Welcome to Anachronox, an abandoned alien artificial planet at the centre of the universe, now home to lowlifes, thieves, and scoundrels. Here we join Sylvester "Sly Boots" Bucelli--a down on his luck PI--and a cast of 6 other unlikely heroes on their quest to discover who or what is trying to destroy the universe. They are the only ones that believe it is happening, and the only ones that can do something about it.
This title is a very unique game in many ways. The combination of jRPG style turn-based combat, extraordinary characters with their own personalities, an epic and brilliantly told story, colorful graphics, and absolutely hilarious humor is something very rare. You will travel through galaxies, explore bizarre planets, and journey through space and time. There are no easy choices in this game, no obvious, predictable events, no black and white characters. This complexity made the game well reviewed--it has showed up on PC Gamer's Top 100 PC Games list three times!--and will keep you fascinated and amazed for many hours.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Animated Violence, Mild Sexual Themes.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
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Posted on 2012-03-15 12:55:16 byLuk_333:
This is it. My all time favorite game. The best videogame story I’ve encountered.
I have completed over 220 games, I’ve went through Planescape: Torment, Psychonauts, The Longest Journey, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy 7&8, KOTOR, Fallout 1&2, the Legacy of Kain series, Mass Effect 1&2, Portal 1&2, Sanitarium, Syberia1&2, Vampire: The Masquerade –read more Bloodlines, Day of the Tentacle, Monkey Island 1-3, The Witcher, NOLF etc., but this right here is the gold standard for me. It manages to mix lots of humor and satire with drama and unexpected & underplayed moments of normalcy, sadness and regret. It makes you care for the characters, the world and even that NPC with one repeating line. One of my favorite aspects, criticized in the reviews at the time, is how slow the epic part of the story starts. You’re a loser, unsympathetic, incompetent, probably alcoholic detective that is scraping for a job on a half-dead dirty planet. You’re not saving anyone, not even yourself, but the first hours serve as a great initiation, a bonding experience that’s transforming you into a somehow normal citizen of Anachronox, one that knows its people, secrets, places and failures and is worried only for his paycheck and the quality of drinks. So when things will start to go crazy (and I mean CRAZY!), you‘ll be doubly surprised: as a player and as a normal inhabitant of Anachronox. While progressing through the game a lot of things will change, but most importantly the characters will change, grow, surprise you and sometimes bitterly disappoint you.
But there’s much more to this game than the story. The music is outstanding and I still regularly listen to 6 of the tracks. It usually provides a counterpoint to the mostly humorous story, underlying a sense of sadness visible in every part of the world. The voice acting is top notch and the delivery of cutscenes is still superior to a lot of current AAA games. Technically speaking, because of the Quake 2 engine, the game doesn’t seem released in 2001 (Max Payne! Serious Sam! GTA3!), looking more like 1998-1999, but with a few tricks and a LOT of artistic sense, this is still an immensely beautiful and fascinating game to look at.
While the only resemblance that the story has with JRPGs consists in its linearity, the gameplay is much more related to its Japanese source of inspiration: turn-based, action timer, special skills etc. I think it works quite well and is superior to its peers because of the great camera movement. The game has mostly no random encounters (I actually remember only one short area where random encounters happen) and very few zones where you need to fight enemies every time you need to pass through there. Fortunately there’s no grinding in the game and at some points you might even wish for more fighting, to test those cool new attacks. Oh, don’t play the game on Easy, because it will just transform the fighting into a series of impossible to lose cutscenes. :) The game is really easy even on normal, so if you’ve ever played a JRPG or Mass Effect on normal, select the Hard difficulty. I must say that the game is not flawless. You’ll encounter some frustrating moments, strange puzzle logic and technical limitations, but nothing that’s going to do much harm.
I love this game. I love everything about it. It’s funny as hell, amazing, surprising, sad, beautiful, humane and full of heart.
PS: The soundtrack is available as mp3 tracks in the game folder. Tested the game on Windows 7 x32 and Windows 8 CP x32 with an AMD Athlon II x2 250 and GeForce 460; everything seems to be working fine.
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Posted on 2012-03-15 16:18:23 byZerotown:
I bought Anachronox a long time ago, in a whim. At first, I couldn't get really into it. I played it for a few hours, then got distracted by whatever interested me those days (probably pr0n).
After discovering that a few extraordinary patches were made, I installed the game once more. This time, something 'clicked'. I honestly can't think of a game that had me laughing this hardread more for years, yet at other moments moving me quite profoundly. (No really, I had savegames with which I could show 'key-moments' to friends - they all were as amazed as I was! ...even though there was alcohol involved).
Anyway, since then I've been checking regularly what Tom Hall is doing. Sadly, no other game like this has sprung from the man's undoubtedly brilliant mind. Tonight, I shall grab this version from GOG, shudder while the intro-music plays and lift my glass in salute. Tom, Ion Storm-guys: thanks for everything. (And hint: go the Kickstarter way like Brian Fargo did!)
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Posted on 2012-03-15 09:31:56 byEclipse:
Ion Storm was really a weird software house, capable of the infamous Daikatana but also of titles like Anachronox and Deus Ex.
From the creative mastermind of Tom Hall, creator of Commander Keen and one of the founders of id Software, comes Anachronox, one of the most underrated games ever.
While the gameplay is a fairly normal "jrpg" experience, with turn based combat,read more nothing else is normal in this game. Even your mouse cursor is a well integrated game character.Storyline is great, really gives you a sense of adventure, characters are well designed and the whole game has a bit of that Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy humor that makes you instantly love every bit of it.
I really don't want to spoil much about it or the plot itself, but just to make things in scale and let you know how good and crazy this game is let me end with a minor spoiler:
at some point in the game... an entire planet will join your party. One of the game locations will be miniaturized and will play as a character on his own.
This game is really full of stuff like that, so if you're into rpgs and turn based combat not bore you to death, and you like this kind of humor, go buy it already!
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