The Dwarves

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Leif Johnson

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6.2 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2016

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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45 / 100
Dec 19, 2016

An unsatisfying, forced march through the source material.

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6 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2016

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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5 / 10
Dec 5, 2016

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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6 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2016

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

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4 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2016

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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6.3 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2016

The Dwarves is a role-playing game that fails to reach its full potential. Its interesting battle concepts are marred by a mediocre execution, very limited RPG mechanics, and just too many technical issues on PlayStation 4. Despite this, the game still managed to be somewhat enjoyable thanks to the gripping yet not too original story, and charming characters. Due to gameplay and technical shortcomings, however, only die hard high fantasy fans may find some enjoyment in The Dwarves. Everyone else would do better in looking elsewhere.

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4.9 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2016

A good story with good cinematics held captive by terrible performance and bad gameplay. There are some good narrative moments in The Dwarves, but they aren't worth suffering through the game. Just read the book its based on.

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55 / 100
Dec 10, 2016

Selecting areas you can’t go to resulted in a glitchy cursor bouncing around, and the UI in general lacks polish.

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Dec 6, 2016

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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