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Beowulf is an action game based on the CG movie starring Ray Winston, will this violent action film make a smooth transition to video game form?
The games story follows that of the film which is based off the ancient poem. A hero named Beowulf is called for by King Hrothgar to rid his halls from the monster Grendal, he then becomes King, is seduced by Grendals mother and then must defend his kingdom. It's a pretty good story and it is quite well represented in the game.
The gameplay on brief examination is a rather unremarkable hack and slash, you can use your fists to brawl, pick up weapons to attack enemies , nothing to bad. Once you have played for more than 10 minutes this illusion begins to fall apart, the fighting is made immensely frustrating by the enemies who can knock you down in a few hits and require you to tap the buttons so fast you almost break your thumbs to defeat if you manage to engage a finishing move.
Your weapons are also surprisingly flimsy and somehow after finishing off a few enemies it will break and you will be left vulnerable with only your fists to fight people, also the swords and melee weapons aren't that fun to use.
To open doors you will have to stand there and provide a beat with a small rhythm minigame so your allies can help you and open the door, this seems very strange and out of place.
The boss fights are also infuriating, the game gives you two choices you can be good or give in to the anger inside you and enter carnal fury mode, the problem is if you try to be a good King you'll end up having broken thumbs again at the pace it wants you to press the buttons!
The voicework I believe is done by the movies cast or very good sound alikes so that is pretty good and they did quite a nice job recreating the CG look of the film. It's just a shame the gameplay is so frustrating.
You are Beowulf, legendary Norse warrior with the strength of 30 men. Arrogant, self-serving, and lustful for gold and glory, you journey to Denmark to destroy a bloodthirsty beast wreaking havoc on a frigid land. But evil persists, and you succumb to its lure of even greater fame, quietly maneuvering to claim the Danish throne. As King, you must face the consequences of ambition, even as war descends on the realm. Lead your thanes into battle, slay the Titans of a dying age, and crush the enemies that threaten to annihilate both your kingdom and your people.