Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled DS

User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 5 out of 20
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  1. AlexH.
    Oct 14, 2009
    3
    I love old-school RPGs and this is NOT one of them despite what reviewers say. The random encounter rate is far too high to enjoy this game at all, where you literally take 2 steps between each fight. The worst part is the exp rewards for fighting are so low, they are just a waste of time. Coupled with the maze-like dungeons, it seems all this game wants to do is waste your time rather I love old-school RPGs and this is NOT one of them despite what reviewers say. The random encounter rate is far too high to enjoy this game at all, where you literally take 2 steps between each fight. The worst part is the exp rewards for fighting are so low, they are just a waste of time. Coupled with the maze-like dungeons, it seems all this game wants to do is waste your time rather than try to provide a challenge or a good story. It is a shame because this game COULD have been a good old-school RPG and has excellent graphics that are reminiscent of Chrono Trigger. I would not recommend this game for anybody, however, and I am frankly appalled it ever even got made. Expand

Awards & Rankings

#40 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
#65 Most Shared DS Game of 2009
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. Nintendo Power
    50
    Random encounters happen too often, take too long, and involve too much sitting and waiting for the active-time gauge to fill up. [June 2009, p.90]
  2. Playing an old-school RPG is great with dual screens and Archcraft have seen to every last detail. The dialogue is first rate (talk to everybody; the maids, farmers…), the systems easy to assimilate, and the visuals are vibrant and painstakingly detailed. Great BGM too.
  3. There’s a lot of game here, constructed in a way that may prove interesting to a select few. The pacing, however, is slow and mired further by endless random encounters.