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Undecember Gameplay: Not the Diablo Clone Everyone Was After

After a fairly successful start in the Eastern world, Undecember suffered a rough start in the West.

Korean hack & slash crossplay action RPG Undecember went live on Steam yesterday amid great expectations from players. Considered a promising Diablo clone, its rating was, unfortunately, a disaster.

Undecember, a Korean hack’n’slash action RPG developed by Need Games, was officially released on Steam on October 12, 2022. A free-to-play title that, unfortunately, has only received 35% positive reviews at the time of writing.


Overrated expectations – a worthy Diablo clone?

In Korea, Undecember has been available since the beginning of the year, and in Europe, it was released just yesterday, on October 12. The past few days of October, Undecember has been one of the most attractive demos during Steam game previews, alongside Manor Lords. In fact, players testing Undecember’s demo at the same time once reached a high of 16.500 on Steam.

From an isometric perspective, we see the player centered in a gameplay scene of Undecember, another Diablo clone, fighting many enemies with a spell. The player is in the middle of a swampland with dead trees and blood-red ground in places. He is creating an orange-red fireball in front of him, which damages the enemies around him and yellowish fiery shapes appear above their heads. In the foreground, a huge dead tree looms into view, which also obscures the frame a bit.
Forest Fight (Source: Needs Games/LINE Corporation)


In Undecember’s gameplay, players can combine their abilities and runes without limits, allowing them to try out new tactics and strategies in the battles against the hordes of enemies with various options. Besides, there are no predefined classes.

Undecember was expected to be a worthy Diablo clone, despite its free-to-play status. A similar title would be Path of Exile, which very successfully will soon be ten years old. Obviously, hack & slash RPG players had their hopes set on welcoming a breath of fresh air back into their world. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a lull, which is confirmed by the ratings on Steam at this point. On the day of its release, the crossplay game Undecember gathered a maximum of over 40.000 players online simultaneously, all eager to satisfy their curiosity and anticipation. Unfortunately, probably without success for the time being.

In an Undecember gameplay screenshot, we see two players in front of a large monster in a green, poisonous environment, apparently just before a boss fight. One player can be seen in the foreground on the right side of the image in the semi-close-up. He is wearing a green robe with iron armor over it. On his head, he has an iron helmet and holds a huge iron hammer in his hands. The second playable character is shown in total view a bit further in the background at the bottom left of the image. His armor and helmet are also made of iron and have a red coloring. He holds a shield in his left hand and a sword in his right. Both figures are looking towards a huge nightmarish worm-like creature that can be seen in the background of the image in the center. It has a fat physique and large paws. Its neck is made of numerous spikes and its head, on the other hand, is small and looks like a skull.
Boss Cutscene (Source: Needs Games/LINE Corporation)


Disastrous reviews for Undecember – Freemium strikes again

Quite in contrast to the excellent numbers on release day in the eastern world are the western reviews. At the time of writing, there are almost 2600 reviews, of which only 35% are positive. In contrast, Path of Exile has 87% positive reviews on Steam.

From the tenor of the comments in the reviews, you can see the reason quite well. Although Undecember is free, this is only the case at first glance. During the actual game, users have to pay for almost everything, and the prices in the store are ridiculously high.


One commenter angrily wrote, “The cash shop prices are outrageous. You can barely afford 3 convenience stash tabs for $45 US“. Another player wrote in a sarcastic tone, “Hyped -> installed -> looked @ shop -> used calc -> laughed -> uninstalled -> surprised the uninstall was free“.

Many Chinese players described this game as having a very high level of pay-to-play. At the same time, some expressed shock at the number of bad reviews before entry but were still willing to experience the game based on existing expectations.


Some less polarizing free-to-play titles

Maybe you’re interested in some more great games that don’t cost anything. Feel free to check out our rankings for the 10 Best Free FPS Games or the Best Sandbox Games on PC. If you like adrenaline and want to get your blood pumping, check out Free Horror Games, or the Best Free RPG games.


Have you played the game Undecember yet? What is your opinion about it? Feel free to leave a comment.

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