Diablo Meets Minecraft In This Game Pass Hidden Gem

Diablo meets Minecraft in this Game Pass hidden gem

The Riftbreaker is a silly name for a game that’s way better than its title suggests. Released in October on Xbox Game Pass and mixing elements of Factorio, Minecraft, MechWarrior, Diabloand others, I found this top-down survival game very hard to put down.

This piece originally aired on Kotaku Australia on December 3, 2021. It has been rescheduled as a weekend read.

Also I will call her Riftbreaker from now on, okay? Cool.

Ashley, your player character, is an “elite scientist/commando inside an advanced Mecha-Suit capable of traveling through dimensional rifts”. Fairly common situation. Because you’re a badass soldier and skilled researcher, you’re sent to a distant planet in a talking robot suit, and the only way to get back is to create a new, super-advanced Rift Portal. Cue lots of tree breaking and fence building.

At first, I didn’t know if I was up for it. Sure, gathering resources is fine for a while, but I didn’t want to spend countless hours doing it. But after about 20 minutes or so, the game taught me how to build automatic mining machines, fences, power lines, turrets and storage containers. This is where I realized Riftbreaker was not only a survival game, but also a game about creating a large, highly efficient resource mining empire. My first session lasted almost eight hours.

Riftbreaker doesn’t make you worry about your robot’s hunger, thirst or battery levels. All of the micromanagement happens around the base using a fairly easy-to-use build system. Riftbreaker slowly adds more layers to the experience over time, which helps keep the game from feeling overwhelming. First you will learn about mining, then how to store it all, then how to build more wind turbines and solar panels to create electricity, then how to store the additional energy from the batteries. It builds up slowly enough that I never feel confused, but fast enough that I never get bored. The planet’s deadly creatures also helped make it exciting.

Oh yes, I forgot to tell you about the giant swarms of monsters.

As Ashley travels the world in search of new resources, or after upgrading her base, she will be attacked by alien creatures of all shapes and sizes. Often these attacks take the form of huge crawling, crawling masses of the dead, wave after wave of space bugs and monsters. With top-down view and responsive combat controls, Riftbreaker starts to look like an action-RPG. You start with just a small sword and a low ammo rifle. Upgrading your base lets you unlock more movement and combat abilities for your robot, more deadly weapons, and massive spears. (Free tip: As soon as the large research tree opens, go for the spears. They’re powerful, kill most things in one hit, and have a long range, letting you take out explosive enemies safely. .)

Screenshot: EXOR Studios

As your base grows and you expand your main HQ, you unlock more ways to mine the planet’s minerals and defend your operation against all the nasty creatures out to ruin your adventure. This leads to a loop which Riftbreaker didn’t invent, but it does a great job of collecting resources, unlocking a new thing, building a new thing, getting more things, using those things to build more, etc.

It’s the kind of game where you’re going to stop playing, but one last thing catches your eye, and you think “Well, I’m just going to get up there and place a mining robot.” But somehow, two hours pass and the next thing you know, you’ve built a secondary outpost complete with well-organized storage and defenses.

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On Xbox Series X, Riftbreaker looks neat and works without any technical issues. Text and menus are a bit too small, and having to use a slider to manage parts of the UI feels like a PC port that could use a little extra work. But these are only minor complaints. And honestly, this thing is on Game Pass, so you probably already have access to it at no extra cost.

If the idea of ​​building a massive and efficient base while battling waves of aliens using Diablo-like the fight sounds good, go dig in Game Pass and give (sigh) The Riftbreaker a shot. It’s a wonderful example of how the massive Game Pass library may house hidden gems in the middle of the expensive Halothe sand Forzasso play it and see if you don’t like it too.

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