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Draft of Darkness is a game I didn’t know existed this morning, and now it’s a game I have to play. It's one of those where to explain it, you have to combine many concepts together: it's a lo-fi horror game, from top to bottom, where the combat takes place through card battles and the general loop of the game deals of roof construction for each race. It’s also one of those that, if you watch the trailer, you’ll get the appeal instantly – and it’ll be out in a few days.
The most irresistible aspect of this for me is that the horror aesthetic of the Playstation 1 era. Whether your goal is Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Parasite Eve or whatever otherwise, the artistic style recreates this atmosphere without resembling any of them: although what has reminded me most is Resident Evil: Outbreak, a disappointing entry for PS2 with multiple survivors trying to escape Raccoon City and rely on the different skills of each.
This is probably because you have several playable characters with their own skills and you can create a group of survivors during each race, each of whom will have their own skill set.
The interesting problem with combat is that it is based on cards built around specific weapons, which you equip, but they also have certain effects that can lead to synergies between other weapon cards. One of the most well-known but welcome features of Draft of Darkness is that each roll gives credits to the reinforcement packs opened for the initial new cards.
The draft of darkness also promises a "progression of metahistory," that is, options with consequences. Developer Crawly Games says "I plan to keep the game in early access for 6 to 1 year. Ultimately, it depends on when players are satisfied with the game."
"At the beginning of Early Access, the first part of the story is available. According to our estimates, it is possible to reach the end of this part in 6-8 hours. Of course, there are secrets, successes and unlocks that you can chase, which will add many hours of play. "
At launch, the game will include 3 heroes, 4 complementary archetypes, more than 135 cards, 3 different procedurally generated area themes, 19 basic enemies, 9 bosses, more than 28 decision events, and more than 45 unique objects.
Draft of Darkness is released in Early Access on July 30th. The game will cost $ 9.99 through August 6.