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Sker Ritual

Wales Interactive
Apr 18, 2024 - PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

50%

Critics Recommend

The Games Machine
6.5 / 10
PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10
Generación Xbox
70 / 100
Digitally Downloaded
3.5 / 5
GameSpew
7 / 10
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8 / 10
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8 / 10
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Sker Ritual - Official Launch Trailer (4K)

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Sker Ritual - Reveal Trailer


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Critic Reviews for Sker Ritual

Sker Ritual is a classic horror cooperative shooter (also playable in single player) in which you'll find elements already seen in similar games, from Call of Duty's Zombie mode to Left 4 Dead and Killing Floor. Technical issued highlighted the need for updates to make the gaming experience smoother and more satisfying. We also hope that the developers will get busy releasing new content in the near future because the four maps now available quickly tend towards repetitiveness.

Review in Italian | Read full review

Sker Ritual has a lot of good, strong bones as a round-based horde shooter, it's very easy to be having fun while playing and to recognize the things that it does well. Despite that it still feels half-baked, due to balancing issues, sound issues, technical issues, and an overall lack of polish. But if you can see past those rough edges, and you've been a COD: Zombies fan for years, then Sker Ritual is something you shouldn't miss out on.

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With a few basic rules to follow, Sker Ritual works very well as a carefree multiplayer shooter. If the audience supports it and the content doesn't take long to arrive, they can get their hands on a moderately long-lived title, in which you can get your adrenaline pumping by killing some good zombies among friends, because the terror of Maid of Sker is lost among so much action and shooting, there's no doubt about that.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

Sker Ritual would have been easier to get along with if it had its own identity. It plays well and is genuinely entertaining, but if the developers are going to treat their work as a totally transient effort to exploit and leap on the money train, then I’m going to treat the game in-kind. The creative vision behind this game is so shallow and unformed that the game will be forgotten in a few years.

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This Maid of Sker spin-off goes all-in on intense co-op action, and fans of the Zombies mode in Call of Duty are likely to lap it up. It's just a shame that Sker Ritual can be a little too overwhelming at times, and that it has some unfortunate technical issues that mar its performance.

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Leaving aside its connection with its survival horror forebear, Sker Ritual is a very conventional and competent multiplayer zombie shooter. It is at its best with a full team of friends who are prepared for its relentless pace and transparently “gamey” nature. Those looking for a more cerebral experience, or one that satisfies narratively, ought to look elsewhere.

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Overall, Sker Ritual was a lot more of what I wanted and way more than I could have expected from it. Is this going to be a Call of Duty: Zombies killer? Maybe not as of now, but it’s clearly a really good step in the right direction, as that series simply doesn’t care about having to improve anymore. Even though it’s completely different from its predecessor, Sker Ritual is a pleasant surprise, a well-polished game, and something I definitely plan to continue returning to often, especially if there are any big content updates in the future.

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It may not have the visual flair and marvelous shooting of Treyarch’s creations, on top of some annoying connection woes at launch – but since they seemingly abandoned the classic formula, Sker Ritual satisfyingly fills that classic Zombies-shaped hole in our hearts, proposing a fun game, already packed with content and quite cheap. Do we need much more? All in all, it’s a very promising start for Sker Ritual – I’m eager to see patches, balance changes, DLCs or even a sequel tackle the few shortcomings, because, underneath it all, it has all the elements that made us fall in love with the Zombies formula and then some. Bravo!

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