Zombie apocalypse a bit of fun
NOT so long ago, noteworthy downloadable games were a rare find. These days, however, it seems some of the most memorable releases are making their digital debut, and at a fraction of the price of boxed games you buy off the shelf.
Enter Deadlight, another budget-friendly, bite- sized game with blockbuster aspirations.
In Deadlight, the year is 1986, and you play a haunted man in search of his wife and daughter as he journeys across the US in the wake of a zombie apocalypse.
The plot is formulaic, right down to the cast of cliche characters. However, what the script lacks in originality, it does make up for with solid voice acting and the occasional unexpected, profound idea.
These can be found littered throughout the game’s fusion of survival horror and cinematic platform gaming.
Combat is limited to an axe that requires a constantly depleting stamina, along with a couple of firearms and a ration of ammo.
The game’s various levels alternate between you having to use stealth or force, and figuring out which tactic works best in each situation is definitely one of Deadlight’s most appealing features.
The game’s familiar platforming gameplay merges a stylish silhouetted visual style with a classic 2D side scrolling movement, although everything around the gameplay is still in full 3D. The overall presentation is impressive, including the comic book style cut scenes that help tell the story between levels.
On occasions, I did run into situations where it wasn’t clear how to progress, only to find it simply required a pixel perfect jump to move on. Overcoming these challenges was ultimately rewarding, though some casual gamers may not have the same patience to persist. The story is far from perfect, but Deadlight’s disturbing atmosphere and refreshing gameplay make it a winner.