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SummaryDull... very... dull
The GoodEnclave's high points are its stellar graphics and sound effects. The game is intricately detailed and special effects such as bump mapping help make it all the more pretty; the player character and enemies are smoothly animated and cast pristine, smooth shadows.
Sound is crisp, visceral, atmospheric; everything it should be in a game. It carries the dark gothic fantasy atmosphere effectively.
The BadEverything about the gameplay in Enclave is awful. It seems as if the team that made it is comprised of good programmers and artists, and nobody on the team has a clue how to actually design a fun game. There is nothing to it but hacking at enemies.
Similar action games have suffered because their combat wasn't detailed enough, but Enclave makes them look like masterpieces: There is no system of timing, combination attacks, dodging, etc; it's just a matter of hitting the attack key as much as you can.
AI is similarly awful. Enemies can't even get the whole run-and-gun thing straight, as they'll often freeze or backtrack for no particular reason. If this was supposed to simulate more advanced behavior such as retreating or finding cover, it fails miserably.