|Lance O Lot
Posted on 03/06/07 @ 03:02 PM (updated 03/14/07
-+- Green Rider -+-
The prairie blows the grasses
And whips the horse’s mane.
They travel, horse and rider,
Through the sea of amber grain
Hills roll by, and clouds pass
But steady are the horse’s hooves
Upon the wind blown grass
As they travel, horse and rider
There is no trail that they follow
No path that can be seen
There they travel, horse and rider
Upon the endless blowing green
On his long journey home from school after a fight which will surely lead to his expulsion, Kragan G'ladheon ponders his future as he trudges through the immense forest called Green Cloak. But his thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves as a galloping horse bursts from the woods, the rider slumped over his mount's neck, impaled by two black-shafted arrows. As the young man lies dying on the road, he tells Kragan that he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of the king, and that he bears a "life and death" message for King Zachary. He begs Kragan to carry his message, warning his not to read it, and when Kragan reluctantly agrees, he makes Kragan swear on his sword to complete the mission "for love of country." As he bestows upon Kragan the golden winged-horse brooch which is the symbol of his office, he whispers on his dying breath, "Beware the shadow man..."
Kragan's promise changes his life forever. Pursued by unknown assassins, following a path only his horse seems to know, and accompanied by the silent specter of the original messenger, he himself becomes a legendary Green Rider. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces he cannot understand, Kragan is hounded by dark beings bent on seeing that the message, and its reluctant carrier, never reach their destination.
Stunning Map Design
Cool Sound Effects
This prologue does contain an edited dat file, so I strongly suggest you back up your own dat file (just rename it something else).
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Green Rider is a marvelous cut-scene with many great scenes and creative aspects. The music makes everything themed and suits the scenario perfect. There are no bugs, and even without the data-file its playable, although the bamboo-walk dont work as it should.
I enjoywed every second with this and it was a dramatical cut-scene that glued me to the chair. A masterpiece!
No other rating here than a 5 is acceptable for this, according to me.
As it's a pure cut-scene, there are no scenes where you're supposed to fight yourself, and therefore Balance cannot be judged. According to the Review Guidelines, all scenarios with these manners, no playable parts, should be given a 5 in the Balance cathegory.
This cut-scene was very creative. the data file makes the woman walk through the bamboo, symbolising her walking through the bushes, beating away the wood that comes in her way to get out.
The whole concept is new. Although scenarios with the father and mother of the hero are dead, the Green Rider has never been seen before.
Then there's the music that suits the scenario perfectly, the explosions symbolising the pain in the womans chest, and loads of other details that brings this up to a 5.
MAP DESIGN: 5
The design was awesome. It was beautiful everywhere, from the first to the last scene. Well mixed terrain, much eyecandy, the house with the well was hidden so that you only see the well, good elevations and everything a cut-scene needs. Varying terrain for example, and then I mean having both snowy mountains, roadsides and other terrain.
Really great. Another 5.
STORY & INSTRUCTIONS: 4+
This is the only cathegory where the cut-scene doesn't score 5.
First off, the instructions aren't very many but they're clear and its hard to make any mistakes with settings.
Second, the story is splendid. The theme, with the Green Rider, has never been used before, although the concept with the hero's parents dead isn't new. The story is told in a great way, meaning the watcher is always glued to the chair (at least I), from the first scene to the last.
I was really sad when the cut-scene ended. I didnt want it to end like this!
And then in the aftermaths, I get to know this will be your (Lance) last work for AoK and that you wont finish the story? How evil are you? >:(
Well that last sentense wasn't serious :P
Anyhow, there is a reason why this doesn't score a full 5.0
It's not a finished story, and it will never be. And that's too bad.
OVERALL: A masterpiece
IN CLOSING: Why not make a Luke Gavaerts and return and make the full version later? :)
[Edited on 03/23/07 @ 06:40 PM]
Luke G? Gah.
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