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Death's Gambit (2018) is a running, jumping and fighting game where you defeat enemies, collect weapons and progress through levels. Drawing on the platforming of games like the Castlevania and Metroid games, it adds difficult and precise combat akin to that found in Dark Souls and Demon's Souls or Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, creating a unique blend of exploration, combat and narrative. The game was updated in 2021 with a free expansion, Afterlife, which expands the story, refines the combat system, and adds more levels, bosses and weapons.

You play as Sorun Galbraith, who is sent to the realm of Aldwynn on a quest to uncover the source of eternal life and find your long-lost mother, but on the way, you and your comrades are killed. When Death arrives to collect your souls, he resurrects you, allowing you to continue your quest, albeit in eternal service to him. On your mission, you must find and kill all other immortal beings, in order to become immortal yourself.

Gameplay involves exploring the maze-like levels and fighting enemies to progress. Each of the 20+ levels has a boss fight, in which you'll need to use precise button presses, skill and tactical play to overcome their immense strength. As you go, you unlock new abilities and items that will allow you to get to previously unreachable areas from earlier in the game, in a non-linear progression structure.

It's the way that it combines difficult and detailed combat systems with the non-linear, exploration-focused platforming elements that makes it a unique game to play, which rewards skill and perseverance.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Death's Gambit 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 23 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Traversal game with Action and Platform elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete. Similarly to other games in the genre, you may have to backtrack to find areas you missed or bosses you need to fight. This can substantially increase the time to beat the game from the average time of around 16 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Moderate Violence. Dependent upon which weapon is used the amount of blood splattering may be small or large. Characters disappear after being killed.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood and Gore, Language, Use of Alcohol and Violence. Enemies emit splashes of blood when struck, and a handful of enemies burst into pieces when defeated. Cutscenes and backgrounds sometimes depict battlefields with corpses lying in pools of blood or dead soldiers impaled on spears. During the course of the game, players can obtain a brew item, which is depicted as a frothy mug in players' inventory; a rat can also be seen hiccupping and swaying while holding a bottle. The word “sh*te” appears in the game.

CostsCosts

Death's Gambit usually costs £19.99.
 

Death's Gambit: Afterlife

Steam Store PC £19.99

Death's Gambit

Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/08/2018, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Switch

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Traversal (Action and Platform)

Accessibility: 17 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Kei Kube (@KeiKube)


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