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Wednesday, May 2, 2001
Rune - Halls of Valhalla Review
9:57 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Games Domain has published a recent review of GodGames' expansion to their hack and slash game Rune, titled Halls of Valhalla. This expansion set, usable as both a stand-alone game and an add-on, focuses on the internet multiplayer combat of Rune, offering new levels and modes of play, among other things.

Fifteen new character models and skins have been added with this set. Also included are thirty-three new maps, several of which are player creations. This title also includes a map editor, so that other aspiring players can create their own maps if they so wish.

One of the new modes, Head Ball, has players attempt to lop off the heads of their opponents and throw them into goals to score points. Another mode, Arena, features one-on-one or team battles, with safe spectator zones where players can observe the action, practice weapon throwing on target dummies, or blow large horns to cheer their favored warriors onward.

The tone of the review indicates a mixed bag. On the one hand, it praises the variety of weapons:

Weapons are nicely designed and textured, too, with a variety of imposing, strangely curved blades. Fine gilding and embossing on the blades turns some of the weapons into little works of art.
On the other hand, ther reviewer was not too impressed with many of the visuals in the game, particularly in the maps:
On the whole, the maps in which you fight tend to be uninspiring. Many deathmatch maps, like "Sanctum", with its maze of metallic tunnels and passages set at right angles, offer little room to maneuver and very little visual interest.
For the full review, be sure to check out Games Domain's article using the link below. Westlake is handling the Mac port, which is currently listed as "Early Development" on their project status page.

Westlake Update on Rune: Halls of Valhalla
Games Domain - Rune: Halls of Valhalla Review
Gathering of Developers
Human Head Studios
Westlake Interactive

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