Hopefully you didn’t have any plans for March 12 anyway, because Gameloft has promised to deliver the next installment to their Dungeon Hunter franchise that day. Described as being a hack and slash style series, Dungeon Hunter 5 is filled with enemies to extinguish and loot to collect. While some may complain that it feels a lot like more of the same (like a true sequel should, picking the storyline up where it was left off) –fortunately, those of us who couldn’t get enough of the first installment can look forward to plenty of what’s familiar mixed with an exciting list of new features sprinkled on top.
What will impress you most is the way Gameloft kicked the sophistication of this game up a notch. You still play as a bounty hunter prepared to face an invasion –but this time the graphics are even more impressive, employing a brighter and more colourful style which better imitates successful gaming franchises like those produced by the likes of Blizzard. Even though this game started with a complete rebuild, many thing remain the same: character movement is controlled with a virtual d-pad on the bottom left of the screen with attacks available on the right.
If you choose to go it alone, there are five realms filled with countless dungeons to to dominate. If you feel more at home with multi-player style game-play, the new co-op mode will allow you to hire friends and other players to join your team and aid in the journey (all the while customizing your stronghold and attacking those that others have built). Daily and weekly challenges provide additional opportunities to improve on your skills and accumulate the materials you need to improve your gear.
If it all sounds complicated, it is… and it’s not. Everything is intuitive and responsive, making it easy to immerse yourself and enjoy a little mobile combat.
If you want to get an early glimpse of the game, check out the official Gameloft Developer Diary video (even if you aren’t interested in the game -somehow-, seeing how the mind of a developer works can be very interesting). There is also a more cinematic release video available if you prefer something a little less behind-the-scenes and a little more of a teaser. Both videos are linked below.
Gameloft Developer Diary:
Official Release Date Trailer