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Alundra - an honest review
Member Name: Blerk
Date: 24/11/00, updated on 24/11/00 (73 review reads)
Advantages: Great gameplay, long lifespan, plenty of replay value.
Disadvantages: You won't like it if you insist on 3D graphics.
Alundra is an action RPG, which owes more than a little to Zelda on the Super Nintendo.
You take the role of Alundra, an outcast who finds himself a new home in a small village after his ship is wrecked at sea. The village is bright and friendly, but a dark and ancient evil is preparing to destroy it and only Alundra, with his power to enter the dreams of the people he meets, can save the day.
The game is set roughly half and half in the real world and the dream world. As the game progresses you will find yourself tossed into a greater variety of locations and dreamscapes, each one offering a greater difficulty of puzzles and plenty of bad guys to despatch with a variety of ever-more-powerful weapons.
Everything happens in real time, so rather than switching out to turn-based combat (as with many RPGs), you just take an arcade-style swipe at the bad guys with your sword as you see them. This works very well and makes Alundra a great introduction to the world of RPGs if you've never played one before.
The game begins quite easily, but the later bosses are extremely difficult -don't be tempted to think this is a game for kids because of the slightly cute Japanese-style graphics. There's also a lot of gameplay here - probably 40+ hours, which is a lot for such a small amount of cash.
The graphics are cute and stylish, although they look quite SNES-ish in their styling - there aren't any polygons here, just beautiful hand-drawn backdrops and sprites. Don't let this put you off - it just wouldn't have worked in 3D.
Alundra is an excellent game and comes well recommended - if only because there isn't really anything else like it on the Playstation. You'll become engrossed in the plot and attached to the characters, and this is all most RPG fans could ask for. For the more arcade-inclined, it's a great introduction to the RPG world. And at less than £20 it's a bargain.
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