A new dawn rises...
Along with Diablo II
and The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
, this has to be one of the best action RPGs on the market, making it a must-play for anyone with any interest in the genre or just superb adventure titles. It mixes a beautifully realized world with immense amounts of customization, heaps of hack 'n' slash action and a cracking multiplayer option to create an all-round wonderful experience where the entertainment never lets up. The game is set in a grim post-apocalyptic world where humanity has just about run out of time and is facing extinction. You're thrown into this nasty land and charged with completing a number of challenging quests and slaying the hordes of ravenous beasts which threaten to overrun you. There's heaps of background lore to discover to shed light on why the world is in such a state while you'll also have to make difficult choices which actually affect the land around you. There's loads of ways to customize your character, massive amounts of items and weapons to discover, different factions to join and of course that multi-player mode. Grim Dawn gets just about everything right as far as action RPGs go. The wealth of options available means that true RPG fans will have hours of fun just tinkering with gear and weapons while the world you must explore is frightening and immersive. The visuals are lovely, with lots of nice detail and effects to enjoy while the combat comes at you hard and fast but which never descends into mindless button mashing. Really, this needs to be in any true gamer's collection.