This game is actually a good bit of fun. I think a lot of people hating on it are either simply blinded by subpar graphics (It's an underfunded RPG, guys, get over it) or simply comparing it to AAA titles like Oblivion. I would say this definitely deserves a rent from any western RPG fan.
Pretty good story. No, not as good as Oblivion or Fable, but not bad at all for a game like this.
FANTASTIC skill tree. Why can't all games do it like this? There are columns of many abilities/skills for mages, rangers, fighters, etc. But you're not limited by anything, you can at any time put points into any of the skills. Straight rogue? Great. Warrior-Mage? That's fine too. It doesn't even branch, so there's no need to unlock useless skills you'll never use! And it's all resettable.
Simple achievements, good for hunters like myself. You basically just need to beat the story, as well as get some side missions out of the way (which you need to do to level adequately anyway).
Mind reading system isn't perfectly executed, but is an interesting mechanic. You can sacrifice some experience to read a person's mind, hoping to obtain a skill point or tips to the location of a treasure.
Graphics aren't great. You'll get used to them, they aren't awful. Probably comparable to a 360 launch title.
Difficulty can be VERY punishing even on easy if you don't explore every nook & cranny, and do every side quest. I did every single quest I could find, and I still only beat the last boss by spamming health potions.
Lock-on system needs a lot of work. It's pretty tough to target a specific enemy, I ended up just hammering attack and letting auto-target do its thing.
Not enough explanation/direction. Now I'm the last guy to argue for hand-holding, but some quests simply gave you an object/character to find and nothing else. No tips on how to find them, no indicators, location guides, or clues on who to talk to. It takes a long time to search, I resorted to gu
Don't get me wrong, it seemed like an okay game, but the controls were confusing. With the archer class I couldn't see the icon to shoot arrows on my TV and it took me days to figure out that I could do more than poison arrows. You die too fast and there's no real healing items and the game is just confusing. I think I got to level 3 before I gave up trying and returned it. There was no quest markers so I didn't really have any idea where I was going unless I remembered what direction the quest giver said the location was in. Everything overpowers you if you wander too far out into the woods. I don't know - I didn't like it. :\
posted by jibbsthesquib (LAKE JACKSON, TX) Dec 3, 2012
Member since Apr 2011
While this game has a lot of flaws, overall, it is enjoyable. Most of the things that bothered me were small; constant, but small. After a while it was pretty easy to overlook them. The story had the potential to be really good and for the most part it was, though it had a few let downs and cop outs. The story was different, which I appreciated. Some of the characters were a bit silly and cliche(Zandalor...). The combat can actually be pretty challenging at times, so saving constantly is a must. You also have to be really careful about your character build or you'll be very weak; though you can always reset and redistribute your skill points, which is nice. I also wasn't a huge fan of the dragon form. I was really excited about it, but I felt like I was a lot weaker as a dragon and very strong while in human form, which doesn't make sense. The game also has a lot to do, which I enjoyed. I can't remember exactly how much time I put into it, but it took me several weeks to get all but about 3 achievements and beat the game. Anyway-
-Starts out really slow and takes a while to pick up, with other slightly slow parts scattered throughout the game.
-Combat can be a bit clunky and repetitive and aerial combat and extremely irritating.
-Silly characters that you never really get attached to; I didn't really have many that I even liked.
-A lot of pointless, repetitive missions.
-Ending was a big let down.
-Too many useless skills; not enough good ones. Even upgrading most seemed to do nothing.
-Lots to do, even if it isn't all super interesting; some is.
-Decent graphics; some really pretty areas.
-Fun combat, for a little while (and if you make your character properly).
-Some rare, hilarious characters.
-Turning into a dragon is pretty awesome, even if it's weak.