Deep Rock Galactic

Icon - Calendar Released: 13 May 2020
Icon - Edited Reviewed: 28 Jul 2021
Platform: PC

Deep rock galactic

DRG is a 4-player co-op dwarven-mining-roguelike... I think. The basic gameplay loop is that you drop into a randomly generated cave with up to 3 other friends and have an objective: mine a certain amount of X, defend a driller, find eggs etc. There's a few ways of doing co-op games; either it's a long campaign where you have to organise playing with the same group of people and make progress together, or games like this where you can drop in with random people, play for 20 minutes then do something else. Both have pros and cons, but I do find with this game that I lost interest pretty quickly just because it's mission based. However, it's highly polished, hectic, and a lot of fun together.

Pros

  • Accessible, and easy to jump in and out of
  • Excellent sound effects
  • Really makes you feel the pressure of trying to escape with everything
  • Pretty funny in some places. In our first mission, only 1 person survived. The other dwarves were unceremoniously dumped or dragged onto the completion scene
  • Huge amount of progression through perks & gear upgrades
  • 4 varied classes
  • Varied mission types
  • Lots of attention to detail
  • Really pretty environments

Cons

  • The way ammo refills are handled. You have a limited amount of ammo, and after mining some red crystals, you can call down a re-supply. That means it's pretty easy to run out of bullets during combat with no crystals nearby and everyone gets killed. I understand why it's in the game, I just don't like it
  • The gameplay loop is pretty short. Jump in, do a mission, head back to base for upgrades
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