If I have any complaint so far, it's about the sheer size of the zones and the distance between the save points - aka, the Rift Gates.
So I trip alllll through the Warden's Cellar, only to find a door leading downstairs to the Underground Transit. And I crawl alllll through that before I find the Hidden Laboratory. This is where I stopped because I'd already spent a couple of hours on the game and I hadn't even found the Warden yet. Phew. I mean, I like whacking bad guys as much as the next guy but holy heck these are big zones and it's not like I'm decked out in ubergear to just waltz through the thing.
That being said, take that, you stupid zombies. My tornado is amazing.
So I got myself up to the Burrwitch Estates at the top of the river which is where I guess the first Big Bad Guy is. Why is it always the warden of the prison? Is there some sort of gaming commandment that says in any post apocalyptic situation, it's always the prison warden that goes batshit crazy first? Anyways.
I brought back some fabric to one of the women back in town and she promptly gave me a new jacket AND she started making tent coverings for the burned out prison cells. That is so awesome! That's some civic spirit right there and I'm so proud of my rescued peeps.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME!
A steam buddy of mine gifted me this game out of the blue a few days before Happy Ho Ho Day, so in between trying to be the first to find and eat all the chocolate in the house and steathily wrapping presents when people were preoccupied in the bath, I gleefully started to shooting up the Grim landscape.
It's Diablo. For some reason, I wasn't expecting that. I guess somewhere in my head I was thinking it was going to be more RPG but I was quickly and firmly disabused of that notion. Considering how much I love Diablo though, it's not like I had an issue with the discovery.
Since I couldn't decide what the hell class to play, I asked my live in love slave what he'd pick and I read him all the class descriptions - so Shaman it was. The skill tree looked pretty unimpressive to be honest. But while some of the available skills seemed to be aimed towards a two-handed melee fighter of some sort, I was kind of thinking I'd rather just be ranged and manhandle a crossbow or a musket instead. So I saw Wind Devil which was some sort of lightning spewing cloud spell and Primal Strike which would cause my weapon to call down a lightning bolt (with modifiers later to have it hit multiple targets) so that's what I immediately sunk points into getting and using. Then I crafted a Mutagenic Ichor drop onto my fancy crossbow that lets me toss out poison bombs which don't cost much in the way of energy but do some really quality damage.
So I am working my way up from our little frightened base at Devil's Crossing, trying to clean out the undead and the hideously mutated as I work my way upriver and I'm having a blast. Toss poison around to start combat, get everything to run through it, if I've got a stronger single lieuteant type boss, I whack it with lightning bolts, plink the little guys as they choke so they die faster and if I get freaking swarmed, I let loose with the big sentient cloud-storm that chases the bad guys across the map.
This is a great little game, very slick, very polished and a ton of fun. The zones are goddamned huge though so it's definitely a case of plinking your way through sections. Loot drops like crazy and my cobbled together ranged Shaman is doing just fine (took out a level 22 boss at level 16 because I can kite like a mofo). Collected a blacksmith, a cook and a salvage dealer so far so Devil's Crossing is starting to feel pretty homey.
I am blown away by the scenery, as well. It's just so crisp and beautiful and it really goes to show what you can do in an isometric game. I understand that that a number of the developers that did Titan Quest also worked on Grim Dawn and it really shows. My only bitch with the game so far is that there's no way to remove the UI in order to take a clean screenshot and that's relatively small potatoes in the grand scheme of things, as much as it irks me personally.
Best Christmas present! Thank you, Dalin!