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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 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  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 19, 2018
    75
    It remains a challenging game, with some unexpected and surprising jolts, and a good background quality. If the team had applied more we would have had a worthy "rival" of Salt & Sanctuary, while at the moment the product of Ska Studio surpasses this Death's Gambit at every level.
  5. 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.
  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: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 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
  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
    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
  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. Aug 16, 2018
    5
    i like old school pixel art, DarkSouls-like gameplay and metroidvania world building, but i just cant recommend Deaths gambit. This game justi like old school pixel art, DarkSouls-like gameplay and metroidvania world building, but i just cant recommend Deaths gambit. This game just feels unfinished, as it was still in early access.
    For starters- controls are god awful. I played Steam version using 2 different controllers (from PS4 and Switch), both of them work in Big Picture mode, but prompts are from Xbox controllers, which is weird considering game has also PS4 version.
    Now controls itself are clunky, irresponsive, shooting with bow is inaccurate, not to mention who thought it would be a good idea to have separate key to just hold the ladder? Its just illogical, annoying and infuriating.
    Game is also full of other bugs, crashes etc. Yesterday everything worked fine, but today game seems to work very fast, like 2x faster than normal, which is unplayable. Its because of 144Hz monitor, that a lot of gamers have. Come on, this is just lazy to publish a game that wasnt tested properly.
    Gameplay itself is quite good if you like that kind of games, but the game isnt very long itself (like 10 hours or so). If you really want high lenght/cost ratio look somewhere else.
    Be prepare to die a lot, some bosses are really hard, some biomes feel like they are too strong for character level. I bet this is just being hard for the sake of it, because Dark souls.
    Considering all the above and that there are o lot of other better games, i feel that Deaths gambit is not worth buying today (which i admit reluctantly because it has awesome atmosphere, potential and graphics design and i just wanted to love it). Maybe in few months where most of bugs are fixed.
    As for today its better to buy one of many other fantastic games, like Salt and sanctuary (best pure 2D souls game in existence), Dead cells (more roguelike), Hollow knight (great bosses, metroidvania meets souls style), or 2 beautiful, fun and engaging metroidvania games, that is Guacamelee and Ori.
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  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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