In the fantasy world of Enclave the people of Light and Darkness are divided by a bottomless rift that split the earth many millennia ago. The lands of Light are prosperous and rich, an Enclave of truth and order, surrounded by the twisted and barren lands of the dark, war-ravaged plains known as the Outlands.
Over the centuries the rift has started to close, skirmishes along the border have become more and more frequent and it is only a matter of time before these altercations turn into a full scale war.
Here, it is up to you to choose. Will you lead the desperate people of Celenheim and save them from destruction, or will you ally with the dark hordes of the Outlands and overrun the Enclave to get back what you claim to be yours? Make your decision and experience incredibly atmospheric and intense medieval combat action!
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Violence, Blood. PEGI Rating: 16+ with Violence.
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 184.108.40.206
Posted on 2010-05-11 13:23:23 by Romulus:
I remember when Enclave was released; it was a title I ignored after reading reviews of it for the original Xbox. It was apparently marred with a horrible difficulty curve and the control system was a mess. I wasn't really impressed, so I let it go. I only found out later that there was a PC version of the game and at 58 pence in a bargain bucket I thought I might give it a go.
Enclaveread more for me has become one of my top five hack and slash games of all time - where it fell down on the consol, on the PC the game works perfectly. Let me just point out that its up with the likes of the Xbox 360 Conan game, Severance and Diablo. When I played this, it was my first experience of a game developed by Starbreeze studios - who are behind the seminal Escape from Butcher bay and other excellent RPG titles.
The game itself has two distinct story lines, light and dark. Within them are different characters who range from outright fighters to magic users. This gives a terrific amount of replay and variation, as for each mission you don’t have to stick with the character you started the game with - you can switch to any of them to fit the purpose. For example, if there is a level with a lot of enemies who are at distance, you can use the Ranger character to deal with the distant targets. The same goes for cramped corridors and narrow battlements.
There is a lot of laugh out loud moments within Enclave as well, as a lot of enemies are not scripted after spawning and will sometimes fall into environmental traps meant for the player. Not to mention some other pretty amusing animations, but if you're generally laughing with the game and not at it.
The level design is what really shines in Enclave, there has been much time spent in making the maps fantastical, dark and clever. Literally, from dark labyrinths, ancient courtyards, rooftops, underwater chambers and spirallying stairs to airy platoes the game has a cavalcade of environments. Yes, you'll find yourself double-backing, but there is good reason for it.
Another facet to Enclave, other than its directional combat using the WASD keys, is a treasure hunt which enables you to buy new things but also intelligently explore the maps. Throughout the game there are bags of gold and gems which you are free to collect if you wish. If you do, they open up new equipment for you to buy, but also collecting every scrap within the game will unlock a pretty cool easter egg - I'll say no more.
One sad thing is how this game could have had some excellent online multiplayer - in fact the skirmish maps are present, you have to play through them. Look at the flow and imagine being able to play a death match, but with your character, earning gold to upgrade. When you play it you'll see what I mean; it is a missed opportunity which could have made Enclave something beyond what it is already.
For $5.99 you are buying a seminal piece of gaming, as good as the other titles I've mentioned. Don't be put off by what looks a simple concept done to death, Enclave is great, its music superb as well as everything it does to achieve its best within its own genre.
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Posted on 2010-05-11 10:24:02 by Iceman346:
Enclave certainly is no masterpiece but a decent Hack&Slash game with a good atmosphere and quite good looking graphics despite it's age.
The game is split up into two campaigns, light and dark. They share most of the levels, but always have different objectives.
In each campaign you start as a certain character (Fighter in light, Rogue in dark) and meet more companionsread more during the campaign. As soon as you have unlocked them, you are able to choose the character that fits your playstyle the most.
The game has small RPG-emelents. During each mission you can find a certain amount of valuables and you are also rewarded for completing missions. When you choose the character for your next assignment you are able to spend the gold on equipment. The gold you accumulated acts as a barrier, e.g. if you collected 750 Gold so far you can give your character equipment worth 750 gold. You don't really spend the money.
The equipment system isn't extremely deep but you regularly have to choose between using the best armor and the best weapon or if you will carry a long range weapon with you or not.
Combat itself mostly comes down to dodging or blocking enemy blows while hitting them in return. Enemies can move quite erratic sometimes, so hitting them is not that easy.
Another thing worth noting is, that the game supports most modern widescreen resolutions out of the box, so you don't have to search around in configuration files or use external tools to get it to work.
With two campaigns and the various playable characters the game offers quite a bit of replayability, so you will get your moneys worth. If you like 3rd person action games I wholeheartedly recommend buying Enclave.
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Posted on 2010-05-12 01:55:46 by dnoelsmith:
I just bought a used version at Half Price Books for $5.98! Oh well. Back it goes to HPB and I'll probably get .50 cents for it. Anyway, it was worth $5.99 to buy from GOG again. The music is moody and well orchestrated and the graphics are top notch.
The story is memorable and unique. Plenty of action and a few puzzles to figure out along the way.
Note that if you think yourread more graphics card can handle OpenGL,you can modify the environments.cfg file and change the following line to use OpenGL instead of Direct3d:
VID_RENDER=Direct3D8 change to VID_RENDER=OpenGL
The readme.txt makes reference to OpenGL but the method to install it is not included with the GOG download. Just manual make the change as stated above if you wish.
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