Dragon Marked for Death Review

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Posted April 15, 2019 by Kyle Simcox in Video Games

Developer: Inti Creates

Publisher:
Inti Creates and Nighthawk Interactive

Digital Release:
January 31st 2019
Physical Release: March
26th, 2016

Platforms:
Nintendo Switch

In Dragon Marked for
Death you play as one of four members of the Dragonblood clan out for
revenge when the rest of your clan is wiped out by an invading force.
After making a pact with a dragon, you gain the power to fight back
and save one of the only other surviving members of your clan.

Upon
starting a new game you’re asked to select between the Empress,
Knight, Shinobi and Witch(provided you bought the physical version or
both packs of the game digitally). Each character has their own
special abilities and traits that help make them feel unique from one
another. The Empress for instance mainly focuses on melee attacks but
her Dragon Arm can fire strong ranged attacks or be used as a tool
for traversal by turning into a grappling hook. Meanwhile the Witch
can cast healing spells and makes a worthy support class. After the
initial tutorial at the start of the game, you’re taken to the hub
town where you’ll pick up new quests and manage your gear. Dragon
Marked for Death is a 2D sidescrolling platformer with simple
controls and it’s easy to pick up and play without being too easy.
Solo players will almost certainly find the quests to be quite a
challenge though. As you complete quests you’ll discover new items
and gain experience to level up and increase your characters
stats.

Which brings me to my biggest complaint. I like
co-op games and Dragon Marked for Death can be played locally with
friends or you can play with 3 total strangers via online matchmaking
provided you subscribe to Nintendo’s online services. However, I can
never seem to find any body to play with. In my first few hours with
the game, I played 2 quests with a group and it’s honestly a much
better game when other people are involved. With that being said
though, I feel like the Shinobi character really kinda breaks the
game. His homing dash really makes the various enemies in the game a
cake walk.

The pixelated artwork in Dragon Marked for
Death is phenomenal. I particularly enjoy The Empress’ design. Level
design might just leave players wanting however. The level design is
pretty basic for a platformer. You just traverse through the levels
while fighting monsters and they tend to lack the environmental
hazards you’ve come to expect from other platformers. The monsters
really do more than make up for the lack of those hazards though and
there are little treasures hidden throughout the levels that make
exploration worth it.

Dragon Marked for Death is a pretty
good 2D Action Platformer. My biggest complaint is the multiplayer
and the lack of people you can get grouped with. While the game is
definitely challenging solo, it never feels too hard or too easy,
although I think the Shinobi is a little OP. You can buy Dragon
Marked for Death digitally but the game is split into 2 packages plus
the other DLC packs that add new quests to the game or you can buy it
physically and it comes packaged with everything as well as some
bonus goodies if you buy the initial wave.

WeTheNerdy gives
Dragon Marked for Death an 8 out of 10.


About the Author

Kyle Simcox