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
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.
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.
Excerpt: If there is one word that describes recent PC release Krater absolutely perfectly, it’s “inconsistent”. At times it feels like a real gem tarnished by a few gameplay issues, while at others it seems like a pile of junk that could look quite fetching and shiny in the right sunlight.
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: As much as I like adventuring on my own, Krater is begging for online multiplayer, and it will get it within a month. Even as it stands right now as a single-player experience, Krater is a great mix of Diablo and Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War .
Pros: High replay value; good selection of character classes, skills, and gadgets
Cons: Menus can be a little obtuse; no online multiplayer yet
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.