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Daylight review round up

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We’ve been cautiously optimistic about Daylight, Zombie Studios’ new Unreal Engine 4 –powered  new survival horror. Just about everything in the game, save from its plot and characters, is procedurally generated, which would make the game nearly infinitely replayable. If it didn’t suck.  

Review of the game have been pouring out slowly, and it seems that the Jessica Chobot-penned game isn’t quite as scary or entertaining as we’d hoped. Still, its premise is interesting, even if its actual setting is a tad cliché.

It’s all about a woman named Sarah who regains consciousness in an abandoned hospital with no memory of how she got there, and some voices that may or may not be in her head telling her to uncover the hospital’s secrets. Armed with little more than a cellphone with limitless battery power and some glowsticks, Sarah wonders around like a terrified 90’s raver.

Here’s what critics have to say about the game.

Eurogamer – 7/10

Daylight has neither the creeping sense of psychological dread of Fatal Frame nor the poster man antagonist of Slender, and its reliance on cliché lacks distinction. But if the game’s straightforward purpose was simply to panic and upset its player then it is an indisputable success, no matter how cheap the tricks employed.

Gamespot – 3/10

Daylight makes for an interesting experiment in audience participation, but no crowd of online viewers can make the poor writing any better or the themes any less hackneyed. In creating a game designed for return visits, Zombie Studios ironically forgot to make a game worth playing in the first place.

Gamesradar – 2/5

Daylight is a mess. Its procedurally generated design doesn’t succeed in creating unpredictable scares, and the enemies that populate the spooky locales prove to be more annoying than frightening. The randomized levels offer a slightly different experience if you take a second trip through, but you’ll have seen just about everything Daylight has to offer after only a couple hours of play–which, regrettably, isn’t much.

IGN – 5.8/10

Daylight has a good foundation of scary atmosphere and interesting bits of story. All of that is squandered by the first half, where poor level design, unnecessary box-pushing puzzles, and impotent enemies deflate the scares before it even gets going. By the time I reached the more interesting second act, I’d grown immune to its tricks and could only see it as a mediocre series of fetch quests.

Polygon – 5/10

I would be lying if I said Daylight didn’t scare me, because it did, and often. It’s kind of fascinating to see how much of its mechanical design was crafted in the interest of eliciting an emotional response from the player; all the theory and psychology behind its scares. But those moments of fear and panic were just that — moments — amid a whole campaign of boredom and frustration.

Looking for scares? Mayhaps you should look elsewhere. The game’s out on PC and PS4 today.

Last Updated: April 29, 2014


  1. Norm the Horrible

    April 29, 2014 at 14:04

    Well, that is a bit disheartening.


  2. Rags

    April 29, 2014 at 14:07

    Got to give them this. It takes real talent to make UE4 look bad.


    • Skyblue

      April 29, 2014 at 14:52



  3. CypherGate

    April 29, 2014 at 14:12

    Wow… thats depressing. To think i was looking forward to this one.


  4. Jedi JJ

    April 29, 2014 at 14:21

    Seems disappointing


  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    April 29, 2014 at 14:22

    I must be living in a cave, because this is the first I’ve read about this game.


    • Norm the Horrible

      April 29, 2014 at 14:23

      Your cave is probably scarier than this game.


      • Admiral Chief in Space

        April 29, 2014 at 14:46

        That is more true that you realise!


    • Jedi JJ

      April 29, 2014 at 15:14

      I actually went and googled it myself too. Then I remembered how I didn’t find it that appealing to remember.


  6. Hammersteyn

    April 29, 2014 at 14:31

    At least the reviews are horrific, so I guess that’s something.


    • Admiral Chief in Space

      April 29, 2014 at 14:45



    • Jedi JJ

      April 29, 2014 at 15:13

      Something to trust


  7. Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    April 29, 2014 at 15:16

    yoh. Dat 3/10



  8. FoxOneZA

    April 29, 2014 at 16:02

    LOL… PS4 gamers were looking forward to this.


  9. Johan du Preez

    April 29, 2014 at 16:13

    So how is next gen working out for the console gamers ? 🙂


    • Rus74

      April 29, 2014 at 16:47

      PC ports keeping getting bad reviews! :p


      • Johan du Preez

        April 30, 2014 at 13:12

        Im talking about the Next Gen Graphics not sure what you on about. You realize the game was reviewed on a PS4 …

        Feeble troll attempt …


  10. Tauriq Moosa

    April 30, 2014 at 08:58

    >> “Still, its premise is interest, even if its actually setting is a tad cliché.”

    Wearing a jean pant on your head there, Geoff?


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