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Friday, April 17, 2009

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Geneforge 5: Overthrow Examined
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Game Tunnel recently published a review of Spiderweb Software's Geneforge 5: Overthrow. The conclusion to the fantasy RPG series brings to an end the conflict between Shaper and Rebel with an outcome determined by the player's actions. Game Tunnel recommended the game to fans of the series and dedicated RPG fans, noting that the lengthy text descriptions might be a turn off for some players.

From the review:

The story plays out through lengthy written narrations. These can be a little daunting to the uninitiated (read: me), since they're WALLS OF TEXT that read like the standard fantasy novel. Much of my time was spent reading said narration, and I was simultaneously amazed at the amount of writing and slightly annoyed by it. I found myself skimming, mostly, since it wasn't the kind of writing style that I can enjoy for long periods of time.

Geneforge is a point-and-click RPG, so many of its aspects are similar to games like Diablo. Travel and interactions are all done with the mouse (and a healthy assortment of hotkeys). The combat is where Geneforge shines, and is fairly unique in my opinion. The battles were turn-based, and involved all the characters in the field. There was no separate battle screen, no chaotic "real-time" fighting, or other perversions of turn-based battles (WoW... cough, cough).

One thing should be noted: don't go into this game expecting it to be a looker. Geneforge pretty much dumps good graphics in favor of…everything else, really. It's pretty sparse in the beauty department, but it's to keep your focus elsewhere. It sounds pretty good, but yet again, the focus isn't on aesthetics. There were some good tunes here and there, but they were there for atmosphere and not to create a lasting impression.
The full review is available at the page listed below.

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