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Written by  :  Dmichal (529)
Written on  :  Feb 07, 2004
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Great hack and slash game that turns out decent RPG/Adventure as well

The Good

The gameplay mostly is tried and true hack and slash, mixed with mostly FedEx -type quests, some puzzle-solving, so it has all the elements of a decent RPG/Adventure one expects from 3DO's Might and Magic series. Giant outdoor and indoor areas in glorious 3D to explore. Third person behind the shoulder view of your character, who is alone in contrast to other Might and Magic games. Mouse-look greatly helps to control where you're looking and going (M&M series games didn't have it before this one). Big variety of NPCs, shops, dungeons, etc. The spells increase in power with each found "tome" and also start hitting multiple enemies at once, or have area effects. Big variety of weapons and armor. The Boomer Axe is the coolest weapon I've seen in an RPG so far - it flies, rebounds off enemies and obstacles, and then always returns into your hand! The "Bullet Time" effect was used in this game before the movie "Matrix" came out. When you attain a new level - you get a fly-by 360 degree 3D view of your character with the enemy bodies and weapons frozen in mid-air, that can only be described as unforgettable!

The Bad

No lip-sync when NPCs talk. Too many skeletons (then again you're fighting a necromancer)! At least one extremely hard puzzle (involving ore cart). Low polygon models. Also somewhat limited inventory space.

The Bottom Line

Great mix of Hack and Slash with RPG/Adventure. If you liked "Drakan", "Blade of the Darkness" or "Die by the Sword", or are a fan of the Might and Magic series - don't miss this game! For the rest - I still recommend trying it - won't cost you much now that it's bargain bin title, and you just might get addicted to it like I did!