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The Best Roguelikes Of 2022

Looking for a banger of a rogue-like? 2022 was full of them, here are our top picks!

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Roguelike game is a subgenre of RPG games that often have randomly-generated environments, permanent death, and complex and limited resources. Most roguelikes have simple and repeating gameplay with a high fantasy narrative that makes the game enjoyable. Replayability is a feature that the roguelike games genre excels, and today, I have a list of games you would want to try.

Have a Nice Death

Have a Nice Death is a 2D action roguelike in which you play as an overworked Death in an adventure to retain the balance of souls. This game offers superb animations and aesthetic visuals that got me hooked for a long time. It also features good maneuverability, a great range of attacks and combos, and exciting levels as you progress through the story. The game is currently available on PC and is coming to Switch on March 22, 2023.

Ember Knights

Ember Knights is an action rogue-lite game you can play with friends. You play as a legendary knight in a quest to beat the mad sorcerer Praxis to restore the Prime Worlds. You can play with up to three other people, which makes fighting different bosses way more fun. The combat system is fun; getting used to it only takes a short time. You can dodge, land critical hits, and use skills to annihilate your enemy.

Cult of the Lamb

Cult of the Lamb is an exciting roguelike video game developed by Massive Monster. It’s a game where you play as a lamb and are tasked to form a cult to appease a dark god who saved your life. You venture out into the region to defeat enemies and grow your followers. You can also go on a dungeon run, harvest resources, find weapons, and sacrifice your followers to the diety. The combat system is flawless and extremely chaotic in the boss fight.

Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate

If you’re interested in an action-packed strategic game, this next one is for you. Shotgun King is a Chess game, but your king has a Shotgun. Every turn, you may either move or shoot at enemy pieces. Your only goal is to avoid checkmate and kill the enemy king to complete each level.

Backpack Hero

Backpack Hero is an inventory management roguelike game that lets you collect rare items, organize your bag, and vanquish your foes. The game is a deck-building gameplay, but instead of a deck, you got a bag. This turn-based game is exactly what you are looking for if you want a newer approach to card games.

Despot’s Game: Dystopian Army Builder

Despot’s Game is a rogue-like auto battler game developed by Konfa Games. This Game allows you to build an army of puny humans armed with a wide array of weapons to clear industrial rooms occupied by robotic menaces. The Game also features a multiplayer mode that allows players to build massive armies and have them face off against one another. Players can find stores to purchase food, equipment, and more humans between matches to strengthen their army as the story progress. Resource management and purchasing items are where the vast majority of the gameplay in Despot’s Game lies.

Rogue Legacy 2

Rogue Legacy 2 is the must-awaited sequel of Rogue Legacy that was originally released in 2013. The game’s play style is the same as the first one but better. You play as a hero with a randomized name, class, and trait to explore massive procedurally generated dungeons. The game involves doing a series of dungeon runs, and if you die, your current character’s children will secede from them with a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. It all has the things you’re looking for in a roguelike game, and replayability of the game is definitely worthwhile.

Revita

Revita is an action-packed game with impactful mechanics and an excellent combat system. Revita’s gameplay relies on players becoming masters of dashing, jumping, and shooting in 2D dungeons with geometric backgrounds. The story revolves around an amnesic child searching for his memory by progressing through a series of clock towers. Along the way, the child will encounter various bosses and meet NPCs that will aid him on his journey.

Vampire Survivors

Vampire Survivors is an amazing survival game with a great minimalistic design and a lot of rogue-lite elements. The gameplay loop is flawless. Players will experiment with weapons, ability upgrades, and builds to beat the hardest difficulty to unlock all characters. The game revolves around a simple map with a horde of enemies, and you’re tasked to survive for thirty minutes.

Astral Ascent

Astral Ascent is a 2D platformer rogue-lite game set in a modern fantasy world. Players can choose between four playable characters with different strengths and weaknesses to escape the Garden guarded by 12 Zodiacs. The game features flashy gameplay, satisfying art styles, and interesting gameplay mechanics that keep your run perfect. Additionally, you can play it with your friends to beat 12 different bosses and explore the gigantic landscapes this game has to offer.

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Hogwarts Legacy: How Good Is The Character Creation?

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Hogwarts Legacy is just around the corner, and if you’re one of those people who always expected an owl to crash into your bedroom to give you a letter of invitation to the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry then congratulations, you’re still a child at heart. One of the many things that muggle-borns are keeping a close eye on is the character creation as this always has been a huge selling point for gamers who wish to see themselves in the game their playing. No argument needed there as it simply adds to the immersion. We’ll see just how good the character creation is by giving it a good wangle!

How Good Is The Character Creation In Hogwarts Legacy?

As the game is still said to be a “work in progress” not everything is set in stone just yet. There’s plenty of options to go through however so let’s see if you can either look like a Korean pop idol of some sort or a child that looks like a melting candle.

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So the first thing you will notice once you go to the character creation screen is the plethora of Presets offered to you. This is a good start for players who just want to dive right in and explore the second-floor girls’ lavatory.

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Once you have chosen your base look you will be taken to the Facewear section where you can choose your facial structure from a set of fifteen portraits. Some players may prefer having sliders when it comes to specific parts of their custom character’s face as they really have every intention to see a carbon copy of themselves in-game.

When you’re satisfied with the shape that you chose you can also go and specify a skin color and some glasses for your character. Hogwarts is known to have a rather diverse community of students so go be yourself and choose which suits you the best!

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Moving on to Hairstyles you have two customization choices, your hair color, and the actual style of well, your hair! There can only be so many options for hair in any game as it’s quite difficult to build this from scratch compared to sculpting the bridge of your nose or adjusting the height of your temple.

Hair can be quite a delicate part of customization, especially when not all options are available to you. Nevertheless, you still have enough choices here to either look like Anton Chigur or The Daywalker. Props to you if you got any of that!

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Next is the Complexion tab, you have the option to give yourself a slight blush if or some freckles and moles if you have any. We weren’t kidding earlier either when we said that you can look like you aged prematurely. That’s what the scars and markings are for! At the end of the day it’s all about getting your features down to a T!

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On the following tab we have Eyebrows. Most options that we went through gave us the impression that everyone back in the 19th century had time to shave, and that’s a good thing! You can tell a lot from a person’s eyebrows after all. Just don’t get caught looking!

After choosing the shape that fits your fancy you can go and apply any color to it, most likely you will choose the same color you chose for your hair but hey, it’s your choice that matters here so go crazy! The same goes for your eyes as well.

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For the final touch, you have four more options. You have two choices for your character’s voice which should’ve had more in our opinion. You can also change the pitch of that voice to resemble yours. Lastly you have your difficulty selection which is pretty straightforward, you also have your character name and which dormitory you want to be sent to.

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The character creation in our opinion is good enough where it stands. It’s not great but it’s definitely not bad either. Having the option to choose a preset or create your own character completely from scratch (sliders and all) is a recent concept that players have been searching for a lot lately and it’s much appreciated that Avalanche Software gave that to us.

While others are happy with the choices they’ve been given, we can still see some possible complaints that will go after the Facewear section as limiting your features to only fifteen options is a very daring move given that there’s a chance that a player out there might not get the look they’re after.

It all just goes back to the sliders since this gives the player a more precise selection when it comes to making adjustments to their looks, plus there weren’t too many options for body-type either. It’s not a long list of shortcomings but you will have to take these into consideration if you’re the kind of gamer who spends more than an hour in the customization screen. We’re still looking forward to the game however so don’t let any of that bring you down. Thank you, and see you in the world of magic!

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