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Dead by Daylight free Steam trial weekend now live

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1v4 multiplayer psycho killer qu'est-ce que c'est fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa far 'em up Dead by Daylight [official site] is free to play in full this weekend. If you keep an eye on what's popular on Steam, you may have noticed it near the top of the most-played games list - or popping in and out of the charts - and wondered what it's about. Well! You can now see what The Kids are into and briefly feel like you're 'down with The Youth'. Soon you'll be striking up conversations with them on the bus, "What's your favourite stabbing sound? I like the bone saw!"

Dead by Daylight, to explain a little more, is a competitive multiplayer game where four teens are trapped in an abstract spooky arena while one horror movie killer is trying to sacrifice them to dark gods. The teens need to fix generators (do boring QTEs, basically) to open doors and escape while the killer needs to hunt the teens and hang them on meat hooks until they snuff it. Throw in different killers with different abilities like traps and cloaking, handy items for teens like flashlights and medkits, and you have some fairly fun tense action with teens scurrying and sneaking while killers tromp around.

Last I saw, it had problems with balance and bots but hey, it's still stayed pretty popular.

Head on over to Steam to download and play Dead by Daylight. You can play free until 9pm (1pm Pacific) on Sunday. If you dig it, it's on sale for keepsies until 6pm on Monday, down to £10.49/13,99€/$13.99.

Also free to try on Steam this weekend: Tom Clancy's The Division (and Uplay too) and a game I'd not heard of, Sombrero: Spaghetti Western Mayhem.

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.