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Video Game / Diver Down

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Reality is just a memory

"A blade can cut
A fire can incinerate
But only a mind can truly destroy."
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Diver Down is an indie freeware RPG (Available for download here) in the style of traditional Eastern RPGs. However, where the game truly shines is its story, where it shows that even freeware games certainly can tell intricate and involving stories, and arguably puts many commercial RPGs to shame in storytelling.

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  • The Good Chancellor: King Bester's chancellor, who appears to support Drek's claims of innocence and tries to convince the King he is not a threat. Not that this helps Drek much, but it's the thought that counts. Subverted in the end, where he turns out to be The Man Behind the Man, controlling the robot king. He's also the Final Boss.
  • Hard Levels, Easy Bosses: Some dungeons don't even have a boss at all.
  • Identity Amnesia: Drek has this in spades. The only clues to his identity are off-hand comments by dying allies and enemies, leading him on a chase across Continents and through countless cities, meeting men who all know him, but who he does not remember in the slightest, all trying to manipulate or kill him. And he still doesn't remember who's who or who to trust.
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  • Level Grinding: Not enforced and possibly not even expected, but significantly increasing just your Hit Points makes the game unbelievably easier.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Certain dungeons can feel like this, especially in the first act, and generally depends on how frequent the Random Encounters are. You can either get none for half the dungeon, or one every four steps. You are also unlikely to have the resources to survive more than two or three.
    • The random encounters themselves often vary wildly in difficulty, as well. You can either get one monster or five. Yes, really. You can breeze through a dungeon as long as you don't get any gigantic encounters, or have to glue yourself to the nearest healing point if you get groups of 4-5. This is on top of the wildly variable chances of getting encounters in the first place.
  • Magic Knight: Kraken.
  • The Medic: Drek has this skillset, oddly enough.
    • Laurana is a straighter example.


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