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March 26th, 2008, 00:53
I have to say an A-E system is on the surface kind of childish sounding, but at least it leaves less room for variation and confusion.

Excellent review, Brother None. I only played the demo, but you hit on many of the problems I had with it.
I also appreciated your description of the horseback combat—it seems like something that's getting inserted into games lately regardless of whether it makes much sense or not. It's functionality seems appropriate here as you describe it—that is fairly realistic in implementation, but why would the designers think you would want to fight from a horse in a dark narrow alley? (Because you can, I guess). At least they gave you reasons to try to jump off and play rationally by including special dismount-only moves, similar to how Sacred handled it, IIRC.

Anyway, I thought the score was clear and appropriate and enjoyed the in-depth look at the game.

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