Nothing beats freedom.
That’s why when we play video games our inclinations lean on those that make us feel we’re in control.
Until Dawn offer exactly that and even more. It lets us escape from reality, the very thing that gaming offers, and the reason why it’s a huge success.
You may read here to know more why people like you and me are so into first person shooters or RPGs, or video gaming in general.
The beauty about Until Dawn is it immerses players into a decision-making world that very much depicts real life.
Although it comes from a survival horror/ adventure/interactive movie game genre, a highly fictional category, the decisions you make in the game will perpetually affect its ending.
Like a guitar’s string being strummed by the musician, each vibration reverberates through every hollow of the instrument, affecting how it sounds overall. That means, each decision you make while playing Until Dawn will affect the lives of those involved in the game.
In short, you get to impact a storyline, which is totally sick right?
While the concept of games like Until Dawn is not exactly unique, such games are still some of the hottest in the gaming industry.
When Until Dawn was released in August 2015, its sales were better than expected that sequel ideas were considered. But of course, a sequel never came through.
Regardless, it received rave reviews saying it’s one of the best choice-and-consequence based horror games for PS4. That’s because as one review writes, it can put you in the middle of your own horror movie, while your fears will be used against you.
Are you curious enough?
Why don’t you try the nine-hour game that Until Dawn has to offer and immerse yourself into a disturbing world with actors such as Hayden Panettiere, Peter Stormare, Brett Dalton, and Rami Malek to name a few.
See how your decision making affects the outcome of the game. Will it kill you? Will it kill your friends? Will you be able to get out alive? Will you be able to get out alive with your friends?
Some players enjoyed the suspenseful cinematic experience, while some found the game’s story lackluster.
Overall Until Dawn is a flawed game but it is a good bang for the buck, especially when you’re into movies like Cabin In The Woods, The Chainsaw Massacre, and Scream.
Meanwhile, here are other survival horror/ adventure/interactive movie games in the market that offer the same hair-raising thrill that Until Dawn has and will help you make excellent life decisions.
SPOILER ALERT: Plot details follow
David Cage’s masterpiece will make you care. Gone are the days of meaningless and tasteless violence.
Enter interactive drama that will touch the deepest parts of any player’s brittle soul and take it to unprecedented extremes.
You will follow the story of Jodie Holmes, a young woman with supernatural powers owing it to an invisible entity. It has excellent acting from Willem Dafoe and Ellen Paige.
But the real magic lies in the chance that it offers: to be able to impact the story by the decisions you make every single turn.
The game was one of the biggest when it was released back in 2011. But it’s been surpassed and regarded many times over that some consider it a Rosetta stone for the interactive adventure genre.
Nevertheless the game still works beautifully because it was so ahead of its time.
It was initially made for the PS3 but later made its way to the PS4. If you’re one of the old schools you’ll enjoy the PS3 version as much as its PS4 counterpart.
But the PS4 also has a great soundtrack that you will definitely enjoy. Its enhanced graphics with updated textures and rendering techniques make the game’s visuals more impressive than ever.
The plot is sound. It’s about a child serial killer on the loose following a manhunt from four perspectives. David Cage once again delivers disparate ideas all throughout the game.
Like Until Dawn and the games listed above, Life Is Strange is a beautifully written adventure game with multiple endings that can be affected by the choices you made earlier.
It focuses on choice and consequence, which is frustrating to some reviewers. Moreover, it’s an episodic graphic adventure game.
It’s flawed but it can be more affecting than the rest on this list. You will follow the character of Max Caulfield – a shy girl who has the power to rewind time.
Sometimes she may blow it, but she can go back in time to fix the mishap.
How cool is that? A chance to rewrite your past every time you make mistakes or every time you embarrassed yourself. Nonetheless, although Max has the power to control time, you will find that she’s trapped by it like the rest of us are.
Life is Strange is excellent, but only when it delves on its characters – their flaws and vulnerabilities can make your skin crawl or can make you feel affection towards them. The atmosphere of the game is perfect, gorgeous really, with styles that help create memorable moments.
Moreover, it has excellent soundtrack from Indie artists such as Mogwai, Amanda Palmer, the Foals, and more.
This is a third person shooter game that will test your sense of what’s right and wrong. It’s not for the faint of hearts because nothing good ever happens to anyone in the game. Just when you start to think nothing can get worse, it does.
Your character will be physically, mentally, and morally exhausted.The game is overall morbid and it lacks loyalty for the characters you’ve started to get attached to. Think Game of Thrones.
You will follow the life of Captain Martin Walker, who is an average Joe at first, then turns into someone you sympathize with as the story progresses. Finally, he turns into someone you’d hate, what with his weakened will from his entire enemy encounter. The change of his character isn’t up to you, and there’s no time reversal option to undo the horrors that made Walker who he is later on.
The gameplay facilitates a strong narrative between intense encounters, which is one of its advantages. The creators of the game succeeded in making violence meaningful. Most of the time, Walker and his squad regret what they’ve done, which will make you think about what real soldiers go through in war torn areas.
The biggest element in this game is the choices you make, and you have to deal with the inevitable results after every decision. It’s eventually what makes Captain Walker’s character a haunting one. It’s not really a game that depicts the war. It’s about you and the consequences of your actions on events that are beyond your control.
As you play the game, you’ll realize that killing means something.
Your fear of the deep waters will go away in this game. That’s because it takes ocean-based horror to the extreme. If you often feel helpless and frantic in real life, buy this game. That’s because nothing will take the edge better than going through the ordeal.
SOMA is a survival horror that does not allow you to carry weapons. Moreover, the game is set in a creepy, underwater lab, which will really make your blood curl in fright. But, unlike its predecessor Amnesia: The Dark Descent , SOMA has an enigmatic narrative that made it sophisticated and thoughtful.
Although it’s not a choice-and-consequence game, but, like Until Dawn, it shares a penchant for the horror. You will follow the character of Simon Jarett, who descends into the murky deep of the Atlantic to unravel many mysteries.
SOMA has excellent dialogue both in acting and writing, which is a huge surprise, especially because its creator, Frictional, created games in the past that lacked the same vitality. Its storytelling meshes surprisingly natural dark humor that has a flare for drama of ethical and philosophical nature.
Your own consciousness and your opinion about suicide are just some of the things that are explored in this game. How you perceive reality and how you fit into the world right now are going to be tackled as well, which will leave you all the more curious to go deep down the rabbit hole that SOMA’s world provided. Finally, you will discover that as you go deeper, you will also explore humanity’s depth farther. By the end of the game, you will ask: “What does it feel to be human?”
Overall, games like Until Dawn that are listed in here are either choice-and consequence game or dabbling in the survival horror/ adventure/interactive movie game genre.
They’re all beautifully written, sometimes, too beautiful that they’re almost a movie than a game.
Most often they leave you asking about your morality and your certain convictions in life, such as your fetish for the macabre that Until Dawn offers, or the meaningful violence that Beyond: Two Souls and Spec Ops: The Line offer. Heavy Rain was so ahead of its time and makes you think of time, which is the framework of Life Is Strange, which is a game that will make you wonder more about time.
The games listed here will give you the illusion of control and what accompanies it in every decision you make.
They have multiple endings, although not all of them. But the ending results from the decisions you made earlier.
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