PS4 Review: Daylight
It appears has though Capcom has not official killed the survivor horror genre just yet. With games like Outlast and the upcoming Alien: Isolation the genre actually seems to be picking up a little steam. Daylight is the latest game to continue the trend and it feels right. It is full of jump scares and dark corridors that that gave my girl friend the creeps and even managed to surprise my 7 month old daughter, though it didn’t seem to bother her nearly as much. She was more interested in the big blue light on the back of my controller.
This is the first time that I was able to check out the new Unreal 4 engine and I have to admit that was pretty excited. The graphics are good but my expectations were tempered to some extent because the game is SO dark. You are armed with a cell phone, glow sticks, and flares as your only sources of light (and defense). While the darkness does an amazing job of immersing you into the game it doesn’t do the graphics justice. Immersion is the best aspect of this game however and with that aspect Daylight does an amazing job. It doesn’t really give you a tutorial the game just drops you into a room and says “Go”. Honestly I do appreciate this. Too many recent games have an hour long tutorial for controls that aren’t too difficult.
The controls are simple so the gameplay isn’t anything too special, but like I said before, the immersion is where this game shines and I feel that was the developers true intention. The game feels like an updated version of the Slenderman game. You walk around this creepy hospital searching for pages that not only add to the story but also allow to progress. Once you have collected the allotted pages on that level the room you are in lights up and a sort of tattoo appears on your arm (somewhat reminiscent of FarCry3). Once this happens an idol appears in your hands. Once it was a bear, another time it was a Bible. As soon as this happens be prepared to run! Enemies are now alerted your presence and they want to get you. Find the exit to the next level with the item earned and off you are to the next stage.
Like most games, Daylight begins to get somewhat repetitive the farther you advance, and the graphics, while smooth and clean, are somewhat hidden in the darkness. You have to keep in mind that this also isn’t a 60 dollar blockbuster. It is 15 dollars on PSN right now and it is well worth the asking price. What this game lacks in gameplay and beauty it more than makes up for in shear terror. You have no weapons, you can not fight back against the ghosts that wander the halls so helplessness is a never-ending as long as Daylight is on your television screen.
8 out of 10 – A very good, true to form survival horror. Oh, and if you have a girlfriend or wife make sure she gets to watch a little bit of the game.