Daymare: 1998 is third person survival horror that’s essentially a love letter to the classic 90s Resident Evil games as three playable characters explore a secret research facility that has turned the residents of a nearby town into bloodthirsty zombified monsters.
Drawing inspiration from classics like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, Daymare: 1998 follows an elite soldier, a helicopter pilot and a forest ranger as they battle monsters and solve puzzles in a facility that’s overrun by zombie-like mutants. Each character has their own interweaving story and along the way they’ll unravel a delightfully silly plot involving bioweapons, subterfuge, an old Japanese nuclear submarine and a deadly virus being unleashed on the population.
The demo build of Daymare: 1998 features around 2 hours worth of gameplay and revolves around the first of the playable characters – an elite soldier who works for H.A.D.E.S. (essentially S.T.A.R.S), who has been sent in to the research facility to eliminate the infected and search for intel. It looks fantastic but plays very much like an old school survival horror game, with tank controls, limited resources and puzzles to solve. It’s a brutal game, not least because your soldier has specifically been told to eliminate any survivors.
Daymare: 1998 feels just as much of an update of the traditional survival horror game as the recent Resident Evil 2 Remake did. It embraces what made those 90s Resident Evil games so good while also implementing high quality visuals and various improvements to make it feel fresh. One thing that’s particularly impressive is the puzzle design, often requiring some real thought to solve, rather than the basic “insert gem into statue” style puzzle Resident Evil was famous for. If you’re partial to 90s survival horror then this is a daymare you won’t want to wake up from. Highly recommended.