Summary: It's surprising that there aren't more dungeon-crawling role-playing games on portable systems, given that the mindless combat and compulsive need to scour caverns for loot seems like a perfect handheld fit, a situation where one can just pick up, grind away, and put down whenever needed.
Conclusion: In spite of Heroes of Ruin ’s average presentation, it delivers an action-heavy multiplayer experience that doesn’t often come home to consoles, let alone handhelds. By all means, if you’re looking for a Diablo clone on the 3DS for any reason—or you just want an okay multiplayer game, period— Heroes of Ruin is a decent choice. If you’re in the market for a solo RPG though, you’re better off looking elsewhere . Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher.
Excerpt: Heroes of Ruin is the Diablo for the Nintendo 3DS. Square Enix did something Family Friendly Gaming has been asking for - for years. They made it less violent. Heroes of Ruin is also not as dark as the Diablo franchise. We still get to battling countless monsters that look the same (sometimes just a color swap), perform quests and help people.
Excerpt: On the surface Heroes of Ruin doesn't appear to have a lot going for it. A third person looter for the Nintendo 3DS and veteran developer n-Space's biggest project to date, its look and feel aren't particularly original, and neither is its story at first. It heavily reuses assets and only makes use of four different dungeons tilesets in four matching locations in the game world.
Excerpt: As developer n-Space does not tire of reminding us, Heroes of Ruin goes out of its way to make use of nearly every element in the 3DS' feature-set. The result is an action-RPG that certainly looks complete on paper. Is there actually a good game here, or is Heroes of Ruin resting on hollow technical achievements? Heroes of Ruin is set in the world of Veil, which is still recovering from the devastation wrought by the cataclysmic War of Ruin.
brings a needed genre to the system. However, it does it at the bare minimum needed. All the mechanics are there, but nothing is really added to set it apart from the other games in the genre. However, fans of the genre looking for something portable won’t be disappointed.
Excerpt: While there is certainly no shortage of Action RPG's, akin to Diablo , available on handhelds ( Dungeon Siege II and Untold Legends for PSP, Dungeon Hunter for Vita, and many more) they all seem very cookie cutter, and missing some important features that would otherwise make the game feel complete. Enter Heroes of Ruin , a dungeon crawling, Action RPG that can also be closely compared to Blizzard's juggernaut.
Excerpt: Loot-driven role-playing games combine the thrill of slaying terrifying beasts with the lure of earning powerful abilities and valuable gear. It's a delectable rhythm when done right, but when one of these aspects falters, the other invariably crumbles as well. In Heroes of Ruin, the demons roaming the land are little more than hideous pushovers, which diminishes the impact of your plentiful upgrades.
Pros: Good variety of monsters and environments, Seamless co-op integration
Cons: Lack of challenge lessens lure of new loot and skills, Busted monetary system, Only one difficulty setting