One Way Heroics Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com One Way Heroics RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Steam Summer Sale 2017: The 10 Best Roguelites Under $15 https://www.gameskinny.com/0t4dw/steam-summer-sale-2017-the-10-best-roguelites-under-15 https://www.gameskinny.com/0t4dw/steam-summer-sale-2017-the-10-best-roguelites-under-15 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:40:38 -0400 stratataisen

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Unexplored

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Standard Price: $9.99
Sale Price: $7.99
Rating:
 Very Positive
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Unexplored it is easy to play, but it’s also easy to die. This is a real-time, roguelite dungeon crawler that has you solving puzzles and engaging foes both big and small in melee combat in order to reach the dragon in the dungeon’s depths. Both the dungeons and puzzles are procedurally generated, fruther adding to the variety and replayability of the game.

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Get Unexplored on Steam

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That wraps up our list of the best roguelite games currently available at a discount through the Steam Summer Sale! Do you plan on picking any of these up? What other roguelites are you wishing you'd see on sale? Let us know in the comments!

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Streets of Rogue Collector’s Edition

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Standard Price: $19.98
Sale Price: $8.98
Rating: Very Positive
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Streets of Rogue is a roguelite Early Access game that revolves around the player’s choice, freedom, and anarchic fun. Instead of a dungeon, the game takes place in a functioning, procedurally generated city full of citizens trying to go about their daily lives. There is no set way to play the game, so you can complete the missions how you see fit. You can avoid combat altogether, or bring the pain to those who get in your way. 

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Get Streets of Rogue Collector’s Edition on Steam

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Starward Rogue

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Standard Price: $11.99
Sale Price: $2.39
Rating: Very Positive
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Traverse through the Megalith -- a roguelite labyrinth that’s lodged into the side of a star -- while dodging wave after wave of bullets and claiming both weapons and upgrades. In Starward Rogue, you must uncover the secrets of a massive structure while losing your head (don’t worry, it grows back). Defeat the Warden and rescue Rodney, a mysterious AI with uncertain motives.

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Get Starward Rogue on Steam

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One Way Heroics + Plus Edition

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Standard Price: $9.98
Sale Price: $4.53
Rating: Very Positive
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Travel the multiverse to face the Demon Lord, but keep moving because with each action you take the Darkness will creep ever closer until it engulfs everything. One Way Heroics is almost constantly scrolling in one direction. It features procedurally generated worlds, multiple classes that have their own skills and advantages to unlock, and a dimensional vault where you can store items in case of death. The + Plus Edition includes the DLC One Way Heroics Plus, which includes new classes, new skills, and new NPCs.

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Get One Way Heroics + Plus Edition on Steam

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FTL: Faster Than Light

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Standard Price: $9.99
Sale Price: $2.49
Rating: Overwhelmingly Positive
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Ready to take command of your own starship? FTL is a roguelite spaceship simulation that allows you to become the captain of a starship crew and vessel. The galaxy you explore is randomly generated -- full of glory and defeat. Be careful as you take on enemy ships, though. Because once you’re dead, there’s no coming back.

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Get FTL: Faster Than Light on Steam

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Dungeons of Dredmor

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Standard Price:$4.99
Sale Price: $2.49
Rating
: Overwhelmingly Positive
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Are you ready to test your luck in Lord Dredmor’s Dungeons, where you have to craft, cast, and pillage your way through them? You are? Lovely! This roguelite RPG game has classic roguelike gameplay with point-and-click interfaces, randomly generated dungeons, old-school pixels, and...some lutefisk?

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Get Dungeons of Dredmor on Steam

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Downwell

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Standard Price: $2.99
Sale Price: $1.49
Rating: Overwhelmingly Positive
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As the name implies, Downwell is a game where you jump down a well and continue to fall, and fall, and fall trying to get to the treasure at the bottom -- oh, and watch out for all the things trying to kill you on the way down. Thankfully, you have your fashionable and lethal Gunboots to help destroy all the nasty creatures and debris in your way.

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 Get Downwell on Steam

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Dead Cells

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Standard Price: $16.99
Sale Price: $14.44
Reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive
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Kill. Die. Learn. Repeat. Dead Cells is a roguelite, Metroidvania action-platformer (try saying that 5 times fast) -- also called a RogueVania for short.

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This Early Access title boasts progressive exploration of an interconnected world, along with the replayability of a roguelite and the adrenaline pumping threat of permadeath. However, with each death, you unlock a new area and you get to keep the abilities you’ve already gained, allowing you to get to different areas you couldn’t get to before.

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Get Dead Cells on Steam

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Crypt of the NecroDancer: AMPLIFIED PACK

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Standard Price: $21.98
Sale Price: $8.15
Rating: Overwhelmingly Positive
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Have you ever wanted to dance your way through a crypt full of grooving undead? Yes? Well, check out this rhythm dungeon crawler! Deliver a beatdown to zombies (and more) to the rhythm of a seriously epic soundtrack. And if you’re not impressed with the tunes in Crypt of the NecroDancer, play the game with your own library of music instead.

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This pack includes the Amplified DLC.

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Get Crypt of the NecroDancer: AMPLIFIED PACK on Steam

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20XX

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Standard Price:$14.99
Sale Price: $11.99
Rating: Overwhelmingly Positive
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Looking for a roguelike action platformer? Well, look no further than 20XX! In this Early Access game, you’ll jump and shoot your way through levels that are constantly changing, upgrade your hero, and battle epic bosses to save humanity...maybe.

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This game also supports co-op, so you can play with a friend!

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Get 20XX on Steam

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It's that glorious time again -- the Steam Summer Sale, where your pockets become suspiciously lighter and your Steam Library expands. There are numerous deals to be had, including many under $15! With all those various titles dangling in front of you, what should you buy?

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If you’re looking for of fun challenge, might I suggest a roguelite game? With some challenging features like permadeath, these are great if you really want to git gud and test your skills as a gamer. And until the Steam Sale ends on July 5, these 10 roguelites are currently at a discounted price, and they're definitely worth picking up.

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Best Fantasy RPGs You've Never Heard of But Should Play https://www.gameskinny.com/26t1b/best-fantasy-rpgs-youve-never-heard-of-but-should-play https://www.gameskinny.com/26t1b/best-fantasy-rpgs-youve-never-heard-of-but-should-play Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:00:01 -0400 Captain Booya

The theme of Fantasy and the RPG genre have gone together like bread and butter since tabletop games--before it even became a gradually growing niche in video gaming. There's a seemingly timeless appeal to adventuring beyond the real world's boundaries, putting on your robe and wizard hat, and swinging that huge Buster Sword at anyone who dares provoke your wrath.

Though the other ingredient of a grand fantasy RPG is not only the setting, for avid gamers like myself, but the core mechanics--how it plays, and whether that makes the overall experience fun and engaging over a reasonable period of time. The key to nailing it in this department, is to give the player a multitude of viable choices and customization; whether it be combat, gear, classes, stats allocation, group setups, or freedom to choose where and what you do, as famously delivered in The Elder Scrolls series.

With that point in mind, below is an informed list of a few titles that have successfully built and improved on the formula for an intriguing RPG, whilst making it their own--Though perhaps hasn't gone recognised for that feat in the way The Witcher 3 has.

1. BattleHeart (iOS, Android)

Occasionally, there's a mobile game that is simply fun, innovative, and honestly good enough to be on any platform. BattleHeart ticks those boxes. While it does lack a story outside of the generic 'fight back against the dark forces' and the setting is the archetypal swords and wizards, it oozes personality with just its colorful 2D art style and soundtrack.

It plays like an RTS of sorts, in which the touch-screen controls aid the flow, but if it truly was of that genre, I'd have no business mentioning it here as an RPG. The big difference here, and also what makes it a unique RPG experience, is that you're 'limited' to commanding a party of 4 characters, from a gradual choice of 10 or so which you can recruit at your leisure, swap in/out, manage equipment, and level up. These characters generally fit into the roles of Tank, Melee, Ranged, or Support; all are interesting and have their quirks.

 

Eduardo the bard appears to be a cheeky nod to FF4's Edward.

Each stage presents you the simple goal of holding off the waves of monsters with your preformed team, in real-time. You have full control over all 4 characters, commanding them to move there, attack that guy, and most importantly using each character's several cooldown abilities, which are unlocked gradually as they level up between stages.

Battleheart has since had a spiritual sequel, Battleheart Legacy, which took many familiar tropes and abilities from this first game and made it into an incredibly solid single-character RPG.

Why it's awesome:

BattleHeart. They named their game perfectly. It's all about the battles. After a bit of a warm-up and recruiting a full party, these stages start to demand your full attention. There are not many times you will simply sit and watch your team and the enemies auto-attack each other.

It's not just a game of blasting through all your cooldown abilities ASAP to do more damage but using them thoughtfully in a way that keeps you afloat on the tide of battle. Characters can't take hits forever, and even a tank will need backup heals or buffs to survive.

It all feels very tightly-knit, in a way that makes classes, gear, ability usage and your personal micro-management all matter; And that is a sin in many RPGs and MMORPGs--that you're often given the choice of so many complexities that ultimately don't matter because the game is too easy to consider them. Which leads me to: 

2. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (Xbox 360, PS3, Steam) 

Another strong RPG that makes your choices of combat preparation matter. It's not the lowest-profile game on this list, but this party-centric RPG by Capcom seems to have remained a sleeper hit--perhaps a side-effect of Skyrim hype dominating the fantasy world through 2012 when the game was originally released.

At the time it was given only average reviews, with too much emphasis given to what it lacks, and nowhere near the recognition it deserved for its ambition to try something new, and for what still makes it stand out to this present day.

The basic gist is you create a character. (And my, the options available there are a doozy. Want your legendary hero to be a fat, black dwarf with blue hair? Your wish is granted!) You then also create your lifelong 'Pawn' companion in the same creation screen, who will always be one of the 3 AI Pawns that will follow and battle alongside you throughout the adventure.

After some intro, you are placed in the home village and tasked with seeking out and killing a huge Dragon that stole your heart. But not in the romantic way, as this isn't an eastern visual novel.

Of course, the objective to go murder the tower-size dragon is only an overarching, long-term goal, with main quests leading up to the inevitable stand-off. For starters, you'll just be choosing a class for yourself, and later for your 'Main Pawn' too. So begins the quest, where you'll chat to NPCs for tasks, recruit other player's pawns (If you're online) to fit your party's needs, find and combine items, and slay a heck of a lot of monsters, big and small, as you explore caves and the countryside.

Why it's awesome:

The combat style and party dynamic make this game stand out a mile from other open-world RPGs. First off, it's all real-time, complete with opportunities to dodge, block, or cause enemies to stagger due to high damage. Secondly, the ability to literally climb all over large enemies. Nope, it's not a scripted quick-time event, and yes, there are tactical reasons to do this, depending on the enemy. The Strider class, in particular, is most adept at climbing, which, for example, allows him to quickly scale a Cyclops and play one-eyeball-fillet on its face.

He's upset and it's not even happening yet.

The use of elemental attacks can also make a huge difference in your encounters, which are mostly delivered by Mages or Sorcerers. The class you choose to play for yourself and your main pawn affects what you'll desire from the other two you'll recruit--and your criteria will change as you learn more about your enemies, progress to new foes, or change your own class.

Initially, your choice is only 3 classes, or 'Vocations'. But once you hit the big city, Advanced Vocations are available to buy with the Discipline points you earn from killing stuff - Over time, you can switch between, and rank up, all of these classes on your character, and your AI companion, too. This system continues to keep you intrigued for quite some time, and there are benefits too, because you can equip traits earned from ranking up one class to help buff up your build for another.

This might sound like too much depth, but it's all unlocked gradually so as not to be a bombardment to the brain. Half of the fun is discovering what nifty moves each vocation has as you rank them up, and as you pick and choose which abilities to equip before you head out for another outing.

 

The nature of the vocations also feel less stereotypical for an RPG, too - familiar concepts, (Mages, Rangers, Knights) yet they feel fresh, due to the way Capcom has presented the combat. For example, I personally tend to avoid ranger-types like the plague because it can often be the simple 'pew pew endless arrow spam' experience. When I first fired up this magical game, however, I was intrigued by the Strider vocation, who can not only wield a Shortbow, but employ ninja-like skills with dual daggers, double jumps and dodge rolls.

All of this, wrapped in a world full of dark fantasy creatures like Chimera, Lichs, and Cockatrices. Speaking of dark, Dragon's Dogma also boasts a great atmosphere through it's environmental lightning--And the fact that not keeping your character's lantern alight results in darkness that actually hinders your visionI have yet to experience a lantern-lit trek in a dark forest the way I did with this game, squinting at the shadows of Hobgoblins just beyond the reach of the light.

 

Rounding off an already excellent package was the re-released version, Dark Arisen, which adds many hours of end-game-oriented challenge, and new beasts to conquer. Given the fact it took 3 years for this to come to PC, it really says something about a lack of these kinds of games, in that it still doesn't feel at all dated now.

3. Valdis Story: Abyssal City (Steam)

In a nutshell, a 2D Metroidvania-inspired platforming ARPG, albeit with a title that appears to just be words with a colon between them. But how much hides under that nonsensical title?

You take control of Wyatt, a gruff, sword-wielding half-demon guy. The game takes place in a strange underwater city, with various zones, which holds some significance in the ongoing war between Angels and Demons. But there are people living there too, which is awfully convenient when it comes to your gear shops and upgrades. 

Why it's awesome:

This is a lovingly crafted indie game. The art style has some anime influence but is unique in its own right. The music is also a salve to the ears, from melancholy exploration tracks to hyped-up boss themes, it always fits the pace and mood of the game.

The gameplay itself is smoothly controlled, platforming and exploration are satisfying. Combat is challenging and varied. Bosses, in particular, are a crazy time, and may well have you retrying several times--But you won't mind, because the fights themselves are a lot of fun, and backed by that awesome soundtrack.

There is plenty of choice in play style as you progress to find weapons and armor in typical Metroidvania style. Leveling up is also more than just a buff to your Health bar--you earn an ability point to spend on one of three skill trees each time. This will quite drastically change what your trump cards are in a fight.

I felt the screenshots didn't do it justice.

Besides that, you also gain access to a whole batch of different elemental magic attacks which you can map to up/down/left/right + a button. These range from offensive combo-aids, to ranged attacks, shields, and one or two utilities to help you reach new areas. Learning to combine these with sword attacks, blocking and dodging, keeps your enemy encounters interesting.

Catering to players who want to master the combat was definitely in the developer's interest, as there are around 5 difficulties to choose, ranging from cake-walk to what the game dubs 'God Slayer' which, given the fast-paced boss combat, most likely gives Dark Souls a run for its money.

Finally, there's some great replay value upon completion, as this unlocks 3 more characters to start up a new game with, and a boss survival arena mode. Though there is some slight crossovers in spells, each character possesses unique attacks and play styles to keep things fresh. A thoroughly packed and polished indie title, that stands up there with the games that inspired it.

4. One Way Heroics (Steam)

 A cute little indie turn-based Roguelike that goes on sale for about $2. The clever naming comes from the fact you spend the entire game moving to the right so that the all-consuming 'darkness' on the left of the screen doesn't kill you. In each new game, you choose a class and some stat traits to shape your journey. You unlock more choices here as you achieve milestones in the game. The idea is simply: Keep going until you can defeat the recurring appearance of the Demon King. Along the way, fighting and grabbing gear and items--Or, at least as much as the ever-chasing darkness allows.

There's a slither of a silver lining in the perma-death mechanic though, as the game lets you shove your more valuable items into a storage box upon death, to be retrieved at the start of a later playthrough.

Why it's awesome:

It has that great retro JRPG feel to it, and manages to keep a light and funny atmosphere despite the dire circumstances in this world. NPC dialogue is used both to educate with hints, and also for humor and goofy antics. I can turn this game on just to enjoy the music, which really sets the pace of it all, and I daresay it hits Final Fantasy levels of catchy.

Final Thoughts

It is my sincere hope that you friendly readers made at least one discovery, reading through this list today. The amount of hours I sunk into each game varies, but all left a positive impression and gave me new insights into what makes a great RPG, if not a great game, period.

If this shortlist has left you with burning suggestions of other fantasy RPGs I missed, let us know in the comments!

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