Excerpt: The era of the Samurai is one that has been little covered by the gaming industry, at least outside of the video arcades and console fighting games. Take a bit out of the gaming classic Diablo and mix it with the Japanese Middle Ages and what do you get? An interesting era of history added to an already successful RPG/action game perhaps? This is exactly where Throne of Darkness is trying to go. Does it go well? Well, let’s start with a little background on the game.
Excerpt: Take some members of the team that gave us the amazing Diablo . Make them develop a game on similar lines, only this time based in the East (medieval Japan). Chuck in lots of team action, options to develop characters, exotic weapons and spells, and villains by the sackful. Add a dash of decent graphics and music. And top it all off with gameplay that is utterly simple. All of this should give you an absolutely phenomenal game, right?
Excerpt: Released: Out Now If you've seen any screenshots of Throne of Darkness over the last couple of months you may have thought how similar to Diablo 2 it looks. Indeed in our first look at the game some time ago now, we initially thought it played slightly similar to Blizzard's classic. However, after continued playing of the game we have to say that the gameplay is an altogether different experience and in some ways a more rewarding one.
Excerpt: Throne of Darkness is an isometric action RPG by Click Entertainment (founded by Doron Gartner and Ben Haas who got their start developing Diablo at Blizzard), that combines Japanese mythology and fast-paced multiplayer mayhem. The game takes place in feudal Japan, where the sneaky demon Haou-Hakaiki Zanshin has managed to possess Kira Tsunayoshi, the Shogun of the realm , turning his kingdom into a land of evil.
Conclusion: When questing about the countryside players will have seven samurai, total, at their disposal: the Leader, the Berserker, the Brick, the Ninja, the Swordsman, the Archer, and the Wizard. Leader, Brick, Berserker, and Swordsman are very well suited to melee combat, while the other three are best kept in the back to supply ranged support, though they can hold their own for a short time if absolutely necessary in close quarter combat.
Excerpt: I am an absolute nut when it comes to Diablo 2 and anything to do with samurai. So as you can imagine, the moment I found out about a Diablo-like game coming out based on a Japanese myth, I had to have it. And as with pretty much everything put out by Sierra, I was not disappointed. Throne of Darkness is not based on a real story, but follows a story line created by Click Entertainment.
Summary: Japan is a country with a rich history and its own fascinating mythology, and Throne of Darkness uses these as a basis for a hack-and-slash action RPG set in a fictional medieval era in the country's past. Featuring countless battles and plenty of exotic treasures to be found, Throne of Darkness is the first effort by San Francisco-based Click Entertainment, a company cofounded by two developers who previously worked on Blizzard's extremely successful mid-'90s action...
Excerpt: In Click Entertainments Action-Rollenspiel übernehmt ihr eben diese sieben überlebenden Samurai und scheucht sie gegen die Horden des Bösen, um am Schluss dem dunklen Kriegsherren in persona gegenüber zu treten. Zu Beginn könnt ihr eine der vier Burgen wählen und eurem Krieger-Clan einen Namen geben. Dann geht es auch schon direkt ans Eingemachte. Euer Daimyo verpasst euch die erste der recht zahlreichen Quests und schon dürft ihr euch ins Getümmel stürzen.
Summary: Les jeux de rôle fleurissent en ce moment ! Et oui ! C'est le printemps(euh, l'automne arrive, mais bon) pour ce genre(ah, c'est mieux). En essayant d'imiter les concurrents, on peut très bien se casser la gueule façon Technomage, par exemple. Voici donc le test de Throne of Darkness.
Pros: Un moteur assez net, De bien belles musiques, Y'a de la bonne volonté, Le multi
Cons: La maniabilité, Les bruitages oubliés, Pas très percurtant, Les stratégies style "positionnement" ne servent à rien
Summary: Dans le monde impitoyable du Hack and slash, il est difficile de créer quelque chose d’original tant le gameplay est basique. Dominé par le très bon Diablo 2, Throne of Darkness tente néanmoins de sortir des carcans du genre, de façon un peu mitigée, il faut bien l’admettre…