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ArcaniA? More like Obviouso amirite

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ArcaniA? More like Obviouso amirite

Review - posted by DarkUnderlord on Mon 1 November 2010, 07:35:23

Tags: Gothic 4: Arcania

If you want another review of how sucky Arcania is, The Final Dungeon has one for you:
<p style="padding-left: 30px;">ArcaniA?&nbsp; More like Obviouso. [...] Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines arcane as &ldquo;known or knowable only to the initiate: secret.&rdquo;&nbsp; Synonyms include &ldquo;mysterious&rdquo; and &ldquo;obscure.&rdquo;&nbsp; The title ArcaniA is therefore ironic, considering that Spellbound clearly intended everything about ArcaniA&rsquo;s gameplay to be as obvious as possible.&nbsp; Any object that you can pick up glows and has glowing butterflies fluttering around it.&nbsp; Any corpse that you can loot glows and has glowing flies buzzing over it.
<p style="padding-left: 30px;">[...]
<p style="padding-left: 30px;">The simplicity of the interface and gameplay mechanics extends to the game world as well.&nbsp; There is no character creation &ndash; you are provided a character to play as, without even the option to name him.&nbsp; This constraint can work &ndash; Geralt, in The Witcher, comes to mind &ndash; but only if the character the developers impose on you is interesting.
<p style="padding-left: 30px;">[...]
<p style="padding-left: 30px;">The reward for completing any given fetch quest is to receive five more fetch quests. [...] Around the middle of the game, you need to access some archives to get information about the location of a hidden object.&nbsp; There is only one NPC with the authority to grant such access, and he&rsquo;s been kidnapped.&nbsp; So you need to fetch him from an orc hideout.&nbsp; Before you can enter the orc hideout, you need to bribe the orc guard with beer.&nbsp; Not just any beer.&nbsp; Special orc beer that you need to fetch from the one orc shaman on the island who makes beer.&nbsp; The shaman won&rsquo;t give you the beer until you fetch his friend, who&rsquo;s hiding in the woods (hint: to find him, just follow the bull&rsquo;s-eye on your minimap).&nbsp; The shaman&rsquo;s friend won&rsquo;t come with you until you fetch his necklace.&nbsp; Another orc stole it.&nbsp; So you need to find him (see previous hint) and fetch it.&nbsp; The fetching goes on and on, until the point at which you barely remember the archives you are supposedly doing all of this fetching to access &ndash; and certainly beyond the point that you care.
Spellbound cannot into questing.
Thanks Larry!

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