The modern market can provide you with various options for online video games. Therefore, if you don’t like something, you can always go searching for something else. Even though this year hasn’t been the most successful or at least pleasant in many terms, it has pleased online game admirers with a new console and different games. Thus, Devolver Digital publishing company and Ronimo Games studio unveiled a new co-op action-adventure RPG game, the Blightbound, in July. If you decide to hang out with friends and play video games, you will have one more option. However, before you proceed to compete, it is worth reading a luckbox review to get the best out of your competition and gaming experience.
Blightbound sends the trinity of heroes into the heart of the Plague, a mysterious mist that enveloped their homeland. Plague generates monsters, and the characters have a lot of work ahead to clean the world of evil spirits. Gamers will find handcrafted dungeons in three regions, three classes (warrior, assassin, and magician), more than 20 heroes with their own skills, abilities, and backstories, hundreds of items, powerful bosses, and puzzles.
The creators intend to add more heroes with new weapons and abilities, regions, and dungeons with new enemies and bosses. Well, the freshest update has already brought some innovations. The key moments are bots, a new heroine called Seirinne, and the ability to choose between several languages. If you are waiting for other players for about half a minute, you can play with bots. Then you can either wait for live players or begin to play with the AI allies.
The new heroine possesses the Shadow Statue ability. Thus, she can set up a monument, creating a beam that makes the rivals motionless and deals significant damage to them. Besides, you can find seven new items with the required recipes and 3 new top-rated rivals, as well as various improvements and bug fixes. But now, let’s look at the first impressions of players on the game before the appearance of all the latest improvements and bug fixes.
Every run across the cursed regions requires live players. You cannot replace them with bots, but you can unite with two other friends even on one PC if there is no desire to play with random fellow travellers. Suppose there are enough gamepads for everyone, of course. However, the network game is no worse than the local one: the community is mainly focused on the overall result. You will hardly find yourself in situations when the players spread out around the locations, forgetting about each other.
Moreover, the players must act together in order not to be defeated. The heroes are divided into roles: warrior, assassin, and mage, and their abilities complement those of their partners. For example, a warrior can switch mobs’ attacks to himself, while a mage can heal partners, and an assassin, using smoke bombs, makes the team invisible. Abilities and leveling are, in general, standard for games of this genre, and it makes little sense to focus on them since you have already seen all this in hundreds of hack’n’slash RPGs.
The game allows you to try out all the characters in turn and decide which one suits your style best. The Refuge is the place where the characters get in between matches, and as it evolves, new fighters open up. However, they do not differ much from the starting heroes (within the level of two or three abilities), so they do not give much motivation to leave the “oldies” behind. However, you will still have to change fighters periodically: they become infected with taint during adventures and require treatment in the Refuge.
Of course, like other dungeon crawlers, there are a variety of weapons and artefacts that you can put on the character. There are not many slots for artefacts but enough to create simple builds, for example, for dealing damage or a quick cooldown of abilities.
Well, it is pretty interesting and cheerful to play Blightbound since this is a dynamic action game with bright effects and dozens of opponents. The maze levels are made up of many rooms where you can find anything from valuable loot to a powerful boss.
The key cons of the game
Even though the game looks very nice, combining 3D locations with 2D character models, it has certain inconsistencies that prevent you, for example, from correctly hitting the enemy. It doesn’t cause much irritation, but it would be great to eliminate such situations. The gloomy style is reminiscent of Darkest Dungeon, and in fact, in the first place, the game draws attention to itself precisely with the visual part.
Blightbound has prospects, but there are also drawbacks. The game is still full of bugs and controversial decisions, such as the lack of bots (not all gamers are team players), the inability to choose a character class in the first few hours, the need to switch between characters regularly. Nevertheless, this is a quality action game in which you can have a great time, especially if you share it with a company of friends. It might not be worth buying right now when it’s not ready yet, but if you consider yourself a fan of the genre, add it to your Wishlist.
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