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Hands On With Eschalon: Book 1
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Basilisk Games recently allowed one of their forum members to post observations on the "look and feel" of a demo version of the upcoming Eschalon: Book 1 RPG. The post offers a glimpse of the graphics and gameplay players can expect from the release version of the game.

First off, the screenshots don't do the game true justice, it looks great. I'd say it's just slightly ahead of the game Arcanum in it's general graphic presentation, but with some really beautiful effects (eg from explosions, smoke, lighting).

Traveling through the game is quite lovely. The background music is the right balance of ambience and actual style and detail, which gives great character to one's travels. This added with very nice environmental effects light torchlight in the dark and fireflies floating about at night, just breathes life into the game. So this is not some half-realised project, it's very full and atmospheric. Setting up camp at night really feels like you're camping.

The music is superb, from the opening cinematic to the background music throughout the game, it's clear a lot of attention went into putting it together. The background music is nice balance of ambience and detail, so it's not just "noise" nor is it distractingly overwrought. Light fantasy classical would describe it, I'd think.
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Basilisk Forum: A Beta Tester's Observations
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