Avencast - Preview @ Worthplaying
Worthplaying has put up a preview of Clockstone Software's first title, the action rpg Avencast:Rise of the Mage, currently still in development. It describes the game as a mix of themes and styles from Harry Potter, World of Warcraft to Diablo. It goes on to give some information on general premise, combat controls and overall gameplay:
Avencast casts you, the player, as a young boy found by a hermit wizard... The plot unfolds in a series of quests, some required and others optional, all organized in a fashion reminiscent of Neverwinter Nights. What I read of the English version was well-written and sensible, if a tad on the generic side...
The actual formula feels like it was made for a controller more than the keyboard-and-mouse scheme, which is good in that it represents just how fast and furious the action is. Your player moves as if he were in a first-person shooter and controls with about as many keys. WASD moves you side-to-side (and dodges), the mouse turns you around and aims up and down, E uses things and the mouse buttons use your melee and ranged attacks... A few WASD keystrokes and a mouse click (left button for short range, right button for long range) are all it takes to execute one of your many learned spells...
Clockstone isn't trying to make a completely individual work in the much-filled fantasy RPG genre, but they're trying to take existing elements and merge them into a distinct, tightly made effort. From its top-pace combat scheme to its honed magic system, Avencast is solidly succeeding at this objective.
Genre: Hack & Slash