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ACSC06 - Immortal Prey Prologue - Eye Of The Beholder

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crasher
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Version: The Conquerors


Enter a fantasy world of intrigue and peril...






This cutscene is a prologue and introduction to the upcoming campaign, "Immortal Prey", soon to be released at www.dgdn.net and here in the Blacksmith. Estimated release: fall-winter 2006!



Take care and enjoy!



Crasher ~ DGDN.net 2002 - 2006

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Bultro I'll solve the problem when the real campaign is ready ;) I'm waiting for it...
Yugo Fox
Rating
4.8
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Pacing5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions4.0

The cutscene 'ACSC - Immortal Prey Prologue - Eye Of The Beholder' is a attention-grabbing and well compiled introduction to the soon to be campaign, and also acclaimed as one of the many fine entries to the ~AoK Heaven~ Cutscene competition.

Playability - Although playability isn't ready to be directly rated, it comes across fantastic. The custscene is set up in a diary/story form, and includes many articles of wide intrest like a well thought out introduction, and well defined characters. It is something many would look forward to playing.

Balance - It is a cut-scene.

Creativity - The cutscene is extravagantly original. In addition to a hint of foreshadowing within the instructions page, everything from the quiet introduction to the suspensful active scenes are well put together. Also, the many well used sounds add the sheer outstanding realism of the cutscene.

Map Design - The map isn't fully revealed, but none the less it is very appealing. It includes a clean city accompanied by many other simple yet effective ideas. Also a well designed marsh to top it off; in which the effects that the creator added make everything seem useful and real.

Story / Instructions: - Following an intriging introduction, the plot is slowly unveiled. It is complex due to the narrarator being a character that doesn't clearly establish any meaning until later on in the story. An action scene complete with good teamwork also added to the effectivness of the story. Also, clear steps to prepare for the cutscene were included. After reading through these, one knows he or she has something bright in store. The cutscenes only demerit lies here, as there were characters that weren't properly introduced.

Otherwise, the Immortal prey prologue is inclusive of nearly every needed aspect of a perfect cutscene.

Overall - 'Immortal Prey' appears to take on the role of a professionally made campaign. Using a combination of complex storyline and scenario characteristics, the creator has obtained many high expectations; hopefully they will be fufilled. With reviewing and playtesting, i'm sure the campaign will make a big splash in the AoK:TC scene.

RECOMMENDATION : ~HIGHLY RECOMMENDED~

[Edited on 06/30/18 @ 07:11 PM]

Mashek
Staff
Official Reviewer
Good review, Yugo. You should really review more.
thomasstrenby Very well paced and an awsome story line.

[Edited on 12/25/06 @ 06:21 PM]

crasher
File Author
Hello, to Yugo Fox,

You have disabled your email availability so I am not sure how to contact you, but with the release of Immortal Prey's full, playable campaign getting closer, I'm very interested in improving my rating here in the Blacksmith, especially for "Eye Of The Beholder".

I am interested in re-submitting a new version of this cutscene, and I want to know what you think it would take to deserve a 5.0 review, and if you are interested in re-reviewing the cutscene after I make improvements. Please contact me through my personal website, www.matthewsaville.com

Thanks and take care,
-Crasher-
Mashek
Staff
Official Reviewer
Rating
4.8
Breakdown
Playability5.0
Pacing5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions4.0
'Eye of the Beholder' is a cut-scene introducing the tale from the much larger upcoming project of 'Immortal Prey'. It is a single scenario running for the better part of twenty-two minutes and captures the betrayal and intrigue of a band of warriors committing a crime to survive. But when the plan to murder goes horribly wrong, one man makes it out alive only to discover betrayal, and perhaps more seriously, a further thread of conspiring lords, mystery and treachery.

PLAYABILITY: Even after all these many months since 'Eye of the Beholder's' release I can still watch this cut-scene and feel moved, intrigued, but mostly, still feel fulfilled. This short, introductory story is simply so moving, so wondrous, and so beautiful, complimented powerfully by atmospheric music and sounds. It not only has plenty of replay value, but is damn right inspiring as well. As if the story wasn't interesting enough, the characters and their fate in the tale were equally as impacting as well. The characters felt real, and played perfectly within their roles in the story. Each unit seemingly interacted with the scenes around them, adding to a genuine sense of realism and the gloomy music added to an atmosphere that is dark, mysterious and beautiful alike. As such I was mesmerised in this cut-scene from start to finish, and from start to finish I followed a story that I want to continue. 5

BALANCE: According to review guidelines, balance is in a scenario rated according to the player's experience with his struggle to survive. The player is also expected to at least understand the author's intentions with balance. Such is in the case of a cut-scene where the author's intentions are not for the player a struggle to survive, but for the player to sit back and watch as the story unfolds. Guidelines at least here justify that full marks are awarded, not deducted, for its non-playable merit. 5

CREATIVITY: Creativity in this cut-scene was exemplary. I spotted excellent characterisation, story telling and an overall broad map design, roaring with many creative elements such as a marsh, a mountainside and a city. I liked the music and sounds, the light stretching from a house window, pebbles thrown into the slits of a tower window and a murder in the night, a plan gone wrong, and its mystery unraveling right before your eyes. Other more specific things were in particular the way the story was told from an unknown character through his journal entries, giving the sense of a narrator, and the lightning and thunder flashing over the peaks of a mountain with rain. 5

MAP DESIGN: One word: Gorgeous. Crasher has developed his own unique style of designing, and I must say it not only works beautifully, but effectively as well. The open plains of grass and trees give a genuine sense of nature at its most beautiful, and the rain sound effects really impel on this, complimenting the look and feel of the design ever more. Not only this but the use of player colours implores on the overall effect as well. Places in particular to mention were the town of Novartis, wondrous with a mansion, houses and cathedral, and a marsh, realistic and a sight to behold. There were river crossings, a small village falling under the fierce, hail of rain, and forest roads - all designed to such perfection that you almost feel the rain sputtering across your face, the aroma of it from the dirt pushing through your nostrils under a cool breeze, and the cold of a crime in the night gone wrong. 5

STORY/ INSTRUCTIONS: The story was only relatively brief in structure, but nonetheless full of intrigue and wonder. I was kept in full suspense, and what little disappointment was met was only when the cut-scene ended. If anything the story's only flaw was that it was a prologue, an unfinished tale, the actual focus of the story still yet to be told of which a deduction of one point is necessary. However the cut-scene still comes with a wonderful bitmap, and good hints, if only a little too unpolished. Words look ugly in capitals, and many, many spelling mistakes were discovered by which the author being English-speaking could easily have fixed, even if in an update. 4

CONCLUDING: As an introductory scenario to 'Immortal Prey', I must say that if this was the quality of one 'meagre' cut-scene, I can only wonder what I will be seeing in the coming campaign. 'Eye of the Beholder' is without doubt an artistic achievement, which excels in almost every field. I honestly cannot wait an ounce longer for the long-overdue sequel. Please, Crasher, finish it. Don't leave us waiting any longer, but most of all, don't leave us with another unfinished project for us to sadden at the sight of in the Blacksmith.

In a sentence - Intriguing and mysterious.

In closing - A must download!

[Edited on 06/30/18 @ 07:10 PM]

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Rating
4.7
Breakdown
Playability4.7
Pacing5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions4.0
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Size:4.98 MB
Added:08/15/06
Updated:08/16/06