Asymmetrical multiplayer games are gaining popularity, especially horror-themed ones. Friday the 13th is a highly-successful Kickstarter project that lets gamers slip on the hockey mask of the Camp Crystal Lake killer Jason Voorhees and hunt their friends (or vice versa), and Last Year is an upcoming game in the same vein but with a new villainous protagonist who stalks the halls of a high school. However, Dead by Daylight remains one of the better asymmetrical multiplayer horror games thanks to its bevy of creepy locations and playable characters, the latest of which is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s iconic Leatherface.
Like other asymmetrical multiplayer horror games, Dead by Daylight places four players in the roles of innocent teenagers (the Survivors) and pits them against one player who controls an evil monster or a deranged, psychopathic human (the Killer). The goal of the Survivors is to, well, survive and escape, and all the Killer needs to do is hunt down the Survivors and kill them by sticking them on giant meat hooks.
As The Texas Chainsaw Massacre fans would expect, Leatherface wields his signature chainsaw as he hunts down more victims, but it isn’t the only tool at his disposal. Like other Killers in Dead by Daylight, Leatherface comes with his own set of perks. The first, Knock Out, doesn’t let Survivors know the location of his victims (if they are too far away). The second perk, Barbecue & Chili, grants Leatherface temporary awareness of the general location of opposing players after sticking a Survivor on a hook, but only if the opposing players are more than 36 meters away. Letherface’s third and final perk, Franklin’s Demise, forces Survivors to drop an item whenever they’re attacked, which damages the item.
Leatherface isn’t the only guest character to appear in Dead by Daylight, as Halloween’s Michael Myers was patched into the game on October 25th last year, albeit as paid DLC. However, Leatherface’s inclusion demonstrates Myers wasn’t just a one-off cameo and that the developers at Behaviour Interactive are trying to include as many classic slasher killers as possible. With luck, we might soon see the likes of Freddy Krueger, Pinhead, Pennywise the Dancing Clown (the Bill Skarsgard version, not the Tim Curry version), and Ghostface from Scream in the game.
Leatherface is currently available for only $3.99, but the good news does not stop there. Gamers can play Dead by Daylight for free for the next several days, and the game is also on sale for $9.99. However, this deal won’t last long, so take advantage of it while you can.