Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 32
  2. Negative: 15 out of 32
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  1. Feb 8, 2012
    There's a pretty good game to be found here underneath a considerable pile of design and execution flaws. It's worth a look right now for the more patient, curious, and tolerant player, but if you're on the fence, you might wait until the summer gaming drought.
  2. Feb 3, 2012
    A game with mixed results. It tries to innovate in the action genre but falls midway, and it has some technical problems and gameplay flaws. It has very good ideas, but the implementation of some of them is poor, and that makes its gameplay suffer. Maybe with some more time or budget this would have been a much better game.
  3. Never Dead might be a scrappy mess in places – it's blighted by severe screen-tearing and dialogue so bad it makes the original Resi look like Citizen Kane. Yet it's a game about throwing a man around who's usually missing 75% of his torso, meaning it's impossible to be too scathing of its faults.
  4. Feb 9, 2012
    While the cut scenes look good, and Megadeth really gets the adrenaline pumping, the gameplay is too repetitive and buggy.
  5. Jan 31, 2012
    NeverDead is the kind of game you want to like more than you actually do. The gimmick is a smart one, it's quite funny when it wants to be, it's peppered with cool moments, and it's a big improvement from the developer's other recent efforts (Rogue Warrior, anyone?). Alas, fun though it is, NeverDead is several good ideas short of fulfilling its conceptual promise.
  6. Jan 31, 2012
    We wanted NeverDead to be a good game, because it was trying to achieve something different. But the game is frustrating and sometimes even boring.
  7. 60
    Even though Neverdead has its moments of frantic action and fun ideas, badly implemented mechanics means the game will often test your patience.
  8. Feb 7, 2012
    Neverdead's problem is that, albeit being original and fun, it soon gets repetitive due to the abuse of its procedures.
  9. Feb 6, 2012
    Frustrating and badly designed, Neverdead is one of the first victims of the year. Shooter lovers could appreciate some original ideas, however.
  10. Feb 2, 2012
    It's unfortunate that a game with good ideas doesn't manage to reach to its potential. NeverDead doesn't get to shine in the action genre because its gameplay problems. It is original, sometimes beautiful and difficult, but the execution falls flat.
  11. Jan 31, 2012
    Enjoyable highs interspersed with crushing lows make NeverDead as inventive as it is frustrating.
  12. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 4, 2012
    Space prohibits a more comprehensive deconstruction of NeverDead's myriad flaws, so instead here's the pithy summary: this game is utter bullshit. There are heaps of bad games out there, but few that glory in their deficiencies the way this one does. [March 2012, p78]
  13. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Feb 8, 2012
    NeverDead does show some promise. Still, these bright spots aren't nearly enough to elevate NeverDead above its frustrating combat and flawed concept. [Mar 2012, p.84]
  14. 50
    NeverDead presents some good ideas with a level of eccentricity close to the work of Suda51 or Mikami. But the gameplay is just too poor and has a weak narrative context.
  15. 50
    Dismemberment and immortality are quirky enough at first to spark some entertainment, but NeverDead doesn't really have any other legs to stand on.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 57
  2. Negative: 25 out of 57
  1. Apr 3, 2012
    This game is a new IP that deserves recognition. It has really good new ideas, good gameplay, good graphics and entertaining story. IfThis game is a new IP that deserves recognition. It has really good new ideas, good gameplay, good graphics and entertaining story. If you are a gamer that gets frustrated a lot, you will hate this game just like the ones that are pissed off because "they get dismembered a lot". The game difficulty depends on how you approach it. Obviously you cant actually die, but there are many ways to get a "game over" screen, and many of the times you get it, may be because you probably ended up being swallowed. You have ways to upgrade your character that allows to overcome most scenarios. Depending on the enemy you can change tactic by using your sword or guns.

    The only thing that should probably be fixed is the fact that "rolling" should not be necessary to re-attach your limbs. And the popping textures. The game doesn't take it self seriously that is why it has really funny moments, and a cheesy but FUN story. The graphics are nice, and the character design is good. Definitively a good first step for a new IP.

    The fact that a company is taking risks by creating new IPs this generation is admirable and must be appreciated. This generation is overflowed with FPS, if you hate that, then support this game.
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  2. Feb 2, 2012
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  3. Jan 12, 2013
    I enjoyed Neverdead way more than any of the latest Modern Warfare or Black Ops titles... and that said by a huge fan of military FPS. It'sI enjoyed Neverdead way more than any of the latest Modern Warfare or Black Ops titles... and that said by a huge fan of military FPS. It's fun even if some called the loosing limbs stuff repetitive. In the final boss fights it can get annoying if you do not act quick enough but overall it's quite cool. The mixture of swordplay and gun shooting is fun and satisfying and the occasional puzzles do their job quite well too.
    If you love weird stories with classy lines of text, then this is a game you should pick up!
    Worth to get a sequel for sure.
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