Conclusion: Chronicles of Mystara’s long-awaited English-language home debut has been handled with great care, bringing us an experience that’s virtually identical to the arcades and successfully tugging at nostalgic heartstrings. It’s great to see these two former arcade-exclusive mainstays finally get the restoration they deserve.
Pros: Branching paths help keep gameplay varied., Challenge system adds organic replayability., Myriad cool presentation options; 4-player online play!
Cons: Can’t mix local and online players., Random online disconnects.
Excerpt: Get off my screen! You know that moment when you've only got one baddie left and you just keep pounding on him until only his lifeless, fading legs are visible at the edge of your screen? Old-school arcade beat-'em-ups always tested your ability to manage the hordes of enemies thrown your way, be they street thugs, gangsters, hoodlums, kids with bad attitudes, henchmen, or sexually ambiguous pink-haired goons .
Conclusion: Concept: Battle through two cooperative brawler games flavored with RPG leveling and powers
Graphics: The original ‘90s games include some great art and animation, and new filters help smooth out the pixelation
Sound: All the music and voiceover work is intact, for better or worse
Playability: Simple controls still offer flexibility and cool special moves, especially in Shadow Over Mystara
Entertainment: A great trip back in time to the height of the arcade brawler...
(Xbox 360 Review) Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
The Entertainment Depot
21 June 2013
Summary: Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara offers gamers two great beat ‘em ups that feature robust combat systems, branching campaigns, and a plethora of extras. While the games are enjoyable solo, multiplayer keeps the old arcade feel alive with local and online play with drop-in/drop-out support for up to four players.
Excerpt: The pair of games in Capcom's Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara collection may very well be the best of its beat-'em-up games from the '90s arcade era, and these ports from Iron Galaxy are the most robust versions of the duo of Tower of Doom and Shadow Over Mystara to date.
Pros: Two sought after arcade games in one package., The classic gameplay holds up better than that of their contemporaries., RPG elements add necessary depth to the beat-'em-up formula.
Cons: Unlimited continues sully the joy of victory., Too few enemy types.