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Last Year The Nightmare Mechanics
At the core of gameplay in the Last Year lies asymmetrical multiplayer designed for up to six people. While five of them play as stereotypical American teenagers, the sixth assumes the role of a psychopath, hunting them down. Regardless of which character you choose to play, the events are observed from the first-person perspective.
In the game each character has a specific role to play – since the heroes are students, some of them are good at medicine, others excel at engineering, yet others are athletes able to help others with a strong arm. The key to success is cooperation, skillful use of each character’s strengths, and gathering resources needed for creating impromptu weapons. In combat you use mainly melee weapons, however, you can also craft more elaborate tools of destruction, e.g. a bomb assembled in a chemistry classroom. Individual killers also offer various abilities: while The Strangler prefers to drag his victims into secluded places and strangle them, the more aggressive Slasher makes use of knifes, machetes or even saws. Besides, the oppressors can use the so-called Predator mode, in which they become invisible and almost undetectable for a potential victim. The primary objective for the young people is to survive the nightmare-come-true, whereas the killer’s job is to spill as much blood as he can.
The deadly competition takes place in various locations – starting with the East Side Highschool, through to a mall, to a summer camping place. Each map contains useful items and various hideouts as well as places perfect for an ambush.
The Nightmare Begins
Halloween night. 1996. A group of teenagers awake to find themselves trapped in a dark, twisted reflection of their sleepy hometown of Forest Hills. As they make their way across the East Side High School campus, they realize they are being hunted by a supernatural force taking the forms of fearsome killers. Relentlessly pursued, the teens must band together to fight back, survive, and escape the terrifying anomaly they have come to know as The Nightmare.
5 Survivors, 1 Killer
Putting the emphasis on team-based strategy and objectives, Last Year: The Nightmare is a 6-player online action game in which five players work together and attempt to escape while fighting back deadly killers controlled by the sixth. Each of the five players pick a survivor and a class, while their rival has three different enemies to choose from, each with a unique style of play, signature weapon and gruesome tactic.
Move around the map, completely invisible, and meticulously plan your attacks. While the killer won’t be able to attack in Predator mode, they can set traps, stalk and plan a vicious ambush or simply toy with their prey.
Nowhere is safe.
Pick a class, collect scrap, craft items and weapons and strategize to up your chances of survival. Players can sneak and slash their way through different areas, all while exploring an eerie atmosphere powered by Unreal Engine.
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