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Silver

Score: 95%
ESRB: Teen
Publisher: Infogrames
Developer: Spiral House
Media: GC/1
Players: 1
Genre: RPG


Graphics & Sound:

If you like Final Fantasy, you will love Silver. If you hate Final Fantasy, you will love Silver. Does that cover everybody? Silver has a very Final Fantasy VII feel to it, but better. Everything looks gorgeous. The backgrounds look real and are textured wonderfully. The only downside in the graphics are the actual characters, and they are not bad at all. As with the PC version, the speech is kinda corny; they could have used better voiceovers. Overall, I would say that the graphics were great; you will not be disappointed with the looks. Everything is bright and transitions very smoothly. The colors are lively, and all the edges are smoothed. Silver really looks great.

Gameplay:

The story is simple. An evil villain (aren't villians evil be definition) has just taken over your country. Recently, he killed his own wife; therefore, he needs a new one (oh, if life were a fairy tale). He sends out his guards to gather up all the females so he can choose one lucky lady to be his new bride. Well, it just so happens that while grandpa is teaching you how to fight with your cool sword, the guards come and take your girl. You don't take too kindly to this. You and gramps go after the men, but alas, you find out that you are too late; the ship of women has already sailed. Now you and grandpa take off to find your woman (and the other women too, of course). Along the way, you recruit people to help you out. Not the most original storyline, but better than most.

The only problem I have with the game is the lack of an anytime save feature. Silver has those all too familiar save points. That's not entirely correct because when you get the map, you can save at anytime outside of the city.

To put it simple, Silver is just a great game. It is an adventure RPG with real time combat. It has obvious Final Fantasy tones, but it is much better. So what makes this game so much better? The combat engine is what separates this game from all the rest. This is a better game because of the combat. You control your sword movements using the directional controller. You can lunge, swing left or right, uppercut, and even attack a flanking assailant, all in real time. Complete control over a real time battle makes this game worth it.


Difficulty:

I found the game to be somewhat short and easy. Well, that's only because I played the PC version and as far as I can tell, it's identical. I don't think this one is too hard for anyone who enjoys adventure RPG games.

Game Mechanics:

Simple mechanics. Move, attack, equip, drop, use . all easily within a button stroke. As you already know, I loved the combat system, and that's because it works really well. If you like action/adventure RPG's, you cannot be without Silver.

-Storm, GameVortex Communications
AKA Jeremy Kelso

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