I'll just go ahead and split this review in sections for each separate tale. Right after I say something about the frame story: (the player is bard on his way to a hard to please nobleman) Twas nice. I liked the Frostbite
reference and the fact that the player's party of four is destroyed at the beginning of the scenario and then reconstructed in the end. I didn't know you could do that.
Knight's Tale: My favorite. You play a knight of a monastic order on a quest for revenge... well sorta. I liked the narration and the hopelessness of the ending. Sure the combat wasn't very hard, but the Knight is "THE MAN" while his enemies are "the not." Also, it felt like there was more to do in this tale than some of the others.
Merchant's Tale: Also pretty swell. You play a merchant (or more like a courier) delivering certain merchandise to shady characters, but unfortunately nothing goes as planned. The trick here is that the combat is basically unarmed combat all the way. I say basically because the player is given a weapon of sorts.
Bounty Hunter's Tale: Meh, didn't much care for this one. It might be that I have something against playing a morally ambiguous character, you know, if it's forced. The bounty hunter is a right idiot. He basically
and then blames it on a rich man's greed. Plus the ending was really anti-climactic.
Prisoner's Tale: Least favorite tale right here. The story was kind of compelling, I suppose, but it felt detached from the other four tales. I would have preferred Sly's Tale. In addition to the detachment there's the fact that the player doesn't really do anything: You read a wall of text. Press enter. Read another wall of text. Take a step. Read text. And so forth.
Priestess' Tale: Alright, I guess. Priestess in a monastery. Something baaaaad happens. She copes. Minimal fighting. I think it might be just one and you're supposed to lose, but you totally end up kicking the guy's backside. Similar problem with not enough to do as in Prisoner's Tale but not as bad here.
After playing Knight's and Merchant's tales I was ready to say this was one of the "best" scenarios out there, but the tales of the Bounty hunter and Prisoner were a slight disappointments so:
And since the level range for the Tales is 1-1 the souvenirs are way overpowered. Ouch!