Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4, PC, Xbox One
- Publisher: Starbreeze Studios
- Developer: Behaviour Interactive
- Release Date: June 20, 2017
- Rating: M for Mature
- Genre: Survival Horror
- Players: 2-5 (Online Only)
- Official Website: http://www.deadbydaylight.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Dead by Daylight tasks players with either killing or surviving which seems quite simple in theory. However, upon starting up a few games of Dead by Daylight you’ll realize that developer Beaviour Interactive wanted to make this a truly multiplayer focused title. Surviving and killing don’t become just simple goals but actually feels competitive in nature. You’ll feel driven to kill off all the humans as a killer and as a human you’re going to want to escape with your friends/team. It’s actually a surprise that this works so well but it does cause Dead by Daylight to suffer in some regards which we will talk about near the end of our review for now let us focus on the gameplay.
As humans, Dead by Daylight is a third person survival game. You’ll run and hide to survive and you’ll have the objective to escape by any means necessary. This boils down to finding either generators to activate or finding other means of escape, though the latter is a rare option. While the killer is unable to be defeated, players can use various tools and traps to impede its movement. There’s almost a meta game on how players can survive, will they act as bait while team members do the objectives or will they act like loners and look out for themselves. If you’re playing with random players this can make every game of Dead by Daylight fun and exciting but with friends it becomes more team work orientated which actually can become tedious. This is one of the rare times we’ll say playing with random people online in a game actually might be more exciting than playing with people you know.
Now if you should choose the killer, Dead by Daylight becomes a first-person title. Your goal is simple, kill every human and prevent them from escaping. Similar to the humans, killers in Dead by Daylight have many means of accomplishing this task but in this case, it more so depends on the killer you choose. There are several killer classes—such as The Nurse, The Hag and The Doctor—and each has different means of killing and stalking the other players. Take for example the default class The Wraith, this killer can become cloaked and hide from the players. A smart player can use this set of abilities to lore in others and make them assume everything is safe then appear from behind and attack. Though it is important to mention that killers must put the humans onto meat hooks to truly kill them, though there are various weapons that can be obtained way later in the game that act as one hit kill weapons.
Now regardless of which side you choose in Dead by Daylight, there are several rather large issues that need to be mentioned. Controls are one of our biggest issues with Dead by Daylight. While humans handle fine, killers can feel—at times—clunky and hard to maneuver. While some might claim this is done intentionally—which could be a possibility—we feel most likely it wasn’t. Another issue we have is the very poorly explained concepts in Dead by Daylight. Everything from the controls to various in game mechanics feel more reliant on revelations than actually learning them. It won’t take a player forever to learn all of Dead by Daylight’s mechanics but it will turn some off initially when they die as a human because they didn’t know how to properly heal.
Graphically, Dead by Daylight also suffers a bit. In terms of character models and designs, we here at Honey’s Anime were thoroughly pleased. Characters feel similar to movie ideas but in a good way and there’s even some DLC for two new killers/humans one of which comes from the extremely popular and loved Halloween series. Though what we felt did suffer a bit was Dead by Daylight’s environments which felt a bit cliché. Sure, Dead by Daylight clearly wants players to feel as if they’re in a horror movie but some distinctive designs would have been appreciated. However, we say this more as our own thoughts and that might not be an issue with others. Though we do praise the audio as they can be downright terrifying at times…seriously The Doctor is disturbing sound wise and same can be said of the others.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Playing as either humans or killers is a blast
- Tons of ways to play and learn
- Amazing sounds and ambiance
- Humans control very well
- Tons of replayability
- Excellent human/killer designs
- The Killers at times handle clunky
- Graphically hit and miss
- Environments feel generic
- Takes some time to learn everything