I'm sure the intelligent folk who read my reviews won't need me to point out what my conclusion of this will be, but for writing purposes we will take a stroll down that path. To say Deadcore is a failure is incorrect. For the price and the simplicity of it, maybe some will get a kick out of sitting down with some friends and challenging each other to get the furthest or quickest record, but when placed against other titles, it severely lacks characters or personality. Sure, it's a video game at its purest form, however, it doesn't propose any advancements or improvements to the titles it's inspired by. Avoid, or wait for a deep sale. It's technically competent and brings a few good ideas to the table but its frustrating aspects make me more likely to recommend it to my enemies rather than my friends.
It's a shame the game is entirely let down by poor controls and sometimes cheap challenge design, both of which are at odds with the game's speedrunning ethos.
487. That's the number of times I died in my first playthrough of Deadcore. It has been years since I've wrestled with a game as much as I have here. My hands were sweaty, my head was bobbing up and down as I moved on screen and I regularly shouted profanity at the TV when I died cheaply. Deadcore is a test of your reflexes, memory, persistence, observation, determination and patience and, if you like to be pushed to your limits, you might just like it.
All in all, DeadCore is not a very good game. While it's $7.99 price point may be appealing at first glance, it pains me to say that it quickly descends into a incredibly boring, and clunky jump-fest, with its only saving grace being its theme and atmosphere.
Deadcore feels like something that should have come to console sooner. It’s not terrible by any means, and many will enjoy the thrill of climbing the leaderboard. The overall 'Tron meets Portal' future aesthetic was also something I enjoyed. Sadly though, it’s all just a little underwhelming.
DeadCore most definitely has the marmite effect. You will either love or hate speedrunning games and that will probably decide whether you like this or not.
DeadCore is a Platformer/FPS hybrid that is not for the feint hearted or those lacking in patience. Testing, challenging and infuriating all in equal measure, be sure to have a spare controller handy should you decide to throw yours against the wall during the short but maddening campaign.
For those who want a challenging platforming title on the PS4, DeadCore is right up your alley. For casual gamers out there, I would recommend going elsewhere.
There's a good concept to DeadCore, and for the most part, it's one that feels pretty well executed. It's no looker, and the PS4's controller lacks the dexterity needed to truly master the platform puzzlin', runnin' and gunnin' DeadCore offers, but that doesn't mean there isn't something enjoyable and challenging to glean from this console version.
DeadCore is a good looking speedrunner, but at first it is confusing and leaderboards are skewed by glitched runs that are no longer possible. It relays on you precision as you need to shoot while running and time run stages perfectly. Otherwise you'll get lost. It's confusing game.
Review in Polish | Read full review
The high level of difficulty makes it hard for me to recommend Deadcore to anyone but first-person platformer fanatics.
An awesome chance to think of Mirror's Edge & Portal, but also a hard game due to control issues.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
It’s incredibly tough and the daunting task of working across levels can grow a little tiresome over time, but I’ve really enjoyed playing DeadCore. I haven’t managed to conquer every level yet, but it’s got this addictive appeal to it that sees me coming back time and time again to try and reach the pinnacle. Whether or not I’ll get there is another thing altogether, but at least I’m having fun trying. There’s nothing about it that’s going to blow you away, but if you want an enjoyable speed running title that’ll keep you entertained for a low price it’s definitely worth checking DeadCore out.
DeadCore is a fun and challenging first-person action platforming experience that speedrunners are going to love. The gun itself has a timer you can see at all times which marks the total time you've spent playing, as a reminder of how you always need to be on the move. The game requires a lot of trial and error as you learn a level's layout and hazards as you slowly improve your skills to take on the more demanding sections in later levels. If you give this one a chance, you'll notice that each mistake you make will allow you to learn from it and improve your skills, so that subsequent attempts will bring you closer and closer to your immediate goal.
There are some troubles in Deadcore. They aren’t many and there are tons of breathtaking parts in this captivating puzzle platform game, but they do prevent it from reaching the heights it would otherwise so deserve.
DeadCore is a great FPS platformer, perfectly created for speedruners, but also fans of Valve's Portal series and similar puzzle games. Pick it up now on console or PC at a cheap price.
DeadCore is definitely a game that will appeal to hardcore gamers out there who are up for taking on a challenge. The fast-paced platforming action and the elaborate puzzles you'll need to overcome will reward players who learn from all the trial and error that will take place in this adventure. So if this is the type of game you favor, be sure to play DeadCore on PlayStation 4.
DeadCore doesn't quite knock Portal off its podium but it offers a wild, well-paced, otherworldly ride that is well worth taking.
Let's face the platform challenge with DeadCore!
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Some interesting concepts mesh better than expected, but a rough-on-launch port really shows how it doesn't quite mesh to the console experience.