โพสต์: 13 ธันวาคม
IT'S ABOUT TIME!
Frankly this is probably old news to many of you reading this. I'm ashamed that I didn't know about these "Spiderweb" titles previously.
Gather round me children, for there's a tale I'd like to share. Once there was a time when video games entertained the player an immersive story and provocative challenges that kept you playing for hours.
I've never liked the term "dungeon crawler
". To me the "crawler" part implies "slow" which let's be honest, is associated with "boring" in the world of books, movies and video games. When was the last time you couldn't wait to dig in to a "slow" book someone recommended?
So when I saw that genre ascribed to this and other "Spiderweb" titles I dismissed them pretty quickly. I didn't feel like click-spamming my way through another shallow DC chasing the next-best weapon for hours on end - mindlessly racing to the next waypoint, only taking breaks to managing a mountain of gear (/cough...torchlight)...
So as I was browsing my games library through titles I'll never get to and I barely recognize, the term "turn-based" caught my eye.
Now that's a name I"ve not heard in a long time. A long time.
I must have played through "Planescape: Torment" three times since it's release. The same can be said for Fallout 1 & 2.
I can't chalk up their awesome replayablility to nostalgia any more. These are simply incredibly entertaining titles and the reason I've played them all so often is that nothing after (to my knowledge) ever properly took up where they left off. Well that was until I discovered this game.
This game, like Planescape and Fallout 1&2 focus on story depth, simple, intuitive UI/game mechanics, and challenging "strategic" (yet simple) combat. I don't mean "simple" as in "easy", I just mean you will very quickly become well-versed your battle "playbook" and the challenge lies in making good decisions as it is turn-based.
If you're familiar Fallout 1 & 2 or Planescape Torment then to put it simply this game is very similar to those but in a classic fantasy setting. It's also a nice reminder of the days when RPG titles didn't hold your hand every step of the way. The quest descriptions are clear, but the objectives are kept broad enough keep the players guessing as to how exactly to complete them.
Combine all of the above with perfectly classic "if-it-ain't-broke" fantasy RPG elements and you have this surprisingly impressive game. I can't recommend this title enough for "old-school" PC nerds like myself as well as newcomers.
I could go on and on but I gotta get back to the game.
I give it 2 ogre-thumbs up