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Sebastion Mauldin

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V Rising Review

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I can’t recall which showcase I saw V Rising in, but I do remember it immediately left a must-play impression on me. I’m not even super into Vampire-centric things, but I do enjoy the occasional Vamp movie and TV show (Yet I watched the Vampire Diaries and The Originals). The Trailers for V Rising intrigued me, because it looked like the perfect Steam Deck Game. Now after a gazillion hours whoopin’ ass a My Blade looking Vampire I was ready to drop this V Rising Review.

Let’s Dive into it.

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The Narrative:

I’ll be real with ya’ll…I’ve played so much of this game and couldn’t tell you what this game is about. Primarily because after your create your vampire you are just thrown into the gameplay. No backstory or anything. I get that narrative isn’t the appeal of the game, but they could have at least tried.

I adore this game like no other this year, but the lack of a narrative is a heavy knock against it. It’s the mission ingredient that would have propelled V Rising to the next level.

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The Gameplay:

In the world of V Rising, my first encounter with the controls was like trying to tame a bucking bronco. Clunky as all hell, with a learning curve that could make a mountain climber sweat, especially when it came to wrangling those base-building mechanics. But let me tell ya, once you get in the groove, this game grabs you by the scruff of your neck and refuses to let go. Combat? It’s simple, but it hits hard. You got a handful of moves, a slowly expanding arsenal of spells, and a bunch of weapons to get acquainted with. And it’s all fueled by blood, baby! Always craving more, like a vampire at an all-you-can-drink blood buffet. It’s a cool twist on the usual survival game grind.

V Rising ain’t your typical hack-and-slash affair though. Nah, it’s like mixing an ARPG with the swagger of a vampire. You’re cruising through a massive map, packed with enemies to knock down, camps to raid, and more loot than you can shake a stake at. But watch yourself, ’cause the sun ain’t your friend here. Garlic gives you the heebie-jeebies, silver’s like touching a hot skillet, and don’t even get me started on the other nasty surprises waiting for you out there.

And here’s the kicker: forget about XP from bashing skulls. In this game, you level up by crafting gear that’ll turn you into a one-vampire wrecking crew. Boss fights, gear upgrades, expanding your evil lair—there’s always something to sink your fangs into. And let me tell ya, switching between bloodsucking and blueprinting keeps things interesting. It’s like a two-step dance of destruction and construction. Now, when it comes to building your vampy castle, you might think it sounds like a snooze fest. But trust me, it’s addictive as hell. None of that tedious resource gathering nonsense you find in other survival games. In V Rising, you’re chopping trees like you’re chopping down foes, and the loot just rains down on you. No fuss, no muss.

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Additional Pros:

There are certain games that feel at home playing them in a portable fashion. Eiyuden Chronicle:

Let me tell you something about the boss fights in this game, or as they call ’em, the V Carriers. These bad boys are the real deal. Each one’s got their own bag of tricks, and it’s on you to figure out how to dance around ’em. Spells, armor, you name it—you’ve got options, baby. And the way they introduce these bosses? Genius. Keeps you on your toes, keeps you hungry for more.

But don’t get it twisted, these fights ain’t no cakewalk. Nah, they’ll test your patience, your skills, and your nerves. You’ll be waiting for tells, dodging red zones like your life depends on it (spoiler: it does), and praying to the gaming gods for a lucky break. And hey, if you’re feeling like you bit off more than you can chew, ain’t no shame in dialing down the difficulty. Or, if you’re a glutton for punishment, crank it up and see what you’re made of. Options, my friend, that’s the name of the game.

Now, let’s talk about the audio. It’s like diving headfirst into a pool of atmosphere. Background music sets the mood just right, and the voice acting? Top-notch. Sure, there might not be a ton of variety in the dialogue, but what’s there hits the mark. And those sound effects? Like music to my ears, whether it’s the crackle of spells or the clang of weapons. It’s all gravy, baby.

Heroes feels right at home on the Steam Deck. The art style fits the portable aesthetic, the JRPG turnbase gamplay harkens back to the gold old days of the PSP and the Gameboy Advance. This game plays so well on the Deck. I also played the game on the Xbox Series S and X and it performed well. The game’s graphics and the colors pop on a bigger screen.

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Cons/Flaws:

If you’re into games where you mix it up with some up-close-and-personal combat, brace yourself, ’cause the enemies here aren’t gonna make it easy. They come at you with buffs and shields, throwing up roadblocks faster than you can swing a sword. Me? I rocked dual axes for most of my journey, but let me tell ya, it was like dancing through a minefield. Had to bob and weave, strike and retreat, or risk getting overwhelmed by the swarm.

Now, let’s talk about looks. The graphics? Sharp, colorful, and clean as a whistle. Animations? Smooth as butter, whether you’re swinging a blade or scaling a cliff. But let’s not kid ourselves—this ain’t gonna win any beauty pageants. It’s not gonna stop traffic or turn heads. But hey, who needs eye candy when you’ve got gameplay that’s tighter than a drum?

And speaking of gameplay, let’s address the elephant in the room: traversal. Getting from point A to point B feels like dragging a boulder up a hill. Sure, you might stumble upon a waygate and catch a break, but even then, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Some stuff just can’t be magicked away, forcing you to make the tough call between convenience and cargo space. Me? I hoofed it most of the time, just to keep my loot close at hand.

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Overall/Should you Play V Rising:

Alright, check it out. If you’re into survival games, V Rising is the way to go. And even if you’re like me, and survival games ain’t your thing, trust me, V Rising is still worth your time. The combat? Top-notch, just like your typical MOBA, courtesy of Stunlock, no surprises there. Now, usually, I’m not about that survival crafting life, but V Rising flips the script. The whole vampire vibe adds some serious flavor, but it’s the game’s design that really seals the deal. Building, slaying, it’s all part of one smooth ride. Yeah, traversal can be a bit wonky at times, and sometimes you feel like you’re lost in a giant sandbox, but man, that core gameplay? It’s a thing of beauty. Simple, yeah, but there’s a certain elegance to it. V Rising? Let me tell you, it’s got me hooked like nothing else this year. It’s like crack, man, can’t put it down. ARPG fans, survival enthusiasts, this one’s for you. Never seen a game blend these two worlds so damn well.

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Sebastion Mauldin

V Rising Review

TYPE OF GAME

Single Player, ARPG, Open World, Survival, Base Building

LIKED

The Addicting Base Building, The ARPG Gameplay, Unique Leveling System

DISLIKED

The Lack of Narrative

DEVELOPER

Stunlock Studios

PLATFORMS

PC

RELEASE DATE

May 8, 2024

Overall Rating:

9/10