Great graphics, great music, great sound - not so great overall...
I bought this game because it had the 'Forgotten Realms' tag and so far I enjoyed Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 1 & 2. I was expecting this to be more of the same, especially as it features one of the minor characters in both the above games.
I was gripped from the start - the opening chapter is fantastic - you fire catapults, hack orcs and trolls, dodge arrows, leap out of the way of a dragon's flames, cast spells and make stealth attacks: three different characters with different skills add a lot of variety and I really got into the fast paced action. It is literally thunderous.
Sadly, after this, the whole thing becomes rather repetitive. The environments change but your opponents can always be killed using the same methods, or in ways that are a little too clearly signposted. This game is NOT difficult.
Positive points are the graphics and sound - if this had been more of a well though out exploration game rather than just a hack fest, the results would have been breathtaking. As it is you don't get to appreciate the gorgeous visuals and soaring orchestral maneuvers due to being constantly distracted by the never ending stream of enemies.
So much potential exists in this game - talented voice actors, genuinely pleasing cut scenes that add atmosphere and carry the story along effectively but my major gripe - unforgivable in a game with such an 'epic' feel as this one - is that IT'S TOO SHORT!
It can be completed in less than 5 hours and the ending is not rewarding (unlike the interesting unlockable extras, which can be accessed after completing each chapter).
In short, a fair addition to the Forgotten Realms series and I think of it as just an interim distraction (although one that cost me £35.99) until Baldur's Gate 3 comes out.
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