The game brings you far into the future of a post-apocalyptic Sweden.
User reviews: Mixed (453 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 12, 2012

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September 10

Krater 1.1.09 Released!

Dear residents of Solside,

Today we've released localization in Hungarian and Spanish, provided to us by two amazing community contributors.

Krater 1.1.09 Release notes

New Content
- Added Hungarian Translation*
- Added Spanish Translation**


*Courtesy of Zsolt Brechler
**Courtesy of Fernando Rodríguez Álvarez

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About This Game


Krater is real-time squad based dungeon crawling adventure. The game combines fast paced combat, tactical squad management, crafting, and questing all seen from a classic RTS perspective.

While the game’s campaign can be played offline, there are also hours of specifically designed co-op missions to tackle with friends online.
Since release, there have been tweaks/improvements to just about everything else, from game balance to improved loot/item generation to a reworked HUD and smoother graphical performance.

The game universe brings you far into the future of a post-apocalyptic Sweden. Once home to IKEA, Vikings, and Minecraft, today its primitive inhabitants scavenge the broken overgrown world for technological artifacts.

At the rim of an impact site known as the Krater, three factions vie for control over the wound opening up into the world below. Consisting of an endless series of caves and tunnels filled with old world treasures and perils, the Underside stretches into the depths of the fallen Swedish civilization. You arrive at the Krater with your team of freelancers to take part in the gold rush where people come back rich or don’t come back at all.

Key Features:

  • Co-Op Adventure - Loot together through hours of specially designed co-op missions. Conquer tough co-op bosses together and bring your spoils back to the main campaign.
  • Unlimited Exploration - No matter how deep you crawl, there is always more to explore in Krater’s open world. Packed full of randomized dungeons and events, more than 60 handcrafted original locations, and 200+ quests. Locations range from small settlements to large urban areas like Solside City, a sprawling regional hub where you’ll find all sorts of NPCs and services.
  • Achievements - Earn over 40 achievements online or offline.
  • Uniquely Persistent Characters - Watch your team of odd personalities evolve as they level up and gain new abilities, equipment, better stats, and even incur injuries.
  • Face the Consequences - Your characters must cope with the dangers of Krater - if not they will face the threat of gameplay affecting permanent injuries or even death!
  • Craft Everything - From items and weapons, to gear and abilities, you can craft it all with an extensive crafting system.
  • Unique Graphical Style - Krater makes great use of the new Bitsquid engine, which sports pleasing DX11 graphical features and lighting effects to create a one of a kind universe full of sun soaked towns & amazing environments, colourful effects, and complicated characters.
  • No mandatory connection to an online service - For those who would rather stay clear of online gaming services and login screens, Krater provides the entire Single-Player campaign in ‘offline’ mode.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor:Dual Core 2.4GHz processor
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader 4.0 compatible card (minimum: Nvidia GeForce 8xxx, AMD Radeon 2xxx)
    • DirectX®: DirectX11 drivers (the game support DX10 hardware)
    • Hard Drive: 13 GB HD space
    • NOTICE: : Krater requires DirectX 10, a DirectX 10 compatible video card, and Windows Vista or Windows 7. There is no support for Windows XP or DirectX 9.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 (64 bit)
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
    • Memory: 4GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 13GB
    • Video Card: DirectX 11 compatible Nvidia or AMD ATI card, ATI Radeon HD6870 or higher, Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or higher. Graphics card memory: 1 GB
    • DirectX®: DirectX11 drivers (the game support DX10 hardware)
    • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
    • OS: OS X 10.7.5 (Lion), 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800, ATI Radeon HD 2600
    • Hard Drive: 13 GB
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Sounds like a neat idea, the setting is something new, gameplay seems like a stripped-down single-player MMO. The weapon names are amusing, and upgrade options look like they could give some surprising depth. But the controls are absolutely abysmal. The game can't even figure out where the mouse is half the time, and exactly how far off it is varies enough that you can't compensate for the error. Even if, by sheer blind dumb luck, you manage to find the right place to click, the game frequently refuses to recognize input for no readily apparent reason. So in summary it's a good idea for a game but so badly coded that it's basically unplayable. I'm lucky I got this in a bundle, I don't recommend paying for it.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
I've bought Krater as Early Access. And I can tell you that this game was one of the reasons why I am now completely cured of this Early Access. It looked promising, so promising in fact that I bought the unfinished product, even if this kind of game is not my cup of tea. Oh boy, was I disappointed.

I will not speak about game mechanics, since there are already enough well written reviews covering that up. I will only tell why you should not buy this game, not matter how cheap it is sold in the next sale.

Krater is pretty much in the same unfinished shape than the Eary Access version. The devs fixed some smaller things, forcing me to start over and over again, because everytime the update broke my save games. It still crashes, it still has problems with the webcode. But to me and other players one of the biggest problems of the game is the tiny font. As in "You need the Hubble telescope to read things" tiny. You can barely read item descriptions and crafting becomes a nice game of "squint & guess". People were complaining about this since the beta, but the devs just give a crap.

This game was already abandoned shortly after its release. The tiny font thing was never adressed, most of the bugs were never adressed. They released a single player character for 6 €, cashed in an went off to never look back.

Sadly, with a bit more work Krater could have earned a recommendation easily. It has charm, a great soundtrack, tons of fun loot, a nice crafting system and a great soundtrack. It even looks nice. Unfortunately the devs decided to leave this game alone and, considering Kraters still unfinished state, you should too.
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
A dungeon crawler done differently.

The good:
- unique setting
- has a good feeling
- being a better player (dying less) makes your team better
- extensive character building mechanics
- plenty to do

the bad:
- somehow isn't as much fun as aspected although it is difficult to pinpoint why
- feels a bit unpolished

a decent game but not great although all the mechanics are there. 7/10
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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
35.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
So much potential, and a great soundtrack, ultimately wasted on frustrating game mechanics and a broken difficulty curve.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
I feel bad for Krater

You don't have to be good at RPG's or even played Krater as a whole game to notice that it has some great missed potentials.
It makes me just sad to see it there on my desktop catchng dust after the first four plays. But... I am not gonna let you stay in the dark with the reason why though;
point1 - the freedom you get from it
In Krater, you have the freedom to pick from 4 different classes, build a team out of them how ever it pleases you, change the loadout of your characters and get to explore a variating postapocalyptic version of what seemed to be Sweden.
now to be honest:some classes are just obviously overpowered compared to others (slayer to regulator) you have eight and i am not joking here, EIGHT different skills to chose from in the entire game. Each class has two and the teams you build can have three characters maximum.
Now to the loadout. Every character has two slots in the inventory. One for a weapons and one for a gadget. each weapong can only be used by one class and they normaly differ from one another like some flowerpots.
And finally the map: instant traveling to a point on the map is not only a thing required to get from one end of the game to another, it's also slow as hell because you get to see a little blinky ping representing your team going wherever you told it to on the map in a speed that makes you wonder if in postapocaliptic sweden legos spawn from the ground or shoes were entirely eradicated or both. Also the levels are either so small that you can call them 'tight' or are equaly tight tunnel systems who seamingly end up in postapocalyptic Russia.

Point 2 - Atmosphere
It is obvious that alot of love went into the graphical developement of Krater but there are still some things just get annoying over time; NPC's mainly looking like each other, a notexisting plot and the music.
Whith 'a nonexisting plot' I just want to underline that the game starts with all your characters being kicked of a town which they seem to have drunkenly terrorised and joining some kind of mercenary force which operates all over Krater. BAM raiders, freediggers, wildlife, reference to a country which cannot totaly be a reference to Germany ....WHAT?! why is everyone having bears and mooses in ther cellars? Why am I fighting people who dig holes into their own property? Oh wait... I am not fighting them? And why do i still not know any main villain? AND WHY HAS EVERYONE BECOME PYRO?! (ok the last one was unnecessary)
Last point was also listing the music... Well, this is what disappointed me the most about the game; there are 18 tracks in this game which are used as themes for the different places, but why do 17 of them sound almost the same?! I literaly tried to memorize them as different songs with all their particularities but still: 17 of them sound like one giant synthetic smooth jazz remix and one is a rock song, but you have practicaly no chance whatsoever to tell the most from each other! I wish they had put in some more different sounds into this game. the atmosphere is just depressing if every place sounds the same! And I mean the bad kind of depressing. Also the music is nothing special. Not only is the music not changing, but it's not even good.

Although it's a failure in my eyes and a waste of money I just can't stop myself from feeling pity for it.
Thanks for reading everyone.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
As far as Hack and Slash and ARPG games go, Krater ticks off a lot of the cool features of such games as well as brings something new and fun to the table at the same time.

Hiring crew and controlling a team of three at a time is great. As fun as it is to be in control with your own hero, let's face it, it's absolutely boring when your one hero looks, feels and acts the same as every other user's hero if they happen to choose that race. So, how is Krater any different in that regards? Well, it allows for some diversity when you have a choice of 4 difference character classes. Ok, you're right if you're thinking that it's not that diverse but it's still a little bit different to just having on character, true?

Anyway, being able to install upgrades and travel all around a map in a pokemon style way is quite fun. You never know when your team will be stopped within a forest to battle some enemies or even do some side quests.

In my opinion, Krater is a really fun ARPG that should be given a chance. I'd love to try the multiplayer function; that side seems quite dead, sadly. I recommend it!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
A great minor squardbased RPG, set in a quirky post-apocalyptic world in sweden. You get to asamble your squard after your playstyle, lvl up the different characters, get loot, tweek your characters with implants and much more.

It seems like an openworld RPG but functions more like a classic tabletop RPG, where you move towards a place in a map setting, and if you encounter any hostiles, you "zoom"down to the battlefield, that consists off a closed off erea.

The combat is fun, but limited to 6 abilities, spread over your 3 squardmembers. I run the typical tank, ranged, healer setup, and its going pretty good so far. There are certain fights that is quite hard, and a few that will even kill you, but overall the game is well paced. Just remember to buy an upgrade for new levels (I didnt understand why I couldnt get past lvl 5, and that cost me a few deaths). You can do this in the second town, and it costs around 2k pr. member.

I have only played 5 hours so far, so I cant really comment on story and lenght of the game. But so far im really enjoying the setting and the style.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Covered in car license plates, a hulking mass comes slaming down into the world weilding his fully throttled lawnmower. As the blades tear into his enemies, he absorbs the punishment from the angry mob allowing the MK13 mutant to creep behind and penetrate a foe or two with laser eye beams, the ground now becomming scorched earth. Just as the bruiser swings his final blow before falling to trauma, a whimsical dr.Cerebro unleashes a soothing splash of green goo, injecting nanobites into his allies reparing life lost. And with the final slam, the game freezes and all progress was lost.

Okay, so this game does have it's bugs and feels like a few shortcuts have been made in development, but it's incredibly addictive. The gameplay is quick and simple, RPG element is complex yet familiar. I was an Early Access for this game and it's come a long way... If they continue to fix the bugs, improve the camera angles, and clean up the UI as much as they've focused on their stunningly gorgeous landscapes and atmosphere then it'll be a great contender with any AAA dungeon crawler.

Even if I had paid $15, with as much time as I've played, I got my money's worth.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
A very unique, squad based ARPG. A tad repetitve but an very interesting plot / aesthetic and overall worth a buy when on sale. Recommended for anyone looking for a simplified ARPG with a fresh look and overall fun gameplay.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Krater takes inspiration from a lot of sources and pools them together well.
It makes use of interesting unique classes in it's squad-based exploration and combat, where you essentially play the role of an un-seen party leader.
The game did suddenly have a steep curve in the difficulty, some ways into the game. But the pretty scenes, humourous dialogue, cool soundtrack and addictive play-style will keep you hooked.
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92 of 95 people (97%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
A lot of discussions have been going on about Krater. While some players praise the fresh rpg setting and the challenging quests, others critisize the imbalanced powers of the monsters.

Here is what I experienced:

Pros:

- easy to get started, self-explanatory game mechanics, well-made learning curve
- a solid story about abusing power, elite leaders and supressing the masses, set in a post-nuclear Sweden, with a good sense of humour
- long-time motivation for those who love challenges, as there are perfect builds to find, the limbo (a 45-level-dungeon) to raid etc.
- Nice graphic style, clean and fitting sounds and soundtrack

Cons:

- Disastrous balancing: Some enemies are way too weak, others will bring your team down in no time. It takes a lot of time to find a good build for the final battle - but it does not depend on your own skill, but more on puzzling together different boosters (that improve strength, defense, stamina etc)
- Boring quests, standard rpg loot & collect tasks
- The coop mode is only three levels - well, for a game that calls itself a coop game, it's sparse, to put it mildly

In the first ten hours of playing, I was about to tell friends to try out the game, as it had this fresh setting and things went on pretty well, absolving quests and looting dungeons. But then I was stuck more often due to strong enemies, no money to buy upgrades, and misspent boosters. The final battle got pretty frustrating as I did not find a build good enough to beat the final boss. Also, until today, I never found a single player in the coop lounge to join a game.

Concerning that, I would not recommend to buy this game until one is going for a challenging rpg.
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42 of 50 people (84%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
3 out of 10

I stopped playing this game still far from finishing. Hence the thumbs down. It seems like a lot of development went into the basic world design and not enough into specific character, combat, quest and dungeon design. This makes the game very repetitive.
This is a top down RPG where you control a bunch of characters in a post apocalyptic world.

The good:
1. Quite nice basic design. It had a lot of potential.
2. It seems like the game is huge. Which is also a bad thing considering the simplicity of the combat system - you will get bored sooner or later.

The bad:
3. Character development is very simplistic. Each character has 2 skills. Forever!
4. Extremely repetitive action.

The ugly:
5. You have to pay to enable you to develop your characters past a certain level. Really irritating.
6. If you die (a lot on medium) you have to trudge all the way back from town through it all to where you died. Some sort of fast travel system would have made a world of difference.
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31 of 39 people (79%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
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Krater is a top down Action RPG similar to games such as Torchlight and Diablo. The thing that seperates it from those games is that instead of controlling 1 character, you'll be controlling a squad of three of them. Oh, and it's set in Sweden.

You navigate the game via a HUGE overworld map similar to games like Final Fantasy VII. You can expect random encounters to spice up your journeys and this is actually a really cool feature of the game. One suprising thing is, despite the huge world, levels load in really quickly.

However, not all is good. Moving onto the combat - the combat was simply such a huge disappointment for me. It's so basic and the abilities cool down so fast, you'd think the game was set in Antarctica. Literally, every single battle just felt like I was playing guitar hero with the number keys in order to win.

Speaking of abilities, you'd think an action RPG on this scale has hundreds of them, right? Well I'll tell you now that there are 4 different classes in this game and how many abilities does each class have? Two. Yep, that's right: Two.

Being a game where about 80% of the time you'll be fighting, the combat system just makes it fall flat on it's face. There are plenty of other features like a confusing crafting system and permadeath party system, but they pretty much go unnoticed because of how terrible the rest of the game is.

I wanted to like this game, but all the potential it had has just gone at the window, leaving it with a 3 out of 10.
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45 of 64 people (70%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
So finished Krater, even tho my steam bugged and are not giving me achivements or game time >< DAMN YOU STEAM! fix your bugs. (Might be my own fault tho not sure xD )

Non the less, Krater is a fun little indie game from swedish Fatshark that did in fact suprise me a lot.
You start out after a drunken party and gather your team of 3 people that you can pick out of multiple classes then you hack, slash and kill your way through countless of quests, now this might sound very boring but the black humor, fast paced combat and pure nonses there is in this game is what makes it an amazing game.

You can alter your guys with boosts, implants and in more ways than you first think, the crafting is a bit tricky tho, at least took me awhile to figure out but it brings a completely new aspect to the game and gives the game a lot more dept than you first think.

Besides the steam not counting my gametime nor achivements I suprisingly didn´t have any bugs, I know I normally always run across one or two bugs in a game but NON. An amazing game that is well made from start to finish, great soundtrack, great story and amazing gameplay.

With the Co Op I´m sure to return to this game and play it a lot more with a friend to see how that works out, pretty sure before I did 100% this little baby I will reach 60-100 hours easy enough.

If you like games where you really get a huge laugh while mass slaugthing you will enjoy Krater no doubt, some of the most fun humor i´ve seen since Portal 1 and thats saying a lot ^_^

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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
43.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
In the beginning, the game seemed like it was different. A lot of crafting, quests, and plenty of loot, but that was it. Midway through the game, nothing was worth crafting. Maybe a few upgrades here and there, but the ingredients for those were so rare, I'd barely ever craft anything. All the quests ended up being the same, kill enemies for drops and the defeat a boss. The loot, horrible. I think the whole point of picking anything up was just to sell to afford some of the ingredients for the off chance that you I something to craft. I've only obtained one epic and everything else was just vendor trash.

The dungeons, they're ALL THE SAME. Yes, there are randomized elements per playthrough, but imagine playing Diablo 1 and you just kep going down the church level for 40+ levels. No thanks...

4/10 - Not looking forward to the sequel if it happens.
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29 of 39 people (74%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Krater is a isometric strategic action RPG where you control a group of three in search of riches and loot. The combat is real time, so you cannot pause mid fight to issue commands, this makes the game rather hectic and death can be permanent or result in serious unerasable injuries which gives combat a fun flight or fight feeling.

It has co-op but only through short mission like scenarios, which always end too soon. Kind of lame they released it with the promise of co-op only to make us wait several months for a watered down version. If you enjoy diablo, baulders gate, or torchlight, you should give this game a chance
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
51.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2013
One of my favorite games. Great dungeon crawler. Being able to command the entire team of 3 classes works out really, well; I enjoy taht much better than the "single hero" WoW or Diablo style. And tons of customization so you can build your classes however you want. Very well made game, runs great, and gorgeous in DX11! Just too short, waiting for the sequel.
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39 of 62 people (63%) found this review helpful
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2013
The game that could have been. Krater is kind of like an RPG with characters you can hire and replace. You can equip them with things that will make there stats go up. Stamina, more life more healing. However for whatever reason they did things backwards and some things are just broken for the stats. Instead of focusing in on fun gameplay and fixing things they decided to add harder enemies? Why I have no idea.

They eventually added co op however its not the main game only a few special dungeons. I bought this game because of the co op that was promised and half delivered. The game wants to be like dragons age however there is no easy way to do that and often times most of your healers guys will try to get into melee range. Great. A mess of a game. So many things wrong with it and never fixed. Sad because the graphics and sound effects are great however Gameplay lets it down so much. Also the loot in the game is scarce and doesnt change that much. I doubt we will ever see another Krater 2. Might be for the best really.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2013
Overall not a bad game. A nice amount of customizing, both via implants & skill addons. Game is pretty challenging but it feels like some of that is due to it being a Real Time squad game without pause. Sometimes you just can't grab aggro off your healer fast enough to keep him alive and the fight is over after that. Even with hotkeys and shortcuts when I lose fights its often because of this rather than biting off more than I could chew
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Basically an MMO where you control Tank, DD and Healer yourself. Each one of which have 2 abilities which makes for boring combat imho. It's MMO-esque right down to the basically meaningless dialogue, the question marks and exclamatioon points above the heads of quest givers, weapons that come in grey, green and blue and the tons of useless loot that clutter up your inventory.
The art style is nice and if you're looking for a RPG-title you can sink a few hours in, go right ahead, but I would recommed waiting for a sale.
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