Dead by Daylight: Silent Hill Review

"These Hills Are Quiet"

June 20, 2020 at 3:10pm
By Jason Stettner

The horror experience of Dead by Daylight continues to evolve with the Silent Hill chapter. This is the latest DLC addition to the game that provides us with another killer, a survivor and of course a map. Each character also brings three unique perks, as per usual.

This is based on the Konami horror game IP and it’s great to see that carried forward in the form of this cross-over experience. To start, the map is based on Midwich Elementary School. The developers attempted to keep this close to the original, while upgrading it for the modern era. It’s creepy, multi-leveled and filled with little secrets for navigation. It even features musical influence from the original composer.

It’s a square area featuring an open middle section with lots of hanging and creepy things going on there. They nail the atmosphere, with this being a grotesque sort of experience. This is of a course a map that anyone can play on regardless of if they grab the DLC, it’s just important to note as it was introduced as part of this collaboration and therefore the overall package.

Moving onwards, there’s the killer which is The Executioner. Most know this individual as Pyramid Head, a horrifying and dangerous foe. This is one seriously powerful enemy to face in the game, with a number of helpful abilities. You have a general slash option, or the ability to drag and then fire outwards to hit survivors through walls, or behind objects.

This is super helpful as a ranged ability, or when those survivors think they’re being clever with their hiding skills. It’s a real game changing mechanic quite honestly, and very unique to anything they’ve done prior. With that dragging ability, a sort of trench can also be produced. If that’s not enough, downed survivors can be sent to a special Cage of Atonement. But wait, there’s more. There’s also Final Judgment to finish off an enemy in a way that only an executioner could.

With each monstrosity that enters the world of Dead by Daylight, there’s typically a survivor to clash against it and that one here is Cheryl Mason. Aesthetically I didn’t find her to be wildly different within the cast, but she certainly captures the look if you’re a fan of the Silent Hill series. What’s neat about her, is that she can sort of tap into the power of the entity which is a bit of a twist. She definitely has some powerful perks that can make a big difference during play. This includes a way of generator protection, and general visual detection in-game.
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The Conclusion

The Silent Hill Chapter is an excellent addition to the game providing a seriously powerful killer alongside a unique survivor. I thought Pyramid Head was really powerful, perhaps too much so. The character brings a wide range of unique abilities that can greatly change up the dynamics of play.

Places once safe, no longer are and it was great to play as this executioner. Now, being on the other side of things isn’t great as the character is straight up menacing and challenging to deal with. I thought they did a great job with this package, the Midwich Elementary School is haunting, with a perfect sense of atmosphere. It was shocking how well the world of Silent Hill slipped into the landscape of Dead by Daylight.

Such a pleasant surprise, and a great new way to enjoy this game. It’s a fantastic addition to this experience, and the dynamics from both fresh characters were very unique from what we’ve seen thus far. It’s impressive that they continue to deliver such unique offerings despite being so many years into development past the initial release of the game.

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Dead by Daylight: Silent Hill Review on Xbox One X
Review Code Provided by Behavior Interactive

Rating Overall: 9.0

Gamerheadquarters Reviewer Jason Stettner