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“It’s All Fun And Games Until You Get Bitten”
'Deadlight' is a visually stunning, wonderfully atmospheric, survival horror 2.5-D Platformer which raises the bar for the genre in some respects, but then also stumbles in others – resulting in a generally fun, if confoundingly uneven escape from reality. Campaign:
Developed by Tequila Works | Microsoft Studios and released in late-2012, the game drops you into the shoes of Randall Wayne, a US Park Ranger on a desperate search for his missing family in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. Each level takes you across a fantastic imagining of a post-apocalyptic Seattle (circa 1986), featuring both indoor, outdoor and underground elements, with hauntingly beautiful backdrops making for some of the best visuals, atmosphere and tone in recent gaming memory. Gameplay | Sound | Other:
Gameplay is focused heavily on platforming and solving puzzles to help your character circumnavigate an increasing number of obstacles. Several sections also feature a timed element that naturally increase player stress-levels as you scramble to get to the end - heightening the immersion element of actually ‘running for your life’. Importantly, frequent checkpoints are well spaced throughout to ensure frustration is kept to a minimum. Your character will discover a few weapons - an axe, revolver etc - along the way, but ammunition is severely limited to reinforce the point that confrontation with the hordes of undead is generally discouraged. Sound Design is excellent and immersive overall, and controls are well optimized for both K&M and Controller. Flaws:
Unfortunately, the game is not without some major missteps – Gameplay is restrictively linear – and the lack of any real challenge or even variation in puzzles, ‘enemy AI’, weapons or fighting elements make the game highly predictable and repetitive about a third of the way through. Additionally, a shallow plotline, lack of sidequests, no customization options, and relatively few collectibles make for low replayability overall as well. Finally, the game also tends to be buggy in spots (with sound randomly cutting out during cutscenes), no ‘Restart | New Game’ option, and if all of the above weren’t enough, it’s terribly short as well with average playtimes running between 3-5 hours.
‘Deadlight’ is a gorgeous looking game no doubt – but look under the hood and many inherent issues become quickly apparent, leaving the gamer feeling like they are just going through the motions without much of a plot or challenge to distract from proceedings. While extremely hard to justify at full price, On Sale (at $2.99) it’s worth a casual playthrough if largely for the visual experience alone. Recommended on Sale! – Rated (7.9/10) Want More Recommendations?
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