Ray's the Dead

Ragtag Studio, Ragtag Studio

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
59
Top Critic Average
17%
Critics Recommend
Based on 6 critic reviews
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Ray's the Dead

Rating Summary

Based on 6 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

59

Top Critic Average

17%

Critics Recommend

Based on 6 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCOct 22, 2020
PlayStation 4Oct 22, 2020
PlayStation VitaOct 22, 2020
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: Ragtag Studio

Publisher: Ragtag Studio

Genres: Action, Strategy, Adventure

The long-awaited zombie raising, narrative-driven, puzzle-solving, action-packed, stealth-sneaking, 1980s-inspired, multiple timeline-having, meticulously illustrated, surprisingly-touching, dark comedy adventure has finally been unearthed! From key team members behind the cult hit Stubbs the Zombie, experience both the life and afterlife of Ray LaMorte as you solve the mystery of his death, the only way he knows how: by raising an army of the undead! Command a zombie army in both combat and puzzle-solving (in ever-changing gameplay scenarios), making strategic use of a variety of zombie types each with unique powers Battle your way through a 8-10 hour story campaign across 40 hand-crafted levels, lovingly draped in 1980s Americana and dense with pop culture cameos Feast (your eyes) upon 3,000+ hand-drawn sprites in a playful 2D/3D mashup art style, and indulge (your ears) with a groovy pop / retro / synthwave soundtrack Survive a funny-yet-touching story of redemption as you discover what life decisions led to Ray’s death, complete with hard choices of your own to make that influence the ending.

Ray's the Dead Critic Reviews

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There's some fun to be extracted from this, especially given that Halloween is upon us, but sadly this is a game that won't live long in the memory.

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More than seven years after its initial announcement, Ray's the Dead just doesn't feel like a finished game. Clunky gameplay and numerous bugs don't do the imbalanced and overly difficult encounters any favors, while certain other concepts in the game feel underexplored and go unutilized. It's potential to delve into unique puzzle mechanics is overshadowed by obnoxious and frustrating combat segments and bugs impacting critical elements of the gameplay. Ray's the Dead might have a lot of heart, but that heart is contained within a cumbersome rotting corpse crawling with bugs that make coming back from the dead more chore than triumph.

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Ray's The Dead is entirely unique, and features a visual style I will still be talking about in years to come. That doesn't mean that the game isn't deeply flawed.

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Ray's the Dead is a hard game to either recommend or trash, balanced neatly between being a charming and much-smarter-than-it-looks zombie-fest and a buggy mess punctuated by painfully blatant '80s nostalgia.

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