Wanted – Dead Boasts Great Combat & Feeling of Nostalgia

The slasher/shooter from the makers of Ninja Gaiden has a lot to offer.

Meet Wanted: Dead, a cyberpunk slasher/shooter from the makers of Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive set to release on February 14.

"The game follows a week in life of the Zombie Unit, an elite Hong Kong police squad on a mission to uncover a major corporate conspiracy. Play as Lt. Hannah Stone, a hardboiled Hong Kong cop, and plow through mercenaries, gang members and private military contractors in a spectacular cyberpunk adventure."

While we haven't had a chance to try it out, IGN's Travis Northup has, and he shared his experience, calling Wanted: Dead a charming action game with fantastic combat and an old-school feel.

Northup noted its high level of difficulty, which keeps you on your toes even when you fully upgrade the skill trees. Yes, it makes the fights easier and your character more mobile, but it's still "no walk in the park".

He also appreciated the PS2-era vibes the challenging and chaotic combat gives off, "where experimentation and style was prioritized over polish". But fighting is not the only activity you can enjoy there.

"I wasted way too much time playing a claw machine, battled it out with my fellow cop in a contest to see who could digest the most ramen, sang karaoke, and even played a fake 1980s arcade game for some reason."

Northup also sees some charm in its "sometimes janky presentation, which features voice acting that’s almost always stilted and character models that look a bit wonky." Despite its less-than-perfect moments, the game boasts seamless transitions to anime "or even live-action cutscenes as a strange but effective way of telling its story". 

Now we just have to wait three weeks to see Wanted: Dead in action. Check it out on Steam, read Northup's review on IGN, and don't forget to join our 80 Level Talent platformour Reddit page, and our Telegram channel, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, where we share breakdowns, the latest news, awesome artworks, and more.

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