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Anachronox is a cool console-style RPG, made with Quake 2 engine. Borrows heavily from classic JRPGs, such as Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy 6 and 7, etc. It is very good, but hard to recommend. Here's why:
Great story, lots of awesome cutscenes, weird, but loveable characters, decent voice acting, good writing and sense of humor.
BUGS! I don't believe you could even finish it after the initial release. Even after several patches, official and fan-made, it is still riddled with bugs. When playing for the first time I got permanently stuck in scenery soon after watching intro animation. Had to restart and watch it again (it is unskippable).
Hyperactive, nauseating camera can be very annoying.
Battles are nearly broken - very awkward interface, long repetitive animations, camera so busy flying around, you can't see what you are going to do. Only hardest skill level is somewhat challenging.
Lots of backtracking. Just to switch characters in your party you have to literally leave the planet, by running through empty locations, going through several elevator animations, many loading screens, and then go back.
The game was obviously rushed, some locations still have crude, unfinished look, some animations don't work. The graphics did not age really well and frequently looks dated even for 2001.
Music is average. Moody, atmosheric synth stuff. Some tunes are good, most are bland and repetitive.
My advice for those who still plan to play:
Launch the game through "Anachronox GCT setup" app(already present in installation folder), DO NOT launch through Steam, otherwise most animations will be broken. Basically, the game will be unplayable.
Use fast-forward button, it is '\' by default, I think. Or you'll go mad. Rebind to more accessible key.
Enable "save anywhere" option and use it. It is not game-breaking and can potentially save you some more time.
Make notes. The game is not able to track side-quests, only the main ones. Remembering side quests, hints and secret locations is up to you.