“… she stares up at you with awe, as if her god has stepped down to earth to face her. Maybe it has.”
Geneforge is a great turn-based role-playing game experience with a deep and meaningful story in combination with a unique take on magic. What it lacks in graphics it gains twofold in detailed descriptions of events throughout the game. Your decisions have major impact on the game’s conclusion and gameplay is vastly different depending on which of the three classes you choose. The almost total lack of music and no voice acting should be mentioned as the disadvantages of this classic RPG.
Fun fact: The attempt of futuristic weapons with devastating effects that simultaneously felt sensible and maintained balance were one of the most difficult gameplay issues the developers had to resolve.
My rating system consists of six categories in descending order of importance:
- Tactical demand
- Combat & Controls
Based on the performance each category will receive one of the following grading:
- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior
If the S-Rank is awarded, a quote from the game or personal comment will be added as a token of my respect (in brackets).
(This is the lair of a large group of battle alphas. The creatures are bred to function in groups. However, seeing how they try to live on their own is, in a bleak way, quite comical. Battle alphas were not made to live unsupervised, and it shows.)
Tactical demand: B-Rank
(One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.)
Combat & Controls: B-Rank
There are no achievements to conquer.
Achievement difficulty: none
Geneforge 5: Overthrow (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game (Fantasy / Science Fiction) – 2009
Geneforge 4: Rebellion (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game (Fantasy / Science Fiction) – 2007
Geneforge 3 (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game (Fantasy / Science Fiction) – 2005
Geneforge 2 (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game (Fantasy / Science Fiction) – 2003
Geneforge (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game (Fantasy / Science Fiction) – 2002