Hooked on You, a Dead by Daylight dating simulator, is an interesting paradox. For most studios, this idea would exist in the form of an April Fools joke or Easter egg. Yet Dead by Daylight has a notoriously loyal fan base, and developer Behaviour has leaned in, releasing a dedicated game where players may meet their favorite notorious Killers.
The idea is quite simple: You wake up on an island surrounded by some of Dead by Daylight's finest Killers, and instead of instantly shanking you and hanging you up on a hook, they want to play beach volleyball and smooch. The player chooses which Killer they want to spend time with, participates in awkward Survivor activities coordinated by awkward Survivors Dwight and Claudette, and plays the occasional minigame.
Hooked on You is a jokey game that allows players to snuggle up to one of these deadly Killers. If they are unlucky, they get stabbed. This is where developer Psyop stumbles, constantly asking the player whether or not it is a joke or a horror game.
Hooked on You isnt a terrible game by any means; in fact, it's quite enjoyable to chat with these characters about their horrific pasts and morbid motives. Sometimes, the game is funny or terrifying, and oh yeah, all of the games licensed characters from horror franchises hang out. Then the game seamlessly switches into depicting a possessive, controlling love mimicry.
Hooked on You has all of these fantastic qualities, but at the end of the day, the game is concerned you'll find it cringe. Characters begin by saying wink, wink, then joke about why you should leave a positive review for the game on Steam.
It just smears Psyop as if the player is laughing at them rather than with them. The narrative is mainly focused on preemptively reassuring you that the developer knows this is a joke, and that it isnt taken seriously, and yes, it would be cringe if this were serious but it isnt. The good stuff is very good.
Hooked on You: A Dead by Daylight Dating Sim is now available on Steam. The game was reviewed on PC using a download code provided by Behaviour Interactive. These do not affect editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased through affiliate links.
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