Until Dawn - YEEEESS!! I SURVIVED!!! (well, just!)"Jesus hot sauce Christmas cake"
I think that was the best line in the game. lol
OMG. I finally played it.
If you don't know what Until Dawn
is about, it's an interactive drama survival horror video game developed by Supermassive Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 4.
I spent three nights to properly complete this.
It's 7AM right now as I'm typing this and what a magical moment it was when I crossed the finishing line with many of the characters in the game surviving the terrible ordeal at Blackwood Pines Lodge.
Want to see how I reacted when Sam, Mike and the others escaped the horror and were blown away by a firework of explosions to destroy the evil within, only to be invited by the light of hope from the rising sun in the mountains and the sound of a helicopter ready to rescue the survivors?
It was 6AM and I screamed of joy (after turning on the light and getting my camera).
Ready for this?
Here we go.
Can you feel it? That overwhelming sense of joy for playing an incredible game (a genre that is one my favourite of all time), following a dramatic story through tough decision making (and a some skill - well I wouldn't say real skill, I kinda cheated with the QTE - Quick Time Events - because you can actually pause just before the action requires input, just press the R1 button, don't be shy and don't be ashamed cuz you're gonna get killed REAL FAST if you don't! lol) and getting the payoff that you'd expect from a happy ending (provided that most of the survivors make it?).
That's why I screamed out "YEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!" and "HALLELUJAH!!" in the wee hours of the morning (when everybody is suppose to be still in bed).
Wait did I already repeat why I screamed of joy? Good.
Here were the results of my first playthrough.
Hold on a minute? What happened to Matt and Jessica?
Well... This is what happened to Jess (and it's right towards the f**king end of the game - I ALMOST SAVED HER!!! WTF**K??? How was I SO STUPID NOT TO HIDE??? The Wendigo senses MOVEMENT and I decided to RUN AHEAD with Matt. Just ONE mistake and it cost the loss of a friend, the loss of a life. Damn it Matt. So sorry, I was careless. But you know what? To be honest, this makes more sense because Matt and Jess were NOT EXPOSED to the information about the Wendigos like the others did (when they found the Mystery Man's journal) and how to survive if you spotted one (or have one hunt you down). The only way to survive in that situation is pure luck and intuition. So I guess it wasn't too bad... I really wanted EVERYONE to survive (minus Josh because... Well you'll have to play the game to find out), but yeah, to be honest I would be super devasted if Sam, Mike, Chris and Ashley died... As for Emily... What a bitch. She can go to hell for all I care! lmao
(And to be polite, I know my watchers here are mature and have been exposed to gore/violence, but a lot more of you are actually YOUNG. So please be advised to either - close your eyes and PRESS the PAGE DOWN key several times until you've reached the comments to... Erm... Comment!
Want to know what happened to Jess when I ALMOST saved her? Scroll down.
Actually, I got a much smarter way to do this. Here's the first shot.
Now click on the following links - if you dare...!!!Jessica's death scene - part twoJessica's death scene - part threeJessica's death scene - part four
Poor Jessica. ;___;
Anyway, back to the game.
The environments were surreal (the mood and lighting set the scenes). The characters were super believable (thanks to a great script and amazing actors), the pacing and controls were engaging and intense, the consequences of your actions - lethal. Your choices really matter and I followed through as if I was really me in the story (despite playing different characters).
That was what made it more rewarding. I was a character of somewhat sensible morals. I will honestly say that I'm not truly brave or truly charitable. I'll raise my hand up there and say that I'm not ever likely to be a hero.
This game can actually reflect on who you are and make you understand yourself a little more than before, if you managed to immerse yourself in the experience.
Go play the game. I highly recommend it.
And now, as always, when it comes to TRULY AWESOME games that have alternate endings and death consequences of the protagonists in the story, I can't help myself but go to Youtube and explore ALL the possibilities - even watching the heroes die from failure of the player. What a treat!