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Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness (Windows 3.x)

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Written by  :  Mr. Huh (112)
Written on  :  May 18, 2004
Platform  :  Windows 3.x
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Summary

Could have been the best....

The Good

First off the good points of this game. The graphics are highly detailed for their time. 256 colored backgrounds with very vivid and detailed graphics. Sprites with lots of animation and movement. The voice acting and varied personalities of the game also brought Quest for Glory 4 to life.

One of the best examples of voice acting ever. Also the fact that you could choose four classes in this game.

The mouse system is also very intuitive. Very easy to control in this game

The storyline is the best of the original four quest for glory games and delivers some really emotional moments.

The group inside the inn is also quite hilarious and some of the best lines money can buy.

The Bad

The Combat Engine. The first Quest For Glory combat engine was good The second Quest for Glory perfected it and the third one went downhill just a bit. However this combat system is more akin to a arcade title. Not too bad but very unfitting for a rpg/adventure hybrid.

BUGS! ERROR 42 will make you bang your head against the wall. Also running it on anything higher then Windows 95 tends to crash the game badly at least on my copy. Everytime I clicked outside the game screen the whole computer froze! HORRIBLE! For the best experience with this game run on at latest Windows 95 OSR 1 and under a pentium II processor

Not as diverse as previous Quest for Glory games. While there's four classes the things you do don't vary anywhere near as much as Quest for Glory 1 or 2 though better then 3 The Fighters and Theif's games are almost identical! The magicians game is a little more varied but to get the most out of this game you have to use the Paladin class to get all the extra quests.

Some extra bugs where if you don't do a certain event you can't get it again and hence literally have to restart the whole game! ARGH!

The Bottom Line

This is a great game to play. Don't let the negatives get to you too much since this is undeniably one of the best adventure games ever made. Would have been the pinnacle if the classes were more varied and the bugs weren't in there. Overall a 9/10 on my scale though to most it would be a 8/10