Deadlight

A dark and insecure world surrounds you; Danger everywhere and you have to work your way through it to survive. Slash through and trick zombies (also called Shadows) in a world where darkness is your worst enemy.

A terrible disaster has claimed the world as its own. The worst kind actually; an infestation. The intro shows you a couple of survivors, and you quickly realise that they are about to run out of time. The Shadows are about to burst in and claim some of the last few alive people in the area, if not the world. Most of the survivors in the group flees together in a camper, but one stays behind – he want to find his family. Of course, this is you. Running through the terrain, avoiding the Shadows, and climbing buildings and fences, you are set out for an adventure where fans of the platform genre will feel right at home.

Not only do you get surprisingly challenging puzzles to solve, you have to possess great timing skills as well, as you have to jump off ledges and reach something at the other side – and lose your foes. Climbing fences and buildings is a breeze, but it’s rather easy to die, but with infinite lives and checkpoints as close to each other as they can get, this is not a problem at all. You’ll just get a little dent in your self-esteem and start to wonder how good you’re at solving puzzles and what number your actual IQ is. Luckily there’s lots of hints in subtle lights showing you which elements you can interact with that are either helpful or vital to solve your ongoing issue.

The graphics and story are a delight. The cutscenes are off though, as they have a look that I do not like as it feels like an interactive cartoon, like cut out papers being moved around on a drawing, and I think they could’ve done better. The Voice acting can get a bit boring, but only in the cutscenes though, as the main character’s voice is a delight, with full of feelings, thoughtfulness and firmness. A lot of hope can be heard, and sometimes regrets that he didn’t spend more time with the loved ones in his life – the people you currently are tracking.

Along the way you’ll meet a couple of quirky personalities which is in a nice way rounds the game as a whole, making for a great alternate world to the one we’re currently living in. My best bet for the timeframe is 1980’s with lots of references to the 60’s, the Cold War and the War against the Shadows. A well told compelling story with a great narrator and a simple, but neat interface and fun gameplay mechanics.

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Getting sucked into games by Super Mario as a kid, gaming got on hold during her teens. Lured into gaming with the 7th generation by GTA IV, and a few years later intrigued by reviewing games, and now she's running gamingirl since 2009.

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