The Dwarves Deluxe Edition includes:
The Dwarves is a fantasy role-playing game with a strong story and tactically challenging real-time battles. 15 playable heroes, each with individual skills, are to be deployed cleverly. Take on superior numbers of orcs, ogres, älfs, bögnilim, zombies, dark mages and many more foes, to give them the low-down.
Based on the bestselling novel “The Dwarves” by Markus Heitz you’ll experience a fascinating tale revolving around the coolest fantasy race ever: The Dwarves!
Tactical real-time battles: You’re fighting hundreds of foes with just a handfull of heroes. You can pause anytime to tactically plan the next smart move.
Crowd Combat: All creatures on the battlefield are rendered with physical complexity – that’s why the battles feel especially dynamic and “real”, and enabling a lot of tactical finesse.
Captivating story: Join the dwarf Tungdil on his adventurous journey across Girdlegard.
Explore the world: Uncover secrets, learn more about the game world and its inhabitants, and solve optional puzzles.
Delve into the world map: Girdlegard ranges from snow-covered summits to shimmering deserts. You can move freely on the world map, meet numerous characters, and experience adventures. But beware: A lot of your actions on the world map have far-reaching consequences!
Dwarves! Finally the coolest fantasy people are in the spotlight. The NPC days of the bearded axe-wielders are over – the age of the dwarves has come!
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The Dwarves is a Kickstarter funded RPG with a real time pause battle system and a story based on a series of books by the same name. The game is spent in moments of explorations and dialogue with different lines you can pick from, an overworld map that allows you to travel to different locations, and battles that often pit your small group of dwarves against large groups of enemies. The conversation options can effect certain scenes, or you amount of money, and there are events and sidequests you can choose to interact with or ignore but the main plot will remain the same as it sticks to the books. Your actions can impact settlements on the map and certain characters. The game's battles are real time with pause and have your small group of dwarves facing huge groups of enemies in chaotic battles. Each of your characters can take three abilities into battle that they can use with action points, you have access to a lot of characters but can only take four of them into a fight. Different characters and abilities can be good against different kinds of enemies as you will fight small and weak orcs, more heavily armored opponents, and large giants. Sometimes you might get AI controlled allies fighting with you but you will always have to rely on strategic positioning, good use of AoE abilities, and taking advantage of the terrain to do things like knock enemies off of cliffs. Battle objectives can also be varied depending on what is going on in the story. There are some issues with the combat, the movement doesn't always feel accurate which makes the game having friendly fire more of a problem and the camera can be a big problem when there are buildings, trees, or other higher up parts of the environment blocking your view of the character you are controlling. The game doesn't have much in the way of loot or character customization, other than choosing the abilities you want to bring into battle. There are also some technical issues but they tend to happen more during cutscenes rather than in battle. The story is enjoyable and the characters are good and well acted, having a focus on dwarves is also a nice change, unfortunately the game is quite short only being about 8-10 hours long. When the game begins things seem to progress well with their being different things to do and a good build up for the story and characters, as the game does on it starts to feel rushed as you quickly move from event to event followed by a sudden ending. The Deluxe Edition includes the game as well as a map, artbook, and the game's soundtrack. If you want to support the developers and have an interest in the soundtrack or looking through a decent size artbook this is the version you will want to get.
The Dwarves is an atypical RPG for the modern era. There's no wide ranging, fully explorable map mostly filled with flowers and trees. It's not trying to be Skyrim and it succeeds in distinguishing itself from any RPG I've played in a long time. First of all, the story is about dwarves. Who doesn't love that? Much of the game is played in the overland map where you move your party from one encounter to the next. There are plenty of paths on the map and it doesn't feel like the game is on a rail. I love this game, but it has faults. There are a bunch of tiny bugs that even together aren't game breaking, but definitely take away from the immersion. Ultimately, The Dwarves is a intriguing and unique RPG experience that brings some spice back to video game storytelling. I hope there's a sequel!
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