For those who don’t know, I had my wisdom teeth taken out yesterday. The pain hasn’t been too bad. I have amazing pills for that sort of thing. What’s driving me to the brink of madness is the constant hiccups. Did anyone here have oral surgery and get constant hiccups for a few days? It’s madness and it’s keeping me awake. They’re the reason I’m posting this review right now, because I can’t sleep. So I figured I’d use my time for something.
Risk of Rain is at its core, a rogue like. The object of the game is to complete all the levels without dying. Along the way you’ll amass gold, collect items, and simply try not to die. Like all of other rogue-likes, Risk of Rain has randomized levels. The levels will not be created the same way each time you enter them. Sometimes you might even get a completely different level. This only plays into Risk of Rain’s difficulty.
Speaking of difficulty, there are several ways that Risk of Rain is unique in the rogue-like genre. The largest of which is a clock that counts your play time. The more you play, the harder the difficulty gets. That is until about forty-one minutes or so when the game starts laughing at you. Enemies will get harder, items will become more expensive, and the game will just start spawning bosses are regular enemies. All in all it isn’t a “pleasant” experience.
What it is though, is rewarding. Risk of Rain is a profoundly rewarding experience when you have a great run. When you’ve collected a bunch of items and enemies simply fall before you no matter how powerful they are. It’s amazing and it’s what kept me going back to Risk of Rain even after I completed it.
Another unique aspect of Risk of Rain is its class system. Before you enter the main game you’ll select from several classes. Though in the beginning all you have access to is one, as you play along you’ll unlock many of the others. Each of them has four abilities, similar to a MOBA hero/champion. Getting the hang of each class’s abilities takes some time but they’re all strong in their own way. I thought for the longest time that the Commando and Bandit were the strongest classes, yet I beat the game with the Engineer. It’s about your playstyle and figuring out what works best.
And if you’re in the mood for even more insanity, invite a friend over and you guys can play co-op. If you thought the main game was insane with hundreds of enemies piling on you, maybe a partner would be helpful. Overall Risk of Rain is an extremely difficult, yet rewarding game that’s absolutely worth a purchase.