- System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
- Publisher: Starbreeze Studios
- Developer: Behaviour Interactive
- Release Date: December 11, 2018
- Rating: M for Mature
- Genre: Survival Horror
- Players: 5 (Online Only)
- Official Website: http://www.deadbydaylight.com/en/age-gate
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
First, we mentioned above that the update for Dead by Daylight only coincides with the release of the Darkness Among Us DLC. Thus, our review will reflect the update but won’t be a main focus either. What we really wish to talk about is the new killer and the survivor as well as the new map. Equally, we will discuss the pros and cons of each element to share with you readers our thoughts on the DLC as a whole. With that out of the way, let’s begin by talking about the killer The Legion!
The Legion, since their conception—in case you haven’t realized The Legion is a multitude of souls in one body—has been met with some rather harsh commentary. When the CTB—Closed Test Beta—released on the PC The Legion was talked about immensely as a weak killer due to their power known as Feral Frenzy not being particularly strong. In our minds after numerous play sessions with The Legion in the now full release of the DLC, we agree and disagree with the public. The good about The Legion is that Feral Frenzy alongside some of the new perks—such as Discordance—have the ability to truly test survivors’ and their chase skills. We loved The Legion’s ability to vault over pallets and windows to keep the chase feeling very intense and not prone to the usual stop and go it leads to when pallets are dropped in front of a normal killer. The Legion has the skills to go far with Feral Frenzy but his/her weakness comes into fruition when you play against high ranked players…
While we’re not the highest rank ourselves in Dead by Daylight, we’ve played and bested Ranks 1-5 with various killers in the past. The problem with The Legion is that their Feral Frenzy power comes with a high cost. When a player is hit by the attack, they don’t go down in two hits like normal. Feral Frenzy puts upon the player a new status affect called Deep Wound but it requires three hits to down a player and it can be healed to make it useless if you decide to keep using Feral Frenzy. This makes The Legion incredibly weak against players who know how to hide when the chase begins and equally are good at outsmarting a killer. As of right now, we agree with the masses that The Legion needs buffs to make their attacks do more damage even when Feral Frenzy is on.
As far as the new survivor and map goes, we truly have no complaints with either. Jeff is a capable survivor with his new perks and the map itself is a truly cool sight to see. Known as Mount Ormond Resort, this wintery hell places a lot of emphasis on hiding in plain sight. Unlike the darker maps, Mount Ormond Resort is actually well lit with its snow fields and it can make even the best survivors be outed if they don’t hide using lockers or the maps various structures. We do think Jeff could be a bit of an overpowered survivor due to his ability to destroy hooks when he is taken off of them or is rescued off them, as well as his ability to see survivors that heal him or rescue him. However, these perks don’t seem to be game breaking and we feel they just add a new caveat for killers to deal with.
Lastly, we figured to mention a bit of what’s good about the new update that released simultaneously with Darkness Among Us. On the pros side, we love the visual overhaul of the game’s engine which makes characters look sharper and adds a bit of brightness to all the maps in general. The negative though is that we’ve noticed several game bugs since the update. Survivors have been able to trap lock killers if they stun them with pellets and we’ve seen survivors glide on the floor with no animation making hitting them a chore. Aside from that, we’ve seen a lot more disconnects as of late, but these could be due to players rage quitting more often than in previous play sessions. Overall, we think the improvements with the update far outweigh the issues but hope some minor tweaks come sooner rather than later.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- The Legion’s new power/perks offer some intriguing new gameplay styles
- New survivor (Jeff) is really strong with some rather cool perks
- New updates improve a lot of the elements of the game
- Great new map that offers a strong new environment to master
- Once again a great price of admission
- Minor glitches here and there since the update
- The Legion needs some major improvements to make him a stronger killer despite his potential