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One of the most classic and iconic names in the history of gaming has made a return to form for today's generation of gaming in the form of Warner Bros. Entertainment's Gauntlet. Based on the old arcade multiplayer title of the same name, the new and improved game brings all four of the legendary heroes back to the forefront of gaming.
The game chums players into a fight for survival while also allowing them to lightly compete for gold. It's the classic game with a bump up in resolution and graphics, as well as new gameplay features to enable skills across each of the four classes, multiple levels to traversed and plenty of big boss battles to undertake.
The game also sports some procedural level designs, so you and your three friends will be able to go back and play the same levels over and over again in different ways. The game's four-player mode enables players to either jump into a game locally or pick up three friends from online.
You'll be able to pick from the Wizard, the Warrior, the Elf and the Valkyrie. Each of the characters come with their own special abilities, including being able to freeze enemies, shoot lightning bolts, dispense rapid-fire arrows or even pick up special runes that clone the player for three-times the amount of damage.
David Haddad, Executive Vice President, Publishing Operations, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment commented about the game's recent release, saying...
“This new digital version of Gauntlet innovates on past titles while staying true to the brand’s legendary four-player format,” ... “Multiplayer gameplay is at the core of Gauntlet’s appeal and now gamers have the option to play with friends and family locally and online.”
One of the other key factors to the game is the return of the “magical barriers” or “vanishing walls”. Gauntlet games were well known for putting players in a tough spot after a wall disintegrated and a bunch of bloodthirsty enemies came pouring out after you. That same level of bombastic challenge is there in spades, giving gamers plenty of random moments where a secret will unveil a whole new pathway or give way to a flood of enemies.
You can see how it all plays out in the launch trailer below.
I can't say that the game looks like buckets of fun, but it does look like the sort of thing you burn a weekend on every once in a while. I don't think it'll retain the sort of replayability that makes games like Diablo III and Dungeon Defenders 100+ hour titles, but I do think it's something you might return to every once in a while for a solid bit of multiplayer fun... of course, I haven't played it, I'm just going by some of the gameplay preview videos and trailers.
Johan Pilestedt, CEO of Arrowhead Game Studios commented on the title as well, saying...
“The Gauntlet franchise has always been a great source of inspiration to us, and we’re extremely proud to work with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to bring back this classic,”... “We wanted to create a Gauntlet that was true to the original, with updated visuals and a feature set that resonates with what the original game could have been, had it not been for the technical limitations at the time.”
You can grab Gauntlet on Steam right now for $19.99. You can learn more about the game by paying a visit to the official website.