Reviews and Problems with Dungeons & Dragons Tactics
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Dungeons & Dragons Tactics
19 February 2008
Summary: This is a dark, depressing and boring role-playing game with complicated rules and major design flaws. With games like Jeanne D'Arc and Final Fantasy Tactics on store shelves there's no reason to play Dungeons & Dragons Tactics. This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.
Summary: In Dungeons & Dragons: Tactics you take on the role of a mortal child caught in a conflict of two competing dragons striving for godhood. Alignment is critical, as it affects the end of the story and allows players to change from good to evil, or the other way around, depending on which quests they choose.
Excerpt: If you’re a game nerd, you can learn almost all you need to know about Dungeons and Dragons Tactics from the title. The pen and paper Dungeons and Dragons game has once again been transmuted into video game form, and the “tactics” in the title means that the game is all about the nitty-gritty details of combat: plus ones, initiative checks, attacks of opportunity, and the whole nine yards.
Excerpt: D&D has been around for a long time. Starting as nothing more than some paperback rulebooks and a complicated set of rules, it has blossomed into a system upon which many other RPGs have been based on. There are video games, miniature games and even movies that have been spawned from this license, all with widely varying quality.
Excerpt: Few things in this world are as well known as D&D is, yet at the same time so complex that hardly anyone understands them. Let’s face it though, if it weren’t for the Forgotten Realms themed games such as Baldur’s Gate and the huge stack of quality books taking place in the same universe, D&D wouldn’t be nearly as popular as it is.
Conclusion: It recreates the tabletop D&;D experience, but ultimately Tactics just doesn't work as a videogame. D&D fans may get some enjoyment out of it, but the bland environments and animations do little to bring the rich world of D&D to life.