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Gauntlet Slayer Edition

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Gauntlet is a top-down hack-and-slash game a part of the long-running Gauntlet series.

Gameplay

Like the original 1985 arcade game, in Gauntlet player takes a role of one of four characters and fights their way through several dungeons. The game revolves around slaying hordes of enemies, killing bosses, acquiring points and unlocking new abilities. There are four players to choose from Barbarian, Valkyrie, Elf, and Wizard. Each of them has the unique set of weapons and abilities. The Barbarian is the strongest melee fighter in the game; Valkyrie has a shield and spear that allow her to pierce enemies from a distance, Elf can shoot arrows and throw bomb and Wizard can combine three elements to create different spells.
The game heavily relies on multiplayer. Up to four players can play cooperatively. Playing with other people requires coordination since some of the players’ abilities can hurt other players. Besides, all the loot and extra items in dungeons, such as food that recovers the characters’ HP, accrue to the first player that collects it.

Slayer Edition

The game was initially released only for PC. In 2015, it received an updated PlayStation 4 port with Slayer Edition subtitle. The update brought a new “Endless” game mode, new weapons and abilities, and some gameplay tweaks such as increased difficulty and replacement of the in-game shop with loadout system. The PC version also received the update.

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Developer
Arrowhead Game Studios
Publisher
Warner Bros. Interactive
Age rating
Not rated
Website
http://www.gauntlet.com

System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800 / ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
Recommended:
  • OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1 GB NVIDIA 460 / AMD Radeon 5870
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Gauntlet Slayer Edition reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from French
In this version of gauntlet, we naturally find the basic principles of the original gauntlet: advancing, finding keys, opening doors, fighting against hundreds of enemies, ' generator ' of watches or ghosts to be destroyed. It is as well this sensation so specific to gauntlet to be invaded by hordes of enemies at the opening of a door. But let's stop the comparison because there is still world between this gauntlet and the original 2D (I revived the emulator Amstrad for the occasion). I find in any case this recent version very successful with several modes of games, an excellent Visual, 4 varied and interesting characters, intense fights. Of course, this game is more fun in co-op but it also plays very well alone, even if I find it more difficult.
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Microsoft from French
I was fairly shared with the game when I started it solo. I did not hang while I am rather a client of this kind of game: I am given a warrior who can rush into the heap and I am kept until the end of the game. I dropped it and my teammate continued his quiet part by advancing well since he arrived at the last boss alone. The peak of difficulty for this one is quite violent. He asked me to join him to help him. We decided to start a campaign from the beginning and there I hung. Gauntlet, it is four classes or even five with the DLC (which I do not have): Warrior (which I took), Elf (favorite personal of my game partner), Valkyrie, Sorcerer (it seemed hard enough to play) and necromantic. The tutorial allows you to get your hands on the different classes to see the one that best suits its style of play. Then it's gone for randomly generated levels (it's not amazing, but nice to see the small changes) filled with enemies to dézinguer, traps and whatnot to hinder progression. The monsters are not very varied, nor difficult to eliminate except that they are often very numerous. One of the mechanics of the game being to drown the players under the number and it works fine. There are powers, weapons with different abilities, costumes to buy with gold recovered in the levels or by unlocking masteries (destroying elements of the décor, beating a boss,...). Gold is a good way to get the hell out of the other players to find out who will have the most while cooperating since the game is quite difficult. There is the ability to resurrect with recoverable skull parts in levels or by eliminating a number of enemies. Graphically, it's pretty and varied enough not to feel weariness. The levels are pretty short overall, the funny bosses without being famous (in number of three). The lifetime of the campaign is correct knowing that there is an infinite mode for those who always want more. In summary, it is a perfect game to play several (up to four). It's simple, direct and efficient. The game is not technical, but rich enough to have fun.
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