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Unleash your Dark Side
Black and White (PC)
Member Name: mattconnect
Black and White (PC)
Advantages: Good graphics for its time, some good fun,
Disadvantages: Hard to control, short game
I played "Black and White 2" quite a few years ago and never completed it as my PC couldn't run it properly and had to use other PC which I now can't use. I remember quite enjoying this game so I thought I'd go back and play the first game which my PC can run, only to be slightly disappointed.
The game can be purchased for around £5 and is super quick to install and run. After about a 5-10 minute introduction and tutorial you are pretty much free to roam but strictly guided by a linear quest in discovering your controls, your creature and what your aim in the game is. The whole of the first level is basically a tutorial and teaching you various methods of playing and the extent of your actions.
Essentially you are a higher power trying to gain as many followers or worshippers as you can through the use of a physical creature (I chose the cow :3) which you need to train towards good or evil. Personally "evil" is much more fun, but "good" is probably easier to do.
Once you get past this tutorial stage, you are free to do what you like in order to combat opposing "Gods". You can attack neighbouring villages or try to convert them. I found some of the quests on this beginner level quite tedious which was somewhat annoying but most were fun and easily doable- many just searching for things and bringing them to a specific location. These get progressively harder as you progress.
I had great fun doing quests and using the spells as it is visually stunning even though it is an old game, but the controls just drive me mad. It is incredibly difficult to control your creature and use the leash. The camera controls are also a pain which makes playing the game slightly difficult. If you can get past this, I'm sure you will love this game, but it is too big a factor which affects game play.
Another small thing is that text is somewhat slow and the two "helpers", God and the Devil are quite cringing and annoying. Some text is funny but most are cringe- if that's your humour, you'll love this game!
There isn't much replayability after completing the game but I'm sure you can play it again as another creature or go a different path, perhaps from good to evil or vice versa?
I guess it is one of those cases where if you've tried the sequel you can't play the original again- the improvements visually and in terms of controls the second definitely wins, but there are a load of bugs in the second game which I personally didn't have, but know many complain about. Whichever one you get, be sure to be thrilled by destroying people's homes, setting fire to the village or slapping your creature on the face. Your world, your rules!
Summary: Good VS Evil