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[PlayStation 5] Hammerwatch II Review

[PlayStation 5] Hammerwatch II Review
  • On January 4, 2024

Sequel Hammerwatch II from Modus Games and Crackshell is ready for you on PlayStation 5. Come check out our Hammerwatch II review!

Sequel Hammerwatch II from Modus Games and Crackshell is ready for you on PlayStation 5. Once you’ve chosen between playing on your own locally or taking on an online adventure, you’ll start on Roland’s Revenge, which is set right after the heroes slay the red dragon Worldfire and escape from the crumbling Castle Hammerwatch. Unfortunately, they won’t be able to relax for too long since they’ll have to continue their journey as they explore the world beyond the castle, finding new friends as well as new dangers. With King Roland’s defeat, it’s time for his Resistance to rise from the shadows to take on Blight the Horrible and his dragon army.

Pick between playing on Easy, Normal, Hard, or Serious, and jump into action! You’ll be able to select your character’s class, as well as customize its look from the choices you make for its hair, eyes, nose, and mouth, as well as the colors you pick for each option. What classes will you be able to play as? Your options are Rogue, Warlock, Ranger, Wizard, and Paladin. The Rogue is a swashbuckling scoundrel that uses innate agility and cunning tactics to overcome its foes. The Warlock is a practitioner of the dark arts who specializes in manipulating the souls of their adversaries.

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Next up, we have the Ranger, a natural-born hunter in tune with the woods who can harness the power of nature in full. As expected, the Wizard is a skilled wielder of the arcane that can devastate their enemies with the aid of elemental forces. The last class available to you will be the Paladin. The Paladin is a righteous champion who upholds law and order through the use of sheer force and firm belief, making it a mighty option as your hero for this new adventure.


After all of that has been taken care of, you’ll control your hero with the left analog stick as you aim around you with the right one and attack with the R2 button. I chose the Paladin as my hero, so I was able to use a shield with the L2 button to defend myself. Pressing the Triangle button allowed me to rush forward at a fast pace while pressing the R1 button launched a magical hammer that could strike enemies from a safer distance.

By collecting everything you run into, you’ll be able to have enough materials for crafting. You can use the blueprints at crafting sites to create useful tools, gear, and weapons. Each crafting site will offer different items for you to craft, so be sure to visit all of them so that you can work on what you need for your journey! Once you’ve selected a blueprint, you’ll be able to use the components from your stash to craft that particular item.

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Death is part of the gameplay loop for Hammerwatch II. When your hero’s health drops to zero, you’ll be given the option of the Rebirth Locations you can respawn at, as well as the cost associated with it. Your payment will consist of a percentage of your gold as well as a skip forward in time. The closer a Rebirth Location is to the place where you died, the higher its gold cost, but the shorter the time skip. This is important because, while you can find more gold, time is something that cannot be recovered.


If you want to make it to the end of this new quest, then you’re going to have to take advantage of enchanting your equipment. You can do this thanks to elven runes, which are applied to your equipment as needed. Do know that lesser elven runes are good for enchanting common equipment to upgrade it to uncommon. This means you’re going to need greater elven runes to enchant and upgrade uncommon equipment to rare. You also have the option of disenchanting equipment. This will destroy the equipment but will allow you to receive elven runes based on the equipment’s quality.

By defeating enemies and completing quests, your hero will gain experience points. Once it has managed to obtain enough, it will get a chance to level up. When leveling up, your hero’s health, mana, and stamina will be completely restored. On top of that, your physical stats will be slightly boosted. You’ll also receive Attribute and Skill Points to distribute. Attribute Points are used to boost a character’s strength, intelligence, or dexterity.

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As for Skill Points, they can be used in the Skills tab, where you can either unlock new skills or improve those you’ve already unlocked. Take, for example, the Paladin. By spending Skill Points, you could boost their Shield Charge so that you can dash forward with your shield raised in order to inflict stun on enemies when you collide with them. You could also unlock a new skill like Lay on Hands, a powerful skill that can allow you to restore health to all allies in the targeted area so that they can continue to fight the good fight.


There’s a mini-game called Walls of Gadir that you can play. It’s a card-based game in which you have 7 cards, and your goal is to shoot down your opponent’s castle while you try to defend yours. You can use cannons, which take up two tiles so that you can fire at your opponent’s walls. Just be sure that they have a clear space in front of them to fire, or you could end up damaging your own structure. You can activate cannons by using a shoot cannons card so that they can fire cannonballs. Walls can block cannon shots as needed. There are also special cards that can aid you, but you’ll have to play Walls of Gadir to learn more about them!

And now, let’s talk about the trophies! This one has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you. The list is split into 6 Bronze trophies, 15 Silver trophies, and 5 Gold trophies. What will you need to do to get that Platinum into your collection? You’ll have to defeat each of the bosses in the game, level up your hero to level 50, beat the game as each of the hero classes, complete the game while playing on Hard, complete the game on Serious, and win a game of Walls of Gadir, to name some examples.

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Sequel Hammerwatch II sets out to improve and expand on what the first Hammerwatch did while retaining its old-school charm and challenge. Sure, it does offer different difficulty settings so that more people can enjoy the game, but its design is certainly old-school inspired, which is not a bad thing! It gives us a large world to explore, separating it from the dungeon-crawling journey of its prequel. Will you be able to defeat Blight the Horrible and his dragon army? Hammerwatch II is out on PlayStation 5 with a $24.99 price tag. There’s also the Hammerwatch II: Anniversary Pack for $4.99, which includes 20 additional colors to choose from, 2 additional voice packs, and 5 additional hero facial items.

This Hammerwatch II review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Modus Games.

Review Overview

A fun journey that improves and expands on what its prequel did