Vagante (PC) Early Access Preview

  There was a minor mishap in the game where I learned a fire spell (after purchasing it from a friendly vendor) and was testing it when I accidentally set […]

 

There was a minor mishap in the game where I learned a fire spell (after purchasing it from a friendly vendor) and was testing it when I accidentally set the merchant on fire.  The merchant didn’t take too kindly to my prestidigitation and promptly locked his store and tried to slay me whilst enflamed. I didn’t mean to murder the merchant. But since he was already dead, I destroyed his display stand and broke down his locked room and stole the rest of the stuff I couldn’t afford.

This all happened in the tutorial of the game.

Imagine if you took Spelunky (Procedurally generated 2D platforming levels + Permadeath) and you mashed it up with a blend of Skyrim (Elder Scrolls) + Rogue and you’d get Vagante

For being an Early Access title, Vagante is crazy polished. I’m not even sure why this game is labeled as Early Access even after reading the FAQ. There is a ton of variety and a LOT of depth to even master the game at this point. Gripping on to ledges has to be intentional. There is a gravity to the game’s pace that presses real and urgent danger everywhere you turn. Secret areas, Boss fights on each level, crazy thieves, traps. Vagante is amazing.

When the tutorial manages to be fun, you know a game is doing something right. Seriously, I am having a ton of fun with this game.

Be warned though, it’s pretty brutal.

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