Gray Dawn Reviews
Truth be told, I had a great time with Gray Dawn.
Gray Dawn is a religious psychological thriller that offers an intriguing story with some breathtaking visuals that is sold a little short by some tedious gameplay and subpar voice acting
Grey Dawn tells the compelling story of a young priest devoured by his distorted inner world. It uses religious imaginary and blafemy to convey the struggle he's facing, adding a backstory of an alleged murder. Too bad it is too easy and offers bizzarre gameplay solutions.
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A short and mystical experience marred by several flaws, Gray Dawn falls short of its great potential.
Gray Dawn is true to its description of being a psychological thriller with religious elements, but it can't seem to focus in on which religious elements it wants to portray.
An abstract, intimate tale of grief crafted by a team with enough resources to realize their vision effectively. Its focus on religion and spirituality really helps set it apart from the crowd and it felt cool to inhabit and explore the world of the game. It was also lean and didn't overstay its welcome.
The only downside to the formula adopted by Interactive Stone is that they have clearly exaggerated with the religious iconography. Apart from that, and a few design issues, Gray Dawn is a short but deep immersion into the human subconscious, an exposition of the endless battle between good and evil.
I have never played any other game quite like this which uses all the trappings of religion in a way that subverts our everyday conceptions of it. What happens when you hold people to artificial standards of behaviour that turn everyday acts into punishable sins? This game peers at the line between portraying real life religion in a game and using it as artful commentary, and completely obliterates it.
Gray Dawn has great potential, but it fell flat in many aspects, ranging from overused horror tropes to undercutting loading times but loading textures as you play. Calling it rough around the edges is an understatement because it doesn’t seem like it got the work needed to shine, and it can come across as a little underbaked. If you can look past all the flaws, it has a somewhat interesting story, and the lore used gives the story a bit more depth, even if it is a little far-fetched.
Gray Dawn takes on the familiar territory of religion and the supernatural, but it does so with a surprising amount of maturity and dedication. The story will have you scratching your head, but its multiple endings each offer some emotional payoff.
While the game is beautiful and has a rich story, I don't feel it breaks any new ground. However, if you want a mature psychological horror game dealing with spiritual matters this is a must buy. But, if you're looking to play a horror game, I would look elsewhere.