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Dolmen

A science fiction action game with RPG and horror elements, created by Massive Work Studio in Brazil. The Dolmen story draws inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft's style and focuses on discovering the darkest secrets of the cosmos.

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Dolmen is a third-person action game with RPG elements reminiscent of Dead Space and The Surge. Its plot was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's work. Massive Work Studio's debut game combines elements of survival horror, dynamic combat similar to that of the Souls series, and exploration of available levels. The game focuses on the single-player experience, but there are also cooperative and multiplayer modes. The title was largely funded by a Kickstarter campaign and was released on PC and eighth-generation consoles.

Plot

The action takes place on the forgotten planet Revion Prime which differs from Earth in terms of flora, fauna and weather conditions. The main character was sent there for an unknown purpose, with no food, equipment or idea of how to function in such an area. He quickly abandons this goal and focuses on learning the history of the planet, from which he will try to deduce the future of Revion Prime. However, we are not sure if his human perspective will be able to comprehend such a strange place. While exploring the planet, we are accompanied by a mysterious female voice, which every now and then speaks in our heads, in a philosophical way referring to current events.

The plot in Dolmen is very metaphorical and concerns "learning the language of the universe". This process is made difficult by the fact that individual elements of the galaxy's alphabet are difficult to find. Also, during their search, we will have to fight for survival. The creators' goal was to create a "Lovecraftian" plot, which will show players the darkest secret of the universe.

Mechanics

In terms of gameplay, Dolmen is part of the popular souls-like trend. The combat system is skillful and requires careful observation of enemies, and the attacks with melee weapons (swords, axes) consume stamina points. We can also use special guns to perform distance attacks - they are powered by the energy accumulated by our hero which is the equivalent of a mana bar. They don't do much damage, whether we use light or heavy fire mode. However, they can be used to inflict negative effects on enemies, such as freezing or poison. In addition to the usual opponents, we will also face powerful bosses with unique attack sets. Lost health is regenerated at the expense of our energy, and we block attacks with a special energy shield. A perfect parry of the opponent's attack makes them immobilized for a brief moment, giving us time to plan our next actions.

Killed enemies give us experience points and various items. We use the former to improve the statistics of the main character, which we do only on our ship called "ZEO". These stats determine how much damage we inflict with various kinds of weapons, how many health points, stamina or protection we have against specific types of damage. We move to the ship via terminals which also serve as save points that revive opponents as well as a locker for our materials. We use the acquired items mainly to create new equipment or improve the current one. There are also special blueprints that we can use in two ways - we can construct new suits, or we consume them to get an immediate bonus to one of our attributes.

Technical aspects

Dolmen was created on Unreal Engine, however, due to the developer's budget limitations, the graphics aren't that great. Individual locations have a very organic design - the platforms we move on often resemble bones or muscles of living organisms.

Game mode: single player  

Age restrictions Dolmen: 16+

Dolmen System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

  • Minimum:
  • Intel Core i5
  • 8 GB RAM
  • graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 860M or better
  • 15 GB HDD
  • Windows 10
  • Recommended:
  • Intel Core i5
  • 8 GB RAM
  • graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 950 or better
  • 20 GB HDD
  • Windows 10
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