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  • Summary: Underground dwelling girl Hisako is aiming for the surface in a zombie infested Tokyo. Hack and slash RPG! Obtain weapons and gear from enemies, and customize your skill tree to create your own unique and powerful a character.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Mar 13, 2020
    80
    For some, the technical jank may be enough to put them off engaging with Dead or School fully. That’d be a real shame, though; allow yourself to get wrapped up in the narrative, the mechanics, the piles of loot, the beautifully designed stages and the game’s wonderful sense of style, and there’s something truly special to enjoy here; an honest-to-goodness hidden gem if ever there was one.
  2. Mar 15, 2020
    79
    Dead or School is a game with limited budget, and that sings from afar: animations, videos, repetitive backgrounds... lots of things could be better. But the important, its metroidvania gameplay it's fun and systems like the weapon upgrade are deep and works better. Add a craziness layer, and you've got a simple but enjoyable game.
  3. Mar 18, 2020
    75
    Dead or School provides a surprisingly long side-scrolling action campaign that’s sure to please fans of Castlevania-style games, especially those who’ve grown tired of countless retro-graphic homages. The action is tight, the story is fun, and the rewards are big.
  4. Apr 30, 2020
    70
    Dead or School is an interesting and ambitious RPG with hack and slash elements that features a surprisingly interesting plot and a good, sharp, fun combat system. The game's limitations are obvious, however, and the game's performance isn't always the sharpest but fans of RPGs will appreciate this effort.
  5. Mar 15, 2020
    65
    If you enjoy gameplay focused experiences and can tolerate some jank, Dead or School will be worth getting when it drops in price.
  6. 65
    The gameplay and exploration of Dead or School are surprisingly addictive, but enough small issues give me pause in fully recommending it. Grinding for levels, constantly upgrading your equipment, and completing sidequests for stat boosts are all practically required. It's very likely you'll encounter multiple final bosses that you simply aren't prepared for. Fortunately, many enemies respawn and save points refill your health and ammo, in addition to functioning as waypoints. Fanservice images pop up from time to time, but they aren't overly egregious and shouldn't dissuade you from a purchase. If you can look past its numerous imperfections, Dead or School is a satisfying and compelling albeit janky action-platformer that may be worth getting a hall pass for.
  7. May 18, 2020
    30
    Dead or School often intrigues in appearance, but never quite capitalises on the unique blend of the mundane. Technical issues bog down the core experience, and the lack of restriction or respect for the rest of the content sours what could have been a thoroughly enjoyable romp through the underground.

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