Grim Dawn is downloadable action-RPG from the developers over at Crate Entertainment, a team that is only known for this game currently, but many of the team made up Iron Lore Entertainment, the team behind the popular ARPG, Titan Quest.
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Grim Dawn, alongside its DLCs ( Crucible Mode, Ashes of Mamouth and Loyalist Items Pack) can be downloaded from Steam or GOG.com. To begin your download click on the relevant button below the game review.
Grim Dawn Review
Released on the 25th February 2016, Grim Dawn is set in an apocalyptic fantasy world that isn’t quite what it seems, and the last remnants of human civilization are set to become extinct if things don’t start to go their way soon.
The game takes place in a world called Cairn, a world where humanity is brought to the edge of extinction. Currently, it is the battlefield for two warring entities, the Aetherials, and the Chthonians, with humans being caught in the middle. As time goes by, the world becomes more and more ravished, humans come to the brink of extinction, and the world as it once was is now housed by countless horrors and entities that have left the world completely unrecognizable.
Grim Dawn plays out like a lot of ARPG’s on offer, but it hides a significant amount of depth behind all of it to keep you coming back for more. For instance, at the very start of the game, you’re set to pick from a varied number of classes, with each one having a different focus.
Some focus on melee or range, and others may focus on magic, but don’t think that’s where the classes system ends up. After reaching a certain level, you can pick and choose a second class, allowing you to pick from plenty of different skills to have the perfect build for your endgame character. With plenty of different skills on offer, the combat can become incredibly explosive and addictive, despite its repetitive nature and will be a big reason to keep returning to the game as a whole.
For the most part, the gameplay is very reminiscent of other games in the genre. You roam around the map, killing everything in sight, gaining experience along the way, and completing quests. As you explore the world, you’ll be able to find different lore items to read and explore.
Along with finding numerous different places to explore and creatures to kill, loot is a major part of the game. In the beginning, not much loot tends to be dropped, but as the endgame slowly starts to ramp up alongside your impressive character will stack and grow with them, dropping new, more powerful loot that keeps you wanting to come back again and again.
In terms of comparisons, the game is clearly designed with the inspiration that Diablo 2 and Path of Exile has created over the years. The complexity of the game is something that isn’t common in ARPG’s nowadays, and Grim Dawn decides to go back to a time where a darker, more sinister setting with a high amount of depth was considered commonplace.
Anyone that’s on the lookout for a replacement for Diablo 3, Path of Exile, or you simply just want a new ARPG to play that will easily suck away hundreds of hours, then Grim Dawn is the perfect game. While the game does start off a little bit slow, it will eventually ramp up and the overall enjoyment factor is going to last for a very long time!
- Incredibly high amount of customization for each character
- Intriguing world with interesting lore surrounding it
- An incredible amount of depth is hidden in the game if you look hard enough
- Cross-combination of classes creates many new ways to play each character
- Start of the game can be a little slow
- The complexity of the game isn’t going to appeal to everyone