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The Dwarves

KING Art, EuroVideo Medien, THQ Nordic
Dec 1, 2016 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5

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6.2 / 10
PC Gamer
45 / 100
6 / 10
5 / 10
IGN Spain
6 / 10
God is a Geek
4 / 10
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PlayStation Universe
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Critic Reviews for The Dwarves


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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A strong premise that gets lost with a bad execution on its visuals and dull combat.

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The Dwarves is hard to recommend to any but the most diehard RPG fan, due to poor combat and terrible performance.

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Underwhelming RPG elements and character customisation, poor loading times and a map screen that now seems to have a mind of its own do hold back the game from being something great. Those with a penchant for a tightly woven narrative and tactical thinking will enjoy the experience, but it is difficult to overlook some of the more glaringly obvious problems.

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A strategy RPG that suffers from a distinct lack of technical polish and unsatisfying combat, The Dwarves superb orchestral soundtrack, intriguing narrative and charismatic cast almost make up for its technical deficiencies, lending hope that future instalments might improve upon what we see here.

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