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Dead or School

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Available on:PCJun 3, 2019
Nintendo SwitchAug 24, 2019

Developer: Studio Nanafushi

Genres: Action, RPG

Zombies conquered the land of Tokyo. Without hope, in underground shelters, people lived quietly. Hisako, a girl who grew up underground, heard the word “school” from her grandmother. School is where children play and learn.  It is a paradise for young people.  The best place to spend their youth. Hisako dreamed of this “school”, and one day, she was on an underground train heading above ground.  What awaits her? Despair... Defeat enemies, grow your own character. Collect items, create your own most powerful weapons! Hack and Slash X Girl's action Gear obtain with money or gears, disassemble weapons, collect parts, customize your own weapons, and enhance your abilities. Mix and match the parts. Unlimited possibilities to customize your equipment; Attack, Weight, Rare effects... Gain many skills by advancing the player's level. Dynamic actions become possible, when various weapon skills are combined.  Make your own unique character! Notice the changes in the player, when a certain level of damage is received. Pay attention to your status, caused by damaged clothes. Increasing your collection raises your parameters. Various souvenirs scattered around, people in need of assistance... Try to collect a variety of items within the game! Shinjuku, Asakusa, Akihabara and Roppongi... Save Tokyo's towns that are filled with Zombies. “Here I come! On an underground train!” Now gigantic monsters rule the ground above. A monster with a body of steel, Asakusa's Sensoji temple is occupied by thunder gods... Don't let tough enemies attack you and get in your way! Various action moves: Grab onto steel frames, get in and out of your enemies range, clear difficult stages, move on to the next level.  Main character: Hisako Grew underground, in despair, while the surface world was controlled by zombies. Gifted with superior athletic abilities and a strong determination, her mind is unaffected. She faces the reality of the ground above. Her dreams are: Make many friends, and play in school! Though, she does not like studying...

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Dead or School it's a game with limited budget, and that sings from afar: animations, videos, repetitive backgrounds... lots of things could be better. But the important, its metroidvania gameplay it's fun and systems like the weapon upgrade are deep and works better. Add a crazyness layer, and you've got a simple but enjoyable game.

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If you enjoy gameplay focussed experiences and can tolerate some jank, Dead or School will be worth getting when it drops in price.

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PlayStation Universe

Adrian Bromfield
7 / 10.0
PlayStation Universe

Despite some concessions, the game is fun and humorous and packed with varied, satisfying combat. If that's your jam and appreciate an original plot, Dead or School belongs in your collection.

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Dead or School exceeds in delivering a fast pace hack and slash adventure that will keep players engrossed. There's enough extra content away from the main story to keep perfectionist playing till they completed 100% of the game. The weapon customisation and Skill tree is enough to keep players wanting to revisit levels and try out different combinations. However Dead or School does suffer from repetitive and dull enemies, even when attacking in hordes they don't prove much of a threat.

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