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Elderborn

ELDERBORN is a Metal Action Fantasy Slasher with brütal FPP melee combat and souls-like/RPG character progression. In the times of legend, the barbarian tribes need a new dark messiah. The player becomes a merciless slayer who will uncover ancient secrets in the city of doom, and forge their own destiny. This ambitious indie game, five years in the making, combines old-school single-player feel, a classic heroic story, and modern level of skill-based challenge. All this and more creates an action-packed, lore-filled, engaging adventure that will last 8-10 hours in a single play-through. Prepare for: Skill-based, souls-like melee combat in first person perspective, complete with 11 varied weapons to master Character progression and skill system that allows you to play the game in your very own way A hand-crafted, mysterious, and dangerous world to explore - catacombs, ancient, monolithic city, and more
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Elderborn is a fast-paced first person hack and slash.
It offers minimalistic exp based progression, many melee weapon types and a bunch of metal music.
It has a pinch of “Souls-like” combined with first person action melee fighting.
At first, I did not know if I like it or not, but it has grown on me, and I just love slicing my way through the well-designed levels. It also offers challenges for good replayability.
Visuals and Audio
To be honest, it neither looks beautiful nor ugly. It’s atmospheric for the most part.
Low resolution textures and some wonky animations make the game less attractive at times. The overall visual quality it alright, but lacks refinement.
But that's the biggest problem with the game. From here on out, everything is great.
Music is really fitting the gameplay. Fast-paced metal while fighting, chill mysterious/dark music while exploring. Some tracks are hella awesome and motivate to play the game full offense.
Gameplay
Elderborn starts to teach you the basics with efficiency. It tells you what to do, you do it once and done. No long introduction.
Choose a weapon type. Big and slow, tiny and fast, or something in between? You will find a big arsenal of melee weapons. Always keep your eyes open, you can miss some of them. Each has their own challenge attached, which teaches you the weapon and gives you an exp bonus after completing.
Some let you block others let you parry. In my mind parries is just the best thing you can pick. Enemy attacks can easily been learned within 2-6 kills. It’s a bit risky, but very rewarding.
Got enough exp to level up? You can decide between Might, Speed and Resilience.
The more you invest in one of these stats, you unlock up to 3 skills which amplify you gameplay further. Charge into your enemies, strike one down, rip their head off and throw it to the ranged enemy while parrying their projectile to deflect it in to the nearest enemy and die to a random trap on the ground you couldn’t know it was there. But dying is no penalty in this game. Respawn points (bonfires) are everywhere. Just try again. And if you suck too hard at it, you can always grind some exp to upgrade your resilience, for which I had no need yet.
Level design
Any stage in the game offers a somewhat big map with many secrets to find. Some parts are linear, some offer the possibility to climb wherever you want. If you invested enough points into Speed, you can even dash in midair. Go and explore how to sneak up your enemy.
You often need to find keys or sometimes special weapons to progress further. While looking for the next lever, you might step into a trap or find a wall to burst through with your sword to find some treasure. It won’t get boring.
TL;DR
Gud game. 8.5/10
Now leave me alone, I need to detach some heads.

Review from Steam

It's a nice game, too bad that it is kind of short (don't look at how much time I spent in game, I think my playthrough took ~ 5 hours at most). I wish 3rd chapter wasn't what it was aswell, but it is still neat. Weapons feel fun to swing around, music is good, that's kind of all you want to know.

Review from Steam

its basically a old school melee metal themed souls game
with :
-solid and fun gameplay , easy and simple game mechanics
-killer soundtrack
-satisfying combat with dismembering
-enemies variety and bosses
-simple leveling system for the weapons and your character that do the trick
- a lot of challenges that lvl up your weapons
-there is a story if you care in a game like this but you gotta do some reading
the only thing i didnt like is that the game is very short , you can finish it in 5h if you know what are you doing
so grab it on sale but even for 15$ i would recommend it
7/10

Review from Steam

This game should have come out 20 years ago. Now it i a niche title, back then it would have been genre-defining.

Review from Steam

ELDERBORN
=== ( 🎯 Difficulty ) ===
☐ No Difficulty
☐ Easy
☐ Standard
☑ Big Learning Curve
☑ Hard
☐ Impossible
=== ( 👪 Audience ) ===
☐ Everyone
☐ Kids
☑ Teens
☑ Adults
☑ Mature
=== ( 👀 Graphics ) ===
☐ What Is This?
☐ Bad
☐ Acceptable
☑ Good
☐ Great
☐ Stylistic
☐ Beautiful
☐ Masterpiece
=== ( Sound/Music ) ===
☐ Bad
☐ Nothing Special
☐ Good
☐ Great
☐ Beautiful
☑ I´m Gonna Cry (Death metal!)
=== ( 🌏 Story ) ===
☐ This Game Has No Story
☑ Nothing Special
☐ It´s Alright
☐ Well Written
☐ Epic Story
☐ Thinking About It, When I Sleep
=== ( Grinding ) ===
☐ Nothing To Grind
☑ Isn't Necessary To Progress
☐ Average Grind Level
☐ A Lot Of Grinding
☐ You‘ll Need A Second Life For Grinding
=== ( 💎 Price ) ===
☐ Free
☐ Underpriced
☑ Perfect Price
☐ Could Be Cheaper
☐ Overpriced
=== ( ☣ Requirments ) ===
☐ A Toaster Could Run This
☑ Low
☐ Average
☐ Above Average
☐ High End
☐ NASA Computer
=== ( ⏰ Game time/length ) ===
☐ Really short ( 0 - 4 hours)
☑ Short ( 4 - 12 hours)
☐ Average ( 12 - 24 hours)
☐ Long ( 24+ hours)
☐ Multiplayer/Neverending
=== ( 🐞 Bugs ) ===
☐ Game itself is a bug
☐ Lot of bugs
☐ Few Bugs
☑ Nothing
=== ( Controller Support ) ===
☑ Yes
☐ no
=== ( Enjoyment ) ===
☐ I´d Rather Watch Grass Grow
☐ Hard To Enjoy
☐ Repetitive
☑ It's Okay
☐ Fun To Be Had For Sure
☐ The Kind Of Fun You Will Remember
☐ Life Changing
=== ( Replayability ) ===
☐ One-Time Experience
☐ Only For Achievements
☐ If You Wait A Few Months/Years
☑ Definitely
☐ Infinitely Replayable/Multiplayer
=== ( Worth Playing ) ===
☐ No
☐ Wait For A Sale
☑ Yes
☐ I Can´t Recommend It Enough
TOP FUN THINGS TO DO:
⭐️Plenty of weapons to find/use.
⭐️Kicking enemies off the map.
THE UNIQUES:
💎Death metal while slaughtering enemies.
PLAYER GAMING REQUIREMENTS:
💼Dark Fantasy.
💼Souls-like.
💼Action.
VERDICT:
I'll get the biggest issue out the way first.... it's soooo freaking short, I completed the whole story in 4.4 hours and that was with some short breaks. I didn't exactly rush this and I haven't done new+ and I probably won't due to seeing everything the game has to offer.
Now to the positives! The gameplay is very enjoyable, from kicking beasts into spikes all the way to swinging a mace in a skeletons face. The game pretty much keeps you engrossed for the entirety of the game, leaving you wanting more. This is no Dark Souls but it has everything to BE Dark Souls. The bosses are pretty fun but have the same pattern as each other so the same tactics does the trick.
The price is honest, you're getting what you paid for. Maybe a bit more, because you know.... Death metal.
Total Score = 77/100
SIMILAR GAME LIKE THIS? / REVIEWER PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE:
Dark Souls.
GAMEPLAY:
Elderborn takes us on a journey to a fantastic land, whose inhabitants centuries ago managed to fight off an attack from the mysterious and terrifying Golden Army. Hundreds of years later, a long-forgotten enemy has returned, and the task of the gamer playing the role of a fearless warrior is to reveal the secret of his power and deal with him once and for all.
■■■■■■■□□□ 7 / 10
Definitely getting the soundtrack
RECOMMEDED SPECS
OS: Windows 10
Processor: Intel Core i5-7500
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
Storage: 2 GB

Review from Steam

Judging by what I have played so far ...
I like this game. Do not be afraid of the "souls-like" tag, because the first chapter does not seem that hard at all + you can adjust difficulity in the game.
If you are intrested in a good violent first-person melee combat game with many different weapons and skills give this game a go. It's one of the best, probably because there have been no other ones in recent years.
Graphics : Well, it's unity engine (you get what you see).
Sound : Okay, I did turn the music off after about 10 minutes. Just not my thing and it distracted from gameplay for me personally.
So, that will be a recommended.

Review from Steam

Pretty good, almost great. Meaty combat with some issues (spear parry whiff seems a BIT too long, the abilities you get from Might don't "feel" the best). Level design again bordering on great, had some issues with just too many ways to go in parts of episode 1, and able to go places you're not supposed to be yet in episode 2 (otherwise episode 2 is REALLY well done). I wish the lore read more like "sword and sorcery literature" instead of just "video game lore"... a third episode would be nice, but I think it wraps up well enough and not a bad length. Very cool hack n slash.