Posted 03 August 2011 - 04:00 PM
From Nioca on the CSR
Overview - A small scenario with a simple plot. You play a soldier who is sent to deal with a bandit problem, with the help of a little liquid courage. Enough fighting to satisfy those who enjoy combat, without getting tedious.
Plot - Satisfactory. Fairly simple, putting a new spin on an age-old scenario plot. The idea of liquid courage was interesting, and the sequences that result were well done.
Combat - Excellent. Challenging without running the risk of having a stray monster inter one of your characters. The mix of abilities presented added a touch of tactical thinking. Additionally, the growing number of hostiles you're presented with at a time add a growing sense of futility to your quest.
Design - Good. Towns were convincing, if a little barren and linear. Outdoor design was good too, making you feel as if you were in a remote area. The atmosphere was great, but there was one vital flaw: a certain character in the starting town breaks the fourth wall, and not just a little bit either. For a scenario this short, it somewhat ruins the mood, even if it adds a little humor. Overall design kept the plot running smoothly.
Graphics - Good. Icon adjusts were used to make the enemies unique in appearance, to great effect. Snow graphics were also used nicely, but the transition between dirt and snow was non-existent. Terrain frills made all the small touches the main dungeon needed as well.
Balance - Almost Perfect. Combat was entirely appropriate for the level specifications, striking a near-perfect balance between challenging and fun. Starting equipment was reasonable, and there were no Monty Haul items whatsoever. The only thing that was over-the-top was your final reward, but I'm not complaining.
Technical - Great. The only real technical thing in this scenario were the transitional cutscenes, but they were spectacularly done without going over-the-top. Dialog boxes were well-executed as well.
Gameplay - Excellent. The scenario was fun, interesting, and kept me guessing (and mildly puzzled) till the very end. I'd recommend this scenario to anyone starting out.
Final Score: AVERAGE