Chronicles of the Sword seemed like a fairly decent game at first. Based on writings by William Shakespeare, you play as Sir Gawain and go around trying to stop the powers of evil from obliterating the kingdom of Camelot. Sounds fun enough. Add to that all kinds of rendered medieval backdrops with fully rendered magicians, wizards and dragons (oh my!) and a point-and-click interface and you've got yourself a decent adventure game right? No, you don't. You see, Chronicles of the Sword deserves an award for the "Worst Adventure Game" in the genre to date.
While the characters may be based on Shakespeare's writings, the story probably has him turning in his grave. You may very well have never before seen such a boring, uninspired story in a game like this. Saving a kingdom, planet, world, continent, town, city or lake equals unoriginality in my book. We've seen it millions of times before! The outcome of the game is extremely predictable and it really just makes you sick. But what about those SVGA graphics the box boasts of? Well, they may be in SVGA, but that doesn't mean they look especially good. In fact, the rendered backdrops are downright horrible looking. They are also unoriginal and bland. The rendered characters are the same way, and unfortunately, they are worse.
Most of the characters look like they belong in a bad science fiction or horror game rather than being in a game with a medieval theme. To make it worse, a lot of them look painfully alike. This is a bad thing because they look so awful in the first place; they look like blobs of goo rendered together. Oh yes, don't forget the voice acting. This adds insult to injury because the voice actors sound as if they never went to acting school. Did Psygnosis just pull some random people off the street and ask them if they want to be in a video game? Sounds like it to me.
And then there's the interface and actual gameplay. Moving your character around the kingdom can be a painful chore, since he often times does not go where you tell him to. And because this is one of those point-and-click adventure games, you have to seek out hotspots and various items that need to be obtained. Good luck. The hot spots are SO small that you'll literally be looking around for days trying to find the item you need. And half the time, you can't even see the items on screen. The best tactic here is to random-click around until something happens. Yes, it's really that bad.
Frustrating, boring, sloppy and horrible are all adjectives that can describe Chronicles of the Sword. Please, never, ever...ever play this game. It truly is one of the worst games.
Graphics: The rendered backdrops are pretty bland and boring. Same goes for the characters; washed out looking blobs. The FMV movie sequences are pretty lame as well.
Sound: The voice acting is terrible. It sounds as if random people were pulled off the street rather than actual voice actors. On a lighter note, the music isn't too bad...it fits in well with the medieval theme of the game.
Enjoyment: Chronicles of the Sword is so anti-enjoyable. Not only is the story boring and uninspired, but the voice acting is terrible, the graphics are dull, the puzzles are near impossible to solve and finding items is a chore. There is nothing to enjoy about this game -- go read a book on Camelot instead.
Replay Value: Replay value? Nope, there is none. Don't even play the game in the first place -- you'll probably be a healthier person.
Point and click adventure taking place in the England of King Arthur. You're Gawain, a knight who has to save the kingom of the evil witch Morganna.
The game also features some fighting scenes, which you can do yourself or let the computer do for you.
The graphics are pre-rendered, as well your character.
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