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  • Summary: In the ancient land of Yamato, an aging and power-hungry warlord, in his desire to live forever, has unleashed an unspeakable horror-the demon Zanshin and his horde of monsters and undead warriors. The land is soaked in the blood of your people, and the seven samurai in your party are Yamato's only hope. Use magic, weaponry, and wits to destroy Zanshin - before his darkness becomes complete. [Sierra Studios] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. A terrific title; it is entertainment-rich, and one of those games that makes a mockery of time because it will fly when you play.
  2. Its innovative combat system, addictive click and kill adventuring, and solid story make it a title that keeps reviewers up late.
  3. 75
    Never offered up enough rewards to keep me motivated. After my characters reached about 15th level, it didn't seem like fun anymore.
  4. A strong offering for fans of mythology, samurai, or ancient Japan. However, the poor quality of the game's AI, the unbalanced multiplayer action, and the lack of customizable options, along with some gameplay issues, only slightly raise the product above an average "Diablo" clone.
  5. Your quintessential bargain bin release. [Dec 2001, p.116]
  6. In the list of Diablo clones – which includes the likes of Dungeon Siege, Revenant, and Nox – it ends up near the bottom for the simple reason that it lacks soul.
  7. Imagine a murky graphics engine that blurs as it moves, is way too dark and missing a gamma setting, and gets frequently swallowed up by flashy spell effects.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. EdE.
    Mar 13, 2002
    8
    Intriguing spells, good concept and graphics but could use some tweaking in recovering health and Ki of characters. There is too much idle time waiting for them to heal. Should add some way to sell off unneeded items to help build gold reserves faster. Expand
  2. Oct 14, 2013
    8
    A fighting lion by today's standards. It's up there with Dungeon Siege, Neverwinter Nights and Diablo 2. The loot, characters, story and atmosphere were put together really well. Also, near the end you get to fight a boss that will PERMANENTLY delete your characters if they die against him in combat (what an insane idea by the devs). THAT blew me away! I cursed and I screamed! I repeated the game and I was FREAKIN MAD. Oh how I miss those days! We need more 'real-man' games like this! Kickstarter anybody? Expand