Darkest Dungeon: Ancestral Edition - PS4

Also known as: Darkest Dungeon: Ancestral Edition

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Darkest Dungeon: Ancestral Edition (PS4)
Also for: Switch
Viewed: 2D Side-on, Scrolling Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Developer: Red Hook Studios Soft. Co.: Red Hook Studios
Publishers: Merge Games (GB)
Released: 20 Apr 2018 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
No Accessories: No accessories

Summary

"Heroes will die," Darkest Dungeon tells you early on, "And when they die they stay dead." Thus begins your descent into a game that could not be more aptly named.

On a hill there's a house. Beneath the house is a network of caverns. In the caverns are rumoured to be nightmares beyond your darkest imaginings...

Let's just come out and say it - it's not much of a spoiler to tell you that the rumours are true. Darkest Dungeon is a brutal, twisted, rogue-like RPG that has you journey into the dark. You're unlikely to come out unchanged.

Around the hill a hamlet of would-be treasure hunters and a veritable service sector to look after them has appeared. Think of it as an Everest basecamp for the unhinged from which you'll draw a team of 'heroes' to explore the dungeons beneath the mansion. This is where things start to get difficult. There's no 'best four' waiting for you here, and any character that dies down there stays dead. Not only will you have to manage their different abilities and skills, you'll also have to look out for their mental health, because you don't venture through chasms of unending horror without it impacting your wellbeing.

Once you enter the 2D dungeon things get toe-curlingly difficult. You have to deal with ever-growing levels of complexity as you battle all sorts of monsters down there in the dark, and you'll get lots of things wrong in lots of different ways that feel cruel but never unfair.

It's all presented in an art style that's grimly amusing - imagine someone had made a darkly humorous comic of Edgar Allen Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher and you're about there.

Heroes will die. Spirits will be crushed. Will you survive?