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Bards Tale - PlayStation 2

by Vivendi Universal
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews) 76 / 100

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  • The modern interpretation of the original Bard's Tale, the grandfather of all role-playing games, by its original producer - Brian Fargo.
  • A new generation third-person, action/role-playing game featuring wicked humor and clever personality.
  • Play the role of the Bard as he gets swept up in a harrowing adventure that proves too much for countless chosen one but hopefully not for you.
  • Brilliant graphics and bustling environments - Interactive townsfolk, original music (with singing) and immersive, detailed and lively environments

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  • ASIN: B000189K3E
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 21, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,629 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Loosely based on (or "inspired by", if you will) the classic Bard's Tale series that began as an Apple II RPG in 1985, this new installment brings a fresh dose of comedy to the genre with a 3D isometric view that runs on the Champions of Norrath engine. Is a dragon terrorizing the locals? The Bard will take care of it... for the right price. Local princess held captive? The Bard is your man... as long as she's hot. Use the Snarky/Nice conversation to pick the tone -- be an ass or show some class. Your attitude will affect the events that unfold and create a personalized experience for each player. Develop your combat party by summoning a group of eccentrics and misfits to do your bidding - sixteen summoned creatures in all. The game runs on the Champions of Norrath engine and features locations based on the storied land of the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland - the inspiration for the classic fantasy worlds.

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99 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest game ever since Monkey Island!!! November 17, 2004
By Rocco
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have been waiting for this game for quite a while...and know what?
It's just what I hoped it would be and even more!

As I started playing the game I just could not quit laughing. The Bard is a dirty ol' [...] and will say some of the nastyest and funniest things ever.

But let's examine the game:

1) Graphics 8/10: could be better, but what you need is there and many features are way above genre average.
2) Sound 10/10: FX and music are very good, voice acting is EXCEPTIONAL.
3) Gameplay: 8/10 very good but some overall flaws.
*For one the saving system is a nuisance and I don't understand while it is still around (find the tome and save only at the "tome point").
*The fighting system is ok (if somewhat more difficult than your typical Baldur's Gate for console) and you must not only rely on your sword but mostly on your summons and on finding out how to complement each other skills. You can't just go around bashing everything to pieces.
*The camera however is a bit of a pain. Way up in the sky, you see your character from above with no possibility of angle changing. Sometimes with trees around it gets somewhat frustrating.
*The "answer interaction" system is great and more games should adopt it. When you talk with people you don't have a set of "phrases" to choose from, you simply choose your attitude. This will affect how non playing characters (i.e. those you interact with) will perceive your Bard and how they will treat him. Being rude pays off sometimes.
4) Storyline 20 out of 10: AHAHAAHAHAHA... this game will just have you laughing, and laughing and laughing. The story is funny, very original and well delivered to you by a sarcastic narrator. I won't spoil the game here, you'll have to believe me.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monty Python meets RPGs November 14, 2004
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The Bard's Tale is a pleasant poke at standard RPG stereotypes. If the Monty Python gang had made a video game, this would be it. The humor is, without a doubt, the best part of the game. I especially love the fact the "hero" is a drunk, women-chasing lout instead of a 14 year old boy (many of whom, as chosen ones, are slaughtered mercilessly throughout the game).

Some of the game's conventions take a bit of getting used to. For example, the defense system requires you to press the defense button each time you want to defend. Although this is a much more realistic way of fighting, the timing of this takes some practice to get down. No part of the game seemed insurmountably difficult to master. Random battles, the bane of many an RPG player, are present but easily avoidable.

I did like the game's automatic upgrade system for weapons and equipment. Whenever the Bard aquires a new weapon or piece of armor, the old one is automatically converted into silver. Although strategy purists will pine for more control, I personally liked not having to go through all of the trouble of inventory screens and selling off old weapons and the like.

My main beef with the game is the top down view. Sometimes the scenery would get in the way and the poor Bard would be hacked to death before I could rotate the camera enough to see him. Better camera control, automatic or manual, would have been welcome.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good to be an anti-hero February 22, 2005
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I LOVED this game. I haven't enjoyed a game this much since Neverwinter Nights! Now, I'm the sort who enjoys RPG's with good plot and drama. I'm not that into hack n slash. Admittedly, there was a fair share of that in this game, but there was plenty of comedy and innuendo for me to sufficiently enjoy myself.

I've read a few other reviews, and I agree with the complaint that the overhead view was rather awkward and I would've prefered something more straight on. Someone else mentioned that this is more of a guy's game, and I have to disagree. Well, perhaps he's right and I'm just in the minority. As a female, I found myself with a bit of a crush on the Bard by the end. Of course, Cary Elwes's voice acting may have contributed to this fact, and my inexplicable, unrequited desire to hear the Bard yell, "To the pain!" just one time. Oh well.

I was very sad to have completed this so quickly. I really wanted more. I want more of this game. I want more games like this one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improvable, but still loads of fun... December 6, 2004
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars long as you enjoy the action/RPG genre. In terms of gameplay, this isn't really very different from Baldur's Gate-Dark Alliance or Champions of Norrath. You hack and you slash until there's nothing left to kill. The story is stronger than Norrath's, as are the cut-scenes and voice acting. Norrath excels in character customization and gear collecting, while this is pretty much discarded in The Bard's Tale. The blocking scheme for Bard's Tale is useless, but the game does present a radar map which alerts you to hostiles and makes it easy enough to take on a few at a time and whittle the enemy down in that way. (Try shooting arrows at the red dots offscreen-your enemy is dead before you even see them.) When used with the better summons available to the player, no enemy is overly difficult. The key is using some strategy, rather than just charging in blindly and expecting to come out unscathed. Of course, the main emphasis of the game is supposed to be its humor, and it does an admirable job at making it enjoyable to work your way to the end (even if the gameplay is as standard as anything the game is poking fun at). The first time I tipped a cow I knew this was going to be a fun game. I indeed laughed out loud on more than one occasion. On top of that, the ending is priceless, well worth working through the entire game for. I'd say it was one of the best video game endings I've ever experienced. All in all, though not groundbreaking, The Bard's Tale is worth the price of admission, especially to action/RPG junkies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bard 's Tale ps2
So sorry about this, I thought I had sent a review. Excellent service, will buy again. Thank you!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Laurel Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son Loved it! Thank you!
Published 1 month ago by Gypsy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and just simply a must-have.
This game is so great. If you're looking for something fun, I would highly recommend this. I love all of the witty jokes and remarks, and this game did have me laughing out loud... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shania Purser
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This game is funnier than i thought! Thanks.
Published 2 months ago by Belali
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun game.
Fun game. My 8 year old really enjoyed playing. it.
Published 4 months ago by Chris K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dealer! Will purchase from them again
Great dealer! Will purchase from them again.
Published 4 months ago by Susan Douglass
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
an interesting game
Published 4 months ago by Nastaudo
4.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical Monty Pythonish RPG
The bards tale puts you in the role of "The Bard", who's tale is being narrated by "The Narrator". Throughout the game, you can pick responses to conversations. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Shaide
5.0 out of 5 stars Still funny
I played this game before and I love it. Bit funny and not alot of thinking involved also be the mean dude u get further I. The game
Published 14 months ago by francesca sierra
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Game
So maybe not the absolute most challenging game by any means, but it was so much fun. I love the snarky main character and all the trouble he stirs up. Read more
Published 15 months ago by E. Horton
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