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Enter an apocalyptic fantasy world where humanity is on the brink of extinction, iron is valued above gold and trust is hard earned. This ARPG features complex character development, hundreds of unique items, crafting and quests with choice & consequence.
Release Date: Nov 5, 2013
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What the developers have to say:

“We're still working on expanding content and features for Grim Dawn but it is already very playable and the core gameplay is fun and relatively polished. The first two acts are currently available and most players have reported their first run taking between 12-24 hours and some have already logged hundreds of hours with replays and item farming. We still have significant content to develop and some features, such as multiplayer, are not yet online. Join us as we roll out new content, features and continue to refine the gameplay experience based on your feedback.

Grim Dawn is a passion project by a small team of experienced developers. Please be aware that we do our best to maintain a stable, enjoyable experience but because the game is in active development and things are constantly changing, problems do sometimes arise. You may also find that our pace of development is not as fast as larger teams. If you're looking for a polished gameplay experience right now and / or would be upset by delayed releases or slow updates, then you'd probably be happier waiting for the final release.

Look below for more detailed information on the current state of Grim Dawn and what's to come.”
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Build 19 Updates

June 19th, 2014

Over the last week, we have been making sure that our latest major update, Build 19, was a stable and fun experience for all of you.

In light of that, we released a series of hotfixes that addressed several issues our players had brought to our attention, as well as some small adjustments to the new Constitution mechanic.

In case you missed our Build 19 notes, you can read the (huge) list of changes here.

Hotfix changes below:

  • Fixed an issue with +Skill bonuses not appearing on Relics and Component Completion bonuses. As this was a display issue only, existing items that had generated these bonuses should now correctly display all of their stats.
  • Fixed an issue with items being deleted from the Shared Stash
  • Fixed an issue with the Ancient Shambler boss sometimes not spawning
  • Updated community localication fonts. This includes missing fonts for Russian users.
  • Increased the drop rate of Food Rations and Vital Essence
  • Increased the fast-regen rate of Out-Of-Combat Regeneration

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Steps of Torment and 2h Melee Weapons are now available! (Build 19 Released)

June 10th, 2014

We are proud to announce that another major build has just gone live for Grim Dawn.

With this update, you can now access some of the most challenging content available in Grim Dawn to date, with the addition of two rogue-like floors to the Steps of Torment. Also, those of you who prefer to take on hordes of monsters with a huge hammer can now do so with the brand-new two-handed melee weapons category, Epics included!

And that's only scratching the surface. You can read the complete changelog here.

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“Grim Dawn’s the action RPG I’ve enjoyed most in quite some time, and I’m very keen to try the later chapters as they’re released. More so than Torchlight 2, which was a bit too much of a sugar rush experience for me, and certainly more so than Diablo III”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Grim Dawn has earned my trust in a viable future; its foundation--the refined action and rock-solid character progression--is so sturdy that from moment to moment, there’s little to remind you that you’re playing an unfinished game.”
GameSpot

“If acquiring loot, battling monsters and progressing a character to amazing heights is your thing, then, again, Grim Dawn is a great game to look into.”
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About the Game

Enter an apocalyptic fantasy world where humanity is on the brink of extinction, iron is valued above gold and trust is hard earned. This ARPG features complex character development, hundreds of unique items, crafting and quests with choice & consequence.

Crate Entertainment is a small indie studio founded by the lead gameplay designer of Titan Quest. Join the Grim Dawn community and provide feedback on the ongoing development of the game. Be among the first to experience our growing world, new features and make your mark by participating in polls and discussions on our forum.

Key Features

  • Dual class - combine any of five distinct skill classes each with multiple skill trees in which to specialize. Advance your class mastery to unlock over 25 powerful skills and synergistic modifiers per class. Soldier, Demolitionist, Occultist and Nightblade are currently playable with the Arcanist on the way.
  • Augment your class build with a diverse array of unique skills granted by items and components.
  • Collect hundreds of items in common, magical, rare, epic and legendary classes of loot.
  • Quests with Choice and consequence mean you will face tough decisions that leave significant impacts upon the world. Strangers on the road, desperate families and even entire villages may live or perish based on your actions.
  • Recruit survivors who will lend their services to augment your power. Upgrade the town to improve the lives of human survivors.
  • Gain favor with different NPC factions to unlock additional quest lines and earn perks like merchant discounts. However, aiding one faction could turn a rival faction into your enemy.
  • Connect with old friends or make new allies in glorious multiplayer. Multiplayer encounters will put your teamwork to the ultimate challenge. (multiplayer is not yet available but is expected in late July 2014)
  • Fast-paced tactical combat with enemy blood spatters, ragdoll physics and satisfying enemy death effects. Smash in doors and fight house to house, leaving a path of demolished furniture in your wake.
  • Rotate the camera if you choose to survey the full beauty of the world and always fight from the most optimal angle. Levels are still designed so that players are not forced to rotate the camera; it is purely optional.
  • Test your hero against over 100 named hero monsters, hand-configured with their own unique arrays of deadly skills.
  • Explode obstacles or repair structures to open new paths.
  • Descend into special "challenge dungeons" where enemies levels increase as you progress.
  • Dynamic Weather brings the world to life with region-specific climates and a variety of weather effects. A sunny day can cloud over with mild rain showers that builds into a booming thunderstorm. Variable wind gusts blow grass and affect objects like windmills.
  • Collect item recipes that allow you to combine salvaged components into unique crafted items and then, later, use those basic crafted items with higher-tiered recipes to complete items of amazing power.
  • The ability to spend money to reclaim skill points alleviates the fear and frustration of having to make early, uninformed decisions that could permanently gimp a character.

Development Roadmap

You can currently play the first two "Acts" of Grim Dawn and up to character level 35, with some additional higher level secret areas to be found beyond the main story content. While content is still in development, the core gameplay is already fairly robust and a lot of fun. There is quite a lot of replay value between trying different classes / builds and collecting items. We're still refining gameplay based on player feedback, adding requested features and working to deliver the remaining content and additional slated features. Most players report that the current build is fairly stable with mostly mild bugs and we're always working to fix bugs as they come up. Here is some of the stuff we plan to roll out in the coming months:

  • Currently in development:
  • Continued optimization and bug fixing
  • Multiplayer release is estimated as end of July 2014
  • More questing and NPC interaction involving factions
  • 5th player class, the Arcanist, should be ready mid to late 2014
  • Additional big content releases in late 2014

We expect the final game will provide about 30-40 hours for a first-time play-through on normal difficulty, depending on level of exploration / clearing. This is our first game as a studio and we intend for Grim Dawn to be a continuing franchise, not just a one-off game. So it is important that we put in the time and effort to create something we're proud of, that will help us to earn a loyal fanbase for the future. We hope you'll come be part of this experience and help us to forge a strong new addition to the ARPG genre.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: x86 compatible 2.0GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 6800 series or ATI Radeon X800 series or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: x86 compatible 3.0GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1.5GB NVIDIA GeForce 500 series or ATI Radeon 6000 series or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
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75 of 79 people (95%) found this review helpful
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Early Access Review
Grim Dawn is one of the most richly detailed and beutifully sculpted unfinished game I've ever played! It's definitely one to keep your eye on.

I'm a massive Action RPG player/addict with 1000s of hours in Diablo, Path of Exile, Torchlight, Van Helsing & countless others. Hell, I've even made a career out of making YouTube videos for them. Grim Dawn was little more than a curiosity to me when I first checked it out in the Alpha. But since then I have repeatedly come back to it whenever a new build is released and each time I play it I fall a little more in love with it!

Development progress has been slow, I wouldn't expect a launch this year, but the quality of updates has been phenomenal. The devs at Crate have their finger of the pulse of the community and have a very clear vision for the game they want to make - it's the game they want to play. I recently spoke to Mediera one of the developers and he said that he barely even played Titan Quest when he was developing it - but while developing Grim Dawn he can barely tear himself away from it, with 100s of hours spent 'playtesting'.

This game is the spiritual successor to Titan Quest, with some of the developers that originally worked on the game now making up the indie dev team at Crate Entertainment. The game is built on a heavily modified version of the same engine Titan Quest was built on. You'll notice the similarities between the games if you're a fan. But this game is not Titan Quest reskinned - it's a much better game in my opinion. It's taken some of the best features and mechanics from that game, put them into an immersive post-apocalyptic world and expanded themin interesting ways.

Grim Dawn is the type of game early access should embrace - supporting great and communicativbe developers make games the fans want to play. Keep this one on your radar!

If you want to see more of the game and my thoughts on it you can find me on YouTube & Twitch as 'ZiggyD'.
Posted: June 20th, 2014
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Holy S.h.i.t ! It´s not very professional to start a review like that but I really had to do this. I played Diablo 2 Classic Ladder on Closed Battlenet for like 10 years and I could´nt wait for Diablo 3. STOP. It was an Epic Fail for me, so i began to search and search for a "better Diablo 3" and i played games like Torchlight 2, Path of Exile and Others. Then I ´ve heard about Grim Dawn and I was like "that sounds very promising to me" Some months later I found it here on Steam and I was like "Its an instant buy, you cant go wrong with that!". STOP. After the first 5 minutes the game totally got me. Just like Diablo 2 did, years ago. The atmosphere is wonderful and dark, graphics are nice but not kick a.s.s, Sounds are also very dark and just fitting. The Skilltrees are the way they had to be in Diablo 3 and the whole itemsystem with blueprints (not yet working though!) is really motivating and interesting. So far I´ve played 70 hours, testing alot of nice builds, checking out fix ideas and such on this ALPHA on GREENLIGHT, which gave me TONS more fun than Diablo3 ever did. So to come to a conclusion: you CANNOT make anything wrong with this game, IF you are into A-RPG at all.
Posted: March 28th, 2014
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It's been 24 hours since I bought the game. I have 10 hours playtime. Best ARPG since Titan Quest.
Posted: June 6th, 2014
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If you like Titan's Quest, you should get Grim Dawn. If you don't like Titan's Quest, you should probably not ever mention that in sociable company again.
Posted: March 12th, 2014
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Personal Rating: "Classic - Must Buy"
Traditional Rating: 9/10
Genre: Isometric Action Role Playing Game

**This is a review of an early access game which I don't generally do , I prefer to review a fully fledged product since so much can and will change in the course of it going gold and getting ready for release - so please be aware of this before purchasing. This review will change as the other acts are released. There are four acts planned and currently you can fully complete ACT 1**

***If you have read my previous reviews you will see I very rarely hand out 9's or 10's to games. A game needs to be truly something special to aquire such a score and Grim Dawn is truly one of those games, even though its still early access and this score could very well change***

****This game was played offline - hence Steam not recording my playtime. Seems some people get uptight when they see no recorded stats****

Titan Quest and its expansion pack offered me endless amounts of gaming joy when I played it a few years back having missed it originally when it released in 2007. I absolutely adored the Greek setting and ancient Greek lore so it was a total blast to hack and slash my way all the way down into the depths of the underworld to face off against Hades himself. I was deeply saddened to hear that Iron Lore had gone defunct since at this juncture Iron Lore was the only company making aRPG's that successfully mimicked Diablo (this was obviously way before Torchlight arrived and the f2p Path of Exile).

When I heard that some of the ex-developers from Iron Lore had created their own company called Crate Entertainment and through Kickstarter where funding a new aRPG called Grim Dawn, I was on it like a hawk following every news story and anticipating its release. Then magically, without much fanfare, it released to Steam as an early acces game. Needless to say after having now successfully completed the first chapter (which roughly ran me around eight hours - not sure what's up with my Steam stats as it didn't seem to record them), I can confirm that I am utterly in love with this title. In fact just based on the first act alone (which is dark, bleak and depressing but utterly fantastic to experience), I am going to go on record now and say it's streets ahead of all its other paid-for competitors (here is looking at you Torchlight II and Diablo 3).

You begin the game in a land called Cairn - a place that had been torn asunder through war and now is in total rack and ruin where humanity is almost on the brink of extinction. The reason for this is that two other-worldly super powers are magically using Cairn as their training grounds for the war they are waging on each other which is having devastating consequences for the human population. With one power seeking to use human bodies as a supply resource and the other simply seeking to eradicate humans from the system for good, Grim Dawn thrusts its players into a world where both options offer bleak outcomes for humanity. This war has also had cataclysmic effects on the wildlife that make up Cairn resulting in it warping all fabrics of life making it an incredibly hostile and dangerous place to roam. At the start of the game you join a motley crew of survivors who have holed themselves up in a prison and as it turns out iron, the metal, is the key - but the key to what? You will have to play the game to find out!

Skills and stats are fun to play around with. I decided to follow the Pyromancer route (which falls under the Demolitionist class) which I found immensely enjoyable and rock solid. The game controls beautifully and the battles are suitably hectic with some really amazing creatures and monsters encountered not in just packs of one or two but twenty or more. There are also a vast amount of elite creatures to take down and they are all suitably powerful and a definite challenge to beat. It all accumulates with an end boss fight that is more than just a nod to Diablo. Suffice to say by the time you reach him he will definitely give you a run for your money. I found him utterly brutal and it was such a joy to finally see him succumb after he stole my life away from me on the first three occasions.

Apart from my anticipation being almost off the charts for Dark Souls II, my second most anticipated gaming experience for 2014 would have to be when Chapter 2 finally drops (which according to the website should be any day now). The game looks utterly stunning and sounds awesome and is the most addictive fun I have had in ages (to give you an idea - I completed the first chapter in one single sitting which is something I never do - so this game literally grabbed me by the balls and just never let go).

I have all faith in Crate that they are not only going to deliver another 3 epic chapters in the coming months but they are going to deliver an aRPG for the ages for as it currently stands, aRPG's just don't get any better than this. Get it now and get in on the action. I assure you , you will not be disappointed.
Posted: February 3rd, 2014
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First of all, this game is inspired by Titan Quest. However, it is NOT Titan Quest, don't be fooled with the title. I will compare it with TQ time to time but basically just to show differences than similarities.

Is it good or bad? Neither. It is just another game. It inherits many features from TQ - the same engine (that's what makes some people to think the game is just a masked TQ), dual mastery system, basic skills ideas, itemization principles, inventory management and others. However, gameplay and overall feeling is not the same. I wonder why some people look at Grim Dawn as at skinned TQ because it feels very different in terms of pace, combat, quests, athmosphere. It is... err... faster. It's the best description I can imagine. Everything happens quite fast in the game. You start to feel your character powerful relatively fast - pretty since the first level. Many things support this feeling - from the actual raw power to hits animation which makes you feel impact on most of your hits. It could get boring soon if you would not unlock new skills with levels so you still will have something new to play with :)

Basically, it's the game about doomed and dying world where mankind was pretty much eradicated by two powerful magical races. You're one of few remnants survived the just happened Apocalypse and trying to establish themselves in the changed world. So there are lot of remaining ruines and lore in the world. I actually like the way Crate has placed world information and story in the game - it does not come in forms of long quest dialogs but as pieces of paper here and where which you can read if you are interested or skip if you are not interested in learning the story and want just to kill things. I tried both and must say the story is very well-written which is rare case for ARPG genre. Just try to read that diary of the dead child... The world is also well-detailed with many small pieces adding the feeling of doom pretty everywhere. Overall graphics is probably not that detailed and eye-catching as it was in TQ but I guess TQ had it somewhat excessive while GD looks just fine for the fast-paced game where you won't pay too much attention to details most of the time anyway. It is still look fine when you stop for a while and zoom in to see details like a doll on the stairs. So the graphics is just fine on my taste. It looks much better with AntiAliasing and AnyzotropicFiltering turned on though ;) Overall story and graphics is much more mature than TQ with some of dark humor and some serious emotions it causes but much less pathetics. Bad guys actions are basically better reasoned and logical based (if you bother to read the story pieces).

Quests. They are various enough to not get bored. You will meet those "kill X monsters" and "collect Y pieces" things along with exterminating big bad guys, securing areas (the last looks quite stupid with the monsters respawn but anyway), finding lost people and even uncover the treachery... or cover it. Yes, some quests seem to have several endings. Crate promises that you will meet consequences of your decisions later. Quests aren't necessary to finish the main story except first few ones which you will need to complete to get access to the stash. You can do even without them though - in my first playthrough I have got that access only after finishing the act as I just did not found the way to sewers to complete one of these quests :) Basically, if you have done what the quest requires already and then got to the quest giver, it will offer other dialog and accept the quest. Quite a reasonable system on my taste. You can just go forward and kill everything on your path and once you get to the end you will complete most of quests - just get back to the town and talk to people.

Advancing the game. GD has other ways to advance than TQ had. First of all, the game is not linear. You have a single base and move in various directions from it but still return there for supply and rest. Second, directions you move are not a narrow long path but quite wide areas where you can just move along the road skipping pretty much about 60-70% of content or go exploring. In the last case you will find many optional areas some of which offer significant rewards. So you are free to advance fast from riftgate to riftgate or stop in the every area until you find everything in it. Or you can advance fast and then return to the areas you've been already to explore them in details. The last way has the hidden benefit related to monsters level scaling. You can find new more dangerous monsters in the previously explored areas.

Monsters scaling. Monsters have limited scaling their levels with player in GD. So you can either advance to next area or just re-run the same one to find monstes have higher levels and you still get enough exp and better drops to advance in levels. Some people find it good, some blame the game for it. I personally think it is good because scaling is not infinite and if you run the same area for 3-4 times you usually will outlevel monsters there. So you still can feel yourself a stomping giant in you want :) Or you can just move forward as fast as you can - monsters will be either equal or slightly higher level than you. The system looks very well balanced and entertaining.

Monsters. What can I say... incredible. Especially considering this is only Alpha (close to Beta already) and the first act of the game. Monsters variety is amazing. You will find about 8-10 basic types of zombies and other Aether corruptions (almost every type includes 2-3 variations with distinct look and properties), the same amount of mutated animals types (again, with several distinct variations inside every type), two semi-inteligent races, two types of human enemies and two types of Chaos creatures (all of these type groups have several variations as well). There are lot of hero monsters (they exist for every monster type in the game) with unique abilities which offer much greater challenge with an increased reward (sweet loot :)). Believe me, combat never feels boring and you never will think "ahh, these zombies again..." - GD has almost infinite surprises to you :) Moreover, as I said above, if you return to the area you've been already when you get 3-4 levels you most possibly will find new monster types there. Some of these types are unique to particular areas and don't meet anywhere else in the game. So if you want to see all enemies be sure to revisit areas you've met every unique monster type when you get max level.

Combat. It is quite fast-paced but yet is quite controllable and leaves enough time to think your actions. Impact feeling is great due to various animations and screen shaking on crits. Crate has entertained new feature opposed to potions spamming - out of combat health regeneration (OCH). This feature is still questionnable and perceived differently by players. Some praise it while others blame. What does OCH mean? When you not get hit and don't hit for 2-3 seconds your health starts to regenerate rapidly and get to the max in 4-5 seconds. Some players are against it because think it can be abused and make the game too easy. Others argue that if you want to play reckless you can just continue hitting mobs instead of running around and avoiding hits. Anyway, this system really makes potions an emergency solution and rare used. Besides that, there are many ways to replenish your health during combat. I myself love this system and was upset when it was nerfed once already. However, we'll see what it will look like in the end of development. Comparing to TQ, combat looks ages ahead. Ah, I almost forgot about the new targeting system! Be sure to uncheck "Classic targeting" option in the game menu and try how it feels. I can't return to classic system now. The new one is pretty much the same you could get in Diablo 2 with right mouse button. Well, I could say more but seem to run out of space :)
Posted: January 14th, 2014
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