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WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW) (Jul, 2003)
Still, Shadowbane has jolted much-needed new life into the massively multiplayer genre—a genre that was showing every sign of being drowned in a flood of derivative games. It’s a brave attempt at something new, and it succeeds. Play to crush it you want, but you’ll get more satisfaction from playing to create an empire.
MacintoshMac Addict (Aug, 2003)
Overall, however, whether you're a newbie or an experienced MMORPGer, Shadowbane has a lot more going for it than against it--especially its safehold scheme and quick level-jumping. Go ahead--grab a copy, go online, and indulge your fantasies.
WindowsGameplanet (May 07, 2003)
FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS YOU can aspire to greatness: develop a character, join a guild and use your skills to help build a virtual empire… or destroy one. Shadowbane is Wolfpack Studios' ambitious and long-awaited offering for those in the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) community who are seeking the total package… but does it deliver? Read on to find out!
WindowsGameSpy (Jun 01, 2003)
If you only play Shadowbane for two or three weeks, you'll miss out on much of what the game has to offer, and it may seem as if the game is barely more than hack-and-slash. But if the idea of politics, sieges and large-scale warfare in your MMORPG appeal to you, and you're willing to wait out the stability and lag issues, Shadowbane may be just the game you're looking for.
WindowsGameSpot (Apr 11, 2003)
It's true that Shadowbane's design has a few questionable aspects, and that figuring out how to use the game's interface can be a chore. There's also no denying that Shadowbane is going through some growing pains, and that it has yet to prove whether the town sieges will be any fun. But there's no denying that when you find a good group and you're fighting, chatting, and gaining levels, Shadowbane is at least as good as EverQuest and Dark Age of Camelot. And though at first you may ask yourself if you really need another game that plays, for the most part, like both of those games, you may eventually be so busy fighting that you'll forget the question.
WindowsIGN (May 05, 2003)
Overall Shadowbane is a decent game. It’s not great by any means, but it does provide one of the most satisfactory Player vs. Player experiences of any current online world. The fast leveling is great to get right to the action, but without skill respecs it means you will be erasing and remaking the same character multiple times if you want to be at peak efficiency. Most casual players will never experience how in-depth the city creation and guild system is, so it removes a large part of the game for them. Shadowbane is a good game for “hardcore” MMORPG fans. Unfortunately, this is not the game for someone who is new to online worlds or for anyone who detests Player vs. Player combat.
WindowsGameplay (Benelux) (Feb 28, 2004)
Zeker niet voor iedereen weggelegd, maar de moeite waard voor de die-hard Player versus Player fanaat.
WindowsPC Action (Mar 11, 2004)
Ob ich nun Shadowbane, Horizons oder Dark Age of Camelot spiele, irgendwie ist's immer dasselbe. Immerhin weht hier durch die möglichen Belagerungen wenigstensein frischer Windhauch durchs Genre, wenn auch ein lauer.
WindowsPC Games (Germany) (Mar 18, 2004)
Die Gretchen-Frage lautet: Warum sollte jemand Shadowbane spielen, wenn es Everquest und Dark Age of Camelot gibt? Die Grafik gleicht schon beinahe Spielen aus der Anfangszeit der 3D-Ära: Kantige Gebäude stehen auf trostlosen Einöden. Auch steuerungstechnisch gibt sich Shadowbane altmodisch: Ihre Figur dirigieren Sie umständlich per Mausklicks über die Landschaft, anstatt sie mithilfe der Tastatur zu lenken. Wenn auf dem Laufweg ein Hindernis ist, versagt die Wegfindung.
WindowsGame Informer Magazine (Jun, 2003)
It’s a difficult proposition to release a medieval-themed massively multiplayer RPG these days – a difficult proposition at best. If you’re a developer, you have to think to yourself, "Okay, what hasn’t been done?" That question alone could fry your brain, but striking the perfect balance between including things which have worked in other games, and making your title seem fresh and new has to be daunting to say the least. The Shadowbane team has attacked this problem with control in mind; as in, players control the world. If you want to start your own guild, town, business, whatever; you’re able to do it. There’s a lot of appeal in being able to effectively shape your playing environment, but the nuts and bolts of actual gameplay come up short for this release.
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG) (Sep 11, 2003)
As usual, if you aren’t a big fan of RPGs, don’t like dealing with hit points and sword attack ratings, than you should stay away. Fans of RPGs in general will enjoy how this game is run, and those with lots of patience will be rewarded when they gain enough levels to start taking part in the in-game politics. Having the major purpose of the game to make player characters interact is a laudable goal, something that has been absent in even some of the most successful pay-to-play games. If the system continues, and players stay interested, the game will go a long way. So don your medieval fantasy caps, buy a copy of Shadowbane, and help support the growing player communities.
60 (Feb 05, 2004)
Shadowbane s'adresse à un type de joueurs bien particulier : ceux qui aiment le PvP (le combat entre joueurs), qui trouveront là de quoi trucider en toute quiétude leurs partenaires de jeu à grande échelle. Professions et disciplines sont nombreuses et bien équilibrées, et le système de guildes est complet. Hélas de nombreux défauts gâchent le plaisir, à commencer par l'absence de quêtes et la réalisation très moyenne pour ne pas dire décevante. En plus, il n'est pas rare de remarquer des ralentissements et autres lags qui s'invitent dans les parties. Bref, même si Shadowbane est un jeu trop moyen pour intéresser les masses, il pourra plaire aux joueurs prêts à lui pardonner ses quelques défauts et qui recherchent avant tout l'aspect PvP.
MacintoshMac Gamer (Jun 05, 2003)
Shadowbane, unquestionably, goes where few (if any) games have gone before. The fun factor is definitely there and some truly unique gameplay can be had. Unfortunately, Shadowbane also makes it extremely difficult to get where you're going; from the disorienting newbie experience of becoming familiar with how the game works to the persistent, strange bugs which make what should be straightfoward gaming a real pain to the sluggish performance and peculiar interface design... this isn't a game the player can slip into with any real ease. Yes, there is fun to be had while playing Shadowbane, but you have to really want it in order to turn a blind eye to the irritations along the way.
WindowsJoystick (French) (Mar, 2004)
Shadowbane est un MMORPG moche, techniquement dépassé, qui pourrait pourtant passionner une tranche bien précise de joueurs. Pas les artisans, pas les chasseurs de monstres, mais les amoureux de la guerre et de la stratégie. Diplomatie fine, gestion et batailles rangées au menu.
WindowsGameStar (Germany) (Apr, 2004)
Shadowbane war schon in den USA nur eine Randerscheinung, in Europa wird der Titel untergehen. Klar, dass man da den Spielern mit dreisten Tricks noch schnell das Geld aus der Tasche zieht: Wer Rassen wie die geflügelten Nephilim von Beginn an spielen will, muss ein Jahresabo abschließen. Ansonsten sind diese Helden-Varianten erst nach ein paar Monaten Spielzeit zugänglich. ZUdem vermiesen die altmodische Grafik sowie die verkorkste Bedienung den Spaß.
MacintoshmacHOME (2003)
Shadowbane deserves kudos for its ambitious attempt to build upon the genre of MMORPG pioneered by games such as Everquest or Mythic's Dark Age of Camelot ($20, PC only, Yet Shadowbane could use a lot more refining and streamlining, thereby affording players a better opportunity to enjoy this epic game.