Greedfall is a massive RPG game from the folks at Spiders. They have made games like this in the past, but with Greedfall they really did craft something special. Many say this is a throwback to mid-00’s RPG games and I would agree with that, but also suggest it has a little bit of games like The Witcher 3 sprinkled on top.
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The Game Review
What really grabbed my attention at first was the story and the setting. The game has a very 1700-1800s kind of look to it, kind of like what you would see in an Assassins Creed game. In its architecture of buildings and even places like islands, it is grounded in reality. However, there is a real fantasy element to the game with all kinds of creatures. It is hard to explain, but it works very well.
Greedfall has four different factions in it. These are very different from each other and have vastly different views and values on things. The game has some pretty heavy themes running through it and I would not say that there is anyone side that is clearly good or bad. It makes the choices you make more of your own and not just like you are playing a role.
The story lasts about 60 or so hours and thanks to the excellent writing and voice acting you will be hooked. It is a tale of conquest, politics and even fantasy elements too. Just when you think you have it figured out something horrible or heavy-hitting will happen and make you think long and hard about the morality of the choices you are making.
In terms of the game’s presentation, I think that Spiders have done a decent enough job. I like how things are grounded in reality and the voice acting brings the characters to life. My only real gripe is the facial animations. They look kind of odd and this can sometimes take you out of a moment if it is pretty heavy.
One of the best aspects of Greedfall is the combat. If you watch a trailer you may think that it is just all hack and slash, but it is far deeper than that. You have a nice array of weapons to use and you will have to think about how you attack. Using a ranged weapon to knock off armor or weaken an enemy before rushing in and using your sword is not only fun, you actually feel like you are being skillful as you do it.
While the main quests that you go on are fun. I was very surprised at how much of the side content felt like it mattered. A huge reason for this is how the characters deliver their lines, but even more, simple fetch style quests felt like they were important because of this. I am sure there will be many people who get so into this that they want to complete every single quest that the game throws their way.
If you are a fan of large and engrossing RPG’s then Greedfall is something you can really sink your teeth into. I was surprised at how mature and morally intriguing the story was and I would say the less you know about it going in the more rewarding it will be. It does have a couple of technical issues, but nothing major enough to stop you enjoying the game.
- I really do love the world that they have created
- Lots of interesting creature designs
- There are no clear cut good or bad sides in the game
- It makes you really think about your choices
- The combat is excellent and a ton of fun
- Some of the facial animations make the characters look like robots
- It can crash on occasion which is annoying so save often