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Silver

Score: 90%
ESRB: Unknown
Publisher: Infogrames
Developer: Infogrames
Media: CD/0
Players: 1
Genre: RPG

Graphics & Sound:

The game looks (and somewhat plays) alot like Final Fantasy VII. The backgrounds look real and are textured beautifully. All of the graphics are extraordinary, except for the actual characters. We get to play with the blocky, non-detailed, short, stubby, cartoon looking characters. You know, the no fingers, block-for-a-hand type people. Which, as it turns out, really isn't that bad, because most of the game (and all of the combat) is played from an expanded view, so detail isn't that important. Also, the speech is kinda corny, but I guess it fits with the action. Overall, I would say that the graphics were good, if you don't mind the 'FF 7'

Gameplay:

Here goes the story - An evil man has just taken over the country. Since he just killed his wife, he needs a new one, so he sends out his guards to gather up all the females, so he can choose a new kitchen cleaner. Well, it just so happens that while grandpa is teaching you how to fight with your cool sword, the guards come and take your wife (and your wife has the sexiest voice in the world). Now you're pissed. You and gramps go after the men, but after killing a few, you find out that you are too late. The ship of women has already sailed; however, you vow to find them. Enter the plot - you and grandpa take off to find your wife (and the other women too, of course). Along the way, you recruit people to aid you in your cause. Cheesy story, but good game.

First things first, lets get the negatives out of the way. There are a lot of lengthy load times. From scene to scene, it just takes a while. Also, again like FF 7, you cannot just save at anytime. You have to get to the save points (until you get the map) in order to save your progress. Other than what I've mentioned about the graphics, that's all I have to say bad about it.

Now, the good points - it's just a great game. It is an adventure RPG with real time combat. It is obviously a Final Fantasy clone, but it is much better than that because of the real time combat. In my opinion, the combat engine is what separates this game from all the rest. This is a better game because of the combat. The way you move your mouse is the way you swing your sword. Lunge, left swing, right swing, uppercut, even a backward attack - it's all up to you. Complete control over a real time battle makes this game worth it.


Difficulty:

I found the game to be somewhat long and challenging, but not difficult. I must admit, I did have to go to the net once, but that was just to make sure I did something right (which I did). I don't think this one is too hard for anyone who enjoys those adventure RPG games. After all, it's a point and click; how hard could that be?

Game Mechanics:

Simple mouse mechanics. Point and click, drag and drop, that's all there is to it. Every once and a while you have to throw a keyboard function in there, but for the most part, it's pretty simple. I have heard of a few people having trouble getting the game to run, but I had no trouble at all.

You already know I loved the combat, well I would love to see these mechanics included in future titles. The mechanics in the combat just make the game great. Silver is a Final Fantasy VII meets Diablo with a little Die by the Sword on the side. This is a must-have for any adventure RPG fan.


-Storm, GameVortex Communications
AKA Jeremy Kelso

Minimum System Requirements:



Windows 95/98, Pentium 166, 32 MB RAM, 200MB HD Space, 2MB SVGA card, 8X CD-ROM, Sound Card, Mouse, Keyboard, DirectX 6.1
 

Test System:



P2 450, Windows 98 SE, 128MB RAM, Diamond Viper V770 Ultra w/32MB RAM, 2 Voodoo 2's SLI, 5x24 DVD-ROM, Monster Sound MX300, DirectX 7.0

Windows Rune Windows Star Trek: Starfleet Command

 
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