The new Hack’n’Slay Killsquad has been in Early Access on Steam since 2019 and finally celebrated its release at the end of October 2021. Since then, there have been many good reviews, in which the combat system is particularly praised.
What kind of game is this? Killsquad is a classic Hack’n’Slay from the Spanish indie developer Novarama and has a rather unusual setting.
The galaxy has lost its order and the mega-corporations are now hiring bounty hunters to restore it. You are one of those bounty hunters and therefore part of the killquad.
- You can choose from 5 different classes, each with their own weapons and skills
- You cut your way through hordes of enemies in search of loot
- You can go out alone or in co-op with up to 4 players
- You can expect more than 30 different missions on 5 different planets
- There are a total of 15 boss fights
- Killsquad relies on a twin stick control
So in terms of gameplay, it is very reminiscent of Diablo, and in terms of setting and weapons it is more reminiscent of Destiny or another space game.
How is the game being received? Killsquad was in Early Access for over 2 years and celebrated its release on October 21, 2021.
It is noticeable that 80% of the 301 reviews of the last 30 days are “very positive”. But that was not always so. At the start of Early Access 2019, the ratings were only around 60% positive. Especially since the official release, the ratings have risen significantly.
Although the ARPG only has an average of 145 players and 587 simultaneous players in the Peak, it seems to please those who are active in Killsquad well.
Praise for the combat system and the varied missions, criticism of the co-op
What are the positive voices saying about Killsquad? In the reviews, the combat system is particularly praised:
- It’s supposed to be very action-packed
- Require quick reactions
- Be heavily dependent on your own skill
- Mistakes should be severely punished by the game, which can quickly lead to death
The various missions are also praised. User Brunoborne writes: “There are so many things to do in terms of missions, leveling, quests, loot and character development. The game is packed with cool content, cool ideas and a variety of missions”.
YouTuber Thyworm also emphasizes the variety of missions. He speaks of fighting bosses, escort quests or collecting quests for certain resources. There should also be random events, which makes the missions even more varied.
Also, the ARPG is said to be grindy, but not as bad as some other titles in the genre.
What is being criticized? The biggest criticism is that in co-op, the player creating the game has the most fun with Killsquad. The other players in the group are said to have lags and problems with the Damage Indicator Circle.
In addition, the missions should be easier if you are on the road with more players, because the scaling is not ideal and the possibility to revive others is a great advantage.
In addition, there should generally be some bugs, such as an infinite death loop, so that you cannot be revived by your group members. Some also cite the performance as a point of criticism. So some players shouldn’t get over 15 FPS.
Nevertheless, Killsquad comes off very well overall in the reviews. So if you are waiting for a new Hack’n’Slay like Diablo, you could have fun with this game.