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  • Summary: Dying For Daylight invites players to take on the role of Dahlia, a vampire with a devastating sense of fashion and a razor-sharp wit that appears in several of Harris' short stories.
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  1. Jul 16, 2013
    7
    This is a Hunting Objects Game (HOG). No, this isn't one of those boring games where you tromp around the woods looking to shoot atThis is a Hunting Objects Game (HOG). No, this isn't one of those boring games where you tromp around the woods looking to shoot at vampires. Game designers took one of the most hated tropes of the classic point and click adventure game, the pixel hunt, and made it into the focus of a whole sub-genre of adventure games known as the HOG Hunting Objects Game. The best of the HOGs turn that annoyance into a strength and wrap it up in enough of a story that it doesn't seem like a chore.

    Dying for Daylight is one of the better ones, with a compelling, professionally written story, with strong characters. They even threw in some variety in the mini-games besides the object hunt. A particular rarity for games of this genre is that the game is voiced, and voiced by people who might actually act for a living. The vampires and ghosts just add flavor.

    The reason for the lost points? The game feels incomplete. It's divided into 4 chapters (called episodes), and there is some closure to each chapter. However, we never actually get an ending to the main story. The 4th and final chapter in this game ends like the others. It ties up some loose ends, but ends on a cliff hanger leading into the next chapter. As such, it feels like a rip off. It essentially ends on "to be continued" please buy the next game to get your ending (maybe). As sleazy as it sounds to ask players pay extra to get an ending to the story, there's no ending to be had even if you were willing to pony up for it. Two years after this game's release, there's still no mention of further installments. Seeing as the development cycle for even an exceptional HOG type game is about 6 months to a year, this likely means there will not be any further installments and the story ends with a "to be continued."

    The game (what there is of it) is excellent for the HOG genre. Good atmosphere. Well written story and strong characters. Voice actors that not only seem to know something about acting, but actually fit the characters. However, you should know going in that you're getting an incomplete story. Like a TV series that gets cancelled after 4 episodes, you have to decide whether it's worth your time to invest yourself in the characters and the mythology, knowing that there's no narrative payoff at the end because there is no end.
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