Nightcaster Xbox

Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
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  1. 73
    The end result is a game that could have been a "Gauntlet Legends" or "Diablo" type action title, but is more methodical and repetitive than it has any right to be.
  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. 70
    It is an update of "Robotron" with a fantasy backstory. If you’re looking for a new kind of shooter, NightCaster will do—but RPG fans, you’re still in the dark.
  5. 70
    This is one game where it would be absolutely cool to have a co-op mode where you and a buddy – even just one other buddy – could join forces to blast monsters. Considering the difficulty of the game, it’s almost a missing necessary feature.
  6. The controls are amazingly easy to get used to. It might become a bit repetitive or bland to some who aren't big fans of fast-paced action alone though, so go into this one with an open mind.
  7. If you go into Nightcaster knowing it's a fantasy-themed action combat game and not an RPG by any stretch of the imagination, you'll be rewarded with a solid, gorgeous and low-maintenance experience.
  8. This game is at once addictive, and yet annoying to me.
  9. It's almost a shame that the detail put into the graphics is all but hidden by the overhead view that you're seemingly stuck with.
  10. It's a solid adventure (easily dusting "Azurik"), but greatly limited by its monotonous gameplay.
  11. 63
    The combat is challenging because of the limits of the interface.
  12. A confused and chaotic game. On top of this are some of the most basic graphics yet seen on the Xbox.
  13. The main problem that kills NightCaster's chances of being a great game is the very thing trying to make it unique; the targeting system.
  14. 60
    While a bit overblown and convoluted...The story is solid, the graphics are spectacular, and the action is fast-paced and frantic.
  15. Play Magazine
    60
    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]
  16. It's a great diversion, and it really is fun for a while, but Nightcaster's overly defensive gameplay will likely turn people away.
  17. Game Informer
    55
    Graphically, Nightcaster eats acid. The textures of the ground and rocks are barely N64 quality. [Feb 2002, p.90]
  18. 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.
  19. 50
    A fast moving, initially addictive action game that soon becomes too repetitive and limiting to sustain a long involvement.
  20. Even with this new attacking system, the game still falls into the monotonous, repetitive game play that has affected the genre for years. Nightcaster isn’t what you’d call clumsy in terms of game play, just not as precise as you would like.

Awards & Rankings

#66 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
#13 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2002
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. ZakW.
    Nov 14, 2003
    7
    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 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. Full Review »
  2. Mar 22, 2013
    7
    Repetitive gameplay, a cliche fantasy story, and poor level design hold this back from being a great game. The effects are pretty cool, andRepetitive 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. Full Review »
  3. ChuckF.
    Aug 17, 2002
    2
    Good graphics, thats it. Buy it used.