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An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire (DOS)

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Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.3
Overall MobyScore (16 votes) 3.3


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82
PC Jeux
Si vous avez adoré Daggerfall, nul doute : vous ne serez pas déçu par BattleSpire. Un jeu de rôle servi par l'expérience de l'équipe de Bethesda.
79
GameStar (Germany)
So gekonnt hat schon lange niemand mehr Actionelemente und Rollenspiel in ein Programm gepackt. Obwohl in Battlespire von der Grafik über die Steuerung bis zur Benutzerführung manche Details besser sein könnten, summieren sich die Einzelteile zu einem überzeugenden Ganzen. Das Hauptaugenmerk liegt klar auf Hau-Drauf-Monsterverprügeln, trotzdem stecken deutlich mehr Möglichkeiten im Programm als etwa in Hexen 2. Ich kann wild kämpfend durch die Gänge rennen und Scheusale abmurksen, oder ich lege einen eher ruhigen Gang ein und versuche, friedlich mit den garstigen Kreaturen auszukommen – was freilich nicht immer gelingt.
77
PC Games (Germany)
Battlespire ist eine gelungene Mischung aus Adventure, Action und Rollenspiel. Aufgrund gut verteilter Hinweise weiß man stets, was zu tun ist, Monster und Fallen sorgen für einen angenehmen Actionreichtum, und dank Magie- und Charactersystem kommen auch Rollenspielfans auf ihre Kosten. Mit der Aufteilung des Spiels in vergleichsweise kleine Einzellevel spricht Bethesda vor allem die Anhänger von Action-Adventures an – die von der langsamen und recht schmucklosen Grafik allerdings schwer enttäuscht sein dürften.
76
PC Action
Das Leben für Rollenspieler bleibt hart! Da winkt mit Battlespire endlich einer der wenigen Genre-Lichtblicke, und wieder wird bei der Technik geschlampt. Sorry, Bethesda, aber eine bessere Grafik-Engine haben Actionfreunde bereits vor eineinhalb Jahren kennenlernen dürfen. Neben den Pixelhäufchen nerven die geistig unterbelichteten Bösewichter. Rätseldichte, Spieltiefe und vor allem der hervorragende Charaktereditor sollten für darbende Rollis dennoch Gründe genug sein, ein Probespiel zu wagen.
76
Power Play
In der Welt der Computerspiele gibt es Blender, die mit gelacktem Outfit glänzen, dann aber kaum Gameplay zu bieten haben. „Battlespire“ wäre eher eine Art Spätzünder: Man braucht seine Zeit, um sich hineinzufinden — vor allem, weil die defaultmäßig mitgelieferte Steuerung ein ziemlicher Griff ins Klo ist. Aber man kann zum Glück alles ändern und so einstellen, wie man es gern hätte. Unabhängig von sicherlich vorhandenen Schwachpunkten hat mich das Spiel dann aber durch eine geheimnisvolle Story und abwechslungsreiche Rätsel überzeugt. Da gibt es Spring- und Kletterelemente, Gespräche, lösungswichtige Objekte, Aufträge, Worträtsel und dergleichen mehr. Kurz und gut: Es macht einfach Spaß, „Battlespire“ zu spielen — jedenfalls ist es mir hier zum ersten Mal seit langem wieder passiert, daß ich unwillkürlich vor dem Monitor um die Ecke linsen wollte.
75
PC Zone
This makes it worth going through the motions during each level because you know that when you get to the next one it'll be completely different, with its own characters and idiosyncrasies. Of course, this may not be enough for people who liked the open-ended gameplay of Daggerfall and Arena, or the utterly engrossing and unique gameplay of Ultima Underworld, but it'll do me nicely thank you very much. While it's not a classic by any stretch of the imagination, it offers a reasonable diversion for those of you who may have completed Lands Of Lore 2 and are desperate for something to keep you happy until Ultima IX and Lands Of Lore 3 appear later this year.
67
GameSpot
Battlespire's less expansive scope, hack-and-slash gameplay, and technical problems ultimately provide a role-playing experience that is only occasionally satisfying.
65
Gamezilla
I found it to be way too hard, frustrating, and the performance to be far below what I was hoping for. But don't just take my word for it; check out some newsgroup comments from other players. The two things that ultimately killed the game for me was the frustration of spending hour upon hour searching for the last key to the next level, and the Xengine's poor running performance with the graphics turned high. The reason I did give the game a 65 and not lower is that it still captures what is great about the Elder Scrolls RPG universe. The atmosphere of the game is extremely absorbing and ominous -- in a way, more mature than most other games out there. This is still a true RPG that lets you create a character class with different attributes that affect the game, and even though trimmed down from Daggerfall, there is plenty to keep the stats-obsessed RPGer happy. If you have a high-end system, a lot of patience, and love extremely hard challenges, Battlespire might be for you.
62
PC Player (Germany)
Wild zusammengewürfelte Texturen, für die ein Superlativ von "pixelig" eingeführt werden müßte. Schlecht animierte Bitmap-Gegner, die noch nicht einmal über rudimentäre Intelligenz verfügen. Solche Sünden hätten eigentlich mit Daggerfall untergehen sollen. Nach einer ganzen Update-Schwemme ging der Normalsterbliche davon aus, daß Bethesda beim nächsten Rollenspiel-Versuch weniger schlampig arbeiten würde.
60
Quandary
Many people have dismissed this game as buggy, unattractive and messy. I actually found it to be fun, atmospheric and challenging. Some of the later levels become very difficult due to combat intensity rather than any sort of puzzle solving. However I've enjoyed all the games in the Elder Scrolls series and I'll play CRPGs if the graphics and sound are out of date as long as the atmosphere and gameplay are good enough. The game has its faults but Bethesda has worked hard to flesh out an alternative world for us to enjoy. It's a shame they still haven't worked out all their technical problems as their game ideas are sound.
60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Under the criteria of what was promised with this title, it falls very short. Nasty errors, extremely choppy if beautiful graphics, and disabled multiplayer options make Battlespire somewhat difficult to enjoy. However, I still like the game. I have done my best to be unswervingly fair with this lengthy review, because the title has incredible merit despite the obvious problems therein. I applaud the efforts of the game designers, and on a personal level, I really believe in the Elder Scrolls phylum, as possibly the most enjoyable game world I've ever traversed. I pray for at least a Direct3D acceleration patch, but I'm not going to hold my breath, given Bethesda's general response to this idea. The game can be a lot of fun, if you are a very tolerant fan of RPGs. If you enjoy the Elder Scrolls games, then you should definitely give this one a try, regardless of the considerable hang-ups.
56
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Vandaag is het de tiende dag dat ik mij met tegenzin voor mijn scherm zet om Battlespire uit te proberen. Pas nu is mijn karakter op dreef gekomen. Iedere avond ben ik gefrustreerd onder de lakens gedoken. Ben je een sadomasochist, schaf dan zeker Battlespire aan! Anders ga je best op zoek naar oudere spelen die nu serieus afgeprijst zijn: Ultima Underworld, Hexen, Quake... Je zal er meer plezier aan beleven dan aan deze brok frustratie.
40
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
BATTLESPIRE leaves me with very mixed feelings. It has a number of good features, but the artificial character limitations, plus the emphasis on the scavenger hunt aspect, make it very trying at times. While I don't mind new approaches to RPGs, this one wasn't done as well as it could have been. Still, the series shows promise. In the meantime, BATTLESPIRE is best-suited for players who won't mind an exceptionally tough outing. Those who prefer more traditional fare may want to skip this one.
25
Game Revolution
Just recently had I taken a renewed interest in role playing games and I can't say I was welcomed warmly by Bethesda's newest Elder Scroll Legend, Battlespire. There were a few miniscule technical aspects of the production that weren't half-bad, but the rest of the game was plain and simply AWFUL! After all the hype about Daggerfall, I must say I was disappointed in such an inconsistent company. To my surprise, I soon learned Bethesda has had an interesting record of great titles and total flops. This game is definitely not one of the acclaimed titles.