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Deadlight (Xbox 360)

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Deadlight ist eines der ganz großen Highlights, die der Xbox Live Marktplatz in diesem Jahr für Horrorfreunde zu bieten hat. Die Idee eines zweidimensionalen Horrorgames ist auf Konsolen erfrischend umgesetzt und begeistert mit viel Abwechslung. Auch technisch fällt Tequila Works Debüt Deadlight sehr gut aus und trumpft mit einer schicken Präsentation auf. Der Preis ist für 6 Stunden Umfang und den gebotenen Spielspaß absolut im Rahmen, sodass sich alle Xbox 360 Besitzer dieses Download Highlight zumindest einmal mit der Demo ansehen sollten! Einzig das gegen Ende erhöht aufkommende Frustpotenzial durch zahlreiche Trial & Error Passagen dürfte einige Spieler ärgern!
Spielerisch bleiben die Spanier zwar konservativ und orientieren sich an Klassikern wie Another World oder Limbo – gerade deswegen hat mich der gelungene Mix aus Rätseln und knackigen Kämpfen aber sehr gut unterhalten. Gestört haben mich nur die etwas zu träge Steuerung, die häufigen Ladepausen sowie die Verfolgungsjagden unter Zeitdruck. Einer der stimmungsvollsten XBLA-Titel des Jahres!
Deadlight lacks neither style nor substance, and it lasts just about the perfect amount of time. The story is minimal but engaging, and the ending is unexpected -- in a good way. A couple of sections stumble a bit, but not enough to detract from what is an engaging, memorable experience.
Canadian Online Gamers Network
Overall, Deadlight for the XBLA is a very good game. Influenced by other great XBLA games, Deadlight manages to carve out its own identity standing out as one of the better XBLA games this year. The visuals are stunning and despite being able to complete the game at around the 4-hour mark, there is still plenty of replay value. Some of the technical issues hold the game back; however, I for one will keep coming back to Deadlight as it is an experience I will want to enjoy for weeks if not months on end.
Nonostante una longevità e una difficoltà un pochino inferiore alla media, Deadlight regala un sapore e un’atmosfera molto intrigante che riesce veramente a catturare l’attenzione e persino a farsi rigiocare senza troppo annoiare. D’altronde una volta completato al 100% non riserva più alcuna sorpresa, mancando di una modalità cooperativa o di un multiplayer. Che volete che vi dica: un goloso bocconcino, che però i più accaniti sbraneranno in poco tempo!
Common Sense Media
DEADLIGHT, an adult-oriented side-scrolling platform adventure game, puts players in the shoes of a Canadian park warden attempting to survive a journey through the zombie-infested streets of the Northwestern United States in an effort to reconnect with loved ones. Traveling alone, players stick mostly to rooftops and underground tunnels as they try to avoid contact with shuffling undead, carrying off tricky jumps between fire escapes apparatuses, clambering across telephone wires, and sprinting over cars and trailers. Weapons, including an axe and a pistol, provide a means of both offense and defense, but a combination of sparse ammunition and overwhelming enemy numbers means players are usually better off simply avoiding the undead. Equally crucial is a series of contextual puzzles that have players pushing boxes, twisting valve handles, and shooting distant switches in order to create safe paths through deadly obstacles.
Qu'on se le dise, Deadlight est bien parti pour constituer l'une des meilleures surprises de cette cuvée 2012 du Summer of Arcade. Le titre joue habilement des références aussi bien dans le domaine des œuvres mettant en scène des invasions zombies que dans celui des jeux de plates-formes. Le résultat ne brille pas forcément par son originalité mais il propose une aventure envoûtante et une ambiance parfaitement maîtrisée qui risquent fort bien de vous scotcher littéralement à votre manette.
The Controller Online
Deadlight is the kind of game that really makes you enjoy solving each area, and each encounter. I love when a game serves up puzzles in such a way that you don’t notice until you’ve solved them and Deadlight pairs this type of action perfectly with a great story. Unfortunately it was very, very short and ends rather abruptly. Equally unfortunate is the fact that still have to pay the full $15 to experience the good parts.
I really liked Deadlight, but I also like zombies, Prince of Persia, many of the other XBLA platformers. I also don’t mind the idea of spending $15 on 2 hours of entertainment. However, I was expecting it to be a bit longer and can understand if the surprise of its length was a detriment to others. This title was provided for review, as such my own value can only be gauged theoretically and with hindsight. If you have to choose between Deadlight and something else you need to spend $15 on, weigh this carefully. If you are looking for a great, single-evening play session, Deadlight comes recommended.
Given a longer campaign, some trickier puzzles, and shorter loading times, Deadlight could have picked up another point. It has all the right elements, they just need a bit of tweaking and extending to bring it up that notch.
Jeux Vidéo Network
Deadlight dispose incontestablement de mécanismes de jeux solides et d’un style visuel intéressant. Mais le manque d’originalité de son univers et sa campagne de quatre heures (un tout petit peu plus pour ceux qui voudront récupérer tous les objets cachés) font qu’il est difficile de considérer le titre de Tequila Works comme un incontournable.
Calm Down Tom
It’s not the worst game on XBLA for sure, but Deadlight is plagued with bugs and lacks anything that can be called original. Platform games have been tried and tested for years. So much more would have to be done to make a game like Deadlight excel enough to stand out from the crowd. I applaud Tequila Works for their effort, but the frustrating gameplay and irritating jump mechanics made the game a lot closer to a controller survivor than a survival horror.
D+PAD Magazine
It’s worth noting that Deadlight takes only two straight hours to finish. There are collectibles such as diary pieces, but the likelihood that you’ll want to go back for this purpose is remote at best. It’s not a lost cause despite the frustrating try-and-die mechanic, but that doesn’t make it a worthwhile purchase either. What qualities it has are greatly overshadowed by gameplay issues that the developers were either blissfully unaware of or seemed to think would enrich the experience. Full of unrealised potential, Deadlight is a passable game that’s as bland as the cookie-cutter zombies it presents.
Level 7
Tequila Works lyckas skapa en trovärdig postapokalyptisk atmosfär men det räcker inte för att dölja enorma brister i framförallt kontroll och plattformsdesign. Man har lutat sig på andra spelseriers prestationer istället för att hitta en egen identitet. För en zombiefantast kan det dock ändå vara relevant att spana in.
Deadlight is a disappointing mess of a game, a title worth less than the sum of its parts. There is a solid concept behind it, but the game is bogged down by sluggish controls and a generic storyline. It's also awfully quick – a slightly more ponderous run through the game took just under four hours, which for 1200 Microsoft points, just isn’t worth the value. Deadlight could have been something great. Unfortunately, it's as mindless as the zombies it features.
The cinematic atmosphere is highly impressive throughout, but that’s about the only thing that is in this weirdly inconsistent 2D survival horror.
If you want to see just how far a game can fall from greatness to squalor in the span of a handful of hours, then Deadlight is for you.