RPG superstars Square Enix teamed up with game developers n-Space to create ‘Heroes of Ruin’, an RPG dungeon crawler reminiscent of Diablo or Gauntlet. The story is set in a fictional magical port town known as Nexus where the half-man and half-lion god Ataraxis lives. As the story goes, not even a mega-dose of nyquil can wake Ataraxis and so the job of saving Nexus and the world lies to four heroic travelers. Of course, as in any RPG there are varying classes of heroes and here there are four which are Gunslinger, Alchitect, Vindicator, and Savage, each carrying their own specific powers and abilities.
Battles occur in real time with beasts like land sharks, golems, spiders, ghost spirits, and the like. Some of the regions are a haunted forest, a snowy area, a dark cave filled with treasure, and more. The 3-d effect can, at times, make things a little blurry and heavy on the eyes and some of the shades of black, brown, and green in some areas makes it hard to see. The real icing on the cake is multiplayer done via wi-fi either through local play, on-line with friends, or worldwide. Players can communicate by pressing the left shoulder button and can choose to carry out missions together, help others in boss battles, help collect much needed armor or loot, or just pop in and out at their own desire. The only problem discovered with voice chat is that sometimes the sound can be quite choppy and noisy, even when the music and sound effects are turned down to their maximum quietness.
For those wishing to combat from far away there is the Gunslinger and Alchitect whereas the Vindicator and Savage fight up close and deliver a good death blow. There are many NPC’s throughout Nexus who will give you different advice, assign you quests, and even sell or trade with you. Street Pass can also be utilized to put up unwanted weapons or armor which will be traded with or bought through someone else should they pass you. The overall campaign rounds out at around 10 hours or so and there are also daily quests that can be found under the quest lists each week. Although quite fun, these quests can become monotonous pretty quickly as you backtrack through familiar territory.
Some complaints have arose about glitches in the game and help can be found at the official game site www.heroesofruin.com. Other than that, Heroes of Ruin is a pretty good real time combat RPG which excels the most in multiplayer but can be fun for a quick jaunt if one wishes to take on the short campaign in solo mode.