The Lords of the Fallen 2: A Sneak Peek into the Souls-Like Action-RPG
Two worlds in one
Tired of waiting for the Elden Ring DLC? On October 13, a new action-RPG “Souls-like” will soon arrive on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series, The Lords of the Fallen… If you have a feeling of deja vu, it’s normal, this is the sequel to Lords of the Fallen – without the “the” – from 2014. A title that did not thrill the crowds at the time, with an average of 70% on Metacritic. OUR test mentioned, in particular, “a layer of heaviness” on the gameplay side, despite “a game system full of beautiful ideas”. Almost ten years later: CI Games has traded its place developer versus editor, and founded the company Hexworks to bring this second installment to life. “The game is much larger (…) darker and more difficult” Cezar Virtosu, creative director of the project. To walk the talk, the team has just shared a long gameplay of 17 min. We broke it down.
In any case, whether in the world of the dead or the living, you will have to know how to defend yourself to survive. On son official site, Hexworks describes the fights of son baby as “faster” than in the first Lords of the Fallen – known for son heavy action… At first glance, in the sequel: the rhythm of the “sword | shield” even feels slightly more dynamic than in an Elden Ring, for example. This will, of course, depend on your class – there are nine of them – and your choices in terms of improvement. Later in the video, the team talks about the presence of three schools of magic, Umbral, support-oriented Radiant, and Rhogar. The latter has the right to more screen time and obeys a key word, pyromancy. During the presentation, several spells are shown, including one that sends long-lasting fireballs and one that summons flaming monsters.
The new Elden Ring?
All in all: Hexworks’ production is attractive, despite animations that don’t seem at the – stratospheric – level of FromSoftware games… technique is there (thanks to the Unreal Engine 5), the artistic direction too, the gameplay seems solid. Basically, the lights are green for this adventure between the world of the living and the dead. An adventure where you will have to prevent the resurrection of the demon Adyr, by playing as a Dark Crusaders. We can’t wait to see more.