|System: PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Gas Powered Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Stardock||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: April 14, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-10||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
January 20, 2009 - Demigod gives you ridiculous powers to do ridiculous amounts of damage. But as a demigod, you're not omnipotent, as there are several other demigods vying for a seat in the Pantheon of the gods.
Demigod combines RTS and RPG elements in a persistent universe. Both single and multiplayer modes are featured, offering a multitude of different experiences. The gameplay is reminiscent of classics such as Diablo and World of Warcraft with one major difference: it's much easier to pick-up-and-play. Although developed by Stardock and Gas Powered Games, known for their deep and complex strategy titles, Demigod was specifically tailored for gamers that want the experience without the mental workout and time investment. To that end, Demigod does not require a university-level course to get started. There are no bases to build, no resources to manage, and no units to create. There's a focus on action and less focus on micromanagement. The depth of the gameplay is subtle; the Demigod is in the details. The depth is found in how you control your character, how you upgrade it with skills and weapons, and your ability to control and maintain territories on the map.
There is a vacancy in the Pantheon of the Gods. It holds nine gods in total, but now there are only eight, half of which are good and the other half are dark. You will battle it out with other demigods for a seat in the Pantheon. Each player can choose their affiliation to good or evil. The winner of the seat will determine the predilection of the Pantheon. You will enter into arenas with other hopefuls to do battle and work your way to the throne.
You can choose from an assassin or a general. Each class has minor distinctions, as the developers are convinced that it should be the characters that display the different attributes not the classes. Much care has been taken in the development of the online multiplayer component to ensure that the gameplay remains fair and balanced. Players can choose quick or long-term challenges. Quick matches are offered in addition to long-term tournaments; both are presented in a persistent universe. With 15 different customizing options, matches can be tailored to players of all skill levels, while setting limitations for more experienced and skilled gamers.
Sedna is one of the many playable demigods. As Sedna, you will have the ability to neutralize the other demigods' powers, especially their spell-casting powers and counterattack with your own spells. The Torchbearer is a dark, demon demigod capable of toggling between unleashing the elements of fire and ice. He is capable of freezing enemies or incinerating them using ranged attacks. One of the most spectacular-looking characters is Rook. He's built like a brick castle, literally, as he has turrets for shoulders. He is gigantic, and wields a hammer to crush the competition and all that lies in his path. Other characters include the Unclean Beast that can drain powers from other enemies and the sultry, sexy, plant-like Queen of Thorns who can really grow on you.
There are eight playable demigods in total. The developers promise more characters in the future in addition to new downloadable content. But with upgradeable skills, weapons, and other items, there's enough content in this game to keep you busy for months.
Experience points are earned for each kill. Combined with the gold that you collect, you can make purchases back at your home base that include extra health, new spells, energy potions, armor, and magical items such as power rings and amulets. Upgradeable items can only be used in battle once. They must be returned afterwards. Players can forgo the upgrades and instead level their characters up in terms of power and health improvements that are permanent. You can also recharge your health for free upon returning to your base. This will allow you to take a lot of damage and return to normal without wasting any of your gold or experience points, which can be used for another strategic tactic.
Taking over enemy territory requires conquering the guard towers, which act as control points. These towers are capable of draining a huge portion of your energy through their laser beams that are trained to attack intruders. Enemy demigods will also defend their towers, making it even more difficult for you and your army to amass new territory. Controlling more real estate on the map is one of the keys to success in this game, as you will increase your options to level-up and acquire upgrades.
Graphically, Demigod is poised to set new standards. The developers are confident enough with the in-game graphics to use them in the trailer and cutscenes. The animation is smooth and natural, with plenty of background detail. The battlefields are huge. A zoom feature allows you to view the entire arena or focus on any specific area on the ground or in the heavens.
Demigod is certain to introduce element of the RTS and RPG genres to a new audience that demands instant gratification. May the best God win.
CCC Senior Writer