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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: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 26, 2016
    91
    Darkest Dungeon is a grim and merciless tactical strategy game whose great tension comes from its many layers of complexity, unpredictable randomization, and willingness to put our fragile characters in mortal danger if we dare to venture into its depths in search of treasure and glory. Brilliant narration and stiff yet surprisingly expressive animation make it easy to be drawn into its vague but tantalizing world, though the end feels artificially out of reach.
  2. Sep 30, 2016
    90
    Compared to the PC version the controls are not as intuitive and sometimes even finicky. But once you get the hang of it you just can’t get away from this dark heavy metal ballad that combines dark fantasy with horror à la Lovecraft and a gorgeous art design.
  3. Oct 17, 2016
    90
    Darkest Dungeon finally arrives on consoles. This sick and disturbing creature looks in fantastic shape, thanks to the relentless finishing work carried out by the team in all these months.
  4. Sep 27, 2016
    80
    A fantastically well designed and presented roguelike, that makes your heroes’ mental health just as important as their physical well-being.
  5. Dec 6, 2016
    80
    An ungodly combination of Fire Emblem and Dark Souls, it delights in making you suffer, but every small step forwards feels like a massive achievement. It’s not for everyone, but if you enjoy the darkness and feel up to the challenge, you can’t do much better than enter the Darkest Dungeon. Just make sure that all your affairs are in order and that you have written a will, because once you’re in, you might not make it back out.
  6. Oct 17, 2016
    80
    While it was a long time coming, I’m quite glad that I waited for Darkest Dungeon. The learning curve is steep, the controls are a little fiddly and the difficulty is high, but it’s a superb port of a rich game that’s become part of my daily routine. Conquering these cosmic horrors and undoing my mad uncle’s actions may be a long, grueling process, but it’s a process I’ll see to the end.
  7. 70
    Darkest Dungeon can be quite inventive and interesting at its best, but these highs aren’t held for very long. Still, this is a solid turn-based RPG with a great gimmick.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
  1. Jan 31, 2017
    10
    A great cheap rogue game. This is not supposed to be a super balanced reap what you sow type of game. This game is heavily rng based forA great cheap rogue game. This is not supposed to be a super balanced reap what you sow type of game. This game is heavily rng based for multiple plays and a good time waster. Expand
  2. Feb 9, 2021
    10
    I played this on the PC and liked it so much I recently got the complete bundle in a PSN sale. A snip at around £7. The atmosphere and pacingI played this on the PC and liked it so much I recently got the complete bundle in a PSN sale. A snip at around £7. The atmosphere and pacing of this game is great. A real gothic horror roguelike dungeon crawler. It so amusing when your band of heroes start suffering from various afflictions which can sometimes be to their advantage but most of the time a curse. There is a lot of content with all the DLC's which will keep your soul tortured for hours. Expand
  3. Apr 26, 2019
    10
    I predict within 10 years EA and Bioware will finally implode and it will have been games produced by kickstarter such as this and pillars ofI predict within 10 years EA and Bioware will finally implode and it will have been games produced by kickstarter such as this and pillars of eternity and other indie games that really started the downfall of these companies and their cookie cutter games. I really believe the evolution of gaming has taken a huge step forward with games such as this one. Personally my favourite games involve both elements of strategy and luck and this game is exactly that. I personally have nothing bad to say about this game except that it could have used an expanded tutorial. I have completed about 15 hours gameplay and have finally just really become comfortable with the game. To enjoy this game I do think you have to be willing to be a nerd and learn every nook and cranny of info you can from this game. People unwilling to adapt and learn the games mechanics will cry this game is "too hard, broken or not their style". From my perspective the game may not be ones style but it is a roque game and done brilliantly with so much to consider during gameplay. In this respect the game is near perfect in my opinion. There are tons of characters with tons of abilities, likewise for the enemies. There is tons of loot with many upgrade possibilities and the gameplay is high risks for high rewards or low risk for low rewards. This allows for almost infinite gameplay and strategy and then of course there is luck to interfere or bolster. I personally think this is a groundbreaking game but not for anyone who is unwilling to spend some time with the game and nerd out. Rather than cry a game is broken I'd say get better or lose your attitude of always winning. Epic sports teams can lose when it counts due to injuries or player mentalities breaking down, in cribbage you can get skunked or skunk someone because of a single bad cut. I like to think of this game in that same light. Risk plays out on its own terms and I love the challenge of trying to overcome that obstacle. To me that's not broken, that's actually what the game IS. Expand
  4. Dec 26, 2016
    9
    A truly brilliant game that takes difficulty to a new level. A turn based dungeon explorer that lets you adventure through a sinister worldA truly brilliant game that takes difficulty to a new level. A turn based dungeon explorer that lets you adventure through a sinister world peppered with monsters of all shapes and sizes. Unique with different de-buffs that will affect your party. This game has a ruthless difficulty that will leave you wanted to punish yourself even more. Trying to conquer the dungeons. The music and narrator not only perfectly fit the environment, but also fits the superb art style.

    This game is a 9/10 a perfect game and a must own for all gamers.
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  5. Oct 6, 2016
    8
    Darkest Dungeon is a well made rogue-like, turn based role playing game. The gothic horror presentation fits the ruthless game mechanics well.Darkest Dungeon is a well made rogue-like, turn based role playing game. The gothic horror presentation fits the ruthless game mechanics well.
    Each descent in one of the monster filled dungeons has you on the edge at some point. You may start out well, but once your further into the pit, your four heroes will have lost health, they will be stressed, inflicted by disease and sometimes on the brink of an heart attack. Your DS4 will start shaking in your hands, music and sound effects will be more intense, and your mind ponders the central question of the Darkest Dungeon:
    The heroes i have invested so much gold, emotions and time in are about to die forever - but i have come so far already! What am i to do? If i pull out now, i will forfeit all rewards and experience. But the goal is in reach!
    Darkest Dungeon will leave you with hard choices, there will be death and despair.
    This is not a game you will want to play for hours on end, because just like your heroes, you will be stressed out by it. This would be no problem, if the game would´t be just that long. I´ve invested quite some time already, but the end does not seem remotely close. Variety and gameplay seem just a bit too limited for such a long playtime.
    I´ll keep playing this fine game, but overall i think it would have been even better without the padded length.
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  6. Nov 3, 2016
    7
    Atmospheric 2D dungeon romp with a good depth in different mechanics. Controls on PS4 port are poor and will take some time to get used to -Atmospheric 2D dungeon romp with a good depth in different mechanics. Controls on PS4 port are poor and will take some time to get used to - but the actual game play is rewarding enough to keep you fumbling with the pad. If you enjoy difficult, lovecraftian dungeon romps this is good worth for your buck. The repetitive nature of the gameplay is the biggest drawback for me, hence 7/10. Expand
  7. Nov 2, 2017
    0
    Very poor tutorial and info popups (i.e. how does a given thing work in this game) on a game that's essentially a spreadsheet battle game- theVery poor tutorial and info popups (i.e. how does a given thing work in this game) on a game that's essentially a spreadsheet battle game- the exact kind of game that needs very good documentation.

    Disguising how a game works and then selling it as a strategy game is an auto 0/10, every time.

    On top of that, it's not tactically very interesting.
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