— alright, alright, this article is a little overdue, and when I say overdue, I mean two years late as Until Dawn came out in 2015. My, how the time flies when you’re out there deciding the fate of eight teenagers. But, hey, late is better than never, amiright?
Anyhow, on release-date (August 25th of 2015), I trudged my way to our local Meijer, and picked up this long-awaited title for free (shout-out to amazing coupons that help fuel my gaming addiction). I was geeked and that beautiful disc made its way into my PlayStation 4 as soon as I returned to my humble abode. Look, this game was giving me the opportunity to control eight teenagers as they make their way through their own Horror story, it would be incredibly out of character for me not to be excited about this game. I can’t tell you how quickly I got through my first play-through, it was possibly a two-day showdown, but this isn’t about that time; this is about my recent visit to Blackwood Mountain.
Let me backtrack a bit and give a little low-down on what Until Dawn is for those who haven’t had a chance to play or haven’t even heard of this Sony exclusive. To begin with, it’s an interactive survival horror game — basically, you are controlling a horror film; this makes it perfect for those who aren’t necessarily big into gaming. You take the reigns of eight teenagers who have returned to a cabin exactly a year after their friends’ disappearance. Of course for most, that right there screams don’t return, but hey, teenagers are gonna do what teenagers do. You get to control various aspects, such as dialogue, the direction they take, and the decisions they make — all leading up to several different outcomes. There are plot-twists and all that jazz, but I care about you enough not to spoil anything.
Another thing I would like to throw out there was how excited I was to see so many familiar faces in the cast! Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Brett Dalton (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Hayden Panettiere (Heroes), Noah Fleiss, Galadriel Stineman (The Middle), Meaghan Martin (Camp Rock), Jordan Fisher (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), and Nichole Bloom (Shameless) are all amongst the victims.. er.. teenagers in Until Dawn.
So, as mentioned, I returned to the fictional land of Blackwood Mountain two years later; with the knowledge of what happens and having a decent memory as to the path each direction takes me. This play-through, which I somehow managed in one-sitting, ended up being completely different which made the game to be just as exciting as the first time — different people survived, while others just couldn’t quite make it. Also, due to some choices I made, this playthrough caused scarecrows to pop-up in inappropriate places — I promise, I won’t be making that mistake again. Thanks for the scare, Supermassive Games.
I also don’t think I will ever get over some of the ridiculous and entertaining dialogue in this game; “go suck on an egg”, “Jesus hot sauce Christmas cake”, and “fuck nuggets” being a few of the lines worth mentioning. Major credit to the writers of this game — seriously, I’m so thankful.
I’ve had several conversations about this game, especially lately — and I love how each person has a different favorite character. Personally, I lean more towards Nichole Bloom’s Emily; this could be due to the fact that I already love her in Shameless, but I think the sass-factor that she provides is an added bonus. Yeah, yeah, anyone that knows me knows I tend to grow attached to the character with the most attitude-fueled lines.
I can play this game a few dozen times and not grow tired of it and that’s the beautiful thing about Until Dawn. There are multiple different outcomes and several different deaths for each character — it’d be hard to get two playthroughs the exact same. I still have to manage to get an ending where all of the characters survive.
For those who are itching to return to the Until Dawn universe, Supermassive Games is releasing a PlayStation VR exclusive titled, ‘The Inpatient’. It takes place sixty years before the events of Until Dawn, and introduces a new cast of characters in the game’s familiar location, Blackwood Sanatorium. Check out the trailer below!
To sum it up, I strongly encourage anyone who enjoys the horror genre to check out Until Dawn. It’s definitely worth the time and it obviously has replay value! I’ve played through a few times and have watched others play — and I still haven’t had enough! Plus, I still have so many more endings to get!