Deadlight was originally developed by Tequila Works 4-years ago in 2012 and published by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 and later appeared on Steam. It was never released for PlayStation, until now that is when Deep Silver published a director’s cut of the game with improvements to the controls, new animations, and a new game mode, Survival Arena. Simply called, Deadlight Director’s Cut, this version of the game was released on June 21st, 2016 and is what you’ll see in the below video. This first 60 minutes of the game is a playthrough of Act 1 in story mode. I had never played this game before so I figured story mode would be a good a place as any to start the game off on.
I know I’m playing this about a month after release, but there’s only so much time in the day that I can play games. I do plan on finishing this up though to the end with a series of Youtube videos, so stay tuned and subscribe to my channel.
Spoilers Ahead: As usual, there are spoilers in this video so if you’ve never played the game and don’t want any of it spoiled for you, don’t watch it. This is an unedited video of the complete playthough for Act 1. Also note adult language and themes so viewer discretion is advised.
Deadlight Director’s Cut is a side scrolling survival horror game that is a throwback and homage to the classic sidescrolling cinematic platformers of the yore. While the graphics in the game look so much better than any game from the 80’s or 90’s, it definitely has that old school feel to it when playing.
Speaking of which, I really like how the Deadlight Director’s Cut looks. The foreground silhouettes set against the detailed 3D rendered backgrounds make for a really moody atmosphere and help separate the play area from the non-playable areas. Everything is just so detailed in the game that sometimes you just want to stop and look around, but can’t because you know, zombies. The animations in the game are also quite good and really smooth and I love how some of the background elements can come forward into the foreground and become part of the gameplay, whether it be obstacles or zombies you have to face.
Gameplay wise, Act 1 is mainly a tutorial of sorts that will get you acclimated with the controls and how to play. Much of it consists of traditional platform elements as well as some basic environmental puzzle solving. The controls also aren’t too bad, although sometimes I have trouble when it comes to climbing over fences, but that’s not a big deal. Other than that, it’s got some pretty solid controls that don’t frustrate.
I do really like the fact that you don’t really have to engage or fight the many zombies you encounter. You have the option of running past many of them or figuring out ways to bypass them to conserve resources and health. That’s basically what you’ll be doing for most of Act 1 and though I did get a gun in it, I barely used it to kill zombies.
Overall though, I’m really enjoying Deadlight Director’s Cut. The story isn’t too bad so far, and the platforming is quite enjoyable. I really like the whole look of the game and the atmosphere is really drawing me in to it. Again, I’m hoping to complete the story at least in a timely manner so if you want to keep up with the game, subscribe to my Youtube channel for more updates.
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