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Reviewed: Asheron's Call
Author: Michael "" Ahlf       Date: March 30th 2000
Page: 4


 
Final Breakdown

Gameplay:

Some minor setbacks, mostly in the learning curve for new players to learn what's good and what isn't. But the rest of the game world is so immersive that players will be able to overlook these shortcomings. It's more than just an EverQuest or Ultima Online clone, it's a whole new gaming experience.

Graphics:

Dereth has seasons, weather, and wonderful eye candy all around the world. It got even better recently with the colored lighting enhancements which makes that game look so much better. Everything from player models, special effects, and smooth textures immerse the player further in Dereth.

Sound and Music:

It's none too impressive, but it doesn't hinder anything: the worst that can be said is that it's pretty unnecessary for playing. Most all the sound effects are just average and differ little from other role-playing titles.

AI and Difficulty:

The enemies all fight in typical RPG fashion, but that doesn't detract from the game at all.

Controls and Interface:

A bit of a learning curve, but the mouse interface keeps button pushing to a minimum and is easy to get used to.

Overall:

Asheron's Call holds its own with EverQuest, and has enough diversity and fun to earn an award. All the elements of the game come together beautifully for a complete online gaming experience that will last a long time.

Glide Underground Editors Choice Award
Pluses (+)
  • Easy controls.
  • Beautiful world.
  • Innovations make the game all the smoother.
  • Minuses (-)
  • Lackluster sound.
  • New players will have to take time to learn the engine to do well.
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    Added:  Friday, March 17, 2000
    Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
    Score:
    Page: 4/6

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