Ever since the Lost Ark made its way to the west, it has become the first worthy rival of the aRPG titan, Path of Exile, at least in terms of popularity. But which one is better?
Which aRPG to choose – Path of Exile or Lost Ark?
At first glance, both games seem fairly similar. They are isometric action RPGs that play similarly to Diablo or Dungeon Siege. But both games have a completely different approach to their design, character progression, and combat. So, let’s dive into the details!
First hours Path of Exile
Both games give rather uneven first impressions. Path of Exile gives you a few classes to choose from and dumps you into a straightforward tutorial that explains the basics. But only the basics. Once you’re out of the first area, you’ll notice that the game is not exactly beginner-friendly.
A lot of mechanics are not explained to you, yet they still affect you nevertheless. The game tells you very little and the PvE content can be very challenging.
PvP on the other hand is the big kid’s playground, so even if you’ll be able to find a sparring partner, you’ll likely be turned into dust.
First Hours Lost Ark
Lost Ark on the other hand spawns you on an arena that allows you to experiment with different classes and subclasses freely before choosing who you want to play as.
It also immediately gives you a lot of useful skills, that are equally flashy and powerful. On the surface, it might seem like a superior beginning, but it suffers a lot from the boring quest design and a lack of challenge.
Most enemies pose no threat, and the missions are so simplistic they might not even be there. Especially since the game gives you hundreds of rewards for almost every single thing you do.
Though their both aRPGs, both titles have completely different focal points.
Path of Exile focuses mostly on customizing your character via the unbelievably complex skill tree and the PvE.
Unless you’re playing in a team, the only places where you can encounter other players are cities and settlements. During your ventures into the dungeons or the wilderness, the chatbox will become the sole reminder that you are not playing a single-player game.
Lost Ark focuses more on PvP on the other hand. The main portion of PvP content becomes available on level 26, but getting there is well worth it.
Multiple game modes will test a number of your skills, showing the complexities of the combat system.
Although the game also has a lot of good PvE endgame content, it lacks some of the depth found in Path of Exile.
So, for people who prefer a strong, well-designed campaign, Path of Exile would probably be a better choice, while those who prefer to play PvP would find Lost Ark to be a more fun experience.
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Duelyst 2 Review
A complete look at Duelyst 2! Is it worth it?
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!