Friday, August 5, 2011

Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes

It’s been a while since I did a game review, which is what this blog is supposed to be about. I’ve been playing Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes. I was eyeing it on Steam for several months before the Big Sale, and I’m glad I was able to snap it up cheap. I have mixed feelings about it.

The gameplay is very simple – you have many characters who run around and smack monsters. When you smack enough monsters, your characters level up and get more powerful. They have special attacks and equipment which you can also improve over time. It’s almost like it’s an action RPG. There are quests and stuff. It starts to feel pretty samey after a while.

The characters are intentionally RPG stereotypes – the brooding hero, the healing lady, and so on. There are cute jokes and references. The story is not sophisticated – people send you to kill things and fetch other things, and along the way you pick up more party members. There is an evil empire that at some point you will have to defeat, but I didn’t get that far.

The game itself has been a bit unstable, although I’m not sure how much of that is the laptop I’ve been playing it on. It takes two tries to launch it each time – the first time Steam gets stuck trying to install a Visual C++ runtime or something. It’s also plauged with spelling errors which make the experience feel a little unpolished. I stopped playing after it crashed on the same zone a few times in a row.

Overall, I’d give it 6 maidens out of 10. It could make 7 or 8 by fixing the technical problems.

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