Duelyst II is a digital collectible card game and turn-based strategy game that Counterplay Games initially published. The game revolves around fighting on a 5×9 battlefield and beating the opposing generals. Generals will start the game with a maximum of 25 health points and will begin with two attack power. Per turn, generals can use cards to summon minions, use spells, and equip artifacts.
These cards cost mana core, and the mana bar will be refreshed at the beginning of each turn. Also, players can gain up to a maximum of 9 cores by taking control of one of the three mana tiles on the board. There are over 300 cards in the game, and each of them has unique effects.
Duelyst II reminds me of Final Fantasy Tactics, which I considered a good strategic game that was released in 1997. The game’s graphics are pretty average, but the combat system makes Duelyst II enjoyable. It involves taking board control in the early game to unleash your card combos in the mid to late game.
There are some RNGs involved, but skill and good cards matter here. However, anyone who supports their Kickstarter project or spends money has a massive advantage in card optimization Overall, this game is good for players interested in a competitive strategic-based game with complex card systems. Casual players might not like this, but hardcore fans would definitely play it.
Our Verdict & Score
The Duelyst 2 is a fan-made version of the original game. The devs got the whole game for free and tweaked some things to make the game exciting. The card system in the game makes it complex enough for beginners and advanced players alike. The whole gameplay and combat are fun and could be frustrating if you’re not into a strategic game. Overall, this game has a lot of potentials and could be one of the best strategic-based games ever made.
We also have a complete beginner’s guide for Duelyst 2, so if you do end up playing it, make sure to check that out as well!
Frozen Flame Review: What to Expect from this new ARPG Survival Game
Get ready for the newest RPG survival game this Fall of 2022. Welcome to Arcana.
Dreamside Interactive is about to release its new story-based action role-playing game called the Frozen Flame. This is not just your ordinary role-playing games that deal with human NPCs that will give you certain tasks and quests to complete. Frozen Flame is more than that.
This game is about your adventure inside Arcana, a land that was once governed by dragons. Now, intoxicated by the curse, the land needs a soul capable of harnessing the primeval magic to lead the land and gather allies to fight against the Ice Citadel.
As the antagonist of the game, the Ice Citadel will spread darkness and rot over the realm.
While it is already an interesting story plot, there are still a lot of things that you have to learn aside from the story itself.
Frozen Flame Review: Is it Worth Considering?
While it is exciting to know what awaits you inside the game, it is important to familiarize yourself first with basic things before we delve deeper into the game.
In this guide, we will tell you everything that you have to expect from the game. This includes the explorations, combat, world, specializations, and house buildings.
Let’s get started!
Since the previous access to the game was just a demo, Citadel was not able to get covered. However, the first area of the game was.
In the early area of Frozen Flame, there were already enemies that needs to be taken down. Once they are killed, you can loot the items that they have to add to your inventory. You can also loot crates. Destroy them and you can collect items such as armor blueprints.
One of the first tasks you will be asked to do is search for four masks that will be used to activate the teleporter. However, these masks are protected by bosses so you will have to be in your game face.
What makes Frozen Flame more interesting is because of the vast world that it has. The whole environment has a lot of enemies to defeat, dungeons to explore, and hidden areas with chests that are yet to be discovered.
So far, the game is still lacking a variety of enemies. As of today, the only enemies that you will encounter are the floaters, cursed natives, warthogs, and skeletons that can be found in the dungeons which are very deadly.
However, it is only expected to have a limited variety of enemies, since this is just the early area of the game.
In terms of fighting, you will have a stamina bar that you have to consider. But going all-out on an enemy and using all this up won’t cause you anything.
As the game progresses, you will eventually have skills to fight enemies. But skills are not the only way to fight them. You will also have your weapons.
At first, you will have a wood-cutting axe equipped. But once your house is already built, you can start crafting weapons to significantly improve your damage.
But more importantly, you have to craft the weapon that will best match your specialization and skills which will also be covered later.
While you are roaming around the area, you will find these pillars and stone tablets that you can interact with.
These small stone tablets will give you a sneak peek at the game’s lore, while the pillars will help you activate challenges. But these challenges are just the simple ones such as catching a specific number of fish, defeating a certain number of enemies, and finding hidden objects or altars.
Both the pillars and stone tablets will help you gain exp and level up fast. Once you level up fast, you will get to modify your character more. This is because each level rewards you with an increase in your stats and a certain amount of the game currency called the Frozen Flame.
As mentioned earlier, you will have to collect Frozen Flames. This currency is technically skill points. You can use the skill points to choose from the three specializations. You can go to the altar and spin it using the Frozen Flame.
The three specializations that you can choose from are warrior, mage, and archer.
Each specialization will have three active skills and three passive skills.
Lastly is house building. To be able to construct your house, you must first gather enough number of the needed resources such as branches, twigs, stones, and wood.
Once you have already gathered the needed resources, you can start off by laying down the construction core or the base of your house. So make sure that before you plot your construction core, you have already picked a good spot that is flat.
One interesting fact about your construction core is that you can teleport to it. So, one thing you might want to consider doing is building your house beside or near the construction core.