Reviews by Kratuln

60

Good adventure game but not much of an RPG...

Kratuln | April 30, 2013 | Review of ArcaniA: Gold Edition

I played this a while ago and really began to enjoy it once I viewed it more as an adventure game than an actual RPG. After that I really got into the story and the world of ArcaniA but extremely disappointed by the horrible ending.

As an RPG the game falls flat on it's face. Voice acting is down right terrible in parts, some of the characters are just annoying and the plot takes a giant pitfall for the worse. It's a shame because the game could have had a lot going for it which was evident from the early and middle parts of it. It certainly did prove to have an interesting setting and story to it once you could get into it but everything was taken away by the ending with more questions left than answered.

The ending was just poorly thrown together and one of the most interesting and revealing parts was clearly rushed in order to ship the game. Later parts towards the end were given no polish and very little thought. Enemies were randomly thrown at you and there were some graphical glitches like floating textures. It's a shame because you can tell the developers really put a lot of time and effort into a lot of the areas and really seemed to try hard to make the world believable and enjoyable to explore with a fairly interesting plot overall. If they had more time to develop Arcania we most likely would have been looking at a game worthy of it's launch price but in the state it was released in it's only worth a sale price of 75%.

It should be worth noting that this game has very little to do with the Gothic series. It's not as open and there's not as much dept to it. The world is basically cordoned off into separate areas. The areas in the game are very large making it feel more open than closed, certainly not a linear game by any means, but it isn't an open world game like the Gothic series is.

If you want something to play through and enjoy for it's scenery and locations then pick this title up. If you want an RPG or a completed game from start to finish stay well away from this game.

60 ~ Enjoyable, great visuals, alluring locations and fairly solid gameplay but the game is rushed in later parts and needed more attention in some early areas. Definitely not one for RPG fans but a worthwhile ride if you enjoy it for the fantastic setting and locations. Just don't expect a satisfactory and conclusive ending.