- God is dead and it is the people who killed him; Alder’s Blood: Definitive Edition is available now for Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S.
- Take control of a group of hunters and help them survive the desert and defend humanity from an onslaught of monsters in turn-based battles.
- Collect weapons and amulets to be better equipped for the battles to come.
God is dead and it is the people who killed him. Alder blood, a dark, tactical strategy RPG that has gained a loyal following on the PC, is now available as Alder’s Blood: Definitive Edition for Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S.
Whenever the fall season approaches, I look for games to play on those cold, rainy fall evenings. The kind of games that exude atmosphere and immerse you in their world. Such a game is definitely Alder blood. The stylish art style and wonderfully spooky soundtrack will attract any lover of gloomy environments and the turn-based tactical combat that requires you to think, sneak and plan the encounters will keep them going.
In Alder bloodyou slip into the role of a chief of the hunters, half animal, half human protector of humanity who spend their lives fighting off hordes of evil monsters that threaten humanity. The actual battle takes place on encounter maps, where your goal is either to kill the monsters there, to reach a certain location, or to find an object of interest. As you can see, it’s not always just a fight, and sometimes it’s even better to avoid a fight when you are down.
But monsters aren’t the only threat to your hunters – hunger is another. As you traverse the world map, you need to make sure you find enough food to keep your squad going. Camping along the way can also rearrange your hunters’ equipment to better prepare them for the battles to come. Alder blood lacks much of the randomness that similar titles like XCOM are set up, but that doesn’t mean the game won’t challenge you or make you yell at your console when something goes wrong. I count that as a plus point of the genre, of course. A game like this one has to be invested in.
As I write this, I am already at the end of the game and I want to play it after work every day. I keep coming back to see more of the story. To see what kind of mission I will defeat next. What kind of booty am I going to acquire. Fitting for an RPG game, it will keep you hooked on the gameplay loop and leave you speculating about where the plot will go even hours after you play it. Whether you are into the lore or the loot, this game is sure to satisfy your craving. See you on the hunt!
Alder’s Blood: Definitive Edition
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God is dead and we killed him. Without God the world has been twisted and fallen into chaos. The malignant essence that bleeds from its dead carcass creates inhuman abominations that roam the land, chasing and devouring everything human. But God’s death also produced a new kind of life: the hunters. You look human, but you are not. They are so much less and so much more. The purpose of their lives is to conquer the ever-growing darkness and protect humanity – at all costs. Each hunter clan has its own chief, and that is the role you will play. As the chief, you manage the camping, shifts, equipment, resources, crafts, trade, travel and, most importantly, the hunting of your clan. Hunts are the primary source of field experience for hunters under your guidance, and the rewards you reap from them are the primary way to fund your future hunts. But be careful, they are extremely difficult and dangerous as the spawns of darkness take different forms – each more deadly than the other. When hunting there is no place for blind bravery or brute force – these will only lead to your death. Instead, the main tactics are camouflage, paying attention to where the wind is blowing, traps, ambushes, and quick, precise strikes. There is no place for failure and everyone – is paid with life and blood. You only have a chance of survival if you carefully thread your actions, strategies and the wise use of your scarce resources. Then something happened. An old friend, but with a strange face. Blind eyes that saw something they shouldn’t see. Silence replaced by whispers. Whispers replaced by screams. And the curtain of this wounded world … is about to fall.