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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. Positive: 29 out of 29
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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. Negative: 15 out of 169
  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. May 25, 2016
    10
    After playing 300+ hours I finally feel ready to write short review. First, I think those who say that GD is just another Titan's Quest areAfter playing 300+ hours I finally feel ready to write short review. First, I think those who say that GD is just another Titan's Quest are totally wrong. Those people didn't play the game or played it not enough to see the difference. GD has much much more options to develop your character, you just don't see it at first glance. There are no OP skills, every skill is good when rightly supported and implemented. Add in devotion tree and you have almost unlimited number of creativity choices. Along with huge variety of equipment/potions/relics improvements this what makes this game great. Expand
  3. Feb 25, 2016
    10
    I have a low attention spawn for games.
    For RPGs it will be hard to keep my attention for more than 40 hours, 60 at best.
    But as right now,
    I have a low attention spawn for games.
    For RPGs it will be hard to keep my attention for more than 40 hours, 60 at best.
    But as right now, I have more than 200 hours played on Grim Dawn and most of them were when the game was incomplete.
    How much more will I play now that it is done?
    They also have the decency to sell it at a very reasonable 25$
    10/10
    Now on to my next buiild.
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  4. Nov 3, 2016
    9
    Grim Dawn is a very interesting H&S aRPG, dark and atmospheric.
    There is sufficient variety of skills and point development and the items are
    Grim Dawn is a very interesting H&S aRPG, dark and atmospheric.
    There is sufficient variety of skills and point development and the items are nice and worthy.
    Crafting is also a part that makes sense , gives more options and depth.
    Graphics could have been better. However you buy a complete game for a cheap price comparing to the initial 60euro price for D3 that was a payed beta crashed game.
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  5. Mar 11, 2016
    9
    Very addicting. Combat is rewarding and satisfying, items are very good and varied, and build are lots and mixed. Great value. Favorite actionVery addicting. Combat is rewarding and satisfying, items are very good and varied, and build are lots and mixed. Great value. Favorite action rpg since Diablo 2. Expand
  6. Aug 10, 2016
    7
    Pretty cool game that keeps growing on you. One of those that you think about - builds and stuff - even away from computer.

    One of the best
    Pretty cool game that keeps growing on you. One of those that you think about - builds and stuff - even away from computer.

    One of the best ARPGs out there, along with Torchlight 2.
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  7. Jul 8, 2021
    0
    Everything i want in an arpg i found in this game. It's an absolute gem of a game, no subs, no wierd **** just loot, exploration and fun.Everything i want in an arpg i found in this game. It's an absolute gem of a game, no subs, no wierd **** just loot, exploration and fun. 10/10 recommend to every rpg fan out there. Expand

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