Last Year, a 5 vs 1 multiplayer survival horror that has been derived from slasher horrors like Friday 13th, Scream and Chopping Mall. If you hadn’t already guessed, it’s 5 high school students (one of each 90s high school stereotype) vs the 1 beefed-up serial killer.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a huge fan of horror games because:
- I don’t like being disempowered. This is purely personal preference as the best horror games are all about disempowerment.
- I’m a flighty coward who jumps at every small sound and closes my eyes when I move around corners in horror games.
- Too much tension. I can only play horror games for small periods otherwise I end up crushing the mouse/controller.
So why did I decide to back a slasher horror game with disempowerment, jump scares and nothing but tension? Simply because it looks like a really good game, despite my reservations about the genre. Also you can play as the killer which seems to solve my empowering requirement.
Each 90s high school stereotype is a different class with their own survival ability, meaning the best way to survive is to work in a team. The killer has the ability to unspawn and then spawn at different ambush points at will (with a bit of a cool-down). Playing as either the killer or students seems fun.
My only reservations would be how they do the match finding system. Team-based games where it’s a small team can completely fail where the players don’t work as a team. Left 4 Dead has a good system where you could choose to have open or private where any player slots that were unfilled were replaced by NPCs (if not slightly stupid NPCs). This meant that you could play with a combination of friends and NPCS. The Evolve beta had a terrible match finding system where you were forced to play with four other humans (4 vs 1 – you could never choose who could be the monster) and where team work was exceptionally crucial. Lack of communication or having a less experienced player on team can result in hostilities between players.
But I digress, I’m looking forward to this game, it’s already successful and it’s almost finished. Also, I have faith in the guy behind the project, Matthew Wearing, a man with experience working games like Crisis, Far Cry 3 and the Assassin’s Creed series.
Last Year is successfully funded its goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter and will finish TODAY, 19 December, 2014. It currently has 3,731 backers and a total funding of $104,129 (Canadian dollars).