Posted 21 August 2009 - 09:48 PM
Master Ackrovan's Review of The Eternal
The Eternal is a 24hr scenario made from Nikki during the Second 24hr Scenario Contest.
The Plot - The plot is the real reason to play this scenario. As per typical Nikki style, the plot is what really took prioriety and it shows with flying colors. You are shipwrecked on a small island with no knowledge of what the island is or what is was. As you soon discover, the island is completely abandoned of human settlement, and its only occupants are these strange stone statues in the shape of Angels that are mysteriously popping up at every turn you make. Vivid and suspenseful, the plot for the Eternal will keep you on the edge of your underpants for practically the entire duration of the scenario. With extremely skilled and intelligent execution, the plot of this scenario is surely very high end.
However, the plot has one fatal flaw. The ending is highly anti-climactic. It honestly seems like the designer had lost track on how to end it and just went with his gut instinct. Now, while this can be a good thing, in this case, it is not. So, basically, you'll be sitting on the edge of your seat, but you will never find the reason to stay there near the end.
Still despite the anti-climatic ending, the plot of the Eternal is by far the best feature of the scenario is should be a major factor at least if you are considering to play this scenario.
The Graphics - The Graphics are mostly standard for this scenario. While nothing top dollar or exceedingly charming, the graphics meet standards and are up to par. One really cool aspect is that some of the swamp graphics are from Geneforge, which seem to fit in almost perfectly with the plot and atmosphere. While nothing special or memorable, the Graphics are acceptable and overall fine for a BoA scenario.
The Dialog - Most of the dialog is extremely poetic and capturing throughout the whole of the scenario. Nikki really shows his best colors here and excels most scenario's in his use of the English language. Highly motivating and skilled, the dialog is near perfect. No valid complaints can be made.
The Gameplay - Game play is average in pretty much all ways. There are no shops or stores, so nothing can be broken or anything like that. The only thing of real note is the level requirement. While it says "10-15", it should really be "10-10". You won't be gaining any levels in this scenario.
The run time can be estimated for about 45 minutes, so you can expect to finish this in half a sitting. No bugs or glitches that weren't caught in the Beta.
The Combat Null. There is no combat in this scenario, so therefore it can not be reviewed.
Overall - From start to finish, you will enjoy this scenario. Its got artistic writing and a well-thought out, if anti-climactic, ending. The graphics are acceptable, and the overall game play is good. So play this scenario if you have some time on your hand. What else do you have to do?
Final Ranking - Good
-- The Great Archon