Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from playing a single game for months on end. However, what if you really like a certain genre that is a bit more niche and doesn’t have a ton of other games like it? If you couldn’t tell by the title of this article, I am specifically referencing Dead by Daylight. The asymmetric multiplayer genre is growing steadily, but it can be hard to find the best of the bunch with just a simple google search. Have no fear as I have compiled a short list of 5 games you should try if you like Dead by Daylight!
Friday the 13th
Most Dead by Daylight players are probably familiar with Friday the 13th by now. It is probably the first game that popped into your head when you saw the title of this article. Like Dead by Daylight, this is an asymmetric horror game. One random player is chosen to play as Jason Voorhees, the lovable masked killer with a distaste for camp counselors. Everyone else is a Counselor trying to set up various escape routes such as a car, boat, or even killing Jason himself.
Friday the 13th and Dead by Daylight are often compared to each other, but the truth is these games are incredibly different. DbD has 4 survivors and smaller maps, among other things, that allow for a more competitive environment. In contrast, Ft13th is really all about the experience. Sure it is competitive, but the real enjoyment comes from the atmosphere and wacky things that can always go wrong. If you’ve been told not to play Friday the 13th because Dead by Daylight is better, I recommend you ignore that sentiment and at least give it a chance. Each experience has something fun and valuable to offer.
Some of you may be here because you recently started playing Dead by Daylight on a mobile device. If that is the case, Identity V is an extremely similar game. While the similarities are somewhat glaring, Identity V has things to offer that set itself apart. For one, it has a charming, recognizably Tim Burton-esque art style. I would say the coolest thing this game has going for it though is a single-player story mode! In this you play as a detective trying to find a missing girl in an old mansion. Between the multiplayer and story mode you can definitely enjoy this little title, assuming you play mobile games at all.
The Blackout Club
This entry is somewhat different than the others in the sense that it isn’t asymmetrical. In The Blackout Club you play together with your friends, but it is more of a survival horror game. You are a group of teenagers trying to rescue your friend from a monster haunting your quiet town. You need to explore the suburban neighborhood and search for evidence of the monster’s existence, all while avoiding enemies. You will have access to various weapons and tools to defend yourself with, but it is still wiser to be as stealthy as you can. While the game isn’t exactly the same as Dead by Daylight, the multiplayer and horror elements should be enjoyable to fans regardless.
Predator: Hunting Grounds
Predator: Hunting Grounds is one game on the list that isn’t actually out yet. It is currently slated for a 2020 release, so let’s hope it is early in the year rather than later. This game is actually being made by Illfonic, one of the same developers which brought us Friday the 13th. Predator: Hunting Grounds is the same sort of concept, taking a beloved movie character and letting you fill his… shoes?
The gameplay itself is very different from Dead by Daylight or Friday the 13th, though. If you aren’t playing as the Predator, then you are a soldier battling other soldiers on a jungle-based battlefield. It appears to play like your average Call of Duty title, with the added element of trying to prevent the Predator from hunting you down. It sort of reminds me of Batman: Arkham Origins’ multiplayer back in the day. This is absolutely a game to look forward to for Predator and Dead by Daylight fans alike.
Resident Evil: Project Resistance
Earlier in 2019 a new multiplayer Resident Evil game was revealed. At the time details were scarce, but now we know that Project Resistance is actually going to be a multiplayer mode in Resident Evil 3 Remake! Personally I found that exciting, as it will be a solid single player game combined with this interesting new take on the franchise. Like Predator Hunting Grounds, it isn’t out yet but we will be getting it on April 3, 2020.
In similar fashion to Dead by Daylight, there are 4 survivors attempting to escape. As a survivor, you will fight zombies and avoid traps set by the fifth player, known as the “Mastermind.” Unlike other DbD-likes, the 5th “killer” player doesn’t always attack you directly. Instead, most of the time they place enemies and obstacles remotely, in the hopes of overwhelming their victims through strategy. It is a really interesting take on the Resident Evil series and the asymmetric horror genre as a whole.