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Eschalon: Book I Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

GamersInfo has published a new review of Eschalon: Book I, the first in Basilisk Games' new "old school" focused RPG series. Inspired by classic role-playing games of the past Book I sends players on a quest to uncover the mystery of their character's identity. GamersInfo recommended the game to fans of the turn-based role playing game genre.

Once you get past the creation system, you’re dropped into an open-ended world. You can go where you like, and nothing holds you back except for your character’s level and skills. Exploration is turn-based. Just point and click, and he’ll go in the direction you want. Monsters move whenever you do something. Left-mouse button initiate your primary attack, whether it is a sword, mace, dagger or bow, while the right mouse allows you to cast spells. So if you’re being chased or have encountered a tough monster, you can take all the time in the world to decide your next move. Basilisk is not joking with the statement about “playing at your own pace.” You can literally stop and smell every flower. For me, this is one of those games that is perfect to play at the end of the day. Just prepare a cup of chamomile (or Sleepy Time) tea, turn on this game, and slowly inhale and exhale. Feel the tension slowly fade away.

The game is rather nice to look at and brims with details. Water flows down the river, torches cackle, blood spurts whenever a creature is hit, lighting is expertly used as one can watch the sun go down and the moon rise in the distance, and bolts of flame are seen whenever a certain spell is cast. The downside about the latter is that as a spell increases in potency, it never gets any grander. It is sort of a shame because it does not give a sense of power that occurs when mastering potent spells. But let me make this clear: It does its job well. If it was any stronger, the gameplay would probably suffer.
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