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The full-motion video is some of the cleanest seen on the Saturn, but the village graphics could have been improved from the 3DO version. The sound is excellent and the clear rumble of the Hordes' belching lets you in on their location. The Horde is a clever and addicting game that should be eaten up by all Saturn owners.
Das Gameplay und die Thematik von "The Horde" sind auch gleichzeitig das Problem: Der interessante Aufbau und Planungsaspekt wird durch die zu schnell unterbrechenden Kämpfe gestört. Eine grössere Auswahl bei der Aufbauphase und vor allem mehr Zeit hätten viel zur Motivation beigetragen. Die Steuerung erscheint anfangs ebenfalls nicht ganz ausgereift. Durch die genannten Aspekte kann leider Frust entstehen. Gut gefallen hat die nette Atmosphäre, welche durch die gelungenen Zwischensequenzen getragen wird. Was übrig bleibt, ist ein unkompliziertes Action-Strategiespiel.
This game is fun, but very difficult, and can be frustrating at times because you can only save the game every four rounds (once each year). The best part is that The Horde is a game unlike any other. If Crystal Dynamics can refine this new style of game to be more playable, it could easily get our highest rating. Tired of platforms, shooters, racers and fighting games? The Horde has a lot to offer and can even be fairly addictive.
All in all, I have to say that The Horde is a bit too frantic, with not enough reward to keep me interested. Crystal Dynamics seems to be trying to get the best of both strategy and action into the same game and didn't quite manage to pull it off. They threw in a has-been actor for who knows what reason.
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The graphics are very nice, and the sound effects are exceptional. The renaissance-age music is well orchestrated but somewhat repetitive. The Horde has a good concept, but the gameplay couldn't quite live up to it.