Silver, a corrupt and sinister sorcerer, rules the land of Jarrah with an iron fist. He and his henchmen have abducted the village women as part of a pact with the almighty god, Apocalypse. Now, only one man can put a stop to Silver and his minions. That man is you, David, a promising young knight whose wife is among the captured. In order to succeed you'll need to recruit allies, master your swordplay, learn the art of magic, and venture through hostile worlds teeming with Silver's corrupt followers to find 8 lost artifacts. Begin your quest, and become a hero!
Silver is the European answer to JRPGs, which were very popular at the time. With eye-candy in the form of pre-rendered 2D backgrounds, manga-inspired character design, and console-style gameplay, it introduced PC gamers to a new genre. This game is very unique on PC as there are only a few such titles on this platform, so if you feel like trying a different approach to role-playing, then this is a title for you!
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Animated Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7, 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.
Posted on 2012-05-15 09:13:34 byPeterD23:
After seeing Outcast on here it reminded me of a lost classic I played a while back called Silver. I was horrendously bad at it to begin with, and gave up around the time I was fighting an acid dragon. Recently, I reinstalled the game and came back to this, using someone else's savegame to pass the now impossible "bell-timing puzzle" and found the rest of the game to beread more an epic adventure with amazing music, a fantastic story with brilliantly done dialogue, and tough as nails boss battles that make you want to curse at the screen, but give you that amazing sense of achievement when you finally beat them (HA! TOOK ME ONLY 10 YEARS FUGE!) Hopefully GOG have fixed the bell puzzle, as I remember that being impossible to do due to a programming error which never scaled the timer to the speed of the processor. Its a must buy, and I loved every minute of it.
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Posted on 2012-05-16 12:20:40 byTotalkef:
Ah yes, Silver. When it first came out, I was so very excited. A big, hardcover box... and two discs. That's quite something, right there.
Silver delivers a great story with, for its time, impressive narrative. The characters are (overall) fully voice acted with voices that fit the characters like a glove. The story is easy to follow, but with enough twists that it doesn't getread more dull or unimaginative.
The combat mechanics are also quite ingenious for its era; granted, higher ranked weapons are generally better, but the combat system makes them different. Combat is delivered through the mouse; different motions makes your character respectively chop, slash, stab or deliver (cooldown-based) special attacks.
Different weapons are best used in different ways; axes and hammers are great for chopping (hammering) or slashing, but thrusts are for obvious reasons near-useless. Swords are decent for chopping and slashing, but do massive damage when used in thrusting attacks.
Additionally, at least some enemies are more susceptible to different kinds of attacks, making it an enjoyable (but not tedious) challenge to find the best combination versus different opponents (take my word for it; hammers don't do much against treants).
There are basic weapons, magic weapons and magic spells (orbs) that all have different modes of attack. They're unlocked at a steady pace throughout the game, leaving you with an ever-growing arsenal of weaponry.
The environments and scenery is great for its time; there are many beautifully drawn vistas.
But most importantly, what you come to enjoy most in Silver, is the music score. Personally, I would vote it among the top three best scores through gaming history; the soundtracks are diverse and very evocative of different emotions; they are excellent for conveying both calm, distress, sadness and exaltation.
All in all, Silver is a great story that, while it suffers from somewhat aged graphics, still delivers a wonderful narrative with great environments, memorable characters and most of all, a soundtrack that has you walking on clouds.
An overly generous review? You might think so; I say to you, buy it and try it for yourself, and then come tell me I was wrong. Because, in all fairness, ladies and gentlemen... you wont.
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Posted on 2012-05-15 15:48:04 byaznilamir:
So a month after listing silver in the requested game, I couldn't stop myself buying it as soon as it comes out. And playing it briefly, it brings back all the best memories I had the first time I play this game. Why I love Silver:
- the story is not about prepubescent boy trying to save the world, its about a guy trying to save his wife. Realistic! Simplistic!
- the game mechanicsread more is simple. The control are wonderful. Not just clicking away at enemies, you can do many special moves useful in the battle. CTRL + mouse gesture to do those moves.
- surprisingly, the graphics looks good. Cute blocky 3D character on top of pre-rendered background. It never looks dated because it doesn't try to hard to model lifelike actors.
- The GUI does not clutter. The pop-up radial menu may need to get use to, but you'll appreciate the screen estate that this game gives you.
The game is simple to learn, but hard to master. But it certainly going to entertain you. Highly recommended.
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