Summary: Considering its been nearly 12 years since the last Diablo and three years since Torchlight , Krater is here to fill that action-RPG niche that has long been ignored by PC developers. Wait, what’s that you say? Diablo III is already out and Torchlight II is on its way?
Conclusion: Krater could be a great game, but the lack of resources makes its initial version hard to love. Combat is a mixed experience and there are still quite lot of things that need to be polished, like the squad mechanics, and plenty of things that are missing, like a tactical pause.
Pros: +Lush environments, +Original concept
Cons: -Lots of backtracking, -Lackluster story, -No multiplayer at launch
Summary: What Krater does well, it does very well indeed. Towns and other locations feel fully realized with a vibrant aesthetic that doesn’t detract from the games post-apocalyptic feel. The graphics are gorgeous, and the humor can be good.
Conclusion: Krater offers an interesting take on post-apocalyptic games and utilizes strategic maneuvers while engaged in combat, but it felt a bit dragged out and of course, I went a little click happy.
Conclusion: Final Verdict: Krater is a beautiful and unique action RPG with great graphics and a terrific soundtrack, but the longer you play it, the more the cracks begin to show. The diligent developers are working to fix things, but right now there’s a ton of small yet serious issues adding up to create...
Excerpt: I've become a bit of an aficionado of post-nuclear war RPGs without really knowing it. Starting out with Wasteland and the original Fallout and moving up through S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and New Vegas, if there was an apocalypse involved, I was there.
Conclusion: So, it’s a mixed bag. Krater has a lot of promise but it ends up as a genuinely average game. That’s not a blemish on it, it’s the truth. It could have been a lot better, but at the same it had the risk of ending up a lot worse.
Excerpt: Krater , the new action RPG from small Swedish development studio Fatshark AB is a Pyramid Scheme salesman in a box. When you first meet, it's going to charm your pants off with its good looks, big promises and bullet-points that make so much sense that there's no way you can lose.
Conclusion: Despite the issues of the low level cap, the tiny font for loot details and the voice acting afterthought, Krater is a fun game to play. It is easy to get into even for novice role players.