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3 video games of the week: Dolmen, Evil Dead The Game and Vampire The Masquerade Swansong

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In the maze of video game production, Le Café du Geek selects for you the 3 most significant releases of the week. Dolmen invites us to explore a gigantic and equally violent world of science fiction. Evil Dead The Game is definitely a memorable homage to the Evil Dead horror franchise. Finally, go to the dark side as one of the princes of the night in Vampire The Masquerade Swansong.

Dolmen

Did you bleed Elden Ring? Are you looking for a new Souls-like to let off steam? So Dolmen might grab your attention, if obviously a futuristic setting is your thing. Here you are on an enchanting planet recently colonized and which survives thanks to its mining activity. Unfortunately, portals have opened across the planet, unleashing hordes of monsters eager to devour the helpless human.

Fortunately, you are not in this situation, but armed to the teeth. As for the scenario, you will need to unearth more clues, reports to successfully understand the details. However, this information is provided great. Gampelay level we have taken a slap and we have the impression of a journey through time. There is already a lot of heaviness in the interface, but also the speed of the hits for example. This contaminates an energy-based game system that requires a lot of finesse to make the most of it.

Visually, this is quite well done, the monster design is very successful. Otherwise, it doesn’t even break three legs of a duck. The animation is still imperfect, as if the developers rushed a little too much to complete the game.

Dolmen, our opinion

Dolmen is an interesting title, full of good ideas, but the shadow of a bad technique and some old-school gameplay points make the game difficult. A great challenge, however, many things to discover and the price of 35 euros allows you to put things in perspective. Hoping for a nice fix patch very soon.

Dolmen (PS5)

Dolmen Day One Edition (PlayStation 5)

Evil Dead The game

The publisher behind these lines is an avid Ash Williams fan. Having lived his adventures in the cinema and then in series, he missed the video game and we can finally embody it. So once again an idiot who has never been to the cinema read aloud formulas from the Necronimicon, the book of the dead. Result, monsters invading the earth and Ash replacing the lid with a double-barreled shotgun, a chainsaw and many other joys to dismember the demons. You will play multiplayer in asymmetrical mode, four humans who embody the survivors of the attack of the monsters and the demon Kandar who wants to get rid of them.

The four survivors will have to equip themselves with weapons and slaughter everything that comes close to them. We really need to stay organized and above all united. This results in helping colleagues on the ground stand up, combining your attacks. All of this is staged with great panache, the dynamic cutscenes during the fights are as delicious as you wish. On the demon side, you will embody him as in the movie, an ethereal being that moves in space with a first person view. You can get hold of a living creature, a tree, an animal, a car, or drop the mischievous and killer mini-Ash into a box that survivors are sure to open. You can then place the monsters in strategic points. Here, the visual effect is very close to what is shown on movie or television screens.

We are facing a game with a careful technique. Visually, we are completely in the Evil Dead universe. We love exploring Ash’s old hut, caves, a mansion and more. This brings variety while the number of cards is limited. The audio part will give chills to fans of the series. And finally, we love these characters from movies and series who invite themselves to action.

Evil Dead The Game, our opinion

A superb video game tribute to Sam Raimi’s work and we spent very intense hours, full of laughter and some thrills. This game is rarely scary, but it will give you a pleasure that is rarely equaled, especially since it is easily found for 35 euros.

Evil Dead: The Game (PS5)

Evil Dead: The Game (PS5)

Vampire The swan song in a mask

Mark Rein-Hagen created one of the greatest RPG successes with Vampire: The Masquerade. A dive into the world of the night in a vampire Boston in full crisis. Therefore, Prince Hazel summons three champions from three opposing factions. The universe is dense and complex, those who have not played the role-playing game for a long time or never will get lost a bit. But this density forces us to stay focused.

Better to be, because we are in a predominantly narrative game. Conduct your investigation, find out the sources of the danger, but first you will have a lot of dialogue. The further you advance in the adventure, the more skills you will acquire. A little RPG twist that gives you “powers” or talents that you will use during your dialogue. Add a dash of exploration and we have a title that reveals its depth to those who go further.

It is visually difficult not to be fascinated by the sumptuous, sensual and delicately gory artistic direction. We are in a dark, violent and delicate universe that hits the mark. Add a very rock soundtrack and also play a symphonic orchestration that will make you shiver at times.

Vampire The Masquerade Swansong, our review

This title is a notable homage to the original work, the whole is rich, coherent even if a little brusque from apprehension for neophytes. A new safe bet in the adventure game.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Swan Song (PS5)

Vampire: La Masquerade – The Swan Song

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