Now we’ve got the website troubles sorted it’s time to look at some games we missed. You might be asking yourself what is V Rising? It’s an early access game that released back in May and has sold roughly 2 million copies. I’ve been playing the game for about a fortnight now and have thoroughly been enjoying myself. It’s pretty ludicrous I’ve racked up over 150 hours in that time but it shows how addictive the game is. This article will let you know how the game plays and if it’s worth giving it a try.
What is V Rising – General Overview
What is V Rising? A survival game at it’s most fundamental, with some unique and interesting mechanics. It has a day/night system and a world split into biomes of varying difficulty. Unlike most survival games though as you’re playing a Vampire you only have to worry about blood for sustenance. Being a vampire does mean you can’t stand in direct sunlight without taking severe damage. You can still play in the day, retreating to a building or running between shadows to avoid sunlight. There are of course the obligatory base building and resource gathering mechanics but they are quite streamlined and intuitive.
Guilds are also a feature for group play but the default size is only 2 players. 4 player guild servers are also popular but they tend to be PvP only. It’s possible to check the rules for a server in the menu though so it’s possible to check before joining. I hope this has given you some idea of what is V Rising, now we’re next going to look at more specific aspects of the game.
What is V Rising – Combat
Combat in V Rising is really where the game shines, it’s really feels like Diablo at times. There are also many unique mechanics and no strict class system like Diablo. I switch from melee to ranged depending on the situation and am effective at both. Each weapon type has it’s own animations and eventually gets two special attacks. You can also equip up to four spells for use in combat. Unlocking new spells by defeating bosses and can switch your spells at any time. The nicest part about the spell system is you can mix and match different schools of magic without restriction.
Long ranged spells, shields and kiting are definitely the strongest style of combat, especially late-game. Talking of late-game there are three buffs you can collect from the last bosses in the game. On a PvE server you can get multiple of the same buffs. On a PvP server they’re unique and fought over. Control of the buffs is pretty much the end-game of PvP servers, causing many wars and grudges. One answer to What is V Rising? Excellent and varied combat.
What is V Rising – Bloodlines and Servants
As we’re playing as a vampire blood will of course be a vital mechanic for your survival. Early game just think of blood like stamina in other survival games. You expend it performing actions, transforming or being in combat. Running out of blood will cause you to take damage at a rapid pace, quickly depleting your health. You can get “frailed” blood from consuming tainted hearts but it should be used only in emergencies. You can also drain a weakened enemy and gain buffs from their bloodline. The higher the percentage, the more buffs you get from the bloodline. Frailed blood always counts as 0% and provides no buffs whatsoever.
Certain bloodlines (like scholar) offer massive bonuses at 100%, greatly increasing your combat potential. You also learn how to hypnotise humans and can take them back to your base to convert or imprison. Servants will guard your base and can be sent out to do missions to gather resources once you gear them. Prisoners are exactly what they sound like and can be used as a source of good blood. You will need empty bottles to bleed them and fish to replenish their health and happiness after bleeding. Late-game usually revolves around getting better percentage bloodlines on your prisoners and servants.
What is V Rising – PvP
PvP in this game can be good but entirely revolves around your server community and how aggression is handled. You also have to consider the settings the server has. This will effect how many people you can have in a guild. It also effects how many castles you’re allowed and how much of your loot can be stolen. Castle PvP can even be only enabled during specific times, it’s just down to how the server settings.
In my opinion the PvP isn’t very balanced, encourages griefing and lacks proper rewards. Outside of looting corpses or sieging and looting their castles there’s no real structure or progression. I’ve even heard horror stories from other players on my server about being driven off other servers. What is V Rising? Not a rewarding PvP game if your unfortunate and play on a griefing server.
What is V Rising – Conclusion
This article should hopefully have explained what is V Rising and given you an idea of how it plays. If you’re after a survival game with decent combat and a fun progression system then get it now. You will get about 60 – 80 hours of play in PvE depending on your skill level. If however you’re wanting PvP primarily you might want to wait and see what updates do for PvP. PvP playtime will of course be longer but again you’re entirely reliant on your server community. There is a lot of griefing on some of the PvP servers and the buffs give you horrendous advantages. If you’re willing to live with these problems though it’s still a lot of fun.
If you decide to try it we’d love for you to leave a comment or post pictures of your bases and gardens on our twitter. I might have to put some pictures of my PvE base on once I’ve finished remodelling! I will be writing more content on the game in the near future, an early game/beginners guide will be next. Unfortunately V Rising is only available on PC through Steam at the moment. It has sold extremely well though so it’s quite likely it will be ported over to other platforms later.