Clans is an old school hack and slash action game similar to Diablo. After playing for a while i managed to complie a list of good and bad points which i shall list, i shall point out the flaws and leave the good bits to the end to leave this review on a happier note;
Their doesn't seem to be any stratergy involved. There are three warrior classes and the "elf" class which is the wizard. and while i enjoy the idea of different fighting styles, there is the Warrior, the Barbarian and the dwarf, which is less cliche more boring when selecting a character, people who prefere long range only have one class and that is the elf class.
The lack of items. The game seems to try and make it out that there is challenge when really its just unfair, you get two lives and they go quickly as you get surrounded by more and more enemies, i got down to about half health when i encontered a mini boss. I thought he was some form of boss as he was hiding behind the statue so he got the first hit, and he did the most damage out of all the other monsters I fought, this lead to my death and i respawned and killed him, this rbought be down to four hit points left and he dropped a potion which brought me up to 11, i was thent asked to clear out a cottage (so my first real quest) where i found myself swarmed with no healing of any kind and i died again losing my last life and going back to the main menu.
The controls. The controls for moving are straight forward but attacking is the right mouse button which is odd and i was not told this so i had taken a few hits before i figured it out, there are interactable items within the game but there is little to no clue apart from a slight light up of the item. weapons do not have any sort of indication as to whats better or what it requires, there is an axe for example which requires two hands, i didnt know this untill i saw that i didn't have my sheild equipped anymore. There are also items in the game world that dont seem to have any use, left clicking (which is used for moving and item management) does nothing and the right mouse button swings your weapon.
the writing: this is a minor point but the spelling and wording could use some work it isnt bad but it doesnt scream "in your face bioware"
Now onto the good points which im pleased to say, what this game does well it does -very- well so lets get started:
Sound. The music and sound effects are brilliant and you get the right atmosphere that some games simply cannot achieve.
Introduction. the opening introduction is fully voiced (and voiced quite well i will add) and gives a very retro feel which made me feel quite excited to play this game.
Function. The game downlaoded quickly, had no problems getting it to run, and it ran smoothly with no obvious bugs or glitches, it seems this was a main focus of their time and it shows.
so i have listed three bad points (not counting the spelling and writing becuase what do you expect from a hack and slash diablo clone?") and three good points so its time to give my final verdict.....
I would -not- recommend this game on its own merits.