If you listen to everyone on Steam this game isn’t worth playing and pales in comparison to other games in the genre. I disagree (obviously). Wolcen Lords of Mayhem was one of the best games I played last year and I completed it three times before moving on.
My criteria for my top 10 games of 2020 is below.
In order for a game to make my top 10 games of 2020 it has to be released in 2020 and not a remaster. Remakes count before they’re rebuilt from the ground up and is basically a whole new game. I must have completed the game or sunk an incredible amount of time into them. Early access games do not count and will no make my top 10 games list no matter how much I like them. When they release they’ll count towards my top 10 list of that year.
I still remember the controversy surrounding this game at launch. Impatient gamers were upset because they couldn’t play online with their friends. Why? Because the servers crashed from the vast amount of players trying to log in and play at the same time. So my first attempt with the game was in offline mode. A few days later I was able to play online with no problem outside of the occasional desync which has long been fixed.
So what is Wolcen Lords of Mayhem? Wolcen is like Diablo, an isometric RPG that tasks players with killing millions of enemies for better loot. I fell in love with Wolcen shortly after I started playing it because of how meaty the gameplay felt when compared to other games in the genre. This game is what I would call a true next-gen ARPG. It has a good, not great, story, awesome gameplay, and the best graphics in the genre by far.
The Cry Engine is a very versatile engine and has powered many different genres. Wolcen is pure eye candy with enough oomph in the gameplay to impress anyone. Add in the crazy builds you can make with the large passive and active skill system and you’ve got yourself a really solid ARPG. Most of the hate for this game is from early backers and people that are mad that this isn’t the next Diablo game. Wolcen is actually a very solid game that I can see coming to the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X in the near future.
Unlike Diablo, this game actually has an end game at launch. And that’s not a slight at Diablo III. I LOVE that game despite what the Internet thinks of it. Wolcen’s end game isn’t the best and won’t give you thousands of hours of entertainment as some other games in this genre would, but it’s good. It’s a great time sink and I love it when games give me a goal to work towards. While I’m out trying to get better loot I can use the currency I earn at the end of each mission to upgrade the city that I acquired after completing the game.
Wolcen isn’t nearly as bad as Steam would have you believe. There’s a lot to like here. It’s true that it can be buggy at times, but it’s no near as bad as games like Hellpoint and SAO Alicization. I really, really enjoyed the 87 hours I’ve put into this game so far. I’m actually in the middle of my fourth playthrough. If a game keeps me coming back it’s doing something right and that’s why it’s so high up on my list. I keep coming back to it and wanting more. Is Wolcen the best game in its genre? No, but it feels like a true next-generation ARPG and combat is so good that it was hard for me to go back to other games that released before it.
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