TL:DR? See Conclusion
Lords of Xulima (pronounced as 'Shoo-lee-mah') is a 2D isometric old-school role playing game from Madrid-based developers Numantian Game Studios. The game is a ‘Kick starter’ success story that, as far as I know, had an original goal of only $10,000 but managed to reach a grand total of $35,657 by its end. The game features a world map gameplay similar to that of Heroes of Might and Magic and King's Bounty, but has a combat mechanic that is more akin to the Might and Magic series with certain areas of the game being blocked off by monsters until you're powerful enough to defeat them or find a way around them.
The game places you in the boots of Gaulen, an adventurer summoned by one of the nine (9) gods to go to their divine homeland of Xulima where a civil war has broken out when the god of death declared war against the other eight (8) gods. Gaulen sets sail with five (5) other companions but to their dismay, upon reaching Xulima, the gods had already left and in their place, terrible lords have taken power who will stop at nothing to keep Gaulen from interfering with the on-going war between the gods.
+ Good 2D graphics and art style but... (See CON #4)
+ Well implemented gameplay that is reminiscent of old CRPG titles
+ Helpful first mission tutorial and tool tips that covers the game's basic elements
+ Challenging difficulties
+ Good class system with different skills and abilities but… (See CON #2 and #3)
+ Good atmosphere for a CRPG with day and night cycles as well as weather effects on some maps
+ Healthy game time
+ Large world with a lot of room for exploration
+ Good story worthy of a sequel but… (See CON #5 and 6)
- The main character cannot be customized to have another class or portrait
- Some classes are almost indispensable for a successful campaign (ex. Cleric)
- No skill overview or mapping: This means you can not plan out your builds if it is your first play through unless you look it up in the internet or you're already familiar with the skill system.
- Portrait selections as well as some cinematic art works could use a bit more work
- The game's story (not gameplay) is linear because there are little choices to be made during important dialogue with the story NPCs
- Plot twist was a bit predictable
- Difficult early game
- Score system that is best ignored if you want a fun rather than competitive experience
- Game gets a bit boring at the end but that depends on you as the player
Lords of Xulima is a surprisingly GOOD GAME
and I have no trouble giving it my full recommendation especially with Classic RPG fans.
I can easily RECOMMEND
this game even at full price especially since it is only $19.99 or your regional equivalent. The game can net you at least 60 hours of game time and has a lot of content to enjoy and therefore, making a simple $19.99 purchase worth more than some of the Triple A titles that were recently released.
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