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 release such an uninspired, tedious insult to the great Doctor’s name.
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. Is Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock the game that will finally deliver on this? First things first; the recent series of free-to-play adventure games on the BBC Doctor Who website were good. Not great, but good.
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. The story sees time distortions appearing all over the world, leaving it up to the doctor and his companion River Song to find out just why this is occurring.
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. The 2D platformer genre worked well for this title, but it couldn't overcome the shoddiness of the finished piece and the frustration it creates.
Excerpt: Full disclosure: This was a very tough review to write. I'm not much of a Doctor Who fan myself, but my wife is a big enough Who nut to carry her own miniature TARDIS on her keychain. With her watching over my shoulder as I played through The Eternity Clock, the newest game to spring from the legendary Sci-Fi franchise, I got two perspectives on the downloadable title. Hers was as a huge Who fan, and she mostly approved of the adventure.
Excerpt: I realised something horrific when playing The Eternity Clock; that I was mentally trashing a franchise I love as the Doctor’s woeful humiliation was being played out on an awkward 2D stage. The worst thing about it all is that this Sony-backed adventure pays real respect to the source material, but any potential is obscured by a thick sludge of archaic, infuriating design that surprisingly manages to crucify the entire experience even more effectively than a farting...