Krater is a squad based roleplaying game set in a colorful post-apocalyptic world. It combines the combat mechanics of action-rpgs with the top-down view of the classic old-school RPG and RTS games.Read full description
Krater - Collector's Edition includes:
Dr Cerebro Pack
Krater is a squad based roleplaying game set in a colorful post-apocalyptic world. It combines the combat mechanics of action-rpgs with the top-down view of the classic old-school RPG and RTS games.
The game brings you far into the future of a post-apocalyptic Sweden. Once home to IKEA, Vikings and Minecraft, today its primitive inhabitants scavenge the broken overgrown world for technological artifacts.
At the rim of an impact site known as the Krater, three factions vie for control over the wound opening up into the world below. Consisting of an endless series of caves and tunnels filled with old world treasures and perils, the Underside stretches into the depths of the fallen Swedish civilization.
You arrive at the Krater with your team of freelancers to take part in the goldrush where people come back rich or don’t come back at all.
No matter how deep you crawl, there is always more to explore in an open game world where randomized dungeons and events are combined with more than 60 thoroughly designed locations and 200+ quests in order to create a vast gaming experience. Locations range from small settlements with a handful of struggling inhabitants to large urban areas like Solside City, a sprawling regional HUB where you’ll find all sorts of NPCs and services.
Uniquely Persistent Characters!
Watch your team of odd personalities evolve as they level up and gain new abilities, stat increases and equipment, but also...
Face the Consequences!
Your characters must cope with the dangers of Krater - if not they will face the threat of permanent injuries or even death.
From items, weapons, and gear to the abilities and powers of your characters, you can craft it all with an extensive crafting system.
With the forthcoming coop content update (release date July 10) you will be able to seamlessly blend between the coop and a online singleplayer game - use your characters to explore an open-ended game world in single player, either by following the main story campaign or just free-roaming the Krater (or a mix of both). You can at any time have your team join up with a friend to take on one of the challenging co-op dungeons. All the loot earned and progress made is kept regardless of game mode. And yes, your grinding efforts that you play in the online single player mode prior to July 10 is kept for both the coop and future PvP expansion as well!
The game comes from a long test phase with weekly updates of the Steam build that has improved gameplay, added content or new features. This will continue even after release and you can expect free expansions that add or expand on game mechanics, locations, player characters and enemies.
The game uses the DX11 API (but it also support DX10 hardware) to be able to use beautiful and varied environment and character art. The enemy units are not all simple texture variations on the same model, but sport unique meshes, animation sets and effects to a large extent.
No mandatory connection to an online service!
For those who rather stay clear of online gaming and enjoy playing through the campaign in offline mode there is a fully supported single player offline mode.
Reading all the bad reviews of Krater you have to bear in mind that the game has evolved since original release. I played for 20+ hours without problems and I think it's a fun game with a lot of humor. To see games like Torchlight or Diablo getting stellar reviews while Krater is getting a lot of flak is extremly unfair. So if you're up to the challenge buy it. Even at full price it's worth the money. For a few quid in a sale it's a steal.
This game has a cool concept, decent gameplay although can get boring pretty fast unless played with a friend. Would only recommend if on a deal and if you have a friend to play with.
Similar to Diablo 3 - game had potential but falls short. Instead of D3 type dungeons with wizards / warriors, you get the same isometric view in a steampunk type world (using guns etc). Graphics are very bright and colorful (oooh - shiny!) - but gameplay is frustrating with the leveling system. The game developers have added co-op to the game (and playing with friends is always better). They should add a fast travel option!
It simply has way too many gamebreaking features. It's missing a lot of balance and honestly, controlling multiple characters in this game simply does not work. ARPGs are a blast to me, but this one misses on so many fronts. There are parts where it shows promise and the environments are cool at first, but then you realize later that it is completely the same throughout the entire game. If they had more variance in this game, I'd call it a sleeper hit, but for now, it's not working out for me. Proceed with caution.
Krater has a lot going for it; it evokes some of the nostalgia for party-based isometric ARPGs, has an original art direction, and has a certain quirkiness to it that's really appealing. Even some of the initial criticisms have been answered in updates: the option to raise the level cap on individual party members allows you to keep progressing with a beloved mutant if you like (you'll still want to eventually replace it with something that has better base stats). However, I found that money was hard to come by, limiting the real source of progression (implants ans boosters). As a result, Krater feels very grindy, and took some effort on my part to keep going. Even so, I never did finish; the final boss fight is amazingly difficult, and that alone would have required 10s of hours of grinding just to be able to finish. A lot to love here, but it'll make you put in some real effort!
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