After almost 3 years worth of numerous free content updates, the tabletop-inspired RPG For The King finally receives its first paid DLC, the Lost Civilization Adventure Pack. This expansion not only brings an entirely new campaign, but it also adds two new playable characters (the Gladiator and the Astronomer), as well as gladiator arenas, dual-wielding weapons, and over 90 items and 50 new enemies. The new campaign, Lost Civilization, will take you to foreign lands to a jungle realm, where you get to unravel the mysteries behind an ancient civilization. Also, it’s worth noting that, if you plan on playing the new adventure online with other people, only one person actually needs to own DLC, which is quite awesome.
First of all, I should clarify that I’m by no means a For The King veteran. I’ve dabbled into the game in the past, but my knowledge about the game isn’t that deep. For The King is the sort of game that I like to play just for the sake of enjoyment, and not to challenge myself and become the best I can possibly be by developing tactics and min-maxing. With that said, as someone who hasn’t revisited the game in a while and hasn’t experienced every single update that it has received, for free, ever since its release in early 2018, I can definitely say that it’s good to be back. The main menu theme still gives me chills, even after all this time.
Now, although I have never had any particular issue with the game itself, Lost Civilization is the first time where For The King actually leaves me scratching my head. It’s hard to argue if this Adventure Pack is worth getting or not, not only because it’s really cheap, but also because it seems to be very divisive. This is mostly because the new enemies also get added to the other adventures present in the base game, which honestly can make some of the other campaigns feel quite unbalanced. In case you were wondering, yes, you can actually disable the DLC so that you can play previous campaigns as you’re used to, but doing so also disables all the new items and the Gladiator and the Astronomer.
To be honest, my only complaint about this DLC is how it can make things quite difficult for less experienced players. I love everything else about it. A new campaign is always welcome, as it brings forth a new story for everyone to enjoy. Likewise, having even more weapons and items is always great, as are new characters. The Gladiator is obviously more geared to physical damage, and it makes use of high initiative to strike first at your enemies. Meanwhile, the Astronomer is an extremely powerful mage that can be a life-saver in certain situations, thanks to their Black Hole ability, which you can probably guess what is used for. With that said, before you can use both characters, you must first unlock them in the Lore Store.
Despite everything, I wouldn’t say that Lost Civilization is a must-buy, at least not right now. At the moment, the difficulty feels way off when compared to the rest of the game, and adding the DLC also messes up the balancing of the original game thanks to the new enemies. If you happen to still be exploring the game itself and feel like you still have a lot to learn, then you might want to wait a while before checking out this DLC. Now, having said that, if you are among the few that already dominate the base game and just want more For The King, then this might just be what you’re looking for. Lost Civilization might not break new ground, but it’s still a worthwhile addition.
IronOak Games have done a tremendously good job over the last couple of years by continuously supporting and updating their game, and that gives me hope for the future. Still, and I can’t stress this enough, if you just love For The King, and you don’t mind difficult games nor constantly finding yourself in the midst of a challenge, then the Lost Civilization Adventure Pack might just be what you want. Simply put, it’s just more For The King, so if you don’t take issue with the game’s randomness messing you up, even though I’ve felt that some of the new enemies can absolutely make you feel like the game is out to get you, then you probably won’t regret buying this pack. This is one of those cases where it feels like this DLC is more tailored to hardcore fans of the base game, and not to those who just want to experience a casual adventure. There’s nothing wrong with that, just make sure you know what you’re getting into before you decide to pull the trigger.