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  • Summary: In the fantasy world of Enclave, a bottomless rift divides the people of the Celenheim and the Outlands. Skirmishes along the border have become more and more frequent and it's only a matter of time before these altercations turn into a full-scale war. Now you must choose whether to leadIn the fantasy world of Enclave, a bottomless rift divides the people of the Celenheim and the Outlands. Skirmishes along the border have become more and more frequent and it's only a matter of time before these altercations turn into a full-scale war. Now you must choose whether to lead the desperate people of Celenheim and save them from destruction, or ally with the dark hordes of the Outlands and overrun the Enclave. Whatever you decision, get ready for intense medieval combat featuring different playable characters, five mighty end bosses, and dozens of weapons, objects, and magical items. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Play Magazine
    100
    While the rest of the world pants about the nonsensical "Morrowmind," the pinnacle of action role-playing is right under their noses. Wake up and smell the mace. [Aug 2002, p.58]
  2. Game Informer
    75
    If you can take the time to understant the nuances that went into this game, you'll come to the startling revelation that Enclave is a medieval "Max Payne." The control schematic is a perfect match. [Aug 2002, p.84]
  3. 72
    While the game features stunning graphics, clear and realistic sound, and RPG elements to heighten the games longevity, there are some major set backs with the control, the A.I., the battling, and others areas.
  4. Chances are a good number won't be able to forgive the incredibly high level of difficulty--or, rather, be forgiven by it, especially considering the inability to save in the middle of the game's long levels.
  5. The trouble with Enclave is the camera system. It seems geared toward exploration, one-on-one combat and not mass combat, therefore allowing even a group of lowly enemies to inflict significant damage from 'cheap' shots.
  6. Enclave has so much promise that it's a shame it's crippled by one key design flaw. While the occassional checkpoint exists just before the battles with big boss characters, they are so rare that you may very well never see one.
  7. GameNow
    42
    The game doesn't control very well; sluggish fighting mechanics spoil what would otherwise be a worthwhile package. [Sept 2002, p.40]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Jan 11, 2020
    9
    This game is the definition of hidden gem. As you can see by the player scores they are much better than the review scores. The game isThis game is the definition of hidden gem. As you can see by the player scores they are much better than the review scores. The game is simple to learn and hard to master, the definition of a good game. I found the controls and software above average for the year it was made. Most games from this period seem very dated and clunky but this one runs smooth and is very responsive so imo holds up even today. This game has 25 levels and you can unlock a dark campaign after beating the initial light campaign. Further as you progress you unlock more characters to play and based off how much gold you found in each level you can equip them better - your load outs are your choice based on what you found in previous levels. The further you get in the game the more strategies are available to you. This makes going back and playing a previous level worth your while as exploration will yield more gold and also reward you with new equipment to choose in future levels. You can see by the gamer complaints that the game is punishing and doesn't have enuf save points just didn't really play the game well enuf. It's not like the game is broken it's just at first glance this game might appear to be a brainless hack and slash game but it's not. Essentially it's an arcade version of demons/dark souls without the rpg stat boosting. All in all i find it his a must own original xbox game I can't believe the game was not more highly rated initially. Its baffling. Now that the game is at bargain bin prices I highly recommend this game. For the record I am playing with the original console not using backwards compatibility with a newer system. Expand
  2. ChuckF.
    Aug 17, 2002
    9
    Very cool game, gives you a reason to get the 5.1 hook ups on xbox. Well worth $50. Survival is harder than hell. I would suggest using god Very cool game, gives you a reason to get the 5.1 hook ups on xbox. Well worth $50. Survival is harder than hell. I would suggest using god mode after your 10 try on a level, xyxxyyxyxxyy. Expand
  3. Aug 24, 2016
    8
    The graphics, relatively speaking, were excellent upon its release. The combat in this game was fun and the rewards for exploration andThe graphics, relatively speaking, were excellent upon its release. The combat in this game was fun and the rewards for exploration and clearing levels appropriately were well worth the effort. It must be said, however, that this game can be simultaneously punishing and unforgiving...if you die, you start over, and you will die a lot! However, the accomplishment you feel for pushing through yet another level stands a bit taller than most other games, with completing the game (minus cheats, of course) standing high on my list. Definitely worth a look from the bargain bin! Expand
  4. 4D
    Aug 27, 2002
    7
    GREAT visuals, draw distance on all that but the combat is too repetitive, too HARD, and there is NO SAVE POINTS!!!, plot and character GREAT visuals, draw distance on all that but the combat is too repetitive, too HARD, and there is NO SAVE POINTS!!!, plot and character development is simple yet interesting and not over complicated. (Also Jim C although the water looks good on first sight its not really reflective, and doesn't interact with the enviroment - check Morrowind and you'll see what i mean) Expand
  5. AlexR.
    Aug 14, 2002
    6
    This is a good looking game but I got too frustrated when I died half way through a level and had to start from the beginning because there This is a good looking game but I got too frustrated when I died half way through a level and had to start from the beginning because there are not save points along the way. Some of the levels are long so it's very irratating. If they allowed partial saves throughout a level, I would have given this game a few more points. Expand
  6. JeffF.
    Apr 20, 2005
    5
    Way way way too hard and no save points made it very frustrating.
  7. Apr 6, 2017
    2
    Un jeu étonnament beau, dommage que ce soit un étron de la pire espèce : maniabilité atroce, difficulté artificiellement et inutilement élevéeUn jeu étonnament beau, dommage que ce soit un étron de la pire espèce : maniabilité atroce, difficulté artificiellement et inutilement élevée et sauvegardes très espacées pour rallonger une durée de vie faiblarde. Un découpe-les-tous navrant. Expand

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#45 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
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#27 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2002