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4Players.de (Sep 17, 2009)
Im Gegensatz zu Assassin's Creed II führt euch Venetica in ein Venedig, das seine besten Zeiten längst hinter sich hat. Die herunter gekommene Handelsmetropole ist ein Hort für Korruption, in dem dunkle Mächte das Sagen haben. Doch als uneheliche Tochter von Gevatter Tod habt ihr die Möglichkeit das zu ändern: Ob aus Liebe, Pflichtbewusstsein oder Rache, bleibt euch überlassen. Der Weg ans Ziel bietet jedenfalls einige Verzweigungen, genauso wie die Entwicklung eures Charakters und die Zusammenarbeit mit verschiedenen Interessensgemeinschaften. [...]Das spielerische Grundgerüst ist jedenfalls sehr motivierend, das Kampfsystem aber vergleichsweise simpel und die technische Umsetzung ziemlich durchwachsen.
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Gamezone (Germany) (Dec 23, 2009)
Der Titel vermag zwar anfänglich nicht mit seiner Story zu überzeugen, doch hat man sich in die Welt eingefunden, finden sich viele nette Geschichten und ein glaubwürdiger Plot – der aber leider wie am PC etwas zu langweilig inszeniert wurde. Die Thematik der Totenwelt wurde gelungen ins Spiel integriert und entfaltet vor allem im späteren Verlauf zahlreiche spielerische Möglichkeiten, auch wenn sicherlich deutlich mehr drin gewesen wäre. Vor allem die Bosskämpfe sorgen noch für Dämpfer im ansonsten recht spaßigen Abenteuer, welches eher als „Fable“ zu verstehen ist, als ein reinrassiges Rollenspiel. Technisch besehen haben sich die Jungs und Mädels bei der Portierung keine weiteren Fehler mehr erlaubt und das Erlebnis vom PC recht getreu auf die Konsole gebracht, dabei aber die zahlreichen Programmierfehler zumindest weitestgehend vermieden.
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Meristation (Feb 25, 2010)
Venetica es un juego con muchas limitaciones, que lastran el acabado general de la producción. Técnicamente es correcto pero sin grandes alardes, la jugabilidad podría dar mucho más de sí en el terreno de los combates, la personalización es escasa, y la experiencia no es demasiado profunda por lo general. Pero lo mejor de todo es que se percibe el cariño puesto por Deck 13 y su habilidad para superar los obstáculos que se le presentaban, completando un título con personalidad propia, buenos diseños y, sobre todo, gran capacidad de diversión. Es una experiencia muy entretenida que, aunque hacia el final decae un poco por el aumento de los combates, mantiene el tipo durante toda la aventura. Venetica nos deja con buen sabor de boca, al convertirse en una alternativa interesante dentro del catálogo de PC y Xbox 360, sobre todo para los que quieran iniciarse en el género.
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XGN (Feb 09, 2010)
Scarlett is wellicht de gamebabe van 2010, maar dat betekent niet dat Venetica de RPG van 2010 is. De game heeft last van framedrops en verschillende bugs die het gameplezier een beetje bederven. Gelukkig is het verhaal interessant genoeg om je tot het einde vast te houden en dit neemt flink wat uurtjes in beslag, zo'n 20 á 25 uur. Wanneer moet je deze game halen? Als je een Fable-achtige RPG wilt spelen, verwacht echter geen Fable kwaliteit, of je van het levelen en uitbouwen van je personage houdt.
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MAN!AC (Jan, 2010)
Scarlett, du listiges Prachtstück! Bist sexy auf den ersten Blick, doch birgst auch grob aufgelöste Texturen und zu spät ins Bild ploppende Bodenobjekte. Bewegst dich elegant, doch variantenarme Nebenfiguren staksen hölzern durch Levelschläuche. Sprichst mit toller Stimme, aber warum redet die Magd mit gleicher Intonation? ”Venetica” besitzt offensichtliche Macken (schwachsinnige NPCs, schlechte Kamera, Sprachfehler) und selbst mit weiteren sechs Monaten Entwicklungszeit wäre nicht alles ausgebügelt. Scheitert das Spiel letztlich an Überambitioniertheit? Ich sage: nein. Trotz Mängel lässt sich ”Venetica” (übrigens im Gegensatz zur PC-Version) ohne Hänger angenehm in etwa 20 Stunden durchspielen. Die lineare, aber spannende Story und die rudimentäre Charakterentwicklung sind ideal für Rollenspiel-Frischlinge, auch wenn die flotten Kämpfe gute Reaktionen erfordern. Wermutstropfen: Gleichzeitig schwindet dadurch der Wiederspielwert.
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InsideGamer (Feb 25, 2010)
Venetica heeft best het een ander te bieden. Het verhaal is niet slecht en het geheel ziet er bij vlagen mooi uit. Helaas staat daar wel tegenover dat het vechtsysteem erg simpel is, de game technisch niet altijd even foutloos is en je een net-niet open wereld voorgeschoteld krijgt.
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Vandal Online (Mar 02, 2010)
Aunque son muchos y evidentes sus defectos, sobre todo un aspecto técnico nefasto y con muchos errores, y no ser nada revolucionario ni diferenciador de tantos juegos de rol y acción, con unos simples combates no muy emocionantes, el caso es que el juego engancha e incita a seguir siendo jugado gracias a un desarrollo con bastante libertad, con multitud de búsquedas secundarias, salpicado de algunos puzzles y acertijos y un hilo narrativo que no es el colmo de la originalidad pero que nos motiva lo suficiente para querer seguir la historia hasta el final, además de contar con una protagonista con cierto encanto y unos diálogos con decisiones morales bastante interesantes. Un juego modesto con limitaciones técnicas pero agradable de jugar para los que sepan ver más allá de los gráficos.
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GamingBolt (Jan 17, 2011)
This game is glitchy and full of bugs. I was inside walls, unable to climb down ladders, stuck in random spots, seeing random items float in mid air. Thankfully, I was able to complete the game though with out a game ruining bug. Venetica however is not all that bad, especially if you can get past the graphics which although not quite up to par with other games, the scenery is nice to see at time being placed in Venice, but for instance don’t come anywhere near the Venice seen in Assassin’s Creed II. As Scarlett is the only hope to stop Death himself in the game, it makes for a descent action RPG. That is of course if you can get past the cons mentioned above. If you are the type of gamer that only plays the Fable series and maybe one other title you might want to check this out otherwise you should pass on this one as your time could be spent playing something better.
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Gamer.nl (Feb 03, 2010)
Of je kunt genieten van Venetica is voornamelijk afhankelijk van de mogelijkheid om door de vele imperfecties heen te kijken. Kun je dit doen, dan zorgen het verhaal en het verzamelen van nieuwe objecten en vaardigheden ervoor dat je telkens verder wilt spelen. Venetica is vermakelijk, maar had ook zonder zijn fouten niet aan de middelmaat kunnen ontkomen.
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IGN (Jan 13, 2011)
If you don’t expect much from it, you’ll have a pretty good time with Venetica. However, without the patience to figure out quests and gameplay elements on your own, you’ll end up incredibly frustrated. If you don’t need a game to hold your hand, or mind that it’s not up to snuff in the graphics or combat departments, you’ll find that questing around Venice is a good time.
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Jeuxvideo.com (Jan 22, 2010)
A la croisée des chemins entre un Fable et un Divinity II, Venetica est un jeu de rôle/action plein de bonnes intentions, doté d’un contexte original et d’une héroïne séduisante dont on se plaît à suivre les pérégrinations. Hélas, le titre est desservi par une dimension technique complètement à la ramasse, indigne d’un jeu de 2010. Dans ce genre de cas, seul un gameplay solide et passionnant peut encore sauver les meubles. Mais force est de constater qu’avec ses combats bien moins techniques qu’il n’y paraît, ses énigmes simplistes et ses phases de jeu répétitives, Venetica accumule trop d’errances dans le domaine pour prétendre convaincre les adeptes du genre.
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411mania.com (Jan 22, 2011)
Venetica won’t wow anyone. In fact, I think most people that like the game will like it for being so bad it’s good. However, there’s nothing wrong with a game like that from time to time. The game is interesting and worth a look from action-RPG fans, just don’t expect anything great here.
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Venetica is a neat idea for an RPG hamstrung by an engine that can't do the maths quick enough and some terrible production values. There are memorable moments, such as a surprisingly creepy face-off against a stone lion, but for the most part it's merely mediocre. There's sedate fun to be had, but only if you've picked this up at a bargain-bin price.
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GameSpot (Jan 26, 2011)
Venetica has too many flaws in just about every facet to make for an engrossing role-playing experience.
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Game Critics (Mar 06, 2011)
This is the real disappointment of this game: Venetica never uses what it has. Just as the potential of Venice as a setting is squandered by transforming the city into generic fantasy pap, every interesting aspect of the game simply goes nowhere. What's left behind is a perfectly playable action RPG that, aside from a modestly interesting take on player death, has very little to recommend it. Venetica has a few good ideas and a couple of characters that deserve further examination, but it just doesn't seem to be at all interested in them. That, I suppose, is why I wasn't all that interested by Venetica, either.
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Joystiq (Jan 18, 2011)
Venetica contains hints of a compelling quest but feels like its development life was cut short. The end result is a potentially grand concept that just can't flourish within its forced, generic confines. Functional yet capable of so much more, death's daughter just doesn't die up to her full potential.
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Venetica was an exercise in frustration for me. I was compelled forward by some of the mid-game events, but overall nothing presented a huge challenge. Almost every breakable pot had coins in it, so I was never poor. Single opponents were almost helpless to my strings of combos. The biggest struggle became trying to read the mini-map. With all of its flaws and its dearth of enjoyable sequences, I can recommend Venetica to the most patient and dedicated of action-RPG fans. The majority of gamers will grow frustrated and even angry with this trial of a title in its early stages.
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Bit-Tech (Dec 08, 2010)
Venetica is a bit of an oddity. It's obviously dated, technically poor, and is a huge step below the more epic modern RPG's like Oblivion and Fallout 3. However, the combat is simplistic enough to feel initially satisfying, yet gives the impression of enough depth to still feel enjoyable all the way through to the conclusion. It's certainly not going to go winning any awards, nor will it pique the interest of anyone outside the most obsessive of RPG fanatics. That it might keep you ticking over for a weekend otherwise devoid of play time is the best you can hope for, but even then it's a far from stellar experience.
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Destructoid (Feb 04, 2011)
A small team of less than 40 have achieved something here, a colorful open world RPG is no small accomplishment. I can't help but feel proud that they wanted to make a game on such a large scale. Maybe they did bite off more than they could chew, but they at least had aspiration. None the less, Venetica's over-ambition is its own downfall. The many imperfections that would be ironed out from larger more successful RPGs have not been attended to rendering the game as frustrating, which is a pity.
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Brash Games (Nov 23, 2010)
In short, the best thing about this game is the story. The trouble is that the story is a bit rubbish as well. And even if it weren’t, it’s dished out in such a slapdash fashion, and by such lame characters that you’d be hard pushed to enjoy it anyway. There are too many significantly better action RPG titles out there for you to bother with this, and the fact that it’s an emotional experience doesn’t make a jot of difference, it’s still unutterably bad.
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Game Shark (Feb 04, 2011)
Venetica does have its moments of interesting gameplay, such as the Twilight World that you can enter to speak with skeletons and ghosts, and the ability to join one of the three guilds in the city that will change how the middle section of the game is played out. Unfortunately, as soon as the game starts to get your hopes up, there is always something—like the fact that you need to constantly manually save your progress since the game does not feature an autosave whatsoever— that rears its ugly head and immediately reminds you that sometimes you get what you pay for.
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GamesRadar (Jan 25, 2011)
It's impossible to recommend Venetica to anyone when there are so many other better action-RPGs out there. You might be tempted to pick it up because it's only forty dollars, but don't do it... unless you've already played every other RPG on the market.


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