I’m on holiday break now. Finally finished the shopping today, and it’s an odd one this year. There’s no snow anywhere near here, and I think we’re about 20 years back from the last time that happened. Heck, last year there was a solid 4 feet at this time. Kinda strange being outside in a fall jacket…
In the bit of gaming news, I’ve hung up my hat for Devilian. I hit the mid 40s, and it was enough for me to see that it’s not the game for me. After having played Path of Exile, and enjoying it, seeing a dumbed down game (farther than D3) was too much. It’s more likely that I simply had enough of it on my tablet, as the game isn’t bad. It’s just not good enough.
In my search for an alternative, I came across…
I think the simplest way to describe it is that it’s a more accessible version of Path of Exile. You have a ton of liberty in character building, selecting 2 “sub classes” and inserting skill points to unlock various abilities (like Diablo 2 as well). The art is pretty solid, based on a tweaked Titan Quest engine. There’s a visceral aspect to it all.
Stats mean something, and I mean all stats. Some enemies are just simply immune to certain damage, DoTs can kill you, area effects are frequent, big enemies hit hard, there’s a whole pile of enemy types, tons of item types and qualities. There’s even a crafting system, which is pretty neat. One that shows that rare items, with good enough rolls, are better than uniques.
There’s a rather interesting lore behind it all, with demi gods and demons. There are factions to be had, bounty quests to help stretch out the tail and now it has 2 rogue-like dungeons too. Those factions, when capped, start unlocking super bosses, so there’s always something to knock out. It feels more like D3 without training wheels, which is a great thing. It also plays offline, for those who need it.
I really like Path of Exile. My gripes are in the art style and difficulty to see things. That’s part of the engine and I can’t really do much about it. Grim Dawn’s engine is more pleasing to the eyes.
For the price point, it’d be hard to argue a better value for money. There’s a fair amount of content to be had here. Enough complexity for those who want it, enough accessibility for those who just want to pick up and play.