AVOID AT ALL COST !!!
CHANCES ARE VERY HIGH IT WON'T RUN PROPERLY ON YOUR MACHINE !!!
(Yes, I know, the graphics look good on screenshots. Forget about them or hate yourself for spending money on this bugfest like me!)
I'm sorry, but I cannot recommend the normal user to buy this ♥♥♥♥.
Want to know why? Well, read on ...
This game here features unexpected crashes, sound stopping to work at all, overall laggyness out of nowhere and no stretching on 16:9 / 16:10 monitors.
The funny thing is, when you finally got the sound working the levels for the different type of sounds are totally nuts. There really is no better way to describe this. You have to fiddle around endlessly with the in game configuration to somehow get it all working together in a way you could finally sort of enjoy this game and when this hassle is done you're blown away from the next cutscene because the levels in these are crazy loud compared to the rest of the game.
WTF ?!? ... I mean really ... WTF ?!? ... I am no professional sound-editor but I know how to join different sources together so they sound fine alltogether (and nearly every other game producing company seems to know too), but the thing is, that is not my work but the work of Daedalic. The levels are so far out, sorry, but everyone in production should have easily mentioned this.
At least the voice overs in this game are finally sort of enjoyable. In most older games from this company they just did sound ridiculous. So this is a plus for this game here. The graphics viewes as stills look nice to, because they feature nicely handdrawn backgrounds with wisely chosen colour palettes but the animation is horrible. In some way it's better than in other games from Daedalic (like the whispered world for eg.) but in now way are they appealing to look at.
The story sound interesting too, but until now I couldn't really investigate it because the game won't let me to, at least not with sound. I mean, after every restart of the game the sound is gone. And I haven't got a clue why.
Well ... after all ... As said before this game has many issues:
- Sound not working or working bad,
- Laggy gameplay,
- Devs that won't answer in these forums here only by email (guess why),
- Configuration spread over ingame and out-of- game configuration tools,
- Horrbile startup loading time
- No Background music in the menus
- Cutoff Background music in the credits and the intro
- No widescreen support (devs don't like it though gamers ask them all over the internet *lol*),
- Game-breaking save-game failures
- And not reproducable crashes of the whole game at random times.
And those mentioned before are just the errors that I did encounter personally while trying it ot for 2 hours (actually playing just maybe about 1 hour, the rest was problem solving and waiting for the game to load). But there are a lot more mentioned here and over the internet wich include:
- No sound during Cutscenes
- Wrong language in Cutscenes
- Game reproducable crashing as soon as a cutscene appears
Because of all the flaws I can only hardly recommend this game for lovers of the genre, as long as you can get it to work properly on your setup, but I would never buy it for the normal price. I got mine in a bundle so I think it's ok. But don't pay more for this game than 1,99 €.
And remember to avoid all other games from Daedalic unless they finally get these things addressed, because after searching the internet a little I found out that even in other (newer) games from Daedalic there are many people experiencing exactly the same problems, what leads me to think, that the problem lays in the engine underneath the games. What again is leading me to the question why these bugs aren't finally addressed so presumably a nice and simple fix for every game of the company could be released without much problems.
Maybe instead of releasing one mediocre made game after the other Daedalic should start releasing fewer but well made games so they could honestly ask real money for it? They have damned so many good ideas and concepts in the past it just makes me sad, because back in the days I loved adventure games so much and Daedalic is one of the few companies still (trying to) making them today ...
So the overhelming question is:
Will Daedalic ever produce a fully working adventure title? Sadly chances are very low. I can only hope they don't ♥♥♥♥ up the Blackguards series ...