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Je regrette que la version ATARI ST n'ait été que très peu améliorée graphiquement. Cependant le réalisme du combat ainsi que l'intérêt du jeu sont restés excellents. Les animations sont fabuleuses et d'une grande précision. Les décors ont été légèrement améliorés par rapport aux versions 8 bits. Les sons ont été complètement refaits et digitalisés. Ils sont parfaits. On ressent la douleur des combattants quand ils encaissent un coup. Ce jeu est assurément le meilleur jeu de combat sur ST.
But, if you're quite not ready for the real thing, there's always the practice arena, where you can brush up you swordmanship without the inconvenience of an opponent trying to kill you. Miss it at your peril, and watch out for the football playing orc - he's a star!
Barbarian is definitely the sort of game that gets loaded time and time again. It plays beautifully and has a fabulous 'feel' - you can really identify with the fighters. At a relatively cheap £15, Barbarian offers plenty of gory entertainment and shouldn't be missed.
Barbarian on the ST is great. The sound enhances the game no end and the backdrops and side-snakes are very polished. The characters themselves could, perhaps, have been improved upon as they appear very similar to the Commodore 64 version, however this by no means detracts from the game play, and Palace do well with this very competent conversion.
The animation is fast, although the sprites
could perhaps do with a few more frames to
make the appearance smoother. On the subject of the sprites, they appear to be merely "smoothed" versions of the eight-bit spntes rather than redrawn images a pity, since this means they aren't as good as. for
instance, those in Psygnosis' game of the
same name. However, the fighting action is excellent, and little details like the coup de grace, the mutie which drags off the bodies, and the final appearance of the princess once you have defeated the wizard are great.
A disappointing conversion of the chop and slash shocker, with graphics little improved from the Amstrad and C64 versions. Some very good digitised sound effects have been included but the animation looks jerky and isn't really what we expect of an ST game.