February 3, 2023

I reviewed Vampire Survivors as our first ever Steam Deck evaluation when it hit 1.0. Since then, Vampire Survivors launched on Xbox platforms utilizing the brand new engine, and at last made its strategy to iOS and Android as revealed throughout The Recreation Awards. Learn my evaluation of the iOS model right here. Yesterday, the primary paid DLC for Vampire Survivors launched on PC and Xbox platforms within the type of Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell priced at $1.99. This DLC can be on cellular early subsequent 12 months, and I’ve been enjoying it for evaluation during the last week on Steam Deck and likewise on Xbox since yesterday.

Given how Vampire Survivors stays a killer app for the Steam Deck and the way wonderful the sport is on iOS, I needed to verify we cowl the primary ever paid DLC on Steam Deck. Having now spent over 12 hours with the DLC throughout Steam Deck and Xbox, I can safely say that Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell gives superlative worth, however there’s one annoyance with the sport on Steam Deck in its present state.

Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell provides new characters, weapons, secrets and techniques, achievements, and an enormous new map. Mt.Moonspell, the brand new map, has completely different biomes with distinctive monsters. This map feels a number of occasions bigger than the opposite ones within the sport, however the give attention to exploration right here makes an enormous distinction. Within the base sport core levels, I didn’t actually hassle doing a lot exploration barring in search of the stage power-ups or initially going in direction of the query marks to unlock one thing. With Mt.Moonspell, each run to this point has felt like a breath of contemporary, and complicated, air.

Early on after I was nonetheless getting used to the map, the late-game parts with tons of enemies made exploration borderline unattainable. Think about being caught in a slender hall in a labyrinth-like zone however with tons of enemies protecting the display all through. That’s simply one of many conditions I had within the early hours of this DLC. I nearly need each new DLC to have a big map like this with a unique theme due to how good it’s.

I’ve not seen each mixture or all of the synergies attainable with weapons and characters within the time I’ve spent throughout platforms, however I’m greater than happy with the whole lot I’ve skilled to this point in Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell. Just a few of my associates have labored in direction of unlocking the whole lot a lot faster, however I’ve been slowly savoring the brand new content material. The weapons particularly are improbable additions. We often see DLC that brings quite a bit much less to a sport promote for 10 or 20 occasions this value. Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell is totally underpriced for what it brings to the bottom sport, but it surely has one flaw.

Proper now, the one factor holding Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell again is the truth that the PC model nonetheless seemingly hasn’t moved over to the brand new engine port just like the Xbox and cellular variations. This implies efficiency in later components of a run drop to sub 15fps on Steam Deck as proven in a screenshot right here. That is my solely grievance with the sport and the DLC on Steam Deck proper now. Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell elevates the most effective video games of the 12 months to an entire different stage for a fraction of the already low asking value of the bottom sport.

Within the time I’ve spent with the DLC on Xbox Collection X, the main body drops solely occurred with harm numbers enabled. I often disable them, however left them on to check. Issues nonetheless get actually dangerous, however the efficiency is a lot better than the sport on Steam Deck proper now. Whereas not a grievance concerning the DLC particularly, I actually hope that we get cross platform development with Steam, Xbox, and cellular within the close to future. Unlocking the whole lot on a number of platforms isn’t going to be enjoyable for most individuals.

In lots of methods, Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell jogs my memory of the Useless Cells paid DLC the place every pack gives a ton of worth, however lots of the gamers are simply joyful to throw extra assist to the builders for extra free and paid content material. In case you loved Vampire Survivors, the Legacy of the Moonspell DLC is a necessary. The brand new map is massively superior, and I can’t look forward to the excellent new songs to be added to the soundtrack. If that is the path poncle takes with future paid content material, I’m able to hold gifting associates the sport and its DLC throughout platforms.

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