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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 4.0
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.6
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.8
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.5
Overall User Score (10 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Game Chronicles (Dec 12, 2004)
This is without a doubt one of the best RPG games I’ve played on the Xbox to date. It’s not as epic as KOTOR and your karma-building decisions aren’t as crucial to the gameplay, but this game packs in more humor and charm than anything I can remember. Whether you want to simply play a great adventure game or just laugh hysterically for a week or more of solid gaming, The Bard’s Tale is the perfect solution, and a game that I can’t recommend highly enough.
GameLemon (Mar 26, 2005)
For me the game delivered quite a few solid hours of fun and many moments of laugh-out-loud amusement. If you've read to this point, chances are that Bard's Tale will strike a pleasant note for you as well - pleasant enough to start out with a rental, at least. If Bard's Tale 2 ever happens, there is definitely potential for an emergence of new top-notch comedic game series that can stand proudly alongside classics of the genre, such as Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island. Toodaloo.
GameZone (Nov 16, 2004)
I know what you are thinking…“John, why should I play The Bard’s Tale and not Halo 2?” I’d like to make a stand that there are many titles sinking below radar because of the Halo 2 craze that deserve our attention. The Bard’s Tale is incredibly witty and creative, indicative when the CD cover instructs you to flip the disc over “for a really disturbing image” (though it took me a while to figure, I was horrified when I did). Though officially classified as an RPG, it urinates on what is traditionally demanded in the genre why still delivering a fun storyline you want to see.
RPGFan (Dec 16, 2004)
It's very easy to tell if The Bard's Tale is the right game for you; for those who find games such as the Monkey Island series and Grim Fandango to be their cup of tea, The Bard's Tale is the action-oriented title for them. Gamers who are looking for a serious romp will find no quarter here, however. Still, anyone who's willing to laugh at a good fart or beer joke will find themselves a game to enjoy.
XBox Front (Mar 31, 2005)
Eines Tages gruben einige findige Herren bei Ubisoft in ihren Wühlkisten in den dunkelsten Ecken und erinnerten sich, dass sie als junge Männer auf ihren alten Rechnern The Bards Tale Stunde um Stunde gespielt hatten. Was lag also näher, als dem Barden ein zeitgemäßes Outfit zu verleihen und ihn abermals auf eine lange Reise zur Rettung der Menschen und einer holden Maid zu schicken? Ob das Flair der alten Zeit wieder aufersteht oder der Barde ein Aufguss geworden ist, erfahrt ihr hier im Test.
IGN (Oct 21, 2004)
Brian Fargo, famed creator of seminal RPGs Baldur's Gate and Fallout is finally back in action with a re-telling of his original great, The Bard's Tale. Having formed his own company, inXile Entertainment, Fargo licensed the Snowblind Engine used to make Sony's Champions of Norrath and created a rather unique, if somewhat familiar, top-down fantasy role-playing game. While The Bard's Tale may look like every other top-down perspective RPG hack-n-slash you've played in the past, it is not. The Bard's Tale is a lampooning of the entire genre with a hero who is often more despicable than the villains and a magic system that is unlike anything done before.
80 (Jun 30, 2005)
Trotz einiger Längen und des geringen Umfangs war The Bard‘s Tale sehr amüsant und teils erfrischend anders. Die vielen Parodien und der schwarze Humor sorgten dank erstklassiger Lokalisierung ebenfalls immer wieder für gehobenen Spielspaß. In den Genreklischees, die inXile schonungslos durch den Kakao zog, ist aber auch der Barde gelegentlich stecken geblieben, so dass unterm Strich zwar ein herrlich zynisches Rollenspielerlebnis strahlt, das rein spielerisch jedoch nicht so viele Akzente zu setzen vermochte wie erhofft und darüber hinaus ohne den sonst üblichen Koop-Modus auskommen muss. Wer auf unkomplizierte Hack‘n‘Slay-Kost à la Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance oder Champions of Norrath steht, wird dennoch seine Freude mit dem tollpatschigen Barden und seinen Missgeschicken haben, die kein Rollenspielerauge trocken lassen dürften.
X-Power (May 16, 2005)
We kunnen met een gerust hart zeggen dat The Bard’s Tale een erg aangename game is geworden zonder een revolutie te ontketenen. Eigenlijk mogen we het wel niet echt catalogeren onder het RPG genre en is het meer een combinatie van hack & slash met wat RPG invloeden. Echt zwakke punten zijn er niet en buiten de spitsvondige humor en de leuke accenten van de personages zijn er ook geen buitensporige sterke prestaties. Bovendien heeft een zeer respectabele lengte zonder dat het langdradig wordt. Gewoon een oerdegelijke game waar niemand een miskoop mee doet.
The Bard's Tale features three different endings, but the story is not significantly different. After all is said and done, The Bard's Tale is enjoyable for a single play-through, but the gameplay and extras are probably not enough to entice most gamers for a second round. It's recommended for RPGers who will enjoy a Monty Python style comedic RPG that spoofs RPGs.
Extreme Gamer (Dec 31, 2003)
The Bards Tale is one of the best role playing experiences for the Xbox console in 2004. It's unfortunate that the public hasn't taken notice of The Bards Tale, but we are glad to help pronounce its greatness. If you have the time, rent or pick up InXiles The Bards Tales. It's a true hidden gem.
If you like dungeon-crawling and giggling, play The Bard's Tale. While the repetitive combat and dated graphics keep me from awarding it the FFC Gold Star, I got a lot of mileage out of it on my own personal Fun-O-Meter.
GameSpy (Oct 26, 2004)
As I recently noted in my column, the action-RPG genre is burgeoning. With numerous fantasy-based titles on the market, developers are looking at different settings in which to place the popular gameplay style. Before those settings are saturated, inXile takes a satirical look at all the fantasy action-RPGs with The Bard's Tale. Though it bears the same name as the classic '80s RPG, this iteration of The Bard's Tale isn't like its predecessors. It's an action-packed game with great characters, a fantastic script, and excellent voice acting. It's an extremely humorous tale that's especially suited to gamers that have played one too many titles in which they've saved the world as the chosen one.
Diehard GameFan (Nov 03, 2004)
You need to play this game. You need to hear the songs and view the creatures and enjoy the dialogue and have fun playing a very hard but rewarding game that is as silly as it is addictive. It’s as good as Dark Alliance 2, but in very different ways. It’s going to come down to one of these as the best action RPG for 2004. You might as well grab both if you can and see how different two companies can use one engine.
74 (Apr 14, 2005)
Es ist wirklich toll mit dem Barden Abenteuer zu erleben. Die Technik stimmt und Dialoge sorgen für viele Lacher. Dennoch geht mir der Sarkasmus des Barden an mancher Stelle nicht weit genug – das ist jedoch Geschmackssache. Was wirklich negativ auffällt ist das limitierte Inventar und das umständliche Gezaubere. Hier hätte ein wirklich einfaches System wesendlich bessere Dienste geleistet. Ein weiteres großes Manko ist der nicht vorhandene Zweispieler-Modus. Gerade bei solchen Spielen ist dies heutzutage ein Muss! Dennoch: Erfahrene RPG-Solisten, die Ihr Lieblings-Genre gerne mal auf die Schippe genommen sehen wollen, müssen unbedingt zugreifen!
70 (Mar 24, 2005)
En misant tout sur son ambiance décalée et sur le caractère acerbe du personnage principal, The Bard's Tale parvient à se démarquer des autres hack'n slash du moment malgré d'énormes simplifications de gameplay. Les nombreuses invocations apportent d'ailleurs beaucoup à l'intérêt du jeu, même si celui-ci ne nous fera pas oublier les titres de Snowblind.
1UP (Jan 19, 2005)
It may be called The Bard's Tale, just like the Amiga roleplaying classic, but the true ancestor of inXile's enjoyable action-RPG is Earthbound. Like Nintendo's cult classic, it's a game with likable characters, a sharply-developed sense of humor, and somewhat perfunctory gameplay.
Xbox Gazette (May 10, 2005)
Un peu moins de 20 heures seront nécessaires pour atteindre la princesse, une durée de vie raisonnable comparée à la concurrence, mais qui se trouve considérablement augmentée à cause d'une difficulté trop élevée par moment. Pour les habitués, ce sera probablement une promenade de santé, mais seront-ils prêt à se lancer une énième fois dans un jeu du genre certes rigolo, mais globalement ennuyeux. Le déjà vu déborde de ce soft, si vous souhaitez un RPG évolué, préférez les récents Jade Empire ou Kotor II, plus jolis, plus longs, plus sympas, plus mieux.
GameSpot (Oct 25, 2004)
The Bard's Tale is a decent dungeon crawler that invests some energy into lampooning role-playing games and high fantasy in general. Despite the fact that it bears the name of a much-loved mid-'80s computer role-playing game, and despite the fact that it's the handiwork of one of that game's creators, InXile's reenvisioning of The Bard's Tale is not a nostalgia piece for fans of old PC RPGs. Borrowing Snowblind's Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance engine, as well as its overall structure, The Bard's Tale is a decent dungeon crawler that invests some energy into lampooning RPGs and high fantasy in general, but like a stand-up act about airline food or the line at the post office, its perspective isn't very interesting, and it lacks any real follow-through. If you're not looking for the sequel to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and can see your past a few problems, you'll find that The Bard's Tale is a fair action RPG.
"The Bard's Tale" is one of the few games that is downright funny, and there were honest laugh-out-loud moments sprinkled throughout it that kept me playing. But this isn't the best use I've ever seen of the "Baldur's Gate" engine, and the action and animation seemed dated and awkward. It gets three stars for the fabulous story and acting. If only the game didn't get in the way.
G4 TV: X-Play (Mar 24, 2006)
The Bard’s Tale could’ve been a great game, but focuses more on being funny and irreverent than being a solid action/RPG and ends up being pretty average. While humor and good writing is a noble goal, it’s something that enhances a solid game, not mitigates a less-than-stellar one.
60 (UK) (May 05, 2005)
For a genre that takes itself seriously to a fault, it's amazing that it's taken all this time for someone to poke fun at RPGs. In those bad old good old days when computers used to be steam powered [we really have come full circle -Ed] and required smacking like naughty children every now and then, Fergus McNeil and his Delta 4 gang were always taking the rise out of chin-stroking fantasy adventures, and for good reason. The comedy value in these mystical, dungeon-roaming, spell-casting epics is there for all to see. From the clichéd dim-witted yokel characters and hackneyed storylines of princesses stuck in towers to the faintly ridiculous game mechanics that see animals coughing up coins upon their death and the ritual destruction of barrels. RPGs may have gotten away with all manner of unselfconscious nonsense for the past quarter of a century, but no more.
Just Adventure (Jan 11, 2005)
If you’re a real RPG junkie (which I freely admit I am), the fresh, irreverent, humorous tone of Bard’s Tale may be entertaining enough for you to ignore the fact that it’s sitting on top of a pretty mundane, flat game experience. If you aren’t as seduced by the jokes, you’ll probably be better off by playing any number of meatier RPG choices out there.
Game Revolution (Nov, 2004)
Want to really piss off the D&D geeks in your school, dorm, office, or extended family? Then try this: the next time they’re planning a rousing game of pen and paper, ask politely to join in the festivities. Don’t worry’ they’ll let you come along even if you’re a total D&D newbie (a new party member IS a new member, after all, which at the very least means there will likely be a dead, lootable body in the immediate future). Obviously, you’ll show up unprepared and will have to create a new character.