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Deadlight is a 2.5D side-scrolling survival horror platformer set in Seattle in the eighties. The story starts when the protagonist Randall Wayne kills Karla Patterson in the warehouse. She was Stella's sister and part of the small band of survivors who hole up in the building to escape the Shadows, the zombie-like undead that chase after them. Karla was bitten and infected. The other survivors in the complex are Sam Powell, Benjamin F. Parker and Stella Patterson. As they attempt to escape to a safe point, a ladder breaks down and Randall stays behind. He faces the Shadows alone but attempts to reach the safe point as well where he hopes to find back his family. Just 145 days earlier a first patient started spreading the virus that decimated society.

Randall is moved over a horizontal 2D plane over a linear path while the environment is in 3D. He can run, kick down doors, operate items, and jump and grab ledges to climb on platforms. The game focuses on escape mechanisms and puzzles while discouraging combat and direct confrontations. Large parts of the game are spent fending off the undead by using items in the background, such as moving a cabinet to block a door or crushing the undead. He can examine various items of interest along with diary pages that are stored in a separate section called Randall's memories. Other times they have Randall make observations about the environment to trap the Shadows. Items that can interacted with are highlighted by blue gears when he is close. Combat is often optional and discouraged, but there are opportunities to fight with a fire axe and a gun. Fighting drains a blue stamina meter quickly and when it is low the screen pulsates in hues of blue. Running also drains it. When too much time is spent in combat, more Shadows arrive and they overwhelm Randall. Once the undead are down they can be finished off. Initially there are three health points that are restored through first aid kits.

The game uses a graphical style where the screen is not always filled entirely with the backdrop. Often, each location fades in and out when it is accessed and larger areas scroll along in a regular way. In small environments the camera zooms in. Cut-scenes are drawn in a comic book style.


Deadlight Xbox 360 Everybody's favourite, the pump action
Deadlight Xbox 360 Thank god they can not climb
Deadlight Windows The diary, another collection.
Deadlight Windows The collection of collective items.

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TrueAchievements Xbox 360 Jul 30, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 Xbox 360 Jul 31, 2012 85 out of 100 85
3D Juegos Windows Oct 29, 2012 8.4 out of 10 84
Common Sense Media Xbox 360 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
games xtreme Xbox 360 Aug 18, 2012 8 out of 10 80 Windows Dec 21, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75 Xbox 360 Jul 31, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov 22, 2012 73 out of 100 73
Gameplay (Benelux) Xbox 360 Aug 31, 2012 73 out of 100 73
Destructoid Xbox 360 Jul 30, 2012 4 out of 10 40


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