As the Dusk Falls couch collaboration makes the average action thriller so memorable

My wife and I played as well As dusk fallsa new interactive thriller movie recently released on Xbox Game Pass, we’d regularly lean over to each other on the couch and say, “Coin flip.”

in As dusk fallsUp to eight people playing together in local co-op mode can simultaneously vote on what game characters should do next. Think Black Mirror: Bandersnatch mixed with Jack Box A multiplayer brand of trivia. is similar to Jackbox Games, you don’t even need a console – you can just use your phone (although you will have to download a companion app).

Many of As dusk falls The story revolves around the hostage situation in a hotel, and as you might expect, decisions can be very difficult. In one instance, we had to choose between pointing a gun at someone as a threat or dropping them on the ground. In general, the choice that gets the most votes is the one the character will actually make, although some major decisions require complete unanimity. If there is a tie, the game will randomly choose between the options.

Throughout the gameplay, we regularly relied on “flip the coin” to add some unpredictability. Will the character act calmly or criticize under pressure? I’ve always chosen the safe path, but sometimes my wife makes a more chaotic decision just to see what happens. In other cases, some choices may be both good – or bad – so we mutually decide to split the vote and let the character “make the decision”. These coin flips would stress me out, but they also helped the characters feel like real people making their own choices.

As dusk falls He has a lot of tense situations.
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While it was a refreshing way to play a narrative-driven game, it’s not an entirely new idea. Supermassive thriller 2017 hidden agenda similarly turned a Brave drama in a team game. But I hope more games will take a similar approach. in case if As dusk fallsPlaying with my wife made what would have been the plot of a good second-class thriller into an unforgettable experience. There are a lot of branching paths too, so we have a good excuse to get back in the game.

While my wife and I were hitting As dusk falls In about seven hours over a few evenings, we still have Many From the great couch co-op games on Xbox Game Pass, we can move on to the next. Earlier this year, for example, we had a blast in the first few hours of Nobody saves the world, a dungeon crawler where you play with all kinds of creatures and characters and mix and match their powers. Actually it didn’t happen Starting off with the local co-op; Instead, we faked it with her on TV and me on Xbox Cloud Gaming on my laptop. Since the feature was Officially added In April, we were going back.

Our backlog on Xbox Game Pass is piling up with other potentially playable things. My colleague Andrew Webster has previously written about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge and how’s that Captures the essence of classic arcade games. You have downloaded the puzzle game escape academy After reading Ash Parrish review – My wife and I have never done an actual escape room, but I think we’ll have a lot of fun with the game’s virtual rooms. I’m excited for Hello Infinite Multiplayer split screen to exit (In the end) so we can explore Zeta Halo together.

At the rate Microsoft is adding games to Xbox Game Pass, the backlog of co-op will almost certainly continue to grow. But one day, I’d like to go back to it As dusk falls With a larger group: I wonder how the story might go with eight people deciding the coin together.

As dusk falls Now available on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass, and PC.

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