A nice solid RPG framework for a potentially great franchise.
Now, the small scope makes me think of this game as sort of like a B-list movie. That's not a bad thing
actually. It's almost like an indie RPG but it's definitely not since they've got big Publisher support. It makes the game feel well rounded and solid. The devs knew what they wanted to make and they did so splendidly. It's a budget title so to speak.
The game uses my favorite combat style of queuing up actions and attacks either in real-time or in paused time (but in this game's case - slowed time) much like Knights of the Old Republic or Neverwinter Nights. And the combat is fantastic by the way. It's definitely challenging since every attack is deliberate and damaging to both your characters and the enemies. What I mean by that is the enemies usually come in packs and can easily interrupt, stun, and then kill your party if your not careful. The levels actually reinforce the idea of planning. The levels are mostly straight corridors that are dotted with wide open arenas. You can approach them stealthly or guns blazing.
Now, I should mention that you've only got two
playable characters, Arkail the big orc and Styx the obviously rogue goblin. The customization is kind of limited. The game's got small skill trees, obvious shiny loot sacks, and (to the devs credit) upgradeable gear. It's obvious that your party is going to turn out with the orc as your tank and the goblin is either your range or melee DPS. But an interesting thing about the orc is you can lose control of him since he has a rage meter. The rage meter also acts as the orc's "mana" to activate certain skills though. So you can imagine how your going to plan out your fights with that in mind.
Their story and that of the game's story is actually your typical fantasy. You got your orcs, goblins, mages, fanatical religious orders, and later on a brief appearance by the Elves and Dwarves. Basically, the story is that the orcs are being enslaved by a cruel human empire. Your story is to lead Arkail and Styx on a suicide mission to kill the human emperor. It's a nice story and the world is really interesting. It's got this typical western european medieval look to it. But the Orcish perspective help in sucking me in to the game's world. However, the dialogue and the voice acting is pretty bad. The swearing is so out of place. It's like the devs were trying to be edgy but just failed with the translation from the original french script. There is a dialogue system. But it's there to either get more lore to choose which side quest to take.
The graphical fidelity is also pretty great. The character models of the orcs & goblins plus the later levels look stunning especially with an obvious budget title. And the soundtrack is also great. I would definitely buy it.
All-in-all, the game's a fairly decent RPG from two studios who would later on make some fairly decent RPG's with the same combat system. I love the combat and the Orcish perspective on a typical fantasy world is refreshing experience. And if your aching for a solid and almost indie like RPG, then buy this game
. If your on the fence, then buying at a discount is always a good idea.
PC Port NOTES: It ran well on my amd fx 6 core and amd hd7850 on max settings with little to no performance hiccups and a steady 60 fps. Nothing game breaking here. Hell, alt+tab even works (no borderless windowed mode though). The devs also later on removed some horrible DRM. Also, the game does have some decent graphical options. Another thing is that mouse and keyboard is playable but the keys are non-rebindable.
Posted: December 20th, 2013