Subm.: Anachronox

Discussion in '50 RPGs per Hour' started by TorontoReign, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Knight Rider oTO Staff Member Moderator Orderite

    Apr 1, 2005
    Anachronox
    Ion Storm
    Pc
    http://www.gog.com/gamecard/anachronox







    Anachronox is one of those rare gems that is so amazing and makes you laugh out loud so much, that it makes up for the short comings, like the crappy combat system, bugs, and other minor things. Although it appears to be a console style JRPG it actually plays a lot like a pc adventure game (Grim Fandago) where you have to solve puzzles, and use various character based abilities to get through areas. The writing and design are top notch throughout the game. I had no complaints in that department whatsoever. If you want a solid sci-fi story, look right here. Forget Mass Effect. Think Anachronox.

    Anachronox will draw you into the story so much that once you start to notice the faults of the game, it's already too late. You simply must know what happens to the characters. It does start off very, very slow though. You won’t even find your first companion until several hours in the game, so expect a lot of exploration. The main character is Sylvester "Sly" Boots, a private detective living in a Blader Runner-esque city filled with aliens, robots, and ancient artifacts. Him and Six other heroes end up on a quest to discover who or what is trying to annihilate the Universe. It draws from several cyberpunk and noir elements, leading up to a dramatic climax that left a sequel as a possibility.

    The combat is akin to something like Final Fantasy 7, but it adds an extra element of moving characters in the battlefield. Some may like this, but the pacing of it drags forever. Eventually you find MysTech, which is awfully similar to FF7's Materia. Expect fetch quests as per usual, with adventure game elements mixed in. There are also these quests that involve you using a camera to take pictures of certain things. I thought it added a unique element to the game. Deserves mentioning.

    The combat is the one element of the game that I felt was lacking. It uses the Quake 2 engine, so don’t expect anything major with the graphics. The dialog is simply amazing. Brilliantly executed. When it comes to story and humor Anachronox delivers better than most console JRPG’s and a lot of PC ones, however, the movie on Youtube may be better in some regards since you miss out on some of the crappier elements in the game that I already mentioned, but then you miss the funny dialog, so you might want to give the game a try.

    It's been on sale on for six bucks on gog, so you can't beat that price for such a fine RPG.
     
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  2. cronicler

    cronicler Lurksalot

    478
    May 31, 2006
    To this day, I'm still confused about finding the ultimate weapon for one of your party members inside itself :confused::wtf: :look: :grin::grin::grin:
     
  3. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Knight Rider oTO Staff Member Moderator Orderite

    Apr 1, 2005
    Yeah, it's a trip. Too bad we may never see how the story ends though.
     
  4. BigBoss

    BigBoss Your Local Scrub

    957
    Dec 24, 2012
    Hey you're still posting in the RPG's per Hour?

    Haven't given up on us yet huh?
     
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  5. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Knight Rider oTO Staff Member Moderator Orderite

    Apr 1, 2005
    Not completely. :lol:
     
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  6. Guiltyofbeingtrite

    Guiltyofbeingtrite Vault Dweller

    751
    Oct 13, 2008
    Protip: In whatever version is on GOG, use the back/forward slash key to greatly speed up the game. Makes the fights more tolerable. I'm SLOWLY playing through it. Funniest dialogue I've ever seen. Democratus is far and away the most original companion in any game.
     
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  7. Sergeant Politeness

    Sergeant Politeness Where'd That 6th Toe Come From?

    413
    Jun 20, 2015
    I'm playign this game at the moment. I like it but the combat is tedious as hell, especially since I'm playing on Hard.
     
  8. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Knight Rider oTO Staff Member Moderator Orderite

    Apr 1, 2005
    It's one of those games you play for the story. Go for the easiest difficulty.
     
  9. Sergeant Politeness

    Sergeant Politeness Where'd That 6th Toe Come From?

    413
    Jun 20, 2015
    Indeed, but, like the dumbfuck I am, I chose hard and am too lazy to restart the game. Oh well...I hope it becomes better later.
     
  10. Ragemage

    Ragemage Wept for Zion

    Feb 20, 2016
    The graphics remind me of Max Payne. Is this from the Playstation 2 era?
     
  11. Sergeant Politeness

    Sergeant Politeness Where'd That 6th Toe Come From?

    413
    Jun 20, 2015
    Yeah, the game was released in 2001. Only on PC though.
     
  12. RetrospectiveGaming

    RetrospectiveGaming First time out of the vault

    12
    Oct 24, 2016
    I highly recommend it ... Its a shame its not remembered that well since the same company also made Deus Ex ... Tom Hall please make a sequel one of these days ...Democratus ftw

     
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