posted by SlickJ2002 (HARRISBURG, PA) Feb 14, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
The Bard's Tale is an interesting take on the classical western RPG. While it may feature the typical cast of goblins, wolves, and damsels in distress, the entire experience is given a satirical makeover and a personality suppository.
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.
This game is a gem. Not for the game mechanics (if you've played the stinker known as "Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel" then you know about the gameplay-reminds me a lot of the classic Gauntlet), but for the sheer comedic energy and genius invested in the game. The "Hero" of the game is the Bard, a rambunctious, smarmy, quick-witted ne'er-do-well with a penchant for summoning creatures with his music (this is how you as the player create parties to adventure with). The tunes to conjur the separate creatures must be found, as well as more powerful instruments (which give you more mana to cast with, as well as more slots to fill for your party). All in all, the Bard's Tale sounds like an average dungeon crawler-But, when coupled with the nuggets of comedy sprinkled throughout, this game becomes pure gold. From a sword that talks to you and about you-BADLY-To a zombie dance-off, to an axe which is used like an axe and an "axe" (in the musical sense)... Hilarity ensues..! Rent this game; you will not be sorry!