GRAVEN

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a game by Slipgate Ironworks
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Action Adventure Games, First Person Shooter
GRAVEN
GRAVEN
GRAVEN

Alright, let’s take a look at Graven by Slipgate Ironworks. Do you not feel other fantasy games are bloody enough? Maybe they are dreary and sad enough? Well, if you feel either of those things then Graven has you covered. Follow a faithful priest who must atone for a crime committed in defense of another, you must battle your way through some intense monsters and destroy the beasts that threaten reality itself. Let’s jump into it.

Gameplay

If I had to take a shot at what this reminds me of, it’s the early Doom games. It has that gory combat with the high frenetic energy that really keeps you engaged and fighting through the monsters. Thankfully, there appears to be a little more to it than just outright fighting through the monsters. From what we see there is some intriguing puzzle solving elements that could really elevate the title into a whole new style of game more reminiscent of BioShock.

We look to have magic and varying types of weapons from swords to wrist mounted crossbows that lend themselves as near references to Skyrim and Oblivion from the Elder Scrolls Series. There is often a lot to like about games like this.

The game looks to provide the player with many options to fight through diverse biomes and even return to ones already conquered with new abilities to see if there are more areas to explore and to see how far it all goes. We could be looking at a new classic-retro inspired thrill ride that brings back everything we loved about the golden age of gaming but with an authentic, new age twist that makes it all work in a way it never has before.

Story

The plot appears to follow a man’s quest for redemption. You play as a priest who must fight their way through a landscape filled to the brim with monsters. It has not yet been made clear why this area is so monster filled or who the main villain is, but there looks to be a satisfying amount of diversity in the beasts and levels that we’ve seen.

It certainly feels like this game could be as popular and recognizable as Castlevania was in its characters design and villain motivations.

Visuals

The visuals take a strong hit from that late 90’s dark fantasy goodness that many of us remember. Bringing this to life, they have allegedly brought bigger names like Chuck Jones, talent who worked on Duke Nukem 3D and Half-Life, into the mix and the inspiration is definitely visible.

Conclusion

Something I find with games that lack a super high-definition polish, often ensure that the real work went into the gameplay and this looks to fit that exact bill.

8

We could be looking at a whole new resurgence in the classic style games with a modern twist. I’m very excited for this title and you should be too.

Pros:

  • Gameplay looks tight
  • World building sounds awesome
  • Great voice acting
  • Brilliant character design
  • Nice and brutal

Cons:

  • Gameplay needs to be great to make up for lower res visuals

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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