Dwarves are one of the coolest races in the fantasy genre, there’s no doubt. Even if Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit wasn’t so well-received (which is a shame, because all three movies are actually great fun!), there’s always something about their no nonsense approach in battling, eating, and drinking that makes them more approachable to play than others. This game is based on the novel series The Dwarves by Markus Heitz, but the plot about a group of 15 dwarves who want to save the realm of Girdlegard from evil in the form of orcs shouldn’t be too hard to understand for those (like me) not familiar with it.
The game is promoted as a tactical RPG, but it also looks as if there’s more chaotic action to it, only slowed down by the ability to pause during battle. Crowd control is the magic word, as there are so many enemies on screen that one could think this is a Diablo clone. Apparently, enemies react to what happens in the crowd, so it also has a bit of Dynasty Warriors to it. It’s really hard to say how engaging the story, character, and world is, as the trailer with its heavy metal music only shows some cool fights and surprisingly bloody cutscenes. Hopefully, it’s a giant step up from the mediocre The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, i.e. that it doesn’t try to tell an over-complicated story with too many jokes that don’t work. It also remains to be seen how differently it plays from We Are The Dwarves.
The game is now available on PC, but also on consoles. The digital PC version has a 10% discount that will last until December 8, 5:59 PM UTC. It’s also possible to get the Deluxe Edition which includes the soundtrack, an art book, and a map of Girdlegard.
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