Excerpt: Daylight is a new horror game from developer Zombie Studios and publisher Atlus. The game begins players in a dark and abandoned mental hospital with only the light of a cellphone to see how to get around the game early on. The game is pretty scary with ghosts, spirits and other supernatural beings lurking around the hospital, though the game isn't quite as frightening as other games such as Outlast .
Excerpt: From a small team at Zombie Studios, Daylight aims to rattle and terrify. Dropped into a run-down hospital, you play the role of Sarah, with little to guide you beyond the weak light of your phone and a creepy voice in your ear. Delving deep into claustrophobic darkness, Daylight sets you on edge through rising tension in its audio design and sudden disturbances in the form of loud noises, moving furniture, and brief hallucinations.
Conclusion: If I was to criticise the game though, I would have to admit that it is a little to easy and a little too short. While the puzzles are doubtlessly imaginative spectacles, I was able to complete the game in a single sitting. While I definitely recommend it, it is not a game which you can spend an extended period of time with; it feels more like a brief fling than an extended romance.
Pros: Every puzzle is a beautiful, well deigned, spectacle., The narrative is, for the most part, deep and involving., The character direction is something more writers should look at.
Cons: The game is short, found myself wanting more., Some of the puzzles are too easy.
Conclusion: Contrast works as a bite size game, and Compulsion Games were clever enough to realise that. It's a neat little puzzle platformer with a very interesting premise. It doesn't amaze, but it does satisfy. If you've got a couple of hours to spare and looking for something a little taxing but won't strain your brain tissue too much.
Excerpt: In one of several twists of fate affecting the PlayStation 4 launch lineup, the indie-developed Contrast will replace the delayed Driveclub as one of the free games available to PlayStation Plus members at the system’s launch. This casts a strong spotlight on a game that’s flown well under the radar for many, making it clear that the beauty exhibited by this pretty platformer runs more than just skin deep.
Conclusion: Contrast is a game full of heart, beauty, and at least a few excellent puzzles. It’s at its best when it marries its poignant story to its platforming, and at its weakest when it’s about moving boxes, but it rarely goes very long without showing us something worth playing.