr Hill and Josh respectively. The characters all look as real as possible, thanks to the accurate facial capture that brings them to life.
The game is focused on exploring the mountain resort, collecting clues to the past, and quick-time events. Keeping track of the clues will give you a better insight to the game’s backstory and the mystery surrounding the killings. Collecting totems will give you insight into events that will take place in the future. These not only warn you of death and loss, but some even give you some help in making the correct decisions in the game.
Until Dawn takes your heart and punches it a few times, and there is nothing wrong with that as it is an exhilarating experience that needs to be played through at least once.
Until Dawn is out today on only PlayStation 4.