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What new ideas the game brings to the table and how well old ideas are presented.
How good a game looks, taking into account any flaws such as bad collision or pop-up.
Does the game’s music and sound effects get you involved or do they make you resolve to always play with the volume down?
Basically, the controller to human interface. The less you think about the hunk of plastic in your hands, the better the playability.
Flat out, just how fun the game is to play. The most important factor in rating a game.
Fantasy-themed action/RPGs trace a pretty standard formula. It
involves monsters, loot, twisty corridors, and character upgrades. Even
so, there’s a big difference between a great dungeon crawler and a
mediocre one. Small features like ease of interface, distinct character
classes, and smart level design can make all the difference. Crimson
Alliance is one of those rare games that gets it right. The result is a
surefire formula for a fun weekend with a couple of friends.
Affinity’s new game can be played with any combination of one to four
players, but I personally like it best with three. That’s because the
developers have crafted three well-balanced but distinct character
classes in their mercenary, assassin, and wizard. As you play, you’ll
notice the familiar concept of character leveling has been abandoned in
order to put a tighter focus on equipment upgrades, the primary way to
improve over time. Cosmetic changes to armor and weapons turn your drab
adventurer into a god-like killing machine, and you’ll eagerly await
each new opportunity to spend your hard-earned gold. A simple-to-use
pop-up inventory system keeps the action going for other players as you
equip new gear.
Crimson Alliance unfolds as you explore a
mysterious ruined city and its monster-infested environs. A sparse but
well-written story keeps things moving with occasional voiced story
sequences. Most of your time is spent in the cleverly wrought ruined
fortresses, grounded shipping ports, and necromantic castles that make
up the game’s diverse dungeons. Each level is filled with secret
passages and hidden niches, and you’ll get increased rewards for strong
combat performance and speedy runs through each stage.
little choice in how you improve your character’s powers, but your
limited selection of attacks are all fun to utilize; they only get more
exciting as they grow in strength. Battles grow extremely intense on the
later levels, especially on the higher difficulties. If you’ve got
buddies along for the ride, you should definitely try to tackle the more
challenging settings and get the appropriately higher rewards that come
along with them.
Every aspect of Crimson Alliance works together
to engineer a fun cooperative hack n’ slash. From the quick and easy
inventory to the excellently designed levels and rewarding combat, this
is the downloadable game to play with friends this season.
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