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Black & White (DC)
Member Name: pbyron
Black & White (DC)
Date: 06/05/01, updated on 06/05/01 (40 review reads)
Advantages: Great graphics, Fun and rewarding
Disadvantages: Difficult at first, Takes ages to get into
When Black and White started its creation process, back some 5 years ago, lots of people got excited about the many things that were promised by creator Peter Molyneux.
Only now, on the PC, has this game finally been realised and most of the magazines agree that it has been worth the extra long wait for this game.
So what is it about? Well, you start life as a god that is brought into creation when a small group of people beg the heavens to save their son. They lead you back to their village and very soon all the villagers are worshiping you and building you a temple.
'Easy life!' you might think, but being a god means that you'll have to decide on which way you want to play it, good or evil, hence the Black and White in the title. Before long you will have the hang of moving around the island and using the fiddly control system will get far easier.
The next stage of the game is to gain a creature. Some simple tasks must be perfomed to open the doorway, then you can choose which creature you want to raise. Raising them includes teaching them right from wrong, or vice versa if you want them to be evil and teaching them how to follow your instructions. This can be difficult at times, as the creatures have a mind of their own and quite often end up running amuck in the village somewhere, usually causing damage or even eating the residents!
In general this is a fun game, but one that you will only get the most out of after at least 4 or 5 hours play. Don't expect to sit down and get the hang of it straight away because it takes time and practice just to learn the control system!
When this game finally appears on the Dreamcast, there is no reason to believe it will be any less visually impressive than the PC version, and this is it's first main selling point. The control system may hopefully be improved by the fact that it will be using the Dreamcast's joypad and hopefully allow in
ternet creature battles like it's PC counterpart.
I will provide a full review as soon as I can play the game, but based on the PC version, it will be a must have title.
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