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Beowulf: The Game (Windows)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.8
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.2
Overall MobyScore (6 votes) 2.7

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Das Spiel zum Film zum Gedicht ist mal etwas Neues, doch über die Qualität typischer Lizenzversoftungen kommt Die Legende von Beowulf kaum hinaus. Auch wenn ich mich fraglos ein paar Stunden ansprechend unterhalten gefühlt habe, bietet mir das Spiel nichts, was es besser als die Konkurrenz macht. Aufgrund der stimmungsvollen Präsentation und dem Filmbonus können Fans der Saga aber durchaus einen Blick wagen - bei der aktuellen Spielewelle dürfte Beowulf aber eher untergehen!
Total PC Gaming
The bloodthirsty action, special abilities and boss battles might only keep you distracted for a couple of hours at most, but the same magic ingredients that Sony conjured have been replicated by Tiwak here. Beowulf is a living legend and thus, the game appropriately feels as if you’re playing out an epic movie, adopting mid-battle cut-scenes and interactive sequences that create an effective cinematic experience. Bolstered by strong voice acting (convincing accents included) and a curious rhythm action game you can use to spur your men on, Beowulf surprisingly manages to steer its longboat away from the generic morass of movie licences to stand out as a respectable title in itself. He might not be Kratos, but it’s good to get a worthy substitute for the PlayStation 2’s God Of War on the PC.
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Beowulf had een sfeervolle beat-em-up kunnen worden, maar kan door een povere afwerking niet lang boeien.
Beowulf tire ses inspirations des plus grands jeux d’action. Pour autant, le mélange de ces influences multiples ne garantissait pas à l’adaptation du film de Robert Zemeckis un gameplay de qualité. Et effectivement, on sent vite les limites de ce fouillis d’emprunts et de plagiats. Séquences en QTE simplistes et combats peu jouissifs pèsent sur le soft d’Ubisoft. Mais son ambiance sympathique, une action variée et un rythme bien dosé sont autant de qualité rendant l’expérience relativement agréable. On rechignera peut-être à dépenser plus de cinquante euros pour ce titre moyen, mais pourquoi pas se le procurer d'occasion ou en gamme budget…
Game Informer Magazine
In this day and age, it shouldn't come as a surprise that a game based on a movie fares poorly, but for a character who has survived since 700 A.D., he deserves better treatment than this.
Cheat Code Central
Beowulf is recommended for a rental. You can blast through the game on the lower difficulty in less than day. You will notice the title says: Beowulf: The Game. That's to distinguish it from the ancient manuscript. I tend to think of it as a disclaimer, or quite possibly a warning.
Absolute Games (
Развлечение на недельку для жаждущих рвать и метать. Только запаситесь современным одноядерным процессором и валерьянкой.
GameStar (Germany)
Anfangs hat mir Die Legende von Beowulf richtig Spaß gemacht. Das liegt vor allem an den simplen Kämpfen und dem eingängigen, schnell zu erlernenden Spielprinzip. Außerdem sind zumindest die ersten Bosskämpfe ganz nett inszeniert. Auf lange Sicht schwächelt das Spiel allerdings deutlich - sehr schlechte technische Umsetzung, eintöniges, unmotivierendes Dauermetzeln und eine geradezu schreckliche Kameraführung lassen mich das Spiel schnell wieder vergessen. Sogar beinharte Fans des Films sollten sich die Anschaffung dieses Spiels gut überlegen.
Game Informer Magazine
Blind, dead-end corridors dominate the level design, and the combat system feels clumsy and slow. Beowulf is one of the great epic heroes of literature; this sad chapter in his saga is best forgotten.
Should we be surprised that Beowulf is a disappointment? It's a movie licensed game after all, and we know what that means. I suppose we shouldn't. There is no video game development curse causing movie game tie-ins to be poor. It's just run-of-the-mill game design. Bar the occasionally impressive combat, Beowulf doesn't have enough to make it stand out.
Beowulf: The Game, for all its considerable flaws, has some unique and fun content. And even though your thanes aren't particularly capable, they're still oddly entertaining. So it's too bad that the fun is so short-lived, and that the game itself is so poorly crafted. After just three hours of Beowulf, you'll get stuck, have no idea what to do, and be ready to send it to sea on a pile of burning sticks. Even if you do struggle through the game's obtuse obstacles, the rest of its myriad problems will make you wish you'd spent your spoils on a longer, better voyage.
Worth Playing
There are times when it's great to wade into battle and cut a bloody swath of destruction through your enemies as you try to save your people, but that kind of excitement lasts only for the first hour or so. Thanks to its ability to maul the movie that it supposedly follows, Beowulf is a poor substitute for the film and an even more frustrating experience on the console, given its clumsy fight mechanics, uninspired enemies and the repetitive button-mashing. In the end, Beowulf will leave you with an arsenal of broken weapons and a sore thumb by which to remember its legacy.
No obstante el número de alternativas en PC no es demasiado alto ya que este género abunda más en las consolas. Sin duda los juegos más parecidos son la trilogía de Prince of Persia, el variado Overlord y las adaptaciones de Onimusha 3 y Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, en este orden, ya que los dos juegos de Capcom también cuentan con ciertos aspectos mejorables.
Ubisoft Shanghai and Tiwak did a magnificent job of butchering the reimagining of a classic tale and providing plenty of disposable, derivative gameplay to go along with it. Though you'll eventually understand the new tale, the absurd storytelling often makes deciphering events and motivations as difficult as a non-scholar trying to read the Nowell Codex. As far as gameplay goes, I can understand why a development studio would want to mimic many of God of War's concepts, yet it's still surprising to see it done so badly. Things start out simple, and that's how they stay, right up until the very end. That is, of course, assuming you can bypass an unbelievably aggravating protection sequence where the utter uselessness of your Thanes, heroic, and carnal attacks becomes painfully obvious. What a waste of time.