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The Dwarves

Rating Summary

Based on 37 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

60

Top Critic Average

16%

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Based on 37 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Dec 1, 2016
Xbox OneDec 1, 2016
PCDec 1, 2016

Developers: KING Art, THQ Nordic

Publisher: EuroVideo Medien

Genre: Strategy

The Dwarves is a fantasy role-playing game with a strong story and tactically challenging real-time battles. 15 playable heroes, each with individual skills, are to be deployed cleverly. Take on superior numbers of orcs, ogres, älfs, bögnilim, zombies, dark mages and many more foes, to give them the low-down. Based on the bestselling novel “The Dwarves” by Markus Heitz you’ll experience a fascinating tale revolving around the coolest fantasy race ever: The Dwarves! Tactical real-time battles: You’re fighting hundreds of foes with just a handfull of heroes. You can pause anytime to tactically plan the next smart move. Crowd Combat: All creatures on the battlefield are rendered with physical complexity – that’s why the battles feel especially dynamic and “real”, and enabling a lot of tactical finesse. Captivating story: Join the dwarf Tungdil on his adventurous journey across Girdlegard. Explore the world: Uncover secrets, learn more about the game world and its inhabitants, and solve optional puzzles. Delve into the world map: Girdlegard ranges from snow-covered summits to shimmering deserts. You can move freely on the world map, meet numerous characters, and experience adventures. But beware: A lot of your actions on the world map have far-reaching consequences!

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IGN

6.2 / 10.0
Leif Johnson

The Dwarves boasts a strong story that's taken from a bestselling novel, and it generally honors that lineage with a cast of likable and ably voiced characters. It's a good foundation, but unfortunately it's not strong enough to make up for the deficiencies of its gameplay, which include unfulfilling RPG elements and a stubborn camera.

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An unsatisfying, forced march through the source material.

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THQ Nordic and King Art Games bring us The Dwarves, an RPG adaptation of Markus Hetiz's novels that, despite good ideas, doesn't live up to its source material albeit its entertaining story.

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There’s a lot of love that went into the creation of The Dwarves but the glimmers of brilliance are dulled by the numerous problems with the combat, as well as the conflicting nature of the narrative with the few moments where you are able to make your own choices. Chances are those who will enjoy this game the most are fans of the books, but it’s a largely forgettable game for everyone else.

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