What is the difference between Slayer Edition and regular Gauntlet? As I see… I can’t even buy normal Gauntlet from Steam. How’s that? I’m pretty confused. Because in other games, bonus editions always offer sth new. Or just includes few (or all) DLCs.
Slayer edition was not DLC - it was Arrowhead’s complete revamp of the 2014 release, I think in response to player feedback. My understanding is savegames between the two aren’t compatible due to the extensive changes.
Gamepedia wiki details the original 2014 Gauntlet release:
The masteries system—which I’d call a sort of hybrid between an achievement system and a passive skills/bonuses/“chance to X” system was dropped for Slayer, I assume for simplicity:
The wiki’s Realms page explains a bit the ‘hub’ of the original edition vs. Slayer’s changes to that:
This Steam game guide details the differences between versions:
I found the original release too difficult for my tastes and the masteries system a bit tough to grasp. The original 2014 release version has its hard core fans, who apparently figure out ways to still play it, though I’ve ultimately found Slayer edition more to my liking.
Helldivers pal Ruin N Gaun and I teamed with someone from the Steam Gauntlet forum (A-Pollo) who had lamented the lack of players for Coliseum runs, for some rollicking Coliseum sessions last night. A couple were successful.
NOTE: This is a 1080rez video, so if it defaults to 360dpi, click the player’s ‘gear icon’ and change it.
One question: When the spawner tower is generating a “frost field,” does that damage us players, or does it just slow us? Little difficult to discern in the heat of battle.
Testing some GIF Stuff:
Valkyrie Halbert Attack
Embed version is too slow, which frustrates me about gfycat. Looks better at its main site:
I was the Level Designer on Gauntlet, and… you’re welcome.
I defeated Morak at home on Hard after many, many, many tries. I did it by lying dead on the floor while a random master Wizard soloed him for me, so no strats from me I’m aftraid. Thanks to whoever that Wizard was.
These two blogs posts are from around the time, and details what was the differences in the basic Gauntlet edition and Gauntlet: Slayer Edition. And why we made the changes.
Slayer Edition was made when we had the change to revamp and further develop the game before the PS release, and it was ofc also updated for Steam players for free.
The second post has even more details:
After many sleepless nights we finally made it! Morak is not a problem but, mage cultists that snipe you down far away from you, we panic and die.
I’m playing Wizard now as well. Managed to get to the 41st floor and died with 1300 kills. I’m learning pretty fast. Only 50 hours played.
I’m wondering why I have unlocked almost every DLC in Gauntlet but no Lilith DLC. Was the key supposed to unlock every DLC or some of them were for free? If it was supposed to unlock Lilith DLC as well, It didn’t @Wingfrog @ForeverAPeon
afik, the only paid DLC ever released for Gauntlet was/is the Lilith Necromancer DLC Pack, which remains $4.99 on Steam (dunno on PS4).
When Arrowhead discontinued development, the Steam announcement said they made sure all pre-order items (which I think dates back to the original 2014 release) became free items available to all players. Maybe you’re confusing those as DLC items. The capes unlocked by playing Coliseum mode aren’t considered DLC, afik.
Lilith is not something you can unlock by playing, and I wouldn’t have expected it to be included in the free keys they doled out when the forums opened, because it remains a $4.99 DLC pack (at least on Steam):
Steam announcement: Gauntlet Development Coming to an End (Oct. 2015)
I’ve only played alongside Necromancer players a bit. I find it adds more confusion because there’s already so many enemies on screen most of the time to begin with.
I would’ve preferred maybe some sort of primitive firearms class or a melee-oriented class myself. It’s a shame Arrowhead didn’t get to pursue adding some other class types via DLC.
DLC items tho
EDIT: @BlackjackGT, I have finally made it! 50 floors survived as a wizard solo!
If you want to try Endless Mode my teleport is set on 37 floor, so you can get here easily achievement.
Mordok’s Screaming Hammer was a pre-order item for people who bought Gauntlet via Green Man Gaming back for the Sept. 2014 release.
The other things I have too, and it’s stuff I had to pay in-game gold to unlock. I can’t say why they’re labeled “DLC,” since on my Steam all that stuff is dated per the game’s initial installation in Sept. 2014 (the “non-slayer” edition).
Just Lilith is the only thing truly considered paid, “Downloadable Content”:
Finally finished a Gauntlet coliseum (collisseum?) run solo in the wee hours. Like 3 a.m. after a brutal finish to my work day from home. Maybe I was just too tired to be scared…
Spiffy cape, though I’m always wishing they got to do a follow up game with a little bit larger characters so we could enjoy the artists’ character model and cape work a bit more.
This was a compact map and no more than 2 spawners ever seemed to, well, spawn, which was nice. Seemed tough but fair for a solo player rather than OMG what do I do???
Had two potions to help initially. The spawners tossed some weird red thing that I wasn’t sure what it did (timed explosives maybe?).
The two Spider Bosses in Round 5 were the toughest part; after that, the 6th round seemed almost easy:
I wish to heck I’d recorded it but just got a few screenshots.
Did it solo with Wizard though, 1 death only.
I wiped out quickly trying to do that Collisseum with Valkyrie/Lightning; once i switched to Halberd Slash, it was far easier aside from the L5 Spider Bosses. Which I finally sort of spam-attacked into oblivion after much gnashing of teeth.
I still feel like Lightning is slightly underpowered and not very good at handling the large swarms the game likes to throw at you.I’m finding it a bit more useful if I’m in a group, the initial lightning blast can be useful on cutting Swarmer towers to size fast, or bosses.
I love Arenas, too bad none of the capes won on the arena fits well on wizard. I can see helldivers logo on the one of the wizard’s outfits (cape)
It’s correct that the Necromancer is the only DLC that has ever been sold in the Steam/PSN Store. The other items in the DLC list were pre-order items for different vendors during original release.
I suppose they had to technically be added as DLC to be able to give them out to all users later, or something like it.
Big sale on Gauntlet though WB is keeping the Necromancer DLC at full $4.99 price.
Gauntlet sale: $4.99 (75% off regular $19.99 price)
Gauntlet 4-pack sale: $20.39 (66% off regular $59.99 price) [Note: Gauntlet released in 2014 before Steam shut the door on offering multi-packs of games]
Morak, Final boss - tips
I have finally found Helldiver’s Hellpod in the Gauntlet. Hours wasted in the campaign to find it, it was actually in the level selection (along with the UFO pod and more), how easy and simple was that! (hellpod is in the reddish cave, bottom right)
After watching a few Gauntlet Pre-Slayer Edition videos on YouTube, I would definitely enjoy the old Gauntlet more. Even though it doesn’t have Endless Mode and would become repetitive quickly.
I’m very close to max all 4 heroes masteries and when I manage to achieve it. I will turn my Gauntlet SE into Gauntlet (2014) version, thanks to an awesome guide on Steam.