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Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
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    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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#45 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
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#27 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2002
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  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! Full Review »