Last year on Steam a new Gauntlet game was released, eight years after the last entry in the series (Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows) came out. Just recently, the game was re-released on the PlayStation 4 with a few changes. Watch the video below to learn all about it.

While the PlayStation 4 version is a port of the Steam version, it isn’t without changes and improvements. One of the more notable changes is that you can change the equipment of your heroes. And when you do, you change the abilities that hero uses in combat. So while the characters already each had a unique combat style, they now each have multiple ability sets that you can play with to create the best combination for your style of play.

Also, just like its Steam predecessor, this game adds an additional character to the roster by way of DLC. For an additional $4.99 you can add the Necromancer character which uses mid-range attacks, has a shadowstep move to quickly maneuver the battlefield, and can summon skeletal warriors to do her fighting. While no official word has been said one way or the other, one can assume that this is only the first in a line of DLC packs to add new characters or gear to the game. Personally, I would love to see the Jackal and Jester characters return from Dark Legacy. Although, as long as it isn’t the out-of-place and unnecessary Nerd and Punkrocker characters from Third Encounter, any new characters would be fine with me. And now that they’ve created the option to change abilities with different sets of gear, it would only make sense to release new items later as DLC to expand the options for players to choose from.

But DLC isn’t the only noteworthy addition in the Slayer Edition of the game. The difficulty in the game has been reworked to make the game a bit more challenging. And some graphical changes have been made to make the screen less confusing when the swarms of monsters would otherwise make things look too busy. The monsters themselves have also had tweaks made to make things a bit more balanced and to fit in line with the changed difficulty of the game.

Also, the shop has been removed from the game and players can now swap and buy gear in the lobby screen, similar to Gauntlet Legends and Gauntlet: Dark Legacy from 1998 and 2000, respectively.

Also added to the game was the Endless mode where the game randomly generates levels for you to continue playing through until you either die or get bored.

And of course, because this is a Gauntlet game – which has always been an arcade title at heart, there is multiplayer. Whether you want to play online or are one of those weirdos who still plays video games with friends in the same room, the game allows up to four players to cooperatively dungeon-crawl their way to glory or death.

In short, it’s definitely a Gauntlet title. Gauntlet: Slayer Edition feels like an arcade game in that it’s equal parts challenging and fun. It can get a little repetitive but in the same way that Samurai Warriors can, it remains fun despite being repetitious. For the $19.99 price tag, around $25 if you decide to pick up the extra character, it’s certainly a worthwhile purchase.

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition Review
It's a great game, whether playing solo or with friends. There action is pretty constant and with the myriad of equipment and abilities and the ever-changing roguelike dungeons, this game has great replay value.
I've not seen such bravery!
  • Fast-paced, constant action
  • Large variety of abilities
  • Updated sound and graphics
Red Warrior is about to die.
  • Grinding enemies can become repetitive
  • Unkillable Death is unkillable
  • Challenge can be high for a solo player
8.5Overall Score
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