Computer role-playing games are well-known for their long playtime and often high difficulty curve, and while there has been a resurgence of the genre thanks to Kickstarter and indie projects, it’s still a time-consuming affair. So it’s refreshing to see a game that might still be over 30 hours long, but doesn’t eat up more hours of one’s lifetime as a gamer. Of course the story about a lightbringer who has to find and protect the titular matter that fell from the sky and granted power to those who wielded it, resulting in an inevitable war, isn’t particularly new, but if the world and characters are engaging enough to get lost in and interact with, then this should be reason enough for old-school fans of high fantasy.
The combat system should be known to everyone who has ever played a Baldur’s Gate or D&D title, as it’s real-time with the option to use the tactical pause button to give orders to party members. Characters who follow the lightbringer obviously have their own unique stories to tell, while providing individual quests to complete. A crafting system in addition to many skills to level up make for varied gameplay styles, too. All in all, the game might not have reinvented the RPG wheel when it was released in 2016, but graphics and sound design are still quite good, and if one has grown tired of re-playing the classics of yesteryear, why not try some indie project that is clearly a labor of love, taking into account that it took 10 years to develop it?
Ember is now available on GOG with a 60% launch discount that will last until March 23, 2018.
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