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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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  1. Positive: 50 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. Aug 23, 2021
    100
    An unforgettable lesson on coping with the immutable march of death that'll shake even the rugged individuals out there. Packing few but extraordinarily fleshed out characters, levels, story beats, and gameplay elements, Death's Door shows restraint and temperance, standing as an indisputable triumph of the top-down dungeon crawler formula. It's bursting at the seams with good writing, humour, and an eagerness to use every last bit of its 10 to 13 hours of playtime in good faith. That's the crowning achievement of Death's Door: nothing feels left out or bloated. Acid Nerve managed to deliver a perfectly balanced cup of existential dread and philosophical remedy on all accounts.
  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 is an exceptional action-RPG that delights with challenging combat and cleverly thought-out game design.
  4. Jul 20, 2021
    85
    Death’s Door has good core mechanics but does not introduce the one big innovation that could make it stand out. I enjoy the battles, especially the bigger ones, but I feel that the puzzles are average, as is the exploration. Some players might draw comparisons to Hades but this is a very different experience that does not aim for the same narrative depth. It’s linear, there are no rogue elements, and the variety in encounters is more limited.
  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 23, 2021
    80
    Death's Door is a nervous action game that transcends Acid Nerve's old formula. Thanks to a clever difficulty, fights with brand new situations, a rewarding exploration and a beautiful soundtrack, Death's Door is the perfect well-balanced experience of this summer, despite a very light pathfinding.
  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: 36 out of 48
  2. Negative: 4 out of 48
  1. Jul 22, 2021
    10
    A masterpiece , can win the GOTY 2021 , the art and melody is beatiful. You need to play this GAME!
  2. Jul 25, 2021
    10
    Best indie game I have played this year so far, the background music legit on
  3. Aug 11, 2021
    10
    this game is like you put dark souls + undertale and add isometric camera + metroidvania and blend it all together...IT'S A MASTERPIECE , thethis game is like you put dark souls + undertale and add isometric camera + metroidvania and blend it all together...IT'S A MASTERPIECE , the bosses, the npcs, the lore, the gameplay, THE MUSIC everything is just perfect, i just wanted a NG+ or a secret optional final boss like sans for the "hardcore" players, the final boss was too easy for me : / Expand
  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. Aug 27, 2021
    9
    This is a really fun game! My main complaint is that I wish there was more. A friend and I finished it in a weekend (it was a long weekendThis is a really fun game! My main complaint is that I wish there was more. A friend and I finished it in a weekend (it was a long weekend but still), and completed all in-game objectives.

    The main story is good and the main objectives are pretty simplistic, but I like that in a game sometimes.

    I think the storytelling of this game really shines in it's characters! There are only a few, but I really loved them all.

    The gameplay is really engaging, just watch a gameplay video and if you've ever played a game vaguely similar you'll know what you're in for.

    There is some post-game content that is limited, and kind of confusing to figure out. But if you played Titan Souls it's definitely worth it!
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  6. Sep 8, 2021
    7
    Well, the game as a indie game is fully polished. Great art, music and nice theme. The combat has a very balanced flow based on the skill ofWell, the game as a indie game is fully polished. Great art, music and nice theme. The combat has a very balanced flow based on the skill of the player (not boring not frustrating). But and again but, there is no map in a Metroidvania game?! i cant believe it. i have to search all the map to find the place i found in advance use new ability to explore. I quit the game after 7 hours of play. No map really?! Expand
  7. Aug 21, 2021
    0
    Very boring and annoying game. I wont waste time for a **** game like this **** soulslike.

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