V Rising game review on PC

Of all the legendary creatures listed, vampires are among the most fascinating. Both charismatic and fearsome, these undead embody our most ancestral fears, both through their belonging to the afterlife, but also and above all through their addiction to blood. Omnipresent in literature, cinema or video games, this type of ghost became popular in Europe at the beginning of the 18th century and has constantly been modernized over time, addressing all strata of pop culture. With V Rising, Stunlock Studios takes up the clichés of Valheim by trying to push the concept even further. Get ready to succumb to its bite!

Three centuries after its appearance in Austrian legends, the vampire hypnotizes with its propensity to mingle with the crowd and sow terror and desolation. However, despite the fear it arouses, this nocturnal entity suffers from flaws that are at the heart of the V Rising experience. Clove of garlic, mirror, verbena, crucifix, stake… any means is good to eliminate a vampire! Forget the clichés, the work of Stunlock Studios tries to dust off the myth by associating it with an extremely addictive sandbox adventure. A title in early access on the way to becoming a real phenomenon!


A long time ago, vampires had their own territory and lived in community. Nocturnal creatures, they were not to the taste of the human population who decided to rebel to regain control. Gradually, imposing armies were built, waiting for the opportune moment to attack. A terrible conflict arose and the vampires were struck down, leaving all power and their ancient land to the man. For centuries, the undead lurked in the darkness, biding their time. This has finally come!

V Rising is the materialization, through an action/survival game, of this revenge ruminated by vampires since their decline. It is in the depths of a crypt that the avatar awakens. Around him, everything is only remains and ruins lit by the discreet glow of torches. With little or no explanation, we quickly understand that the adventure revolves around the loot (enemy loot), resources and inventory management. The environment is interactive and contains bones allowing, therefore, to follow the first quest consisting in creating a bone sword, an essential accessory for defense. The game of Stunlock is based on this notion of objectives to follow and items to flush out by smashing the sets and the enemies who come to rub your fangs. We end up extricating ourselves from this crypt to find the open air and face the dangers tended by the darkness and the lords of these obscure lands. The reinforced equipment (thanks to the items recovered along the way), the experience gains in presence and gradually draws the contours of this incredible quest!


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The map is absolutely gigantic and full of multiple dangers.

Vampire requires, the main character (created from scratch by the player) has different powers, but also suffers from flaws. By evolving from biome to biome, linked together by teleporters, the player discovers that the famous creature can defeat countless enemies, but also get caught in its own traps! V Rising indeed imposes a harmful day/night cycle on our dear anti-hero. As in popular legend, the vampire cannot stay in the light, at the risk of suffering the devastating effects of the sun’s rays. Also, during the day, you have to find different stratagems to avoid being impacted by UV rays! This goes through the shade of Mother Nature (trees, bushes, etc.), but also the use of special braziers. Suffice to say that at the start, the progression is mainly done at night!

The sun being a danger for your avatar, you will mainly have to operate at night.

V Rising: The new Twitch and Steam phenomenon capable of overtaking Fortnite? V Rising: The new Twitch and Steam phenomenon capable of overtaking Fortnite?

It is also impossible to carry money for too long or risk seeing its health drop in the same way as poison attacks from toxic enemies. In addition, to be able to hold in this long quest, the statute of vampire requires a feeding in good standing and a permanent glance at the gauge of blood located in the middle of the screen. This decreases as you progress and you have to constantly fill it by throwing yourself at humans (soldiers, bandits, etc.) and animals that roam or graze in the forest. Beyond the question of survival, seizing this blood also makes it possible to recover the attributes linked to the prey. The more imposing or resistant it is, the more useful the blood obtained will be! All these notions make V Rising a pleasant, original game that highlights the flaws of the vampire. By linking these mechanics to the clichés of the survival/roguelite genre, Stunlock has really found a promising formula!

Creatures with powerful blood attributes, brigands, all means are good to satisfy your thirst. V Rising multiplies the original mechanics!

V Rising: The new Twitch and Steam phenomenon capable of overtaking Fortnite? V Rising: The new Twitch and Steam phenomenon capable of overtaking Fortnite?


V Rising: The new Twitch and Steam phenomenon capable of overtaking Fortnite?

After defeating the monsters of the first biome, the player lands in a forest, highlighting the richness of the loot (loot recovered from enemies) and the importance of crafting (the manufacture of objects). We upgrade our equipment, we seize more powerful weapons, but a major problem remains: we remain at the mercy of Mother Nature and the dangers that lurk! This is where the construction of buildings comes in, going as far as the construction of a huge castle! If beginners will regret the lack of explanations (we invite you to look at our various tips news that will pop up in the coming days), V Rising highlights a whole system of blocks to be placed. First, the player must gather the items necessary to install a heart of the castle, a kind of orchestra conductor supplying all the elements allowing him to live in his building. From there, while collecting wood, stone, plant fiber (and many others) essential for construction, the avatar can lay its borders (the plots), its palisades, create a workbench, establish a sawmill, etc. To go around the possibilities would be too long, but the construction aspect of V Rising has been thought out long, wide and across and we are regularly surprised by the inventiveness of the developers. Moreover, the game requires such a quantity of resources to build its castle that it is preferable to go through the adventure with several people. You can be sure, you will be farming for hours! It should however be emphasized that the heart of the castle must be regularly supplied. Therefore, like any MMO, it’s a good idea to check back on V Rising daily to make sure it doesn’t fall apart (or come under attack from other players).


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Despite the number of elements to manage (day/night, construction, inventory, equipment…), V Rising is such a solid work that we learn, little by little, to get rid of its complexity. The gameplay during the combat sequences is quite effective (and clearly taken from cult titles like Diablo) and the offensive and defensive aspects are enriched as you progress, in particular by defeating bosses or mini-bosses (Tréant, Golem of stone, Gavyn the crooked dealer…). The player also comes across various more or less powerful creatures that directly impact the quest! For example, by getting rid of the alpha wolf (which appears randomly), it is then possible to dress up as a wolf and therefore progress among the creatures of the forest. V Rising is a compendium of surprises and the experience is just as enjoyable, whether you practice PVE (or PvE – player against environment) or PVP (or PvP – player against player) – with its clans of vampires who s clash. That said, it is better to rub shoulders with PVE to start as players are already formidable in PVP.


If the V Rising experience is so pleasant, it is also thanks to its realization. From its art direction to its visual variety to its vibe, Stunlock’s title commands respect for an Early Access work. However, everything is not perfect and the estimated twelve months before the official release of the game will not be too much to solve problems inherent in the genre. Thus, despite a zoom function, the focal sometimes tends to stall in unlikely places, preventing clear visibility of the action. The other point of improvement will probably concern the fights which are a bit soft at the moment. Finally, farming is good, but the amount of resources required (for each of the constructions) is such that we will not say no to a rebalancing. The developers will work on many aspects anyway, but they can be satisfied with the work done. V Rising is an eye-catching, well-made game that deserves its current success. If you have acquaintances with the genre and you like vampires, you can let yourself be chewed!

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Strong points

  • A vampire in the grip of the sun
  • Gameplay between tradition and modernity
  • Blood type attributes
  • Artistically very solid
  • Very successful atmosphere
  • Its mix of MMO, action and survival
  • The richness of his lore
  • Remarkable stability for an early access game

Weak points

  • A camera that sometimes interferes with the readability of the action
  • Too many resources kills the resource
  • Fights still a little soft

Coming out of almost nowhere, V Rising is definitely a promising title. Whoever is about to hit the Fortnite post on Twitch has everything about the addictive game! Its lore, its vampires, its clans… everything is done to make the experience unforgettable! Whether you are a fan of PVE or prefer the friendliness of a PVP, the work of Stunlock Studios is adorned with very original mechanics while relying on the well-known clichés of hack’n slash at the ‘Ancient. Beautiful, engaging, ingenious and bringing together the best of worlds between sandbox and survival game, it promises to be a small phenomenon destined to last. The twelve months that separate us from its official release will allow the development team to refine each aspect of the title by bringing new layers of gameplay. We salivate in advance!

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