posted by AdammReilly (ROUND ROCK, TX) May 15, 2013
Member since Sep 2011
I usually wait till I've completed a game to review it, but this game has me pretty aggravated right now, and I may be sending it back soon.
I like the concept, Viking mythology and technology crossed over to the human word. The story seems compelling, but is also a little chopped, and I'm sure it will fill out more later. It's an interesting reimagining of the mythos, and I really want to keep playing, just for the story, and I want to see where it goes. However, my biggest problem with the game is it's approach to combat. It does not use a normal button configuration for controlling your attacks. It uses the right stick to attack in the direction you press, which would be great, if it was more responsive and the character wasn't so slow with his attacks. I find myself constantly using both sticks, and frequently doing fierce/finishing attacks instead of regular attacks (with just the right stick). Weapons fire is also difficult to adjust to. You fire with the right trigger, and aim with the right stick, and only after aiming, you might actually lock onto a target. Some targets have multiple areas to fire at, and unless you hold the stick towards it, the targeting reticule will default back to the main body every time. Sometimes the reticule won't move when trying to change targets.
My second problem with the game is the animation that you are forced to sit through while the Valkyrie comes to claim your dead body. You have to sit and wait for the entire sequence to end before you will respawn, without the ability to skip it.
Another minor problem was that there was no in-game audio/visual adjustment settings. You have to go back to the main menu to adjust them. And they are very lacking. I would like to be able to adjust the sound layers separately, because the dialogue is sometimes lost under the battle noise.
I'm up in the air about sending this back sooner, but I might stick it out a few more days. The combat is really getting on my nerves though.
posted by Pez_D_Spencer (COLUMBUS, OH) Nov 26, 2012
Member since May 2012
That's the one of the most fitting terms I can think of for this game.
It's a great game with good graphics and a wild battle system. It's fairly short, but would probably be a 30 hour game if the battle system was a random turn based system like Final Fantasy. But, since the battle system is so unique and fast, the game ends pretty quickly.
It's very obvious from the design that this is only the first third of the game. It ends in a cliffhanger.
Either way, I really really liked this game after I figured out how the battle system worked. It's just a shame it's not very long. This one could easily be beaten in a long afternoon.
It's also a terrible shame that we'll most likely never get to play the two other games in the planned trilogy.