Of all the legendary creatures on the list, vampires are among the most fascinating. Both charismatic and awe-inspiring, these undead embody the fears of our most ancestors, both through their affiliation with the afterlife, but also and above all through their dependence on blood. Ubiquitous in literature, cinema or video games, this type of ghost became popular in Europe in the early 18th century and has been constantly modernized over time, addressing all layers of pop culture. With V Rising, Stunlock Studios takes up the clichés of Valheim by trying to push the concept even further. Get ready to succumb to its bite!
Three centuries after its appearance in Austrian legends, the vampire hypnotizes with its propensity to mingle with the crowd and then horror and desolation. But despite the fear it evokes, this nocturnal entity suffers from flaws that are at the heart of the V Rising experience. Bold garlic, mirror, verbena, crucifix, pole … any way is good to eliminate a vampire! Forget the clichés, Stunlock Studios’ work seeks to dispel the myth by associating it with an extremely addictive sandbox adventure. A title in early access on its way to becoming a real phenomenon!
INTERVIEW TO AND VAMPYR
Long ago, vampires had their own territory and lived in communities. Nocturnal creatures, they did not fall in the taste of the human population, who decided to rebel to regain control. Gradually, impressive armies were built, waiting for the right time to attack. A terrible conflict arose and the vampires were defeated and left all power and their old land to the man. For centuries, the undead lurked in the dark and offered their time. This has finally arrived!
V Rising is the materialization, through an action / survival game, of this revenge that vampires have been thinking about since their decline. It is in the depths of a crypt that the avatar awakens. Around him, everything is only remnants and ruins illuminated by the discreet glow of torches. With little or no explanation, we quickly understand that the fairy tale is about exchange (enemy loot), resources and inventory management. The environment is interactive and contains bones, making it possible to follow the first mission, which consists of creating a bone sword, an important defense accessory. The game Stunlock is based on this notion of targets to be followed and objects to be flushed out by smashing the sets and enemies that come to rub your fangs. We end up freeing ourselves from this crypt to find the free air and face the dangers that darkness and the lords of these obscure lands wreak. The amplified equipment (thanks to the items recovered along the way), the experience gains in presence and gradually draws the contours of this incredible quest!
PLAY IT LIKE DRACULA
Vampire requires that the main character (created from scratch by the player) has different powers, but also suffers from flaws. Evolving from biome to biome, linked together by teleporters, the player discovers that the famous creature can defeat countless enemies but also be trapped in its own traps! V Rising really imposes on our dear antihero a harmful day / night cycle. As in popular legend, the vampire can not stay in the light with the risk of suffering from the destructive effects of the sun’s rays. During the day, you also need to find different strategies to avoid being affected by UV rays! This goes through the shade of mother nature (trees, shrubs, etc.), but also the use of special stoves. Suffice it to say that in the beginning the progression takes place mainly at night!
It is also impossible to carry money for too long or risk seeing their health decline in the same way as poison attacks from toxic enemies. In addition, in order to keep up with this long quest, the vampire’s statute requires a feeding in good condition and a permanent gaze on the blood meter located in the center of the screen. This decreases as you evolve and you must constantly fill it by throwing yourself at humans (soldiers, bandits, etc.) and animals that roam or graze in the forest. In addition to the issue of survival, seizure of this blood also makes it possible to regain the traits associated with the prey. The more impressive or resilient it is, the more useful the obtained blood will be! All of these performances make V Rising a pleasant, original game that highlights the vampire’s flaws. By combining these mechanics with survival / roguelite genre clichés, Stunlock has truly found a promising formula!
After defeating the monsters in the first biome, the player lands in a forest, highlighting the richness of exchange (prey gained from enemies) and the importance of crafts (manufacture of objects). We are upgrading our equipment, we are seizing more powerful weapons, but one big problem remains: we remain at the mercy of mother nature and the dangers lurking! This is where the construction of buildings comes in, as far as the construction of a huge castle! If beginners will regret the lack of explanations (we invite you to look at our various tips news that will appear in the coming days), V Rising highlights a whole system of blocks to be placed. First, the player must assemble the objects needed to install a heart of the castle, a kind of orchestra conductor who provides all the elements that will allow him to live in his building. From there, the avatar, while gathering wood, stone, plant fibers (and many others) necessary for construction, can lay its boundaries (grounds), its palisade, create a work table, establish a sawmill, and so on. Walking around the possibilities would take too long, but the design aspect of V Rising is thought long, wide and across, and we are regularly surprised by the ingenuity of the developers. Moreover, the game requires such an amount of resources to build its castle that it is preferable to go through the adventure with several people. You can be sure you will be farming for hours! However, it must be emphasized that the heart of the castle must be supplied regularly. Therefore, like any MMO, it’s a good idea to check back on V Rising daily to make sure it does not fall apart (or come under attack from other players).
A NIGHT IN HELL (AND NOT ONLY)
Despite the number of elements to be handled (day / night, construction, fixtures, equipment …), V Rising is such a solid job that we are gradually learning to get rid of its complexity. The gameplay during the combat sequences is quite effective (and clearly taken from cult titles like Diablo), and the offensive and defensive aspects are enriched as you progress, especially by defeating bosses or minibuses (Tréant, Golem of stone, Gavyn the crooked dealer .. .). The player also encounters various more or less powerful creatures that directly affect the quest! For example, by getting rid of the alpha wolf (who appears at random), it is then possible to dress up as a wolf and therefore emerge among the forest creatures. V Rising is a compendium of surprises, and the experience is just as enjoyable, whether you practice PVE (or PvE – player against environment) or PVP (or PvP – player against player) – with its clans of vampires clashing. That said, it’s better to rub shoulders with PVE to get started as players are already formidable in PVP.
THE FUTURE BLINDER OF TWITCH AND STEAM?
If the V Rising experience is so enjoyable, it is also thanks to its realization. From its art direction to its visual variation to its mood, Stunlock’s title commands respect for an Early Access work. However, not everything is perfect, and the estimated twelve months before the official release of the game will not be too much to solve problems that lie in the genre. Thus, despite a zoom function, the focal length sometimes tends to stall in unlikely places, preventing clear visibility of the action. The second improvement point will probably be about the fights, which are a bit soft at the moment. Finally, agriculture is good, but the amount of resources required (for each of the constructions) is such that we will not say no to a rebalancing. The developers will still work with many aspects, but they can be satisfied with the work done. V Rising is an eye-catching, well-made game that deserves its current success. If you are familiar with the genre and like vampires, you can let yourself be chewed!
- A vampire in the grip of the sun
- Gameplay between tradition and modernity
- Blood type characteristics
- Artistically very solid
- Very successful atmosphere
- Its a mix of MMO, action and survival
- The richness of his knowledge
- Remarkable stability for an early entry game
- A camera that sometimes interferes with the readability of the action
- Too many resources kill the resource
- Still fighting a little soft
V Rising, coming out of almost nothing, is certainly a promising title. Whoever is making the Fortnite post on Twitch has all the addictive gameplay! Its lore, its vampires, its clans … everything is done to make the experience unforgettable! Whether you’re a fan of PVE or prefer the kindness of a PVP, Stunlock Studios’ work is adorned with very original mechanics, while relying on the familiar clichés about hack’n slash on ‘Ancient’. Beautiful, engaging, ingenious and brings together the best of worlds between sandbox and survival games, it promises to be a small phenomenon destined to last. The twelve months that separate us from its official release will allow the development team to refine every aspect of the title by bringing new layers of gameplay. We drool in advance!
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