I love Obsidian Entertainment but I had that dreadful feeling that they will fuck this game up.
Good old DS is dead. No more customized parties, no more character generator, no more donkey and no more twisted dungeons.
This is a new face of DS series...with all favored ME choice wheel...
The developers tried to make an interesting and intriguing story with plot twists and multiple choices but in the long run it turned out to be a bad choice.
The plot is simple and boring, voice actors sound stupid, and quests are linear and too damn obvious. The graphics looks "pretty" if you don't zoom in. All locations are so empty and repetitive that you might think that you are walking in circles. Forget about these twisted and interesting dungeons with bonus locations and challenging puzzles.. Get on the train, sit down and relax...this bad boy is going straight ahead. Straight as a horizon.
Enough tortures for now. Lets look at the bright side...well at least there isn't that much shit as on the other side.
There are 4. Each character has two combat styles and they differ from character to character. Lucas (warrior) fights with a one-handed sword and shield or a two-handed sword. Anjali (mage/fighter) can shift between human form, fighting with a spear, and elemental fire form. Reinhart (mage) is able to fight with magic at range and in close combat. Katarina (shooter) fights with a long-range rifle or a pair of shotguns at close range. Rebecca Grant modeled for Katarina's character, by the way…bad choice for my taste.
Every hero has a set of 10 skills that they can upgrade to their own taste (you can make only 5 upgrades so you won't be able to take that increased range that you left for latter).
As for the actual gameplay it's rather nice...an average slasher I think. You walk to the enemy and mash the button, the energy fills up and you can use your skill. You can spin, you can roll, you can dodge and you can just stay still until you are beaten to death for choosing this. At some point in the game you will be given a partner which is controlled by AI. It's OK, not brilliant but Ok. (at least an AI'ed character will not try to hump the nearest wall). Or you can play multiplayer with someone and this someone will take control over your partner.
I love DS 1 and 2. I used to play multiplayer with my friends a lot. I loved creating parties, to choose their skills and full equipment, to give them roles and all. I loved massive fights in first two parts.
I really regret buying it. I honestly tried to play it but after 3 hours...I just Alt+F4'ed it.
Maybe...just maybe I will give it another try and maybe I will find something worth playing because blunt and repetitive slahser is not what I wanted to see.