Percentile Rank

Dark Devotion is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 32 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

48%

Critics Recommend

Based on 32 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameOctane
B
B
Jun 18, 2019

Dark Devotion is a pretty decent game. It just doesn't do a whole lot to set itself apart in a field that already has some very good and polished entries. If you're a fan of the genre and looking for more of that, go for it, otherwise maybe pick-up a more polished title like Hollow Knight or Salt and Sanctuary.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Unscored
Unscored
May 1, 2019

Dark Devotion has a lot going for it. Sadly, the cons outweigh the pros and drop in several systems that really need to be fleshed out before the game can shine. Until that happens, this game will leave you frustrated and lost, which isn't a good feeling.

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Scored Reviews

Gamer Escape
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 5, 2019

One of the things I love about 2D action games is learning a level like the back of your hand, and what I love about roguelikes is picking a starting build and trying to go as far as you can with it. This marries the two into something that, while it may not be for everyone, is definitely for me.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2019

Dark Devotion is not free from failures, our movements seem excessively heavy compared to those of our enemies, some rooms are quite empty or a control not as polished as I would like. But none of these problems manages to blur a sharply brilliant end result. Luis and Alexandre have created a game where the challenge / reward relationship is almost perfect, the progression system is much more than satisfactory and its graphic aspect has a sweeping personality. The sum of all these factors makes Dark Devotion a small game whose shadow is capable of covering larger titles and budgets. An indispensable game for every lover of challenges.

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Gamefa
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2019

Some games are too hard to play and also aren't enjoyabale. Some are Enjoyable but not challenging enough. Dark Devotion is not Fit in any of these categories. Because it's so hardcore and also Enjoyable As hell! Dont hesitate to experience one of the best roguelike-RPGs of the year.

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Gamersky
8.5 / 10.0
Gamersky
wayaway

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2019

Dark Devotion is a well-crafted 2D souls-like action game. The combat system is solid, and the 2D open world is impressive as well.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jun 5, 2019

Dark Devotion is a nice 2D version of Dark Souls with some changes that can offer exciting gameplay and interesting bosses. Peaks of difficulty at the end of the game and closing doors can upset many players, but these are the conventions of the Dark Devotion' world. And if you were looking for a replacement for Hyper Light Drifter and Death's Gambit, then you found it.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2019

Dark Devotion has parts that are inspired by great titles of the last few years. It's part Dark Souls, part Dead Cells but it does have a few things that will separate it from the titles that inspire it. Yes, it is not as good as either of those titles but we are talking about two of the best titles in their respected genres. It is, however, rewarding, well made and well worth your time and effort.

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GameSkinny
Apr 26, 2019

Get ready to die with another killer 2D souls-like that flips the script in several ways for a refreshing take on the genre.

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Screen Rant
May 3, 2019

Dark Devotion is an innovative indie that is excellent in all but one area.

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The Games Machine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 1, 2019

Dark Devotion is an enjoyable souls-like action RPG, despite being a bit derivative.

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RPGamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 12, 2019

Coupled with a unique combination of rogue-lite elements and progression systems, and an atmosphere full of mystery and secrets that beg to be uncovered, it offers an immersive experience from start to finish, and plenty of reason to stick around even after finishing the final boss.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2019

Dark Devotion is an atmospheric action RPG that emphasises exploration and survival, but it's let down by its frustrating obtuseness

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GamingTrend
75 / 100
75 / 100
Nov 8, 2019

Dark Devotion is a 2D action game that focuses on combat and exploration. With a variety of weapons and items, foes, and branching pathways, you'll have plenty to fight with and experience. Some enemies, especially certain bosses, are frustrating and may have you considering throwing your controller. Even so, succeeding feels rewarding.

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MMoinGame
7.5 / 10.0
MMoinGame
Daniel Garcia Ballesteros
7.5 / 10.0
May 23, 2019

If you're looking for a good Soulslike, or an RPG with roguelike elements and platforms, with a very well-managed Pixel Art, surely here you have a really interesting purchase for your library.

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Geeks Under Grace
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 14, 2019

Dark Devotion's slick gameplay and stylish artwork allow the game to shine amidst a mass of other Dark Souls-inspired action-RPGs.

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33bits
75 / 100
75 / 100
Nov 26, 2019

Dark Devotion is a good successor of the school formed from the work of From Software, but who knows how to leave his own mark with the inclusion of rogue like and random game mechanics, which will become a nightmare for the player, a delicious nightmare and rewarding if in addition to be successful with the difficulty, we do it to bad luck too. Small details do not let the game shine more, such as bored secondary missions, or a half-resolved control, with some movements too slow.

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IGN Spain
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 27, 2019

Hard as hell, Dark Devotion is a roguelike with some touchs of Dark Souls and a huge amount of curses that will make you enjoy and suffer at the same time. A really hard experience.

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COGconnected
70 / 100
70 / 100
May 8, 2019

There’s a lot to unpack there, right? But it’s about something fundamental to gaming. A transcendentally beautiful or superlatively fun game can overcome storytelling weaknesses.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 7, 2019

While Dark Devotion suffers from several easy-to-fix flaws that stop it being perfect, it remains a deep, dark and engaging action RPG.

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Pure Nintendo
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2019

While Dark Devotion certainly adds a few novelties for a roguelike, it maintains a high difficulty level that can be off-putting. It looks lovely, though some iffy controls and sometimes convoluted story detract from the overall enjoyment.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
Ofisil

Top Critic

7 / 10
May 5, 2019

While Dark Devotion is in no way a perfect Souls-like or metroidvania, it's definitely a pleasant mix of those two "genres." Some of the design choices at hand can make the experience feel a bit repetitive, and even annoying at times, but, as a whole, this is a pretty solid recommendation for lovers of challenging action-adventures with a dreadful atmosphere.

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Hu3br
May 7, 2019

Dark Devotion takes some very important cues from the Souls formula (artstyle, combat) but forgets the most prevalent one: Designing a game just to be punishing isn’t engaging. Punishing should be a learning tool, not a way to increase its length.

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GamesFinest
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 23, 2019

Dark Devotion is not the little two-dimensional sister of Dark Souls, but could be the illegitimate daughter of Demon's Souls. If the developers don't want to handle the term Souls-like themselves, others have to. Who has a problem with the term should also think about where the term Rouge-like comes from. Well, it's a Souls-like title! The game story is rudimentary. The focus is on the ungracious gameplay. The title not only manages to break down the typical Souls fighting mechanics to the 2D level, but also lets you get into this feeling mode to have respect for every opponent and every new level section. The wonderfully dark atmosphere does the rest and lets you dive into this two-dimensional, merciless world, especially with the extremely harmonious sound scenery.

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COGconnected
65 / 100
65 / 100
Nov 2, 2019

A borderline unusable map and generally difficult combat combined with traps that kill you immediately could definitely turn people off, but those who choose to persevere will likely enjoy this game enough to see it through to its obtuse, confusing ending.

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PC Invasion
Apr 25, 2019

Dark Devotion is intriguing, but design problems and cumbersome combat do their best to keep it from reaching its full potential.

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Wccftech
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 30, 2019

Dark Devotion looks good and clearly has a lot of imagination behind it, but the systems that keep repeating throughout the game don't do much except getting you lost, confused, or frustrated.

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Twinfinite
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Oct 28, 2019

It can be downright crushing, and more than a few people will probably be turned off by it. For those who stick with it though, or go into the experience fully prepared for a challenging experience, there are elements seeing and getting lost in.

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RPG Site
6 / 10
6 / 10
May 1, 2019

This souls-inspired roguelite frustrates just as often as it entertains.

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Video Chums
Nov 14, 2019

Dark Devotion is one of the most brutally challenging 2D action RPGs and the controls definitely don't complement its tough gameplay.

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GameSpew
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2019

Sitting somewhere between Dead Cells and Blasphemous in terms of structure and gameplay, Dark Devotion lurks in their shadows, failing to stand out. It’s simply inferior to both, and while some ardent players may eke some grim enjoyment out of it, it’s hard to recommend, especially on Switch.

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VGChartz
5 / 10
5 / 10
Nov 18, 2019

There’s nothing that elevates it above its competition.

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