I downloaded the Nintendo 3DS eShop demo for Square Enix’s Heroes of Ruin a few weeks ago just to try it out. After downloading the demo, I was instantly sucked in! I mean, how can a demo keep you playing for so long? Well, Heroes of Ruin proved it was, in fact possible. I think this is the only demo where I have used up all the uses. This is a dungeon crawler game and there was a lot of hype for it. Is this an RPG worth your time? Read the review to find out!
Heroes of Ruin is essentially and RPG dungeon crawler type game. It kind of mixes elements from Diablo, Assassin’s Creed and Runescape. You start out on an island, and you have to find a boat to escape, since you washed up on the island after your boat crashed. It doesn’t take long to get used to the controls, and you instantly enjoy slashing enemies. You go and do the side objective for the first mission and you feel so awesome when you complete it.
After finish the first dungeon you go back to nexus which is like the home area. Here you can use your hard-earned gold to buy new equipment such as armor or a new blade. There is a slight issue, I don’t know if it bothers anyone else but the trading system seems unbalanced. It doesn’t take long to save up for that cool set of armor you so badly want, but if you don’t mind then you can sell your collected loot from dungeons. Another way to get gold is to get side tasks done, so it is pretty easy to get that sword or armor you want.
After you arrive at nexus you meet the king who talks about Ataraxis, and how he has some kind of curse which keeps him sleeping never to be woken up. He then sends you out on a big quest to help Ataraxis. Now you go on to the next dungeon trying to get every side task done collecting all the loot and potions you can as a way to save money. Another thing that is unbalanced is the potions, again, I might be the only one who noticed this, but I felt like there were too many.
You keep playing for a bit, and eventually you want to play online if you haven’t already. So you play and then hear people talking and your like “wow this is awesome!”. You’ll also notice that it’s sort of like a walkie-talkie; really not that great sound quality. You seem to think the chat is bad and nobody can hear you. Well, you later find out they were just ignoring you ( thanks guys -_-). You invite your friend and all he does is talk the whole time and you notice how great the voice chat feature actually is! You also notice you want to play with friends to make boss battles easier as some there is a certain way to beat them and others you just hack and slash until you kill them.
My final conclusion on this game is that its well…addicting! Sure, it doesn’t have good graphics but they aren’t horrible, and the addicting gameplay makes up for the unbalanced trading and lacking graphics. Would I say that Heroes of Ruin is a bad game? Not at all! In fact, it’s one of my favorite N3DS games to date! So, if you like dungeon crawlers or RPGs, this is something you should definitely consider buying. Even if you don’t like these types of games I think this game can keep anyone entertained. You can get this game today for $39.99!