When the original game debuted back in 2018, it might not have been a huge splash, but it did manage to make a few waves with a group of gamers. Now, much like the protagonist, the game has been brought back from the brink and given a new lease on life with Death's Gambit: Afterlife. This "re-imagining" of the original game adds new levels, new weapons and talent, new features, and even new endings, alongside some gameplay tweaks the developer say were requested by fans. But is even this enough to keep the title from slipping one foot back into the gaming graveyard?
The good news, especially for those that played the original, is that Afterlife's added content does breathe new life into the game. There's a lot more to do than before, and some of the new features are appreciated. The in-game map is almost essential when it comes to exploring and not missing any hidden secrets. Unfortunately, while the new additions are appreciated, the gameplay still feels clunky and unresponsive. Attacks, especially follow up movements, are slow, and the defensive dodge sometimes doesn't move fast or far enough away to avoid taking damage. Some weapons and their associated attacks are more guilty of this than others, and the player's timing can adapt over time. But until that happens, the game's stuck in an imperfect balance that teeters between frustration and fun.