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Average User Score: tbdJul 16, 2013This 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.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.5Oct 31, 2010It's spooky, I'll give it that, but not much more. The game is buggy, and will frequently pause or lock up, requiring a restart. TheIt's spooky, I'll give it that, but not much more. The game is buggy, and will frequently pause or lock up, requiring a restart. The freeze and pause typically happen in combat, which throws off your coordination. Your coordination is already way off, because the controls are laggy and imprecise, and in addition to inconvenient pausing, the game will sometimes randomly wrench control of the camera and your character away from you, right in the path of an enemy's attack. It's like the developers (read sadistic -----) went out of their way to make the game as frustrating as they possibly could so they could claim it was "challenging." If that wasn't bad enough, you've got a CONSOLE SAVE SYSTEM, with save spots fairly far apart. Not only do you have to fight your way through almost an entire level after being killed by a level boss, but you've got non-interactive segments along the way that you can only *SOMETIMES* skip. Sometimes, hitting escape will skip the in-engine cutscene. Sometimes, all it does it jump you to the menu screen and pause the game -- ie. you have to sit through it for the billionth time.
I loved SH1, SH2, SH3, I even thought The Room was ok. I absolutely HATE this game. It's a game designer's train wreck. Hate this game. It's a total waste of money. The graphics are nice and slightly spooky, but there's no feeling of dread or goose bumps like with the first 3 games. After all this time, I had expected the bugs to have been patched, but nope, this is the same steaming pile that was on shelves last year. I'm not even sure why I gave them a 2, other than that I can't bring myself to totally slag anyone's hard work (They'd get a 1 if the review system allowed for a zero).… Expand