Before playing a moment of Until Dawn, I knew it was going to be a hit with me. As an avid fan of both the horror genre and the narrative-driven games I knew this game would be tailer-made to scratch all of the right itches for my various interests. Anticipating this, I recorded my entire first play-through and had a blast while doing so. Since then, to see what various effects choices might have, I have played through the entire game another three times. Even with the relatively low amount of time it takes to complete the game, this is quite a bit of time and clocks in easily as one of my most-played games of the year.
One of the most fun things about Until Dawn has also been discussing how the story turned out for friends that also played. Nearly everyone I talked to, that didn’t cheat, ended up with a different set of living teenagers at the end, which shows just how much variety you can get. The horror genre is perfect for this kind of game that splits in multiple directions and the performances by the cast were the perfect epitomization of the cliches of the genre. I probably would’ve loved this game either way, but the community that developed around streaming it made it all the more fun. I can’t wait to see what they do with a sequel, but for now this game will do nicely as my number 3 game on my top 10 games for the year.