Isometric co-op OARPG-ish fun: Grim Dawn, Pagan Online, and Darksburg

    
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If isometric online games that aren’t quite true MMOs are your thing, then this is a good week for you. We’ve got so many to cover right now we’re gonna round ’em up right here.

First up? Grim Dawn. Crate Entertainment is promising a major update for its optionally online ARPG in July, focused mostly on quality-of-life upgrades, including auto-looting, revised weapons, Arcanist mastery, mob health, visuals, map selection, and a new dungeon. If you know anything about Crate’s dev history, you know they loooove jacking up the difficulty of their games, so expect a revamp of difficulty balance too, and not the kind that makes the game easier.

Wargaming’s upcoming OARPG Pagan Online has completed another leg of its march toward launch with the first of its planned summer updates this week. This patch includes the new ability tree system, the revamp of the stat system, and tweaks to crafting to make it less essential, plus the new Act IV storyline. The downside? Progress for testers was wiped.

Finally, there’s the upcoming Darksburg, which as we’ve previously noted is a bit of a cross between Diablo and a co-op zombie survival title. But don’t think this one’s all PvE: PvP is going to be a big deal in the game too, as players can become zombies to wreck the players themselves, and yes, there’s a trailer to go with the announcement of this mode.

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MassivelyMacD

I know it is of no importance really, but it is not isometric, it is just bird’s eye perspective.

Turn the mouse wheel in Grim Dawn, you will see the perspective change. In isometric that would not be possible as it is, well, isometric.

Isometric was in use while graphics were still sprite-based, as near and far objects have the same size in isometric and parallel lines remain parallel even when they point away from the camera (isometric is a special form of “parallel projection”).

In contrast games like D3, PoE and Grim Dawn use perspective projection as provided by 3d engines but position the camera on top and in front of the player character.

Having said that, I currently absolutely enjoy Grim Dawn. They did so much right. It is the first game that puts me in the same mood as D2 and in fact there are several things that make me personally even rate it above that. Brilliant stuff, well done, looking forward to the next patch.

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BalsBigBrother

Crate Entertainment taking a leaf out of Blizzards books and taking features from a popular mod, in this case Grim Internals, and incorporating them into Grim Dawn.

Not that there is anything wrong with that and Crate at least name checked the mod in their update notes so that we know where they got their inspiration from.

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Castagere Shaikura

I just watched the live stream from Crate and that patch is Brilliant.

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hoylegu

If any of these come to the Switch, I’ll buy it Day 1.

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3dom

No ARPG list is worth attention if there is no Inquisitor: Martyr v2.0 in it. Look and feel much better than the mentioned games.

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BalsBigBrother

2.0 certainly made it a better game but the others mentioned here are no slouches either. Grim Dawn especially which I would rate a bit above Martyr but then again its had longer in the oven to bake so to speak.

I am looking forward to continuing the story in the standalone expansion Prophecy that is releasing at the end of the month that also come with a new class to play too.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Devs really listened to their players. 2.0 has made a lot of fans happy. I play a melee Crusader and just love the heck out of that guy. “See the Xenos, kill the Xenos.”

My favorite, though, is when he bashes an alarm to smithereens shouting, “Die, heretic!”

Just a real good time.

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Solaris

Grim Dawn is the only one worth mentioning.

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Castagere Shaikura

The duel class system is a must to me now. I won’t even go near Diablo3 or POE anymore. GD is just so fun to play and the updates get better and better. This Dev team reminds me a lot of the dev team for Warframe.

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Castagere Shaikura

Anything posted about Grim Dawn here makes me happy.