Quick Look: Dead by Daylight

Dead By Daylight is a online 1vs4 survival horror type game where one person plays as a Killer —  like Jason from the Friday The 13th movies, and the other 4 people play as Survivors who have to escape by turning on Generators to open some main gate.

Steam recently had another one of its lackluster Summer Sales, and this game was marked down to $15, normally $20, which isn’t much of savings. I’ve been debating on getting this game for a while, but was very weary of the replay value. It seems like a very simple game, and I’ve read alot of posts about people complaining about not being able to play the main game with friends. I seen option to do that, and i don’t know if thats a new feature, or some simple dumbed down feature where maybe perhaps they don’t get points or progress the way you do in the normal game. None of my Steam friends have this game so i haven’t touched it. Anyways, I ended up getting the game for the $15.

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After loading up the game, you arrive at a menu that gives several options including QUICK PLAY and Tutorials. The Tutorials provides video guides on how to play as either the survivor, or as a killer.

After watching the tutorials, I felt confident enough to give the game a try, so I hit QuickPlay which quickly matched me up with 4 other survivors and a killer. In the lobby you can customize your players with perks and unlock that you get by playing, doing good and leveling up. There are only around 4 survivor characters in the game, which I believe all have their own special abilities. The annoying thing is since there are only 4 characters, you usually end up playing with 4 people who look identical. You can change some parts of the clothing on the players, but the selection is very limited and pretty much pointless.

The Triplets. Very limited skins/characters in Dead By Daylight
The Triplets. Very limited skins/characters in Dead By Daylight

Once everyone is done messing with their load outs and which perks they wish to use, everyone clicks ready and the game has a 5 second count down.

Matchmaking is not the great in any way. Has nearly zero options such as max ping, and regions, etc to be paired with. Matchmaking can also take ages. I’m sure the Killer is the one who hosts the games due to the Killer being the one who gets the CREATE LOBBY and everyone has to be matched with you. The weird thing is you can wait minutes upon minutes for anyone to be matched with you, but  once it does match, it seems to fill all 4 slots at the same time. After the initial surge join happens, some players will leave while join. But Matchmaking works so that’s great.

Matchmaking complete, game is starting. AHH! The limited characters/skins.
Matchmaking complete, game is starting. AHH! The limited characters/skins.

Would be very nice to have the option to invite a friend to the match, so they can play with you along with strangers.

Upon loading into the actual game I noticed how eerie the world felt. The maps i believe are procedurally generated, so they’re never identical, some maps are darker, while others are a bit lighter while still being foggy. This is the first map I was in and it was dark, with some light coming from the moon. The graphics are pretty nice, and everything looks like a horror movie. You have crows, fire, mist, fog etc.

One of the lighter maps in the game. Not bad looking at all. Survivor being sacrificed
One of the lighter maps in the game. Not bad looking at all. Survivor being sacrificed

The sound is great as well. There is spooky music, but it doesn’t drown out the sounds of the world such as the killer getting closer, which you know by his footsteps, and by the sound of your heart racing.

I tried to move around to find some generators to start, but the damn killer had already found me within the first few seconds. I tried to run, but it being my first time, he quickly caught me, and hung me on his hook. I tried to free myself from the hook, which only makes you die faster. There is no team chat in the game, so I was unable to ask for help. There are visuals in the game such as outlines where people can see that you’re hanging and need help, but no one attempted to save me, and then bam! I was Sacrificed and dead.

Once you die you can either spectate the rest of the game, or leave and join another. I spectated for a sec, then joined another game.

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I planned on living much longer the second time, but nope, same exact thing happened again within the first few seconds.

There are two different types of cameras on the game. The Killer gets FIRST PERSON view, while the survivors get third person. I suppose this is supposed to make it easier for the survivors because it allows for them to look around and over things, and harder for the killer. I prefer first person especially on computer games. Actually one of the main issues I have with playing as survivor is the weird camera. I’d prefer it to be a little bit zoomed out at least, but meh.

Survivor View distance
Survivor View distance

After dying nearly instantly as a survivor, I decided to have a go as a killer. There are 3 different types of killers you can choose from, and as with the Survivors, each seem to have their own kills, weapon and perks. I decided to use THE HILLBILLY because he has a cool chain saw, and a nice sledge hammer.

Playing as the killer was alot different. The Killer basically has to track down survivors, and based on his skills/perks, he has to knock down a Survivor usually by hitting them twice, but some have a tool that can knock them down instantly such as the Hillbilly’s Chainsaw, and then the Killer has to pick up the survivor and carry them to the sacrifice hook. The survivor can easily escape while being carried, and even if they get hooked, the player can get free, or be freed by another player.

One of my Sacrifices hanging in the distance.
One of my Sacrifices hanging in the distance.

The killer can’t jump, crouch, run, or do anything but walk. Survivors can throw things down in block pathways which will greatly slow the killer down. There is a very annoying bug that the community calls “Window Juking”, which is a Survivor can go through a window an infinite amount of times, and the killer goes through a window very slowly. There has been many times where a Survivor was going in circles through a window, and it was impossible for me to catch them.  Usually I give up on chasing that Survivor and go off and chase the others, but the last time this happened a guy kept going through a window, up stairs over and off a balcony and repeat, and then proceeded to teabag balcony looking down at me after I gave up on going through circles, and I actually raged quit the game. There is nothing fun about going in circles, and the player taunting you just makes it even more annoying. The devs can easily resolve this by including some type of stamina system into the game where there is a cool down or something on how many times you can go through a window a short amount of time.

Idiot teabagging the balcony.
Idiot teabagging the balcony.

 

The killer can tell where survivors are by a scratch trail that they leave behind, which quickly fades away so you have to follow it fast.

Follow The Trail
Follow The Trail

I’m not even going to begin to try to explain the point and leveling system, its weird, confusing, and meh. You get pips, blood points, and all sorts of things… I just play for fun and I eventually level up. Each character has their own level, and currently I’ve only played as The Hillbilly, in which i’m level 12 currently.

Bloodweb upgrades
Bloodweb upgrades
Perk System
Perk System

I prefer playing as the Killer, but it seems many prefer playing as the Survivor.

Injured Survivor!
Injured Survivor!
Got her
Got her

Also, another major annoyance in this game is that there is no way to communicate with the others, other than inside the lobby. There is no text, or voice chat. So many times i’ve wanted to tell a survivor fucker to stop “window juking” or else im going to leave, but there is no way.
There really needs to be a way to communicate, at least local voice chat.

For $20, I’d say this game is worth it. Although it currently has many bugs and annoyances and honestly feels like an early access/alpha title. Attempting to chase survivors who run in circles and “window juke” makes me quit the game and not want to play it again, but most survivors don’t abuse this and try to make it fun for everyone, so it only happens a few times out of a handful of games.

You can buy the game on Steam for $20 via this link

You can find out more info from the official site.

There is a similar game being developed right now actually called and based on Friday The 13th, which you may want to keep and eye on.

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