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  • Summary: Players are thrust into the dark, war-torn world of Cairn where a once proud empire has been brought to ruin and the human race driven to the edge of extinction. Cairn has become ground zero of an eternal war between two otherworldly powers, one seeking to use human bodies as a resource, thePlayers are thrust into the dark, war-torn world of Cairn where a once proud empire has been brought to ruin and the human race driven to the edge of extinction. Cairn has become ground zero of an eternal war between two otherworldly powers, one seeking to use human bodies as a resource, the other intent upon destroying the human race before that can happen. This cataclysmic war has not only decimated human civilization but is warping the very fabric of reality and, in its wake, giving life to new horrors. Expand
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  1. Mar 2, 2016
    92
    There is no question that Grim Dawn moves along familiar lines: Base classes, a tragic world inhabited by monsters in a wide variety of flavors, nearly constant loot drops, action-oriented combat, somewhat "lite" yet interesting story, etc. Somehow, though, Grim Dawn just does it better than any other ARPG in recent memory.
  2. Mar 2, 2016
    90
    Grim Dawn is one of the easiest ARPGs to recommend in recent years.
  3. Mar 1, 2016
    86
    Grim Dawn takes the best of a lot of other action RPS and creates well thought out and yet original hack & slay fun.
  4. Mar 7, 2016
    80
    Despite the technical shortcomings, Crate Entertainment managed to develop a worthy spiritual successor for the Titan Quest series. Grim Dawn is extremely rich in content, providing hundreds of hours of hack'n'slash fun.
  5. Apr 7, 2016
    80
    Grim Dawn can be like pulling the lever on a slot machine, the only difference being that the reward here isn’t cash but the gory explosion of beasts and the clink of loot-drops. I know from personal experience that this game has that certain something, and even if you think that you've grown tired of games of its ilk, Grim Dawn has enough tricks up its sleeve to charm even the most grizzled veteran.
  6. Apr 2, 2016
    80
    Grim Dawn is a familiar, yet satisfying romp through a role-playing genre that's seen its fair share of innovations and dynamic methods to shoot and loot. Its setting is a nice change from the usual fantasy titles and its features and content are more than enough to keep you entertained for quite some time.
  7. Mar 20, 2016
    75
    All in all, despite quite a lot of bugs and flaws, Grim Dawn is definitely a must-play if you are into Diablo or other similar action role-playing games like Divinity: Original Sin. The game is still pretty recent, and I have faith that the developers are working hard to fix the flaws and make this title even better.

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  1. Feb 25, 2016
    10
    The game is a remarkable example of what can be accomplished by a small, dedicated team of developers. I was (still am) a long-time TitanThe game is a remarkable example of what can be accomplished by a small, dedicated team of developers. I was (still am) a long-time Titan Quest: Immortal Throne fiend. So when I heard some of the developers from that game were developing a new aRPG I was immediately on-board.

    I was an early backer (2010), then Kickstarter backer, and have purchased the game for a few friends. It has more than lived up to the hype and exceeded all expectations. I played nearly 400 hours while it was in beta alone, and can't wait to actually, really start playing the game now that it is in full release.

    It has all the best elements of an old-school aRPG game, with some new mechanics to keep it fresh. The environment/climate is interesting, the classes are fairly archetypal but with a fresh spin, and the hunt for loot keeps you hungry for progression.

    The story is interesting and there is enough to keep those interested immersed. The graphics are very good - not amazing, but authentic for the type of game. Not cartoonish at all. The pace is great and there's enough play diversity to offer plenty of replayability. It's a great mix of challenge and depth.

    I recommend this game highly. I've only played as single player, but the game does offer co-op mulitplayer via local server connections (like Titan Quest - no online servers, yay)!

    PS - really looking forward to expansion AND the modding community once the game settles in.
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  2. Mar 4, 2016
    10
    I normally dont write review for games because nowadays most of games dont even deserve the time expend writing one.

    But this game is
    I normally dont write review for games because nowadays most of games dont even deserve the time expend writing one.

    But this game is different, its a true hardcore ARPG, has tons of features and complexity. So lets talk about the most important aspects of the game.

    Class System:
    Six classes in total and every character can pick two at the same time giving you a variety of gameplay, but it doesnt stop there, even though the game does not explain it to you every class can be sub-divided into specific roles.
    I consider every single one of the 6 total classes to have 3 sub-divisions, that gives us a total of 18 classes and an absurd number of possible combinations.
    Lets talk a bit about the Shaman class. Shaman, at its core, is a two-hand lightning damage melee character, calm down, it gets even more complex. The top of the Shaman skill tree is all about supporting his melee abilities, special moves while using two-hand weapons and a way to heal yourself in battle. The middle of the skill tree is where his mage-style abilities are, call for lightning strikes, a wind devil (hurricane), a totem that casts chain lightning, swarm of insects that eat your foes alive and vines to difficult their movement. The bottom of the tree are abilities that help you and your coops partners as well as a summon pet skill.
    You can clearly see the complexity of this system, and every class is like that, even the ones you could think are more straight foward, like the Soldier, with the Soldier class you also have the same type of: attacks, defenses, utility and magic. I cant even begin to describe the possible number of combinations. Even if 4 different people pick the same 2 classes they can end up being complete opposites not only on skills but also on play style.

    Devotions:
    If you thought the class system was complex enough you should think again. The Devotion system is a constellation/star maze attached to the skill system, every constellation has a set number of stars that gives you a variety of bonuses going from passive damage or defense to completely unique skills. You have a total of 50 points, thats no where near the total amount of places that you can invest in. Those devotions have a requirement and completion status that gives you points toward a certain affinity (Order, Chaos, etc) and more that you invest into a single affinity more powerful constellations you can unlock, but worry not, a well planned star path makes possible to pick a fair number of very interesting extras.
    The skills from this Devotions can be attached to any class skill, so imagine that you as a Shaman can call upon the lightning God and there is a chance that when the lightning hits the ground it will summon stone spikes imbue with poison. Yes, that is possible.
    The Devotions are a way to make you even more powerful and unique, covering the weaknesses of your character or enhancing your strong points even furthur, turning you into the ultimate tank or a true glass cannon.

    Factions:
    The game has 11 factions related to the lore of the world, 4 of those are enemies and 7 allies.
    As you kill monsters around the world your standing with enemy factions will become worst and worst, to the point they will start sending Nemesis to kill you. Nemesis are random bosses that can be encountered as you explore the world, they are very powerful but have a high Legendary or Epic loot drop chance. Also the enemy factions will increase the number of monster on the region, you will end up fighting armies of fiends.
    On the other hand the allied factions can be pleased by helping them dealing with situations, quest, doing bounty hunter and killing Hero enemies. As you favor with them increase you will gain access to exclusive loot, blueprints, and augments as well as discount on the shops of the place that the respective faction controls.

    Thats only a bit of what the game offers, I won't stretch myself too long talking about the multiplayer, blueprints, crafting, components, roguelike dungeons, world secrets, hidden locations and character attribute points. Everything that I tried to explain should give you a fairly good idea of what this game is about. Grim Dawn brings back the old ARPG style of gameplay where planning is necessary and the most powerful weapons are rare and exciting.

    I have absolute certainty that this game is worth the full price for bringing back the essence of a genre that was one day for the most strategic and smart players.
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  3. Feb 26, 2016
    10
    Great game! :) If You really like old school H&S You must play Grim Dawn !!! Big gratz for CRATE!
    Game have all You want from H&S. Great
    Great game! :) If You really like old school H&S You must play Grim Dawn !!! Big gratz for CRATE!
    Game have all You want from H&S. Great character control, ( stats, skills ) , dark/apocalyptic climat, very nice crafting and very good itemization.
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  4. May 4, 2016
    9
    Grim Dawn is a real alternative to D3, if you don´t like the latter, or didn´t cope with the skil system of PoE.
    Don´t expect Cinematics,
    Grim Dawn is a real alternative to D3, if you don´t like the latter, or didn´t cope with the skil system of PoE.
    Don´t expect Cinematics, for those go to Marvel Heroes :-)
    As a single player ARPG I would recommend it for peole,who liked "Diablo 2", "Sacred" and "Titan Quest".
    Multiplayer is a bit tricky, if you´re not playing via Steam, and even then you only see "Steamfriends" .

    Flaws and bugs are minimal.

    rate A from me

    A+ missed for missing easy Multiplayer player finding process

    WARNING: ADDICTIVE ;-)
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  5. Feb 25, 2016
    9
    TQ on steroids and... pure single-player arpg awesomeness.

    We haven't had that feeling here since... 2001. You love the "old-school"
    TQ on steroids and... pure single-player arpg awesomeness.

    We haven't had that feeling here since... 2001.

    You love the "old-school" aprgs? Buy yourself the GD... you won't regret it :)

    -1 point for a bit clunky multiplayer experience.
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  6. Jul 6, 2016
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The amount of fun I had with my brothers on LAN is worth it (That's the short version.).
    Once, I save a family and other time I decided to let them die. Ran into few nemesis, was fun dying over and over till we came up with a good strategy and changing "build" to be able to beat it. Joined a "faction" only to find they are controlled by extremists. Charging into "weaklings" enemies and tear them apart. Charging into tough bosses, only to be tore apart. I

    Now, if they can fix some bugs here and there (especially for multiplayer or LAN).
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  7. Apr 14, 2016
    0
    Does not have full controller support as advertised only partial support. I purchased it to use with a controller. You cannot access multipleDoes not have full controller support as advertised only partial support. I purchased it to use with a controller. You cannot access multiple skill bars which you will need near end game. K&M users get this. If it functioned as advertised I would give it a 6 or 7. Expand

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