As Dusk Falls Review (PlayStation 5)

As Dusk Falls Review, As Dusk Falls is an original interactive drama from INTERIOR/NIGHT that explores the entangled lives of two families across thirty years. Starting in 1998 with a robbery gone wrong in a small town in Arizona, the choices you make have a powerful impact on the characters’ lives in this uncompromising story of betrayal, sacrifice, and resilience. Drive the lives and relationships of multiple characters in a decades-spanning story told across two intense books.

As Dusk Falls Review Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • 56.72GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Gameplay adaptations – hot-spot display (show all/standard/stay on), QTE types (standard/press once/no mashing), extended QTE timer, choice timer on/off, extended override timer, and broadcast mode timer.
  • Audio description accessibility feature on all versions, providing information on key visual elements for the benefit of low-sighted and blind gamers.
  • Free companion app.
  • It supports up to 8 players.
  • Twitch Extension Available: Let your viewers make decisions.
  • Audio accessibility options – narration, audio description, narration speed, chat text-to-speech, and speech-to-text.
  • Three ways to play – solo, with friends (both locally and online), and broadcast mode which is where Twitch chat can play.
  • You can play the game with just the mobile app.
  • Supports Haptic Feedback and the controller touchpad.
  • Insights is where you get a breakdown of your choices at the end of a chapter and see hidden insights about your values, personality, and play style.
  • Adventure gameplay.
  • Opening tutorial video.
  • The game is a case of making choices, finding things in the environment, and sometimes making split-second decisions.
  • Some of the best character voice work.
  • The game uses a very unique and creative animation style that needs to be seen.
  • All cutscenes and interactions are done in the game.
  • You can add players or connect to the app at any time within the pause menu.
  • Good impactful soundtrack.
  • It’s a game all about making it your own with your decision-making and changing the story.
  • Tons of replay value.
  • As the story progresses you get to play as different characters and see things from other perspectives.
  • Great looking locations.
  • Memorable characters and situations.
  • You can deep dive into every played-out scene and chapter looking at possible outcomes etc, it’s really well presented and looks cool.

As Dusk Falls Review Cons:

  • The animation is not for everyone and can look a bit out of place in sections.
  • A slow pace to it overall.
  • You don’t always get a notification of interactions.
  • More an FYI but you can skip or fast-forward the conversations.
  • The choice selections in the game feel sluggish.
  • Choices don’t always align with what I want to do in a situation.

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As Dusk Falls:

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Developer: INT./NIGHT Games Studio

Publisher: Xbox Game Studios

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

As Dusk Falls is an adventure game with a unique and creative animation style. It offers three ways to play – solo, with friends (both locally and online), and a broadcast mode where Twitch chat can participate. The game supports up to 8 players and can be played using just the mobile app. It also supports Haptic Feedback and the controller touchpad. The gameplay involves making choices, finding things in the environment, and sometimes making split-second decisions.

The game provides a range of accessibility options including audio descriptions for all versions, benefiting low-sighted and blind gamers. It also offers gameplay adaptations such as hot-spot display, QTE types, extended QTE timer, choice timer on/off, extended override timer, and broadcast mode timer. Audio accessibility options include narration, audio description, narration speed, chat text-to-speech, and speech-to-text.

The game boasts beautiful graphics and great-looking locations. It has an impactful soundtrack and some of the best character voice work. However, the animation might not appeal to everyone and can look a bit out of place in sections.

The game has a slow pace overall. Interactions are not always notified, and the choice selections can feel sluggish. Choices don’t always align with what the player wants to do in a situation. Conversations can be skipped or fast-forwarded.

As Dusk Falls offers tons of replay value. As the story progresses, players get to play as different characters and see things from other perspectives. The ‘Insights’ feature provides a breakdown of choices at the end of a chapter and reveals hidden insights about values, personality, and play style.

The game comes with a free companion app and a Twitch Extension that allows viewers to make decisions. Players can be added or connected to the app at any time within the pause menu. The download size is 56.72GB. The game offers a Platinum trophy for achievement hunters.

Overall, As Dusk Falls is a game about making it your own with your decision-making and changing the story. It features memorable characters and situations and allows players to deep dive into every played-out scene and chapter, looking at possible outcomes. It’s well-presented and looks cool. I really enjoyed the story and how you interact with it but personally, I tired and grew to fall out of love with the art style. It’s also worth noting that playing this game solo and playing this game with friends is a completely different experience even if you know the story.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!