Happy Halloween, GameSiders! About six weeks ago, we released our first grand list of game rankings, highlighting the 50 best PS4 games available for purchase right now. We also have a similar list for the Xbox One, and are ready to roll out a list of current Nintendo games (Wii U / 3DS) very soon. However, we promised we’d update our list as new PS4 games come out, get a chance to play them and figure out how they stack up against the rest.
Until Dawn is our first title to join the list, just in time for Halloween!
Developer: Supermassive Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Supermassive Games brought a number of factors that make Until Dawn pretty remarkable. They made their first game of their own creation a purposefully trope-laden horror game, one that is a love letter to classic horror movies. Second, they did so by bringing in quality acting talent that comes from television shows like Mr. Robot, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Heroes, 10 Things I Hate About You and Peter God Damn Stormare.
Most importantly, Until Dawn includes a branching narrative arch called the Butterfly Effect, one that shows how even the smallest of decisions can save or kill a variety of characters. It all culminates in a supernatural thriller that subverts expectations, provides genuine thrills, brings a comedic edge to the genre while still respecting its space and it just happens to take place in the glorious mountainous regions of British Columbia, Canada. Did I mention this game has Peter Stormare in it?