Aralon: Sword and Shadow HD Review
- Publisher: Crescent Moon Games
- Genre: Entertainment
- Released: 16 Dec, 2010
- Size: 318.2 MB
- Price: $4.99
- Huge open world RPG gameplay.
- Varied class trees with unique skill development.
- Pet/companion system to offset class deficiencies.
- Draw distance problems; landmarks regularly 'pop' in to view.
- Automated targeting system hard to override.
- Odd AI glitches; mostly related to pathing and following zones.
The scope and size of Aralon: Sword and Shadow's gameplay is only mildly dampened by the occasional odd problem, which may be off-putting for some, but they're far from game-breaking and certainly not worth depriving yourself of this great RPG.
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There are few times I feel I could safely say this at the beginning of a review, but if you're a fan of Western RPGs (in particular titles in the vein of Elder Scrolls), then you really should take the time to pick up Aralon: Sword and Shadow HD by Crescent Moon Games and Galoobeth Games. But, I digress and submit that while there are frayed edges to this comprehensive RPG, the scope and depth of this game goes so far beyond the regular pick up and play titles that it's a small wonder it's on a mobile device at all.
Getting about in the world of Aralon is made easy thanks to a combination of touch and virtual stick controls, along with menus and context sensitive buttons to handily condense your available actions. After choosing between three races and four available classes, players are introduced to the initial basic story of 'saving the kingdom' with a twist of 'because your dead father asked you to' and then pushed out in to the world with a handful of introductory quests. At this point exploration is only limited by your ability to survive, with early caves proving to be a deadly challenge and wrong turns down country paths ending with a crushed skull. Combat can be semi-automated to remove the need to spam the attack button (especially handy for melee based classes), though broad skill trees give players the option to specialize their active (and passive) abilities, including the ability to summon pets to aid your quests.
Some criticism could be launched at the rather jagged environment landscapes, but it would be a harsh assessment given the detailed and varied areas to explore that look stunning no matter what time of the day in-game. The audio track can feel out of place at times, obscuring some of the dialogue in cutscenes, which is a shame given that the voice acting is certainly not the usual sub-standard quality some would expect.
Aralon isn't without some genuine criticisms though as players have to face odd problems like henchmen occasionally not following you in to new zones, towns that feature no external signs to distinguish between useful buildings and mounts that will throw you off at the slightest barrier in their path.
But ultimately these are minor quibbles that can be taken in stride as exploration is rewarded well and with so much out there to find, you'll be locked in for hours on end. Aralon: Sword and Shadow HD is an excellent grab for any fan of role playing games.
DescriptionThe sequel for Aralon arrives on December 3rd on iOS!!!
That which is done cannot be undone, but it can be avenged.
From the Creators of the award winning Ravensword: The Fallen King,The Elder Scrolls Artist Mark Jones, and
Developer Galoobeth Games, comes ARALON: SWORD AND SHADOW, an Epic 3d Role-Playing Adventure.
An iPhone 3d RPG inspired by that classic vein that focuses on a compelling story, a unique hero, and an open 3D world ready for exploration. Journey through the Kingdom of Aralon and unravel its mysteries.
- Cloud Save: Save your game progress and access it on multiple IOS devices
- Full Retina Display and iPad Support
- Over 30 hours of gameplay
- Gorgeous and dynamic 3d environments
- 3rd and First Person play modes
- Full Day/Night cycle and dynamic lighting effects
- Epic Soundtrack and realistic sound effects
- Customizable characters, including hairstyles, armor, and different faces
- 4 Character Classes
- Unique Skill Trees for each class
- 3 Playable Races: Humans, Elves, and Trolls
- A primary quest and multiple, optional side-quests
- Hundreds of items to acquire and wield
- Comprehensive Inventory System
- Battle various enemies that use different fighting tactics
- Faction system, herb gathering, crafting potions and
magical items, dual-wielding, lockpicking, pick-pocketing, and more
- Swimming, Fishing, Campfires
- 8 Different Mount Types, including horses, dragons, and more
- Fully animated 3d characters
- Pets and henchmen to help you in your quests
- Save system with 6 different save slots
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