Deadlight is a side scrolling single-player game that sees the protagonist ‘Randall Wayne’ a man who risks travelling through the sewers, back-alleys of Seattle in search for his family when all of a sudden he gets separated from his group and left behind.
Their chosen art style for the game is artistically stunning and they managed to pull it off superbly. Being the graphics junkie that I am there is no advanced options in the menu for the graphics setting and that is a bit of a downer as you have to make do with the little slider they have provided to adjust the graphics quality. But don’t be scared the graphics are still beautiful.
The controls are fantastic when using an Xbox360 controller, why not? since it is also available on XBLA (Xbox Live Arcade) so it makes sense.
Keyboard and mouse controls aren’t bad either, they’ve managed to use the keyboard and mouse more effectively than most games on the market. However as with all games (excluding FPS, RTS & MMORPG) the gameplay feels more comfortable when using the controller.
The gameplay is what you’d expect from a side-scrolling platformer. The situations often call for crafty ways of disposing of zombies be it dropping them down a 25 metre drop, or dropping a car on top of them. The environment is your friend when dealing with the zombies.
Verdict: Deadlight features a very suiting artistic style with gameplay to match. A Must play game of 2012, it’s not about hacking and slashing.
Developer: Tequila Works, S.L.
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Release Date: 26 Oct 2012
Platform played on: PC