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Revenant (Windows)

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MobyRank
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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.4
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
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 (22 votes) 3.5


The Press Says

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100
Game Vortex
There is no overall with this game. If you are reading this review, you have wasted far too much time as it is. Hurry and go buy this game before I get soooo powerful that none of you will ever have a chance at defeating my eclectically dressed undead warrior. All jokes aside, Revenant gets my vote for “RPG Game of the Year. So two thumbs up and possibly a toe (if I am coordinated enough to make it separate from the rest of my piglets).
90
GameSpy
Revenant is not a Diablo clone. It is a solid RPG, with better story and combat, and a game editor that should add years to the replay value of the game.
90
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Подведем итоги. С одной стороны, игра зависла где-то посередине между action и RPG. И в том, что она понравится всем приверженцам столь разных жанров, я, как виртуальное существо умеренной всеядности, не уверен. Скорее всего, успех Diablo игре не грозит, потому что получилось лучше, но неуловимо иначе. С другой стороны, Revenant не содержит явных признаков клонирования и, безусловно, попадает в разряд больших игр, проходить которые интересно и захватывающе. Свежая, образно говоря, кровь всегда приятна. Поэтому, если системные требования и странный баланс ролевых элементов и техники смертельного касания Mortal Kombat вас не пугают, то пришло время узнать, что же натворил в прошлой жизни Люк, почему именно его вернули к жизни новой и чего на самом деле хочет надменный маг. Ибо все не так просто, как кажется.
90
ComputerGamers.com
One thing to keep in mind though...this game is not a RPG. It is very linear and is more of an action game set in a fantasy setting. There is very little freedom in what you are able to do. Its pretty much a "go-here-do-that-give-this-to-that-person-kill-that -monster" kind of game, so steer clear if you are a hardcore role-player. This one isn't for you. However, if you like running around killing monsters and gaining treasure, battling evil dragons and generally saving the world, then give this one a go.
87
RPGFan
One hundred thousand years ago, the planet Ur was created. The gods fashioned this world to be their own personal playground. As time passed, a split developed, and the gods separated Ur into two warring factions: Good and Evil. This war waged on for countless millennia and left the planet scarred. Eventually, the gods grew tired of this game, and withdrew from the world. The people of Ur were now doomed to spend eternity in the underworld of Anserak with no god to judge when the souls had atoned for their sins. You, once a great warrior-mage, are one of these forsaken souls.
86
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Het was te mooi om waar te zijn! Een spel zonder negatieve aspecten bestaat nu eenmaal (nog) niet. Wat me enorm stoort aan Revenant zijn de ontelbare grote en kleine bugs die er nog in zitten. Onrealistische lichteffecten (vooral 's nachts), bitmaps van planten en struiken die heel onrealistisch op de achtergrond geplakt zijn, enzovoort.
86
Power Unlimited
Revenant is meer dan een Dibalo kloon. Het fraaie Combat Systeem, het verhaal ende interaktie met de overige characters legt de inventiviteit van Cinematix bloot. Neem daarbij de prachtig vormgegeven lokaties die met veel gevoel tot leven zijn gebracht en je hebt een prima action-RPG.
83
Power Play
Für eine ganze Weile (nämlich solange ich in Schloß, Stadt und West-Ahkuilon beschäftigt war) neigte ich immer mehr zu der Ansicht, daß der „Revenant“ ein Prädikat verdient hätte. Aber dann führte mich das Spiel in das umfangreiche Höhlensystem unter dem Gebirge - und wandelte sich und meine Meinung schlagartig. Von einem stark storybasierten, atmosphärisch dichten Action-Rollenspiel mutierte es zu einem reinen Hack & Slay-Gemetzel. Prinzipiell ist natürlich nichts gegen Hack & Slay zu sagen, aber in diesem Fall haben wir es doch mit einem ziemlichen Stilbruch zu tun. Zumal salbst erfahrene Abenteurer in den äußerst unübersichtlichen Dungeons Hirnsausen kriegen — und unter Umständen gar auf eine üble Falsch-Fährte hereinfallen, die nicht auf die andere, sondern nur wieder auf dieselbe Seite des Gebirges zurückführt. Anschließend, während sich das Rätsel um Andria verdichtet, wird‘s dann wieder wesentlich cooler, aber für nen Award hat es insgesamt doch nicht mehr gereicht...
83
IGN
But these shortcomings are minor. The real meat of the game is the single player adventure and it delivers the goods. I can sit here and go on and on about the impressive combat model, the refined game balance and the polished graphics for animations and effects. In the end, it's about the fun I had playing the game. Sure there are some cliches in the game; some of them are actually pretty blatant. Sure the environment is a little on the small side. Who cares? Revenant gives you what you want -- lots of action, a flexible character and something to pretty to look at. End of story.
83
Gaming Age
In the span of three mega-hit million seller titles, Blizzard Entertainment has gone from a new developer to one of the most successful PC developer and publisher in the computer games industry. Up until the release of Diablo, they had primarily been a real time strategy oriented company, but Diablo broke that mold. Spawning a whole new genre that had been relatively unexplored, the months and years following has brought a conglomerate of clones both good and bad. One of the best released thus far, however, is from a little known developer (who probably will not stay that way long) called Cinematix.
81
Game Over Online
Imagine being sentenced to a life of pain and suffering in the bowels of hell for protecting the woman you love then being resurrected thousands of years later. Unfortunately you have been resurrected to fight for another cause, one you couldn't give a damn about, but you cannot resist as you are under a powerful control spell. This is the life of Locke D'Averam and he's not your average undead ass-kicker. Set in a medieval world with an isometric view, you assume the role of Locke with a mission to save the world of Ahkuilon ("a-qwee-lon") from a powerful cult, "The Children of the Change". Revenant has been touted by many as a Diablo clone, I prefer to consider it a Diablo killer.
80
Gamesmania
Diese Mängelliste liest sich jetzt aber schlimmer, als sie ist. Auch wenn sie letztlich den Weg zum Award verbaut und dafür verantwortlich ist, dass Revenant kein absoluter Pflichtkauf ist - wer diaboleske Unterhaltung sucht, braucht nicht weiter zu suchen. Die Kämpfe sind heftiger und der Durst nach Level-Aufstiegen ist noch größer als im Original. Kurzum: spannender, aber weit weniger perfekt produziert als Diablo.
80
PC Player (Germany)
Es ist ein weit verbreitetes Voruteil, dass sich nur Rollenspiel nennen darf, was schlechter als Wizardry 6 aussieht. Revenant räumt hiermit glücklicherweise gründlich auf, denn die Grafik haut jeden Magier aus seinen Filzpantoffeln. Daneben bietet es ein brauchbares Kampfystem, abwechslungsreiche Zaubersprüche, sowie eine interessante Story, die sich im Ultima-Stil vom schnarchöden "Orkarmee überennt Königreich"-Plot abhebt.
80
CyberJoy
Revenant to ciekawa propozycja, zwłaszcza, że Blizzard po raz kolejny przesunął premierę Diablo 2. Gra prezentuje się wspaniale pod względem graficznym i dobrze pod względem dźwiękowym. Zachwyca rozległością świata i zawiłością fabuły. Niewątpliwie ogromnym atutem jest rozbudowany system walki i magii. Z drugiej jednak strony szwankuje interfejs. No i o czym wcześniej nie wspomniałem, gra wymaga naprawdę solidnego sprzętu...
80
PC Games (Germany)
Ich sehe es kommen: Revenant wird sich als ein neuer Stein des Anstoßes entpuppen. In wirklich keine Kategorie will das Spiel so recht passen. Für Anhänger der unbeschwerten Freude am Hacken birgt es zu viele Rollenspielelemente, dafür werden Freunde klassischer Genretitel Nebenaufträge und Rätsel schmerzlich vermissen - so wie meine Wenigkeit. Auch spielt die Grafik in zwei unterschiedlichen Ligen. Während die Lichteffekte beim Zaubern beeindrucken, kommt die Darstellung der Umwelt kaum über das Mittelmaß hinaus. Ganz zu schweigen von der starren Position der Kamera, den störenden Ladezeiten zwischen zwei Kartenabschnitten und den allzu ersichtlichen Polygonparts des Titelzombies. Wirklich toll werden es alle finden, denen Diablo im Kampf zu wenig steuerbare Bewegungen bot.
78
PC Zone
Graphically, Revenant is very refined. The isometric graphics are excellently drawn, and the interface is familiar and easy to get the hang of. The combat is real-time and draws more from the influence of famous beat 'em ups than from hard-core dice-rolling systems. The only stumbling block is Revenant's storyline, which is trite and cliched. Burnt out, ageing purists will scoff at the cheesy dialogue and dodgy voice acting, but those with thicker skin will stick at it and enjoy what is otherwise a highly competent role-playing game. Revenant is not going to change the world but those of you who like your 'cheese' will enjoy it.
75
G4 TV: The Electric Playground
My bitching and moaning reverberated throughout the office, "What the ...? Rah Ragh Rrrr Snarp! Oh this is stupid! I can't believe that you they won't let you ... What? You mean I can't... ARGH!" That of course being the beginning of the game where the main problem was that the story was only marginally involving. As with so many games of this genre, all you do is wander around town making no difference in anyone's life, not even your own. Once you finally get out of the town and experience your first hostile encounters however, you will be delighted to discover that the pitiful death rattles of the Druhg sound remarkably close to how we've all imagined Jar Jar Binks would if he were savagely murdered. There are other equally entertaining moments such as when your guy, the Revenant, places his foot on a monster's head and grinds it into the ground.
74
GameStar (Germany)
Das Diablo-Prinzip funktioniert auch bei Revenant bestens: Ungeheuer verdreschen, Kohle einsammeln und die Charakterwerte hochschrauben motiviert mich stundenlang. Dabei macht besonders das Kampfsystem mit seinen Specialmoves Laune; mit etwas Übung kloppt man auch Drachen schnell weich. Revenant kann zwar in keiner Disziplin richtig glänzen. Die Grafik ist trotz schöner Effekte nur Durchschnitt, die Story bietet wenig Überraschungen; das ein oder andere Rätsel hätte nicht geschadet. Dennoch kann ich das Eidos-Spiel allen ans Herz legen, die sich nicht schon mit Darkstone die Wartezeit auf Diablo 2 verkürzen.
72
WomenGamers.com
Another rpg hits the shelves, it's a given that I will greedily snatch it up, and load it lovingly into my box, hoping to escape the working world blues. I first caught a glimpse of Revenant at e3 in Atlanta, back in 1998. It held my interest for no more than a few minutes, but WOW! This title taught me not to pass judgement too soon. It's an action SLUGFEST, with some rpg lovin tucked away in there. Would I categorize this game as an rpg? NO! But since it's marketed as such, and it DOES have lots of rpg elements in it, I'll accept it as such...
70
Eurogamer.net (UK)
All in all though it's an entertaining game that is sure to have you playing for many hours, as it is truly massive! But for those few irritating points this could well have been a corker. Instead it's a good-to-look-at stopgap until the next big RPG comes along.
70
Jeuxvideo.com
Revenant plaira sans doute aux nouveaux arrivants dans le style des JDR (ou RPG, c'est comme vous voulez d'abord) ; mais les amoureux de Diablo trouveront sûrement le jeu un peu trop gentil et faible pour mériter de s'y attarder bien longtemps. Achat à méditer.
70
GameSpot
Revenant is an action-intensive role-playing game that involves a lot of combat and not much else. It isn't a blatant Diablo rip-off like Darkstone, but its isometric perspective and its emphasis on character interaction of the violent variety mean that Revenant ought to appeal to the same crowd that enjoyed Blizzard's hit. However, although Revenant is also a great-looking game that's fun to play, it constantly threatens to break apart at the seams. Its hero, a bitter and menacing Ken Wahl-lookalike named Locke, is brought back from the dead to serve his masters - but it's the game rather than its protagonist that most closely resembles Frankenstein's monster. Just as Revenant is an impressive accomplishment in many ways, so too is it a disjointed collection of features that are at least as repellent as they are cohesive.
70
FiringSquad
On the once-peaceful island of Akhuilon, something is amiss. An evil cult headed by powerful magic-using priests has begun to take over the land, converting followers to their god Yhagoro. The people have been left powerless to stop the priests; nobody is safe from their grasp. Indeed, the king's daughter herself has been kidnapped. Desperate, the king has enlisted the help of a sketchy sorcerer, and that's where you come in. You are Locke d'Averam, a badass mofo raised from the dead by the sorcerer's necromantic undertakings. Now under his control, you have been charged with the task of saving the princess, saving the land, saving the day, and all the while getting no respect for it since you're a satanic zombie. On the plus side, though, you get to dress up like Val Kilmer in Willow, then slash evil gremlins into little gremlin-jerky. All in all, not a bad way to spend an evening! Or five.
67
Game Revolution
Revenant is essentially Eidos and Cinematix's answer to Diablo. Though it adds a little in the form of a neat combat system that really keeps the action going nicely, the game, while certainly entertaining, is about as new and different as the fourth night of Thanksgiving weekend turkey.
60
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
So, while REVENANT initially generates a decent amount of excitement and fun, it just doesn’t carry it throughout the game, By the time you reach the end, you aren’t surprised to find one of the lamest closing scenes in recent gaming history. If you are hungering for an action RPG, have a high tolerance for redundancy, and don’t care about the backstory, you may want to look at REVENANT. Those looking for a deeper gaming experience should look elsewhere — or keep waiting for DIABLO II.
60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
I love a great opening. Eidos Interactive’s contribution to the action and RPG genre, Revenant, has a terrific one. In a heart-rending nod toward both epic heroism and terrible suffering, our hero-in-arms, an ancient warrior long ago damned to the fires of hell for sins untold, is summoned at the hand of a powerful warlord to rescue his daughter from a pernicious cult that has invaded their land. Remembering nothing from his life in another age, he sets out on his quest fettered by a powerful spell that binds him to the challenge. This extended sequence is told through a poignant rendered cinematic in which we see him suffering in the afterlife, then retrieved and pulled into the actual game through a dazzling demonstration of the special visual effects Cinematix’s artists have conjured for this title.
55
Just RPG
You are Locke D’Averam – a mighty warrior resurrected from the dead to fight a mysterious cult that has ruined the land of Akhuilon. You have at your disposal a number of weapons and spells as you sally forth to do battle, rescue damsels and chat up the townsfolk whenever the mood seizes you. Welcome to Revenant, Eidos’ Diablo clone released in the late nineties!
50
Just Adventure
Revenant is one of the more recent games to emulate Blizzard's Diablo. Sporting eerily beautiful graphics and an intuitive combat system, Revenant had a good chance at becoming the best of the Diablo clones. Unfortunately, it will never reach such lofty heights, but still it is a good distraction ...