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  • Summary: Darkest Dungeon is a gothic roguelike RPG dungeon crawler about the psychological stresses of adventuring. You will lead a band of four heroes on a perilous side-scrolling descent, dealing with a prodigious number of threats to their bodily health, and worse, a relentless assault on theirDarkest Dungeon is a gothic roguelike RPG dungeon crawler about the psychological stresses of adventuring. You will lead a band of four heroes on a perilous side-scrolling descent, dealing with a prodigious number of threats to their bodily health, and worse, a relentless assault on their mental fortitude! Five hundred feet below the earth you will not only fight unimaginable foes, but famine, disease, and the stress of the ever-encroaching dark. Darkest Dungeon focuses on the humanity and psychological vulnerability of the heroes and asks: What emotional toll does a life of adventure take? Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. Jan 31, 2016
    98
    Darkest Dungeon is one of the most intense and immersive games out there. A product of creative genius and flawless design, it delivers, with simplistic perfection, a difficult yet addictive experience.
  2. Jan 26, 2016
    90
    Darkest Dungeon is an unrelenting adventure as well as an intricately designed puzzle. Swiftly punishing foolhardy players while rewarding the ruthlessly pragmatic, it hammers home the message that risk is not always worth the reward. Knowing when to fold them is the key to triumph, even if doing so means abandoning your loyal followers and slipping further into amorality...Being a heartless scumbag isn’t particularly pleasant, but if Darkest Dungeon‘s taught me anything, it can be one hell of an amazing ride.
  3. Mar 9, 2016
    90
    Red Hook Studios' Darkest Dungeon is one of the most compelling Lovecraftian video games ever made.
  4. Jan 25, 2016
    85
    Darkest Dungeon's sanity system is worth the entire experience. Try it, but don't expect a good story or a traditional RPG.
  5. Aug 12, 2020
    80
    There is a good reason that Darkest Dungeon won a ton of awards and sold over 2 million copies - in portraying the dark underbelly of fantasy adventuring it touched on subjects rarely addressed in games before it. Its amazing sound, comic-like graphics, and intense, perpetual Ironman difficulty create a title that was addictive to those wanting Lovecraftian horror with a side of near Dark Souls difficulty. If you have never experienced it before, now is a great time to make its acquaintance, to be prepared for the release of Darkest Dungeon 2. And, if you were a previous visitor, make sure you take another look to experience the new DLC that has been added since your departure. Hours of broken peripherals and rage quits await.
  6. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Feb 11, 2016
    80
    Budget deficit is the main problem of DD – you’re all but forced to replay the same dungeons over and over. On the other hand, that gives you ample time for experiments with party composition and skills. [Issue#206, p.65]
  7. Feb 26, 2016
    50
    It would be a mistake to call Darkest Dungeon a roguelike game. It is, in fact, a more elaborate version of Cookie Clicker. You play with numbers instead of playing a game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 150
  2. Negative: 33 out of 150
  1. Feb 3, 2015
    10
    Darkest Dungeon is at it’s heart more than just a rogue-like RPG. It’s a tale, a story, an epic if you will. Becoming attached to yourDarkest Dungeon is at it’s heart more than just a rogue-like RPG. It’s a tale, a story, an epic if you will. Becoming attached to your characters cannot be helped and only makes those final blows much more painful to witness. You cannot go wrong with Darkest Dungeon.

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    Gameplay: Darkest Dungeon gameplay is slow and methodical, but that does not make it stale. Oh no, the gameplay is as staunch as the droves of monsters you’ll slay. To rush your decisions will lead your party to suffer both mentally and physically. It’s unforgiving, and you’ll probably throw a few cusses at the screen but it’s part of the experience. This is a turned-based strategy gem, and you’ll see that the moment you step into the abyss.

    Mechanics: Controls are simple, actions are responsive. It’s a very well designed UI with enough depth to achieve what you want without feeling overwhelmed by navigation. You can literally play the entire game with just a mouse, unless you wish to name your characters after family members (not recommended).

    Graphics: Amazing enough to warrant the purchase of an art book. It’s orginal, somber, but warm enough to set it apart from other dreary titles. It takes you back, draws you in, and provides more than enough character and emotion while remaining true to the art direction. Nothing seems out of place, and at the same time everything feels otherworldly.

    Story: A solid foundation for a rogue-like game, and more than enough narration and backstory to keep you invested. The story is not the focus, but will provide you with everything you need to understand the world and characters.

    Replayability: Very high. There’s tons of upgrades (both town and character) and lots of trinkets to be found, if you stay alive long enough to make use of them. On top of that, there are currently three distinct areas with different enemies and randomized dungeons.

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    Recommended: Yes, very.
    Rating: Currently 9.5/10 (rounded up) - This is not a game you want to miss

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    Darkest Dungeon is the most original and deadly combination of genres to date. No area of the game is left unpolished, which says a lot for an Early Access title. I will continue to enjoy this game for an endless amount of time as it offers both an immense amount of replayability, depth, and challenge.
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  2. Mar 13, 2016
    10
    Это просто шедевр. Эта игра хороша всем, я в ней не смог найти недостатки. Разве что, рандом иногда решает.Это просто шедевр. Эта игра хороша всем, я в ней не смог найти недостатки. Разве что, рандом иногда решает.
  3. Mar 29, 2016
    9
    One of the best dungeon crawlers of all time.

    I've been playing Darkest Dungeon on PC for about a year after getting a lite version off a
    One of the best dungeon crawlers of all time.

    I've been playing Darkest Dungeon on PC for about a year after getting a lite version off a friend, then getting another beta version until finally last month I purchased it in full.

    The basic set up is that of most good dungeon crawlers. Town. Heroes. Recruitment. Upgrade. Grind. Loot. Back to town and repeat.
    What makes DD so unique, is that outside the usual health, you also get a sanity meter. As your heroes get more spooked, they can become a handful to manage and often if not attended too, can end up making other heroes go off the rails. This micro-managing of personalities as well as stocking and choosing a team to delve into the dungeons with, makes preparation as important as pulling it off whilst down there. I like to enlist a few of each type of heroes, as you'll find some upgrade faster than others and dungeons require certain levels to enter - basically you maybe running x5 top level heroes and x5 half-good heroes and x5 noobs.

    The game-play is repetitive. But it's great.

    I read a comment from a **** complaining that a hero you've invested 12 hours in can die in 2 seconds - no ... they really can't if you play the game. Darkest Dungeon is massively reactive to your play style and decision making, but also, it often forces you to exit a dungeon before completing the task when your levelling up... retreating isn't dignified, and I try not to, but to master the game you must when you must, or simply lose all the heroes and then rage quit.

    If you don't mind the grind, this game will be a delight. I've returned to it 3 times now and I know one day I'll re-start and have another 50hours beautifully wasted ranking up a new selection of heroes.

    Best new RPG of 2015 for me. Great stuff!
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  4. May 30, 2016
    8
    The premise of darkest dungeon is great the flaws however.

    1. When walking to a door why can't you go through it if your characters are
    The premise of darkest dungeon is great the flaws however.

    1. When walking to a door why can't you go through it if your characters are directly on top of it.
    2. Regarding your supplies why do they get sold automatically after each mission?.
    3. Having no real to lose stress means you often just lose due to heart attacks which makes game unbalanced (strees should recover over time e.g 5-10 stress per room also party should be allowed to seprate so that 1 person can scout ahead at an increased stress rate so your party doesn't get surprise attacked and streesed out.
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  5. Jul 20, 2020
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Довольно красочная игра, однако очень уж однообразная и монотонная. Expand
  6. Feb 10, 2016
    5
    Who will LOVE this -- ?

    + Players looking for an extreme, roguelike challenge. + Those who love games of chance, taking risks, and
    Who will LOVE this -- ?

    + Players looking for an extreme, roguelike challenge.
    + Those who love games of chance, taking risks, and either winning or losing big.
    + People who appreciate quality artistic design and style.

    Who will HATE this -- ?

    - People who appreciate skill and strategy over sheer, dumb luck.
    - Fans of RPGs that rely on meaningful mechanics and smart, rewarding play.
    - Individuals who wish to finish what they start.

    There is no "in-between" for Darkest Dungeon. I adore brutally difficult games (strategy titles like XCOM, realistic shooters like ArmA, punishing RPGs like Dark Souls, realistic flight sims like the old Jane's series, etc.), but that's not what this is. Darkest Dungeon presents you with a myriad of brilliantly designed gameplay concepts that all boil down to one and only one mechanic -- completely random rolls of the dice.

    Whether you play smartly, or you just grab the nearest torch and blindly explore with half-a-party...you have about an equal chance of success or failure. The RNG is so horribly stacked against the player, that the game's most creative idea (the Stress mechanic) -- which should have created wildly interesting character evolution -- basically degenerates into even more of a chance for the RNG to destroy all of your progress in the most ridiculous way possible.

    HOWEVER -- if you're willing to simply play the game like you would play the slots in Vegas -- then Darkest Dungeon offers what amounts to one of the coolest, most interactive slot machine ever. It's so much fun to watch, and that's what you're basically doing. You can increase your chances of success by getting into the mechanics of probability and kitting out your party with better chances to "roll high" (similar to playing 3-4 slot machines at once). Know, however, that in the end, success or failure is based almost entirely on 100% luck...and the House always wins.
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  7. Apr 4, 2021
    0
    Здравствуйте, дорогие пидо.... разработчики. Я играл 40 часов. Нафармил денег, персов, обвесов редких. Пошел я наху.. в заповедник, попался наЗдравствуйте, дорогие пидо.... разработчики. Я играл 40 часов. Нафармил денег, персов, обвесов редких. Пошел я наху.. в заповедник, попался на фанатика, мой стак под него не был приспособлен и соснул с заглотом. Прошу вернуть мои обвесы.https://steamcommunity.com/id/ashen0ne1/ Expand

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