New Obsession: Dead by Daylight

My D&D group and I like playing games together outside of our weekly Curse of Strahd. While it is fun, as a group of five it kind of sucks since most games are designed for 4 player co-op. So often someone misses out.

Then we finally got around to playing Dead by Daylight.

Dead by Daylight is an asymmetric survival horror game in which four Survivors need to work together to start up generators and escape, lest they face a bloody end at the hands of the killer.

This means that we can play together, rotating who the killer is in custom games. Turns out, it is a lot of fun to play with friends. We chat over discord. Screaming against the killer while trying not to show your hand does add to the experience. That, and trying not to laugh when you hear one of your friends freaking out.

Each killer has its strengths and weaknesses. For example, some can be completely silent, some can go invisible and some can affect the world around them. My favourite to play is The Hillbilly, I tend to do well with him. He’s quite simple compared to the others, but fast and can do some real damage to players with his chainsaw. Oh, and they have some pretty big names such as Freddy Kruger, Michael Myers and in a few days, Hellraiser will join the fray. Making this a great game to play with horror film fanatics.

The killer’s job is to stop you from escaping, from smashing the generators to making you lose progress to killing survivors. The latter is done mostly by catching them then hanging them on hooks. Pretty gruesome stuff.

To be honest, I prefer to play as a hapless survivor. The adrenaline rush you get while you try to hide and fix the generators is such a thrill. My go-to survivor is Claudette Morel. I like trying to heal my team and take more of a support role. Trying to get the killer to chase me to take the heat of my teammates. 

Each map has different layouts, different places to hide or corners you can get trapped in if you aren’t careful. Some are based on iconic horror locations, such as Haddonfield, The Raccoon Police Station and Midwich Elementary School from Silent Hill. For the most part, the locations of generators and hooks are random, forcing you to search for them while hiding from the murderous monster after you.

This game is brutal but fun. We always have a blast playing Dead by Daylight together. I gotta say, we sure picked the right time to start playing it, what with autumn starting and all. The perfect game to start off the spooky season! 

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