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GF Rating
6.5

804 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
5

Fair

I didn't get it

posted by dsach00 (DULUTH, GA) Oct 21, 2010

Member since Mar 2010

I tried playing this game once when i was younger and figured out i was way too young to keep playing because i just didn't get the point. I later returned to this game after playing baldur's gate dark alliance for the ps2 which i really enjoyed and thought maybe this would be a little like that. now thinking i was old enough to get the objective of the game i just really couldn't understand what the point was, it was fun don't get me wrong but i felt as if i were just returning to the same places over and over again killing the same enemies over and over again. After a while i just gave up and i think maybe i might return to it again later to see if anything comes out of it

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

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

When I began this game, I expected a classic RPG and what I got was a somewhat pared down game similar to that of several other games in this genre.

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.

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GF Rating
7

Good

RPG Remix

posted by SlickJ2002 (HARRISBURG, PA) Feb 14, 2008

Member since Jan 2008

5 out of 6 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.

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