All that talk of Diablo III earlier in the week has made us reminisce about the good old days of the dungeon crawler RPG, before fancy graphics and big budgets. This has brought us to an indie game that should be firmly in the heart of anyone who has a soft spot for collecting treasure and levelling up. Legends of Yore is a top-down RPG, with the graphical styling and controls of a game made for the original NES console.
Choosing one of three character types (archer, warrior or wizard), players make their way in the world, interacting with NPCs and completing quests for gold coins and experience points. With enough experience points you get to level up and gain new skills, as well as buy new weapons and armour when you get enough gold. The quests generally consist of exploring dungeons and killing enough of a certain monster, rescuing someone, or defeating a boss.
While this may sound fairly run of the mill, the game is very addictive, and there are a number of things to keep you coming back to it. The developer has split the game world up into continents, which you can only cross when you have enough money and experience. Players can also get their hands on a number of different pets, starting out with a chicken or monkey, which can help out by attacking enemies, and which can also be levelled up. It’s these little touches which make the game something you’ll want to come back to.
To make things even more addictive, the game can literally be played anywhere. As well as a standalone PC download, it is available through a browser and for the iPhone and Android platforms. All your progress is stored on a central server, so you can play at home, and then carry on playing during your daily commute. Just don’t blame us if you wonder where your day has gone!
With Diablo III having been on the shelves for over a week, you’ll no doubt have got your hands on a copy if you’re a fan of hack and slash games. There has been a massive amount of excitement and build up to the launch (it has been eleven years since the last one), and this latest version gives fans even more of what they’ve come to expect – frantic button mashing, spells, loot and hordes of monsters.
For anyone too young to remember the original games, the premise is fairly simple. You control one of five characters types (barbarian, demon hunter, monk witch doctor or wizard), and have to make your way through a series of dungeons, fighting hordes of monsters and collecting treasure and weapons. As the monsters get harder your character gains more experience, allowing you to use a range of more powerful attacks and weapons. You can also customise your characters, choosing what they wear and the weapons they use, so you can create someone closely aligned to your playing style.
While the game’s single player mode may not have the most original or involving storyline, for many players this won’t matter. Diablo III features a much talked about multiplayer mode, where you can engage in a co-operative game with up to four other players. It’s here that player customisation really comes into its own, allowing you to create complimentary groups of characters to take on the worst the dungeon can throw at them. Players can also trade with each other in the game’s auction house, allowing them to get hold of stronger weapons and armour much sooner than they otherwise would.
As a security and anti-piracy measure, and in recognition of the game’s co-op focus, Diablo III requires a permanent internet connection. Of course, you don’t want to have to go back and do a level again due to you connection dropping out, so make sure you’ve got a reliable router or network card. Of course, having the official Diablo III gaming mouse will ensure that you’ve got the hardware in place to keep up with the game’s relentless button bashing!