Sony is reliving the classic horror genre with the recently released Until Dawn. We had several expectations from the game when it was initially shown off, but it seems like there's more to it than meets the eye. The game is all about facing your nightmares and taking decisions that will change your life forever.
The game is about eight friends who are visiting a remote cabin, where they come across a deranged serial killer who starts hacking each of them to death. The horror is multiplied with the butterfly effect in the game, where your choices determine the eventual outcome.
As you may have guessed by now, the game is all about staying alive by any means possible, while also making sure you take decisions that will also be enough to save your friends. However, things don't work out the way you want, and in the end, you just need to get out of it alive.
Here are a few tips on how to stay alive in the game till the end.
Until Dawn – Survival Guide
Make Note of the Clues
During the game, players will come across a number of clues in the cabin and the surrounding areas. These are basically bits and parts of information that will inform the player about who the killer might be, apart from the backstory involving the disappearance of the twin sisters. The more clues you come across, the more you will learn about the story. Players are highly advised to check every nook and corner for clues. The clues will be highlighted by light-up icons when nearby or when you shine your flashlight in the right direction. The moral: The more you know, the better your chances of survival.
Stay Still! Don't Let Them See You
Players will come across several quick-time events where they will need to keep as still as possible to keep someone from noticing them. Yes, the AI will be smarter and will try to capitalise on every movement you make, and more so after you have just come across a tense portion in the game. All you can do is to keep calm and let the danger pass. Maybe that way, you will get to be alive a bit longer. Just maybe.
Keep Track of the Totems
Players will also come across several little totems scattered on the ground. You can inspect the totems by picking them up (holding R2 button) and turning them over. There are as many as five different kinds of totems with each of them having their own importance. Make note that the more totems you find, the more are your chances of avoiding the killer. There's the black butterfly - a Death totem- which will prophesise the player's death. Apart from that, there's the red butterfly - the Danger totem- that foretells an event set to befall the character. The brown butterflies, the Loss totem, will show other tragedies that will concern your friends. The yellow butterflies, the Guidance totem, will offer visions to assist other characters. The white butterflies, the Fortune totem, will let you learn about the current character and about the choices in different situations.
Make Decisions Carefully
Don't be too hard on yourself if you have taken a bad decision. After all, that's what the game is all about – taking decisions. While both good as well as bad decisions can sometimes be fatal, they will help you to survive other times. This will lead to multiple endings with characters dying or surviving. Keep in mind that not every decision will be the right one, but that's one of the game's unique traits.
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[Source: Prima Games]