This is one of the best reviews I have given, which sort of saddens me…
This is a long RPG campaign. You never do anything aside from fixed force and simple RPG.
This campaign is too long to summarize each mission so I will just give an overview. Most of the missions are either “kill all enemies” or “go to the flag”. There is a story but it isn’t developed properly and doesn’t really go anywhere. The missions don’t really get harder and once I finished it I was like “Oh, that’s the end?”
Lacking in this area, the campaign just doesn’t have enough to do. In each mission you will be given a very simple objective, and often the mission is over in less than 5 minutes. There are adequate instructions, inasmuch as I was able to complete the campaign without using cheats, but playability was reduced by a minor lack of clarity sometimes. A couple of examples are messages that keep looping perpetually, a cutscene that lasts less than a second, and a scenario where you have to just go to a dock (nothing else)
This is the weakest area. I am aware that rpgs aren’t challenging in the same way as regular B&D etc, but there was little role playing element in this. There were no puzzles, just fixed force fighting, duels, and bring object to area. Another thing to note is that the campaign is 16 scenarios long, which unbelievably can be finished in about an hour. Each scenario is too short, and they should have been condensed into larger scenarios.
Here is the strength of the campaign, although some of the names were borrowed from LOTR, it had an original feel, some original map design, and a unique story, yet the map design never really looked “right” and the story never really seemed to go anywhere
[b]Map Design [/b]
It looks good at first, but it has too many areas that just looked messed up. The towns are okay, the eye candy is there, but it doesn’t really come off. It’s close to a four, but too many of the maps just look very messy, like a map where you have just a straight tunnel to go through.
The campaign has an original story, a nice bitmap (but forever recycled), but the story never goes into any depth, and lacks a real ending. It is utterly forgettable, in fact I find myself forgetting what it was about even as I type.
For a big download this one seems very weak, like a balloon that pops when you touch it. It has some interesting aspects, but a lack of depth and balance hurt the score it receives, which still looks too high for me. The designer is obviously competent using triggers, if a little inexperienced. I can’t understand why triggers weren’t used more often and I can’t understand why it wasn’t tested. If you are really desperate for something to play you could give it a look, but there are probably better ways to spend your time.