Stunlock’s Vampiric RPG Narrated by Steam

AV Rising image showing a group of cultists praising what appears to be a vampire queen with quotes from Steam reviewers etched into it.

Morbitize me, Morby!
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One of the most popular Steam games of the moment is V rising, a vampire action-survival role-playing game by Stunlock Studios. The game is tearing up the charts, with some 95,000 people playing it at any given time according to Steam graphics. Most telling, however, is V risingon Valve’s PC gaming platform, which is currently “very positive”. That’s true, but buried in those reviews are deserved praise, fair criticism, and silly commentary worth noting.

V risinglaunched in Early Access on May 17, is a Diablo-loot RPG style which is an amalgamation of other games. There are base building mechanics similar to state of decay. Got some survival stuff where you look for resources in an open world like Tribes of Midgard. It even comes with PvE and PvP. But what makes V rising among the crowd of similar APRGs stands out its vampiric setting which reflects established traditions. For example, you will get burned if you go out in the sun, but walking in the shade allows you to move freely even during the day. Stuff like this is cool, and the combination of design elements seems to be another selling point.

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As noted by Steam user Conkerthe game has a “good balance” of mechanics, which makes V rising something that is relatively easy to understand. User Gina Tonik echoed that sentiment, calling it a game that can “appeal to a wide genre of gamers” due to the way it blends various gameplay elements together. Another user named Lagrie thought the same and said V rising solo fun offline [content] and [is] fun to play with friends [online].” Hell, people are apparently so addicted to the game that they haven’t left their house in days! Please don’t do this.

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But my favorite V rising reviews have nothing to do with the game. Players are go around the displayIt’s Morbin’s time,” with reference to the hilarious Morbius memes which recently took the internet by storm thanks to 24/7 Twitch streams of the movie. And of course, those are popular reviews, probably because now there’s a mainstream game where you can bite as a vampire. What did I tell you? Morb will morb. The meme cannot die.

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That doesn’t mean everyone appreciates V rising. Some people have entered the game, claiming that they have experienced crashes that permanently prevented it from restarting Where other server issues that made it unplayable. Most, however, say it’s not a gameplay issue but a progression issue. Steam User m-depfor example, said that “75% of the time” is spent maintaining resources while alan0n complained that progress is “impeded by your personal quest”.

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V rising is a huge success for Stunlock. I’m serious sold over a million copies two weeks after his fall. People are craving for more vampire content again or we’ve all been infected with the Morbius embarrassed. Either way, it looks like the vampire is about to make a glorious and eternal return.

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Image for article titled V Rising, as told by Steam Reviews

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Image for article titled V Rising, as told by Steam Reviews

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