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  • Summary: Users take on the role of Robin Hood on a quest to restore peace in England. The throne has been stolen by the evil Prince John. Robin Hood must battle his way through the country in a wide range of action sequences and fighting styles to restore the throne to the rightful king. The gameUsers take on the role of Robin Hood on a quest to restore peace in England. The throne has been stolen by the evil Prince John. Robin Hood must battle his way through the country in a wide range of action sequences and fighting styles to restore the throne to the rightful king. The game blends action with strategy and RPG elements to immerse the player in the epic tale of Robin Hood. Battle your way through five types of medieval combat, including archery,jousting, sword fighting, siege warfare and army battles. Multiple endings ? eight different paths dependent on player performance and decisions. 38 territories to conquer. Includes all main characters from the Robin Hood story: Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, Maid Marian and more. [Capcom] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. 83
    If you like strategy, but don't want something super hardcore (like say "Dynasty Tactics 2"), this is your game. [Nov 2003, p.53]
  2. It's the most personal and entertaining game of the Defender of the Crown series so it warrants a play just don't bother to give it a permanent home on your shelf.
  3. If Capcom's aim was to create a simple turn-based strategy title in the vein of the original Defender of the Crown, it succeeded. There's no doubt about that.
  4. 60
    A narrative-driven game demands a cohesive design, but mini-games are inherently schizophrenic, and Robin Hood is never quite able to overcome the contradiction.
  5. It's a bit clunky and doesn't have the bold production values we've become accustomed to, but... a gradual charm begins to bubble up, elevating the mundane stretches of play. [Oct 2003, p.72]
  6. A trip down memory lane for anyone pining for the original, but without strategic and gameplay enhancements, it's just a poor game by 2003 standards.
  7. It's a dated PC game ported to a next-gen console instead of a totally revised, retooled product. The folks at Cinemaware may have had their finger on the gaming pulse 20 years ago, but now they're just living in the past.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. CharlesP.
    Oct 23, 2003
    7
    Good game, with one great flaw: something about the control mechanisms for some of the minigames does not jive. I mean, I like aerobic Good game, with one great flaw: something about the control mechanisms for some of the minigames does not jive. I mean, I like aerobic activity like anyone else, but when you find you're breathing hard after a tough battle and your fingers are aching that's not good. Expand
  2. KingEd
    Oct 3, 2003
    2
    The game concept is unsound and out of date. very dull.
  3. LiamS.
    Jan 28, 2004
    2
    I loved "Defender of the Crown" on my C-64 in the 1980's, but this game is an abomination compared to its noble roots. What boring I loved "Defender of the Crown" on my C-64 in the 1980's, but this game is an abomination compared to its noble roots. What boring sequences, and endless repetition. I actually prefer the 1980's model. Not exactly a positive development when we've had 20 or so years since the time of Cinemaware's original release to get this right! Expand