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  • Summary: Nightcaster II: Equinox is a vibrant 3D action spell-shooter set in a dark fantasy world. Embark on your adventure as Madelyn, the warrior, or Arran, her husband and the hero of the first Nightcaster. This fast moving adventure features multidirectional spell casting combined with intense melee combat to create an exhilarating and captivating gameplay experience. With more than 35 types of goblins, trolls, dragons, and other enemies to decimate, you will certainly have your hands full. Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 7 out of 12
  1. A much more enjoyable, involving game than its predecessor. [Feb 2003, p.80]
  2. 70
    With more bump mapping and shading combined with beautiful particle and lighting effects, Nightcaster II's visuals are a few steps ahead of the prequel's, but overall the graphics look plain and at times muddy.
  3. A tough-as-nails, manic, top-down shooter (something I always have room for) with a deep magic system and a healthy (yet somewhat misplaced) techno soundtrack in tow. [Mar 2003, p.65]
  4. There's little you can do despite the 34 spells at your disposal. Getting out alive is left to chance and a lot of button mashing.
  5. There is nothing in this game that hasn't been done better in every single way than "Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance."
  6. 37
    The game's unbalanced gameplay, poor level and game design, and dreadful music all make for an experience that is little better than going to a urologist the day after Christmas.
  7. About as incoherent and obnoxious as the ramblings of a bored frat boy who's holding an empty six-pack and a boom box, except with Nightcaster II, you have to pay $40 to be subjected to it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Ermanewfy
    May 7, 2005
    This game is the most beautiful game ever made.
  2. YourGod
    Feb 11, 2003
    This game is not as bad as many would lead you to believe. the levels are somewhat confusing, but anyone with sense can consult the map, and use the compass. the melee attacks are not horrible unless you use the mage Arran. Anyone else who owns this game help me unlock new areas please. Expand
  3. ZakW.
    Nov 15, 2003
    Much more action-packed than the first, however, more undeveloped. This game could have been the best Gauntlet-like game available had more time been put into it. I think overall, it took 4-5 hours to beat. Expand
  4. BobH.
    Feb 11, 2003
    Let it be known that I hated the first Nightcaster. But even though this sequel is MUCH better than the first one, it still has its flaws.