Deadlght Review | May 27, 2014 Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows, PlayStation 4
Deadlight at its heart is a 2D platformer but it has this strong survival horror element since you are trying to escape a world filled with zombies. The game takes place in Seattle in 1986, a time when the people of the United States thought that there biggest problem was the Cold War and the USSR. As the infection spread the response was too slow and people thought it was some kind of attack from Russia. Randall Wayne is a former park ranger from the town of Hope Canada and a small group of survivors are heading to a safe zone. Randall thinks his family Shannon and Lydia are there. He is not sure if they are there. He and the others are not even sure if the safe zone is real.
There are not very many zombie survival horror 2D platformers out there. We do hope that this game could be the rule and not the exception. Overall Deadlight is very good and hard to put down. Each section adds something different for you to use or figure out. Sometimes it’s a maze, sometimes it’s a puzzle and sometimes it is a run for your life scenario. The whole point of this game is to avoid the zombies as much as possible. The game has a great balance between slow and fast pace action while leaving this mystery the whole time as to what is going on. Randall keeps having these delusions and we don’t if they are hallucinations or flashbacks of suppressed memories. Weapons, guns and ammo are very short supply. You have to trick the zombies into traps so you can get past them. Shooting guns and making noise will wake up or alert more of them to where you are. There are secret rooms everywhere with items and lost pages to Randall’s journal filling is story elements. You will die a lot in this game but you almost restart at the exact place where you die almost every time unless the game requires you to take off and run, then you must start back at the point where you started running from.
We did not want to stop playing this game. The controls are slow to respond but you can adjust your gameplay to compensate and the controls are not bad enough to make you want to stop. Story and voice action are exceptional, it pulls you in and takes you with it right from the start of the game. The main character of Randall keeps calling them shadows and not zombies, as if you can’t bring himself to admit to what is happening. He also keeps making references to the darkness and the light the whole game adding to the mystery. The only thing we did not like is that the game is only about 5 hours long even during replay. The replay is high, you will want to experience Deadlight more than once but you need to keep your price under $10.00 to make it worth a purchase. We really like what they did here but paying more the $10.00 is asking too much.