Death Road to Canada PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PS4 version of Death Road to Canada by Rocketcat Games.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from the developer for review purposes but like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Death Road to Canada is an isometric top-down shooter/adventure game. It follows your team of custom characters as they attempt to travel to Canada where it’s supposedly safe from the zombie horde.
The game features multiple game modes including Normal Mode, Familiar Characters Mode, Rare Characters Mode, Short Road to Heck Mode, Long Winding Road mode and Deadlier Road Mode. The last 3 modes are locked until you’ve completed the game.
The object of the game is to ultimately reach Canada but this is harder than it sounds due to the zombie horde that you’ll encounter along the way. You’ll also need to manage food supplies, medkits, fuel and the overall morale of your party members as well. If you run out of food your characters’ morale will lower and they’ll eventually starve. If you run out of fuel your vehicle will be abandoned and you’ll need to walk which increases your risks of running into zombies or even bandits.
While you’re traveling there will be times when you will need to decide where you want to look for supplies. These places include restaurants, abandoned safe houses, grocery stores, factories, police stations and many more locations. Some areas will take place within a single building while others will have you going from house to house looking for supplies. As you explore the buildings you’ll find objects containing food, medicine, and fuel. If you manage to make it out of the building alive, the supplies will automatically be added to your stockpile.
The zombie horde is an ever present danger while you’re exploring but there are weapons that you can pick up and use on them. You can either use melee weapons like pieces of wood, wrenches or golf clubs or you can use guns like a shotgun, pistol or SMG. Each weapon you use has a durability and they’ll eventually break after long periods of use. Guns have limited amounts of ammo as well so you’ll need to watch your supplies.
Characters in this game are pretty much destined to die. If a character winds up dying or is left behind, your party will be left with its remaining members. There are times while traveling when you’ll meet new characters to add to your party. Keep in mind that the more party members that you have, the more food your party will consume. So, you’ll need to balance survivability in combat and food supplies when deciding whether or not to add them to your party.
In order to finally reach Canada, you’ll need to survive a series of increasingly difficult sieges near the border. I managed to make it on my first try but I wound up dying due to a poor choice of melee weapon. Siege’s also appear frequently throughout the course of the game as well and they require you to survive at least an hour in-game time (A minute real time).
If your vehicle becomes too damaged or you run out of fuel, you’ll be forced to leave it behind, as mentioned earlier. There are times when you’ll be able to acquire a new vehicle though. Getting a new vehicle usually revolves around finding the keys first. Sometimes the keys will already be in the ignition and you’ll just need to fight your way through the horde of zombies to reach it.
The game also features a perk and trait upgrade section where you can use ZombPoints to unlock upgraded perks for your characters. There are various trainers for you to use these points on. Perks include martial artist, big bruiser, surgeon, gungineer, ultrafit and friend of dog. Traits include fierce tempered, frantic whiner, calm under fire, and civilized. These are just a few of them, there are a ton to mix and match, with an almost endless number of possible characters.
Overall, Death Road to Canada is a superb game and a highly entertaining adventure to boot. It’s extremely satisfying punching a zombie in the face and seeing it explore into a lump of gore. The game’s dark humor is also quite entertaining as well but it might put some people off. If you’re a fan of zombie games and don’t mind some adventure game and survival game mechanics mixed in then Death Road to Canada is a great option.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks.
Shaun Meyers out!