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DEAD BY DAYLIGHT: Asymmetric Survival Horror Done Right

Although Dead by Daylight has been out on PC for a while, PS4 and XBOX ONE gamers are finally getting their chance to stalk or be stalked in the popular asymmetrical survival game.

Much like the recent Friday the 13th game from Gun Media, this one pits survivors against a single killer in an arena style survival shindig. In each of the spooky, randomly generated areas, your goal is to around and try to escape a killer in maps that include a forest, junkyard, cornfield, asylum, etc…

The story is very Cabin in The Woods-ish in that an overlord, simply called The Entity, wants souls. The Entity traps killers in his domain in order for them to do all the dirty work. That means the poor group of survivors are taken from the safety of their earthly confines and swept away to this dark realm to be hunted by a maniacal killer. Each round begins with four survivors running about attempting to activate generators placed around the maps in order to open a large door that will lead them to safety. Alternatively, the last survivor of a match has the chance to escape through a trap door. The killers job is to catch survivors and hang them on meat hooks as an offering to The Entity.

As you progress, you will be awarded with blood points to attain certain perks in the Bloodweb skill tree.  These will help you either become better at evasion or offer perks that will make your killer a better… well, killer.This is one of those games that is best played with your mic on. The ability to communicate to your teammates is imperative for maximum enjoyment and skillful planning.

Each of the survivors is equipped with different upgradable perks but the real magic of the game comes from the center piece killer and his perks. In that arena, you are able to choose from The Trapper, The Wraith, The Hillbilly, The Nurse, etc… The character design on the killers is spectacularly well done. Each allows you to play in a number of different ways.

Out of Friday the 13th and Dead by Daylight, I’m going to give my tip of the hat to Dead. It has far more variety and variations thrown in to keep the game evolving in different play strategies. Plus, this one has more maps than Friday does. Outside of that obvious comparison, this game has a Michael Myers and Haddonfield update coming up in August and a bunch of content to make the experience worth the price. Simply put, if you are a horror fan and a multiplayer gamer, make sure to pick up Dead by Daylight.

Dead By Daylight is out now on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.