If you can’t get enough of the Nordic-themed games coming out lately, Norsfell Games has their take on the subject, called Midgard Tribes. This isometric 10-player co-op survival game promises epic boss fights, Roguelike mechanics, and a cel-shaded art style that you don’t see too often mixed with a Nordic setting. Is this combination of genres worth your time and money? Find out in our Midgard Tribes PS5 review.
Tribes of Midgard PS5 Review – Co-Op Sagas
The main draw of Midgard Tribes is Saga mode. This is a ten-player online cooperative mode that tasks players with defending a village in the center of a procedurally generated world. Players start out with nothing but underwear (unless they’ve equipped something earned over the season before jumping) and should immediately search the area for sticks, flint, and other materials in order to return to the village and craft essential items such as tools, weapons, potions and armor. Venturing too far from the village at first is a sure-fire way to get yourself killed, but luckily the player’s gear and stats are summed up, and the game quickly alerts you when you encounter an area that you are undernourished for. . Starting the game is a big task of collecting and crafting to prepare, which will undoubtedly put off those looking for more action and less collecting.
Saga mode is also difficult, even with many players working together. On most game nights, enemies called Helthings will spawn in three locations just outside the village, and the game temporarily enters a sort of tower defense mode. Enemies will attempt to break down the three village gates, each of which can be strengthened once enough materials are provided. These gates are flanked on their sides by arrow towers, which need to be built and upgraded, again with materials collected by players, but which can provide much-needed defense when there aren’t enough players to defend the gates. town. People actually use voice chat in this game, maybe because it’s a necessity if we want to progress. Lots of matches end before the fifth night otherwise!
Every now and then massive creatures known as Jotnar (singular Jotunn) appear and they wander from the edge of the map, slowly making their way towards the village. Players are supposed to kill these creatures soon after they spawn, otherwise the village won’t last very long. Of course, when you’re so busy gathering materials or fending off other creatures overnight, or just struggling to survive, it doesn’t matter how thrive you can feel like having to face a formidable boss as well. Assuming the village is lost (and many will suffer this fate), an on-screen game is displayed and the Roguelike items from Midgard Tribes each part of the game gains experience and various rewards are unlocked which can help players survive a bit longer. Unlocking the villager outfit makes sure you’re not completely defenseless when starting a new game, for example. Progress is shown for the currently active season, as we’ve seen with many game-as-a-service models. So if you like the slow drip style of unlocking things one by one, Midgard Tribes will serve you well.
Tribes of Midgard PS5 Review – Survival Options
If you manage to level up a few times, the other more welcoming mode of Midgard Tribes opens. Dubbed Survival Mode, it allows for solo or online play, with various setting options that increase or decrease the difficulty of the world you’ll appear in. The more difficult the world, the more the XP season is distributed, and vice versa. Playing in a 0.3x world, for example, won’t be much of a challenge, but it will allow players to experience many of the game’s mechanics that they might otherwise miss in the Punitive Saga mode. The challenge level in such a world is so low, however, that things quickly get repetitive like having a village surrounded by level three reinforced gates and six arrow towers at most, but ensures that any enemies that appear at night will be destroyed without too much player intervention. Still, this serves as a practice for how Saga mode games are. Assumed to go.
Unreal Engine 4 is used for Midgard Tribes, and it works predictably on the PlayStation 5. The world is presented in vivid pastel colors, all cel-shaded and pleasing to the eye. There are no graphics options to change here, and the levels load in just seconds. Rapid movements between altars are instantaneous, with the exception of the animation that is played as you move. DualSense haptics are used for walking, with vibrations with each step that feel a bit heavy, while adaptive triggers are used lightly for some weapons like the bow. Since combat primarily uses facial pimples, there aren’t many other uses for haptics. The built-in mic on the controller certainly helps make sure everyone has at least one mic.
Midgard Tribes has its moments of wonder buried in a mountain of crushing. Players who take advantage of the long drive to get some nice rewards will find a lot to like here, especially for just $ 19.99. Others who don’t have the time to invest in another survival game will likely want to look elsewhere, although unlocking Survival Mode can make things easy enough to just enjoy the game on your own terms. Playing with friends is, as always, the best way to experience this cooperative adventure, over and over again.
Tribes of Midgard review code provided by the publisher. Version 1.003 reviewed on PS5. For more information on scoring, please read our Review Policy.