The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep

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PC Gamer (84 out of 100)

An old-fashioned game in a shiny new package, The Bard's Tale 4: Barrows Deep is a worthy addition to a classic series.

Sep 27th, 2018 · Windows · read review

VentureBeat / Gamesbeat (82 out of 100)

The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep delivers on the faith its Kickstarter backers put into the project. It weaves combat, exploration, music, and puzzles into a game that stands out in a crowded market. It's unlike any other RPG, and with other old-school RPGs finding success these days — Pillars of Eternity, Octopath Traveler, and Dragon Quest XI — I hope InXile is able to come back to this fantastical world, just like it's doing with Wasteland.

Sep 18th, 2018 · Windows · read review

IGN (7.9 out of 10)

At its roughest edges, The Bard’s Tale IV shows its retro revival roots in some not so positive ways. It may not be special enough for me to easily overlook these technical shortcomings entirely, but it’s an RPG that’s brimming with enjoyable, challenging fights, elaborate and entertaining puzzles, and plenty of visual and musical flair. And that was more than enough to keep me humming along contentedly to its tune more often than not.

Sep 26th, 2018 · Windows · read review

GameStar (Germany) (78 out of 100)

Bard's Tale 4 macht sicher nicht alles richtig, ist im Kern für Rollenspielfans aber eine unbedingte Empfehlung. Vorausgesetzt, sie verkraften die Kinderkrankheiten, die oft mit einer schmal budgetierten Kickstarter-Produktion einherkommen. Die Landschaften und Städte wirken nicht sonderlich lebendig, und auch das Art Design ist nicht immer konsistent. Die Kreaturen gefallen mir gut, aber Menschen sehen z.B. oft unabsichtlich deformiert aus. Wer sich daran nicht stört, stolpert aber bestimmt über die technischen Macken. Ich habe die ersten beiden Patches abgewartet, damit sind die meisten Abstürze verschwunden, aber kleinere Probleme gibt's nach wie vor. Wer interessiert ist, wartet vielleicht noch weitere Korrekturen ab. Die hat der Entwickler im großen Umfang angekündigt.

Oct 17th, 2018 · Windows · read review

Girl Gamers UK ( )

The Bard’s Tale IV is a modern take on a classic formula. How much the player will get from the game will entirely depend on how much they can appreciate certain old-school mechanics and design decisions. There are technical problems with the game, but these are something that can be fixed. However, it is difficult to say right now how the game will run on any given PC, so that is currently something the player has to take into account. For those waiting 30 years, the wait is over and the result is flawed, but ultimately enjoyable. For those too young to remember the original games, consider The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep to be an education in the old school, with a modern flavour.

Sep 26th, 2018 · Windows · read review

Games TM (7 out of 10)

So, it's a mixed bag, though true to its name, very deep. It'll last a long while too, well over 50 hours if you want to have a go at everything. You'll just have to look past a lot of rough edges.

Nov 4th, 2018 · Windows

RPG Site (7 out of 10)

The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep has a satisfyingly deep and flexible battle system, surrounded by heavy puzzle exploration and a narrative that doesn't manage to stay interesting. There are some really neat systems at play here for those looking for intricate combat, but performance issues and a lacking storyline make it a hard sell to a larger audience.

Dec 2nd, 2018 · Windows · read review (70 out of 100)

Gerade weil sich dieses Rollenspiel an der Oberfläche so an modernen Inszenierungen orientiert, anstatt sich wie Legend of Grimrock werktreuer an den Klassikern zu orientieren, wirken die Anbiederungen als auch Defizite im direkten Vergleich umso stärker. Aber als ich den ernüchternden Einstieg hinter mir hatte, offenbarte dieses Rollenspiel für viele Stunden seine Stärken. Auch wenn die Bewohner und Dialoge statisch bleiben, gibt es einige stimmungsvolle Abschnitte, putzige Animationen und selbst der Humor kann gelegentlich zünden. Brian Fargo und sein Team können im anspruchsvollen Rundenkampf und vor allem im Bereich der Rätsel gut unterhalten. Man muss seine Party clever in den Gefechten agieren lassen und erkundet endlich mal wieder verwunschene Dungeons voller Geheimnisse, in denen es vor Aufgaben nur so wimmelt. (...) Mit einer klaren Regie, stringentem Artdesign und strenger Qualitätssicherung wäre eine gute Wertung möglich gewesen.

Sep 25th, 2018 · Windows · read review

Gameplay (Benelux) (67 out of 100)

The Bard's Tale IV heeft wat potentieel om dungeon crawler-fans te bekoren, maar is te onafgewerkt om momenteel aan te kunnen raden. Dit project moet nog wat langer in de oven.

Oct 31st, 2018 · Windows

PC Games (Germany) (63 out of 100)

Nach den ersten Stunden hätte ich nie geglaubt, dass mir The Bard's Tale 4 überhaupt noch gefallen könnte – zu enttäuscht war ich von den nervigen Rucklern, der schwach erzählten Story und der leblosen Kulisse. Doch wie so oft muss man sich ein wenig durchbeißen, um die Qualitäten des Spiels zu erkennen – wie zum Beispiel die wunderschönen Gesänge, die viel zur Atmosphäre beitragen! Lichtblicke gibt es auch bei den taktischen Rundenkämpfen, die zwar auf Dauer etwas eintönig werden, aber trotzdem gut unterhalten. Unter den Rätseln finden sich – neben ein paar Nieten – ebenfalls Highlights, auch wenn hier nie die Raffinesse eines Legend of Grimrock 2 erreicht wird. Wenn künftige Patches nicht nur die maue Technik, sondern auch das unpraktische Inventar samt Speichersystem fixen, ist eine Aufwertung absolut drin – doch selbst dann wird aus The Bard's Tale 4 wahrscheinlich kein Top-Titel mehr.

Oct 20th, 2018 · Windows · read review

Jump Dash Roll (6 out of 10)

The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep is a frustrating mix of brilliance and bad design. Future updates may elevate it to something more but right now it, sadly, suffers from some broken strings.

Mar 21st, 2019 · Windows · read review

Wireframe (55 out of 100)

Unfortunately, every good idea Barrows Deep has is overshadowed by an extreme number of bugs, performance issues, and other technical problems. For example, every time the game is launched, it starts on the wrong screen, in the wrong resolution, and in German. From there, loading takes multiple minutes, textures pop in when they feel like it, everything stutters incessantly, and something as simple as opening the inventory causes the game to lock up for at least a second. These glaringly rough edges mar what might otherwise have been an immersive fantasy experience.

Nov 8th, 2018 · Windows

Gamereactor (Denmark) (5 out of 10)

Som det er, virker The Bard's Tale IV bare enormt gennemsnitligt. Jeg ville kalde det en uskyldig hyldest til gamle dage, hvis ikke spillet var så billigt at se på og så gennemplaget af tekniske problemer: billedhastigheden sakker permanent bagud, missioner sidder fast, spillet fryser, indlæsningstiderne er alt for lange, synsfeltvinklen giver kvalme og hele spillet lader til at være på randen af en blodprop. Mange af disse problemer kunne sikkert blive løst med tiden. Spørgsmålet er, om den jævne rollespilsoplevelse bag alle fejlene er værd at vente på. Det har desværre ikke været min erfaring.

Sep 21st, 2018 · Windows · read review

Destructoid (4.5 out of 10)

The Bard's Tale IV is an absolute mess. The framerate is all over the place, and bugs are constantly rearing their ugly head to impede or altogether halt progress. Sure, I'd love to save the world from the biggest baddie who has come from somewhere to ruin everything, but you're kidding yourself if you think it's worth slogging through the muck and the mire of The Bard's Tale IV to do so.

Oct 7th, 2018 · Windows · read review

GameSpot (4 out of 10)

Common wisdom and clichés aside, The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep proves you can go home again. But why would anyone want to? While the game re-creates what we played in the 1990s, misty water-colored memories of hours spent with Eye of the Beholder are not enough to fix numerous design miscues, performance problems, and bugs. This is a tough sell to all but the most dedicated and patient retro fan.

Sep 30th, 2018 · Windows · read review

TechRaptor (4 out of 10)

The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep hides a few good moments inside a mess of a game. It feels dated not for its old-school inspirations, but for its execution of those ideas. The world and story lack flavor, despite having a couple of memorable and funny characters. If the combat didn't move forward in odd performance hiccups, it would be enjoyable in itself. For die-hard fans of dungeon crawlers and puzzles, I'd say this is only barely worth a try. I think how InXile is resuscitating old-school games is great, but unfortunately, The Bard's Tale IV is a huge swing and a miss for me. For what it's worth, at least they swung.

Oct 1st, 2018 · Windows · read review

Rock, Paper, Shotgun N/A

For me, despite a genuinely good combat system, and the moments of respite found on occasions in the dungeons, I've had a predominantly dull time with The Bard's Tale IV. It's a very dull game in most respects.

Sep 19th, 2018 · Windows · read review

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