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60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30
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  1. May 19, 2022
    80
    Dolmen is one of the most ambitious projects in the history of the Brazilian gaming industry. The detailed world building, the challenging combats, as well as ability customization possibilities. You'll probably want to play some more even after you finish it for the first time. After years of working on the title, Massive Work can be proud of the result. There is no shortage of reasons to be excited about the future of the studio.
  2. May 19, 2022
    80
    One of the most thrilling parts of Dolmen is the horror element that grows exponentially as the monsters become more difficult and much better at hiding. At first, most enemies can be seen from a distance, but they quickly begin to hide around corners, on the ceiling, or within the environment. A few jumpscares will lead to cautiously approaching every turn and inspecting all of the walls. Horror mixed with features like an intricate upgrade system, daunting combat encounters, and the ability to take on difficult bosses alongside some friends makes Dolmen an exciting title that delivers constant action and intense challenges.
  3. May 19, 2022
    80
    This game's impressive just by virtue of it being Massive Work Studios' first. But it wouldn't be fair to only give it credit for that reason. Dolmen is a fun, and exciting cosmic horror-themed soulslike whose unique (and successful!) inclusion of ranged combat helps it to stand out from its peers. If this is just the beginning of what Massive Work Studios have to offer, I can't wait to see what's in store for us down the road.
  4. May 20, 2022
    75
    You don’t need me to tell you how much of a tough sell Dolmen is this year. Still, if you’re at all a fan of the Soulslike genre and willing to forgive a little jank that comes with slight overambition and a smaller budget, I recommend giving it a go. For every frustration I had for not having quite as many “Aha!” moments when opening a door or discovering some lore, it’s equalled with other ways the game is working to impress. On offer is a solid nightmarish journey from the darkest depths to the dreadfully eerie conclusion at the world’s own horrific ground zero. This is held up by clever combat implementations and a rewarding sense of experimentation and exploration. Atmospherically enticing and fun to play, Dolmen is a game I won’t let you all forget. Even if I’m one of the few banging my drum, championing it.
  5. May 19, 2022
    75
    Dolmen brings the Dark Souls experience to space, but the gameplay doesn´t include new mechanics, and feels outdated. We enjoyed the difficulty curve, on the hard side, but we also found several technical issues and generic design.
  6. May 19, 2022
    75
    A unique world with some fantastic environment designs and challenging combat, let down by often unfair enemies and a story that just wasn’t that interesting.
  7. May 19, 2022
    75
    Terror is in the DNA of this third-person sci-fi game. The gameplay feels very entertaining and original. Sound effects and voices are good but lack polish in many areas including graphics. Otherwise, this game will give you a few hours if you identify with it.
  8. May 19, 2022
    70
    Another souls-like that doesn’t surprise beyond its setting, but that manages to offer an interesting adventure for the fans of the genre.
  9. May 19, 2022
    70
    Dolmen is a solid yet at times flawed Science-Fiction- Soulslike, that lacks the polish and the pure impact of Elden Ring, Dark Souls and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. While it brings interesting gameplay-ideas to the tables, the overall experience is harmed by either bugs or strange design-decisions.
  10. May 20, 2022
    68
    Passably charming Dark Souls copy, with which a small team has risen. Seen as an ode to the great role model and at a relatively low price, the Elden Blues has disappeared for at least a few hours.
  11. May 30, 2022
    65
    Dolmen is a Soulslike in a Dead Space setting: a dark, alien-infested space-environment filled with gore. The gameplay is what you'd expect from a Soulsgame, but has very little to add to the genre. The energy-management is a nice addition, as is the possibility to relive previous boss battles for extra nanites, the game's version of Souls. In the end, the game is too firmly stuck in the classic gameplay of Souls games, while the genre has progressed with the likes of Elden Ring.
  12. May 19, 2022
    65
    Dolmen emerges as a good entry in the world of soulslike and has its value, mainly due to the risks taken by its developer. Even so, the title has positives and negatives points in almost the same proportion, with AI, visuals and interface falling short of what they could be.
  13. May 19, 2022
    64
    Dolmen bites far more than it can chew, trying to merge the melee combat of any From Software game with the gunplay of Remnant from The Ashes: the result is an average game that tries to accomplish too many things at once.
  14. Jun 9, 2022
    60
    Despite all the sympathy that we can feel for Dolmen, the perfectible experience leaves us with a cost of incompleteness.
  15. May 30, 2022
    60
    Weak lore and slow combat in this game can only be deterrants for most veterans of the souls genre. Better spend your time with more quality games that have substance and a meaningful story.
  16. 60
    You probably could have guessed this by now, but Dolmen should have released before Elden Ring. All Soulslike games from here on out will constantly be in that game’s gigantic shadow. It’s not that there’s not enough room in this genre for more entries, especially ones that are in such a wildly different setting. It’s just that whatever games release in this space must now meet such incredibly high standards or face intense criticism and likely faltering sales. Dolmen will surely appeal to those who want a Soulslike adventure in a sci-fi setting, and perhaps were disappointed by 2020’s Hellpoint release. Just go in with lowered expectations owing to a smaller dev team, and perhaps you’ll have some fun smashing enemies to bits.
  17. May 22, 2022
    60
    In a post Elden Ring world, Dolmen feels dated and too formulaic. It also lacks the personality, character and soul of the genre’s luminaries. If you’re looking for a new Soulslike game to scratch the itch however, Dolmen will certainly do that, despite its lack of mechanical innovation and uneven difficulty.
  18. May 19, 2022
    60
    As far as sci-fi Souls-likes go, Dolmen sits somewhere between Hellpoint and The Surge in terms of quality. It can offer a rewarding experience to Souls-like fans, but it falls short of the bar set by the creators of the genre. Still, for those who have patience and persistence, and like the idea of exploring a new, futuristic setting while engaging in challenging combat, it’s worth checking out.
  19. May 19, 2022
    60
    Dolmen displays good intentions but does not always check them out. With each interesting idea, a new balancing issue arises along the way.
  20. May 22, 2022
    55
    Dolmen is an irremediably mediocre and dated soulslike, extremely generic and uninspired, with just a couple of good ideas when it comes to gameplay and weapons.
  21. May 19, 2022
    55
    Coming from Massive Work Studio, Dolmen is a horror soulslike with good storytelling and game design, but also some major flaws on gameplay and visuals. It feels outdated at times and has a lot of technical difficulties, which is sad because the game shows some potential.
  22. May 19, 2022
    52
    Dolmen innovates the Soulslike genre with how it handles Energy and ranged combat but lacks a clear vision of what makes these games enjoyable beyond just some interesting mechanics.
  23. May 19, 2022
    50
    We don't question the passion and goodwill of the developers, but perhaps, being Dolmen their first game, it would have been better for them to slow down and lay lower, aiming for a less ambitious project.
  24. May 19, 2022
    50
    There are dozens of alternatives out there either for Dark Souls fans or sci-fi nuts, and Dolmen is just too riddled with issues to recommend.
  25. May 19, 2022
    49
    I had a lot of high expectations for Dolmen, considering the premise and gameplay genre. Unfortunately, it botches just about every aspect of being a Souls-like game. There were many concerns that I could look past in the demo, but are inexcusable in a full release. Not only are the technical mechanics poorly implemented with inaccurate hitbox detection and animations, the artificial difficulty and long spans of nothingness make the game frustrating for all the wrong reasons.
  26. 45
    Dolmen attempts to add some potentially good ideas into the Soulsborne formula. Unfortunately, it misses the mark far too many times in important areas to make it worth the effort you need to play it. Great level aesthetic and enemy design are wasted on far-too-flawed combat. With so many other Soulsborne clones available, Dolmen can easily be passed up.
  27. Jun 10, 2022
    40
    For every Elden Ring, there are many Dolmens. That doesn’t mean you should waste your time playing them.
  28. 40
    Wearing its inspiration on its sleeve, Dolmen is a clear attempt at bringing the Souls-like to a sci-fi setting. However, the experience is hurt thanks to shoddy execution in almost all aspects. Featuring a non-committal narrative, poorly paced difficulty, and a general lack of polish in both single and multiplayer modes. Dolmen is difficult to recommend, especially when considering the competition out there, whether that be from more capable clones or From Software. We can only hope that the rare, good aspects are carried over into more proficient titles which are no doubt coming in the future.
  29. May 19, 2022
    40
    Dolmen arrives to the crowded soulslikes field with some valid ideas, but failing in the execution of each of its sections. If you're a fan of the FromSoftware formula, you'll find a few things to rescue, otherwise, I don't think this game is for you.
  30. May 19, 2022
    20
    I’ve played all sorts of Souls-likes, including some made primarily for mobile platforms, which is to say that I don’t necessarily need the highest production standards to enjoy the core formula. I’d be willing to forgive the laughable presentation, if the gameplay wasn’t equally bad. The game feels bad to control, the animations are stiff and clunky, the user interface is a farce, the level environments are criminally boring, crafting equipment is annoying and tedious, the bossfights are terribly designed – there’s next to nothing here that isn’t subpar. Granted, there are a few good ideas and boss mechanics in there, but all of them are either poorly executed or half-hearted. Dolmen is not only the worst Souls-like I’ve played yet, it’s also a good contender for one of this year’s worst games.
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  1. May 19, 2022
    Dolmen is not the best SoulsLike ever, but if you love the genre and the sci-fi you may enjoy it.
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. May 22, 2022
    2
    Dolmen is a ripoff soulslike clone that puts other soulslike games I enjoy to utter shame. Awful janky combat with overbloated enemy healthDolmen is a ripoff soulslike clone that puts other soulslike games I enjoy to utter shame. Awful janky combat with overbloated enemy health bars in trash mobs with the worst stamina regen I've seen yet. Bad checkpoints that leave you frustrated & forcing you to teleport back to the base all the time if you wanna upgrade or tinker with crap you never was explained how to use in the first place..Obnoxious untelegraphed attacks from enemies with BS One shot kill mechanics built to waste your time... The UI & Hud are a eyesore.. Besides all the buggy glitchy filled mess I experienced in just the first 30 mins of the game to my character locking up unable to attack or dodge attacks to a sound glitch that mutes all sound as your playing the game forcing a restart. There is also a game breaking bug that can erase all your progress upon teleporting during specific places. I can understand what the Devs were trying to accomplish but I think they missed the point out what makes a decent soulslike. Very disappointing and the worst soulslike game I've ever played. Full Review »
  2. May 24, 2022
    10
    Dolmen is a game that delivers what it promises. Fun game, beautiful graphics. People have to play more than the first hour to get used to theDolmen is a game that delivers what it promises. Fun game, beautiful graphics. People have to play more than the first hour to get used to the gameplay. Full Review »
  3. May 22, 2022
    0
    This game is a broken mess. Awful combat, graphics, level design, enemy design, voice acting, ost and game design. It’s literally the worstThis game is a broken mess. Awful combat, graphics, level design, enemy design, voice acting, ost and game design. It’s literally the worst soulslike ever made Full Review »