Parents' Guide to

Dead by Daylight

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Gory slasher game slightly wounded by trap of online play.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 55 parent reviews

age 11+

Great for 11+

This game is very Tame barley any bad words/none at all the trailer of the game makes it look horrifying and gore but it isn't actually as bad as it looks the only thing that's bad is just the very small amount of blood and being scared I recommend to let your 11+ child play this game as it can teach them teamwork and quick thinking
age 10+

A lot of toxic players annoying players glitches and some other stuff but for the most part its fine and there is alot of violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (55 ):
Kids say (98 ):

This slasher movie game is exhilarating and can be a lot of fun to play, if you can get past some of the online hiccups. It's hard to deny that there's something oddly engaging in a horror film. You watch the tension build. You argue with the people on the screen when they make some ridiculous decision. Sometimes you even yell "WATCH OUT!" when the killer is stalking his prey. You always think you could have done better, that you would have lived to fight another day. Dead by Daylight gives you the chance to put your money where your mouth is, either by slipping out of the clutches of a supernatural killer … or by proving there's no escape from your wicked grasp. The game's presentation is fantastic, with environments that are suitably creepy, an audio track that builds on the tension, Survivors that react with pure terror, and Killers pulled right from your nightmares. The game also does a great job of making things feel fairly balanced. Sure, the Survivors have the odds stacked against them, but never completely feel helpless. And the Killer, though outnumbered, feels like a force of nature as it stalks its prey.

When everything comes together, it's an exhilarating adrenaline rush that can leave you with your heart in your throat and a cold sweat breaking out on your face. The key part of that statement, unfortunately, is "when everything comes together". The online-only nature of the game opens it up to a number of frustrating issues. For starters, the matchmaking leaves a lot to be desired. Unless you're diving in solo for some quick play or you already have a party of at least four people to play Survivor, it can take an excruciatingly long time to get into a match, with more than a few disconnects in between. And once you do actually get in, the human factor comes into play. You might get a good group looking to get the most out of the game, or you might run into online trolls simply looking to ruin the fun. Worst of all, if you do manage to find a good group to play with, after the match, there's no way to stick together for another match. Even with friends, players have to start all over (inviting each other, setting up lobbies, etc.) before jumping into a new game. Hopefully, this will improve in time, as Dead by Daylight is a genuinely terrifying experience when at its best, and a must play for horror movie fans up for a good scare.

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