Iratus: Lord of the Dead is a very difficult and tactical roguelike role playing game. It is very similar to Darkest Dungeon, another game known for being incredibly difficult, punishing any mistake severely. Thankfully, Iratus offers an easier difficulty mode for those who wish to ease themselves into the game and not plunge in head first. In Iratus, you play as a grouchy necromancer bent on taking over the world of the living by controlling an army of Frankensteined undead creatures.
The combat is deceptively simple but incredibly challenging. You control up to four units at a time in turn based combat. Each unit has its own unique abilities and stats. Some support the team from the backlines, being prone to damage. Others protect the team by facing the enemies head on, but are unable to do much damage themselves. The game is a balancing act of reducing the overall incoming damage while maximizing the outgoing damage. It’s an intricate dance when there’s status effects (both positive and negative), items, and many other things to consider in the equation.
The game has a main hub where you can craft monsters, potions, and items. You also have a graveyard where you can upgrade passive bonuses by using souls. The map is an maze of branching paths with a random assortment of encounters aside from battles, such as finding new artifacts.
Iratus: Wrath of the Necromancer is the latest DLC for the base game, Iratus: Lord of the Dead. It adds a lot of new content to the game such as two new and very useful minions, the Abomination and the Reaper. The Abomination is a defensive tank while the Reaper is a high damage fighter. It adds a potion crafting system as well as new items and artifacts. And finally it adds in new enemies as well as a new final boss and a new floor.
Overall, Iratus: Wrath of the Necromancer is a nice addition to the base game. The game thankfully adds an easy difficulty level for those who want to ease themselves into it. The battles are challenging and it is a rewarding experience when you start to understand the flow of combat and how to use your abilities and build your minions and itemize for a strategy that suits your play style.