It’s been an interesting year if you’re a fan of post-Apocalyptic zombie survival games, as now we’ve seen three very different approaches to the genre so hopefully at least one of them will make a connection for folks. Delivery from the Pain is the least action-oriented of the bunch and probably the most in-tune with classic survival play, with an emphasis on careful time management (you don’t want to be in the open after dark), research, crafting, and making sometimes tough choices as you explore. That said, there is an action component that stays much simpler than its Switch brethren but at least still provides some nice tension as you try to sneak up on zombies to kill them quickly, using cover and being careful about making too much noise to maintain stealth whenever possible. The result is a far more paced experience where in general you’ll need to be patient as you slowly expand your area of comfortable operation, continue to seek key materials to help towards crafting breakthroughs, and simply take care not to push too far too fast at the risk of it all falling apart. It’s not a perfect experience but it does have a unique feel that I don’t doubt survival and even general zombie game fans should appreciate.
Justin Nation, Score: