Review: Deadcraft

Welcome to our review of Deadcraft, yet another game that wants to use zombies as the main enemy forces in this survival game.

Farm the dead to stay alive. Welcome to DEADCRAFT, a new twist on the zombie survival-action genre! In a world ravaged by a deadly virus, half-zombie Reid must survive not only by taking an axe, weedwhacker— anything he can get his hands on—to hordes of the undead, but by growing some zombie followers of his own. Choose your allies and enemies wisely as you try to make it through the apocalypse alive!

Undead Action: Use Reid’s half-zombie side to unleash devastating powers in battle. Whether your targets are human or undead, crush all who stand in your way! Zombie Crafting! Collect and plant the corpses of your enemies to grow your very own zombie workers, then scavenge for materials to create all manner of weapons, tools—even some post-apocalyptic cuisine. Don’t stop until you’ve built an unstoppable undead army! Survival at Any Cost: You won’t survive a day in the wasteland without food and water—earn your living by helping others, or simply take what you want by force.

 

 

Honestly, the zombie moniker has been done and done and done again. It is getting very stale and each time another game goes the same route, I am more and more inclined to dislike the game straight from the start. Deadcraft sure tries very hard to be more than just another zombie rip-off and actually mixes in survival and top-down fighting.

I will not lie, Deadcraft is not a bad game, but it just could have been more. The first weapon you find, it takes 2 hits to beat a lowly rat, some zombies take multiple hits and bawkers (human enemies) take several hits as well, obviously, the crafting comes into place here, figuring out how to get better weapons and getting healing by sleeping, those basically keep the game alive in a boring blend of way too many genres.

I see a lot of reviews score it around the high 8s, but honestly, I do not see it. If you take away the cool graphics and what is left, it is just a disappointing “yet another zombie game”. That is the point I want to make, in itself, the game can be entertaining if you are into this genre. Sure, the crafting and survival are not bad, I would go as far as to call them more than decent, add in some tweaking on the difficulty at first, like get rid of rats with 1 strike, they do not even bother to attack you, why force us to chase after them just for the materials they drop?

It is just all the tweaking that needs to be done, stop calling enemies zombies in games, get a grip on mixing genres to limit it to just a few genres and then retry again. I wish I had better things to say, but Deadcraft is a dead-on-arrival game for me, just the graphics stand out to me. By the time you really get to using the special powers and evolve them, most players will have probably given up…

 

 

In conclusion, not my thing and very tired of zombies…

5/10

Tested on Playstation 5