Thursday, 16 June 2011

Gaming Reviews

Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale
Available Now - PC, PS3 & Xbox 360 (Version tested)
Review by Blake Harmer

Much like the Warhammer 40,000 licence, videogames set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe are a mixed bag, ranging from the awesome to the downright awful. Sadly, Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale is on the shonkier end of the spectrum; which is the shame as the premise of an online co-op action RPG is a really good one.

There are numerous problems - graphical glitches, lacklustre sound effects and bugs - which are noticeable within moments of turning the game on. Even ignoring these faults, the rest of the game (even the parts that do work) is just plain lazy, as well. The combat is basic, the level design boring and the quests unimaginative and repetitive. In fact, Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale doesn’t do anything that Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance didn’t do ten years ago on the PS2 and original Xbox. And even then it's worse.

In Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale’s defence, the game does work better as an online co-op experience, and there is some fun to be had clobbering monsters among friends. That, and levelling up and finding new and more powerful weapons is always addictive in any RPG, flawed or not. However, with there being so many better online experiences out there, there is still very little here to recommend it for unless you are completely addicted to dungeon crawling.

The Emotionally Fourteen Games Rating
Sub-standard even when compared to other downloadable games on the PSN or XBOX Live. The graphical glitches and poor cutscenes are just laughable too.
Sound/Music: Average with limited music and poor sound effects. The annoying grunts you get instead of voice acting will begin to grate on you before too long as well.
Gameplay: A basic action RPG dungeon crawl that doesn’t bring anything new to the genre and doesn’t challenge the likes of dinosaurs like Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance or even Diablo.
Lasting Appeal: A fair length, and the appeal of playing through it with friends does add some longevity, but there is little replay value even if you do struggle to the end.
Summary: Numerous glitches and flaws aside, Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale just isn’t as fun as it could have been, even when played with friends. Fans of action RPGs will be better off sticking with the likes of Dungeon Siege and Diablo, whilst fans of Dungeons & Dragons will have to wait for another game to capture the essence of their favourite RPG. That or just play Call of Cthulhu. It is a better game after all. 4/10


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