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AceGamez (Nov 19, 2006)
Eragon is an excellent treat for fans of the books and soon to be fans of the film. The game covers a lot of territory while doing a great job of bringing a decent amount of challenge and thrills to the masses. While it's not clear if we'll see more interactive works based on the series, the talented folks over at Stormfront have done the source material proud with yet another fine fantasy-based action game.
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Worth Playing (Nov 23, 2006)
While it's true that Eragon is not a game that will change your life or keep you hooked to your TV for 60 hours, it is a really damned fun co-op title where you and a buddy can wreak havoc on big orc-like critters with sick-looking neck-snapping and gut-stabbing moves.
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4Players.de (Dec 05, 2006)
Eragon ist ein prima Hack-n-Slay in schöner Herr der Ringe-Tradition - allerdings nur vom zweiten Teil, die Fortschritte des dritten, der ja seinerzeit auch nicht von Stormfront entwickelt wurde, müssen, mit Ausnahme des vorbildlichen Koop-Modus', leider draußen bleiben: Ihr lernt mit der Zeit keine neuen Angriffe, keine neue Magie, das Spiel bietet euch die ganze Zeit über kaum mehr, als was ihr von Anfang an drauf habt - schade. In Sachen Technik ist Eragon einfach nur nett, sowohl im positiven als auch negativen Sinne: Es berührt kaum, es feuert kaum Emotionen an, es ist nur nett und eine Weile unterhaltsam. Aber das bessere Drachenreiterspiel bleibt nach wie vor das sieben Jahre alte Drakan.
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Gamesmania.de (Dec 06, 2006)
Es ist wie so oft. Was hätte man nicht alles aus dem Stoff machen können. Aktuell lese ich das zweite Buch der Eragon-Reihe und finde die Geschichte toll. Deshalb stört es mich ganz besonders, dass im Spiel nur kleine Geschichtsfetzen präsentiert werden. Eragon hat so viel mehr zu bieten, aber das wurde auch schon oft an Lizenzprodukten zum Herrn der Ringe bemängelt. Übrig bleibt ein 08/15-Actionspiel, das auch komplett anders heißen könnte.
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Game Informer Magazine (Feb 01, 2006)
Because of Lord of the Rings: Two Towers and Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone, developer Stormfront Studios is no stranger to movie-based hack n’ slash or games involving magic and dragons. For some reason, this talented studio just couldn’t find its groove with Eragon. The game boasts a handful of interesting ideas – such as track-based dragon riding and action-packed finishing moves – but the core gameplay just doesn’t have any fire to it. Your sword attacks feel weak, and casting a spell takes far too long to ever be useful. You can definitely see moments of the brilliance that you would expect from Stormfront, but it’s hidden within mediocrity.
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Planet Xbox 360 (Jan 16, 2007)
Eragon is a mediocre title that fails be become a good movie-based game or a very bad one. The game's character models, voice-acting, and sweeping fantasy score are the only items that hold-up throughout the experience, with the combat system loosing its luster early due to overly repetitive gameplay. Average gamers will complete the game on hard in under nine-hours and with no draw to play it again; it is hard to recommend this as anything other than a one-day rental for even a fan of the source material.
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GamesAreFun.com (GAF) (Dec 20, 2006)
For the most part, Eragon is a solid game. Nothing stands out as being particularly noteworthy in it, but it's not bug-ridden and may provide a worthy adventure to play through for fans of the franchise. If you're looking for a fun action game though, it'd probably be best to look elsewhere. That is, unless you're looking for some easy achievements to earn.
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Game Chronicles (Dec 17, 2006)
Loyal fans of the books will probably want to check this game out, but in actuality those are the same fans that will suffer the most disappointment. Having never read the book or watched the movie I was able to approach Eragon from a purely gaming standpoint and was totally disappointed. Not only did it not live up to the franchise material upon which it was based, it just wasn't a good game. Eragon is short, linear, easy, and failed to engage me past the first or second level, by which time you have pretty much seen and done most everything you are going to do in the game. Sure, they mix up the environments and throw in some clumsy dragon levels, but at the end of the day or the game (whichever comes first), you'll come away with sore thumbs and a serious mood of regret for having spent any time with this lifeless adventure.
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GameZone (Nov 29, 2006)
Eragon is a game that could have been a lot better but falls apart due to a most likely rushed development cycle to have this game released the same time the movie comes out. Even though the Xbox 360 version contains two additional levels and boss fight this is not really worth the price of admission since there are so many better games already out on the market.
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Jolt (UK) (Dec 22, 2006)
Eragon is a case of a developer attempting to tick boxes for the sake of a license rather than trying to create a truly entertaining piece of software. Littered with occasionaly glimmers of hope, Vivendi’s attempt to create a true killer-app sadly falls flat, with most of the game feeling uninspired and largely by-the-numbers. Bound to entertain the odd movie goer, Eragon holds little charm for anyone else and feels entirely run-of-the-mill throughout.
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MS Xbox World (Jan 05, 2007)
Eragon isn’t a bad game per se but is ultimately an average affair as it offers very little innovation to hack and slash gaming. The production values in general appear to be quite high and it does a reasonable job of being entertaining whilst it lasts. There are a few encounters that are pretty dull especially the boss battles which seem to drag on unnecessarily. To say the game is worthy of a purchase I would perhaps say only if you really enjoyed the film and even then there really isn’t much on offer once the story has been completed. For a rental game on a cold winters day then sure Eragon might be worthy here but if you are looking for a deep meaningful game then perhaps you would be better off looking elsewhere.
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Just RPG (Feb 16, 2007)
Eragon isn't an awful game, but it's not worth your hard-earned cash, either. It's a decent rental to play over a weekend with a friend, but otherwise you'd probably be better off avoiding this one. If you're dying to play a game like this, then EA's Lord of the Rings games are very similar and far superior. And if you're a die hard Eragon fan, then go with the GBA version instead and you'll be a lot happier.
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Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 24, 2006)
Au bout du compte, on a le sentiment que Stormfront a souhaité proposer un beat'em all simplifié à l'extrême pour s'adapter à un public plus jeune que pour les Deux Tours, mais le résultat est bien en-dessous de nos attentes. Sachant que notre personnage ne profite même pas des améliorations obtenues lorsqu'il revient dans un ancien niveau, on a bien du mal à trouver la motivation nécessaire pour fouiller tous les environnements du jeu à la recherche de quelques bonus cachés. D'autant que ces derniers ne donnent accès qu'à des interviews, et que seule la version Xbox 360 bénéficie de niveaux supplémentaires à débloquer. On espère donc que l'équipe Stormfront saura se ressaisir rapidement pour nous faire oublier cet accident de parcours.
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Gamers' Temple, The (Dec 04, 2006)
Eragon continues the age old tradition of mediocrity in movie-licensed games.
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GamingExcellence (Mar 27, 2007)
Eragon isn’t an awful game. The problem is that what is there isn’t good. There’s not a lot of gameplay to keep someone playing for very long, and that’s including the secrets. The controls are mediocre, but the combat feels too simple, since only one or two moves are really needed, and the AI can just easily get kicked off edges anyway. The plot is too thin to entice anyone new to the story, and there’s just not enough there to interest anyone else.
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GameTrailers (Nov 30, 2006)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Return of the King had a lot of things going for them. An RPG-style upgrade system; multiple, varied playable characters; fantastic graphics for their day; and one of the greatest stories ever told holding it all together. Eragon has almost none of that. The battle system is fairly shallow; the dragon riding is plagued by bad collision and controls; the presentation isn’t up to Xbox 360 standards; and the story is merely decent. Eragon follows the status quo by being yet another cog in the feature-length motion picture marketing machine.
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TeamXbox (Nov 27, 2006)
Unless you're a big fan of the books, there's really not any reason that you should purchase Eragon. The game doesn't feature much in the way of plot exposition (a shame, since I'd heard very good things about the book), and the presentation is just plain awful. I mean, you know it's bad when you are simply told between levels that you've learned new abilities or gained new weapons. Nearly every aspect of Eragon is a disappointment, from its straight-outta-the-current-gen graphics to its poor in-game camera.
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IGN (Nov 21, 2006)
Eragon fails at telling the story it is based on and has some of the worst options we've seen in recent history. Some of the environments are well done. The spells could use work and this is a port from the old generation. Standard fantasy game music and decent voice acting. The combat system starts off well but doesn't expand as the game progresses. It's short and you won't care to play it again.
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Game Vortex (Dec 16, 2006)
As movie licensed games go, Eragon is about as bad as they get. The concept is there, but nothing works. It is a simple matter of the concept not being a great match for the license.
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Scores of less than 50% generally indicate some sort of game-breaking technical flaw, unforgivable glitches or an Entomologist's dream serving of bugs. But in the case of Eragon, it's the simple fact that the game is absolute crap. Awful graphics, pedestrian gameplay, and about as much depth as the average puddle, Eragon lacks any sort of redeeming qualities...with the exception of just how quickly the painful ordeal is over. Only fans in dire need of the bonus materials or the most desperate and hardened of Gamerscore Whores will even be bothered trying to harvest this game's yield, but for everyone else, stay far, far away from this stinker.
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Eragon. Children are starving; why was this game made?
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GameSpot (Dec 11, 2006)
Eragon relies entirely on tedious, unenthusiastic gameplay that's way too shallow to sustain interest for more than a few minutes.
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UOL Jogos (Jan 05, 2007)
"Eragon" até poderia ser um bom jogo, pois traz gráficos decentes e as lutas soam interessantes. Mas tudo é posto a perder com controles desgovernados em que o resultado do combate parece ser definido pelo destino. Há ainda poucos bons momentos, mas o game não escapa da monotonia e da frustração.
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Video Game Talk (Nov 29, 2006)
Eragon is easily one of the worst Xbox 360 games I've played in the past few months. The repetitive gameplay, ugly graphics, muddled presentation, pathetic achievements, terrible extras and extremely short campaign will send Eragon to the bargain bin in a matter of weeks. This 360 game isn't worth the plastic disc it's printed on. Parents should avoid picking this title up for their kids, no matter how fanatical they are about the movie / book.
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Gaming Nexus (Jan 04, 2007)
One of the worst games I’ve ever played. Tedious, unimaginative, button masher that offers little new to chew on. Well below average graphics, especially for a Xbox 360. Definitely stay away from this game if you really like the Eragon movie and books, (or any movies and books for that matter) you’ll be disappointed.
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GameSpy (Nov 29, 2006)
There's nothing in Eragon that hasn't been better executed in a host of other games. And while fans of the book might forgive some of its faults, it's equally possible that they'll be even more annoyed than other gamers because Eragon failed so miserably to live up to its potential. That's a real shame, because Stormfront Studios proved with The Two Towers that they absolutely were capable of delivering what Eragon required. But as a whole, Eragon feels rushed and slapped-together as a low-budget attempt to cash in on the holiday film release and make a quick buck from the fans before word gets out that it's not worth half its retail price.
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videogamer.com (Dec 07, 2006)
Casting judgement on Eragon is not a difficult act. Cynicism aside (of course its purpose is to cash-in on the books/film), there is nothing in Eragon to warrant playing it, unless you're a hardcore achievement-point chaser or must have everything Eragon-related. When you consider that the 360 already has other similar titles - think Ninety-Nine Nights, Dynasty Warriors, hell, even Kameo - all of which are better games (yes, all of them!), you just don't need this. Based on the on-foot levels alone, this would be poor. But when you add in the frustration and pointlessness of the Saphira levels, it just gets worse. Lovers of the book and/or film may find slightly more to enjoy here than out-and-out gamers, but they'll probably be more disappointed given the higher expectations they'll have. Either way, it's a pretty awful attempt to successfully cross the media-divide, so hopes will have to be pinned elsewhere.
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Game Revolution (Dec 08, 2006)
Though it doesn’t need to be easier at all. Eragon is a breeze in six to eight hours, and no part, even the final battle, really tasks any of your elite or even rudimentary gaming skills. There is little replay value - the only unlockable items are interviews with the game’s dull creators which are unlocked by finding the “secret egg” in each level. There’s a “super secret” bonus for collecting all the eggs, but I need to play that much Eragon as much as you need to go buy it.
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Eurogamer.net (UK) (Dec 01, 2006)
It's unfortunate that Sierra has fallen on its sword so heavily with this ill-conceived film tie-in. Eragon drags up torrid memories of the bad old days when movie licensed games were not only terrible games, but had sod-all to do with the subject matter. Judged on its own merits, it's clearly below par game in every single area imaginable. Technically bereft, poorly designed and coma-inducing to play, it's about as far away from being an example of where gaming is today as you can imagine. Even the most fanatical followers of the novels and the forthcoming movie will be well-advised to steer well clear - unless you actually want to find out what constitutes a dreadful action adventure.
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Taken from the back-of-the-box blurb: If you have a friend nearby, you can play cooperatively, but then you might end up with one less friend. At least they're honest.