Martha is Dead Reviews

Martha is Dead is ranked in the 37th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
No Recommendation / Blank
Feb 25, 2022

A good premise and gripping start is undermined by a second half of bugs, bad writing, and grossly overused clich's of mental ill-health.

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IGN
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2022

Martha is Dead is an unflinching and utterly absorbing ordeal to be endured rather than enjoyed.

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7 / 10
Mar 4, 2022

A highly original, dark gothic thriller whose lack of compromises will restrict its audience but are hard not to admire.

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Feb 24, 2022

Martha is Dead will leave you psychologically scarred. Whether you enjoy the process depends on your constitution and hatred of bicycles.

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6 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2022

LKA made the best recreation of an Italian setting I’ve ever seen in a game and I wanted nothing more than to enjoy it. However, LKA’s love of Italy is the only warmth I felt in Martha is Dead. The rest left me feeling as cold as Giulia’s dead sister.

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7.7 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2022

‎Martha is Dead is a halfway game. A title that you can enjoy if you are a lover of the genre, but that you play it knowing that something is missing, knowing that it could have been something more. If you are looking to be afraid you may find more tension than something scary.‎

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80 / 100
Feb 24, 2022

Even with certain flaws typical of "small" productions, Martha is Dead has a strong personality that permeates us and will turn our heads for a long time. Of course, it is not for sensitive stomachs.

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4 / 10
Feb 24, 2022

Martha is Dead wants to send a big important message, but the way it's delivered is terrifyingly bad, not only in it's writing but also in the shoddy gameplay.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2022

Martha is Dead may sometimes become very eccentric, but the game's mood and mystery will greatly appeal to you from the beginning.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2022

Martha is Dead is a complex first-person narrative adventure, a story of traumatic experiences that could upset the sensitivity of those who play. Anyway LKA depicted in a brilliant and compelling way the discomfort of the main character, even if sometimes narration lingers in the spectacularization of the most gory elements. The Italian studio did a great job creating an accurate historical stage, but technically the game has significant ups and dawns, which, anyway, don't undermine too much the overall experience.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2022

Martha is Dead deals with losing loved ones and losing your own self through a powerful narrative that can be quite uncomfortable at times.

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VideoGamer
Top Critic
6 / 10
Feb 28, 2022

If only Dalcò, rather than honouring his heroine by smothering her search for truth in confounding gloom, had abided by her love of illumination.

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Unscored
Feb 24, 2022

Clunky writing, ponderous pacing and a commitment to lingering gore shots make Martha Is Dead an actively unpleasant experience. Run for the hills.

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5.5 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2022

Martha is Dead had all the right ideas, touching upon themes of loss, war, and personal identity in a meaningful way in a horror game. It unfortunately failed to deliver on an experience that cohesively weaved together those great ideas, along with a slew of technical and performance issues.

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Unscored
Feb 27, 2022
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8 / 10
Feb 24, 2022

Intriguing and often disturbing, Martha is Dead makes for a worthwhile narrative experience, barring some issues.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2022

While a terrible murder is what sets the events of Martha is Dead in motion, the real focus of the game is Giulia's psyche and how it was affected by past and present thraumas. LKA's new adventure might not be suited for everyone due to the brutality of certain scenes, but it is certainly courageous and competent.

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GameMAG
Top Critic
7 / 10
Feb 25, 2022

In the end Martha is Dead feels like an arthouse movie, when you have to decipher the game yourself, while having all kind of emotions. Whether you'll like it or not is very hard to tell.

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82 / 100
Feb 24, 2022

Martha Is Dead offers a narrative that’s provocative, intense, dark, and emotional. And yes, it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s plenty gory. Given that it takes place during WWII the story doesn’t seem out of place either. It pulls you in right away, keeps its intensity and pace, and holds your attention until the very end. The sound and graphical design really fit with the overall vibe and atmosphere of the game. Sure, it’s not perfect, but most of the issues aren’t game breaking. Martha Is Dead is riveting and if you’re a fan of psychological thrillers you won’t want to miss it.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2022

Horror fans looking for an adrenaline rush, though, won't find anything here to sate their appetites, unfortunately, but some fairly gruesome scenes certainly lean into the psychological horror tropes, and never cheap out on the gory details.

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