- System: PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One
- Publisher: Versus Evil
- Developer: Mild Beast Games
- Release Date: January 22, 2019
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Action, Stealth
- Players: 1-4
- Official Website: https://sundown-game.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
At Sundown: Shots in the Dark as we mentioned above is a top down stealth/action title with a multiplayer focus. Players choose between several characters—the choice is just cosmetic though—and then choose a weapon to use as well as the map they will play on. From here, you alongside 3 others—for a total of four—are thrown onto a map where darkness reigns supreme. What exactly does this mean though? We’re glad you asked reader! We’ll explain in further detail what you can expect when playing At Sundown: Shots in the Dark.
Due to the darkness of the various maps—light is minimal—you will be unable to see your character for most of the match. You’ll need to rely on well timed shots or attacks from your weapon to show your position on the map and equally need to use various skills to ascertain your position. Running or dodging for example, gives players a slight mist cloud behind them that correlates to the color your character represents that match. The same will happen when you shoot off a shot or attack which will show your position briefly allowing you to make your next move. However, while being visible obviously helps you as a player, it also helps your opponents see your position and know where you’re at. This is where At Sundown: Shots in the Dark shines brightest. Every action and movement can both help you and also give you away leading to a desperate need of constantly knowing when to reveal yourself—for yourself or to set someone up—and when to rely on vibrations from the controller when you hit a wall or using the maps few areas of lights. At Sundown: Shots in the Dark does occasionally pull sneaky—random—moves like showing everyone’s position on the map or altering the lighting overall which makes even the most carefully executed stealth plans fail for those unprepared.
If what we mentioned a second ago seems really simple, that’s because it is just that…simple. At Sundown: Shots in the Dark works so well as an indie multiplayer game due to its simple but intriguing gameplay set up. Mastering weapon types and how your movements work for and against you doesn’t take longer than an hour or so, but the same applies for every player of At Sundown: Shots in the Dark. Ultimately, everyone is on the same level of play while engaging in At Sundown: Shots in the Dark making every game frantic and extremely fun. Even if you play alone with bots—which might be a viable option when we explain the one issue with At Sundown: Shots in the Dark—you’ll never feel like a match was in favor of one player.
Now as perfect as At Sundown: Shots in the Dark sounds, there is one glaring flaw we found shining through its amazing gameplay. When we went online to play At Sundown: Shots in the Dark, we noticed a complete lack of player base. We tried hosting rooms and even doing random ones but to no avail. We had to rely on bots with one other real player to do our review of At Sundown: Shots in the Dark and that shows that right now, At Sundown: Shots in the Dark isn’t well known. We can understand that given its release was alongside titans like Kingdom Hearts III and Resident Evil 2 but if this continues being an issue for At Sundown: Shots in the Dark then we can see a problem months later appearing. At Sundown: Shots in the Dark will lose its fun as you never get to play with others unless you rely on bots or real players locally all the time. Add to this with several different gameplay modes each offering a multitude of gameplay presentations that keep At Sundown: Shots in the Dark and you’ll see even playing with only one other person and the rest as bots doesn’t degrade this stealth/action title in the slightest.
Ending our review on a good note though, we have to give it to the music and art style department for At Sundown: Shots in the Dark. We loved how At Sundown: Shots in the Dark looked with its awesome use of colors despite what seems like a very dark title. The music also worked quite well giving At Sundown: Shots in the Dark a feel of futuristic techno thanks to its dubstep and electronica. Both elements make At Sundown: Shots in the Dark stand out as a very original looking and sounding game in a sea of similar titles.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Simple gameplay that has just enough concepts to allow mastery and skill to take over as you play
- All the weapons you unlock are fun and add to different styles to gameplay for each player
- Playing solo doesn’t feel boring thanks to bots who are quite tough even on medium difficulty
- Awesome soundtrack that works in tangent with the game’s art style and themes
- Low player base online could lead to longevity issues