Until Dawn Review Round-Up

You lucky folks get a second review round-up today in preparation for the release of Sony’s teen-slasher game Until Dawn. One of the PS4’s key exclusives this autumn, it looks to bring a cinematic gaming experience to the new generation.

Our very own Jim Hargreaves reviewed the game, awarding it a great 8/10, and said “With its immersive world, branching narrative, and lifelike character work, Until Dawn will have players on the edge of their seats while pounding them with jump scares and a bone-chilling soundtrack.”

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It looks like critics from around the net have also had a good time with it, and despite some inconsistencies it’s a lot of fun.

IGN – 7.5/10

“Until Dawn is a flawed, but fun experience. Though an unfocused story means it falls short of greatness, it’s an otherwise entertaining homage to the curious traditions of horror movies which pays off your in-game decisions with occasionally shocking consequences.”

Gamespot – 8/10

“I didn’t expect to have so much fun with Until Dawn, and the depth with which my choices mattered and affected the final outcome encouraged repeat playthroughs. The visuals can be wonky at times, but in the end Until Dawn succeeds in being a thoughtful use of familiar mechanics, a great achievement in player-driven narrative, and a horror game you shouldn’t miss.”

God Is A Geek – 8.5/10

“If you like Quantic Dream’s games and think the idea of that style mixed with an “I Know What You Did Last Summer” or “Scary Movie” style narrative would be good, you’re probably going to really dig it.”

Destructoid – 7/10

“Until Dawn knows exactly what it is, and doesn’t pretend to be anything more. In that process it allows for some predictable plotlines, hammy acting, and lack of meaningful choices, but I’m glad that it exists, and every horror fan owes it to themselves to play it at some point — especially at a price cut.”

GamesRadar – 3.5/5

“As cheesy horror goes, you’ve never had it this pretty or entertaining but when it comes to a one off experience, Until Dawn is expensive interactive terror.”

Kotaku – Yes

“Until Dawn is weird. It’s got problems—the pacing is way better in the first half, you spend too much time looking for collectibles, the story isn’t actually worth a damn in the end—but it’s so earnest. This game was made by horror fans for horror fans, and that passion is obvious. Culty, schlocky games are exceptionally rare, but Until Dawn fits that description perfectly. It’s a big, dumb, super-fun choose-your-own-adventure game with some terrific scares. It shouldn’t exist…but it does, and I’m excited to play it again. Maybe when I do, I’ll manage to get a couple more of these dopes to the end alive.”

Metro – 6/10

“One of the more successful interactive movies of recent years, but that’s really not saying much given the lack of gameplay and horror thrills.”

Polygon – 6.5/10

“Until Dawn exists within a strange duality. It’s a game that’s generic while being unlike anything else I’ve ever played. It’s bad in some very evident ways, and yet I want everyone I know to try it. It’s not a great game, probably not even a good one, but it does things I want every narrative-based game going forward to learn from. I’m still fascinated by it, still planning more playthroughs for myself, still wanting to recommend it to friends. Until Dawn’s greatest mystery may be how it manages to remain compelling in spite of such huge flaws.”

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10 Comments

  1. Wow gamesradar, guess they didn’t like heavy rain either

    • Sorry – misstep with the typing so that score is actually out of 5!

    • Cinema ticket is £13 here. For hour and half entertainment. I saw Sinister 2 on Friday, a supposedly scary film, for £13. Until Dawn is about 8hrs, so as a “one off” experience – which it isnt – it’s cheaper than watching a load of horror movies.

      • £13 for a cinema ticket, where do you live? Lol here in Birmingham it’s only £8 in the evening less in the day time

      • £13 down here too, I used to pay £2.50 on a Tuesday and get a pint for £1.50 to take with me into the film when I was a student in Sheffield. I’ve avoided Until Dawn because I’m not a horror fan in the least, but the comparisons with IKWYDLS and Scary Movie have peaked my interested. And I did like Heavy Rain :)

      • Would like to know your thoughts on Sinister 2 actually? Loved the first one…

      • I’m guessing not good… ‘supposedly scary’ seems like a dig.

        I’ve heard it’s awful but then, I’ve heard people say the first one was awful and I really liked it.

        The trailer looks pretty decent but they always do.

  2. Not bad overall. I was expecting a mauling to be honest.

    I think you either like these types of games or you don’t. Saying there isn’t enough gameplay is like saying you don’t like FIFA because there aren’t any guns in it.

  3. “exclusives this autumn” What! the summer is over already!!! It’ll be snowing next.

  4. It was always going to be a divisive game when placed in the hands of critics. Some reviewers, it seems, genuinely had a hard time bonding with the characters or getting over the fact that gameplay was limited to walking and quick time events.

    For me, the story was enthralling enough to keep me coming back whenever I had ten minutes or so to spare.

    Another review worth checking out is Jim Sterling’s. I share plenty of common ground with the man (he is called Jim after all) and I’m glad to see we had similar views on Until Dawn too.

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