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Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon review

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3 years ago

Feature: New perspectives

How Darkest Dungeon found new horror through its turn-based combat

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the inner workings of their games. This time, Darkest Dungeon [official site]. Darkest Dungeon is an RPG in which four flawed heroes face damnably transcendent terrors as they explore the ancient narrow passages beneath a cursed mansion. Notch by notch, their grasp on sanity slips and their vitality trickles thinner as their torch dims…

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Darkest Dungeon update adding enemies, but expansion delayed

New enemies are coming to Darkest Dungeon [official site] as part of the upcoming free update adding a shorter (but not easier) 'Radiant' mode. That's the word from developers Red Hook Studios, who say they're planning to launch the update by early February with other a number of "quality of life" tweaks too. The bad news is that all this extra work will push the…

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Just regular dark: Darkest Dungeon getting shorter mode

Darkest Dungeon [official site] is the year's best dungeon crawler, sez we, but I must confess I find it a bit of a grind at times. So, good news: developers Red Hook Studios have announced plans for a mode which won't necessarily be easier but will cut the game's length down from 80-ish hours to around 40. They've also revealed a smidgen more of its…

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Feature: way down in the hole

The RPS 2016 Advent Calendar, Dec 10th – Darkest Dungeon

You can't write for a website about PC games without spending a fair bit of time down in the dungeons, crawling and looting. We do find some wonderful things in the depths of the earth though. Welcome to day ten of The RPS Advent Calendar, which highlights our favourite games of the year, daily. Behind today’s door is... The year's best dungeon crawler: grab your…

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Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court DLC Announced

Mostquito-lookin' vampiric horrors are coming to Darkest Dungeon [official site] in its first DLC, named The Crimson Court. But are they friend or foe? Given that potential party members in the ace dungeon crawler already include Grave Robbers, Occultists summoning tentacles from beyond the stars, and Abominations who can warp into unholy beasts, it could go either way. I'd certainly welcome a fancy bloodlady to…

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4 years ago

Feature: How to cheat and prosper

When Is It Acceptable To Look Up A Wiki?

We’ve all been there. When a puzzle is so obtuse you can’t even begin to work out how to solve it. When you’ve been searching for the next bonfire in a Dark Souls game for hours on end. When you've committed to finding a game’s scattered collectibles and one proves a bit too well hidden. Wikis and guides can replace hours of frustration with a…

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Darkest Dungeon Patch Makes Brigand Vvulf Less Gittish

Brigand Vvulf can flipping well do one. If you, like me, have been playing a fair bit of Darkest Dungeon [official site] since it added town events, you've likely run into that horrible raiding git. You've likely had him and his pals barrel into your hamlet and light it up then lost a mercenary or two figuring out how the encounter works. You've likely had…

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Feature: Our 13 personal faves

Buy These Games: Our Picks From The Steam  Sale

Dark days for the world. Maybe videogames can save us? Haha yes of course they can haha. Here are some really good videogames, though. They'll take you to a better place for a while. These are the RPS team's 13 personal favourites from the current Steam Summer Sale: we believe in these games, and we believe that you should play them too.

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Feature: A bonus bestest best!

Our favourite PC games of 2016 so far

We usually do our enormous GAMES OF THE YEAR posting fest at the end of the year (as would seem logical) but because it seems silly to reserve praise for special occasions we're doing a Games Of The Half Year collection to tell you about everything we've loved playing so far. It can double as a summer holiday recommendations list too! We've listed ours in…

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Death Discount: Third Off Darkest Dungeon Till Monday

From the moment Red Hook Studios announced their micromanaging RPG dungeon crawler Darkest Dungeon [official site] a couple of years back, their raison d'etre was very clear: to make a game that was unashamedly, unwaveringly, ultra-brutally difficult. Those who've played will know that they succeeded, and it's for this reason that Darkest Dungeon took over my life for a while when it released in full…

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Darkest Dungeon Comes To Linux, Adds Town Events

Darkest Dungeon [official site] feels like it's been a part of my life for a very long time but it only officially launched this January. A prolonged (and productive) period of Early Access made the actual release somewhat hazy in my mind. Even now, the game continues to grow and the latest update brings a fully supported Linux build and new town events. Developers Red…

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Feature: Death is not the end

Learning To Love Failure In XCOM 2 & Darkest Dungeon

The year is young but we've already had the pleasure of welcoming two gruelling tactical slaughterfests into the world: XCOM 2 [official site] and Darkest Dungeon [official site]. We've written a great deal about Firaxis' latest already and our ongoing diary has just hit the point where the alien threat starts to chip away at our beloved squadmates. Darkest Dungeon is more obviously punishing, every…

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Feature: Wrought low, and driven into the mud!

How Darkest Dungeon Drove Me To Despair

People have called me a maniac for my gaming habits, but they know nothing. When I discover something new it becomes – for a day, a week, maybe months – an obsession that devours time. It helps to be a freelancer of course but it always happened anyway: when Resident Evil 4 came out I used to walk home in my lunch hour just to…

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Feature: Way down in the hole

Darkest Dungeon review

Darkest Dungeon [official site] begins with a foreboding admonition. It’s a game about making the most of a bad situation, you’re told from the outset. Your actions are permanent, therefore the quests you embark upon will often end in failure. “Heroes will die,” it says. “And when they die they stay dead.” These preeminent words of wisdom project an honest sentiment that’s not only a…

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Darkest Dungeon Escapes Early Access Today

When Darkest Dungeon [official site] first hit Early Access last February, Alec was an instant fan and it landed on our best RPGs list a few months later. Because what's not fun about a dungeon crawler with your squad falling to pieces as they accrue injuries and fears and illnesses and obsessions? But how has the experience changed Darkest Dungeon? What has it became? We…

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IGF 2016 Finalists Announced

The Independent Games Festival turns up few surprises these days, and that's okay. The term 'indie games' is banned by my hypothetical RPS Style Guide as they're now so ubiquitous that they're just, well, video games [two words -hypothetical ed.], y'know? Heck, we ourselves have already implored you to play most of this year's IGF Finalists and Honorable Mentions, which were announced today. The IGF…

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Darkest Dungeon’s Shape-Shifting Abomination Class

Sure, your mighty heroes might have already become quivering wrecks who run screaming when they see a spider in the bathtub, but Darkest Dungeon [official site] can get darker yet. The fab roguelikelike (#34 on our list of best RPGs!) is still in Early Access, meaning more horrors and nasties are sure to come. Some of them might join your party. The 'Inhuman Bondage' update…

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5 years ago

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