Posted: December 27
I try to not type a review of a geme before I have at least one complete playthrou. But for Greed, I will make an exepntion, since the following comment was very usefull for me:
Greed BlacK Border is getting much better and more interesting after the first 3-4 maps-levels, when you meet the Trader and finally you get off the spaceship on the planet surface. That is my personal opinion.
In general, the game is a Diablo-style with ranged-space-weapons, as you can see from various internet sources. It has a slower pace than the manster-mob-madness of diablo, thus being a bit 'slower' on action. It also incloudes a few of simple wriddles.
The first impression of the game is its worst enemy:
1st: You start at levels with repeated and slow enemies.
2nd: All the items you find at the beging look alike, with only difference a minimum change at the statistics. All the weapons look like they have the same grafic model. At the begining, I thought that the game was a low-budget that has nothing to do with 'dressing-up' your character. I was also wandering why the developers bothered to make a rotating-3d-model of your character at the inventory screen, since there was no reason for more than one admiring-look to my avatar.
3ed: Your skill tree does not look interesting, neither 'grafically' nor in the essence of the skills.
I was ready to quit, but I had read in a review that the game gets better later on. (I can not track down the review now, to give thangs and credit to the writer :-( ... )
And now I am glad that I didn't quit on the game!
After you find the trader, the 'feeling' gets much better and I got a lot of fun playing the game.
There is a bit better variety of items, even thow not as mach as i would like. I can justify it considering the 'game world setting: Industrialised, standardised production.
The enemies have now a variety of forms and tactics (there are also crubs that dig-hid in the ground and attack you from below with spike-claws). Even if they are not so intriguing like diablo-2.
The setting and feeling of the game now is rewarding, and the more relaxed-slow pace regarding to Diablo, now looks to be part of the game experience, completly in harmony with the game setting, not frustating me any more.
Regarding the slow-pace of the combat: It looks like it gets a bit faster. And since the character controls provide the option for dodging manouvers, propably later on my Marine will meet fast-pase-diablo-like gameplay that will force me to dodge around...
One negative factor still in place is that once you add an upgrade module at a weapon-armor, you can not remove it to replace with a better one. This is constantly frastrating, and i can only bare it becouse at normal difficulty the upgrades boosts dont look so crusiol.
In general, I am having fan with the game (mostrly after meeting the trader and landed on the first planet). If you have not played Titan Quest or Diablo 2 (not Diablo 3 !), you should keep your money for those two gems of gaming. If you have been througth the fabuluse hack-&-slash games in your collection, and are looking for a new one with a space-mashine-gun setting, then Greed Black Border is a good option, surely worthing 4-5 euros for the hours of funny, relaxing bulletstorm it can offer.
Edit: I read in some reviews about broken control of your character... I have not yet ecnounter any control issues, regardless that i have rearange the key-commands to my liking... Version of game I play is the 1.03