From the award winning studio that brought you Ravensword: The Fallen King and Aralon: Sword and Shadow, comes Ravensword: Shadowlands. After the fall of Ravengard, the world descended into chaos. The Kingdom of Tyreas stood alone against a sea of dark elven invaders. The Ravensword was lost, and the dark times began.
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Release Date: Dec 6, 2013

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From the award winning studio that brought you Ravensword: The Fallen King and Aralon: Sword and Shadow, comes Ravensword: Shadowlands.

After the fall of Ravengard, the world descended into chaos. The Kingdom of Tyreas stood alone against a sea of dark elven invaders. The Ravensword was lost, and the dark times began. As a descendant of an ancient line of kings, you alone have the power to wield the Ravensword again and restore that which was lost.

FEATURES


Explore a vast and richly detailed world, gather powerful weapons and items, increase your skills, and follow a deep storyline to solve the mysteries of the Kingdom of Tyreas.

  • Gorgeous and realistic landscapes
  • Seamlessly switch between First and Third Person view
  • Ragdoll Physics
  • Hundreds of items to discover
  • Reflex and precision based combat with manual blocking and dodging
  • Various weapon types - Bows, Crossbows, Hammers, Swords, Axes
  • Horses and Flying Mounts
  • Battle various enemy types including huge prehistoric creatures.
  • Lockpicking, Pick Pocketing, and Stealth skills
  • Magical Runes
  • Item enhancement system
  • Mounted combat
  • Decision based, multi-part Quests
  • Reputation and Jail System
  • Original Soundtrack from composer Sean Beeson

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2
    • Processor: Dual Core 2GHz CPU Intel or AMD
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 400 Series or Radeon 6000 Series, 512MB graphics memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP 1
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU Intel or AMD
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 500 Series or Radeon 7000 Series, 1GB Graphics memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: Dual Core 2GHz Intel or 2.8GHz AMD
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL shader model 2.0 or newer, 512 MB graphics memory
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Quad Core 2.66GHz or 3.2GHz AMD
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL shader model 2.0 or newer, 1GB graphics memory
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Mixed (413 reviews)
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KasKush
( 18.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Pretty cool, but a copy of skyrim
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bog_dan_ro
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
This game hangs big time when played on linux ...
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knight
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Well,I always see Health organizations and doctors encouriging people to eat fruits and nuts to improve their immunity against cancer.


howerver. if you really wish not to get cancer, DON'T BUY THIS GAME.

Note: my chemotherapy is next thursday
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alansaund
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
It's cheep,you can play it on an old laptop.
It's not Skyrim more like dimrim.
6/10
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adam1224
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
A bad game - not a broken one, but a bad one. Sub-par for PC because it was made for a tablet, where it looks like an actually nice game. Usually I write longer reviews but here it seems pointless. It's like a B, or C-movie - it's working it has everything (loot, dialogues, quests, magic, ranged, melee) and has some nice ideas, but afterall everything is delivered around the minimum level. The enemy soldiers die in such a weird, funny way during the prologue that it only misses a Wilhelm-scream to make it so funny that I would laugh - this way I was just giggling.
Food for thought: it's a little sad that a tablet-game from 2013 works better and is more enjoyable ported to PC than some recent games that come out of Greenlight, which were done with PC in mind at the first place. I feel a little bad for setting this as not recommended, as this is still leagues above the endless numbers of soulless platformers, voxelgames, cubegames and games that end up being free on gleam after days of release just to make some revenue on cards.
Not recommended at the end, as the content is way less than one would expect from a game that costs 7€ (even during the sale as it is now, no discount. Dishonored is actually cheaper than this at the moment) - if you are still intrested in the game and some giggles on awkward gameplay, if it would be accessable for 1-2€ I would encourage you to go after it. It's not terrible, it's just far from being decent.
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awgsknite
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1
I\'m surprised theres so many neggy reviews for this game so I have to add my 2 cents worth !

I got this game for $1 and it\'s tons of fun and different ! Nice RPG with pretty cool stuff in it like a sorcerer stuck in a bottle \'cos his spell backfired on him ! lol and a quest to help him out of the bottle ! The graphics are amazing for such a low priced game. I expected a cool adventure and got one ! So much to explore and fun to have in this game ! I just started playing this game and it looks awesome ! I\'m looking forward to playing this game for awhile !

If your looking for an RPG that is different and priced cheap then this one should do for you !
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David Baron
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Its Very Bugy
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Johnsia
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
Is this even a pc game? Awrful graphics, crappy animations, tons of bugs and NO CONTROLLER SUPPORT. Great soundtracks through, bad port after all.
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InSomnisVeritas
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
This is a difficult game to recommend for everyone, but it certainly has its audience, so let me start by saying:

Ravensword: Shadowlands is a game for you if you:

  • Are in the mood for a light, simplified RPG with limited customization and options
  • Are not scared by less than stellar graphics
  • Can tolerate a bit of grinding

On the other hand, if you are purist of the genre or have very high expectations, I would not recommend this game to you. You'll only get frustrated, or bored. And life is too short to be either.

Ravensword: Shadowlands is a simple game, with simple aspirations. The world is built with thick, not too careful brush strokes, and the story follows the same pattern. Still, it works, and that's as much as you can ask of it. The gameplay is kind of barebones for an RPG, with a small skill tree where most branches aren't really needed. Also, you'll find places where difficulty spikes are big, seemingly to encourage longer playtimes.

However, there are interesting ideas in the package. And the game is pretty optimized for a casual audience. The quests aren't overly long and can be easily followed, inventory management is reduced to a minimal expression (only weight can give you some problems from time to time) and the world is attractive enough to keep you engaged for the relatively modest amount of hours you need to dedicate to the game.

I am recommending the game based on the premise at the beginning, and also because, for me, it filled a very simple place in my library: a simple distraction from more complicated games. Sometimes, that's exactly what's needed.
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Domar
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
Was asked to find and kill a Snow Yeti, wandered a barren landscape for 20 minutes, only finding two orcs that dropped goblin shields, suddenly heard a strange groaning sound and was told I had killed said Yeti, went and claimed my reward. 5/7 Perfect Score!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
A bad game - not a broken one, but a bad one. Sub-par for PC because it was made for a tablet, where it looks like an actually nice game. Usually I write longer reviews but here it seems pointless. It's like a B, or C-movie - it's working it has everything (loot, dialogues, quests, magic, ranged, melee) and has some nice ideas, but afterall everything is delivered around the minimum level. The enemy soldiers die in such a weird, funny way during the prologue that it only misses a Wilhelm-scream to make it so funny that I would laugh - this way I was just giggling.
Food for thought: it's a little sad that a tablet-game from 2013 works better and is more enjoyable ported to PC than some recent games that come out of Greenlight, which were done with PC in mind at the first place. I feel a little bad for setting this as not recommended, as this is still leagues above the endless numbers of soulless platformers, voxelgames, cubegames and games that end up being free on gleam after days of release just to make some revenue on cards.
Not recommended at the end, as the content is way less than one would expect from a game that costs 7€ (even during the sale as it is now, no discount. Dishonored is actually cheaper than this at the moment) - if you are still intrested in the game and some giggles on awkward gameplay, if it would be accessable for 1-2€ I would encourage you to go after it. It's not terrible, it's just far from being decent.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Well,I always see Health organizations and doctors encouriging people to eat fruits and nuts to improve their immunity against cancer.


howerver. if you really wish not to get cancer, DON'T BUY THIS GAME.

Note: my chemotherapy is next thursday
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
It's cheep,you can play it on an old laptop.
It's not Skyrim more like dimrim.
6/10
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146 of 204 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2013
Uninspired grind grind grind grind. After a few hours of almost nothing but killing goblins, boars and bears I'm giving up. I have no clue what the point of the story is supposed to be, what the world is, why I should care, and my character is already level 10. Maybe it gets better later on, but I couldn't bring myself to kill the same dozen infinite-respawning bears again and again to find out.
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78 of 103 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2014
So, Ravensword: Shadowlands is pretty much terrible - can you believe that? This game feels unfinished/unpolished and is exactly the kind of stuff that gives mobile games their bad name. Basically, it seems to be a pseudo-ElderScrolls rip-off with a slightly upgraded combatsystem (dodgerolls!). The problem is, it feels like a working alpha of something that they somehow never bothered with completing. I mean, the original Elder Scrolls: Arena had more going on than this - the plot is (even considering that the majority of fantasy RPGs have very bad stories) incredibly dull. Some big foozle wants to take over the lands from his shadowy demon-dimension... yadda-yadda. You are "the chosen one" who needs to find and wield some sort of legendary sword that can kill demons. As simplistic as this premise is, with a bit of lore here and there and some developed characters this still could have worked. The devs did not bother though, you hero has no personality whatsoever and the NPCs all have about 2 lines of dialogue - but aren't having any characteristics or personality either and only serve as generic placeholders, fulfilling a certain function like questgiver or vendor. And don't expect them to have some sort of "life" they will be frozen in place day and night, just waiting for you to interact with them in the most basic way imagainable. I have seen quite a bit of openworld-games that were lacking in the story/character-department - but this game is literally devoid of anything even remotely resembling "writing".

Unfortunately, that is only the tip of the iceberg - as the gameplay is just as underwhelming. If you manage to find a quest (you don't exactly see who is a questgiver and who is not, so you go running around town talking to everybody and feel like you will never get those minutes of wasted life back) you can go about getting X, killing X or talking to X. Which is hardly entertaining nor exciting especially when there is basically no motivation besides gold or XP. Questing as a whole feels utterly pointless (that is why I did about three missions in the entire game and simply didn't bother anymore). The mainquest isn't much better off, you basically run as far as you can to all four cardinal points, find a dungeon, get a stone and return.

The rest of the time you spend hacking and slaying various beasts and enjoying the scenery. But even here the game manages to fail, as the vast areas are strangely barren. Feeling a lot like early MMORPGs with mobs just sprinkled over the landscape without much rhyme or reason - then again, all the enemies either just stand around waiting to be killed or roam a very tiny area so it doesn't look too static when you can see them from far away. Which is another low-point - you spend way too much time running through empty areas, there is nothing happening and not much to explore despite the vastness of the maps.

If you finally manage to get locked into combat with one of the beasts it is mostly a "click 'em to death"-afair without much finesse. Sure, you can block, dodgeroll or cast some spells from magic runes - but there is no punch to any of that, no "gamefeel" whatsoever. And it is ultimately pointless as you will sooner or later be either dead because you get caught in a loop of weird hitstun (getting clobbered to death in the process) or dealing one-shots to all who oppose you.

As a game, it is a failure - horribly unfinished, at times feeling like a fangame or a mod to something. The only things I kind of enjoyed were the visuals and the music - which is overly dramatic considering that nothing really "epic" happens and suffers from the loops not being long enough, thus becoming somewhat repetitive. While the visuals, which are not exactly state of the art, have that early 2000-charme to them. Some of the monster-models are looking actually pretty cool and at times there are even nice details on creatures, like the saliva dripping from the jaws of some of the bigger dinosaurs you encounter. Some of the beasts you fight are pretty huge too, which was kinda fun and again reminded me of some olden MMORPG-shenanigans.

Finally, the UI is pretty bad - sorting stuff or selling items to vendors feels clunky. There is NO gamepad support, eventhough I think this game could work pretty good with a controller. And you just can tell from clicking around the status screens that this was ment to be on a touch-enabled screen, which is less than optimal on a machine that has proper input-technology attached to it.

I think it is worth a laugh or two if on sale, as it is hilariously crappy and underwhelming (and I actually did finish it!) but since you can get almost every other noteworthy and/or modern Openworld-RPG on PC here on Steam, there is NO reason to get this other than ♥♥♥♥♥ & giggles.
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147 of 219 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2013
Watch the full review at http://www.youtube.com/brbteabreaktv
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As of late we've seen more and more smartphone games get ported over to PC, with mixed results. This is because they're usually saturated in heavy microtransactions, which are very common on the smartphone marketplace. Rarely do we see a port and not see microtransactions, Ravensword: Shadowlands is one of these examples.

The PC Port itself is a mixed bag; it improves its graphical fidelity with improved textures and post effects, re-bindable keys and an improved control scheme which is vastly superior to its smartphone counterpart. That’s where things end; the UI cannot be customised and is very clunky as it's made to be used with limited screen space. Everything in the menus can only be done through mouse clicks, leading to frustrations after continued use.

Animations are clunky, actions feel unresponsive, combat and movement inputs override each other causing unrealistic actions, such as performing an attack followed up by a roll which shows a standing attack animation but you move as if you’re rolling. The RPG elements are very basic, all the talents, stats and gear are simple increase X or Y with no real flare to them, there are no tough options and it’s hard to see your character truly progress.

For $15 it’s a hard sell, its smartphone equivalent is $7.50 and I think that price should carry over to the PC platform. While it does change and improve on its smartphone build, it falls a little short at its current price.

Though it's currently on sale so it may be just what you're looking for even with all its faults. Play for a couple hours, have a laugh or two and move on.
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60 of 79 people (76%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
What is this game with the generic fantasy RPG name?
- Shadowsword: Ravenlands
- Swordlands: Ravenshadow
- Landshadow: Swordraven
That last one sounds pretty cool. A heroic raven with sword-like tallons darkens the lands with his terrifying shadow!

Ravensword: Shadowlands
Note: The exact events have been slightly altered for the sake of sarcasm.

The games starts with a cut scene, "A great war has been raging in the north lands for centuries." [Very long awkward pause while the camera drifts over the landscape.] "The dark elves have retreated to their last remaining fortress." [Another pause with the camera looking at a tower within a fortress.] "The great mage summons his army to battle." [A guy with a staff stands on a tower. Super awkward pause. More standing... A breeze makes the guy's cape slightly billow. End of scene.]

A soldier with a sword appears and I'm a bird [could it be a raven?!] flying over his right shoulder telling him what to do. [Actually no, I'm not a bird. I'm a flying camera. The options are first person or awkward-over-the-shoulder first person.] I enter the battle with sword swinging. [Wow, combat is really clunky. How do I hit things? The elf has to be directly in front of me? What's going on?! Thankfully these 3 NPC soldiers can kill stuff.] A big ugly troll enters the battle. [These graphics a pretty ugly given how detailed they are... and it's not just the troll.] I run away because I can't see what I'm doing ... The tower explodes in a small puff of fire and the cut scene tells me everyone is dead except one person. [I wonder who that could be...]

I awake in a room. [Look it's me!] There's a woman near the fireplace. The scene goes exactly like every other scene where you awake with a woman in an RPG, which is notably different from the version seen in movies. [Wow, this woman is hideous!] "Clean yourself up." [I start fiddling with my face... like my hair, beard, jaw size and eye color. I didn't see the plastic surgeon but he's got to be here somewhere. Too bad he's not a very good one. I can be super ugly or slightly more ugly with a painted on mullet and beard. I choose the bald, shaven look.] I am now a member of their guild, which, with the addition of me, has 3 members in it. [So... this lady finds a random dude in a pile of dead bodies, brings him home, cares for him while he's unconscious and fills in his guild membership form noting his main attribute to be "Not completely dead." I don't think I want to be in this guild.]

I visit the guild leader, who is even more ugly... "Blah, blah, go visit blacksmith."

I walk around the town talking to people who try to sell me things I can't afford. At least the blacksmith is attractive, and by that I mean normal-looking.

I'm sent off to visit a wizard in a cabin.

I shoot a few boars by constantly running backwards and waiting for the boar to be right in front of me.

I enter the cabin to find a tiny guy in a glass bottle with a stopper in it. I'm amazed that he's a great wizard. [This is evidenced by what must have transpired: 1) the dude shrunk himself, 2) he teleported inside a bottle that clearly has a neck too narrow for him, 3) he levitated a cork into the top of the bottle, and 4) he waited around in the bottle hoping someone would stop by to help him.] He asks for my help to get him out of the bottle by collecting something from a nearby cave.

Quit.
Exit.
Uninstall.
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!!
There. I hope anyone scrolling through will realise that buying this game is a bad idea, let me explain why...

First off, the game seems to have a nice charm to it. I got it in a humble bundle (April 2014) and got some suprisingly bad games with it, although some were ok. It reminded me of games I used to play when I was a child with its slightly poor graphics and mediocre AI, so starting off was a nice experience. The feeling was stripped from underneath me though however when the quests started. The quests don't tell you enough on how to get round and where to go, I ended up lost and confused. A lot of the time I would go into a place that was way too high of a level for a starting character, so in my genius, I googled what I had to do. But what came up shocked me. As I said previously, I bought this game on humble bundle so didn't buy this game individually or sit through the most arrogant of trailers. Because it turns out this game is a mobile port. Things began to make sense; This explained everything. I thought about reviewing this game for what it was before realising that it was not a mobile game: It was a steam game, so I shall review it as a steam game.

The second thing that decided to creep out from its bug infested rock was the head bobbing. When holding nothing in your hand, to to auto holstering after time or unequiping the actual weapon, there is absolutely no head bobbing. However when you get a weapon out your head decided to go crazy, as if the character is headbanging with a anvil cellotaped to his head. When you draw an arrow the crosshair moves around steadily but still weirdly enough for it to be off putting. None of this is the case though on horseback. You can run about as you please without any bobbing and have perfect aim. Not a great start.

This paragraph will be kindly donated to all the bugs I found after 2 hours of playtime, let's see, shall we?

1. The title screen will sometimes not load any buttons
2. Arrows will sometimes stick to the bow and decide never to fire
3. Axes and swords will stick sideways in the hand
4. Arrows will clip through objects
5. The sky will sometimes go completely black
6. With a shiled equiped, It sometimes doesn't want to appear/ be usable
7. Sometimes sounds will forget to play when using weapons
8. Sometimes animations forget to play
9. Sometimes runes don't do anything
10. Some small obsticles cannot be jumped over although in third person it shows them going higher
11. Some obsticles can be walked though completely (Trees, big rocks etc.)
12. The shadow only shows the arms and weapons
13. The loading screen plays bow sound effects
14. With a bow equiped, after a loading screen your bow appears to be drawn but isn't
15. Enemies can get stuck on small objects until you look away from them

Not sure if these are bugs...
1. Blunderbuss will have a fiery sound effect whilst reloading
2. Blunderbuss also creates a fireball whilst reloading
3. NPCs will only speak their first line of dialogue and use text for the rest
4. The axes hit range is crazily high
5. The character cannot move for around a second after they are hit whereas the enemies can
6. When swimming, third person shows your head below water, first person shows it above
7. The fire rune has shown no difference to using nothing to me
8. The head bobbing I spoke about earlier
9. ALL THE FLAGS WAVE IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS
10. Some chimneys have fire coming out of the top
11. Teleporting to a place on the map will sometimes take you to the other side of the place that you clicked
12. The only way of a horse is to change the camera view and then the horse disappears

The game seems to be copying greatly of Skyrim and I want to judge it against that because Skyrim basically owns this market anyway. I will some up everything about. Graphically it is okay and i am sure it could benefit from a HD graphics mod but I am still okay with the graphics. The sound, despite buggy, was quite nice. Grinding for XP and money was way to easy but levels didn't make enemies any easier to fight. After 15 minutes I had the highest level armour I could find (Despite the trailer showing better) and also the best bow and axe I could find, but my newly aquired levels didn't change much.

Overall I am going to give this game 3.5/10 as It really didn't uphold any of my interest for long enough to see it get any better. I got this game and others for 60p but it is shocking a mobile port would ask for £12.
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37 of 47 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
A skyrim type experience for mobile games, but not worth any price for PC. It's hard to get a skyrim-type experience for your smartphone. This title does an excellent job at being that, but bringing it over to the PC was a mistake. Why the heck would you pay for this game, with sub-par gameplay, graphics, sound, length, and combat, when you could just go get skyrim. I'd definitely reccomend this on your andriod or Iphone. Your computer? No.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
This is a difficult game to recommend for everyone, but it certainly has its audience, so let me start by saying:

Ravensword: Shadowlands is a game for you if you:

  • Are in the mood for a light, simplified RPG with limited customization and options
  • Are not scared by less than stellar graphics
  • Can tolerate a bit of grinding

On the other hand, if you are purist of the genre or have very high expectations, I would not recommend this game to you. You'll only get frustrated, or bored. And life is too short to be either.

Ravensword: Shadowlands is a simple game, with simple aspirations. The world is built with thick, not too careful brush strokes, and the story follows the same pattern. Still, it works, and that's as much as you can ask of it. The gameplay is kind of barebones for an RPG, with a small skill tree where most branches aren't really needed. Also, you'll find places where difficulty spikes are big, seemingly to encourage longer playtimes.

However, there are interesting ideas in the package. And the game is pretty optimized for a casual audience. The quests aren't overly long and can be easily followed, inventory management is reduced to a minimal expression (only weight can give you some problems from time to time) and the world is attractive enough to keep you engaged for the relatively modest amount of hours you need to dedicate to the game.

I am recommending the game based on the premise at the beginning, and also because, for me, it filled a very simple place in my library: a simple distraction from more complicated games. Sometimes, that's exactly what's needed.
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