Award-winning Black Isle Studios unleashes an epic RPG like no other. In the 12th century, a supernatural catastrophe tore the fabric of reality, unleashing spirits and magic, forever changing medieval Earth. Cast into this world and besieged by spirits and power groups, you must gain allies, take up arms and find your destiny.
To the common folk, magic was something to be feared and undoubtedly the handiwork of evil demons. People across Europe sought protection from the forces of evil and therefore relinquished utter control of their lives to the Inquisition.
To this day, the Inquisition still governs most of civilized Europe, directly or indirectly. In their relentless hunt for heretical wizards and magical creatures the Inquisition inspires awe and faith among many, and is despised and feared by others.
Choose your champion – Feralkin, Sylvant, Demonkin, or Human Pureblood – and align yourself with the Knights Templar, the Inquisition, or the Wielders. Explore 16th century Europe, twisted and changed by magic, and encounter the likes of Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Blood, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence. PEGI Rating: 16+ with Drugs.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard. Patched to version 1.1 (3021)
Posted on 2008-12-03 20:50:49 byEyeNixon:
Lionheart was one of the last RPGs (if not the last indeed) published by Interplay, the pre-release hype was contained enough and the game's alternate history prospect interesting and unique, it was, as many publications would name it during its development, a medieval Fallout.
Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader takes place during an alternate version of 12th Century Europe, andread more the results are quite interesting. Magical creatures made common by superstition and myth appear in the flesh, strange sights and places await the player as he traverses a well designed portrayal of the game's setting. The graphics, while not spectacular, are beautiful in their artistry, one of the last good looking pseudo-2D RPGs to be released.
Utilizing the SPECIAL system made popular in the Fallout series, Lionheart provides a breadth of character customization, and for the first half of the game there truly are many ways of crafting a viable character. A diplomat, an archer, a mage, and so on, all quite possible and playable. However, it is evident that once the player leaves the city of Barcelona, something goes sour, the game becomes pure hack & slash. While there's nothing wrong with that, it completely ruins the play balance as most characters that are not pure warriors will find themselves incredibly disadvantaged.
I can only assume that the game was rushed out at the last moment by Interplay as things began to look ugly for the company and its assets, unfortunately, this meant that a potentially fantastic product in Lionheart was repressed, rather, we received a decent game that falters halfway through and loses much of its appeal.
As it is, Lionheart is certainly worth a purchase at its cheap price despite the problems present, perhaps just for the impressive soundtrack alone. Its largest problem is not its wealth of problems, but rather how they eventually effect the player, it's devastating to play through an incredibly well designed RPG for a dozen hours only to have the later half be an uninspired chore, at the least the story continues at an interesting clip.
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Posted on 2009-02-09 20:41:28 bycthulhie:
Not much new to add: the first ten hours of the game feature a good balance of quests, combat, and conversation. The SPECIAL system is compelling, and (while magic is a bit underpowered) it's neat to see it applied to a fantasy setting and corresponding set of skills. The characters you meet are amusing, though generally shallow. The setting and backstory is promising, but lacksread more depth once you get into it. The combat is uninteresting but inoffensive.
This is all damning with faint praise, of course, but I've overstated the badness of mediocrity. The first part of the game reminded me of Divine Divinity level for me in terms of its balance of storytelling and spontaneously difficult fights. The Diablo-cloneness of it means the interface is easy to come to terms with. The 2-D graphics are nice looking, the score is lovely and well-paced. And while the writing isn't fantastic, since when is "fantastic" a reasonable standard for video games? (Sadly.) The dialogue is never cringe-inducing and is often fun. Don't go in expecting Planescape: Torment and you'll enjoy the fact that there IS dialogue and setting in what's essentially a streamlined ARPG.
In short, for the first part of the game it's somehow more interesting than the sum of its parts and kept drawing me back. After around 17 hours I feel I've gotten my money's worth (not too difficult at this price) and am not horribly disappointed that the game has gone downhill so rapidly.
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Posted on 2008-09-18 20:18:39 byEvilross:
Some of the reviews for Lionheart seem less then flattering, but do not make the mistake of thinking this is a poor quality game. It's very far from it.
Lionheart is fun, very challenging, and has very good graphics for a classic isometric RPG. The visuals are much better then Divine Divinity, Icewind Dale 2, or other 2D game from the same time frame. The games uses the SPECIALread more ruleset first seen in Fallout, and it makes good use of the ruleset. All the perks and traits are set in context of the world, and make it feel like your creating a character, not just adding stats.
One issue that the SPECIAL ruleset has though, it that you tend to make very specialized characters, its really impossable to create a generalist avatar and be very effective in-game. This holds true in Lionheart as well, and due the large amount of sometimes difficult combat you'll be running into, you have to spend the vast majority of your skill points in Combat skills or Thought Magic.
The game has a great storyline, and intresting and memorable characters. If you like action oreinted RPG's like Icewind Dale, then you will enjoy Lionheart.
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