- Publisher: XSEED Games
- Release Date: May 19, 2022
- Also On: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
- Summary: Stare in wild wonder as the half-human, half-zombie protagonist Reid slices through foes on a quest for righteous vengeance! Wield his inhuman zombie powers to fend off enemies while searching the wasteland for answers to what happened to the only man he could trust. Build fantastical newStare in wild wonder as the half-human, half-zombie protagonist Reid slices through foes on a quest for righteous vengeance! Wield his inhuman zombie powers to fend off enemies while searching the wasteland for answers to what happened to the only man he could trust. Build fantastical new armaments, conjure curious concoctions, or even grow and harvest zombie soldiers to stand by Reid’s side against whatever the apocalypse throws at him. It’s a dangerous world, and in order to stay alive Reid must take full advantage of the dead! DEADCRAFT is the newest deadly and daring game from Marvelous’ First Studio, creators of DAEMON X MACHINA. As if a hail of meteors reducing earth to a barren wasteland wasn’t bad enough, the devastation released a mysterious virus that resurrected the dead. Ravaged by fire from the sky and the dead below, only a fraction of the human population remains, largely clustered into small outposts where power-hungry opportunists capitalize on the chaos. A rare survivor of exposure to the virus, part-zombie Reid is captured by the twisted Nebron, leader of the Ark. After escaping from the torture table into the surrounding wasteland, Reid is determined to return to the city and exact some apocalyptic justice.… Expand
- Developer: XSEED Games
- Genre(s): Action Adventure, Survival
- # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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Deadcraft - Announcement Trailer
May 19, 2022DEADCRAFT's zombie farming and crafting mechanics definitely offer a breath of fresh air for wasteland adventurers. However, the survival aspects and other small problems keep it from being a truly wonderful experience. It still is a fantastic game that offers more grounded characters while retaining its post-apocalyptic sense of humor.
May 21, 2022First off, the marketing for this game did it a great disservice because this is very, very, very much Runecraft as a zombie survival gameFirst off, the marketing for this game did it a great disservice because this is very, very, very much Runecraft as a zombie survival game from the makers of... you guessed it: Runecraft.
Secondly, the main issue of this game so far is the fact that, as a mashup of Runecraft and zombie survival horror-- the tutorials/game play loop just aren't the most clearly explained to those who haven't played these kinds of games. That isn't to say that they're not easy to understand and/or find once you actually go looking for them but, otoh, you actually *do* have to go looking for them.
So, if you don't know what I mean when I say "Original Harvest Moon" or scratch your head at the mention of, say "Lost in Blue" or "My Time at Portia"...
Dig through the menus, read through the skills, get all of them you can even if it doesn't sound like they'd be helpful and.... Take. Your. Time.
Because, believe it or not, zombies and the wicked humor of actually making them aside, at it's heart, Deadcraft is a cozy game. It just isn't a cozy game with nearly lethal levels of cuteness.
From *that* perspective, Deadcraft is sadly, most likely going to be an underrated and *criminally* overlooked brilliant diamond with only a couple of rough edges which could have been polished off for a sequel that will, sadly, never come.
The plot's good, characters are as detailed as any Marvelous has ever done, the farm/craft/hunt/explore game play is as solid as it ever was in it's painfully cute "sister franchise" Runecraft, and... Zombies, m'dude. You. Make. *Zombies*.
So, yes, a wildly wicked sense of humor is ever-so-lightly sprinkled on top. And, again, for the genera, that is *hugely* ambitious.
In effect, I think that Deadcraft is a bet. It's a bet that folks who loved games like Runecraft didn't play those games because they were adorable, they played those games because the game play loop is fun af for us. So: more adult story line, humor and even characters. And, from that perspective: Marvelous nailed it pure and simple.
The only sad part is that the franchise that Deadcraft is an ambitious departure from is kinda niche and Deadcraft does fumble a little in trying to ease non-veterans of those kinds of games in with a little less culture shock.
To be fair, there are, of course, some things that just *can't* be eased into and digging into the guts of the mechanics is just part of the nature of this particular genera but, the fact that new players need to do that digging-- even if it IS for a just a few minutes overall, could have been better explained or telegraphed just a wee bit more upfront.
Maybe, hopefully, Deadcraft will prove to be a seminal work for games with the cozy/survival game play loops in the years to come but, yeah, I see a lot of folks overlooking this one. Which is a shame, really because it is honestly brilliant and, genuinely a most likely solid bet.
After all, given how many people wound up digging into Animal Crossing for the first time in 2020 as well as the recent popularity of survival/crafting games (Astroneer, My Time at Portia, Don't Starve, Stardew Valley...)-- it really isn't *that* much of a stretch to assume that there are a lot of folks who would really love the kind of slow-but-steady build up that they offer but are held back from trying them by all the saccharine in the other titles. After all, Subnautica *was* a bit of a hit so, no, Deadcraft's mashup isn't 100% out of left field.
I just wish that more folks knew all of that going in because, as it stands, while Deadcraft wears it's origins on it's sleeve for those of us that know to look for it, it really *should* be putting out the signs in 50-foot-high letters constructed of body parts.
Because, while their bet is that not everyone who would like survival/crafting with RPG elements know or even *want* know the word "kawaii", *my* bet is that a lot of those folks are going to bounce off this title because Deadcraft itself and it's marketing just wasn't/isn't the best in explaining to those folks what they should expect going in.
Take. Your. Time. Read things. Upgrade everything.
And, remember: You. Make. *Zombies*!!!
I mean, try doing *that* in Story of Seasons! :D… Expand
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