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      10.12.2000 03:35

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      This an absolutely amazing game. This has to be one of the most under-estimated game this year as it is just so playable. The graphics are good but not excellent and the same with the sound, the movies don't look spectacular either like with resident evil - code veronica but the playability is just incredible. I got this game and though yeah should be alright, when I started playing it I just could'nt put it down. There are fifteen large levels to get through and the game just gets really interesting when the plot unfolds. You can be one of two characters and the only problem with the game is that the game is the same with both characters so not much challenge once youve finished it but its fun while it lasts. This game is very playable meaning that most gamers will enjoy it, the levels are very big so meaning the game witll last you a while. This game is very good unless you want a game with great graphics and fmvs (full motion videos or movies) as this sadly hasnt got that. You play one of two characters who have to go round slaying enemies in order to help an elf army win a war. At the end of each level you get to upgrade your weapons or spells or attacks e.t.c so making you more powerful and the game just gets better and better. With better graphics this would be a top seller.

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      04.10.2000 06:37

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      Take a step into a world of fighting and fantasy with the hack-happy Dragon's Blood. From the story, which casts the hero as the fifth child of a fifth child, and therefore pre-ordained as a warrior to be blessed with the title 'Dragonsbane' then sent on a deadly mission in the service of his kingdom. The player can decide whether this hero is Cynric the knight, or Aoewyn the sorceress, but either way there are fifteen huge levels to negotiate each, connected via forests, swamps and mountainous passages. Naturally a hero isn't a hero without near insurmountable odds, so it's no surprise that these lands are teeming with creatures, fifteen different races in all, with variations in each type adding further spice to the spell and power-up boosted combat. Of course, there are a string of other fantasy titles with similar ideas, but the real beauty with Dragon's Blood is the work that's gone into making the combat truly satisfying. Both combo and chain attacks are available, with kicking, punching and weapon based combat all coming into play. Such rich action, complemented by some of the most impressive level design yet seen on the Dreamcast make it a cut above the usual sword and sorcery epic

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      24.09.2000 22:53
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      Dragons Blood is a blood oriented hack'n'slash fight'n'scroll 'em up. The graphics are brilliant and the gameplay is fairly original, well designed levels - about 15 huge levels in fact, and there's heaps of enemies to destroy. In this game you actually feel like you are the character you are controlling and the great Artificial Intelligence of the computer characters helps the game come to life. It is slightly confusing though and it has been done before - kind of. I think it's worth buying, but if you have only a few games to buy - then get Crazy Taxi, Soul Calibur and NBA 2K as they are Dreamcast's most brilliant titles. But this game is classy, very atmospheric and well worth a look.

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      10.09.2000 21:31
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      Mmm, swords. If you're the kind of person who enjoys ploughing through hordes of nasty monsters (and have already completed Soul Fighter) then you're probably scratching your a*se with the lack of games on the Dreamcast in the style that you love. Well, no more! That's right -- thanks to the lovely people at Interplay, you can now sit back and slaughter as many evil armies as you fancy with Dragons Blood… because it's a medieval hack-n'-slasher. Oh yes. There are fifteen levels in total for you to traverse, split between three separate ‘hubs' -- Forest, Swamp and Mountain. To the game's credit, the levels do look rather wonderful; forests are lush and verdant, dungeons are particularly dank and menacing and they all radiate that ‘medieval times' feel that you'd expect here. It's a good job, because you'll spend plenty of time exploring them -- if they didn't look this good, you'd get rather bored. When I look, i couldnt understand why nobody has written an opinion on Dragons blood. It is a great game to play and if you purchase it you will not be dissapointed.

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      05.08.2000 22:24

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      Dragon's Blood is an action RPG with more cheesy one-liners than you can shake a stick at. Our main hero, Cynbik, looks not dissimilar to T.V icon Jeremy Beadle but with bigger muscles; This is where the similarity ends as Cybnik has a wit and sophistication that charms his enemies every time. His legs are so well-built you could break bricks on them. The female character, Aeowin, is a sorceress first and foremost but handy with any weaponry she has to hand. The strange thing is that at the beginning of the game she doesn't have any spells at all, which begs the question: "What kind of a sorceress is she?" The game is split into quite hefty levels. When you complete a level you are given the option of moving forward on to one of two higher quests. They all have separate quests for you to complete and within those quests there are others, given to you by the goblins and other characters along the way. For instance, one of your first quests is to reach Lomyn: the banished knight's inner sanctum. Along the way you meet a dying creature that has been attacked and imprisoned by a minotaur and he asks you to go and tell his people what has happened. When you tell them he is dead they then ask you to kill the minotaur in exchange for keys to complete your initial quest. All in all this makes the game very in-depth, interesting and sometimes irritating when you realise you haven't done something you should have. With this depth of plot it has to be said that, above all, the game is very story-orientated. This interaction between you and the non-player characters is an integral part of the game all the way through – if you skip through them you will miss important information that enables you to scoot around the levels quicker. It is also a major part of the enjoyment of the game: without the story-line and plot Dragon's Blood would be just another mediocre medieval-based RPG. The graphics are as fairly good, as you wou
      ld expect on the Dreamcast, although there isn't the usual big opening title sequence as is so often the norm these days. A short blood-red sweeping camera shot depicts the devastated landscape and cunningly turns into the options screen. However, when you are in an enclosed environment it looks like many other second-rate console games – there is nothing interesting about running around basic castle-based landscapes, and sometimes the dark and dingy corridors can be uninspiring. On the upside the levels are well built with lots of environments for you to explore. Don't just skip to the major buildings and landmarks - make sure you really check out the surrounding areas for health and hidden goodies. There are various things to look out for. Wisps (little floating fairies) grant you wishes and are hugely valuable. Red wisps heal you and, most importantly, blue wisps bless you. Once you have collected five blessing wisps you are granted some power, magic or spells to help you on your way. You can also collect vials of health potion that are scattered all over the game - sometimes in pretty precarious places. Dragon's Blood is an OK game. If you are looking for something stunning then it's not going to do it for you. The major achievement for the game developers is the amount of scope you have to move around, squeeze through gaps and balance on ledges – this makes it all that more realistic despite the awkward movements of your character. On the downside it's nothing that you won't have seen before and it's not that gripping or difficult to master. Running around dungeons has been done to death over the years; the only hocus-pocus slaying action that's going to be worth playing has got to have something special to offer.

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