Közzétéve: 2014. december 30.
I'm the biggest fan you will ever meet of tile-based rpgs.
Lands of Lore! Eye of the Beholder! YES!!
I've been playing Xeen since '92.
Why doesn't someone make a game like that again?!!
No seriously, let me know if you see one, because that's what this game seems to be going for but it sadly misses the mark.
I would be more forgiving and I would even give this game a positive except that the mis-steps they took are downright bewildering.
First what do I love about this title...
It really is incredibly challenging. The puzzles, battles, and resource management is unforgiving which is a nice throwback to the "good old days". I love that they took that risk here, because usually it makes the difference between a grind and compelling, rewarding gameplay. Grimrock is a nice reminder of the days when games weren't all just an endurance contest, and not everyone could beat every game given enough time.
The first thing you'll notice is that this game is fun. Actually, really fun. You can jump right in without any help and start adventuring. The puzzles feel like first-person zelda and the written "clues" are a great homage to the first-generation of PC rpg titles. I love the creepy dream sequences, and the customizable party pics are a great touch that is long overdue. The biggest issue this game struggles with slowly becomes apparent with the combat system.
There is a gaping hole in what should be simple mechanics and functionality of the UI and especially combat. The spellcasting system is pretty original, but the act of casting like other actions just doesn't jive with "real-time" battle. Every battle quickly devolves into a scramble to CLICK ALL THE THINGS and it often leaves the player feeling cheated when things go wrong, especially considering how clunky the menus can be. The frenzy of battle becomes a tedium of switching gear, passing potions around, and constantly equipping new projectiles.
There are no hot keys, you pretty much have to rely on the mouse for everything. The cerebral aspects of the game (puzzles, carefully managing resources, distributing skill points) is lost every time you encounter an enemy, because battle feels too much like a chore rather than fun. To excel in this combat system you have to play a perpetual game of hopscotch with your enemies as you desperately try to click the next action square that lights up at the right time. In addition, the characters here can't seem to hit the broad side of a barn. Had this game incorporated turn-based combat or at least an option for it, this game still wouldn't be a home run but this would be a positive review.
I love that these devs dusted off an sadly neglected style of RPG, but other than a nice facelift there's not much else to see here. I respect the risks they took here but the potential here is tragically lost in the tedium of the clunky and frenzied comat system and a general lack of polish.
You get 4 party members and there are 3 classes.
Scarce resources is one thing I respect, but for an RPG the equipment is so scarce that your characters are still half-naked 8 hours into the game.
Thrown weapons, torches, and food all need to be perpetually "maintained", and inventory management becomes a chore.
There seem to be no status icons, save for "over-encumbered", which doesn't even seem to function properly as the numbers don't make sense. Maybe as part of the homage to old games they decided to add a dash of "WTF" just for good measure I don't know what else to chalk some of this up to.
There's something here for those of us who remember this classic style, but this just feels like a poorly designed RPG reluctantly wedged into a brilliant dungeon puzzler. Maybe it would be great on a tablet for poop breaks, but as a PC title it feels half-baked. I haven't played the sequel yet but I'm hopeful that they learned some things from this release and improved on what is an intriguing foundation here. I'm not giving up on this series. Don't get me wrong, despite the mis-steps there really is a lot of potential here.
I give it 2 out of 4 skeleton archers, with skeleton-shaped shadow lurking in the corner chattering "tuuuuurn-BASED!!" and another chattering "statusssss iconssssss...master warp portalsssssss between levels...one or two more classsesss......chchchchchchchhc"