Posts Tagged ‘Dead by Daylight’

How to live and die in Dead By Daylight

Slasher versus survivors multiplayer kill ’em up Dead By Daylight [official site] is free to play this weekend (and right now, in fact), which is splendid news. It failed to win me over when I played it around launch, but I love it now. I think the change of opinion is as much down to my expectations shifting as much as any updates to the game, but it is in a better place now, unlike its characters who appear to be stuck in an endless cycle of slaughter.

Here are a few reasons why you should give the game a chance this weekend, even if you don’t know anyone else who is playing, and a few tips to help you get the most out of your time.

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Dead by Daylight summons free trial weekend

4v1 teens versus psycho killer (qu’est-ce que c’est?) chase ’em up Dead by Daylight [official site] has launched another free weekend, inviting all and sundry to play the full game for free for several days. When Rich McCormick recently visited the game to see how much a year of updates had improved it, he was jolly pleased with the game it has become. If you want to hang teenagers on hooks to sacrifice them to dark gods or try to escape a manifestation of your anxieties about your transition to adulthood, you might fancy giving it a go. Read the rest of this entry »

Has Dead by Daylight been improved by its updates?

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Update Night is a new fortnightly column in which Rich McCormick revisits games to find out whether they’ve been changed for better or worse.

I’m starting to sympathise with Freddy Krueger. Here I am — a monstrous serial killer, armed with unheimlich powers and a wickedly sharp axe — and I’m being given the run-around by a gaggle of teens and twerps in dirty T-shirts. Why won’t they stay still? Why do they keep hiding? All I want to do is chase them down, beat them around the skull, and then heft them onto a rusted meat hook as an offering to the evil god that compels me to kill.

I’m playing Dead by Daylight as the Huntress: a bunny-masked murderer with a set of hatchets and an ooky habit of humming to herself. She’s one of the game’s newest killers, introduced last month in DLC released on the game’s first anniversary, and joins a collection of new characters that have kept the already enjoyable Dead by Daylight from spoiling over time. Read the rest of this entry »

Dead By Daylight is a cooperative masterclass

I’m hanging from a hook, struggling and kicking as the claws of a dark cosmic entity close around my skull. Not by choice, you understand. The bastard thing that placed me here is nearby, pleased with the sacrifice but also hoping to use me as bait. To my horror, the plan works and I see someone approaching, inching forward through a cornfield, trying to stay hidden. She’s going to get herself killed and I guess I’ll be adding survivor’s guilt to my list of ailments.

“Stay away!” I want to yell, but my voice has been stolen, and it wouldn’t make a difference anyway. In Dead By Daylight [official site] people usually try to do the right thing, even if they’re risking their life to do it. It’s a horrid game that cleverly encourages good behaviour.

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Dead by Daylight’s newest survivor is a terrible person

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Last month was Dead By Daylight’s [official site] first anniversary, and Behaviour Digital are celebrating the occasion by releasing the asymmetrical multiplayer game’s fifth DLC chapter, which will be free. “We’ve sold the game to a few people so far,” says Mathieu Cote, modestly, as we start chatting about the new chapter. “And we said at the very beginning of the project that we’d be as generous as we can when we’re able.”

A Lullaby for the Dark contains a new killer, The Huntress, a new map and a new survivor, though Cote is mostly keeping shtum about all but the latter, attempting to hold back some surprises for the DLC’s launch later this week. The survivor’s a scrappy Mancunian fella called David King, the spoiled single child of wealthy parents, and his favourite activities include getting into bar brawls and debt collecting. “He’s a bit of a dick.”

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Dead by Daylight DLC adds shock doc and e-sports pro

Every Friday the 13th is bone-chilling, of course, but people expect it now. If you want to really surprise and scare someone, release a spooky murderdoctor on, say, Thursday the 11th. BOO! That’s exactly what Dead by Daylight [official site] has done, today launching DLC adding a new wacky doctor to the 1v4 horrorshow and a new victim/survivor. He was a torturer, she was an e-sports pro, can I make it any more obvious? I can with a trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Dead By Daylight’s new killer aims to break the game

Developers rarely admit they’re trying to break their own games. But that’s exactly what Behaviour Digital Inc want to do with the latest chapter of Dead by Daylight [official site], the team-based horror game where four survivors try to escape from a player-controlled killer straight out of an ‘80s horror film.

“We want to make sure that when this [new] killer goes out, people will scream, they’ll say it’s absolutely OP, it’s unplayable,” game director Mathieu Cote says. “And then the rest of the people will say, no no no, it’s completely nerfed and you can’t play it because it’s shit. Whenever we make a new killer, we try to break the game.”

It’s certainly a bold stance. The new chapter includes a new killer – a doctor specialising in experimental interrogation methods – a new map, and a new survivor, all of which combine to produce something that is different to the core game in so many ways. So why do the developers think it will prove a winner among fans after it drops in the next few weeks [Days. –Correction Ed]? I spoke to Cote to find out. Read the rest of this entry »

Dead by Daylight free Steam trial weekend now live

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!” Read the rest of this entry »

Steam Charts: Infinite Consistency

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Last week, like drinking mulled wine on a chilly November evening, I found great comfort in a Steam top ten that seemed to reflect the wide, weird and wonderful nature of modern PC gaming. After months of recurrent names, it was a bright new dawn of variety. Anything is possible.

I am a fool.
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Who’s Boo In Halloween Video Game Events

The Big Spooky isn’t until Monday but plenty of games are already celebrating Halloween with special events for people with nerves of steel and eyes in the back of their head. If you’re feeling extra brave, check out our collection of spookyspoos going on this weekend. This isn’t a definitive list, mind, just a fair spread of things you might fancy trying. Do share your favourites too! Read the rest of this entry »

Dead By Daylight Gets Halloweenie In New DLC

Ol’ Shatface himself, Michael Myers, is now up to his usual tricks – leering at teens, following them muttering “I’m not touching you. Is this bugging you? I’m not touching you.”, then stabbing them through the neck – Dead by Daylight [official site]. The iconic murderman from John Carpenter’s Halloween has arrived in the 4v1 multiplayer horrorshow’s first big DLC as a new killer, bringing with him frequent foil Laurie Strode. A new suburban map is in too, his old stalking grounds. Mimy and Laurie’s abilities are based around stalking and surviving, respectively, so they do sound interesting. Read the rest of this entry »

Friday The 13th Delayed, But Getting Singleplayer

Good horror news/bad(?) horror news. Let’s go good first: upcoming multiplayer slasherfest Friday the 13th: The Game [official site] will be getting a singleplayer side after launch and AI bots too, developers IllFonic and publishers Gun Media have announced. Bad(?) news: it’s delayed from its planned autumn launch into 2017.

That sounds good considering that its rival-to-be Dead by Daylight is also getting its own licensed movie killer, Michael Meyers, but can be janky and lacks singleplayer. It’d be nice for Friday the 13th to arrive proper polished. Read the rest of this entry »

Dead By Daylight Adding Halloween’s Michael Myers

“This is probably the most exciting thing I’ve had to say, and this is the first time I’m ever talking about it, so I’m a little nervous. You’ll have to forgive me.” Mathieu Cote, the producer of Dead by Daylight, has just returned from Twitchcon in San Diego, where he has spent several days meeting and chatting with some of the biggest fans and most popular streamers of their hugely successful multiplayer slasher sim, all while sitting on the most significant piece of news about the game since its launch. “I met a lot of really cool people and everybody was very excited about the game and I was unable to tell them anything that was upcoming.”

Now Cote is finally able to unveil his big surprise for the first time. “We had talked at the very beginning about licensed killers [and] survivors, because obviously we’re so inspired by general culture and popular culture and things like that. A lot of people were screaming for all their favourite movies and franchises to be folded into our game,” he explains. Thus far developers Behaviour Interactive have avoided this, on account of wanting to establish their own world and horror fiction. But the next update will change that, seeing the first licensed content to arrive in Dead by Daylight’s grisly world. “We are visiting Halloween for Hallowe’en.”.

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Dead By Daylight Gets ’80s Clobber In First Paid DLC

Am I the only one who feels mocked by Millennials? While I work hard to pay for my car and house, Millennials swan around taking selfies and buying vintage clothes. Hey, I know you’re thousands of years old, but could you at least pretend our lives are more than a blink of an eye to you? Must you disrespect all the pitiful idols we cling to? You see me and simply imagine buying my clothes from a charity shop after I die.

They’re at it even in Dead by Daylight [official site]. The 1v4 multiplayer slasher ’em up’s first paid DLC is now out, and it’s a load of ’80s-inspired clobber for its Millennials to wear. Sorry, I’ll be more specific for you ruddy eternals: the 1980s. CE. The 1980s CE.

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Steam Charts: NOTHING EVER HAPPENS AT ALL

Meer stared at himself in the mirror. Was he really a man anymore? Or was he just a machine made of meat that endlessly pasted the same handful of game-names into a CMS post, week after week until he died?

Or was he dead already? Was this hell? Yes, that must be it. What else could writing “a href=”https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/tag/Grand-Theft-Auto-V” for an eternity possibly be?

Yet still, there was faint hope in those dim, anguished eyes. Hope that one day there might be new games, new hyperlinks, new opinions to be expressed. One day. But not today.
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Steam Charts: Last Week’s Best-Sellers Today

Cos this stuff comes up in comments most every time I run one of these: these charts depict the top ten best-selling games on Steam as accumulated over the week leading up to Sunday just gone. They are not what are the top ten best-selling games at this moment in time, as seen on the front-page of Steam and which are invariably a little different. They come from this here Valve RSS feed. If there is any massaging of figures or weighing of e.g. revenue earned vs copies sold then I do not know of it, but neither can I say for certain that there is not. This is, however, pretty much all that Steam ever lets slip about what’s going on, though you can look to the guesstimates on Steam Spy if you want to try and drill down further into actual figures.

So: Steam’s ten biggest games last week. Well, nine and a half. Deus Ex has been dethroned already.

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Steam Game Charts: Gut Feeling

I am ill today. It’s my guts, you see. My Goddamned guts. Despite my imminent death by a thousand craps, I am duty-bound to bring you the regular round-up of what sold best on Steam last week. Think of me, won’t you, as you wonder how many humans who don’t yet own Counter-Strike: Global Offensive there can possibly be in the world, and lament the total absence this week of anything we might traditionally deem to be ‘indie.’
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Steam Game Charts: So Much Sky, Man

I cannot in good conscience be seen to apparently promote the number one game, so here's Captain Blood instead.

Hullo! One day later than usual because I spent yesterday on a beach next to an industrial estate, but as always, here’s what sold best on Steam last week. It is ever so faintly possible that you might have a very slight inkling as to what is number one. I could not possibly comment myself.

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Steam Game Charts: Space, Survival, Sieges

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We’re well past the halfway point of 2016 now, and there are several games which have been in the Steam top ten for almost every week of the year so far. I feel a bit ill thinking about all the money involved. This week’s – or rather last week’s, this chart reflecting sales up until Sunday just gone – is a bit of a remix by recent standards, at least.

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Steam Charts: Familiar Faces

Not much moving, not much shaking in last week’s top ten best-sellers, as the after-effects of the Steam sale are still felt and, without many major new releases or breakout hits, there’s that creeping sense of PC games in 2016 returning to business as usual. HERE COMETH THE BRANDS. We do get one new entry though, and it’s a pretty one.
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