Until Dawn is a game developed by SuperMassive, released in 2015. It is a horror game with a big emphasis on choices and the butterfly effect. The game is basically a B horror film and focuses on a bunch of friends staying in a cabin on some snowy mountain. You control each character at different segments and as you play you will be given choices and the choices you make will have a reaction with the story. Some are mild, a character won’t like another character because of a decision you made, or a character could die because of your choice. Every character you control can live or die, at the end of the game you could have no survivors left or all of them. It’s a fun game and one I highly recommend being played with a partner or friends.
The game is full of scares, over it’s 8+ hour story you will feel your heart in your throat at times and the game does a good job of building suspense but also delivery jump scares. SuperMassive knew they would put the fear into people and so they devised a way to capture that fear for future viewings. If you go into the options of Until Dawn, you can enable your PS4 camera, if you have one, to record all the frightening bits. These will be recorded as little snippets and saved for you to re-watch in self humiliation. A great feature to encapsulate the look of horror on your face at a cheap jump scare.
This feature has some downsides though when used. Or positives depending on the player. You see, when you activate this feature, the little light on the PS4 camera will light up when recording. So, when a jump scare is about to happen, the owner of the camera will see that the PS4 camera has started recording. You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to deduce that a jump scare is about to happen. This can be remedied by covering the light with a bit of a sticky note or anything similar. However, if you’re a big scared-ey cat but want to play Until Dawn then this might be a good downside for you. You’ll still have the jump scare but you’ll get a little warning before it happens. Enough time to brace yourself or cover your eyes behind a pillow. I won’t judge, I promise.