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If your idea of fun is frolicking through 12 incident-filled levels of adventuring with a difference, then look no further. Just don't expect Tomb Raider 2.
Auf den ersten Blick ähnelt Excalibur dem letztjährigen Megahit Tomb Raider ungemein. Allerdings tendiert das Spiel mehr in den Adventure-Bereich, als daß man beide direkt miteinander vergleichen könnte. Die Pluspunkte vorweg: Beeindruckende Licht- und Schatten-Effekte, viele Rätsel und eine intuitive Steuerung sorgen für ein herausragendes Adventure-Ambiente. Die Geschichte um die legendäre Helden-Saga hätte allerdings eine etwas professionellere Grafikaufmachung verdient. So liefert Telstars junge Entwickler-Crew zwar ein motivierendes Schwert- und Haudegen-Stück ab, das allerdings beim genaueren Hinsehen mit einigen unschönen Patzern zu kämpfen hat.
Now that I have completed Excalibur I can say that the gameplay is excellent. The puzzles become thought provoking and constantly comes up with fresh ideas. Don't give up during the early stages as the game does not become gripping until after half way. If only the fighting scenes had been spruced up a little bit then Excalibur would have been given a definite thumbs up. We shouldn't be too hard on this title because if it had been released before Tomb Raider then everyone would be wowing the graphics and camera angles, building it up to be a top next generation title. Never-the- less, as it stands it may not be the best game of the year but it is a long way from being the worst.
I thought this game was pretty fun. Aside from the above mentioned shortcomings, there are still some good hours that will be spent playing this game. The levels are huge, and it takes some time to make it through to the end. You will need some patience and staying power, especially since you can't save in the middle. I'm looking forward to Sirtech putting out more PSX games. I like the direction they are heading.
Official UK PlayStation Magazine
Excalibur 2555 AD is a pleasant game that unfortunately suffers from being overshadowed by Tomb Raider. Still a good deal of fun, though.
Excalibur's premise held much potential, but the finished game fails to fulfil it, leaving something whose uncomfortably restrictive limits tarnish its clean presentation and fine atmosphere.
Unfortunately, Excalibur 2555 AD misses the mark in being either an engaging action game or an interesting puzzler. While not a horrible title by any means, it's simply boring. When it comes down to it, there's really just no sense of adventure in this adventure.
All in all, the story is there, but the graphics and gameplay have simply left the building. We suggest you rent this title before you purchase it.