[PlayStation 5] Dungeons of Sundaria Review

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Old-school-inspired action RPG Dungeons of Sundaria from Industry Games is ready for you on PlayStation 5. Learn more about it in our Dungeons of Sundaria review!

Old-school-inspired action RPG Dungeons of Sundaria from Industry Games is ready for you on PlayStation 5. It’s a game that will feel like an early 2000s 3D action RPG with some quality-of-life improvements. There’s no overworld to explore, so you’ll be focusing exclusively on dungeon runs as you make the most of your skills and abilities. The game can be played on your own, in local split-screen multiplayer, or in online multiplayer if you have a PlayStation Plus subscription.

As soon as you boot up the game, you’ll be sent into the character creation menu so that you can work on customizing your hero. You can choose between a male or female character for four of the available races – human, dwarf, elf, and halfling – or go with an orc, a goblin, or a drogal. Your customization options also include selecting your character’s height, skin color, face, eye color, head, and what the game calls traits, which will add different tattoos to its face.

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Along with that, you’ll also have to pick your character’s class from the five different options: champion, cleric, ranger, rogue, and wizard. The champion favors close-range combat thanks to its high melee power, favoring the use of plate armor, swords, hammers, axes, and shields. The cleric is a character of a more spiritual nature with some healing capabilities as well as the potential to be used as a close-range or long-range combatant that uses chain armor, daggers, hammers, and shields.

Next up is the ranger, which, as expected, will excel at long-range combat, attacking enemies from a safer distance while not being able to deal as much damage in one go. It specializes in using leather armor, bows, crossbows, and shields. The rogue is a sneaky one who takes advantage of stealth to deal some solid damage upon unsuspecting foes. The rogue favors banded armor, daggers, swords, and axes. The last class is the wizard, who uses its spells to attack from long-range. It might not have a high defense, but it makes up for it with its magical power. It specializes in using cloth armor, wands, swords, staves, and orbs.

Your journey will begin at the town of Galdrings Crossing. While there, you’ll be able to stock up on items to aid you on your adventure. You might want to pay Mater Blacksmith Kadrick a visit before you set out into the world map! He can sell you some equipment, buy whatever it is that you don’t need anymore, or craft items from the recipes that you’ve found. Once you feel you’re as ready as you will be, you can select a dungeon to explore.

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You’ll control your character with the left analog stick as you move the camera around with the right one. Your abilities will be mapped to the Square, Triangle, Circle, and L2 buttons. As expected, regular attacks are mapped to the R2 button. Since there are many skills to use – and given this game’s PC origins – you can map additional skills to a second set, which you access by pressing the L1 button. You can press in on the left analog stick to roll away from danger. Pressing in on the right analog stick will make your character jump.

As you defeat enemies and complete quests, your character will receive experience points. Once it has obtained enough, it will level up, which will allow it to improve its stats. You’ll eventually work your way toward reaching level 20, which will unlock the Heroism tab in the menu. After reaching that milestone, your hero will start to earn experience points towards Heroism. Level up your Heroism to obtain 1 point to spend on a Heroism passive skill.

Take, for example, the cleric. If you choose the cleric as your hero’s class, you’ll be able to spend your points on skills specific to your class, as well as more general ones. For the cleric, the skills to improve are Smite, Heavenly Strike, Divine Shield, Holy Light, and Spell Power. You could also spend points in a variety of offensive, defensive, and elemental skills that will boost your character’s different stats, as well as its physical and elemental defenses as needed.

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Trophy-wise, this one has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you. The list includes 2 Silver trophies and 10 Gold trophies. All trophies are tied to completing four specific dungeons – The Crypt of Horrors, The Dark Hollow, The Grasslands, and Lair of the Ceranids – in three different difficulty settings – Normal, Hard, or Nightmare. It’s a short list, but it’s one that will require you to play the game for dozens of hours for that Platinum.

Dungeons of Sundaria is an old-school-inspired action RPG on PlayStation 5. It’s a game that will certainly remind you with of action RPGs of the early 2000s but with some quality-of-life improvements. You can choose from one of seven different races and one of five classes as you play on your own, in local split-screen multiplayer, or in online multiplayer, as you focus exclusively on dungeon runs. Dungeons of Sundaria is out on PlayStation 5 with a $14.99 price tag. You can also get the PlayStation 4 version of the game for the same price as a separate purchase.

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This Dungeons of Sundaria review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Industry Games.

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