Crimson Keep – XBOX One Review
Crimson Keep is first person roguelike dungeon crawler, it reminds me of some fairly old games where you could see your hands and weapons in front of you, the camera seems like it is stuck to the front of what would be you only you have no arms just floating hands.
What we have here is you (said floaty hands) trawling through dungeons killing everything and stealing the loot left behind.
You start the game by choosing one of the three classes of character Brawler, Wizard or Idiot (armed only with a shovel) after this with no explanation you are dumped unceremoniously into the first dungeon, the game will quickly show you the controls but there is no build up, you are launched into the action very quickly.
Initially the controls feel a little flaky and then you kind of get used to them, the only problem is the controls actually are a bit flaky, the hit detection on the enemies is off, the timing of your swing is off and the shooting when you get a ranged weapon is also off.
The fact that all of these points add up to you dying is then only exacerbated by the fact that with the game being a roguelike you are permanently dead and are sent right back to the beginning.
Unlike a lot of roguelike dungeon crawlers the loot system in place here is one of the most shallow I have ever seen, after being spoiled with the loot systems in games like Diablo 3 or The Division what passes here as a loot system is the equivalent of scrabbling around in someone’s wheelie bin.
Graphically the game has some interesting enemies but overall it doesn’t look great at all, it looks like something that would have been released on a much older generation of machine.
When people choose to purchase a game and play it the decision is made on how much enjoyment you will get from it and in some cases a very cheap game can give hours of entertainment and enjoyment, unfortunately that really isn’t the case here.
The game is priced at £14.99 which sits it in the kind of middle range of the [email protected] type games, however in terms of value for money this is just not great even at a lower price I would still struggle to justify my money on this game, if you really love roguelikes or dungeon crawlers you may feel it is of interest but be prepared for frustration.
I have to say that I really didn’t enjoy any of my time with Crimson Keep, all I got from it was Crimson Mist as it just made me mad with frustration, I really can’t bring myself to recommend the game in any way.
Thanks to Merge Games for the Review Code