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IGN (Jan 13, 2011)
If you don’t expect much from it, you’ll have a pretty good time with Venetica. However, without the patience to figure out quests and gameplay elements on your own, you’ll end up incredibly frustrated. If you don’t need a game to hold your hand, or mind that it’s not up to snuff in the graphics or combat departments, you’ll find that questing around Venice is a good time.
GameSpot (Jan 26, 2011)
Venetica has too many flaws in just about every facet to make for an engrossing role-playing experience.
Legendra (Aug 07, 2012)
Deck13 y était presque, ai-je envie de dire. Avec son héroïne charismatique pour la forme et ses fragrances mortuaires pour le fond, Venetica possède assez d’arguments en sa faveur pour amuser les plus tolérants d’entre vous. Car malheureusement, l'expérience du jeu est noyée sous une légion de défauts techniques, d'autant plus consternant que le potentiel était bel et bien là pour faire de ce titre une valeur sûre. Finalement Venise n'a pas pris l'eau, ça manquait juste de gondoliers pour mener le joueur à bon port.
GamePro (US) (Feb 01, 2011)
I did have fun with Venetica -- a lot of fun, actually. But I can't forgive its bevy of bugs. I lost several hours whenever the game froze during saves. Toward the end, an important event didn't trigger properly -- and after four attempts to make it work, I shut down my PS3 and restarted. The scene then worked. And, of course, we've got the problem of crucial text dropping out for lines of miniature 1s and 0s during a boss fight. Games shouldn't reach retail in this condition, and while I'd love to give Venetica a higher score, Atari should've never allowed Venetica to reach the market in its current state; if I wasn't required to finish the game for my review, I would've put it back in the box after a few hours because of the save bugs.
Venetica was an exercise in frustration for me. I was compelled forward by some of the mid-game events, but overall nothing presented a huge challenge. Almost every breakable pot had coins in it, so I was never poor. Single opponents were almost helpless to my strings of combos. The biggest struggle became trying to read the mini-map. With all of its flaws and its dearth of enjoyable sequences, I can recommend Venetica to the most patient and dedicated of action-RPG fans. The majority of gamers will grow frustrated and even angry with this trial of a title in its early stages.
Gaming Age (Jan 25, 2011)
Venetica is clearly a game that needed some serious love when it came to QA, and it obviously didn't get any. I'm not sure if the issue was budget, time, or just general indifference, but this is a game that I'd highly suggest avoiding, no matter how bored you've become with the sparse offerings in the winter months. It's definitely not worth your time or aggravation, and I highly suggest you pass this one up.

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