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Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements - Preview @ TVG

by Magerette, 2008-01-07 18:12:09

TVG has posted a rather unforgiving preview of Ubisoft's latest incarnation of the Might & Magic franchise, the XBox 360 exclusive, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic:Elements, summing it up as of this early view as a bargain bin candidate:

     ...Cue one the introduction to what is shaping up to be one of the least satisfying combat systems in console gaming. And no, we're not kidding. The success of a game is won or lost in the opening minutes and hours spent with it, and if the preview build's opening missions are indicative of the final complete version, then Dark Messiah's potential performance could prove disastrous. Depending on whether you've chosen the tank-like warrior with his double-edged blade, or either of the other classes in Elements, the combat is either bland or pointless. In fact, the dependency on Mana if you're a Mage is so high thanks to inadequacy of the Wooden Staff, that all too often we were forced to kick enemies backwards time after time, hoping that they'd fall into the nearest [fire] and burn...

And the summing up:

    It doesn't take much to realise why Ubisoft has added the all-important 'Elements' to the game's title, if there is any semblance at all between this version and the final release: like Hydrogen it's light, like Nitrogen it's bland - and like Sulphur it stinks. Let's hope that an intensive final few weeks will have brought Elements up to scratch because otherwise Xbox 360 gamers could be the recipients of one of the poorest titles on the console to date. 


Source: GameBanshee

Information about

Dark Messiah of MM: Elements

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: Xbox 360
Release: Released