Deck 13 are an attention-grabbing studio. A decade in the past, it was extremely possible that the typical gamer would not have heard of them, nor would they’ve heard of many – if any – of their titles. Venetica was the primary of their titles I attempted, although they turned extra seen by way of titles like Blood Knights earlier than releasing the Lord of the Fallen, then moving onto The Surge and The Surge 2. They are moving away from soulslikes with Atlas Fallen of their most prolonged break between releases.

Revealed throughout opening evening reside, the trailer for Atlas Fallen was undoubtedly eye-catching. Much like we have already coated, that is trying to move away from their earlier three titles, venturing into new territory. We have a fast-paced motion RPG right here, however one which has undoubtedly benefitted from Deck 13’s latest historical past whereas additionally taking inspiration from a number of different video games.



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I ought to make clear that my impressions of Atlas Fallen are primarily based on a twenty-or-so minute hands-off presentation. I have not had hands-on with the game. What I’ve seen, nevertheless, is fascinating. There seems to be excess of what the trailer lets on. In a world in destroy, you discover a magical gauntlet that permits you to management the sands of Atlas, and you are going to use this that can assist you defeat the solar god ruling the world.

The game will function a linear journey, with you visiting a number of semi-open areas. While the world is roofed in sand, with an attention-grabbing sand-glide mechanic that appears enjoyable, it isn’t the one factor you may end up traversing; this is not Sahara: The Game. You’ll end up in a number of completely different biomes – although most on the dry aspect – and uncover the huge ruins of Atlas whereas dealing with off towards varied enemies.

You’ll do every little thing by way of the magical energy of your gauntlet. As you traverse the world, you may wish to discover the essence stones unfold all through the maps. Finding these will can help you slot them into your gauntlet, supplying you with varied powers and upgrades. In exploration, these will allow you to lift long-buried ruins from the sand, supplying you with extra to discover, whereas in fight, you may end up with a bunch of latest talents to take out the enemy in entrance of you.



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Fighting is where Atlas Fallen (I hold preventing myself, desirous to name it Atlas Shrugged) seems to face out. Inspired by corresponding to Monster Hunter, these could be big monsters with a number of sections to take out. The instance within the presentation was an enormous crab monster with quite a few areas to take out, destroying it in phases earlier than you possibly can lastly end it. The thrilling factor is that it by no means seems prefer it loses the velocity and fluidity that Deck 13 look like aiming for throughout the game.

Fighting is carried out by way of a number of weapons linked to some completely different assault varieties. I noticed whips, swords, hammers, fists, and extra within the quick presentation. As your momentum will increase, represented by a bar above your health, these weapons will turn out to be extra lethal however depart you extra susceptible to break from these you are preventing. Gain sufficient momentum, and you’ll use much more highly effective and distinctive talents.

As I’ve stated, it seems like a fast-paced, partaking, thrilling fight system. Also attention-grabbing is that Atlas Fallen options co-op, supplying you with a companion for the tougher moments or simply for the enjoyable of exploration. In addition, it makes itself accessible by way of a number of difficulty choices – together with what is basically a narrative mode, letting folks discover as they please.



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I am unable to say that Atlas Fallen will likely be as described above. These are my impressions from a hands-off presentation, nevertheless it has caught my consideration. I like Deck 13 as a developer, and it seems like they’ve taken their craft to a brand new stage and course. Releasing in 2023, it is one I’ll definitely be conserving my eye on.