Reviews and Problems with Doctor Who - The Eternity Clock
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Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock
28 August 2012
Conclusion: Otherwise The Eternity Clock is a buggy, forgettable game. Although this is the first in a proposed trilogy of new Doctor Who titles commissioned by BBC Worldwide, it feels as though it would have been better to focus the entire budget and creative ideas on just one, more refined game, than to...
Summary: Doctor Who is a beloved television series, most popular in the UK. Because it is such a well loved sci fi series with strong characters and great stories it has also had some amazing games over the years too. Titles such as…. well….. HEY! WAIT A MINUTE! ALL THESE DOCTOR WHO GAMES ARE TERRIBLE!
Summary: Doctor Who is a license built on narrative, mystery, and humor, but 2D puzzle platformer The Eternity Clock's combination of spiteful puzzles, fun-sapping bugs, and a phoned-in plot fail to do the revered BBC series justice.
Pros: Great voice acting from Matt Smith, Co-op mode is fun
Cons: Sadistic checkpoints, Buggy, Forgettable take on a <i>Doctor Who</i> story
Excerpt: Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock has all the ingredients of the well loved TV series: the current Doctor himself, Matt Smith, on voice and motion capture duties, witty dialogue and a cerebral side, though they did largely forget to put in the ingredients of what makes a good game at the same time.
Conclusion: I like Supermassive Games' idea they had for Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock, but I think the execution fell far short of what they planned. Had they given the game a bit more time to cook, then it would have turned out far better.
Conclusion: Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock is a game with a lot of promise. It has reasonably good graphics, great voice work and dialogue, and a few worthwhile challenges. However, making the game 2D, repetitive puzzles, and a host of bugs and glitches make The Eternity Clock almost unplayable.
Excerpt: Doctor Who and video games have never really mixed. There have been dribs and drabs but, until recently, nothing of any real note. Which is weird as the whole premises of Doctor Who would surely make for a great video game.