One night, eight teenagers and a remote mountain, on the anniversary of their friend’s mysterious death, what could possibly go wrong? Showcasing their own unique take on the teen horror film genre in video game form, Supermassive Games places a flashlight into your hands and thrusts you into the world of Until Dawn. The latest addition to the ‘Playstation Move’ catalogue, Until Dawn casts a whole new light on the motion control device.
Armed with naught but your trusty flashlight and a cast of young, attractive, and potentially murder-able friends, you are tasked with surviving the night until the titular dawn. Until Dawn is set to have all the hallmarks of a great teen horror story: a beautiful cast, a lurking killer, an isolated location and a smart yet familiar script with twists, turns and misfortune at every occasion. What more could a horror junkie ask for? Expect suspense, raunchiness, horror and cheese as Until Dawn takes us on a whistle-stop tour of an almost forgotten genre of story-telling.
Translating the horror film genre into a game places the ‘Playstation Move’ controller into your hand as a flashlight, passed from cast member to cast member, as the story explores the winding intrigue of the game’s secluded location. The game also features an interesting multiplayer element, by allowing you to pass the control between your friends at the same time as torch changes hands on screen. This lets you share the horror and suspense of the plot with your friends, just like an old-school popcorn movie night.
The use of Playstation Move casts a brave new light on the interactive story genre. Much like Surgeon Simulator changed the way simulation games form, the Playstation Move will once again change how we interact with the story in front of us. But should we rate a game on a new control system? Many were critical of the Wii and WiiU’s multiple and varying control gimmicks, how does the Playstation Move differ itself from the crowd and can it keep competitive against the full body immersion of the Kinect?
Until Dawn treads a very similar path to another recent ‘Move’ driven story game: Heavy Rain. Trading in a gritty setting for an over-the-top and clichéd 90s horror movie style, may just be the defining point of this new foray into the world of ‘Playstation Move’. If the plot is as immersive as suggested, and the action as constant, I look forward to experiencing the world of Until Dawn with my friends by my side. The game’s multiplayer looks to be a truly interesting experience, bringing multiplayer back to the same room and making you hide behind your sofa while screaming ‘No don’t go in there!’ as you and your friends fall into the classic horror movie pitfalls.
Remember: never, ever, ever under any circumstances say, “I’ll be right back….”