Review: Dead Or School (PlayStation 4)

 

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 character.

Pros:

  • Anime graphics.
  • 2.33gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Rebind controls.
  • 3 difficulties-easy/normal/hard.
  • Tutorial video pop-ups.
  • Aim type-Aim with the left or right stick.
  • Action Metroidvania gameplay.
  • 2D perspective.
  • Weapons-melee/gun/launcher.
  • Collectibles-refugees and souvenirs.
  • Earn EXP, level up and add a skill.
  • Weight limit in play, used for loadout.
  • Uses a stamina system.
  • Weapons-reinforce and add mods. Can assign buffs you find. (2 slots)
  • Loot drops from chests and enemies.
  • A minimap with a legend.
  • Shop-buy/sell loot with stock changing periodically.
  • Save points-equip/shop and acts as travel points.
  • Main quest and optional side quests.
  • Cool graphics pop up when shooting or doing damage.
  • Combat is fast and fun akin to a Devil May Cry.
  • Does a cool 3D spin around locations.
  • Surprise enemy encounters.
  • Enemies jump in from the foreground.
  • Train-your main hub. Each carriage representing a feature like a shop, map or place to view collectibles and converse with NPC.
  • Slick presentation.
  • You can move the minimap and Hud around.

Cons:

  • Juddery and a lot of slowdowns.
  • Minimap is huge!
  • A lot of unnecessary menu buttons.
  • Possible to farm and over level.
  • All NPC has the same pop up graphic.
  • NPC text prompts and pop-ups happen even when in combat.
  • A lot to take in initially.
  • It doesn’t explain all buttons and controls.
  • Destroying cardboard boxes is a nightmare.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.2/10

Summary

Dead or School is a very competent Metroidvania style game. It has a cool presentation and game loop but it’s let down by constant niggles from slowdown to text pop up. The initial few hours are fun and give you the full rundown on what to expect for the rest of the game. I like the world and the train hub is such a fun place to explore. I liked the upgrades and weapon creation stuff with it encouraging me to always try out new combos. Boss fights are tough but only until you learn the pattern and how to move efficiently. In short, it’s a fine game that takes a bit of getting into then after a few hours you will know if it is for you.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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