31 Best Dungeon Crawlers To Play Right Now in 2017

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Dungeon crawlers are known for a couple of things; isometric viewpoints (usually), huge, scary bosses, RPG elements and tons and tons of loot. They can also be notoriously difficult, but don’t all those goodies make it worth it? Below is a list of the 31 best dungeon crawlers for PC; there’s sure to be something that will fit your fancy.

31. Exanima

Exanima is a standalone dungeon crawler set in the underworld of Sui Generis by Bare Mettle Entertainment. The game’s selling point is its combat engine. Everything is driven by the physics engine, making timing and caution incredibly important. You need to make sure to dodge incoming strikes, find the time to prepare your own attack, and make sure you’re hitting your opponent’s weak bits as hard as possible.

The levels are non-linear, NPCs have more than five lines, and there’s even LAN multiplayer, both co-op and competitive. It’s dark and gritty and forces you to do more than spam just one button. If you don’t learn the system, you’ll die.

My sword is bigger.

I'm sorry, I'm sorry!

30. Lost Ark

Lost Ark (not to be confused with Raiders of the Lost Ark; this isn’t Indiana Jones) is a Korean MMORPG currently in closed beta, planned to feature both open world environments and instanced raids (similar to Vindictus, a game I have a lot of experience with and very much enjoy). The game also allows plyers to own their own ships.

There are currently 18 unique classes, 1v1 and 3v3 PVP matches, mini games and of course skills like fishing and mining and archaeology. Oh, and you can also own your own island. And let’s not forget those giant, crazy raid bosses and incredibly well-built dungeons.

Why does every game have fishing?

And big statues to pray at?

29. Lineage Eternal

Lineage Eternal is technically a sequel to the first Lineage game, an incredibly popular medieval fantasy MMORPG by NCSoft. Unlike many MMOs, it supports mobile play, and also has dynamically generated dungeons. It does share the same action oriented combat as many other Korean MMOs. In addition to its dungeons, LE also features 20+ player raid parties to help take down world and raid bosses.

The game has an arena style and open world PvP. It does away with typical fetch quests and goes for a more Guild Wars 2 style of “field” questing, making it feel like less of a grind and more like a genuine open world experience.

And dragons.

Okay so, macarena on three.

28. Victor Vran

An action RPG coming from the developers behind the most recent Tropico games might seem weird. Less weird when you consider that the developers are in Bulgaria and that Victor Vran has a very distinctive Eastern European feel. Unique for a game played from an isometric perspective, VV actually has a jump button which is used in combat, puzzles and to reach secret areas on the map.

The player can freely change between weapon classes, consumable items and spell powers.

Okay spiders are bad enough when they're alive I don't need dead ones.

Who played Spooky Scary Skeletons?

27. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

The first in a series of action RPGs based off of the famous novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. The story focuses on the son  of legendary vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing set in the fiction 19th Century Eastern European land of Borgovia. There’s loads of loot and a companion to help you carry all of it (though she’s technically dead). It has a hack and slash style of combat that, while simple, is also fun and engaging.

There’s a little bit of tower defence in the city-protection sequences that works very well, especially when steampunk enters the scene. However, enemies don’t respawn, which means you have to actually work for your loot and xp rather than sit in one spot and farm. This isn’t WoW, people.

The British are comin-oh.

Summoning circle?

26. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2

The sequel to Van Helsing brings more of the same, with loads of pop culture references to boot which is more than a bit amusing considering the Victorian era-esque setting. The developers took what was already good and made it better and packed even more into the package with a simple but worthy story, with the voice acting between the two leads (Van Helsing and Katarina) adding a dash of personality and life to their banter and flirtation.

The balance is a bit wonky but you can use a pre-made veteran character, but the difficulty can be changed whenever you like, and also includes a hardcore mode with permadeath. Oh, and there’s still plenty of loot to find and big bad monsters to kill in your quest to live up to the Van Helsing name.

Why with the spiders? Why?

Ah yes, time for some inventory tetris.

25. Diablo 3

One of the staple isometric action RPGs and a long running Blizzard franchise, Diablo 3 has a lot to offer. There are six classes (seven if you own the Reaper of Souls expansion pack), a wealth of weapons and armour and other loot and loads of spells and attack combos to fiddle around with, including socketed items.

The game features destructible environments that enemies will take advantage of, just like they do the 3D game environment, part of a custom build engine. Random level and encounter generators and enhanced questing add valuable replayability. Diablo may not be at the top of this list but it is still one of the quintessential dungeon crawlers.

Hit them, not me!

There better be some good loot in there.

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Kat is a prolific writer and history major trying to seek out a destiny in the gaming industry while studying the past.
Gamer Since: 1999
Favorite Genre: RPG
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