The Dead by Daylight dating simulator is cute but ludicrous

The Dead by Daylight dating simulator is cute but ludicrous ...

Hooked on You, a Dead by Daylight dating simulator, is a strange paradox. For most studios, this might exist in the form of an April Fools joke or Easter egg. But Dead by Daylight has a notoriously thirsty fan base, and developer Behaviour has leaned in, releasing a game where they can meet their favorite notorious Killers.

The idea is straightforward: You wake up on an island surrounded by some of the most sexiest Killers in Dead by Daylight, and instead of instantly shanking you and shoving you up on a hook, they want to play beach volleyball and smooch. The player chooses which Killer they want to spend time with, attends awkward Survivor activities coordinated by awkward Survivors Dwight and Claudette, and plays the occasional minigame. Its the logical end

Hooked on You is a jokey game that allows players to snuggle up to one of these deadly Killers. If they are unlucky, they are stabbed. This is where developer Psyop stumbles, constantly asking the player whether or not this is a horror game.

Hooked on You isnt a bad game by any means; rather, it's surprisingly solid. Its quite a pleasure to meet these people about their horrifying backstory or morbid motivations. There's also a funny side story about a nearby island that's much cooler and more exclusive, or a reference to all of the games' licensed characters from horror franchises hanging out. The Trickster also shows up as a surprise guest and mentions his NFT line.

Hooked on You has all of these great qualities, but at the end of the day the game is apprehensive you might find it cringe. Characters will not give up saying wink, wink aloud, before cheerfully smashing it two scenes later to joke about why you should submit a good review for the game on Steam.

It just appears as Psyop being concerned that the player is just laughing at them rather than with them. It's all very unnecessary, and I kind of hope Behaviour and Psyop take another swing at the dating sim genre without all the self-conscious narrative clutter.

Hooked on You: A Daylight Dating Sim is now available on Steam. Behaviour Interactive provided a download code for the game. These do not affect editorial content, although Vox Media may earn commissions for purchases made through affiliate links.

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