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Devil Daggers

Developer / Publisher: Sorath
18 February 2016
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Devil Daggers was never marketed as a retro FPS. It was marketed as a game that marries arcade-style gameplay with FPS controls and an aesthetic inspired by classic FPS games.

It's successful on both counts. As an arcade game it's fast and rather strict, as it should be, and it's also less simple than it appears on the surface. My advice is to watch lengthy runs from skilled players on youtube rather than listen to commentators who gave up after a few short runs and then dismissed the game. That way you'll at least get some idea of what the game's actually like, even if it's not ultimately your thing.

The game's visual style has to be given special credit. It may draw from the same horror playbook as Doom and Quake, but it manages to look unique and even somewhat alien.
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One of the biggest and most baffling lies in modern gaming is this idea that minimalistic roguelike-inspired shooters with no sense of level design is somehow representative of old-school shooters, which is honestly just a lot of nonsense. I suspect that a few indie developers are invested in this lie since it lets them get away with not having to actually create levels or even design their game properly at all.

Devil Daggers is a first person bullet hell, it's also not an old-school shooter, the only similarity there is that the game has pixelated look and that you don't have to stop firing to reload since you have infinite ammo (and the similarities stop there, in older FPS you usually had ammo limits and weapon variety). You are on a small and flat platform, enemies spawn around you, you shoot them, they kill you in one hit and then you start again. The game is more similar to an arcade game, the only real objective is staying alive longer in order to get a higher score than other people.

The game stands out primarily because of it's great visuals and sound but I think these elements doesn't merge well with the gameplay, there is so much darkness that it's difficult to see enemies at a distance and there is not a lot of clarity in the sound either, so it's even harder to make smart decisions while you are constantly swarmed by enemies. And while it's not a bad game it's also not a particularly interesting idea, it feels more like a proof of concept (or a demo) than a fully fleshed game.

But it's an idea that appeals to some people and they seem to have a blast playing the same thing over and over again, so good for them. But just please stop pretending this is anything like Doom or Quake, those games had more interesting ideas and more complex gameplay.
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B
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6.5
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khaledo Devil Daggers 2022-09-23T11:59:43Z
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2.0
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Sanagami Devil Daggers 2022-09-21T08:13:07Z
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DaymanNightman Devil Daggers 2022-09-21T00:43:40Z
2022-09-21T00:43:40Z
4.0
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Bless This Mess
Jeronim Devil Daggers 2022-09-02T08:30:51Z
2022-09-02T08:30:51Z
3.5
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boolus Devil Daggers 2022-08-28T08:25:40Z
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Xantha_Page Devil Daggers 2022-08-20T03:40:40Z
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2022-08-20T03:40:40Z
4.0
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PossessedRabbit Devil Daggers 2022-08-16T20:22:56Z
Windows / Mac / Linux/Unix
2022-08-16T20:22:56Z
3.5
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goddamruskies Devil Daggers 2022-08-16T07:33:30Z
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3.0
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  • Cease_ 2021-08-08 14:40:11.86572+00
    Literally a perfect videogame
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  • Cease_ 2021-08-08 14:41:38.736597+00
    And yeah Bagman's review YEESH talk about missing the point and getting basic gameplay mechanics wrong lol
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  • being 2021-09-06 20:52:32.247432+00
    What is Bagman's PB??????????????
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  • Jaxijin 2022-01-01 07:00:07.206448+00
    Man, people really losing it over one negative review lol. I don't think they're necessarily wrong. It's a cool idea from a tech demo perspective and looks/feels great, but this game isn't really that fun to play unless your idea of fun is punishing arcade-style repetition. I played for a few hours and really don't have the drive to put myself through more of this.
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  • wetingohappun 2022-02-11 07:01:11.579194+00
    Really not a fan. Cool visuals, but the gameplay is a monotonous grind of farming/dying/farming/dying all in pursuit of nothing but a higher score. I don't even care about high scores in games I actually enjoy.
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  • cringeybabey 2022-09-05 07:32:53.166242+00
    Bagman is right though. this is 100% an arcade game. they didn't even hate on it that hard lol.
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