I’m scared of the dark and giant killer monster aliens so new asymmetric multiplayer horror Level Zero does a great job playing my deepest, darkest fears.
From Ukraine-based developer DogHowl and publisher TinyBuild, Level Zero pits a team of scientists against a terrifying alien-like monster that roams in the dark and absolutely hates any kind of light source. Scientists need to use all the light they can get – the trailer shows a lonely boy throwing a glow stick in his path and later fleeing the monster while holding a torch. They can also throw light traps to stagger and hopefully kill their bloodthirsty opponent.
If scientists die, they can still help. Dead scientists are resurrected as drones to support teammates who are still alive, able to ping useful objects or locations and keep an eye on what’s going on around the map. The drones can be temporarily disabled, but fortunately cannot be completely destroyed.
The ultimate goal is to fix electrical systems and get rid of Hell, although the monster won’t let you do that easily. The trailer shows some of the abilities available to the monster, like an EMP to jam light switches and temporarily kill those pesky light sources. It can also heal with energy gathered around the map and use telepathic abilities to screw up whatever the scientists plan to do. There’s one symbol that looks like it has something to do with scientists’ heartbeats, another that appears to be a sonic scream, and one that looks like the monster could spit some weird dirt out of its mouth.
Monsters can also move through ventilation shafts and place traps around the map to try and take out every scientist. If the monster is killed it will respawn and it must attempt to kill all four scientists before they can get the electrical system working again.
It’s a pretty similar premise to Dead by Daylight, with shades of GTFO’s oppressive sci-fi. I’m a big baby when it comes to horror, and I’ll no doubt be scared if I ever work up the courage to try. However, I’m a fan of the monster’s telepathic abilities, and the idea of fighting it with light seems pretty fun. Who doesn’t love a good glow stick?
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