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#1 Jan 21 2012 at 7:05 PM Rating: Decent
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First off, that's too much title for one game. It's also a bit uninteresting. If I hadn't gotten a set of armor and a weapon for ME3 for playing the demo, I probably wouldn't have bothered with it. I would have been missing out on some pretty **** fun game play if I that were the case.

Graphically, the art direction borrows heavily from WoW, but with a a better color scheme. Everyone has silly looking massive shoulder pads, and the world has a bit of a cartoony quality to it. Attacks from just about every weapon involve lots of over the top and completely unrealistic movements with plenty of particle effects flying all over the place. No one would actually fight like this, it would result in massive amounts of wasted energy and leave you painfully open to someone quicker than you. But, it does look cool.

Controls are simple and fluid, and depend more on timing to activate different moves than button combinations. You can string together a variety of different attacks to create lots of different custom combos. For instance, you can fire a few arrows into an enemy, switch to your main weapon and juggle them a bit, and throw a lightning blast at them for a finish. It can be as complicated or as button mashy as you like, depending on your style. I'd say combat consists of a combination between Dragon Age II and God of War, with just a bit of some random fighting game elements thrown in.

When you level up, you get to put one point into a skill such as Alchemy, Smithing, Lockpicking, etc, and a three points into combat, which is broken down into several categories with different skill trees. I don't know if there is a level cap, but there is plenty of room to go the jack all trades route if you like.

The little bit of story I saw was painfully uninteresting. The big bad evil guy took over one of the Fae kingdoms and is going to war with the mortals. The Fae don't stay dead, so things are going badly for the mortal folk. Some dwarf looking guys are trying to come up with a way make everyone immortal, and their first and only success is your character, the fateless one. You're called that because something about the process that brought you back to life has allowed you to control your own destiny. That's pretty much it.

Most of the NPCs I ran into were pretty whiny and need your help to wipe their noses. This is definitely one of those games where you'll be skipping through a lot of the dialogue. I only did a few quests before my time ran out, but they tended to be mostly fetch quests. Nothing groundbreaking there.

Honestly, I had more fun with the game than I'm making it sound. Mostly, it's because of the combat. So many RPG have boring lackluster combat, but it was actually pretty fun to beat the crap out of stuff in this game. I'd love to see this battle system in a more interesting world. I'm not sure if I'll end up buying the game new or waiting to getting on the cheap, but I'll definitely be buying it at some point.

Edited, Jan 21st 2012 8:07pm by Turin
#2 Jan 21 2012 at 7:13 PM Rating: Decent
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which system did you play? i heard the pc is good but 360 is buggy as ****. apparently they were forced to use 3+ month old code for the demo and shilling was pretty ****** about it. ken ralston (the elder scrolls guy) played it for 2 weeks without doing any quests, just to test how it held up.
#3 Jan 21 2012 at 7:14 PM Rating: Decent
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I played it on 360, and aside from a couple of graphical glitches, I didn't notice anything wrong.
#4 Jan 21 2012 at 8:11 PM Rating: Good
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Graphically, the art direction borrows heavily from WoW, but with a a better color scheme. Everyone has silly looking massive shoulder pads, and the world has a bit of a cartoony quality to it. Attacks from just about every weapon involve lots of over the top and completely unrealistic movements with plenty of particle effects flying all over the place.


...is the reason that I'm not interested in the game. It's just not my style. I'll give the demo a shot though, if it means an extra armor option for ME3 (lord, I can't wait for that game).

Edited, Jan 21st 2012 9:14pm by Eske
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#5 Jan 22 2012 at 12:30 AM Rating: Good
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NVM. Figured it out.

Edited, Jan 22nd 2012 1:33am by Kastigir
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#6 Jan 22 2012 at 1:58 AM Rating: Good
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Played through a bit of the demo. Seems like what you'd get if you combined God of War with World of Warcraft. Some of the attack animations (for the chakrams, in particular) seem like they were lifted right off of Kratos.

It's actually kind of neat. Very fluid GoW fighting, and the attack animations are badass. Looks like right from the get go you've got some very nasty looking moves at your disposal.

Also, the level of violence is a really weird contrast with the cartoonish stylings. Totally was not expecting that happy looking dwarf to get speared with that arrow.

My curiosity is piqued a little bit. I'll be paying attention to the reviews.
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#7 Jan 22 2012 at 11:41 AM Rating: Good
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I hopped on XBL last night and couldn't find this demo available anywhere.
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#8 Jan 22 2012 at 1:18 PM Rating: Decent
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My curiosity is piqued a little bit. I'll be paying attention to the reviews.


They have an ongoing review on IGN. So far it looks really positive.
#9 Jan 24 2012 at 1:29 AM Rating: Good
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I rather enjoyed the gameplay, though it had a fair number of bugs in it. Found myself enjoying playing around with crafting things, though limiting item names to 8 or 9 characters kinda sucked.
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#10 Jan 24 2012 at 3:49 AM Rating: Decent
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briefly tried the steam demo.... freaking steam doesn't mention anything about the required origin account. i got stuck in a conversation; clicking anywhere on the convo wheel picked the default answer and i couldn't figure out how to change the answer. no strafe or walk backwards? that **** ****** me off. son i am disappoint.

edit: can't wait til i have more than 8 minutes to play... fwiw i had the same first impressions with witcher 2 and that ended up being my favorite game of all time.

Edited, Jan 24th 2012 8:15pm by axhed

edit 2: electric boogaloo: got up to the part where you pick up the bow and for whatever reason i couldn't equip it. had to ctrl-alt-del out of the game.

Edited, Jan 26th 2012 8:36pm by axhed
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