Aralon: Sword and Shadow HD Review
- 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.
DescriptionReady for a giant open-world RPG?
The Kingdom of Aralon stands on the brink of total ruin. The final words of a mortally-wounded man bring startling revelations about your late father, setting you off on an incredible journey that will see the very fate of the kingdom itself at stake! Explore a sprawling open world, battling deadly monsters, recovering precious treasure, and solving a myriad of quests to help the people you meet along the way.
Customize your play style with your choice of race and class. Will you be a courageous human paladin? A mystical elven mage? Perhaps a powerhouse troll warrior? It's up to you! Pick from a variety of cosmetic options to give your hero the final touch and head out for adventure.
Visit bustling cities, fight your way through goblin-infested caves, and gallop across wide-open fields on the back of a powerful horse. Gain experience and seek out legendary equipment to increase your power and access new skills and abilities. Will you be the savior of the kingdom, or just another tasty snack for a monster?
“Aralon: Sword and Shadow offers just about everything you could want in a gigantic open-world RPG. If you have the time to invest, you're going to love it.”
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An Epic Quest: Explore the Kingdom of Aralon! Go toe-to-claw with fierce monsters, map out labyrinthine caves, solve tricky quests, and find the clues that will help you save the world!
A Sprawling 3D World: Visit tiny hamlets and bustling cities. Traverse twisting valleys and massive fields. Crawl through monster-infested sewers and crumbling mines. Go where you want in this huge world!
Legendary Gear: Seek out secret areas and take down powerful monsters to get your hands on some amazing equipment and valuable treasures!
Create Your Character: Choose from 3 different races and 5 different classes to create the hero of your dreams!
Extra Activities: Go fishing in the waters of Aralon, craft up some potions to give yourself an edge, or join a guild and take on special missions!
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