Supermassive Games’ Until Dawn made a huge splash in the video game industry when it was released in 2015. The game combined a teen horror-slasher, creature feature, and choose-your-own-adventure game into a single package that really resonated with gamers. Telltale’s The Walking Dead games had been doing a similar style for a while up to that point, but not on the same scale or with the same production value as Until Dawn. The only issue is, Until Dawn is a PS4 exclusive, so if you game on any other console or PC, you are out of luck if you want to try it.
Thankfully, there are plenty of other games available on PC that use Until Dawn’s gameplay formula, and some are even made by the same developer! You’ll find some of those games on this list of the Top 5 Best Games Like Until Dawn for PC Players. When you’re ready to try to get every character through a horror movie without dying, practice your QTE reflexes, take a deep breath, and let’s get started!
Bloober Team’s Blair Witch game kind of came out of nowhere back in 2019. The game tells an original story in the Blair Witch universe rather than retreading through any of the previous films and has a few novel gameplay mechanics. For instance, you’ll find a camcorder (the game takes place in 1994) along with tapes of events that happened at certain places. You can then use the rewind, pause, and fast-forward buttons on the camera to alter the environment at the location depicted in the video. It’s a spooky mechanic that serves the game well, especially when the alterations are playing out in front of you, out of focus. The game’s tortured protagonist has a dog companion that will help you sense danger, but you’ll have to protect him too…
Perhaps the game that inspired Until Dawn in the first place was Heavy Rain. Quantic Dream’s groundbreaking narrative game uses the same formula of mixed QTEs, dialogue choices, and limited direct character control to tell a heart-wrenching story from multiple perspectives. Each character in Heavy Rain is a unique person with their own motivations and goals, and some characters who seem friendly might have ulterior motives. The game was originally developed for and released on PlayStation 3 in 2010 but was brought to PC in 2019, opening the doors for new players almost 10 years later.
Detroit: Become Human
After the massive success of Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, Quantic Dream and its founder/head writer David Cage decided to take on another story set in a completely different location in a far-flung future where human-like robots live beside actual humans. As in its previous games, Detroit’s story is told from multiple perspectives and different characters to show players how each character’s plight informs their actions and decisions. Are the Androids our friends? Or were they created only to serve us? Find out in Detroit: Become Human.
The Dark Pictures Anthology
If you always wanted to take a crack at Until Dawn but never had a PS4, you aren’t alone. The outcry from would-be fans of Until Dawn led Bandai Namco to hire Supermassive Games to make their own series of games in the same style, called The Dark Pictures Anthology. Each of the 3 currently available entries (there’s a 4th scheduled to release in 2022) uses Until Dawn’s style to a T. Everything from the dialogue choices, relationship tracking, and branching story paths are there and intact. Also like Until Dawn, each entry features at least one Hollywood actor in a major role, adding to the game’s horror movie style and feel.
The latest game from Supermassive Games, The Quarry, has just been released. This time published by 2K Games, The Quarry sets up a Friday the 13th style camp slasher-style story that features an A-list cast that includes David Arquette (Scream), Ariel Winter (Modern Family), Lance Henriksen (Pumpkinhead), and Lin Shaye (Insidious), among many others. Since the game was just released, its monster and story twists are still entirely unknown to some, meaning there should be some time to get it and play through the game before the internet spoils all of its best surprises. One thing is for sure, with Supermassive Games at the helm of this one, whatever is revealed over the course of The Quarry’s story mode will be shocking, terrifying, and extremely fun to experience.
Mike has been playing video games since he was able to hold a controller, having been fascinated by Sonic 2 on his mom’s Sega Genesis. That fascination and passion for the art form has grown exponentially nearly 30 years later, and he doesn’t see that fading away anytime soon.