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UOL Jogos (Dec 09, 2003)
"Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown" é um dos exemplos de jogos onde a soma das partes é maior do que seu valor individual. Mas o produto é simples e provavelmente não vai agradar aqueles que procuram um jogo de estratégia completo como "Command & Conquer". Se você não se incomodar com essa fórmula mais antiga, porém, o game continua com as mesmas qualidades do clássico.
Gaming Target (Oct 23, 2003)
For example, during the game, Robin wonders whether the other lords have Marians of their own -- that’s something I’d like to know, too! However, you don’t get the chance to find out, as you can only play as Robin. And that’s one of the game’s major failings: You can really only play it one way. Part of the fun with Koei’s strategy games are the multiple characters and modes -- if you beat the game one way, you can always try it again any number of different ways.
While the game won’t tax RTS veterans, the difficulty may keep newcomers at bay. Classic games of the past may not always be popular, but Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown shows that a good game is still a good game, even if it is based on a game that’s over 15 years old
IGN (Oct 07, 2003)
Taken for what it is, Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown is a very faithful and entertaining remake of a title that today's more experienced gamers had the pleasure of growing up with. Accurately recreating the same tactics and mini-games that motored the original software so many years ago, nostalgia buffs and open-hearted genre freaks should immediately take notice.
Game Over Online (Jan 08, 2004)
If Capcom's aim was to create a simple turn-based strategy title in the vein of the original Defender of the Crown, it succeeded. There's no doubt about that. This is a good rendition of the core fundamentals that made Crown fun and continues to make Crown fun this day and age. I'm not coming into the game expecting Europa Universalis level of depth, but I can't close off without commenting how many of our expectations have grown since then. Some of Crown's achievements may have been revolutionary before but they are considered standard now. It doesn't cause a twinkle in our eye anymore. If you can put those expectations aside, though, you'll be thoroughly entertained the first time through.
GameZone (Oct 06, 2003)
While there are a lot of things to possibly like about Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown, it unfortunately just felt too repetitive. The combat (both as an army and with Robin as an individual) is very basic and simplistic, and doesn’t offer much to really work with, which hurt the overall element of the game as well. If you are looking for a good weekend diversion, this provides enough things to do and branching pathways to be entertaining, but I would strongly suggest checking it out prior to making the final commitment to go ahead and buy it.
61 (Jan 19, 2004)
Trotz aufpolierter Optik und erweitertem Gameplay merkt man dem Titel sein Alter deutlich an. Ob mit oder ohne Robin Hood, Defender of the Crown ist spielerisch einfach nicht mehr zeitgemäß und die grafische Aufmachung kein Vergleich mit der von damals. Zwar bietet das Spiel immer noch einen gewissen Unterhaltungswert, aber wirklich verbessert hat sich mit dem Remake eigentlich kaum etwas. So gibt es zwar neue Einheiten, mehr Territorien und Aktionsmöglichkeiten und sogar eine Story, aber spannender wurde der Titel dadurch nicht - ganz im Gegenteil: Irgendwie vermisst man die einstige Möglichkeit, mit verschiedenen Feldherren in die Schlacht zu ziehen und damit über den Ausgangsort und seine Charakterstärken bestimmen zu können. Jetzt ist man jedes Mal Robin Hood, was genauso schnell öde wird wie die sich ständig wiederholenden Minispiele mit ihrer vorsintflutlichen Steuerung und Spielmechanik.
GameSpot (Oct 03, 2003)
Overall, Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown proves to be a faithful re-creation of its predecessor; the jousting interface and castle raid scenes in particular bear strong resemblance to the original. Certainly, the game is amusing and enjoyable enough to recommend for a quick rental. Unfortunately, though, the strategy genre has advanced greatly over the years, and the additions made to Defender of the Crown still don't allow it to stand up very well to its competitors. Diehard fans of the original should find a lot to like about Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown, but if you don't have any such emotional attachment, there are better alternatives.
55 (Dec 10, 2003)
En guise de come back, Cinemaware aurait pu faire beaucoup mieux pour faire honneur au jeu d'origine. Le Defender of the Crown d'aujourd'hui fait pâle figure en comparaison des productions actuelles, aussi bien en termes d'action que de stratégie. La réalisation est loin d'être sublime et le gameplay n'est vraiment pas approfondi. Un titre qu'on oubliera donc assez vite.
With heritage spanning back to the golden age of gaming, the revival of the Defender of the Crown series oozes with nostalgia. While it does bring back a flood of fond memories, this new incarnation remains firmly planted in the past and doesn’t have nearly enough substance to whet gamers’ appetites.
När Cinemaware nu gör comeback med uppföljaren är det uppenbart att deras ambitioner kommer i kläm med grundkonceptet. Resultatet ger en känsla av slapphet och enformighet. Att skjuta ned soldater med pilbågen är bara kul de första tre gångerna, sedan blir det enahanda. Samma sak är det i spelets strategiska avdelningar. Det känns bara som en enda lång upprepning och inte ens Robins gröna trikåer kan ändra på det.
GameSpy (Oct 05, 2003)
Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown combines solid strategic gameplay with a great storyline, and grizzled fans of the original will be thrilled by what Cinemaware has pulled off with this remake -- but the brutal truth is that you can only get away with a mini-game in a modern title if it's an unlockable, or if that title is Mario Party. A narrative-driven game demands a cohesive design, but mini-games are inherently schizophrenic, and Robin Hood is never quite able to overcome the contradiction.