Let it be said, I don’t play too many video games. I simply do not have the time or patience to play video games like other young people my age, but every once in awhile a game intrigues me enough and I know I have to play it. This happened in 2015, with a game known as Until Dawn. I’m not even sure how I become aware of the game, probably by a gamer YouTuber I watched back then did a play-through of the game and I knew I had to play it. And I did, it was incredible hence why I’m talking about it here.
Until Dawn is about eight young adults who have to survive on Blackwood Mountain when their lives are threatened. So basically the synopsis plot is very Cabin in The Woods-y, but that does change as the game goes along. One of the game’s biggest difference from Cabin in The Woods is their use of the Butterfly Effect. Never seen that Ashton Kutcher of the same name, but I liked the use of the Butterfly Effect here.
What made me have to play this was that it was a interactive story driven game, which are the only games I care to ever play. They tell a story while you decide where exactly that story goes. It’s like watching a movie, but you get to call what happens next while it’s playing out on screen. Until Dawn in particularly, has a movie feel to it. Most likely steaming from the stunning visuals and a bunch of famous people taking on voice acting for the game’s characters, including Hayden Panettiere and Rami Malek.
I believe that’s the reason why I love this game so much. No, not Hayden Panettiere and Rami Malek, though they help. Until Dawn is a movie, but it’s my decisions, my mistakes, and judgement calls that changes where the movie goes and how it’s going to end. The game has a ton of replayable ability and I even check out people’s walkthroughs of the game just for fun. It’s like showing a friend your favorite movie and watching them have their mind explode or emotions stomped on. It’s so much fun, well for you, not necessarily them.
If you’re a gamer and you have never played Until Dawn, I would give it a chance. The story and characters are very familiar and cliche at first, but as the game goes along it becomes more and more complex and interesting. I am bias, because I do adore this game as this was my first horror video game I really enjoyed, but I do think that it’s a fun game regardless that can be enjoyed by all, well expect if you afraid of jump scares, because jeez this game has quite a few.