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  • Summary: Young Alaron is on a quest to discover the truth about himself, his name, and his heritage. Traveling to far and distant lands, pursued by forces he cannot understand, danger lurks around every corner. Alaron and his companions will seek to fulfill his destiny as the greatest mage ever known!
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. It's a shame that Aidyn's slow pace and plodding combat mean many of its pluses will be discovered only by the most stubborn players out there.
  2. 60
    An unstable mix of ambitious ideas and poor execution makes Aidyn a case of too little, far too late.
  3. After prodding through this journey over the past week, I can assure hopeful N64 players that this game isn't worth your time, money, or effort.
  4. This attempt to add strategy to combat brings the entire gaming experience (slowly) crashing down, and ruins any chance of the gamer enjoying the story being presented.
  5. 42
    The scope of it was too large and led to a really -- and I mean really -- tedious experience. It has no way of pulling you into the story or gameplay.
  6. A mixed bag of game design that's too complex for casual gamers and far too irritating for hard core RPG fans.
  7. This is the crappiest RPG that I have ever played in my life. We all know that the N64 is limited when it comes to RPGs, but it appears that THQ didn't even try to make a decent game.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 34
  2. Negative: 8 out of 34
  1. Johnr
    Jan 4, 2010
    i hate reading all the negative comments floating about concerning this game.. the n64 only has soomuch potential.. you have to consider, this game is huge, theres alot of dialoge, and theres manny items, weapons, and different types of monsters to fight. the game play and story is alittle slow and drawn out at first.. which is probably why it gets a bad reputation.. players who are used to zelda and others are spoiled by pretty visuals.. those games are nice and crisp looking.. where aidyn is a bit muddy and has a blended look to it.. however there is alot to make up for it.. the storylike is amazing.. the people who say it sucks and doesent draw you in, must not know how to take there time and read or something.. there is alot in this game that makes it unique and worth playing.. other games such as final fantasy dont compare to this game.. i personally got verry annoyed with the cutscenes and music in the line of ff games.. the legend of zelda was great though.. this game is turned based.. and they have done a fantastic job of balancing everything out.. the music here has a deep and natural feel to it.. theres no techno, or modern musical sounds.. it all fits.. the music sounds natural in the sence that theres drums,, chanting, flutes and other sounds.. instead of the gutar, and other sounds.. another way to sum up just how this game feels.. its not a happy jump around and dance game.. its a game for deep meaningfull intellegent people who have the time to appreciate something.. if you are a fan of games where you rent it and beat it in a night or two games.. you will be sadly dissapointed.. i am a verry experienced Zelda OOT player and aidyn player.. oot takes me about 2 days to beat.. aidyn takes about 4... if it was your 1st time playing OOT id say it would take about a week.. so doubble that for aidyn :D to sum up how i feel.. this game is the best singleplayer game for n64. as a little tip.. try this game on emulators if you can.. it looks much better and cleaner on computer.. you can enable aa and af.. and you get better framerates. there is no gamepack corruption.. so takeaway all the bugs and flaws.. if you can emulate it.. u Expand
  2. Beavarius
    Apr 4, 2002
    As someone who loves to play D&D and any RPG game that is good, which limits me to FF7 and FF9, I really enjoyed Aidyn. Aidyn Chronicles is essentially D&D as a video game. One of it's little flaws are that you can't revive dead party members and the game crashes sometimes. Other than that you have a great adventure with a story that is different from the usual RPG "Kill the evil guy and marry the king's daughter". It's about a young squire named Alaron who is poisened by goblins and must find a cure. It sounds shallow but I'm not in the mood to write a long review. Any RPG lovers dream game and a game that might make someone who despises RPG's start to like them. It's excellent, 'nuff said. Expand
  3. JohnM.
    Jun 12, 2005
    Ok to sum it all up dont play this game if you are the type of gamer who likes fast paced games but if you have time on you're hands GET THIS GAME!!! i am in love with this game it is my favroite game i even have dreams about playing this game i even bought 2 copy's just incase i lost 1 or something happend to one GET THIS!!!! Collapse
  4. KevinM.
    Oct 17, 2001
    Hmmm..... I thought this was a great game, with a few exceptions. I loved how large the game was and the fact that I could explore the vast lands in the game. The only thing that I really couldn't stand about this game was that once one of the characters were killed, they didn't come back. This made me constantly save before almost every battle in fear that one of my characters would die. I thought the story was great and well thought out. I also appreciated the combat system, which was a refreshing change from standing in a line and attacking. This system made me think at least a little bit. I think that newbie RPGers who can't get past the horrible graphics and sound and missing out on a great RPG, maybe my favorite RPG behind FF7 and FF9. This could have been an immensely popular title if THQ had waited a little longer and tweaked the sound and graphics of the game. Too bad. I thought this was an overall great game. Expand
  5. I_skateboardbecause_its_fun
    Jul 23, 2002
    This is a really great game for somebody who wants to sit down at 8 or 9 when you are doing nothing. This is one of those games that you don't finish in two weeks (cough cough zelda cough) and you don't follow the same road every time you play it so to speak. yes the controlls are hard to figure out, but unless you are a dumbass (namely those gameshark dudes) it's not that hard to open a f...ing instruction book and read a couple pages. THAT'S WHY THEY MAKE INSTRUCTION BOOKS! Expand
  6. Oct 31, 2011
    not that bad, animation really hurts and combat is not succesfull but was a really ambitious project for the 64 which was great for its time
  7. Jessie
    Jun 20, 2003
    This is the worst RPG ever. The only reason I played through it was because it was so stupid it was funny. It wasn't even worth the five bucks I spent on it aside from laughing at it. Expand

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