Co-op hack-and-slash adventure with RPG elements
Arran: The Book of Heroes is a hack-and-slash action game with some role-playing game elements. The core gameplay loop involves completing campaign missions, looting equipment and weapons, and unlocking perks. Arran: The Book of Heroes can be enjoyed solo, but an emphasis has been placed on multiplayer cooperative gameplay.
The third-person, top-down perspective and combination of action and RPG elements have drawn comparisons with games like V Rising. However, the cooperative multiplayer element and dark fantasy setting have led some to describe it as a top-down competitor to Warhammer Vermintide 2.
A hack-and-slash action adventure
Arran: The Book of Heroes has a dark fantasy setting, with hack-and-slash combat, RPG components, dungeon exploration, and a focus on collecting loot to improve. Players are able to choose from five different hero classes, all with different combat mechanics and areas of strength and weakness.
Graphically, the game is fairly simplistic, with stylized players and enemy characters. Some of the movement animations are also fairly basic, with quick movement giving the impression of characters skating on ice at times.
Enjoyable multiplayer co-op gameplay
So what is Arran: The Book of Heroes like to play? The game stands out for its multiplayer experience, which allows teams of up to five players. While working together with other players online, gamers can progress through the missions, collect loot, improve their character through perks, and obtain new weapons.
This multiplayer component has drawn some comparisons with Warhammer Vermintide 2. While that game is a stunning first-person action game, however, Arran: The Book of Heroes is less visually impressive. Nevertheless, it could appeal more to fans of third-person, top-down games that prioritize hack-and-slash combat.
Incentives to keep coming back
Arran: The Book of Heroes is an enjoyable hack-and-slash experience, which comes into its own with its cooperative gameplay, allowing up to five players to team up. The missions and loot system also provide incentives for players to keep coming back, while five hero classes offer great variety.