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February 16th, 2019, 11:23
Christ Centered Gamer reviewed The Bard's Tale IV: Barrow's Deep.

Okay. I've been harsh with Bard's Tale IV's puzzles, but now for where the game shines: the battle system. Combat here carries so many intricate factors I doubt I can give it justice, yet here I am to try. Encounters of the evil kind are inevitable. Similar to Checkers, combat is done in turns between your party and the enemy party. Which side goes first depends on who strikes first. You've got a limited number of moves (called opportunity) in your turn. Each character only has six abilities, five of which you personally equip. You get four moves, one movement option, and an item slot. Consider how these choices work in a group, though. A well rounded team needs complimentary attributes. In battle, your characters are assembled on a two rowed, four columned grid. Who's in front and who's in back in relation to your foes can put you in or or out of harm's way. Changing positions mid-battle costs opportunity too. Lastly, each attack has different areas of range, cooldowns, and/or charge times. Some attacks can be cancelled mid-charge by mental attacks. Equipped weapons and armor can alter some moves' behavior, and items grant advantages if chosen wisely. Now, I agree that this all sounds dense. It is, but it's a good kind of dense, at least to my tastes. I enjoyed the countless variables I had to turn the tides. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it was mine.

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February 16th, 2019, 12:35
It really wasn't a horrible game - for myself having played the full game there was something a little off esp with balance but overall i think it was a good effort and the negative reviews were over-blown.
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February 16th, 2019, 14:24
Hehe never saw a game site that had a moral warning. Hellish images and drunkenness. If you play Bard's Tale you will burn in Hell God bless those Pagans!
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February 16th, 2019, 14:28
I agree with @you, it wasn't horrible, it was quite good actually. The dungeons were fun to explore and quite beautiful, and exploration in general was very good. The combat may get too easy and you might have to play on Hard but even the character building I thought was quite good. It isn't perfect but it's a pretty good game and worth playing IMO.
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February 16th, 2019, 15:42
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Hehe never saw a game site that had a moral warning. Hellish images and drunkenness. If you play Bard's Tale you will burn in Hell God bless those Pagans!
Yeah, that site has been around for years. I hadn't read a review there in a long time because they really used to just be very short blurbs that were more heavy on the 'moral assessments'. Oh well, an audience for everything I suppose.
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Hehe never saw a game site that had a moral warning. Hellish images and drunkenness.
Sounds like a night out in Portsmouth.
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February 16th, 2019, 16:20
Not horrible at all, from my perspective. Actually, for what it is, it's quite good. My initial problem was that while playing the game, I was constantly trying to compare it to the first three in the series. When I let that go and enjoyed the current game for what it does do, the enjoyment ramped up and it became a joy to play, not simply a comparison of new versus classic.
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February 16th, 2019, 16:46
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It really wasn't a horrible game - for myself having played the full game there was something a little off esp with balance but overall i think it was a good effort and the negative reviews were over-blown.
I agree that it wasn't horrible, but I think how negative someone is towards it has a lot to do with the puzzles. In my case, loved the combat, liked the exploration a lot, but hated the incessantly annoying puzzles.

That update that fixed some things, MOST especially quick save, will make me get back to it some day. As long as I have a website handy that has the puzzle solutions
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Wasn't this still supposed to get another major update?

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Wasn't this still supposed to get another major update?
I think it did somewhat recently, didn't it?
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February 17th, 2019, 18:35
Well, it may be fair to say "it wasn't that bad"… But it sure wasn't Bards Tale.
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February 17th, 2019, 18:55
Aren't they working on a big patch or overhaul? Haven't played but will wait for that. I am dissapointed it feels nothing like a bards tale game but I will still play it at some point.
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February 17th, 2019, 19:48
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I think it did somewhat recently, didn't it?
Yeah, but I heard somewhere that another big one was coming. Might have heard it wrong, though.

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February 17th, 2019, 20:14
I know I'll enjoy my next play on this game a lot more than my first, now that I took notes on the puzzles I'll breeze through those and get to enjoy the combat and exploration a lot more.
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