Games about movies were rarely great, so it is Beowulf, my judegement says : "Good" as it can be a movie related game.
Posted Nov 15, 2007 12:17 pm PT
Time Spent: 10 Hours or Less "Worth playing"
Beowulf is a Norse warrior, young, rude and arrogant, plus drunk and mythical as those remote times were, himself along is a package of a 30 man's strength, which you can use very well, at the expense of a few gory combos.
Your single goal as Beowulf is to search for fame and glory, with your small thane' s army, you will roam the Norse world looking for something to kill, eventually, Barbarians and Monsters Lord-Of-The-Ring type of them.
Along the History line your achievements will be also balanced into what kind of King you are:
A fair loved one...
Or..A Despotic hated One... Is your choice.
At the beginning of the story line you'll be launched into a hands on tutorial, where you'll have to race like a monkey with another guy that wants to challenge your arrogant self, after the race that honestly was really difficult to
keep up, you'll have to face a group of idiotic semi-giant crabs, as well as your rival, and the one who kills more crabs will be chanted, obviously, this part is very easier than the previous one.
After that you'll face a group of underwater giant snakes, that you will not be able to defeat without the Help of the first unlocked power:
Carnal Fury: This Red view Raging power, will give you an insane momentum, where you can be able to smash anything including a Giant Sea Snake.
Now, i am not gonna spoil the story line for you, i'm just gonna give you some teasers, like there's a bunch of beautiful sexy Angelina Jolie's alike characters that are going to seduce you, there's a frankestein Troll that you're gonna have to dismember, and so on, you'll experience one of the greatest bosses fights you have ever seen before, and some, even better than in God of War from Scea Co.
The gameplay is quite mature, and though graphically it looks like an enhance PS2 beat them up, it has a new camera features that are awsome, and that is that for the first time in a game, the things or characters, or enemies, doesn't matter what, close to the camera, will not look empty holed, or bugged, they (Ubisoft) added a nice cinematic effect on the close object cameras, is like the nice blurry effect you get when you get something to close to your eyes, and let me tell you, that's a revolutionary perspective of a video game camera feature.
Obviously this game is better than Conan, and it has a very unique **** currently all beat'em up games is about mashing buttons, but this one is about your controller memory, you gotta press specific buttons, not only on boss fight but every time you grapple something, in order to:
B: Blow them up in bloody pieces with your fists
Y: Dismember them (smash their brains and spread them all over when in Carnal Fury mode)
A: Steal their weapons, if they have one, and then kick them back their feet.
X: Throw them away somewhere.
All this button special moves are achieved after you grapple a foe by smashing the B button several times.
Pretty cool uh?...
The combo buttons are pretty simple combinations of the same buttons with another one.
Commanding your Thanes or soldiers is simple by filling up your hero meter, holding down LB and clicking the command button of your need or choice they will "rejoice" with you in battle.
You'll also have to aid them in battle, when you hear them cry out for help, no matter where you are, and Gear's alike, pressing one button will view point you in real time, where you gotta go to help your mates.
You'll get several weapons and locked attacks that will unlocked so on you finish the different episodes.
Now the only thing i must add is that this game doesn't feel so tight, and the action is pretty scarce, as are your foes, not very engaging combat controls, and the supporting Ai is pretty useless.
The frame rate is not terrible but is quite unfinished sometimes.
To many lags or holes on the story, and even though voice acting is quite accurate with the historic time on the game, it lacks impact.
When you get enraged in Carnal fury, you can't control yourself, therefore you'll also kill your mates (they can be revived after you finished all the enemies in the area)
the game is waaaaaaaaaaay to short, is got two acts, divided in episodes, and i finished Act I in two hours on Legendary difficulty. So, guess how long is gonna keep you busy.
Now, why i like this game??, because of the Bosses fights, they are quite epic and polish, giving this game a whole new character in what's Carnage About.
That's all for now, i recommend this game a buy if you're interested in great Boss's Fights and as a Bonus to the film you might buy, Beowulf the Movie.
Otherwise is well worth a weekend rent, as i consider it a Must Play, before next week's great releases like Mass Effect, and if you wanna try something else than God of War.
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