This is one of the few games that I ended up buying, as I liked it so much. The story and background is unique to say the least. It seems like a simple dungeon crawler at first, but it is much deeper than it first appears, so keep at it until you puzzle some things out, like how to save and transfer items.
I think part of the overall low reviews is people expecting this to be something it is not. This is a game unlike any you have played before. Yes, part of it is sheer dungeon crawling, but the item system, "level reset" hook, graphics, sounds, and backstory add so much more. A fun game, once you learn it well.
Giving it 9 out of 10 because I think the no instructions / immersive drop in goes a little too far in the beginning, and some things could be explained more.
gamers (78%) found this review helpful
First and foremost I want to say that all the reviews you have been reading aren't wrong they are just biased. This game is not for every one, truth be known its not for most. If you happen to be someone that will play a game for hours after you could have beaten the last boss so that you can collect all the assorted junk hidden for the die hard fans, you will love this game. Key things to remember.
1. Its a hard game that will make fun of you for failing. 2. You will fail repeatedly. 3. Nothing will make sense for a while.
So if those things don't bother you, than pull up a chair. If not Mario Kart just came out and I hear its pretty fun.
posted by Infernex (BROKEN ARROW, OK) Apr 21, 2008
Member since Mar 2006
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
Baroque is the story of a young man who has just survived the Blaze. A man known as the Arch Angel comes along and tells him to make up for his sin he must go to the bottom floor of the Neuro Tower and make up for his sin. The Neuro Tower and a spontaneously spawning dungeon, that will have different items, enemies, weapons, armors, every time you enter. The story in Baroque is there, but you have to be willing to look for it. In reality this story is absolutely optional, you can skip all the scenes and just head straight toward the Neuro Tower each time you die to begin again. But the story is worth looking for and incredibly unique once again. PSO is the game that I can say is the most similar to this game, minus races, classes, and keeping what you have after you die, then if you liked that game (and especially the way they told the story in that one) then you'll like this game. One other thing, I mentioned that when you die you lose everything, THIS IS NOT SUCH A BAD THING, it is a great idea from the game producers in making realistic consequences, when you die you lose everything, experience, possessions, and even memories. Baroque is a rare game and most people do not appreciate the Shadow of the Colossus type beauty that the game represents with the red sky and the constantly dark and foreboding Neuro Tower in the background. If you played this game and did not like it then I think your perception of what video games and art combined is something that needs to be worked on because this game is great.