Most Underrated PlayStation 4 Exclusives You Should Play Right Now
You can’t say we didn’t see it coming. Since that very first day we laid eyes on it, Microsoft made a categorical, fundamental mistake with the Xbox One, releasing a TV and voice activation-focused system for a marketplace that just wanted more of the immaculate Xbox 360. Ease of use, array of attention-grabbing exclusives, smooth online services and lightning-quick system updates – all things that Sony couldn’t deliver on the PS3, but have subsequently nailed on the PS4.
Whilst it’s totally played out across any number of franchises like Friday the 13th, Halloween, Scream etc. on the silver screen, Until Dawn proves that by putting you slap-bang in the middle of a ‘choose-your-own-adventure’-style teen horror – one positively reveling in the most enjoyable parts of the genre – there’s some majorly untapped potential worth indulging in.
Characters are all played by a variety of “Oh, I recognise them!” actors, ranging from Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek to Heroes’ Hayden Panettiere, though that’s just to get you invested. Until Dawn is just as much an indulgence of teen horror tropes as it is a slow-burn mystery. You’ll need to forge social allegiances and make butterfly effect life-or-death decisions every few minutes, whilst also dissecting optional evidence pickups and environmental clues as to who and/or what is stalking you through the night.
Its art style connotes the icy isolation of The Thing and The Shining, whilst its beating heart is pure Final Destination, Jeepers Creepers or Scream. Although Telltale Games get all the glory for ‘perfecting’ the branching narrative design ethos, Supermassive Games deserve just as much – if not more – considering how immaculately interwoven all of Until Dawn’s various threads are.