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  • Summary: Reaping souls of the dead and punching a clock might get monotonous but it's honest work for a Crow. The job gets lively when your assigned soul is stolen and you must track down a desperate thief to a realm untouched by death - where creatures grow far past their expiry and overflow withReaping souls of the dead and punching a clock might get monotonous but it's honest work for a Crow. The job gets lively when your assigned soul is stolen and you must track down a desperate thief to a realm untouched by death - where creatures grow far past their expiry and overflow with greed and power. Talon Sharp Combat: Utilise melee weapons, arrows and magic to overcome a fantastic array of beasts and demigods. Mistakes are punished and victory is rewarded. Gain an edge by customising your character stats and mastering the abilities and upgrades you obtain.

    A Beautifully Bleak World: Venture beyond the Doors and explore a land full of twisted inhabitants and countless secrets, bringing hope to the weird and wonderful characters you’ll meet along the way.

    A Dark Mystery to Unravel: Track down and defeat colossal tyrants with stories and motivations of their own. Experience a somber yet darkly comedic tale, uncovering the truths behind the flow of souls, the role of the Crows and the origin of the Doors.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 58
  2. Negative: 0 out of 58
  1. Dec 13, 2021
    100
    From the distinct, sprawling domains of your three primary marks, to the adorably avian way your crow tilts and juts their head around, the game never misses a moment to delight you with some new wonder, and just when you think it’s run out of surprises; whether it’s a new tune, a beautiful vignette, or a quiet moment of empathy, it’s always got something else tucked underneath its wing.
  2. Jul 20, 2021
    90
    Death’s Door is one of the best games released this year and will certainly be a game-of-the-year contender by the time 2021 wraps up.
  3. Jul 28, 2021
    90
    Death's Door finds the sweet spot between an enjoyable and challenging experience. The smooth and fun combat was supplemented with fun puzzles and many secrets, all packaged in an adorable cartoonish art style.
  4. Jul 21, 2021
    85
    This tremendously excellent Death's Door is a well-polished action/adventure hybrid that is worth your attention.
  5. Edge Magazine
    Aug 14, 2021
    80
    A distinctive twist on an established formula, and a remarkable accomplishment for such a small team. Its subject matter might seem like serious business, but this game about death feels thrillingly alive. [Issue#362, p.112]
  6. Jul 21, 2021
    80
    Death's Door is one of the indie surprises of the year. Very well designed, melancholic and challenging, without being difficult. It knows how to transfer the essence of games like Dark Souls and Zelda in a delicious isometric perspective, with well-designed puzzles and a very well measured combat. Acid Nerve has done its homework.
  7. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Sep 3, 2021
    68
    The setting is intriguing, but the story is bland. Open world promises exploration, but there is nothing to find. The combat has all the beats – but it just isn’t interesting. [Issue#254, p.68]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 88
  2. Negative: 4 out of 88
  1. Jul 24, 2021
    10
    Death's Door is one of those titles that go from less to more; it starts hinting and as the hours go by they unleash their true potential.Death's Door is one of those titles that go from less to more; it starts hinting and as the hours go by they unleash their true potential. It's a very enjoyable experience, halfway between the most traditional adventures and the characteristic elements of more demanding action games. It is not perfect -we miss a greater number of dungeons and bosses-, but it hits the mark in almost everything it does. A pleasant surprise. Expand
  2. Jan 14, 2022
    10
    A true minimalistic ghibli-style piece of art with a sense of humor on death and souls. With a well established combo system, power-ups andA true minimalistic ghibli-style piece of art with a sense of humor on death and souls. With a well established combo system, power-ups and truly entertaining solo gaming and intense boss fights. A very well established system of boss health level indication. Music is another sticking factor, you will come back just to listen to it. Im sure you will have this OST with you for quite a while. Avarice theme is a masterpiece as a whole and it’s so intense for a fights we have inside of chests. A truly game of a year for me. Expand
  3. Jul 22, 2021
    10
    A masterpiece , can win the GOTY 2021 , the art and melody is beatiful. You need to play this GAME!
  4. Jul 26, 2021
    9
    I heard this game compared to Zelda and Dark Souls, two game series I've never got into. However I absolutely adore this game. Tonally I enjoyI heard this game compared to Zelda and Dark Souls, two game series I've never got into. However I absolutely adore this game. Tonally I enjoy the whimsy mixed with dark sensibilities, I honestly wish there were more story beats to the game because I greatly enjoyed the writing. In a couple of the boss areas the bosses make multiple appearances to talk to you and that gives them so much more personality. The gameplay has been "meh"ed. (Yes, I used "meh" as a verb). I very much disagree with that sentiment. When people say that they are saying there isn't much innovation in the gameplay from start to finish. Which is completely true. You do get extra abilities but they are more for puzzle solving and getting around/through terrain. However the combat is very solid and challenging at times. My right hand thumb is in quite sore from the tension of those boss fights and room challenges.

    DETAILS: You are a silent protagonist , a crow tasked with soul retrieval. In the very beginning you lose a soul and essentially you will die eventually unless you get it back. Also you in an afterworld of sorts? Maybe this is purgatory? I'm not exactly sure. In order to get it back you need to open death's door which only the power of three giant souls will accomplish. The checkpoint system is very well done imo. Your hub area, where you upgrade stuff and occasionally find story side information in is linked to the explorey/fighty world by doors that you uncover as you travel. Between uncovering doors the area between doors is shortened by releasing gates/ladders/etc so if you die it doesn't take too much time to get back to where you were. Also there is no map, which I am told is a Dark Souls thing. This isn't too frustrating as the world feels connected enough for it to be memorable. However because there are some metroidvania elements it would have been nice to mark places you want to go back to once you get the upgrades to traverse the area. Also, the game uses terminology "North, West, etc" but it's a little confusing to tell where directions are because there is no compass and the world is on an angle. It's not super confusing. You can figure out that North is actually Northwest on your screen. Just an itty bitty gripe.

    Overall I highly recommend this game. Definitely going on my top favorite games of all time somewhere.
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  5. Oct 31, 2021
    8
    Death's Door é um dos jogos independentes mais charmosos que já joguei. O estilo artístico e o design não só dos mundos, mas também dosDeath's Door é um dos jogos independentes mais charmosos que já joguei. O estilo artístico e o design não só dos mundos, mas também dos personagens, traz uma ambientação muito única e aconchegante ao jogo, tornando uma experiência muito prazerosa de se jogar do começo ao fim.

    As mecânicas utilizadas e o game design feito no jogo é claramente inspirado em The Legend of Zelda, principalmente quando se trata das versões com câmera isométrica. No entanto, apesar de ser uma ótima inspiração, a falta de inventividade em determinadas situações, algo tão distante na franquia começada por Miyamoto, acaba pecando na experiência. E olha que estamos falando de um jogo que em média você zerará em oito horas.

    Todavia, apesar dessa falta de criatividade, o level design no geral funciona muito bem. E por incrível que pareça, a história do jogo é bem desenvolvida, conseguindo desenvolver mensagens muito interessantes. Outro ponto de destaque é a trilha sonora, onde facilmente entraria nas melhores do ano. Portanto, recomendo.
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  6. Feb 24, 2022
    7
    Bu oyun 3 yıl önce çıksa daha çok övebilirdim ama Hades, combat seviyesini öyle bir seviyeye çıkardı ki artık hiçbir izometrik oyunun dövüşBu oyun 3 yıl önce çıksa daha çok övebilirdim ama Hades, combat seviyesini öyle bir seviyeye çıkardı ki artık hiçbir izometrik oyunun dövüş mekanikleri tatmin etmiyor. Death's Door'un dövüş mekanikleri fena değil ama birincil silahımız ve onunla yapabildiklerimiz hiç değişmiyor. Büyülere bir iki bir şey ekleniyor o kadar. Ancak onların bile kullanılışı aynı. Düşman çeşitliliği de eh işte. Bazen yeni bir şeyler geliyor ama çoğu zaman aynılarının farklı skin'lisi. Hareket şemaları pek değişmiyor.

    Harita tasarımı, kısa yollar açma, öldüğünde ta ebesinin nikahından başlama gibi durumlar tıpkı Souls oyunlarındaki gibi, Öte yandan onlar kadar zor değil. Mantığını çözene kadar Boss savaşları biraz zor. Ben özellikle son boss'ta çok zorlandım gereksiz bir şekilde.

    Son boss dediğim hikayenin son boss'u. Oyunun hikayesi bittikten sonra ıvır zıvır toplayarak bir boss savaşı daha yapıp gerçek sona ulaşıyorsunuz ve oyunu yüzde yüz bitiriyorsunuz ama ben onunla uğraşmadım.

    Oyunun en büyük zorluklarından birisi ise harita olmaması. Nereye gideceğinizi ya da gitmiş olduğunuzu bilmiyorsunuz.

    Az çok bir hikayesi var. Muhabbete girdiğimiz kişiler nüktedan. Ciddi olanlarsa boş konuşmuyor.

    Atmosferi fena değil, çizim tarzı ve renk paleti göze hoş geliyor.

    Neticede eğlenceli, sıkmayan ama vay be de dedirtmeyen, fena olmayan bir oyun. En büyük eksiği combat çeşitliliğinin az olması.
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  7. Sep 2, 2021
    0
    This game is a masterpiece, period. The art style is adorable, the gameplay is tight and fun, the length is just long enough, and the musicalThis game is a masterpiece, period. The art style is adorable, the gameplay is tight and fun, the length is just long enough, and the musical score....the ost perfectly suits the environments of the game. It won't be for everyone, as the combat is tight but simple. The story is one of death & capitalism. Play this game! Expand

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