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Better than I expected...
posted by MDBluesfan (MANCHESTER, MD) Jul 16, 2007
Member since Sep 2006
5 out of 5 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I stuck it out, though, and suddenly found myself several hours into the game and enjoying (almost) every bit of it.
While the controls didn't magically improve, my character did, and his increased ability was enough to offset the disadvantage the clumsy controls had left him at. On top of that, he was aided buy, in my opinion, the games strongest feature: the summon system.
After the first few hours, your character will rarely fight alone. He'll find at his disposal a variety of creatures to fight along side him (up to 4 allies by the end) who fill a variety of roles. Essentially, you end up with a prototypical RPG-style party that work better than you might expect. While no AI is perfect, your allies to a generally decent job of helping you out.
The game's other strong point is the humor. While it sometimes feels like they're trying too hard, the satirical attitude will have you chuckling more than you might be used to with a game.
The game does fall flat here and there, however. As mentioned, the controls are very clumsy. You'll find yourself frequently swinging into a combo in the wrong direction, and sometimes the action resembles a little kids soccer match: everybody bunches up right in the middle, and it's hard to tell who's who.
Still, it's worth a rent, and it's worth pushing through the first hour or so, because the game really does start to shine.
Bard's Tale is entertaining in a different way.
posted by nvanheuk (DES MOINES, IA) Feb 19, 2008
Member since Aug 2006
3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
What Bard's Tale offers that other games do not is a very entertaining and sardonic sense of humor sprinkled throughout the classic RPG environment.
Even though the gameplay is somewhat limited, this game makes up for these drawbacks with a good sense of humor and a summoning aspect that is rather unique the typical hack 'n' slash game.
It's like Diablo, but with musicals!
posted by JCDenton (FREEDOM, NH) Aug 26, 2006
Member since Mar 2006
9 out of 10 gamers (90%) found this review helpful
posted by SlickJ2002 (HARRISBURG, PA) Feb 14, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
5 out of 6 gamers (83%) found this review helpful
The basic game mechanics couldn't be simpler. Face buttons attack, jump, block, and interact with the environment, while the triggers are used to pull up your songs (summoning spells) and artifacts (magic items). The white and black buttons change weapons.
A lot of comparisons have been made to hack-n-slash RPGs like Diablo or Baldur's Gate. While it is similar in a way, it's definitely a slower-paced hack. Enemies can take quite the thumping before they hit the dirt. The camera is a bit high for my liking, and I think a lower angle would have served to bring you closer to the action, but what's there works well enough.
The sound is great. Voice acting, while not always on target, is amusing at worst and at times draws a few IRL laughs. The entire game has a sense of humor, whether poking fun at itself or RPG stories in general, and the actors present the humor more than adequately.
Visuals are a bit muddy and don't feel as vibrant as they could be, but it almost fits with the dark storyline in a way. They're always functional, at least.
Overall, The Bard's Tale is an entertaining adventure that any fan of RPGs who has a sense of humor should play. While it's not a terribly deep adventure, you'll likely be inclined to stick it out long enough to find out what happens to the ridiculous characters.
posted by nova0629 (SACRAMENTO, CA) Jul 18, 2006
Member since Oct 2005
2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
Fun, clever, creative
posted by JMMack (UNIVERSITY PARK, MD) Feb 28, 2007
Member since Sep 2006
1 out of 3 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
posted by LOKI60 (EUGENE, OR) Sep 28, 2006
Member since Jul 2006
1 out of 16 gamers (6%) found this review helpful
I didn't get it
posted by dsach00 (DULUTH, GA) Oct 21, 2010
Member since Mar 2010
posted by tagurit (FRAMINGHAM, MA) Aug 27, 2007
Member since Mar 2007
Nothing good to say about this game
posted by upsetgamer (PLAINVILLE, KS) Jul 25, 2007
Member since Mar 2004
LIke the enemies that seem to block ever one of your attacks and you cant block theirs that is Just The Programers being lazy and Stupid