I reviewed Vampire Survivors as our first ever Steam Deck overview when it hit 1.0. Since then, Vampire Survivors launched on Xbox platforms utilizing the brand new engine, and at last made its technique to iOS and Android as revealed throughout The Game Awards. Learn my overview of the iOS model right here. Yesterday, the primary paid DLC for Vampire Survivors launched on PC and Xbox platforms within the type of Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell priced at $1.99. This DLC can be on cell early subsequent yr, and I’ve been taking part in it for overview over the past week on Steam Deck and in addition on Xbox since yesterday.
Given how Vampire Survivors stays a killer app for the Steam Deck and the way wonderful the game is on iOS, I wished to verify we cowl the primary ever paid DLC on Steam Deck. Having now spent over 12 hours with the DLC throughout Steam Deck and Xbox, I can safely say that Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell presents superlative worth, however there may be one annoyance with the game on Steam Deck in its present state.
Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell provides new characters, weapons, secrets and techniques, achievements, and a large new map. Mt.Moonspell, the brand new map, has totally different biomes with distinctive monsters. This map feels a number of instances bigger than the opposite ones within the game, however the concentrate on exploration right here makes an enormous distinction. Within the base game core levels, I didn’t actually hassle doing a lot exploration barring searching for the stage power-ups or initially going in the direction of the query marks to unlock one thing. With Mt.Moonspell, each run thus far has felt like a breath of recent, and complicated, air.
Early on once I was nonetheless getting used to the map, the late-game parts with tons of enemies made exploration borderline not possible. Think about being caught in a slim hall in a labyrinth-like zone however with tons of enemies protecting the display all through. That’s simply one of many conditions I had within the early hours of this DLC. I virtually need each new DLC to have a big map like this with a special theme due to how good it’s.
I’ve not seen each mixture or all of the synergies doable with weapons and characters within the time I’ve spent throughout platforms, however I’m greater than happy with all the pieces I’ve skilled thus far in Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell. Just a few of my buddies have labored in the direction of unlocking all the pieces a lot faster, however I’ve been slowly savoring the brand new content material. The weapons specifically are unbelievable additions. We often see DLC that brings rather a lot much less to a game promote for 10 or 20 instances this value. Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell is completely underpriced for what it brings to the bottom game, but it surely has one flaw.
Proper now, the one factor holding Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell again is the truth that the PC model nonetheless seemingly hasn’t moved over to the brand new engine port just like the Xbox and cell variations. This implies efficiency in later elements of a run drop to sub 15fps on Steam Deck as proven in a screenshot right here. That is my solely grievance with the game and the DLC on Steam Deck proper now. Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell elevates among the finest video games of the yr to an entire different stage for a fraction of the already low asking value of the bottom game.
Within the time I’ve spent with the DLC on Xbox Collection X, the key body drops solely occurred with harm numbers enabled. I often disable them, however left them on to check. Issues nonetheless get actually unhealthy, however the efficiency is significantly better than the game on Steam Deck proper now. Whereas not a grievance concerning the DLC particularly, I actually hope that we get cross platform development with Steam, Xbox, and cell within the close to future. Unlocking all the pieces on a number of platforms isn’t going to be enjoyable for most individuals.
In a number of methods, Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell jogs my memory of the Lifeless Cells paid DLC the place every pack presents a ton of worth, however a number of the gamers are simply pleased to throw extra assist to the builders for extra free and paid content material. In case you loved Vampire Survivors, the Legacy of the Moonspell DLC is a necessary. The brand new map is massively superior, and I can’t await the very good new songs to be added to the soundtrack. If that is the path poncle takes with future paid content material, I’m able to maintain gifting buddies the game and its DLC throughout platforms.