Each week our resident Indie Gamer Nicholas takes a look at a different Indie Game that you may or may not have heard about. Join him on his adventures as he sifts through the rubbish to find The Indie Game of the Week.
Hey there, ladies and gents! How do you feel about a good, old-fashioned dungeon crawl? That's what I've got to offer you with Legend of Grimrock - Almost Human's 2.5D, grid-based RPG. The plot is extremely simple: you've been imprisoned in the massive spire of Grimrock; a vast prison in which several unnamed kingdoms send their criminals. The deal is that if these criminals can escape, they've earned their freedom.
None have managed to escape yet.
You control a group of four such criminals, as they descend into the depths of Grimrock. Character creation is a pretty straightforward affair; you can choose from one of four races (human, minotaur, lizard-man, or insectoid) and each character can be one of three classes (warrior, wizard, or rogue). Along the way, you'll have to fight past devastating traps, head-scratching puzzles and deadly monsters, all of which are scattered liberally through the dungeon. Killing monsters nets you experience and lets you level up.
It's a game that very clearly has its roots firmly entrenched in classical pen-and-paper RPGs, and isn't even remotely ashamed of the fact: you can even disable the map and sketch out the tunnels of the dungeon with graph paper. Everything about it screams old-school.
That includes, of course, the difficulty. Legend of Grimrock, though it's not roguelike, is nevertheless a remarkably unforgiving game. At certain points, you'll find your party completely wiped out over and over, as you continually reload your save, trying numerous approaches until you finally manage to nail down one that actually works. The challenge, of course, is part of the fun -if the whole thing was a cakewalk, would it really be worth playing?
My one gripe with the title is the spell system. Selecting spells can often be frustrating in the heat of battle, and having to click each individual rune in order to activate the spell you want every time you want to cast it can get tedious, to say the least. Still, I suppose that's the trade-off for having access to such devastating magical power, right?
It's a good-looking game, as well; in spite of its nostalgic sensibilities, though things can get a touch drab at times. Side effect of being in a dungeon/prison, I suppose: you're not really going to see a lot of variation in how things look. Still, the graphics have their own charm to them, even dated as they are.
One of my favorite elements of the game doesn't actually have anything to do with the core experience: see, as some of you may already be aware, I positively love to create things. Legend of Grimrock includes a full-featured dungeon editor to fiddle around with. Combine that with the Steam Workshop, and you've got yourself countless hours of replay value.
If you've ever enjoyed old-school RPGs, or wasted hours rolling dice and fending off monsters, Legend of Grimrock's a damned fine choice. It's challenging, well-made, and thoroughly enjoyable. Plus, with a sequel on the way, you might as well get started now, right?
Ten Of The Best MMORPG Songs Ever Heard
In many ways, an MMO is only as good as its music. Many of the best and most memorable moments in an MMO invariably have a song associated with them; a piece of music which brings the memories flooding back the moment it reaches one's ears. Today, I'd like to pay homage to some of those songs - and some of those moments. Here, for your listening pleasure (and in no particular order, I assure you) is a list of some of the best songs ever heard in an MMO.
Facebook's Purchase Of Oculus VR Isn't The End Of The World
For those of you who've been living under a rock, Facebook recently purchased Oculus VR to the tune of $2 billion. Understandably, backers and developers alike were rather unimpressed, calling it a betrayal. As for me? I've never been more excited.
Seven Of The Worst Things You Can Say In League
If you've played league, you've probably encountered at least one toxic player. If you haven't, there's a good chance that YOU are the toxic one. Don't believe me? Ask yourself if you've ever said any of the following...
Six Reasons You Should Be Playing Dark Souls II
I've been playing a lot of Dark Souls II lately - and you should be too. Say what you will about the game's flaws, it's still arguably one of the best action RPGs released in the past several years. If you're up for a bit of a challenge, it's well worth the buy. Don't believe me? Let's talk, then.
Eight Reasons The Elder Scrolls Online Will Be Awesome
As you're all no doubt aware, The Elder Scrolls Online - currently in open beta - will be launching in a few months or so. In light of both the new release date and all the hype surfacing around it, I've decided that, over the next two weeks, I'll be looking at all the reasons to look forward to it...and all the reasons we shouldn't.
League of Legends or DOTA 2?
The debate between Dota 2 and League of Legends has been raging almost since the two games were first released. But which game is REALLY the superior of the two?
Ten Fictional Settings That'd Make For Awesome MMOs
Let's look at a few settings, worlds, and stories I'd love to see made into MMOs. I'm sure you'll agree, all the entries on this list have the potential to be downright awesome.
MMO Year In Review: 5 of 2013's Biggest Dick Moves
People are dicks - particularly on the Internet. While that shouldn't come as any great surprise, occasionally we come across someone whose level of sheer dickery reaches legendary proportions. As we move into 2014, let's take a look at a few such individuals from the previous year.
Censorship Spells Trouble for League of Legends Patcher
Internet filtering has been a hot button issue for the past several years. With the slow gutting of protective measures like Net Neutrality, and with governmental powers seeking an end to online anonymity, it's rather harrowing to see the slow progression of political and social policing of the internet. Recently, after about a year of lobbying, the United Kingdom enacted a piece of legislation that many have come to call the "UK Porn Filter." What the filter requires is for British ISP's to implement filters and controls, which are on by default, that will block access to "violent material," not imited to "extremist and terrorist related content," "anorexia and eating disorder websites," and "suicide related websites."
Five Things Riot Needs To Do With League of Legends
The folks at Riot already have their work cut out for them moving into Season 4, and they?re doing a damned find job of weathering the transition so far. That said, here?s a few changes we?d like to see as the new season draws near.