Written by: Nick Farinola // Published by: Joe Ahart

In the spirit of Halloween, I downloaded Dead by Daylight through my Xbox GamePass subscription and logged on just under ten hours. For those of you living under a rock your entire life, Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical multiplayer game where one player-controlled killer roams around an arena hunting four other player-controlled survivors. The ill-fated Friday the 13th game developed by Gun Media, Illfonic and Black Tower Studios is a similar game in the vein of 4 vs. 1 multiplayer, but due to a legal battle over Jason, development on future DLC has halted. Dead by Daylight, developed by Behaviour Interactive, originally released for Microsoft Windows back in June of 2016, then subsequently to consoles the following year. From what I grasped in my ten-or-so-hours is that its community is incredibly toxic and competitive. I’ve received some beautiful messages from fellow players like this:

Get the f**k off the game, newb.

Send me your address, I will literally find you and beat the sh*t out of you.

And my favorite so far:

Kill yourself.

Simply beautiful.

Don’t get me wrong; Dead by Daylight is one helluva game. At its best, it’s an immensely stressful, team-oriented fight to the death. At its worst, it’s a lonely and frustrating game full of complete assholes and trolls. My little brother is a prime example of a normal Dead by Daylight player, and I’ve experienced his personality first hand. As a survivor main (Meg), he has very…strong feelings about some of the killers – especially Ghost Face. According to my 15-year-old brother, Ghost Face is one of the most broken, and easy to play killers in the game. After a poor game overall with zero communication from his team, my brother proceeded to send a hate message to the killer solely because he decided to play as Ghost Face. Poor Fella. Like I said, be prepared for 15-year-old turds sending you “kill yourself” messages.

Credit: [Behaviour Interactive]
If a toxic community doesn’t bother you, then great! There’s a ton offered here, and it’s actually a much more complex and profound game than I had initially anticipated. There’s a vast perk system unlocked through the “bloodweb,” three different currencies, each used for either the purchase of perks and items or killer/survivor cosmetics, several killers and survivors to sink your teeth into (some from iconic horror franchises), daily challenges to complete, and a handful of maps unique with their own strategies. Again, if you’re active in the gaming community, odds are you are aware of Dead by Daylight or even play it. From afar, Dead by Daylight appears to be a rather typical asymmetrical multiplayer game, where the killer, well, attempts to kill everyone, and the survivors activate a handful of generators to eventually unlock the escape route. Depending on whether you’re a survivor or killer main, the objective will always be the same, yet the many different strategies keep the rather repetitive gameplay loop feeling fresh.

A cosmetic pack available through Steam. Credit: [Behaviour Interactive, Valve]
I mentioned before the inclusion of several horror icons available as DLC. You got the (apparently) much-maligned Ghost Face from Scream, the Shape a.k.a. Michael Myers from Halloween, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, Amanda Young from the gore-happy Saw franchise, and most recently, the Demogorgon from the Stranger Things universe. Odds of us seeing a playable Jason Vorhees character in the foreseeable future is slim, but one can dream! On top of these not-so-friendly faces, you have a slew of other original killers. On the survivors’ side, we got Steve Harrington and Nancy Wheeler and even Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy! I had briefly mentioned cosmetics, and how they can be earned or purchased by using certain currencies from the game. Both the killers and the survivors can be fully customized with different rarity outfits that can be mix-matched at any point. And for those of you wondering, yes, Steve Harrington’s “Scoops Ahoy!” outfit is available for purchase in the game. Go crazy. This added layer of customization and bloodweb unlocking further strengthens the longevity and replayability of the game. What’s a multiplayer game without any rewards?  

 

Dead by Daylight may have released just over three years ago, but its growing player base and lore continue to pull me back into the nightmare for just one more match. Happy hunting, folks!
You can snag Dead by Daylight on Steam for $19.99 or for as low as $7.19 on G2A.com, and the console edition anywhere from $18.99 to $24.99 on Amazon. It’s important to note that the game is on sale regularly through Steam for $9.99.

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