Julkaistu 2. marraskuu.
“Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.”
Grim Dawn represents a hack & slash based action role-playing game that attempts to find the perfect balance between exploration, character development and loot collection. Those of you who are familiar with Titan Quest will immediately recognize the dual skill tree system and general layout of the game. It also follows the model of increased difficulty (normal, epic, legendary), featuring tougher enemies and (much) better loot.
The game has numerous improvements to the already-great Titan Quest formula. First of all the visual appeal is more gloomy and threatening. Taking into account the storyline of the game, the atmosphere definitely profits from that setup. Furthermore the crafting system has been extended and provides several new options of customization, supporting your preferred play-style.
The extensive skill trees offer various combinations, which contribute greatly to the replayability. In addition the game rewards exploration of the different maps and its secrets (just check the suspicious-looking rocks and walls in the dungeons). It is rounded out by a beautiful level and monster design with much love for detail.
Please keep in mind there are some restrictions due to the development state of the game (early access). For example, the total lack of character synchronization, level is capped at 35, performance problems and other aspects.
Overall the early access version of Grim Dawn is already very convincing and offers high-quality hack & slash gameplay with solid ARPG mechanics. Judging by the current state of development, upcoming features and continuing improvements the game will surpass its spiritual predecessor Titan Quest, and take its place among other ARPG giants like Diablo, Path of Exile and Torchlight.
My rating system consists of six categories in descending order of importance:
- Combat & Controls
- Tactical gameplay
Based on the performance each category will receive one of the following grading:
- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior
If the S-Rank is awarded, a quote from the game or personal comment will be added as a token of my respect (in brackets).
(Humanity is already doomed and a new power is rising. Get on board like I did or go extinct.)
Combat & Controls: A-Rank
(I am fully confident that it will function as intended. Well, uh, there may be a slight chance that we will tear apart reality when the artifact is consumed by the conflagration… But chances of that are low. You’re safe. Really.)
Tactical gameplay: S-Rank
(Seeing it once is better than being told 100 times.)
There are no achievements to conquer.
Achievement difficulty: none
Grim Dawn (PC) – Action role-playing game + Hack & Slash
(Dark Fantasy) – Official release planned for 2015
Titan Quest: Immortal Throne (PC) – Action role-playing game + Hack & Slash
(Fantasy) – 2007 Link to Steam review for Titan Quest: Immortal Throne.
Titan Quest (PC) – Action role-playing game + Hack & Slash
(Fantasy) – 2006 Link to Steam review for Titan Quest.