I must say that I was instantly captivated by the story for a number of reasons. The first is the way that the story is shown, I love the painting like cut scenes that explain what is or has happened. Additionally, the story itself reminds me of The Knights Templar, solders that provide stability and protection. Instead of The Knights Templar, there is the 10th Legion who protected the kingdom of Ehb for over 400 years.
After 400 years of prosperity, the 10th Legion is nearly completely wiped out due a single person's belief. 30 years before the game starts, Jeyne Kassynder, the former princess of Ehb, blames the death of her father and King on the 10th Legion. As a result, she nearly wipes out the 10th Legion.
30 years have passed since the massacre of the 10th Legion, which took place in Rukkenvahl Forest. Prior to the massacre, Rukkenvahl Forest was a place of peace and life. Afterwards, the forest became both twisted and ruined, a "no mans land" of sorts. The only person to walk out of this now twisted forest alive was Jeyne.
You are able to pick from 4 different characters to play as. The first is Lucas Montbarron, a human, who fights with a one-handed sword and shield or a two-handed sword. Anjali is an archon, a member of a servant race to the lost creator gods. As a mythical being, she can shift between human form, fighting with a spear, and elemental fire form.
The remaining two are Reinhart Manx and Katarine. Reinhart is a descendant of Legion mages and is able to fight with magic at range and in close combat. Finally there is Katarina, who is the illegitimate daughter of Hugh Montbarron and a Lescanzi witch. She fights with a long-range rifle or a pair of shotguns at close range.
The games plot will slightly change depending on who you choose. The remaining 3 characters will become available either as AI controlled companions or playable by other gamers via multiplayer. I only played as Katarine, thus I cannot comment on how the others played but I liked playing as Katarine.
I was expecting that I would be able to have the other 3 characters help me in my journey. I was mistaken, you will only have 1 active character as a comrade in arms. I did not learn how one is able to switch between the other 2. Maybe if I read the manual, but I hardly touch the manual, as I expect many others to do the exact same thing.
In regards to the stated issue above, I have talked to the 2 other playable characters and you do not get any type of message. My only wish is that, when you talk to the other 2 playable characters, a message would appear saying something along the lines of "Do you want to switch party members?" Maybe in the start menu, you had the option to switch characters but again, I did not explore the start menu. I am extremely happy that the party member I did get did a good job of helping me.
Overall the gameplay is solid. It will take a short time to master the controls but it’s not a tedious task. It’s been quite sometime since I have played a dungeon crawler. It has taken a while to get used to the slower pace of the game, I do not mean it in a bad way. I am just saying is that the last games I have played were fast paced Action-Adventure or FPS games.
I was always very intrigued by The Knights Templar and am very happy that I am reminded about them while playing the game. I would easily recommend this game to my friends without any issues.