RPG File: Black Geyser: Courier Of Darkness is being evaluated

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Older PC CRPGs have a special place in my heart. I have said many times that Baldur Gate 2 was one of the most formative games I played as a teenager. I fell in love with the world, the system and the genre because of this game. It’s been great to see a revival of the genre later this year, and GrapeOcean Technologies’ latest installment continues that legacy. Black Geyser: Courier of Darkness released today after launching in early access and it goes back to the old classic CRPGs. Almost as obstinate.

Black geyser takes the player to the world of Yerengal, where you play as a servant of a great lord. The lord’s mansion is attacked early by the Daron-Guld rogue group, leaving you the sole survivor. Your journey begins as you try to uncover your roots, discover and help heal a world ravaged by war and greed.

Introduced as a classy, ​​old-fashioned RPG, Black geyser Full of characters to meet, locations to explore, quests to collect, and puzzles to solve. It’s a world that really took me back to my home on the Vegas Air Force base as a child, playing Baldur Gate under the light of my giant CRT monitor. The user interface is strangely reminiscent of the original Baldur Gatealthough it’s not exactly the same.

Black geyser is a CRPG that wants you to rethink those experiences and therefore lacks some of the more modern developments that have brought to the genre in recent years with things like Pillars of Eternity, Despotism, or even Gate 3 of Baldur. Some of this is welcome: the combat is challenging and feels complicated, and I love GrapeOcean’s almost 2.5D presentation on screen.

However, some of the modern additions that the genre has embraced are missing here. For example, not being able to rotate the camera to get a new angle on the map can be frustrating. It infuriated me early on and showed that I relied heavily on these flourishes. As the Scammer, a mysterious old woman Crone teaches me how to sneak, using her black cat as my protection. Being told to hide the closet and sneak into the room, I couldn’t figure out exactly where she wanted me to hide. The tutorial became even more confusing as the final location was somewhere I couldn’t see due to the way the game’s artists drew the building on the map. I couldn’t see the corner where I was supposed to hide. Instead, I had to fumble around until I could finally enter stealth mode.

Movement in Black geyser This is done simply by left clicking where you want your group to go, and this is where another largely solved problem has cropped up: the camera doesn’t track the group. I can’t figure out how to make it so and there’s nothing in the settings (that I can see) that can toggle this. It’s annoying having to click to move and then manually where I go. Something like this feels true to the genre’s roots, but they’re modern conveniences for a reason: nothing is lost by allowing the camera to track.

Another convenience was the simple matter of transferring things between party members. There didn’t seem to be a way to do so while on the inventory, I instead dropped my stuff on the ground and had one of my other members pick it up. This is incredibly complicated and frustrating, making inventory management a chore. I wish there was a way to right click and pass it to another member.

Gameplay annoyances aside, Black Geyser: Courier of Darkness is set up to feel like a tabletop RPG, although it uses its own custom set of rules instead of something more familiar. As such, you have some of the original races, although they might be considered partial copies of what you’d find in D&D itself. You’ve got your standard bog Human, Dwarf, and Elf, as well as the icy Elves known as Feldegug and the mysterious Rillow. Each race has its own pros and cons and the classes they’re locked into, meaning it’s a much more meaningful choice in terms of gameplay than a simple avatar swap.

Character creation allows you to choose between a multitude of classes, such as Outlaw Rogue, Fighter, or one of the many mage classes, to name a few. From there, you’ll pick skills, mastery – standard RPG fare. If you want to jump right into the action, you can skip the character creation altogether and choose one of the pre-made characters. It’s nice to have that option, especially when the rule set isn’t familiar, picking a pre-made character that the game’s creator has tweaked can be a good way to give some people a better understanding than before. when rushing in later.

Since it is going back to the real-time RPG titles of years past, the presentation is like the games Black geyser was inspired by. It’s a 2D environment largely made up of what look like fully 3D models, making the world feel a little more alive than the simply pixelated characters on the screen.

It comes to life with some of the most important scenes fully voiced. Unfortunately, the voice acting isn’t all that good, with some characters being over-acted and others using poorly trained Anglo-Esque accents that feel out of place. That being said, I really appreciate the dub there, as you can definitely feel its absence when you’re on a mission where it isn’t.

Combat itself is where many of these old CRPGs shined for me, and thankfully, Black geyser delivered on that front to date. As a real-time RPG, combat takes place in… well… .real time. While you get the standard “rounds” you see in a table game, complete with dice rolls under the hood, everything happens in an instant, making it both hectic and sometimes glorious. . You can pause the action at any time to set up your attacks, move party members out of harm’s way, get potions, and more. Besides, Black geyser allows you to set up moments where it automatically pauses the action for you, such as when a battle starts, a party member or protagonist’s health, etc. It’s a great touch and allowed me to get out of some pretty nasty scratches right from the get go since my Donkey bit more than she could chew.

We’re still early in the process of playing our review of CRPG, but by far it takes me back to one of the most enjoyable times in my gaming life. I’ve loved CRPGs since I played the first one when I was 14 and I’m glad they’re still in production. While I feel Black geyser may be trying to recreate that experience too closely, bringing back some of the antiquated systems and controls the genre has been fortunate to leave behind, so far I’m enjoying my time in Yerengal. We’ll have more leading up to our full review in the coming days and weeks.

Full Disclosure: A copy of this title has been provided by PR for the purposes of this review.

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