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CNN: Bard's funny, but not that funny
Review - posted by Vault Dweller on Fri 3 December 2004, 20:13:42Tags: InXile Entertainment; The Bard's Tale (2004)
CNN has decided to move away from the news business and break into the gaming media industry. The new name GNN - Gaming News Network will be recognized and loved by many Master of Orion fans. Anyway, to show that GNN means business, they've decided to put our beloved InXile out of business by trashing its remake of the popular RPG The Bard's Tale
While fun, and funny, the game play is merely average. We've seen these missions and characters many times, and after a while the tasks grow repetitive and tiresome.
Graphics are OK, though the top-down perspective isn't the most attractive or helpful way to navigate through a fantasy adventure.
Combat is straightforward, but healing oneself can be a pain because it takes three button clicks to conjure a healer.
The artificial intelligence is pretty dumb, because players can approach a group of baddies and lure them away one at a time for an easier fight than all at once.
Interplay's dead (for all intents and purposes), but it's spirit of "crappy console games=tons of money" still lives