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  • Summary: Death's Gambit is a challenging Action-RPG through which you explore an alien medieval planet filled with beasts, knights, and horrors. As an agent of Death, bound to his service, banish your fears and endure the struggle that lies at the heart of Leydia.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Aug 20, 2018
    85
    If you like exploring, fighting and challenges in a medieval setting, this is your game. You can tell it's a humble project with a tight budget behind it, but the results are very good.
  2. Aug 20, 2018
    80
    Death's Gambit has potential and an impressive visual style, but an unpolished control scheme and combat tends to make things a bit uncomfortable in some occasions. There's potential with room to improvement.
  3. Sep 23, 2018
    80
    Death's Gambit is only a souls-like? At first glance the answer is definitely yes but it is also a lot more. White Rabbit manage to create a great but nevertheless fragile game which despite the flaws and the lapse of taste in some situations deserves your attention.
  4. Aug 27, 2018
    70
    I like a lot of what Death’s Gambit has to offer, but controlling it is vexatious. The game does a decent job establishing a small, captivating story wrapped in a melancholically exquisite world. I wish Death’s Gambit found more of its own voice, since it truly does shine in the moments it tries something new and refreshing. Although it doesn’t necessarily take the concept of adapting the 2D Souls formula to the next level, Death’s Gambit is another solid shot at it.
  5. CD-Action
    Jan 9, 2019
    70
    There are moments when Death’s Gambit is a really good game that intelligently copies Souls and the likes, but to truly enjoy it you need to accept it as a collage of inspirations which doesn’t allow original ideas to shine. [11/2018, p.74]
  6. Aug 22, 2018
    67
    The freedom, and the constant sense that I’d be surprised when I turned the next corner, somewhat smoothed over the frustrations of Death’s Gambit, but it’d be a stretch to say I enjoyed it as a whole. Figuring out the best strategy for each boss fight is satisfying, but actually beating them isn’t fun enough to justify the pain of battling the stingy stamina system. Throwing myself at the same boss 29 times in a row just wasn’t quite worth the hassle.
  7. Aug 26, 2018
    60
    Despite its rewarding exploration and intriguing story, Death's Gambit is consistently held back by its combat, which lacks the responsiveness you need when fighting enemies that can kill you in seconds.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Aug 14, 2018
    10
    Such a surprising title. I Iove the game and the genre. I bought this randomly and have to say it was money well spent. Fun and verySuch a surprising title. I Iove the game and the genre. I bought this randomly and have to say it was money well spent. Fun and very challenging game. I recently saw a review about the game being to hard. All I have to say is "Git Gud" Expand
  2. Aug 16, 2018
    10
    This game is fascinating and delightfully punishing. From the variety of weapon types, enemies, and unique bosses to the beautiful pixel-styleThis game is fascinating and delightfully punishing. From the variety of weapon types, enemies, and unique bosses to the beautiful pixel-style art and great music, this is a phenomenal and challenging (but rewarding) game.

    Pros:
    -Rewarding 2D platforming and combat with a mix of abilities depending on weapon types.
    -Dark Souls/Bloodborne style upgrade system with seemingly little for each character level investment but huge improvement over course of several level increases.
    -Deep Boss and world design, with unique bosses and enemies.
    -Amazing MetroidVania-style backtracking to discover more hidden areas and harder enemies.
    -Interesting and delightful NPCs with a centralized sanctuary

    (Nitpicked) Cons:
    -Hard to tell from lack of audio and tactile (controller vibration) cues when character is hit; must rely on visual cues only.
    -Control mapping is difficult to get used to but makes sense once you do.
    -Lack of PC voice acting despite non-customized PC.
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  3. Aug 14, 2018
    10
    No Surprise another negative review from LifeHistory who is once again wrong. The reviewer even gave Nioh an unwarranted low review. Let meNo Surprise another negative review from LifeHistory who is once again wrong. The reviewer even gave Nioh an unwarranted low review. Let me just say this game is great and one of the best games I have played this year. Seems like Lifehistory only enjoyed the souls series games because they had other people come into the game and beat the bosses for them. Expand
  4. Aug 20, 2018
    8
    Let me start by saying the game is fantastic and I doubt it at first. This is what Castlevaina+Souls would look like and it done it in a veryLet me start by saying the game is fantastic and I doubt it at first. This is what Castlevaina+Souls would look like and it done it in a very good balanced way. Looking forward for a sequel or a game like it from those great DEVS.

    For being a 2D platform that's trying to be old style yet bring new modern way of Gameplay I found only Good thing about this game.

    -Good Level design.
    -Great Gameplay.
    -Really enjoyable good bosses that are unique from each other.
    -Good music.
    -Enjoyable combat.
    -A replayable game that can be finished with many different skills and class.
    -Graphics are pixeled but still pulls you to its atmosphere..
    -Balanced difficulty.

    My only complaint that every indie game is pixeled these days. Don't give me the nostalgic crap! Give me a proper graphics from now on or at least graphics like Bloodstained Ritual of the Night.

    Now some people found the difficulty is too much and some said it was piece of cake. It is different from person to person and you need to find out for your self. I myself think the difficulty is a bit hard yet really good and balanced in an enjoyable way. You will die a lot until you find a way to defeat a boss.

    There have also been bad performance complains. I myself did not have any problems the game ran fluidly on my i7 950 with R9 290.

    There also been people saying there is no variety in Armour and weapons and they all look the same. I don't find that bad in anyway because it does not matter if a weapon or armour would look different in you inventory YOU will still NOT see a difference when you Equip them because of the graphics this game uses. The developers knows that and therefore they did not even bother making different typ of Armours when you wont notice a thing at all..
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  5. Aug 17, 2018
    8
    I purchases this game because of all the buzz words surrounding it; Metroid-vania, Dark Souls, and so on.
    It does not disappoint. Full
    I purchases this game because of all the buzz words surrounding it; Metroid-vania, Dark Souls, and so on.
    It does not disappoint. Full disclosure, I'm 3 hours in and only stopped to write this review. Graphics remind me of Flashback or Another World. The world, game play and control are 75% Vania, and 25% Metroid. The stat system and Items are a complete copy of Dark Souls. It's not that hard either. 20 bucks! Great game so far.
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  6. Feb 4, 2020
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Relativamente incompleto, o que se vê nos trailers, "nem se sente o cheiro durante o game". Porém é um jogo divertido e com uma história boa! O sistema de classes é simples porém eficiente! Expand
  7. Aug 17, 2018
    4
    Full of bugs, awkward design decisions, invisible platforms, patched-up graphics, ice skating, clumsy controls, a rather misplaced story and aFull of bugs, awkward design decisions, invisible platforms, patched-up graphics, ice skating, clumsy controls, a rather misplaced story and a little too much Dark Souls not to feel like a 2D copy instead of an original game. Add to this a rather impressive lack of polish (audio volumes are all over the place, keyboard customization is lost when you restart, the game forces you to play with your system's language with no option to change/reset it, the whole game is frame based so if you play at 120 FPS it will run at 2x speed, and on and on) and it quickly becomes an annoying experience ready to be uninstalled. Expand

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