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Dysan the Shapeshifter (aka Dungeon Gate) is an open-world RPG set in a dull fantasy world with dull characters and a dull story. It fails in almost every regard except that it has a great soundtrack and great ideas behind shapeshifting.
Graphically, the game looks like ♥♥♥♥. There is nothing good about it. Horrible character models roam around horribly textured environments with a bland art style, giving out unoriginal side quests.
Gameplay is a mixed bag of RPG elements and clunky hack & slash combat. Interaction with characters are limited to a wall of text. The RPG elements are very unoriginal and executed quite poorly. The combat is slow, clunky, and a tedious waste of time.
Sound design is dreadful. The game makes no effort to make the player feel immersed in this world. The sound of a woman in need of help or the gentle pitter patter of your feet hitting the dirt walkway is done in a very amateur way.
The story is dull. The opening cutscene takes about 10 minutes and it is about an old man, with poor animation quality, that walks very slowly to do something that isn't explained. Other than that, the protagonist pops up in some random ♥♥♥ town. (I cant comment on the rest of the story because this game is too bad to finish).
Finally to the good stuff. The soundtrack is surprisingly great. It features many upbeat, melancholy, and emotional songs that is masterfully woven into the game. And the gameplay (and story) ideas about shapeshifting are integrated well.
Additional Thoughts: This game is poorly optimized. I have surpassed the recommended system specs and still get 20 fps on Low settings.
Final Thoughts: Broken piece of trash that has abysmal graphics, sound, pacing, story, characters, world design, optimization, clunky and reptitive combat, and horrible presentation. The only good thing this game has is a great soundtrack and an okay idea behind shapeshifting. AVOID THIS GAME LIKE THE PLAGUE EVEN IF YOU GOT IT FOR FREE!!!!