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The Gorgeous Faces And Stunning Cinematography Of 'until Dawn'


Timothy J. Seppala


The PlayStation 4's latest exclusive Until Dawn is absolutely stunning visually. In particular? Its faces. By using 3D performance capture techniques that include strapping an HD camera rig attached to their heads to grab practically every minute detail and expression, the actors (including Hayden Panettiere and Peter Stormare) bring life to the characters in a pretty realistic fashion. What's really cool is that oftentimes once you let the DualShock 4 sit idle for a moment, the camera will zoom in on the face of whichever of the randy teens you're controlling. If motion controls are enabled, you can tilt the gamepad this way and that and the possibly-doomed cabeza will follow suit accordingly. It's pretty neat!

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The faces of 'Until Dawn'

Sadly, Until Dawn is severely lacking a proper photo mode though. I never thought I'd praise a game's cinematography, but I was consistently wowed by how every scene was composed and framed during my playthrough. Those sometimes-annoying camera angles, combined with just how good the game looks, scream for the ability to futz with exposure, saturation and depth of field adjustments for even more stunning, shareable shots. Seriously. Take a gander at the gallery below and try telling me that something like The Last of Us: Remastered's or Infamous: Second Son's digital dark-rooms couldn't make the screenshots look even cooler and more desktop-image worthy.

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"Until Dawn' and the art of interactive cinematography
Tags: 3dMotionCapture, cinematography, faces, gallery, gaming, HaydenPanettiere, hd, hdpostcross, PerformanceCapture, PeterStormare, photogrpahy, PlayStation, playstation4, ps4, sony, supermassivegames, untildawn

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  • Game format Optical disc, Downloadable
  • Online features Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
  • Drive capacity 500 GB
  • Controller type Wired, Wireless
  • Motion controls Accelerometer, Gyroscopic, Camera / optical
  • Video outputs HDMI
  • Weight 6.17 lb
  • Released 2013-11-15
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8.6average user rating

  • Game library 6.8
  • Graphics 9.6
  • Controller(s) 9
  • Design and form factor 9.2
  • Other features (media, online, etc.) 7.3
  • Noise 8.9

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