The Bard's Tale (2004)

Video Game  |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  19 October 2004 (USA)
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A Quest for Coin...and Cleavage! You are the Bard, a selfish rogue weary of pointless sub-quests and rat-infested cellars... See full synopsis »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Bard (voice)
Narrator (voice)
S. Scott Bullock ...
Philip L. Clarke ...
(voice) (as Philip Lewis Clarke)
Fionnaoch (voice)
Ben Diskin ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice) (as Greg Ellis)
David Fisher ...


A Quest for Coin...and Cleavage! You are the Bard, a selfish rogue weary of pointless sub-quests and rat-infested cellars... See full synopsis »

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Comedy | Fantasy




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Viking Leader Silkbeard: That was the Orkney Dragon you loosed on that damn' town! Months we'd been at it, hammering at the gates and slaughtering the townsfolk when we could get at 'em. Then along comes your dragon, smashes the gate in one pass and puts half the city to the torch! It... it was... beautiful.
The Bard: No wonder the locals hate me.
Viking Leader Silkbeard: Hate you? Hate you? They don't hate you, man! They love you!
The Bard: They love me? What are you on about?
Viking Leader Silkbeard: Wait. No. Not love. Loathe! They loathe you! Despise you! They'll curse your name with...
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Follows The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight (1986) See more »

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So-so gameplay, but loaded with character
4 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Bard is the kind of a genre-savvy snarker that could only be created with the cynical insight of a brilliant games industry and gaming veteran. This one of the most hilarious games around; the 'Memorable Quotes' section represents just the tip of the monumental iceberg of wit. All voice acting is wonderful, and the characters are filled with charm, though the anti-heroic hero of the Tale has the best delivery; fortunate, since his voice is heard most often, and hearing his next comment makes the most compelling reward for gameplay.

Whether you've played the original games or not, this title stands well enough alone. Though the gameplay doesn't shine, it also doesn't take nearly as many hours as the original games. The full retail price is perhaps more than the duration is worth, but now that the game has settled into the discount bin, it's cost is nearer to it's value. The game doesn't have much replay value though, so you may just as well rent-and-return.

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