Reviews and Problems with Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled
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Impression: Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled
15 April 2010
Excerpt: A couple years ago, a game simply called Project Exile for the GBA caught gamers' attention. After a console change and a new name, Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled is now about to be released for the Nintendo DS. I had the chance to visit Studio Archcraft and play its first RPG a few days ago.
Conclusion: Black Sigil is a game made to deliberately give an old school experience. However, that experience is mired in tedium, never-ending combat, a story which is both mediocre and convoluted, and several huge glitches. If that can't dissuade you from buying the game, then maybe you'll enjoy it. Maybe...
Summary: Originally a GBA title back in 2006, Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled is an Active-Time Tactical Combat RPG, featuring traditional turn-based combat which requires players to observe the positions of their characters as well as the enemies'.
Conclusion: Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled is an interesting classic role playing game on the Nintendo DS. As you progress through the game you will find a lot to love. This game could have used some polishing up, mainly in the not locking up category. Black Sigil does have its problems but if you can get through the game you will find endless hours of enjoyment. Rating Breakdown Gameplay: 5 out of 10 + Easy to play and a lot of fun.
Excerpt: Studio Archcraft, the first time developer behind the new Nintendo DS RPG Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled, deserves nothing less than an A for effort. A large scale RPG like this one is a mammoth task to undertake, and for a brand new developer, what they've accomplished here is nothing short of outstanding.
Conclusion: For all the time Black Sigil spent in development, it’s disappointing to see such a ho-hum experience unveiled. Make no mistake – it’s not broken. The combat works, for the most part, and there’s a story worth experiencing, if you don’t mind unearthing it out from under a seemingly endless stream of random battles.
Excerpt: There is a strong neo-retro trend in gaming these days, and independent RPG developers have been ahead of that curve for a long time now. There is a strong desire to recapture those warm fuzzy feelings of rose-colored nostalgia that gamers around my age felt back when we were tweens or teens playing Final Fantasy IV-VI on the SNES or Phantasy Star II-IV on the Genesis.
Excerpt: “Good things come to those who wait.” It’s a saying that is, in the world of video games, often false. Three years ago, a game known only as Project Exile caught some gamers’ eyes with its “old school” graphics. The game came out after an absurd amount of delays. Not only that, but Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled starts of fairly slowly.