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To understand how Demon Stone beat the odds, all you have to do is play through the first level, with its epic battle and brilliant camera work. You'll feel the incredible power this game surges through your veins, and there's no turning back. Although work is still needed on the AI, in-game cameras (a little control would be nice), and ranged attacks, Demon Stone is better than any of the Lord of the Rings action games, and it doesn't take long to figure out why.
If you are looking for a solid action game to keep you occupied for a few hours, do not miss Demon Stone. Especially fans of the Dungeons & Dragons RPG system or Forgotten Realms novels may have a great deal of fun playing the game.
Wie bei EAs Vorbild gilt: Knöpfe drücken, bis die Finger qualmen! Auch wenn der spielerische Anspruch stellenweise fehlt, gefällt doch das tolle Fantasy-Ambiente. Die beeindruckende Grafik und eine fesselnde Hintergrundgeschichte entschädigen für einiges. Für Frustpotential sorgen die teils doofen KI-Kollegen, die keine erkennbare Strategie haben, sondern einfach nur draufhauen. Dennoch birgt der dadurch hohe Schwierigkeitsgrad einige Motivation. Kampferprobte Fantasy-Fans die Der Herr der Ringe schon durchgespielt haben oder nix mit Tolkien anfangen können, dürfen getrost zugreifen.
En un mot comme en cent, si vous avez aimé Les Deurs Tours, alors vous aimerez Demon Stone. Pas aussi révolutionnaire que son bon vieux Mark Of Kri, le titre mise tout sur son aspect spectaculaire qui suffit à accrocher et scotcher le joueur au pad. On lui reprochera toutefois une IA qui aurait gagné à être plus développée, certains passages un peu lourds et un guerrier trop omniprésent. Un presque sans faute.
If you’re a fan of fantasy and action, Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone shouldn’t be missed. The game swims in some very familiar waters and that’s not so bad considering the fact that EA’s two Tolkien-inspired games were extremely entertaining. It did fail to offer a multiplayer option and that is totally unforgivable since there are more than enough enemies to slay and the three characters have their own distinct skills and attacks. If you’re a fan of the genre, do pick this one up, you won’t regret it.
Overall though, this is a very solid game with some great graphics. If you are a fan of the combat-adventure genre Demon Stone will make a superb addition to your collection.
Within the dominion of high fantasy, there are two staples upon which you can always rely. Running parallel are J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and the Dungeons & Dragons universes--the former of which stays grounded thanks to a Victorian travelogue-level of mundane detail, and the latter of which benefits from a voluminous world and detailed mythos. A couple of years ago, Northern California-based developer Stormfront Studios established an accessible, enjoyable formula for melding the high-fantasy feel with visceral action in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and now it brings the same to the Dungeons & Dragons world. Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone is an evolutionary step above what Stormfront did with The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and players who appreciate that brand of brute-force, hack-and-slash gameplay should find in it a great-looking and enjoyable, if somewhat familiar, experience.
An overall verdict... I'd say that Forgotten Realms Demon Stone is one of those games where you don't need to be die-hard fans of those fantasy magic games like Dungeons and Dragons, but if you are, it would help. Fortunately the game is as equally enjoyable without being a fan of it, I mean, I have no clue and yet I still had an absolute ball slaying everything I could find. With a solid story to back the action, and overly challenging and enjoyable hack n' slash game, it's easy to see why this game is selling at a quite decent rate at the moment. It's well worth a look.
If you can see it, if you can feel it, if you can sense it's there, there is a fine line that separates console gaming and those on the PC side of the scale. Console gamers can most certainly be PC gamers, and PC console gamers. You can be a player of a single system or many. It's a choice of preference anyone can choose, and yet, there still remains a barrier between the two gaming formats. When you look at PC titles, you see a whole load of Massive Multiplayer RPGs, Real Time Strategy games, and First Person Shooters. These are generally the most anticipated titles on PC every year.
Atari's latest ode to the alternative Dungeons & Dragons universe known as Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone certainly has a lot going for it. Not only is it developed by the same team responsible for the original Two Towers Lord of the Rings game by Electronic Arts, it also boasts some of the most powerful production values we've seen for quite some time. Scripted by the legendary Forgotten Realms author, R.A. Salvatore (of Icewind Dale fame) and voiced by Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men), it's already blessed with a better pedigree than that god awful Marlon Wayans D&D movie from a few years back.
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Demon Stone is one of those titles that fans of D&D might wish was a bit deeper and a lot longer. As an action title, it’s decently presented, albeit repetitive, and has a creative control scheme, although not fully implemented. If you’re really into action, RPGs or D&D, you may find this title is a decent addition for you, but otherwise, you may want to rent it before you buy it.
The game is also woefully short. An experienced hack and slash player should breeze through this thing in under 12 hours and even shorter than that on the lower difficulty setting, which leaves one wanting for much, much more. The short experience, however, is one that is worth traveling through, especially if Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is appealing to you. This title is a graphical powerhouse that can have over a dozen enemies surrounding you and it never seems to chug. The cinematic in-game presentation leaves one feeling as if he had just hacked and slashed through an actual film. Maybe he did and maybe you should.
Set in the popular "Dungeons & Dragons" (D&D) universe, "Forgotten Realms Demon Stone" follows a band of adventurers who inadvertently release two imprisoned demons; the trio vows to restore order before these warring creatures and their armies tear the world apart.
There has always been an inarguable relationship between the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and Dungeons & Dragons, and now Atari's new action title, Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone, adds yet another knot. The game was developed by Stormfront Studios, a company name last seen on EA's The Two Towers. Their new title takes that game's action-heavy approach to cinematic action and transposes it to the Forgotten Realms. The result is a well-built game, full of solid action, but nonetheless feels too much like the studio's past success.
Taking place in the rich setting of the Forgotten Realms, Demon Stone is an action-RPG that's reminiscent of Stormfront Studios' The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. The developers attempted to combine heavy action and deep storytelling in this game, and they've succeeded in both ... to an extent. Demon Stone is certainly full of fast-paced (albeit simple) action and rife with great storytelling (that's hampered by mediocre dialog and a lack of character development). Fans of the Realms will surely enjoy the game, but those that are just looking for a good hack-'n-slash fest will find an uneven effort that's brilliant at times and mediocre at others. At the end of the day, Demon Stone is a mixed bag of holding (sorry, had to do it).
Und damit bietet Demon Stone weitestgehend bekannte, erzkonservative Kost, die allerdings optisch und akustisch (mit Ausnahme der deutschen Sprecher) durchaus zu den bisherigen Herbst-Highlights für die PS2 zählt. Die Möglichkeit, jederzeit die Spielfigur wechseln zu können, um die jeweiligen Spezial-Eigenschaften nutzen zu können, ist allerdings eine willkommene Abwechslung im grauen Hack&Slay-Alltag. Und auch wenn dieses Feature im Rahmen der engen Grenzen des Genres gut genutzt wurde, wünscht man sich, dass es etwas ausgefeilter wäre und speziellere Möglichkeiten bieten würde. Unter dem Strich leider viel zu kurz, entpuppt sich der Action-Ausflug ins D&D-Universum als anspruchslose, aber gute Unterhaltung von der Stange, der ein wenig mehr Eigenständigkeit und angesichts der Spielzeit auch ein kleinerer Preis gut getan hätte.
Aussi, je conseillerai avant tout Demon Stone aux fans de Drizzt, ou de Hack & Slash en manque de chair fraîche. Les autres l'essayeront sans doute par curiosité. Le jeu est malheureusement de qualité inégale tant le gameplay, excellent, souffre de la mise en scène générale. Nous espérons tout de même qu'un Demon Stone II voit le jour et corrige les défauts de ce premier jet. Et si en prime Drizzt était plus souvent jouable, le résultat devrait valoir son pesant d'or. A surveiller.
"Demon Stone" poderia ser facilmente descrito como o sonho de um jogo de ação para qualquer fã de "Forgotten Realms". A brevidade da campanha e ausência de multiplayer são problemas sérios, mas aceitáveis para quem realmente curte o gênero.
Demon Stone had two strikes against it right from the start. It feels like Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (blah), and one of the three main playable characters looks like Scott Stapp, formerly of Creed (double blah). Luckily, it manages to outdo the game depiction of that Tolkien classic, though regrettably, there is nothing to be done about the rocker's distasteful likeness.
Reviews traditionally start with either a joke or an anecdote. Ideally both. Here it is: When typing "Demon Stone" I find myself actually writing "Demon Stoned" by accident in some Freudian hellish dope-head accident.