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The Bard's Tale (PlayStation 2)

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Description

The Bard is a cynical, opportunistic musician who roams the country in search of carnal pleasures. However, this impatient and selfish fellow is compelled to accept the greatest quest of his life: save the princess Caleigh from a demonic cult that has kidnapped her. The unlikely hero must now explore the land in search of the princess, accompanied by the omnipresent Narrator who obviously can't stand the Bard and uses every opportunity to sarcastically comment on his actions. Furthermore, Fionnaoch, the mysterious abductor of the princess, does everything he can to stop the Bard, sending his minions after him.

A self-proclaimed "quest for coin and cleavage", The Bard's Tale is an action RPG that is more of a whimsical take on role-playing games than a remake of the classic series. As the Bard, players can fight off hordes of foes with blade and bow, and summon companions through magical Bard Songs. Leveling up allows the player to raise the character's main attributes and invest specialization points in the different types of weapons he can use. Magical companions must be sought out and then summoned during battles. After being summoned, they act pretty much like AI-controlled party members; some of them specialize in physical attacks and offensive spells, while others can heal the hero.

During conversations the player can choose "nice" or "snarky" responses for the protagonist. While mostly used for humorous effect, some of these responses may affect subsequent events. The game uses the Dark Alliance engine and has a similar camera and control scheme.

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There are 40 other screenshots on file for other versions of this game.


Alternate Titles

  • "新冰城傳奇" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "冰城传奇" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Похождения Барда" -- Russian spelling
  • "The Bard's Tale: Song of the Bard" -- Working title
  • "The Bard's Tale: Opowiesci Barda" -- Polish title
  • "The Bard's Tale (2004)" -- Common title
  • "Bingcheng Zhuanqi" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

There's a difference between pointing out clichés and avoiding them all together. Terrence Bosky (5235) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
Right Script and Acting, Wrong Game Indra is here (19699) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars

The Press Says

Game Chronicles Dec 14, 2004 9 out of 10 90
GameLemon Mar 26, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
XGP Gaming Nov 30, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN Oct 21, 2004 8.2 out of 10 82
GameSpy Oct 26, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Worth Playing Nov 13, 2004 8 out of 10 80
4Players.de Jun 30, 2005 80 out of 100 80
Gamesmania Apr 14, 2004 74 out of 100 74
Gaming Target Jan 12, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Sydney Morning Herald Oct 21, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Extras

The Polish version contains the first three Bard's Tale games as a bonus, just like the US one, but apparently unlike any other European release.

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Terrence Bosky (5235) added The Bard's Tale (PlayStation 2) on Dec 07, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Terrence Bosky (5235), Kabushi (121658), Iggi (4456) and Jeanne (75627)