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GBA: clearly the better version, but suited more to those who love grinding through turn-based battles.
Eragon on the GBA is a pure slice of RPG goodness that's worth a play through whether you've read the book or not. Sierra and Amaze have a nicely done little sleeper hit here that doesn't rely on arcane controls or overly ornate presentation to get the job done - and that's always a good thing to see on any platform.
Celebrating the release of the movie, you can find a version of Eragon on pretty much every platform. The Game Boy version doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of attention, which is very unfortunate because it’s probably the best out of all of the versions.
Magic, sword fighting, a fantastic storyline and of course dragons; you get all this in the small package of Eragon for the Gameboy Advance. Eragon has a very good story behind it and with the Gameboy Advance version Vivendi has gotten everything right. The gameplay is right on with the fantastic storyline and you will not be able to put this role-playing adventure game down.
Eragon is an interesting game. The combat and attribute systems aren't revolutionary, but they're far more developed than one might expect from a licensed movie title. The story is engaging and the quests are enjoyable. This isn't the kind of broad-appeal RPG that will convert fans like Summon Night did. But fans of the movie will definitely be getting their money's worth, and handheld RPG fanatics should feel right at home.
Eragon gets major props for trying something different. This isn’t your standard movie tie-in and it takes risks. Unfortunately, not all of the risks pay off. While it has its appeal, it probably won’t appeal to members of the Eragon fanbase who are casual gamers. Even if you haven’t heard of Eragon or avoid licensed games, Eragon is worth a look if you are a hardcore RPG fan. More casual fans should be wary that Eragon is a much harder game than other versions.
Das Gameplay besteht aus altbackener RPG-Kost ohne nennenswerte Innovationen. Die Story birgt wenig Atmosphäre und die Dialoge wirken meist etwas flach. Die Kämpfe sind nett in Szene gesetzt, reichen jedoch nicht an die Komplexität eines Golden Sun heran. Eragons Game-Boy-Auftritt bietet bekannte RPG-Kost, welche für den leidenschaftlichen Rollenspieler und für Fans sicherlich einen Blick wert ist.
With the Final Fantasy series dominating the GBA RPG market, no one's going to buy Eragon because it's the best RPG on the system, because it's not, not by a long shot. But you know what? That's okay. Eragon isn't trying to outdo Final Fantasy, it's borrowing enough of its good ideas to put together a fairly deep and satisfying adaptation of the movie, and if you can forgive a lack of meaningful innovation, it does a pretty good job of it.
Since Eragon is not particularly original, it’s not likely to become a classic of the genre. It is, however, a step in the right direction for the usually more shallow experiences that movie tie-in games have to offer. Perhaps it is not the game that RPG lovers have been waiting for, but it could easily be the game that Eragon fans will embrace. With a good twenty to thirty hours of solid gameplay, and a lot to be done, Eragon is as much a surprise as it is a delight to play.
Eragon is a fairly long game that can easily take you 20 hours to complete, depending on how much time you devote to side quests and item fetching. It takes some perseverance to get into, but if you give it some time, you'll find Eragon to be a competent role-playing game that will keep your interest for much longer than the typical licensed game. It shouldn't be your first choice for a portable role-playing game, but it's a decent adventure that you don't have to be familiar with the license to enjoy.
Eragon for the GBA is a surprise for me because it kept reminding me of RPGs from the 16-Bit era. This isn’t another cookie-cutter licensed game; instead the game offers a deep, albeit flawed, gameplay experience. Just don’t expect to blow through this game right away. Instead you will have to take your time and level up your characters in the hope of making it through the game.
To enjoy Eragon pretty much requires that you've either read and enjoyed the book, or watched and enjoyed the movie. In spite of a design that tries to convey the plot, the story comes across as a secondary design component with insufficient explanation for series newbies. If you aren't familiar with Eragon, the gaming experience is a bland RPG, but it can be a reasonably fun time for those who enjoyed the source material. At the very least, Eragon is tolerable, bug-free, and does not try to stuff the console versions into the tiny, low-power package of the GBA, thereby producing a distinct experience by licensed game standards. Even though I did not find Eragon for the GBA to be exceptionally enjoyable, I sincerely hope that it does well so that we can start seeing more companies take this route when it's sorely needed (X-Men: The Last Stand for DS and Splinter Cell: Double Agent for Wii, I'm looking at you).
Armchair Empire, The
Eragon does a good job of trying to emulate a classic style of game, and at times, it almost succeeds. But even at its best, it’s no more than a clone, which is coincidentally, the same issue with the Eragon novel. Still, it’s a worthwhile investment for younger fans, even if it only acts as a stepping stone for better games in the world of RPGs.
Gamers' Temple, The
Eragon for the GBA is a fair game that will be enjoyed more by those who are already fans of the source material.
Eragon choisit le domaine du RPG sur GBA, ce qui n'est pas une mauvaise idée en soi. Loin de pouvoir rivaliser avec un Final Fantasy ou un Sword Of Mana, le titre de Amaze Entertainment réussit son pari de transposer l'univers de Paolini même si on regrettera une difficulté très mal dosée ainsi qu'une progression avec des hauts et des bas.
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames
D’autant plus dommage donc que le jeu s’avère réellement plaisant. Correctement réalisé, bien construit, avec quelques petites bonnes idées qui apportent un réel plus (par exemple, la possibilité de cueillir telle plante, de pister telles traces au sol seulement si l’on a atteint un niveau suffisant dans les compétences correspondantes, à savoir ici la connaissance des herbes et la chasse), Eragon a de quoi attirer l’attention des aventuriers.