Of Orcs and Men - More Reviews
Of Orcs and Men is for a specific audience -- its quirks and faults will be tough to forgive for the mainstream crowd, while its challenge and uniquely hectic combat can be offputting. It is, however, a game that a particular sort of gamer will fall deeply in love with.
Entertainment Buddha, 5/5
Overall, Of Orcs and Men is a solid gameplay experience. The more time I sank into it, the more I appreciated its characteristics. The story is really unique; because it’s not too often you get to be the victim in the human vs. orc/goblin conflict. Aside from the intriguing story OOAM also has solid graphics, as well as a great soundtrack with sound effects that really help pull you into the story. Along with the audio aspect the game’s tooltips are very informative, and not some interactive video that you have to watch and mimic, or a short message that you miss and have no idea what you’re doing moving forward. OOAM has its issues, namely with how combat is executed, but also with the limited on-screen HUD.
The whole game is just so frustratingly uninspired, and doubly so when you consider the great things that other games have done with the same setup. The game positively screams to be made into a great co-op experience like Hunted: The Demon’s Forge, or The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, where each character has a specific skillset that compliments the other, where splitting up is a great risk/reward decision, where levels are filled with various traps, puzzles and secrets that require players to work together to uncover, or where your actions have a measurable outcome on the game beyond “how hard the next fight is going to be”.
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