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You won't hear the usual CD putdowns ("Nice slide show man!") about Sega's Dark Wizard. Here's a strategy/role-playing game for the Sega CD that, while wonderfully appointed in digitized voices and sumptuous graphics, also has the right stuff in the gameplay department.
Overall Dark Wizard is one of the finest titles ever produced in my opinion. With the exception of Iron Storm (my second favorite turn based strategy game ever) on the Saturn and the Shining Force series no other turn based strategy game comes close. Not even the ultra hyped Final Fantasy Tactics with it's micro sized maps. If you happen to be one of the few who still own a Sega CD and are into this type of game then I highly recommend tracking a copy of this game down. This game is simply a must play for all fans of the genre.
I can wholly recommend Dark Wizard not only as one of the best games on the Sega CD, but as one of the best console strategy/RPG games ever released. Take some time to hunt this one down and spend some time in Quentin. You won't regret your purchase.
If you like Strategy/RPGs like Shining Force or Master of Monsters, then Dark Wizard is a must have. Sega is a master of this genre and it shows in quality and quantity. Unfortunately, this game is hard to find so good luck finding it...
Thanks to games like this, I'm a fan of Strategy/RPG games for life. Sure the battles can get repetitive, but I never seem to get tired of thinking in order to win (which of course, I always do!). There are four rulers to choose from when you begin: Armer IX (Prince), Robin (Cavalry Leader), Amon (Puppetmaster), and Krystal (Sorceress). No two games are ever the same, which helps the game's replay and overall value making it a must own for Sega CD owners and fans of Strategy/RPG adventures.
Although it sounds like a traditional role-player, Dark Wizard is really more of a war game and is best suited to players who like their carts heavy with strategy. Fantasy RPG fans will be disappointed, but if you like your characters armed to the teeth and ready to do battle, you've come to the right kingdom.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Another RPG for the Sega CD! Excellent cinemas and battle sequences will please Sega CD fans wanting more of this type of game for the system. Definitely not for all tastes, but fans of Lunar will enjoy it.