I love how the developer of Darkest Dungeon II describes the game as a roguelike road trip of the damned! Currently, Darkest Dungeon II is in early access, but there is more than enough content to sink your teeth into. The game is only available on the Epic Games Store, but it is my understanding that is only for early access and eventually it will also come to Steam.
How to Download Darkest Dungeon II
To download the game using Epic Games Launcher, click on the Download button at the end of the review to visit Epic Games Store. Check out also our review of the original game.
The Game Review
The premise of the game is that you need to select a team of four warriors to drive along the highway of the apocalypse as you fight your way through it. I love the whole premise of the game and it is cool how we get a bit of backstory for each character. It is also neat how when you get this backstory, you have to do a little bit of combat as the story unfolds.
Darkest Dungeon II is a fantastic-looking game! I love the dark and gothic nature of this world and the way the characters move in battle is very impressive. I like how the battles have an evil kind of background to them too. As your carriage runs down the road, I love taking it all in as there are so many little details.
While this is a very good-looking game, Darkest Dungeon II sounds even better! The narration of events is some of the best that I have heard in a long time. It also has very fitting music and the sound effects pack a real punch to them as well. As far as sound design goes, this is one of the best games of the year!
Each run is going to last you around five hours or so. The idea is that your carriage runs down the path and you will make various stops be it at the inn or for a fight! Combat in the game is done in a 2D plain and is heavily tactics-based. You really have to think about the order you attack enemies, who does what, and so on.
Your party is very important as there is an interesting relationship mechanic you have to manage. They do have other stats, but the relationship stat is very important. If certain characters have a good relationship with each other, you can get special buffs and abilities.
If they have a bad relationship, then you can get negative effects that you have to deal with. Managing this is a fun addition to the game and something I hope is expanded on during development. Right now, some of the negative effects are not that hard to deal with, to be honest with you.
As of the time I am writing this, Darkest Dungeon II has nine characters for you to make your four-member party from. Each character is very unique and I like how they each have their own personality as well as class. I am sure that as well as liking how certain characters play, you will also grow to like them personally as you find out more about them.
Even though Darkest Dungeon II is in early access, it is showing a great deal of promise. I just love the whole idea of riding down a dangerous road, willing to do anything to survive. I will say that there are a few balancing issues right now, but that is to be expected and at the end of the day, that is what early access is for.
- I love the whole style that this game has
- The voice acting is some of the best I have heard in a game this year!
- I liked how the battles were tactical, but also fast-paced
- The relationship mechanic between party members is very interesting
- At the moment there are a few balancing issues
- A run is much shorter here than it was in the first game and that might not be something everyone likes