Excerpt: It is truly a depressing state of affairs when a company can legitimately push a defective product into a market where the consumer has no recourse to return the mostly useless merchandise. If some store sells spoiled meat, cracked mirrors, or pencils without lead via misdirection or subterfuge, one can turn to the Better Business Bureau for help.
Conclusion: The new version of Dungeon Lords may not offer a fundamentally different experience than the original release.
However, if you missed the first version, the Collector's Edition migth be a great way to explore
an interesting fantasy land while engaging in intense combat. TheCollector's Edition should provide a more stable
game not to mention a good deal of extra content.
Excerpt: When Heuristic Park and DreamCatcher Interactive teamed up to release Dungeon Lords in May of last year, no doubt they had high expectations. But the game got killed in the press -- and for good reason. Even in an industry where games are frequently rushed out the door to meet some arbitrary deadline, Dungeon Lords hit a new low.
Pros: Fun combat, creative dungeons, lots of classes to try out
Cons: Poorly balanced, still rough in areas, could use yet another patch
Excerpt: As I recently announced, I have started switching my Netbook Gamer series to a more broad-based look at games called ‘GearGames Retrospectives’. I have already done a couple before making the transition official, including the ongoing ’50 Games That Defined The Decade’ series and the look back at Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines .
Pros: Action-based combat system; Dungeon Design remains excellent; many hours of gameplay
Cons: Brain-dead design choices at every corner; no side-quests; empty world; imbalance between quests and enemies; collector’s edition requires a new full-game purchase to get the 1.5 patch!
Conclusion: DL is one of the most intricate European-style board games I have ever played. While its roots are clearly Euro worker placement, the theme runs so deep that this feels more like an American-style game. The rules rarely get in the way, but there is a danger of forgetting something, particularly since there are slightly different rules between the first and second adventuring years in the game.While the game is expensive, it comes with numerous components so you aren't...
Excerpt: How on earth could Dungeon Lords not be a bad game? A huge action/adventure game done on the cheap by an independent studio? I wouldn't have to be an especially cynical person to start playing the game with very low expectations. Which made it all the more surprising when I discovered just what a good game Dungeon Lords actually is.
Excerpt: Dungeon Lords is touted as a “new breed of epic fantasy RPG”. Unfortunately, this is one “new breed” of game that should have never been born. Missing features, lack of detail, and weak gameplay make this game anything but enjoyable.
Excerpt: The genre itself...and whence it was spawned Computer Role-Playing Games (RPGs) have been around for a long time, but many think it was the release of the epic Baldur's Gate saga in 1998 that "resurrected" the genre. The game brought fresh life to a genre which had been stagnant far too long, and opened a new world of possibilities for role-playing games.
Excerpt: A forum member on Dungeon Lord's official website posted a subject Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have only one suggestion for the gameÃ¢â‚¬Â� that when clicked on gave the message Ã¢â‚¬Å“Finish it before shipping it.Ã¢â‚¬Â� So simple, yet so true. Dungeon Lords is probably the least finished game to ever be shipped for PC, excepting Battlecruiser 3000 AD, a title that will probably hold the honour for as long as PC gaming exists.