First Impressions of Dead by Daylight’s New Killer, Ghost Face

Ghost Face himself has officially launched on Dead by Daylight so it’s time to get stabby.

I’ve gone through quite a few different emotions when it comes to the inclusion of Ghost Face in Dead by Daylight.

First, I was excited. Talk about an iconic killer being added to one of my favourite games!

Once Ghost Face’s perks and abilities were revealed however, I was less than impressed. His killer ability was way too easy for the survivors to cancel out, making him one of the worst killers to date. Then, only a few days ago, he was given a buff, making him maybe one of the most powerful – if you’re able to master him, that is.

I’ve taken a few hours with Dead by Daylight‘s new killer Ghost Face so let’s have some words about his backstory and what playing him is like.

Danny “Jed Olsen” Johnson – The Ghost Face

Danny Johnson, known as Jed Olsen by some, was a modest freelancer with some experience on small newspapers. The staff at the Roseville Gazzette hired him for his easy-going, relaxed demeanor and, of course, because of his decent portfolio.

Olsen had been working at the newspaper for five months when the Roseville Murders began. There were victims, seemingly chosen at random, anywhere from young to old, stabbed to death in their homes. It was also rumored that the killer liked to stalk his victims as two women had reported being followed by a dark figure only a few days prior to their deaths.

Olsen worked on the paper often interviewing the families of the victims. Little did they know how he was really the cause of the cause of the victim’s deaths. Olsen produced footage of a hooded figure breaking into a house at night which resulted in the article “The Ghost Face Caught on Tape” – of course written by Olsen himself. Only a few weeks later, Olsen disappeared, leaving Roseville to wonder if he was in fact related to the crimes.

Back in the shoes of Danny Johnson, the Ghost Face himself smiled at the articles he’d written about himself. While admiring his work on his wall, a shiver ran through him. A chilling breeze transformed his bedroom into an opaque, freezing Fog. A woman shrieked. He smiled in anticipation having entered the realm of the entity.

Becoming the Ghost Face

After playing a few games with Dead by Daylight‘s new killer, I’m definitely impressed. Like The Shape (Michael Myers), players are going to have to get in some practice before they can perfect Ghost Face. He’s a stealthy killer that encourages players to jump into the shadows and sneak up on their prey before striking.

The first thing you’ll learn to use with Ghost Face is his main ability, Night Shroud. Night Shroud allows you to reduce your terror radius to zero and completely erase your red stain to make it very easy for you to sneak up on survivors. If the survivors don’t notice you and you “stalk” them long enough, you are able to “mark” them, which makes them vulnerable to an instant down.

Ghost Face has three abilities: I’m All Ears, Thrilling Tremors and Furtive Chase. The three of them together give him even more of an advantage. The ability that I’ve used the most is Thrilling Tremors, which allows you to block generators that aren’t being worked on while transporting downed survivors. This gives you the chance to see which generators are potentially being worked on so you know where you want to head, but it also allows for a brief chase to block other survivors from starting work on a new generator.

I’m All Ears gives the killer a notification when a survivor performs a rushed action outside of his terror radius. I’ve found this to be practically useless: the likelihood of a survivor using a rushed action outside of your terror radius is slim to none and even if they did, by the time you got over to them, they’d probably be long gone. Furtive Chase, however, could be powerful if you’re going the super stealthy route; it reduces your terror radius when you hook your obsession. The next person to unhook that obsession becomes the new obsession, so there’s a possibility that you’ll have a very small terror radius. I found these perks to be pretty circumstantial and only useful in certain scenarios.

All in all though, Ghost Face has become a much more viable choice for Dead By Daylight players that want to try something new. He’s a lot like a combination between The Pig and The Shape so anyone looking to try their skills out at another stealthy killer will find Ghost Face to be right up their alley. He’s easy to learn, but tough to master.

Ghost Face will only put you back $4.99 on PC and consoles. If you still need to grab Dead by Daylight, you can find it on Amazon.