PlayStation Plus games lineup for December revealed: a remake of Gauntlet game is up for grabs

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 1, 2015

It’s almost December, and PlayStation Plus members can look forward to a new set of games that they can enjoy courtesy of their membership to the service. The list of new games is quite genre-diverse, so whatever your cup of tea may be, you’ll have a game or two that you can totally enjoy.

Specifically, PlayStation Plus members can download two classic games, reimagined to take advantage of today’s technology. Are you up for some treasure hunting with a bit of battle arenas at the side? If so, you’ll certainly enjoy playing the action-packed Gauntlet: Slayer Edition action RPG for the PS4. You have a big world to explore, and lots and lots of treasures and hidden weapons waiting for you to discover them. Standing in your way are hordes of angry and monstrous enemies.

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition remake promises a lot of new features while still keeping the old ones intact, with just a few updates. Now I’ll let Designer Nils Hansson Bjerke elaborate on the Enemy updates of Gauntlet: Slayer Edition. As mentioned previously, we have been working a lot to get more variation in Gauntlet: Slayer Edition.

The enemies are obviously a big part of that. In Gauntlet 2014 they just weren’t different enough from each other to make the players change their playstyle in any meaningful way. According to Designer Nils Hansson Bierke, the team had exerted plenty of effort in making the world of Gauntlet: Slayer Edition a lot more varied than the original.

Bierke claims that the team has actually gone through the task of checking out each and every enemy that has been developed to the game, and that they have actually updated all but a couple of the monsters. These changes include, excitingly, new ability sets making some of them fight a lot differently than how they did with the original Gauntlet.

There are also new enemies as well after some were removed. Bierke also said that the updated version will organize the monsters into units called family. For example, mummies, skeletons and other similar monsters will be grouped into one “family,” so on and so forth.

The Designer also revealed that the team has made the decision of focusing the improvements not on the bosses, but on what players spend majority of their time in – playing against hordes of otherwise ordinary enemies. Bierke explained that coming up with a good boss battle that players cannot consider as lazy, where they fight steroidized versions of ordinary opponents, is a Herculean task that would take the team a lot of time.

He then said that the decision allowed them to concentrate on improving the core mechanics of Gauntlet: Slayer Edition, especially since the core of the game is focused on hordes and not individual enemies. However, he did assure fans that there have been tweaks and fixes to the bosses, even name-dropping the boss Morak as one that veteran players will want to meet again in the remastered version.

Bierke also explained that, because Gauntlet is considered an arcade game, the team opted not to put too much emphasis on character customization. Explaining that arcade games have always been about forcing players to maximize their own individual playing styles with a small range of tools and equipment, Bierke then added that it would make sense for them not to give too much attention to beefing up each character class in Gauntlet.

Although Gauntlet: Slayer Edition does offer character diversity, the Designer emphasized that the team wanted to keep the arcade feel intact. Keeping up with the focus on enemy hordes, Bierke explained that they have designed groups of monsters that work together in a manner that will provide challenge across all four character classes instead of creating enemies in a way that they are piecemeal for one character class, and a challenge for the other.

Aside from Gauntlet: Slayer Edition, the PlayStation Plus lineup for December also includes King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember. In this game, players take on the role of King Graham and explore his journey into becoming a Knight of Daventry before becoming a king.

The four other games in the PlayStation Plus lineup for December are Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon for PS3, Freedom Wars for PS Vita, Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken for the PS Vita and SSX for the PS3. These games will be available for free download by PS Plus members on December the 1st.

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