To get started, let’s take a look at the story behind Deadlight. Deadlight takes place during the year 1986 somewhere in Seattle, WA through the eyes of Randall Wayne. Which I am pretty surprised as I am from the Seattle area myself. The game starts off 145 days after the devastating “Patient Zero” plague infected mankind and most of the world. Leaving the world with only the few that have survived, those that were infected became what they call “Shadows”, a zombie like being who wants to eat anything and everything in their paths. Randall soon finds himself stranded after the shadows broke through their barriers leaving him separated from the group of survivors he was with. Heading to the safe point that was broadcasted, he hopes to find his wife and daughter there.
Deadlight was developed by Tequila Work’s and published by Microsoft Studios. Deadlight for most people would be considered a zombie game, but to me it is much more than just that. Deadlight takes the traditional zombie apocalypse story and turns it into somewhat of a Walking Dead. Where you should be more afraid of the living than the dead.
The game was designed as a 2D platform running the Unreal Engine 3, in turn making the game unbelievably detailed. The game reminds me a whole lot like this old fashion title that I use to play called Flashback from back in the day. The characters are extremely well animated, and the graphics are beautiful. Tequila Work’s have did a pretty good job in designing this game if you ask me. The voice acting is up to par and does a good job with setting the tone of the characters. You can hear the desperation in Randall’s voice as you make your way through the game.
Using the traditional WSAD controls to run, jump, and climb obstacles in your path to reach your family. Where I have to admit, some parts got me puzzled later in the game. Later in the game, you will meet a man who names himself the Rat, who then has you make your way through his survival test which involves pushing big blocks, a slingshot, and your brain to survive. As far as the combat system, you have access to a fireman’s axe and a pistol with limited bullets. With the ability to distract or lure the shadows and use your environment to your favor, such as dropping a car on them or having them walk off buildings or into fallen power lines waiting to electrocute them. The shadows are not very dangerous when they are alone but beware when you have mass groups chasing you. Recommended advice from a fellow gamer, just run!
Throughout the whole game, you will find pages to a diary which gives you the back-story since Patient Zero started. That is one big thing that I love about this game, the story itself is very detailed and narrative to the bone. Taking the time to read each page of the diary, listening carefully to the characters you meet down the road, is definitely worth it if you like to imagine a what-if scenario.
In the end, you can get Deadlight via Steam for a fair price; I would highly recommend trying this game out if you like zombie/puzzle games.