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Anonymous
March 23, 2005 3:56:58 PM

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-spotted it at FilePlanet a few minutes ago.

http://www.fileplanet.com/151519/150000/fileinfo/The-Ba...'s-Tale-Demo

Mirrors are likely available at your favorite file hosting site.

I loved the original trilogy and currently I have a party that's
slogging their way through the ice world in the third Bard's Tale.
People here have pointed out that no connection exists between the
trilogy and this new game which is unfortunate. Hopefully it has
redeeming qualities of its own.


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best regards, mat
np: [winamp not running]

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Anonymous
March 23, 2005 7:18:17 PM

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Vader des Vaderlands wrote:
> -spotted it at FilePlanet a few minutes ago.
>
> http://www.fileplanet.com/151519/150000/fileinfo/The-Ba...'s-Tale-Demo
>
> Mirrors are likely available at your favorite file hosting site.
>
> I loved the original trilogy and currently I have a party that's
> slogging their way through the ice world in the third Bard's Tale.
> People here have pointed out that no connection exists between the
> trilogy and this new game which is unfortunate. Hopefully it has
> redeeming qualities of its own.

Mildly entertaining voice acting.

That's about it, as far as my experience with the PS2 version.

The game, such as it is, is repetitive, boring, and simplistic.

And no RPG.

--
chainbreaker
Anonymous
March 23, 2005 8:54:07 PM

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Vader des Vaderlands wrote:
> -spotted it at FilePlanet a few minutes ago.
>
> http://www.fileplanet.com/151519/150000/fileinfo/The-Ba...'s-Tale-Demo
>
> Mirrors are likely available at your favorite file hosting site.
>
> I loved the original trilogy and currently I have a party that's
> slogging their way through the ice world in the third Bard's Tale.
> People here have pointed out that no connection exists between the
> trilogy and this new game which is unfortunate. Hopefully it has
> redeeming qualities of its own.
>
>

That was just terrible. The camera was atrociously limited in its view
of even the very room the party was standing in and some of these rooms
weren't all that large even.

I wasn't quite sure what was going on either. A fellow behind a wall of
ice asked for our help in freeing him and we managed to find the Raven
Stone he mentioned. I wasn't able to figure out what to do next since
the only other places were interaction was allowed was at a locked door
with a symbol of a lifetree. I believe the trapped fellow has the key
but I could no longer speak with him. Apparenlty the dialogue options
were exhausted. I started pressing individual keys seeing what they
would do and all of a sudden the demo crashed and the system rebooted.
Oops! Hmmm. It's a good thing I saved just before then.

Apparently the Raven Stone opens that locked door but I could've sworn
it didn't work. I'll just have to try again.

Another strange thing about the demo is that it failed to create any
start menu shortcuts. I had to locate the program and execute it
directly.

--
best regards, mat
np: [winamp not running]

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Anonymous
March 24, 2005 12:28:19 AM

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http://www.demoindex.com/ has the demo to...seems to be a pop.
download...but I
have seen these sort of comments...

"the humor and the dialogues is good, the gameplay boring (judged on the
demo) and the bugs are VERY annoying. Crash to desktop three times in 1
hour...."

".....a bad, buggy console port......."

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Anonymous
March 24, 2005 12:37:23 AM

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On Wed, 23 Mar 2005 12:56:58 -0800, Vader des Vaderlands
<vader@vaderlands.nl> wrote:

>-spotted it at FilePlanet a few minutes ago.
>
>http://www.fileplanet.com/151519/150000/fileinfo/The-Ba...'s-Tale-Demo
>
>Mirrors are likely available at your favorite file hosting site.
>
>I loved the original trilogy and currently I have a party that's
>slogging their way through the ice world in the third Bard's Tale.
>People here have pointed out that no connection exists between the
>trilogy and this new game which is unfortunate. Hopefully it has
>redeeming qualities of its own.

Had a quick try, didn't like it - unintuitive interface, no pop-ups
telling you what's what, etc. It terms of looks, it it's similar to
Neverwinter Nights, ie 3d isometric.

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They got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses !
And what's with all the carrots ?
What do they need such good eyesight for anyway ?
Bunnies ! Bunnies ! It must be BUNNIES !
Anonymous
March 24, 2005 12:37:24 AM

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On Wed, 23 Mar 2005 21:37:23 +0000, Mark Morrison <drdpikeuk@aol.com>
wrote:

>On Wed, 23 Mar 2005 12:56:58 -0800, Vader des Vaderlands
><vader@vaderlands.nl> wrote:
>
>>-spotted it at FilePlanet a few minutes ago.
>>
>>http://www.fileplanet.com/151519/150000/fileinfo/The-Ba...'s-Tale-Demo
>>
>>Mirrors are likely available at your favorite file hosting site.
>>
>>I loved the original trilogy and currently I have a party that's
>>slogging their way through the ice world in the third Bard's Tale.
>>People here have pointed out that no connection exists between the
>>trilogy and this new game which is unfortunate. Hopefully it has
>>redeeming qualities of its own.
>
>Had a quick try, didn't like it - unintuitive interface, no pop-ups
>telling you what's what, etc. It terms of looks, it it's similar to
>Neverwinter Nights, ie 3d isometric.

It wouldn't install to my E: drive despite giving no error messages. Just
happily installed to c:\program files. If that's the level of programming
excellence, then I guess I'd rather go use an emulator to play the
originals.

--
Michael Cecil
http://home.comcast.net/~macecil/
http://home.comcast.net/~safehex/
Anonymous
March 24, 2005 4:52:24 AM

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Actually the reviews for XBOX / PlAyStaTioN thingies-toy-box versions are
preety good...its not great..
but fun...worth the demo perhaps ?? ...look here for many reviews ....
http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/xbx/bardstale

Luv mouse
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Anonymous
March 24, 2005 4:52:25 AM

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Mark Morrison wrote:
> But I don't care - I went shopping for games today, and bought a bunch
> of second hand games I'm playing through - Jedi Academy, Arx Fatalis
> (£5 !), The Watchmaker, Painkiller and NOLF (for 99p !!!).

99p -such a steal for the quality gaming hours it'll provide! I
finished NOLF1 for the first time about half a year ago and had a great
time despite the graphics being a bit crude in places. There are even
people playing the game online still. The DM is a bit too fast-paced
for me but it's good to see a game with that kind of lasting quality.


--
best regards, mat
np: [winamp not running]

www.pdxshows.net
Anonymous
March 24, 2005 9:05:35 AM

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play it for the humor, not for the RPG or the gameplay really. Of
course, guess you could just rent a Monty Python movie or episode and
have a laugh in 1-2 hours instead of playing through 15 hours or so to
get funny bits here and there.
Anonymous
March 24, 2005 10:34:11 AM

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I don't know about the demo
Played the xbox vers found the game standard action RPG stuff <diablo like >
But the humor had me LOL if you like monty python holy grail type stuff you
will love this game ;) 
Rick

"Vader des Vaderlands" <vader@vaderlands.nl> wrote in message
news:3ae35bF6bhdmjU1@individual.net...
> -spotted it at FilePlanet a few minutes ago.
>
> http://www.fileplanet.com/151519/150000/fileinfo/The-Ba...'s-Tale-Demo
>
> Mirrors are likely available at your favorite file hosting site.
>
> I loved the original trilogy and currently I have a party that's slogging
> their way through the ice world in the third Bard's Tale. People here have
> pointed out that no connection exists between the trilogy and this new
> game which is unfortunate. Hopefully it has redeeming qualities of its
> own.
>
>
> --
> best regards, mat
> np: [winamp not running]
>
> www.pdxshows.net
March 24, 2005 3:32:12 PM

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On Wed, 23 Mar 2005 12:56:58 -0800, Vader des Vaderlands
<vader@vaderlands.nl> wrote:

>-spotted it at FilePlanet a few minutes ago.
>
>http://www.fileplanet.com/151519/150000/fileinfo/The-Ba...'s-Tale-Demo
>
>Mirrors are likely available at your favorite file hosting site.

I found it an average game. The biggest issue is the restricting
camera angle. You are looking down at the world from an almost 90°
perspective. It can be zoomed out only a certain amount.

The basic interface is very simple. You can control most things from
circular menus (each with four options, selectable by W A S D keys).
For example Shift-W brings up combat menu and then you hit W, A, S or
D key to select further actions (like weapons in both hands or
weapon/shield combo). Shift-S brings up the summon menu and then you
can select sub-menus to summon a particular being. The same keys, with
combination of Ctrl key sets commands to your minions.

The gameplay is fast paced but repetitive. Each major weapon class
(sword, axe, bows etc) has its own progression tree and subtrees. So
the game can easily determine if a particular weapon that you just
found is inferior or superior to something you already have or whether
it belongs to a different tree or subtree. If the weapon is a better
copy of some thing you already have (let's going from one handed sword
5 physical, 5 fire to 10 physical, 5 fire damage), the new weapon is
automatically added to inventory (and also equipped, if you were using
its older counterpart before). In all cases unneeded weapons are
automatically converter to gold. It's a interesting gameplay mechanic,
since it does allow you freedom to choose/equip items and yet
minimises the trips back to item vendors for selling the loot.

The character can be moved in few ways, by holding down the mouse
button or by clicking or by toggling the character into walk mode and
then controlling him using mouse movement alone (without any clicks).
Combat is very monotonous. I could see some limited tactics, such as
summoning elementals when the opponents are weak against that
particular element. Or summoning a bowman or a melee fighter to adjust
with your play style.

Dialogues are generally above average. On certain occassions you are
given a choice of how to respond to certain characters, whether you
want the bard to be a nice guy or not.

There are hotkeys to turn auto-map on/off (which is fairly well done)
or to heal the entire party.

Overall, I would have liked the game a lot better if the world could
be viewed from an angle such as that in Diablo2 or the old Crusader
games. However, with its restrictive camera and monotonous combat, I
am not planning to buy it until it hits the bargain bin. Sorry inXile.

My 2¢
--
Noman
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