Heroes of dungeon crawling games put up with some abhorrent working conditions. Diving into a pit full of angry zombies and creeping netherhings is not, in reality, something that a sane person does for a few gold coins. If they do, they certainly don’t come out the other side without a full-blown case of PTSD.Kickstarter-funded Darkest Dungeon, now on Steam Early Access, turns this idea into a Lovecraftian roguelike. The patriarch of a venerable family has been excavating the sub-sub-sub basements of his family’s estate, and he’s delved too greedily and too deep and awakened something in the darkness. Now the pits are open and a frontier town of brothels and blacksmiths has sprung up to outfit adventurers depraved enough to make a go of it.The writing and art are fantastic. The voice acting is also great, packing just enough bravado to stick the landing on lines bogged down with improbable eldritch imagery. The character and background art is delightfully macabre, … [Read more...] about Darkest Dungeon impressions: a maddening game to love
Darkest Night has become one of my “desert island” games. I expected to enjoy the game when I first played it, as it had the hallmarks of many games that I enjoy, and I have grown ever more fond of it over time. It is fully cooperative, has a dark fantasy theme that is just different enough from the standard tropes to make it feel fresh, and it only gets better with the addition of each of its expansions. The only real complaint I’ve had about the game was the small size of the game and its components.Darkest Night hits the dark fantasy theme perfectly. The art is great and the game might be the first I’ve ever played that I wish actually had a bigger footprint on the table.Enter Darkest Night Second Edition. It has everything that makes Darkest Night so special, but on a bigger scale. The board is bigger. The components are bigger. Many of the cards are bigger, and it adds some neat tweaks to the rules that can help players who may be overwhelmed by the sheer … [Read more...] about Darkest Night Second Edition Preview: Bigger IS Better!
Neopets: The Darkest Faerie is a third-person action adventure game based on the crazy popular world of Neopets, a Pokémon-like world filled with furry creatures that are always down to scrap. From the short demo being shown at E3 2005, this one looks like it could be a pretty cool and kid-friendly adventure. You're cast as the duo of Roberta and Tor, and you can swap one character out for the other by pressing L1 and R1 at the same time. Roberta's a magic user that attacks with a wand, while Tor is a wolf in shining armor that attacks with a sword. Both characters can equip pickup items called motes to alter the properties of their offense and defense. These motes essentially imbue your items with different magic, and some magic works better (or worse) against specific foes. This means that you can equip Tor's sword with fire magic or give Roberta's robe a water affinity. The skeletons we blasted in the demo didn't seem to respond any differently to our elementally equipped … [Read more...] about Neopets: The Darkest Faerie E3 2005 Hands-On Report
Disclaimer: this review was performed using a Steam-bought version, paid for by the reviewer, and is a review of Darkest Dungeon up to June 1st, 2015.There’s many theories as to what H. P. Lovecraft would do if he were alive today. Some argue that he’d venture into the film business. Some would think he’d be in prison for murdering an entire train of ethnicities. One thing I’d like to believe is that if he were here, he’d be quite impressed with Darkest Dungeons.Part “The Call of Cthulhu”, part The Bastion, part turn-based RPG, and part rogue-like, Darkest Dungeon sews together different pieces of game genres like a human centipede, but with much more pleasing results, even when I used the identical twins down the road. Main “story” exposition is, ironically, light for a Lovecraftian-inspired piece; the only major piece exposition is found in the beginning cinematic and in the loading screens before a … [Read more...] about Darkest Dungeon Review
Though I previously reviewed Darkest Dungeon back during Early Access, which you can find here, the game finally released its full build a few days ago. Therefore, it was time to dive back into the grim, dark tale and see if anything new popped up in the game since I first played it. I’ll also insert quotes from my original review in this full build review. There’s many theories as to what H. P. Lovecraft would do if he were alive today. Some argue that he’d venture into the film business. Some would think he’d be in prison for murdering an entire train of ethnicities. One thing I’d like to believe is that if he were here, he’d be quite impressed with Darkest Dungeons.First thing that I noticed when starting up Darkest Dungeon was a definite FPS drop. It seems that the game’s running more in the background now, and I did observe a somewhat minor dip in my computer’s ability to run … [Read more...] about Darkest Dungeon: full release review