First off, Tom Baker! He narrates certain parts of the game and also voices one of the characters - not a main character, but an NPC that shows up here and there throughout the game (Tetsu). When I learned that, I had to pick it up immediately, regardless of whether the game was any good or not. Aside from the fourth Doctor, the game is also fully voiced with cutscenes, NPC chatter, and dialogue options.
Sudeki is from 2005 and it shows. The graphics are a bit primitive, about the same level as World of Warcraft, although the art style is different. It has a more Asian vibe. It's actually a very pretty game, with bright colors, dazzling particle effects, and great character designs.
It's also an obvious console port, with no mouse control within menus, a checkpoint save system, and limited options. The default POV is third person with no Y axis control, but certain skills require first-person view which does allow you full X & Y angle control. Ranged characters play in first-person by default during combat, then switch back to third-person when moving around out of combat.
Combat is fluid, and plays differently for each character. Some have combo moves which aren't too complicated (L/R/L, L/L/L, R/L/L, etc.), others have various weapons you can switch between during combat for various effects. There are also spells and special powerup moves you can activate. Combat pauses while you select these from a menu, and they include cutscene style animations with epic effects. This makes it feel a bit like a turn-based RPG like Final Fantasy VII when you trigger those off, which is kind of fun.
There are shops and save checkpoints scattered around here and there. Weapons and armor can be upgraded with runes to add various effects like damage shield on armor, or extra crit chance on weapons, things of that nature. The game-world is composed of corridors divided by zones. There is no jumping, and sometimes you might encounter an invisible wall where it looks like you should be able to go a certain direction, but you can't. In this way, the setup reminds me a bit of Kingdom of Amalur. You can go almost anywhere, although some areas are blocked off until you unlock them through the story.
Speaking of the story, it's actually quite good. The characters are interesting, there are quite a few subtle jokes and innuendos thrown in here and there, and it has a lot of personality. I didn't want to stop playing but alas, sleep beckons. I look forward to playing through some more, as the game is actually quite fun. For the price, it's very solid entertainment. You just have to overlook the dated graphics and console feel.
I'll update my review if I discover anything that changes it but so far I'm really impressed.
Posted: February 24th, 2014