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Of all the legendary creatures listed, vampires are among the most fascinating. Both charismatic and fearsome, these undead embody our most ancestral fears, both through their belonging to the afterlife, but also and above all through their dependence on blood. Omnipresent in literature, film or video games, this type of ghost became popular in Europe in the early 18th century and steadily modernized over time, addressing all layers of pop culture. With V Rising, Stunlock Studios takes up the clichés of Valheim trying to push the concept further. Get ready to succumb to his bite!

Three centuries after his appearance in Austrian legends, the vampire hypnotizes with his propensity to mix with the crowd and sow terror and desolation. However, despite the fear it arouses, this nocturnal entity suffers from flaws that are at the heart of the V Rising experience. Clove of garlic, mirror, verbena, crucifix, stake … any means are good for eliminating a vampire! Forget the clichés, the work of Stunlock Studios tries to brush up on the myth by associating it with an extremely compelling sandbox adventure. An Early Access title on the verge of becoming a real phenomenon!

INTERVIEW FOR A VAMPIRE

A long time ago, vampires had their own territory and lived in communities. Nocturnal creatures, they were not to the taste of the human population who decided to rebel to regain control. Gradually massive armies were built, waiting for the opportune moment to attack. A terrible conflict arose and the vampires were defeated, leaving man all power and their ancient land. For centuries, the undead have lurked in the dark, waiting for their moment. This is finally here!

V Rising is the materialization, through an action / survival game, of this revenge ruminated by vampires since their decline. It is in the depths of a crypt that the avatar awakens. All around him is only remains and ruins illuminated by the discreet glow of the torches. With little or no explanation, we quickly understand that the adventure revolves around the loot (enemy loot), resources and inventory management. The environment is interactive and contains bones allowing, therefore, to follow the first quest consisting in the creation of a bone sword, an essential accessory for defense. The game of Stunlock is based on this notion of objectives to follow and objects to track down by destroying sets and enemies that come to rub your fangs. We end up extricating ourselves from this crypt to find the outdoors and face the dangers accused by the darkness and the lords of these dark lands. The reinforced equipment (thanks to the objects recovered along the way), the experience gains in the presence and progressively draws the contours of this incredible quest!

PLAY AS DRACULA

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The map is absolutely gigantic and full of multiple dangers.

Vampire requires, the main character (created from scratch by the player) has different powers, but also suffers from flaws. Evolving from biome to biome, linked together by teleporters, the player discovers that the famous creature can defeat countless enemies, but also get trapped in its own traps! Indeed, V Rising imposes a harmful day / night cycle on our dear antihero. As in popular legend, the vampire cannot remain in the light, at the risk of suffering the devastating effects of the sun’s rays. Also, during the day, you have to find different tricks to avoid being hit by UV rays! This passes through the shadow of Mother Nature (trees, bushes, etc.), but also the use of special braziers. Suffice it to say that in the beginning the progression occurs mainly at night!

Since the sun is a danger to your avatar, you will have to operate mainly at night.

V Rising: the new Twitch and Steam phenomenon capable of overtaking Fortnite? V Rising: the new Twitch and Steam phenomenon capable of overtaking Fortnite?

It is also impossible to carry money for too long or to risk seeing its health decrease in the same way as poison attacks from toxic enemies. Also, in order to stand up to this long quest, vampire status requires proper nutrition and a permanent look at the blood gauge located in the center of the screen. This decreases as you progress and you have to constantly refill it by throwing yourself at humans (soldiers, bandits, etc.) and animals that roam or graze in the forest. Beyond the question of survival, the collection of this blood also allows us to recover the attributes related to the prey. The more massive or resistant it is, the more useful the blood will be! All these notions make V Rising an enjoyable and original game that highlights the vampire’s flaws. By linking these mechanics to the clichés of the survival / roguelite genre, Stunlock has indeed found a promising formula!

Creatures with powerful blood attributes, brigands, all means are good to satisfy your thirst. V Rising multiplies the original mechanics!

V Rising: the new Twitch and Steam phenomenon capable of overtaking Fortnite? V Rising: the new Twitch and Steam phenomenon capable of overtaking Fortnite?

BUILDERS OF SHADOWS

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After defeating the monsters of the first biome, the player lands in a forest, highlighting the richness of the loot (loot recovered from enemies) and the importance of craftsmanship (the manufacture of objects). We upgrade our equipment, we take more powerful weapons, but a big problem remains: we remain at the mercy of Mother Nature and the dangers that lurk! This is where building construction comes into play, all the way to the construction of a huge castle! If beginners regret the lack of explanations (we invite you to take a look at our various new tips that will appear in the next few days), V Rising highlights a whole system of blocks to place. First, the player must collect the elements necessary to install a castle heart, a kind of conductor who provides all the elements that allow him to live in his building. From there, while gathering wood, stone, plant fiber (and many others) essential for construction, the avatar can draw its boundaries (textures), its palisades, create a workbench, build a sawmill, etc. To get around the possibilities it would take too long, but the construction aspect of V Rising has been thought for a long time, in a broad and transversal way and we are regularly surprised by the inventiveness of the developers. In addition, the game requires such an amount of resources to build its castle that it is preferable to face the adventure with more people. You can be sure that you will cultivate for hours! However, it should be emphasized that the heart of the castle must be regularly restocked. Therefore, like any MMO, it’s a good idea to double check V Rising every day to make sure it doesn’t fall apart (or get attacked by other players).

A NIGHT IN HELL (AND NOT ONLY)

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Despite the number of elements to manage (day / night, construction, inventory, equipment…), V Rising is such a solid work that we learn, little by little, to free ourselves from its complexity. The gameplay during the fight sequences is quite effective (and clearly taken from cult titles like Diablo) and the offensive and defensive aspects are enriched as you progress, in particular by defeating bosses or mini-bosses (Tréant, Golem of stone, Gavyn the crooked dealer …). The player also encounters various more or less powerful creatures that directly affect the mission! For example, by getting rid of the alpha wolf (which appears randomly), it is then possible to dress up as a wolf and thus progress among the creatures of the forest. V Rising is a compendium of surprises and the experience is just as fun, whether you play PVE (or PvE – player versus environment) or PVP (or PvP – player versus player) – with its clans of vampires clashing. That said, it’s best to join PVE to get started as players are already formidable in PVP.

THE FUTURE MIXER OF TWITCH AND STEAM?

If the experience of V Rising is so enjoyable, it is also thanks to its realization. From art direction, visual variety and atmosphere, Stunlock’s title arouses respect for an early access work. However, not everything is perfect and the estimated twelve months before the official release of the game will not be too long to solve the problems inherent to the genre. Therefore, despite a zoom function, the focal length sometimes tends to freeze in unlikely places, preventing clear visibility of the action. The other point of improvement will probably relate to the fights which are a bit soft at the moment. Finally, agriculture is good, but the amount of resources needed (for each of the constructions) is such that we will not say no to a rebalancing. The developers will still work on many aspects, but they can be satisfied with the work done. V Rising is a captivating and well-made game that deserves its current success. If you know the genre and you like vampires, you can let them chew you!

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Conclusion

Highlights

  • A vampire in the sun
  • Gameplay between tradition and modernity
  • Blood group attributes
  • Artistically very solid
  • Very successful atmosphere
  • Its mix of MMO, action and survival
  • The richness of its tradition
  • Remarkable stability for an early access game

Weaknesses

  • A camera that sometimes interferes with the readability of the action
  • Too many resources kill the resource
  • He still fights a little softly

Coming from almost nothing, V Rising is certainly a promising title. What the Fortnite post on Twitch is about to do has all the addicting gameplay! Its tradition, its vampires, its clans … everything is done to make the experience unforgettable! Whether you’re a PVE fan or prefer the friendliness of a PVP, Stunlock Studios’ work is adorned with highly original mechanics while relying on the well-known hack’n slash clichés at Ancient. Beautiful, engaging, brilliant and combining the best of worlds between sandbox and survival game, it promises to be a small phenomenon destined to last. The twelve months that separate us from its official release will allow the development team to refine every aspect of the title by bringing new levels of gameplay. Let’s save in advance!

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