The follow-up to the hit indie action-platformer Risk of Rain is available on Steam's Early Access. At first glance, you'll notice that it's quite different than its predecessor.
Risk of Rain 2 can be purchased for $19.99, and if you buy it from now until March 29th, 2019, you'll get another copy for free. Hand it over to a buddy and you can play co-op like the first Risk of Rain.
Right off the bat, you will notice the visuals are in a totally 3D environment, as opposed to the previous game's 2D, side-scrolling levels. You play as different, unique classes with individualized skills and stats. According to the Steam page, there are characters returning from the previous game such as the Commando. There will also be new ones including the Artificer and MUL-T.
It features randomized levels with various enemies, bosses, and items. True to the roguelike genre, the more you play the better you'll get:
With each run, you'll learn the patterns of your foes, and even the longest odds can be overcome with enough skill. A unique scaling system means both you and your foes limitlessly increase in power over the course of a game--what once was a bossfight will in time become a common enemy.
Developers Hopoo Games plans to keep Risk of Rain 2 in early access for about a year. The final version will include more characters, items, bosses, and more. They also say that a price increase is likely for a full release, as there will be substantially more content at launch. To put that in perspective, there are "over 75 items and equipment, 6 playable classes and 6 bosses". Still, Hopoo Games assures that the game is very much in a playable state.
Risk of Rain 2 features 4-player online co-op as well, like the previous title. Again, if you purchase this title until March 29th, 2019, you get another copy free and can play with a friend. You can grab it now for $19.99 on Steam.
I'll warn you, Risk of Rain is addicting. If you're looking for a game that'll give you bang for your buck, this should be it. The developers are very dedicated and I love the new look of the game.
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