Darkest Dungeon II showcases how sequels can surpass the original through its captivating gameplay, stunning art style, and immersive music. While the game's complexity may prove challenging, those who venture forth are rewarded with hours of engrossing gameplay and a constant yearning for one more expedition.
Darkest Dungeon II is a gruelling experience where you constantly fail and luck isn’t on your side. But as you learn from your mistakes and unlock more resources, the challenges can be conquered, and it feels mighty good to do so. Veterans of the previous game will be surprised by the reworked mechanics, and it will take some time to adapt. Though that doesn’t away from the huge amount of enjoyment the game is able to instil and the exhilaration you get when exploring Darkest Dungeon II with an open mind. For a roguelite experience that pushes your creativity and tolerance to the limit, you’ll struggle to find much better than Darkest Dungeon II.
I'm switching up between Zelda and this. Compared to the first game, I'm not wanting to rage quit so my girlfriend is not complaining about wasting our budget replacing keyboards! I enjoy both DD1 and DD2. They are different but that amazing narration and atmosphere is still there. I wish more Indies made games like this. I loved Tunic, Hades and Vampire Survivors.
Imagine playing DD1 without all the things that were a slug (like the endless money grind, specially when you lost a max party), with astounding graphics, with an amazing and expanded lore and backstory, and a Journey that you will be happy to re-do either for challenges, experiment and progression
I played close to 250 HS the EA and was throughout the Journey since Oct 2021 until 1.0 in May 2023. The full release is definitely the best iteration of the Game. And from here it will only get even better, just like it's predecessor. Most of the critics the game received are mostly from a comparison POV from fans, like myself, of DD1. The problem these fans have it's that DD2 is NOT basically DD 1.5. 90% of the things that changed in DD2 are a welcoming change. It is true a few things got lost in the change, but that is part of the process. Doesnt matter if you love or not the DD2 formula, it's imposible to give this Game a score below 7. So I would just ignore anyone scoring below that, and would consider the overal score of the Game a Solid 8.5, and probably in 6M/1Y a Solid 9.5
Darkest Dungeon 2 is truly a “streamlined, unnecessary genres dropping and infinitely expanding“ evolution of its predecessor. This beautiful work of harmoniously coexisting design and mechanics reminds me of an enormous roguelike jug filled to the brim with horrifyingly hardcore gameplay, many difficult choices, huge 50+ hours long campaign and a whole bunch of Lovecraftian horror! Oh and there are cute pets riding on your stagecoach too.
This Lovecraftian road trip takes you to the guts whether it's during the strategic fights that end in sweat and blood, in the introspection of the heroes or in the exploration of the dreadful places. Darkest Dungeon II made the risky bet of not being content with being an improved version of the first opus. Although we may regret some changes, we must still note that the game has found its identity. The pre-eminence of the rogue-lite aspect is the strong choice of Red Hook which thus manages to create the impression of facing adversity that is beyond us. The game is not perfect, however, suffering in particular from rather hollow passages with the diligence and from its sometimes punitive hazardous dimension. Intended mainly for seasoned players, this title will delight those who have a taste for optimization and effort.
Darkest Dungeon II is a new fight against the eldritch horror, but this time the roguelite formula doesn't fit perfectly with the title. Despite some stiff parts, the intense and cruel battles are still at the core of the experience.
Darkest Dungeon 2 is a worthy sequel to the 2015 original. It’s a fearless alteration of a well-known formula, while also building a game that you really don’t need any context for. Despite issues with some of the best aspects of the game being thinned by its new formula, Darkest Dungeon 2 remains one of the most exciting strategy games in a while.
You have managed to create a game that is frustrating and downright annoying. One of the major issues is the lack of progression. It's disheartening to invest hours into a run only to have it abruptly end because one character randomly falls ill. While the concept of starting over isn't necessarily bad, it becomes meaningless when character development offers such meager benefits. The repetition of dungeons, especially by the third act, feels monotonous. It begs the question, is this normal? In the first darkest dungeon, there was the freedom to choose, but now that choice is gone, replaced by the same repetitive gameplay. Who designed it this way?
The minimal progression system resembles that of a mobile game, where negative emotions are used to exploit addictive tendencies, but here it falls flat. I'm not sure what you were trying to achieve, but I must admit the graphics, music, and narrator are great. However, the overall experience feels shallow because the accompanying frustration outweighs everything else. A game should be difficult and challenging, but it should also provide a sense of progress, which is sorely lacking here.
Moreover, the fact that each expedition begins and ends in the exact same way, with annoying abyss enemies, is incredibly tiresome. Why aren't there multiple endings for expeditions? Why does it always conclude in the same manner? I find it hard to believe that you didn't have the resources or expertise for a more developed and analyzed game. It seems like you chose the cheaper route, following the trend of mobile games, meybe dd2 can be easily ported to phones. It's a shame to see such potential go to waste.
pc/mobile durkest dungeon 2 progress be like : "after a 45-minute run u got 5 candles...because after 7 years of development we couldn't make a long game, so well we have to maliciously lengthen the gameplay like in mobile gotcha games"
SummaryDarkest Dungeon II is a roguelike road trip of the damned. Form a party, equip your stagecoach, and set off across a decaying landscape in a last gasp attempt to avert the apocalypse. The greatest dangers you face, however, may come from within...