“Have you ever tried to collect a debt from a Dwarf? I guarantee it is more difficult than slaying a dragon.”
Eschalon: Book 3 represents a good and solid turn-based RPG, that provides the same gameplay as the last two parts with slight changes in form of a broader spectrum of weapons (finally some unarmed weapons!), more skill trainers, and a change in the support function of certain attributes (e.g. speed vs traps).
On the other hand the entire game feels less refined. Most locations have only a few enemies, and the overall difficulty has been reduced, resulting in a less challenging environment. In addition the unfavourable map layout invokes the feeling of unnecessarily prolonging the game by restricting access to certain level sections.
In the end Eschalon: Book 3 is an enjoyable experience with the focus on exploration, bringing the trilogy to satisfying conclusion.
Fun fact: Like the predecessors, the game's development was largely kept secret; the developers of the Eschalon series believe that most game developers release too much information about their products, spoiling the game when you eventually play it.
My rating system consists of six categories in descending order of importance:
- Tactical gameplay
- 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).
Tactical gameplay: B-Rank
Combat & Controls: A-Rank
While there are no achievements to conquer, a very useful guide can be found on the link below.http://www.gamebanshee.com/eschalonbookiii/locations.php
Achievement difficulty: none
Eschalon: Book 3 (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game
(Fantasy) – 2014
Eschalon: Book 2 (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game
(Fantasy) – 2010http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197968514473/recommended/25620/
Eschalon: Book 1 (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game
(Fantasy) – 2007http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197968514473/recommended/25600/