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    dkirschner's Gauntlet (PC)

    [June 15, 2015 11:19:55 PM]
    I wish I'd posted about Gauntlet months ago when I first played it so I could read exactly what I thought about it then. I bought it during the last (winter 2014) Steam sale for me and P to play co-op together. We played some, but my old computer couldn't run it very well and I thought the game sucked. P has been playing it a lot though. He's probably beat it with every character and he has lots of rare achievements. My new computer runs it perfectly, of course, and it turns out the game doesn't suck after all.

    I chose the warrior, Thor, and once I got used to the controls and the flow of the game, more or less steamrolled my way to the final boss on normal. The final boss is kicking my ass though. The warrior is definitely not strong against ranged attacks, which you have to deal with aplenty on the final boss. I did read that his charge and leap attack make him invincible for a moment, so I need to try and charge into/leap attack when these gargoyles are shooting fireballs at me. That' the part where the battle tends to fall apart. I lose control, can't kill the gargoyles with everything else going on, get overwhelmed, and die. I also need to "clear the trash" before going after the mirror images.

    To contextualize what I'm saying, the final boss flies around summoning various types of enemies. He starts with easier ones and works up to harder ones. Every so often, his sword gets away from him, and he splits into like 10 mirror images. You have to whack them all to find the real one. Once you damage him a bit, he gets the sword back and starts summoning again. But since he's been summoning, then there are a bunch of other enemies along with the mirror images. What I figured out is that he won't get his sword back until you do some % of damage to him, so you can slowly go about clearing the room first. I just haven't perfected it enough to win.

    I did join some random co-op games tonight thinking I might sneak in a game that was at the end, but it never happened. I played in a few games for about half an hour, always as the Valkyrie because no one likes her for some reason. Anyway, I will try again later to kill the final boss. If I can't quite get it, I'll wait for P and he can help me out.

    I doubt I'll play this much, not solo at least, after I down the final boss. It's a fun little game, but there's not a lot of depth to it. You don't get any new stats, there is no equipment to loot save about 10 "relics" you can purchase and upgrade. You can have two on at any given time. It's very much like the old Gauntlet, straight up hack and slash, no pesky stats to get in the way. But that doesn't hold my attention terribly long! There are four characters you can play, but I don't really see the point of going through with more than one since they begin and end the exact same, save their three or four different abilities and whatever relics you accumulated money for. I like playing different characters in these types of games, like Diablo, because you can build them differently and specialize them in various ways. These are like buying pre-packaged sandwiches. It comes with whatever's on it; you don't add anything else.
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    dkirschner's Gauntlet (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Monday 26 January, 2015

    GameLog closed on: Monday 21 December, 2015

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Pretty fun! Excited to check out all classes and get more of a handle on what's going on, especially with upgrades, perks, items, etc. --------------- Will play again if Patrick gets on, but I think I'm done.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstar

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