Excerpt: Patience is a virtue. A disappearing virtue soon to be extinct, but a virtue nonetheless. In this age of instant gratification and sensory overload, its easy to see why the King's Field series has been so consistently overlooked and under-appreciated. The gaming industry has been chronically ill-suited to promote the appreciation of subtle, atmospheric titles. As a result, players don't know what to do with these types of games when they arrive.
Excerpt: Think dark and drab, then add a bit of medieval, and you've got King's Field: The Ancient City . Although the game has many good lighting effects, the majority of King's Field is a plethora of stone and rock walls, floors and ceilings. Characters and enemies look nice, but truly seem as though they could have looked much better. The game's music track will certainly get you into dungeon-exploration mode, as it continuously plays in the background.
Excerpt: While RPGs have gained quite a bit of mainstream popularity in recent years, there are still games out there that exist as niche titles. These games are the ones you see in the used game section—the rash purchase of a gamer who didn’t do his homework and rushed into grabbing a game that wasn’t for him. The common assumption is that these games remain niche titles because they’re not very good—and in some cases, that’s true.