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Shadows: Awakening

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“An ancient proverb warns: ‘Never trust a demon, for betrayal is their very blood’.
Yet the Sura, the great ogres of the Wastes, have a different saying: ‘A demon honours its pact’. Perhaps when the race of men looks into the eyes of hell, they see their own darkness reflected…”
– Carissa Cantrecht
Shadows: Awakening is the new adventure in the Heretic Kingdoms saga. After the members of the secret council known as the Penta Nera are assassinated, their souls are consumed by the Devourers – evil demons which possess the ability to absorb the memories and personalities of the souls they acquire and materialize them as their puppets. Re-emerging into the mortal realm once again, the demonic Penta Nera continue their quest for power and immortality, but at what cost?
Shadows: Awakening is a unique, isometric single-player RPG with real-time tactical combat. You take control of a demon summoned from the Shadow Realm – the Devourer – to consume the souls of long-dead heroes and embark on an epic adventure with challenging gameplay, a gripping storyline and enchanting graphics. Do you have the focus and wits to master the world of the Heretic Kingdoms? Gather your party, control powerful heroes and use their skills to your advantage. But who is in charge… the demon, or the souls that it has devoured? It's up to you to either thwart a major threat and save the world, or to plunge it into complete disaster…

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Kalypso Media
Games Farm
Kalypso Media, Kalypso
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13+ Teen

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7 / 8 / 10 (64-bit)
Processor: Intel Core i7 or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or better
DirectX: Version 11
Mouse, Keyboard
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Last Modified: Oct 14, 2020

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The Heretic Kingdoms
Complete the game on Extreme difficulty.
Complete Both Books in Oldschool Mode.
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Complete the game on at least Hard difficulty with no puppet deaths. Because reasons.
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Shadows: Awakening reviews and comments

This isn't your typical ARPG. Most modern ARPG's focus on the loot grind and minmaxing a character. Shadows Awakening, however, focuses on its story, for better or for worse.
The story is okay. A lot of the worldbuilding is hidden behind books instead of being out in the open. The characters needed more focus on their relationships with one another, although each of them have their own fleshed out backstory. The story is branching and allows for multiple playthroughs, but I don't know if I could go through another 30 hours of gameplay for those comparatively small changes.
The gameplay is just alright. It uses a system similar to Trine where you can seamlessly switch between four "puppets". As a result, though, it never feels like any one puppet's mechanics are fully fleshed out. The system really shines when you begin combining skills across puppets; I only wish there were more skills that let you transfer buffs across puppets. It supports a variety of playstyles (tank, mage, berserker, archer, etc.) very well.
The inventory management and movement kits, however, are extremely lacking. Moving across maps felt like a slog, even with all the movement speed buffs I could find. The inventory is nothing short of a mess. It helps that you have 100 slots, but keeping track of everything is convoluted, to say the least. Skill trees could have used their own separate UI as well to help give a better sense of progression.
I'm recommending this game because it has consistency in the quality of content it provides and some good handcrafted dungeon design for an ARPG, which is a rarity these days. I did one playthrough (with every single side quest) but don't think I'll do another. I would not recommend this game to anyone looking for an ARPG to grind. There is no endgame to speak of. This is a story focused experience.
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Good Action RPG WITH some Quirks! You have several Characters in the Party between which you can switch almost at any time, plus the Demon to move around in the shadow world. You clump monsters and collect Loot in Diablo style, and you can also choose Skills and talents as well as upgrade. The Same applies to Weapons that can be enchanted, which unfortunately costs Money plus cannot be Undone. So far there has been no Crafting, but does not know if this may come later. Story rather boring, but everything is nicely set to music. I play in English because I like the English Voiceover better. Occasionally interesting Side Quests. Unfortunately, I kept Having performance slumps with FPS drops that just didn't come out of nothing. Only a Reboot of the Game fixed the Problem until the next time. I am still relative at the Beginning (Level 4), should anything still change, improve or deteriorate to the End, I will update the Review. Pros: + Beautiful Graphics + Several Characters in the Party to Choose From + Several starting Characters for Replay value + cool levels + good riddance + good opponent Repertoir + Great and demanding Bosses Contra:-Story rather uninteresting-Loot-As well as Upgrade System unfortunately not so Satisfying as with Competitors (PoE, Diablo etc ...)-Hit feedback rather lame-Fumelian Menu-Performance slumps (despite a GForce 1080)
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The worst Game Mechanics ever. Many Reviews are based on the first few Hours of Play and the graphics and the Change are convincing. Two Characters. However, you then realise how cheap it goes on. The Dialogues are dull or monotonous and, in some Cases, far too long. Worst thing: The Mauskick button is also the Button to control the Character and press switches, which makes a Fight or facial Situations much more difficult and Spongy. You are sometimes forced to play a certain Character that you don't want at all (then why the Selection?). To Talk about certain NPCs, that may still be ok, but you should be able to access all four to fight. See Zaar, it has not been equipped with the best Items or killed, because you cannot defeat Sankr due to its extreme Strength and Regeneration. An individual Way of playing Is therefore not possible. You can't change the Level of Difficulty, Boss fights are too heavy and all other Fights are too light. There is also never an Aternative, be it the Way, Puzzle solutions or Combat Situations. So a Level up to create a Boss is still not possible and if you don't get a Puzzle or a Skill Situation, you never see the Rest of the Game. The Game world is not rotating, in Situations such as the Stone Ball you don't even see it. All in All, the Game is not worth 9 Euros.
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