Lionheart - Any good?

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by RPGenius, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. RPGenius

    RPGenius Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Oct 10, 2005
    So, every now and again, I hear about this game, and get around to thinking about it. I've seen it on GOG, and pretty cheap too, but before I spent time on it, I wanted to get your opinions on this game?

    So, is it any good?
     
  2. alec

    alec Stuck In The Middle With You Orderite

    May 21, 2003
    No, not really.

    Character creation looks good because it's SPECIAL, but once you play the game, you'll understand that SPECIAL is totally out of place in this game. You have to become a fighter in Lionheart, whether you like it or not. Once you go travelling outside the city, you're fucked if you don't know how to handle a weapon well. There's too much hack and slashing to be done and there ain't nothing that comes close to a party of followers as you know them from Fallout or Arcanum. Which is fucking sad. The points you distribute in SPECIAL do not seem to affect quests much either, as far as I remember.

    Another thing is that it seems awfully unfinished: there's Barcelona, there's another (smaller) city and a handfull of small locations and then there's just lots of hack and slashing to be done. Your character can sorta specialize while inside Barcelona, which is a really fun roleplaying city, but outside the city, it's just hack and slash, hack and slash. And combat sucks for a variety of reasons.

    Last gripe would be the goddamn controlbar. It's big. It's friggin' huge, actually, and you can't click it away during battle, so that sucks in certain areas of the game (most areas).

    Still, the game has got some good points too:
    - The trimetric art is really awesome at certain points in the game, Barcelona in particular. (The animations suck, though, and movement is a bitch.)
    - Dialogue is pretty good. And this does follow your stats in SPECIAL. Different NPCs have different portraits displayed. Cute.
    - The spirit. There's a spirit in you and it sometimes like talks to you and tells the story of the game. I thought that was a nice touch.

    If you managed to play through all the really good RPGs and some of the bad ones and you only want another "RPG" experience because you're addicted, then go for it. I found myself playing "Kult: Heretic Kingdms" two months ago. Sucks donkey balls, but when you're in love with isometric old-school RPGs, you're usuallu capable of dealing with these kind of flaws. I know I am.
     
  3. RPGenius

    RPGenius Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Oct 10, 2005
    Thanks for that. I'm getting a bad jonesing for a good iso-rpg, and Mutants Rising is too far away for me, so I am kind of scraping the bottom of the barrel here. That said, from what you've said, it might be worth me looking at other games. Thanks for the advice on this, alec.
     
  4. Alphadrop

    Alphadrop A right proper chap.

    Aug 21, 2008
    To be a bit more simple than Alex the first half is really good. Walking around Barcelona soaking in the atmosphere and doing quests is very fun and engaging. The problems come when it delves into hack and slash territory (and not very good hack/slash at that) during the later part of the game.
    A sad example of what happens when you rush a game.

    Some people say it's worth it just for the Barcelona section as it shows some of the finest rpg-ing in an rpg.
     
  5. Felipefpl

    Felipefpl Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Jun 17, 2010
    good - graphics are pretty cool, lots of known characters from middle age.

    bad - TOO short, the story could be better developed also, the ending indicates a sequel that probably will never come.