Surviving a zombie apocalypse has been done to death yet DYSMANTLE presents a fun take on the premise so let's smash things up.
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DYSMANTLE is a post-apocalyptic survival game with zombies pacing around its sprawling world just waiting to attack. Although this may sound generic, what makes this a special game is the fact that you can smash nearly everything in order to convert stuff into raw materials that you can then use for inventions and upgrades. Right away, this clever setup intrigued me and as the hours ticked away, I found myself enjoying every moment of destructive mayhem all while slaying zombies in clever ways and gaining access to new areas. v1d30chumz 3-235-186-94
There are a lot of components in play when you're traversing the lands but the most prominent aspect is just how huge and varied the world is. In order to reach new areas, you'll have to activate link towers, lower gates, and even equip yourself with weather-appropriate gear so you don't freeze to death. Thankfully, components like these are handled in a simple manner so you never feel like you're babysitting your character; instead, you merely enhance his loadout as you forge ahead which makes for one satisfying journey.
Early on, you'll acquire a crowbar that you can smash objects and the undead with and it even has a powerful charged-up attack that you can whack unaware zombies with from behind. As you progress, you'll discover new weapons and tools like a fishing rod, farming gear and seeds, and throwing knives which I found to be super-effective whenever you're in a jam as long as you aim carefully. Meanwhile, you'll gather a whole treasure trove of materials that you can craft and enhance items with and even cook meals with in order to permanently enhance your base stats. Plus, merely exploring new areas will make your character think up new ideas for inventions. 💡
With all of that in mind, the combat within DYSMANTLE is impressively visceral as zombies hit hard so as long as you dodge with good timing and don't let a bunch gang up on you then you can emerge unscathed. To make matters even more challenging, you'll come across a variety of zombies such as ones that run incredibly fast, throw stuff at you, and there are pesky zombie dogs, too. Throw in a bunch of clever boss fights and you're left with a decent assortment of challenging foes to take on with your arsenal of crafted gear.
Although the combat is challenging, the fact that perishing doesn't really result in much of a setback takes a bit away from the sense of reward. Specifically, all that happens is that your body is left where you bit the dust so you can work your way there again to reclaim any loot that you found. As long as you store stuff in your crate regularly, this should rarely be a big deal. With that in mind, some materials are a downright pain to find and I sometimes just wanted to progress but couldn't because I had no idea where certain things could be found. Also, some of the enemies are much more difficult than others and it makes combat feel unbalanced at times. For example, having a zombie persistently throw powerful projectiles towards you as you gradually and skillfully chip away at its health can be a bummer.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time with DYSMANTLE and am looking forward to exploring even more of its expansive zombie-infested world. If you take pleasure in crafting things while smashing up everything in sight, I highly recommend grabbing your crowbar and giving it a go.
- + Huge and detailed environment where nearly everything is destructible
- + Rewarding crafting systems
- + Fun combat with varied enemy types
- - Defeat isn't all that punishing
- - Finding certain materials is a pain
- - Some enemies can feel unbalanced