Zombie Studios’ Daylight for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 4 and the PC is a standard corridor-based horror title that randomly generates a mixed maze of terror.
Daylight is a first-person survival horror title that features randomly generate level layouts and item locations. Users wake up inside an abandoned hospital and must use the light on their cellphone, flares, and glowsticks to guide them through the environment. In addition, the phone can map environments and be used as a communications device.
In each level, users must find and collect remnants like notes that lead to a sigil, an item that can be used to unlock a new area of the hospital. Each collected remnant will attract shadow people that hunt and haunt the player until extinguished by a flare.
The randomized level and item generated can work effectively to mix in unexpected scares in the dark, desolate environment. A drawback is that some randomizations patterns can spawn a mob of shadow people without the appropriate number of flares to rid of them.
Control is fair and features a limited number of options to relay a helpless dread for the player.
The graphics engine utilizes the Unreal Engine 4 and lurks at around 30 frames-per-second. The environment, through randomized, can turn bland due to the subdued color palette and lower quality textures. The sound engine is decent with environmental spooks against an eerie silence.
Daylight can lure the user into a dense and random scare, but it can generate an equal sense of dread with a bad randomization load. The budget title is worth a download, however, users must proceed with caution.