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  • Summary: Gray Dawn is a psychological thriller infused with religious elements seen through beautiful and terrifying worlds. You play as Father Abraham, a priest trying to find the missing altar boy.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 100
    The real strength of Gray Dawn lies far from its decent controls, its ability to run economically on a PC whilst looking amazing, and its employment of psychological horror tropes to get your heart rate up. The proof is all in the Christianity-flavoured pudding. I have never played any other game quite like this which uses all the trappings of religion in a way that subverts our everyday conceptions of it.
  2. Jun 19, 2018
    75
    Gray Dawn is a very special horror, with valid ideas but also with a gameplay that sometimes it's really too simple.
  3. 70
    Gray Dawn has a broader appeal than might be expected, precisely because it isn’t your standard horror title. It creates an amazing atmosphere and gripping suspense without using (too many) clichés, and the slow, well-paced progression creates a unique feel with great appeal.
  4. Jun 8, 2018
    70
    With a well-written and quite interesting story this indie Walking Simulator/ Horror game features a subject rarely seen on video games (that of the Eastern Christian Church) and delivers an atmospheric journey to the supernatural.
  5. Jul 29, 2018
    70
    Grey Dawn tells the compelling story of a young priest devoured by his distorted inner world. It uses religious imaginary and blasphemy to convey the struggle he's facing, adding a backstory of an alleged murder. Too bad it is too easy and offers bizarre gameplay solutions.
  6. Dec 19, 2018
    70
    ‘Tis the season to be seriously creeped out and yet equally enthralled by the religious themes and beautiful, imaginative world in Gray Dawn.
  7. Jun 26, 2018
    50
    Gray Dawn is true to its description of being a psychological thriller with religious elements, but it can’t seem to focus in on which religious elements it wants to portray.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jun 10, 2018
    10
    The game displays a fascinating atmosphere rich in Eastern European mysticism with an intriguing plot that surprises with every turn of events.
  2. Jun 8, 2018
    10
    I like how it keeps changing mood, you never know what to expect. I think it's a good game from this category.
  3. Jun 20, 2018
    10
    The game is purely amazing, the level of details and the atmosphere is just divine. I wonder what would it happened if I could manage to getThe game is purely amazing, the level of details and the atmosphere is just divine. I wonder what would it happened if I could manage to get all the icons, would it influence the story somehow? I strongly believe that this game is by far the best of its genre and a masterpiece combining religious and satanic things into a whole. I have to congratulate the developers for having the patience and also the stubborness to create such a game.

    Doamne ajută! Binecuvântat fie Numele Domnului!
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  4. Jun 9, 2018
    10
    Walking around through Gray Dawn's lush, baroque scenery and marveling at the impressive set pieces, it's hard to believe this is the work ofWalking around through Gray Dawn's lush, baroque scenery and marveling at the impressive set pieces, it's hard to believe this is the work of just three people. I've been following development on this for a while, and while I'm only a couple of hours in, father Abraham's journey's got me hooked.

    There are a few things that stand out in this game. The one that's going to hit you first, and the most impressive, is how stunningly detailed all the environments are. The (single!) artist really has put a love of love and effort into crafting Gray Dawn's world, and it shows. This is Unreal Engine put to work properly.

    Moving on, the constantly phasing between a real-world location and surreal, dream-like places, to the point of both blending together and the player starting to inhabit this weird in-between place where crazy things start to seem common place, makes for a thick atmosphere that's sometimes eerie, sometimes heavenly serene, in a stark contrast that really works. The game's underlying themes of heavenly and satanic influences are beautifully suggested by this constant balancing,

    Finally, I love that aesthetically it's one of the freshest takes on first person thrillers, in that it heavily utilizes Romanian motifs, and especially Orthodox Christian imagery. This is not there for the sake of visuals, it actually nicely ties into Gray Dawn's plot and themes. You probably haven't played something looking like this, and you should.

    I won't go into the plot because, hey, narrative game, but I will say that even though it's a psychological horror adventure, it's not your run-of-the-mill abandoned asylum malarkey. It's the kind of game that makes you stop and think about the underlying symbolism of the stunning set pieces it takes you through, and while I'm not 100% sure I am understanding everything, it's thoroughly enjoyable.

    And, as a final quick technical aside, it runs beautifully in full HD on the Epic setting on my 5 year old rig, so that's definitely good news.

    Pros: Looks beautiful, is deeper and smarter than your average 1st person horror adventure, it's got a unique Eastern European aesthetic, and thick atmosphere that really sucks you in.

    Cons: This is more of a matter of preference, but sometimes puzzles can be a bit on the esoteric / surreal side, even if mechanically they're not complicated. Then again, this ties into its surreal nature, so I can't really fault it for that.

    Conclusion: Hell y-- I mean, heavens yes, worth buying!
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  5. Jun 8, 2018
    10
    A very interesting game with a unique premise. It is not often that a game developer approaches such themes as religion and spirituality.A very interesting game with a unique premise. It is not often that a game developer approaches such themes as religion and spirituality. There's certainly a high-quality production on this game, considering the fact that the team is very small and they are indie. The voice acting may be a bit unpolished here an there, but otherwise, it was a good experience for me. Expand
  6. Jun 8, 2018
    9
    Very interesting theme, and the environments are amazing, lots of attention to detail. Some technical issues and voice acting could be better,Very interesting theme, and the environments are amazing, lots of attention to detail. Some technical issues and voice acting could be better, but from what i read this is done by a very small team. Hopefully those issues will be addressed in future updates.

    Good work!
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  7. Dec 9, 2018
    7
    It's an interesting little game with a pretty unique take on storytelling and visual presentation. I was impressed with how weird and unusualIt's an interesting little game with a pretty unique take on storytelling and visual presentation. I was impressed with how weird and unusual its horror elements were. Its main theme is something I've never seen in a game before.

    The story had me hooked with it's mystery, but it turned out fairly predictable as it played out. There's a lot of ominous religious text and dialogue thrown in that most of the time serves no other purpose than to make the story feel more mysterious and complicated, while having no hidden meaning whatsoever.

    The voice acting is pretty average which takes away from what could potentially be a much more amazing experience.

    I liked the music and the way it captures the local culture from the place and period the game is set in. At times it was very well used and chill inducing.

    The sound design however, feels very poorly done and I found it to be the worst aspect of the game. Lots of areas feel like they have sounds missing as many moving objects make no sound. When walking you can clearly hear a sound file being played for each footstep and the sound file being immediately stopped mid playing when you stop moving which sounds ridiculous. When passing the threshold from one room to another all the sounds from the previous room are immediately cutoff like you just teleported to a different location. This really breaks the flow of the atmosphere and immersion.

    Graphics look nice, but are are smudged and blurred with terrible anti-aliasing with no graphical options available to turn it off or tweak it. Also drawing distance is extremely near, with grass and shadows popping 2 metres in front of you when outside.
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