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  • Summary: A medieval universe and non-linear scenario based on the science-fiction novel, Hard to be a God, published in 1964, by the Soviet writers Arcady and Boris Strougatsky. A role playing game cleverly combining, adventure, espionage and science-fiction. A real and living world thanks to an advanced NPC system. Encounters of great depth: the attitude toward the hero changes considering the clothes he is wearing and his appearance, opening up a wider range of dialogues and leading to different possible results. A climatic change system featuring day/night alternation. More than 200 types of weapons and 200 types of armours. Access to futurist technology replaces the magic system. Journey throughout the Empire on horse back and fight. [Nobilis] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. It's easy to pick up and play, it has the most absorbing and genuinely interesting narrative I've seen in an RPG for ages, there are so many quests to discover that it will give even the most hardcore completist many hours of play and it's rare to see an RPG that doesn't rely solely on grinding for experience.
  2. I found Hard to Be a God very intriguing with its deep story and several plot twists. The story leaves you in the dark start off the bat and slowly reveals the intricate details.
  3. Hard to be a God is very hardcore old school rpg that has its moments. Mounted combat is fun, but normal combat is frustratingly difficult. The bad Borat-style translation makes for some hilarious moments but slows down the narrative at the same time. [Mar 2008]
  4. Hard to Be a God ix a very mixed bag. For fans of plot-heavy games, this can be a goldmine; for fans of hack n slashes with good gameplay, this can be hell.
  5. When a game makes you alternate between screaming and laughing out loud at its faults, the rewards aren't worth the struggle. [Apr 2008, p.71]
  6. When you factor in the poor translation, the stupid difficulty and the poor controls it's as much fun as the black death. Hard to be a good game, more like. [Apr 2008, p.115]
  7. Interesting story and good looks won't get you anywhere if you have just the ancient keyboard and mouse to control your character fighting several enemies at the time. And there is no other way but forward, from one quest to another, so when you are blocked by a vicious bug or when a vanquished foe who clearly was swinging a sword drops a cabbage again, you can but sit and weep. [Apr 2008]

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  1. Feb 15, 2014
    10
    Never really played many RPG games before (apart from Dink Smallwood) and never really been a fan of the whole Medieval thing either or fantasy in General

    But

    This game is just awesome, apart from some small problems with the general control scheme (that really arnt a problem once you get into the game) and some glitches that are quite minor and are normally fixed by saving and reloading the save

    Combat is always enjoyable, heaps of background whatnot to collect and read though, dialog is really well translated (not perfect, but pretty good) and the speech is quite good as well

    Cant really flaw this game too much to be honest, would highly recommend picking up for $15 bucks off Ebay
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  2. grahamstreet
    May 5, 2008
    9
    if you compare this to games such as neverwinter nights and dungeon siege , then you would be on the right track, accepting that this is not oblivion . you will find a game that is first very confusing , but keep on playing and the storyline unfolds to reveal a plot that rivals neverwinter nights one. And in my opinion that is one of the most important aspects of any rpg , the game engine reminds me a lot of the dungeon siege 2 ,and the controls are okay for combat . I recently bought the glitzy no story boring action rpg assasins creed and was completely bored to tears after about 6 hours . sightseeing is not enough in games . I say give this game half a chance and you will like it . soldier on through the first hour or so as the story can be confusing but then evrything becomes clear just like inflatable bratvurst!!!! Expand
  3. Aug 4, 2014
    3
    "HOW DOES THIS GAME EVEN EXIST????????????????!!!??? LULZZZZZ 10/10 Best game evah, the hype is real, my body is Reggie for this. Euphoria achieved" -Gamenot. Seriosly I should stop doing so much crystal meth. Expand