So I’ve played about 10 hours of this with friends, and I gotta say this is very rapidly becoming one of my favorite games of the year. If you have a pal or two to play this with I cannot recommend it highly enough.
The combat feels weighty and satisfying without being overly complex. The nature of the procgen in the game means that while you can totally plan out a build and reroll you campaign or jump into other people campaigns to get the stuff you want, it’s also really fun to just go with what you get and figure out your build from there. I was so sure I wanted to do some kind of assault rifle build, didn’t get said weapon or anything comparable, then last night I stumbled into a crossbow build I’m having an amazing time with.
Speaking of the builds, there a good diversity of them and they play really different from each other. The game also gives you times when it wants you to switch it up and it gives you enough currency to do so. You might be playing a sniper but the enemies in the area are all really weak but super fast and numerous, so you swap out your armor and rings and guns to be more of a shot gun build. Or maybe you’re a shotgun build but you need to find enemies at range so you take out a hunting rifle. There’s variety in how the game wants you to play without it feeling too rail roady.
The story is interesting, it’s not exactly high theater or anything but it’s strange and it goes places and is told succinctly enough that despite the fact I’m playing with two friends I’m constantly goofing around with, we all know what’s going on and are engaged in the story. Sure we aren’t stopping to read all the lore journals we find, but we’re enjoying the story we’re getting. I’d really recommend going in blind on the story, but just I’ll spoil the pitch of it here in case it gets anyone over the hump to play this game. You and your allies are fighting against an Monstrous Apocalypse on Earth. During your journey you very quickly learn that it’s not just an Apocalyptic force, it’s THE Apocalyptic force that has and will destroy myriad worlds. In your quest to stop it you visit a different alien worlds and fuck shit up.
The other reason I’m really enjoying this game, and this is kinda meta, is that this feels like a rarity in the modern game space. It feels like a B game. It’s not big enough to be a triple A game, and it’s not small enough to be indie. It feels like one of the old B games from the mid 2000’s before games became such behemoths budget wise. It’s got enough polish to be fun to play, but it still sometimes feels janky, or like they were really stretching the budget. It’s nostalgic in a way that I love.
I know this has been really rambly, and it’s already gotten a bunch of positive press both on and off Waypoint. But this generally feels like a game that could be a lot of folk’s GOTY and I really recommend folks don’t overlook it in favor of bigger name games.