Personal Rating: " Get it whilst on a decent sale"
Traditional Rating: 5.5/10
Genre: Isometric Action Role Playing Game
Whilst technically there is nothing wrong with Clockstone software latest game, it's missing the charm that accompanied its previous title, Avencast. Greed: Black Border is about as mechanical as games can get. The pieces all fit together perfectly but somehow someone forgot to add some soul and some heart.
As far as story and plot go, Greed makes do with as little as possible on which to hang its gaming framework so don't expect any Machiavellian plot twists or just plain good old storytelling. Graphics and audio design are serviceable although the voice acting is atrocious and the script generally very poorly written. It plays and sounds very much like Sci-Fi B movie.
If you have played any action RPG since Diablo you'll know exactly what to expect. Click and then click some more and then stock up on what ever loot pops out of your enemies carcass. Clockstone obviously don't really understand the fundamentals of the hack and slash rpg - namely gear and inventory. Here you get an inventory that can hold only a few items and items are indistinguishable from the others when viewing them but different by name only so this ensures that your character will look exactly the same as he or she looked right at the beginning of the game.
The game also struggles to forge an inlay into the cannon that is the science-fiction themed action RPG, of which to be honest there isn't one standout game (Space Siege anyone?). But that does not mean its a terrible game, only a very mediocre one. There is still some fun to be had here, if you can get past the lack of good storytelling, terrible voice work, shoddy inventory system and some boss battles that will try even the hardcore gamers patience.
Posted: November 18th, 2013