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Dark and Darker is popular because it recreates classic D&D exploration of ancient and abandoned worlds with danger around each corner. Unlike Skyrim or The Witcher, this exploration is with other players. Each of you chooses a different character from the brawny barbarian to the sharp-eyed ranger or moral-boosting bard.
As you progress you discover a game not afraid of being really hard. You rely on your observation from your senses, quick reactions and use of specific weapons in close combat. There is magic, but this is far from a quick handy fireball. Mastery requires long incantations, special skills, equipment, and a tactical eye. Miscalculate an encounter, or how much health you have left and you quickly die and lose all your treasure. Get the balance of offence and defence right, though, and there are rich rewards to claim.
The result is a game where you battle both computer-controlled enemies as well as other teams. Using the darkness to set up ambushes, or hiding as others pass you by is as much fun as charging in to fight. And of course, the thrill of each round rises as you race to find the rare exits before the dark swarm comes to collect your soul.
Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Dark and Darker 12 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 months ago.
You can play this game in the following styles:
The game includes Graphic Violence, Gore, Use of Alcohol. There are splashes of blood and the dead remain on the floor. You can see arrows sticking out of people once they have been hit.
14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.
Dark and Darker
Release Date: 28/07/2023
Out Now: PC
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Players: 18 online
Components: 3D First-Person