Don't play it right now
New Dawn is weird. I started playing this game not really knowing what to expect, but definitelly is not what I felt playing it. This game was released in less than a year since FC5 and I felt kinda saturated by it. Maybe it's because of the time lapse between the two releases, but I really feel that this game could have been more of a FC5 expansion than a whole separated game.
Many of the mechanics from the original game are present here, like taking outposts, gathering resources and collectables, rescue people, etc. I really enjoyed the wild life here. It felt in a way more vivid and savage, I got a lot of jumpscares from those bears and boars. The main campaing have around 12h hours and although it does not appear to have such duration, nothing sticks out as remarcable or surprisingly good.
There is a big range of weapons and upgrades and the way to upgrade your stuff and base it's reasonable, even though you can't change a particular piece of the weapon (Metro Exodus got me acommodate on this). But once again after sometime it really felt like a repetitive process. Those special powers added in late game were just stupid, they felt like a reason to insert elements from battle royale games and Dishonoured, which I huge dislike, but hey it's just me.
TL;DR: Play it, but not right now. FC5 was so devilish good and rewarding and playing this felt like more of the same, but not as good as.
Too generic, shallow and feels uninspired to me. Full of jokes and references, half of which are flat out dumb, and the other half are just cheesy in all bad ways and ruining the atmosphere even more than jokes. The game is even aware of the quality of its jokes, but that doesn't help whatsoever. It is not a bad game though, and it has a decent pixel art here and there, especially for portraits. I love how portraits are drawn. Puzzles are so-so, not bad actually, if still kinda generic and dull. But if you want a straight out great horror game made in RPG Maker, I'd rather recommend you to try Pocket Mirror. It's the best horror experience I ever have in my whole life, leaving Silent Hill 2, both original RE and Alone in the Dark, and The Cat Lady behind. It has beautiful art, glorious sound, compelling story, authentic references, and smart puzzles. And it's free. https://rawg.io/games/pocket-mirror