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  • Summary: Battling against eternal darkness, you are Arran, a young wizard embarking on quest filled with explosive spell combat and adventure. Armed with your magical orb and immense spell collection, you age from a young wizard into an older powerful sorcerer.
    Defeat your enemies with a
    revolutionary control system: direct movement with one analog stick and aim with the other. Embrace your destiny; restore light to your homeland. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
  1. If you are looking for a fun fantasy action game with an adventure twist, go out and grab Nightcaster. Be wary though, if you tire of the gameplay, there isn't a deep storyline to back it up.
  2. The game lacks long-term value or originality.
  3. If one can look over the odd, “brave Sir Arron ran away” combat method, and a ineffective story sewn together from fantasy cliche’s, there is some fun to be had with Nightcaster.
  4. Repetition aside – and there's lots of it – this is like those Neo Geo games of old where it's so beautiful you just deal with it to see the next level. [Apr 2002, p.62]
  5. A confused and chaotic game. On top of this are some of the most basic graphics yet seen on the Xbox.
  6. There are of course boss battles, and a (very) few puzzles to solve, but overall, it's basic spell casting over and over again. This limited gameplay styling ultimately is the downfall to Nightcaster.
  7. Seems like a battle system without a role-playing game. There is little variety or depth to the combat, and even in the presence of assorted power-ups it becomes painfully repetitive after only a short while.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. ZakW.
    Nov 14, 2003
    Always good to have a game that is not like the others. This one definitely is unique in it's gameplay but yes, can get repetitive. The bosses are nice and I probably dumped 15-20 hours before beating it so it's not a supershort game like most of the hyped-up games recently. Expand
  2. Mar 22, 2013
    Repetitive gameplay, a cliche fantasy story, and poor level design hold this back from being a great game. The effects are pretty cool, and the bosses are unique and a welcome challenge. Not being able to return to previous levels is also pretty annoying. Looking for all the hidden objects is probably the best part of this game. Before you exit a level it tells you if you have found them all. Unfortunately, if you want to collect them all, you'll need to spend some time searching every nook and cranny while all the while not progressing the narrative. Expand
  3. TimJ.
    Feb 1, 2002
    Excellent spell effects can't make up for poor gameplay, most especially due to really bad level design (after walking around a level with nothing to kill for 10 minutes I turned this game off for good). Expand
  4. ChuckF.
    Aug 17, 2002
    Good graphics, thats it. Buy it used.

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