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  • Summary: DYING: Reborn is a dark, horror-themed puzzle game that creates a unique first-person room escape experience. A mysterious fish-head nemesis, a grudge, a series of never-ending trials, and a shocking ending promise to satisfy your horror needs.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 16 out of 17
  1. Apr 20, 2017
    50
    In the end, Dying: Reborn VR could have been a fairly okay product if it weren’t so harshly abridged. It’s a good enough VR experience, but without a coherent story to back it all up, it amounts to nothing more than a paid demo. If you're new to PlayStation VR, there are much better ways to spend your money and time.
  2. Apr 3, 2017
    45
    Getting stuck in room-escape or point and click adventure games is par for the course sometimes, but what DYING: Reborn does not have going for it is other strong qualities to keep things interesting and “worth the effort.” It wasn’t long before I resorted to a walkthrough once, and then again as needed. I wasn’t compelled by the story, the characters, or the atmosphere. I didn’t feel any sense of tension or immersion with Mathew and his plight. The presentation of the game from graphics to on-screen font to voice-acting was very generic and lackluster too, making the whole experience a struggle and not very enjoyable. Without a walkthrough, I probably would not have pressed on because I just was not finding the experience worth my time and effort. If you really enjoy room escape games and puzzles, DYING: Reborn at $20 or less might be worth a look, but it’s hard to recommend otherwise.
  3. Mar 12, 2017
    40
    Despite its interesting puzzles, DYING: Reborn struggles to be much more than a poor example of horror; the scares are few and far between, the plot and its characters are horribly played out and given how generic it can frequently be, it’s alarming how seriously it takes itself.
  4. Mar 13, 2017
    40
    Despite this generous clutch of problems, there is an odd charm to the game. Its schlock is part of its allure, and each time I loaded the game, I felt as though I was returning to a well-thumbed piece of pulp horror trash or sliding an old VHS B-movie slasher into the machine – its cheap ghouls awash with scan lines. I found myself smirking way more than I was frustrated, but I can’t in good conscience say it’s worth picking up outside of the bargain bin you’d find the films it takes its cues from.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 29, 2017
    40
    Not buying this would be the ultimate lucky escape. [May 2017, p.92]
  6. Mar 27, 2017
    35
    Dying: Reborn is an interesting enough puzzle game that falls short of making any kind of impact at all. A cash-in game for the VR age, skipping this title would be recommended.
  7. Mar 19, 2017
    15
    There was a real opportunity for DYING: Reborn to shine on virtual reality, but the end result feels like a cruel joke.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 5 out of 8
  1. Apr 18, 2017
    10
    It’s not super scary, but is pretty atmospheric, but it’s really more of a room escape puzzle game with a horror theme than a horror game, soIt’s not super scary, but is pretty atmospheric, but it’s really more of a room escape puzzle game with a horror theme than a horror game, so I was OK with not being scared… but I was glad they didn’t resort to lots of cheap jump scares and stuff to just try and make it scary for no reason. Expand
  2. Apr 12, 2017
    10
    Best Game on Earth IMO...Those who hate this game are a disgrace to humanity. It's an incredible horror experience....Better than trash likeBest Game on Earth IMO...Those who hate this game are a disgrace to humanity. It's an incredible horror experience....Better than trash like Resident Evil 7, Outlast 2 BS... Expand
  3. Apr 19, 2017
    8
    Come on guys, this is not a horror survival game like RE7, they are not in the same genre. It's not fair to compare this title to other bigCome on guys, this is not a horror survival game like RE7, they are not in the same genre. It's not fair to compare this title to other big titles like REs, If you see this DYING game as a pure puzzle game with a creepy vibe, I think you will find this game done its job well. Although this game doesn't do anything that impresses me, but it is a okay game after all. Expand
  4. Mar 28, 2018
    4
    Standard Edition: 7/10 It's refreshing to play an escape room style game on the ps4 since there are virtually none. This one is generallyStandard Edition: 7/10 It's refreshing to play an escape room style game on the ps4 since there are virtually none. This one is generally well done. It has a good, immersive horror atmosphere. It's kind of on the cheesy side but that makes it more fun than a straight out horror experience. The puzzles nicely ramp up in difficulty. They are challenging and rewarding when you figure out the solution. There was only one puzzle that really frustrated me. Also, there are some bugs that cause the game to freeze up towards the end of the game that were annoying, but only happened a couple of times. Overall, I enjoyed my time with this game and had fun.

    VR Version: 1/10 The VR version of the game is extremely poor compared to the standard version.

    I got the bundle pack so the combined avg. score is 4/10
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  5. Aug 11, 2019
    3
    Visually it looks like a poor imitation of itself, as lighting and image quality pale in comparison to the regular version, and the gameplayVisually it looks like a poor imitation of itself, as lighting and image quality pale in comparison to the regular version, and the gameplay isn’t enhanced in the slightest. Throw in the fact that it just ends before any of the plot gets explained, and you have one of the biggest wastes of money on the system. The fact that this game made it to the PlayStation Store is truly an embarrassment for all parties involved. Expand
  6. Jul 17, 2017
    2
    The game is terrible. The story makes no sense, lacks any content, puzzles are frustrating, voice acting is laughable, and while theThe game is terrible. The story makes no sense, lacks any content, puzzles are frustrating, voice acting is laughable, and while the atmosphere is not terrible, is certainly not great. Also, I especially hate the part where during loading screens, instead of saying "loading", is "loaDYING". Haha, yeah, f*ck this game. In fact, never buy any of Oasis Games'...well, games. First Koi, then Pixel Gear and Ace Banana, then the horrendous Weeping Doll, now this. I'm truly surprised that thse games won nominations in China because in reality, all of their games ranges from mediocre to terrible, and I doubt Oasis Games will stop anytime soon.

    Oh, and I forgot to mention that the VR version is shorter than the console version. Yep. Good work, Oasis Games. You guys are literally making Bandai Namco look like Rockstar Games.

    Ignore the positive user scores (especially Zaudstorm's), because even at a lower price, the game is better off being avoid. You want some actual good horror games on the PS4? Get RE7, Outlast, Soma, Amnesia, Evil Within, Until Dawn, or, one of my favorites, Little Nightmares.
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  7. Feb 5, 2019
    1
    It's better than The Bellows...................................................................................................................

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