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  • Summary: Take on the roll of Scarlett as you develop and use her powers to save her father and curse the necromancer.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
  1. Jan 13, 2011
    60
    If you don't expect much from it, you'll have a pretty good time with Venetica. However, without the patience to figure out quests and gameplay elements on your own, you'll end up incredibly frustrated.
  2. Feb 18, 2011
    57
    A compelling enough adventure spoilt by shonky controls and shonkier visuals. [Feb 2011, p.93]
  3. Mar 6, 2011
    55
    Think Syfy original movie. [Mar 2011, p.98]
  4. Jan 14, 2011
    40
    Once I had committed a few hours to the game and was deep inside Venice leveling up and completing quests, I was indeed drawn into the game. But the sordid path it took to get me there and the unnecessary complications of the map were beyond frustrating and would turn away most gamers.
  5. Jan 18, 2011
    40
    Venetica contains hints of a compelling quest but feels like its development life was cut short. The end result is a potentially grand concept that just can't flourish within its forced, generic confines.
  6. Feb 5, 2011
    30
    Maybe they did bite off more than they could chew, but they at least had aspiration. None the less, Venetica's over-ambition is its own downfall. The many imperfections that would be ironed out from larger more successful RPGs have not been attended to rendering the game as frustrating, which is a pity.
  7. 20
    It's simply lacking in every single respect. Not good. [Issue#67, p.86]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Feb 8, 2011
    10
    If you like Fable, you'll like this game. Don't believe the bad critics about this game, especially fom the gun-crazy-pro-violent-fast-paste-brainless-action media-type, which unfortunately comes mostly from the U.S. It's quite as fun as fable with less than beautiful graphics (think xbox graphics) and a little less user-friendly (i.e. quest solving can take more time than usual because of bad map and quest indicators), It has a good story, interesting quests, decent combat and magic mechanics. The camera is a bit shaky during intense battles. It's much longer than the way too short Fable games.

    Some media writers complain about the map because it's inadequate. Inadequate, it is, but I'm sure this complaint comes from the same gun-crazy-give-me everything easy-violent-and -fast media writers that are not used to and do not want to explore and find things on their own. To find things on your own can be quite enjoyable for an RPG player but it can be very frustrated to someone who just plays game to kill and run to get to the next level. There's another thing I noticed, by reading critics from this game and from many other games in wich there is a female lead character, is that de facto those games rub the media critics the wrong way just because they use a female character, and, god forbid, she be sexy. I don't know why this is? I believe part of it comes from an anti-Lara-Croft overexposure of girl-powers and part of it comes from male writers saying: a beautiful girl like that can't be that strong and female writers saying: a strong girl like that can't be that beautiful. It's too bad because, in my opinion, games where it's possible to play as a female character tend to be less about brainless action and more about exploration and solving.
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  2. May 28, 2012
    10
    Venetica is a very misunderstood game. On one hand the game itself is dated; everything from the visuals to controls to the interface. However, while the game itself is dated, it doesnt mean its all bad. For fans of the wrpg genre, this could be a nice little budget title to hold their interest. The quests are your run of the mill stuff; collect this, kill that. But tbh for some reason, i enjoyed it. I love wrpg's. I own and have played almost every wrpg on the 360. Risen, elder scrolls 4 & 5, fallout 3 & new vegas, divinity 2: dks, kingdoms of amalur, mass efect 1,2 & 3, two worlds 2, dark souls, fable 1,2 &3, dungeon siege 3, sacred 2, too human, dragon age 1 & 2, and borderlands. I have yet to play arcania or witcher 2, but i will get to that soon. My point is, if you like the games i listed, you may like venetica. It is not as good as any of them, but dont compare it to any of them, and you may enjoy yourself as i did.

    The good: questing, loot, hot female lead, and its only 14 dollars at gamestop
    The bad: smaller world, confusing as hell world map, very dated visuals and interface, a little short around 24 hours long including side quests

    Buy this game if and only if you are a fan of wrpg's. I liked it.
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  3. Nov 16, 2012
    10
    This is a brilliant game. Oke, the graphics are not great but the story is very involving. Lots of side quest also to keep you very busy. It is like being Lara Croft in de dark ages. All in all very good work from the developers. Just go out and play this game if you like RPG. Expand
  4. Aug 13, 2012
    9
    I love this game. A don"t understand why the critics have such a low opinion of it.. I personally think Venetica is better than Skyrim, Kingdoms of Amalur and as good as The Witcher 2. There are a few strange choices with the voice acting but it adds humour rather than taking away from the experience. I found this game fun to play all the way through and just as much fun on the second run through. Lots to do and fun ways to do things and very good story and the environments are beautiful. I just think it is very under rated and people are missing out on a great game because of this. In future when I see the critics panning a game and the users praising it I will trust the users every time. Expand
  5. Mar 16, 2011
    9
    I got this game for $25, and i am having a great time playing it, it has some flaws like frame rate stuttering every now and then but for the price i cant complain, the graphics while not the best arnt that bad definatly better than risen on the xbox and the sound is on par with other budget rpgs, if you are a fan of adventure rpg games or nice well crafted fantasy worlds you should not look past this game espically if you see it cheap, overall this is a good game if you can over look some flaws theres alot to like here and fun expireance to be had. Expand
  6. Jan 8, 2012
    8
    Nice RPG that kept me intrigued for weeks. The graphics though not great did not detract from the fun I had and overall game experience. It was recommended to me and its a shame it has such a bad critic score. I liked the side quests, they often tied in later to the game. I felt like the developers respected me as a player offering even more depth than Fable and your special powers are cool and nice range of fighting/combat choices. Lots of loot. There was so much to like about Venetica. If you don't follow the herd, this game is for you. Expand
  7. Jul 22, 2012
    5
    Not the best rpg in the world and certainly not the worst. All in all very short review for this one. Would not spend hard earned money on this product. See yaaa. Expand