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Sadly, like so many games that try to fuse radically different genres together, Sword of Vermillion often feels like a jack of all trades, master of none. Sword of Vermillion should keep you entertained for a good few hours and therefore represents excellent value for money at the very least. However I'd recommend you try out some of the more meaty RPG adventures first - starting with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
Yu Suzukis erstes Konsolen-exklusives Spiel vereint Action-, Adventure- und Rollenspiel-Elemente ähnlich wie Zelda, inszeniert das Spielgeschehen in Dungeons aber aus der First-Person Perspektive. Sword of Vermillion kommt mit seinem erdigen und nüchternen Look allerdings deutlich weniger fantasievoll daher. Trotzdem sorgt das kurze Abenteuer des namenlosen Prinzen, der sein Land vom Joch des König Tsarkas befreien muss, für einige Stunden guter Unterhaltung. In Anbetracht der Abenteuer-Konkurrenz auf der deutschen Virtual Console ist es aber nur die dritte Wahl.
Sword of Vermilion was one of the first role-playing games released for the Sega Genesis, and as such, it gets a lot more credit than it deserves. It's a tedious, ugly, and frustrating game in most respects, but at the time of its release in 1990, there weren't many games like it for Sega's then-new console. Now close to 20 years later, Sword of Vermilion is available on the Wii Virtual Console for the price of 800 points or $8. That's a steep price for an unremarkable game, which most people have either forgotten or never heard of in the first place.
It's the combat that really sinks this one - horribly clumsy, it reduces the carefully calibrated rules and statistics of better titles to a question of how fast you can mash the joypad. The original Zelda is available for 300 points less, and is an absolute masterpiece. Don't waste your time with this ham-fisted knock off.