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NightCaster: Defeat The Darkness
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Fast-action Spell Casting Combat With Deep Strategy In A World Of Mystery And Wonder! Battling Against Eternal Darkness You Are Arran A Young Wizard Embarking On A Quest Filled With Explosive Spell Combat And Adventure.armed With Your Magical Orb And Immense Spell Collection You Age From A Young Wizard Into An Older Powerful Sorcerer.defeat Your Enemies With A Revolutionary Control System: Direct Movement With One Analog Stick And Aim With The Other. Embrace Your Destiny; Restore Light To Your Homeland.game Specifications:1 Playermemory Unit
NightCaster is a third-person, single-player action-adventure game featuring intense spell combat and exploration. Players take the role of Arran, a novice wizard whose magical power grows as he ages throughout his quest to collect spells and rid the world of eternal night. The game features more than 40 spectacular 3-D spells from four different schools of magic: Light, Dark, Fire, and Water. Players can choose at any time between brute force and crafty tactics. Using the dual analog controls, players can control Arran's movements separately from the orb and use it as a targeting device to cast spells. This enables a more fast and furious gameplay experience.
Players will experience Arran's evolution from young novice to powerful elder mage. As Arran ages, he acquires new spells, growing ever more powerful. The game's beautifully detailed 3-D world is vast and varied, from the depths of the Buried City to the shimmering halls of the Ice Fortress. Each environment is replete with dynamic lighting and shading and particle effects. Further enhanced by Direct Music, the environments become an even more immersive experience than ever imagined. Players can interact with friends and other non-player characters as the story takes them across the land. Triumphs will result in permanent changes to the game world.
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The game is described as an action/adventure hybrid and I'd say this is pretty accurate. You play as the wizard Arran , who wields spells from the four schools of magic fire (red), water (blue), light (yellow), and darkness (purple). Each school of magic is most powerful against enemies of the opposite school (most enemies are more or less color-coded by school) and completely useless against enemies of the same school. Every school has four spells, for a total of sixteen spells with varying effects (AoE, chain-lighting, homing missiles, etc). Each spell has 3 levels and are upgraded with spell spheres found throughout the game. Getting all the spell spheres allows you to become a green mage with increased resistance and magic, but I've never managed to accomplish this. Spells can be charged to each level for varying power and mana use. The spells are powered with mana, which can be increased by finding mana balls. Spells can be targeted by moving the orb which is an extremely useful feature. There are also four runes that provide various effects in exchange for a constant mana drain. On each level there are 4 school changers which refill Arran's health and give him a different color cloak. Saving the game is can only be done at mushroom rings scattered throughout the level. The spells are by far the best part of the game with the bright colors exploding out in contrast to the dark, bland looking world. All of the sound effects give the spells a feeling of power, especially at later levels. Arran shouts words of power at every level of charge for added flavor.
Now for the bad parts, the game is fairly linear, although you can explore all the areas of the level for more items. Enemies in this look bright and cartoonish, making them look out place in what's supposed to be a dark and serious world. Speaking of the world, its the exact opposite, disgustingly bland and ugly looking, with the sky having a haze that looks like Beijing smog. The developers gave the world a strong Celtic theme, which they did fairly well. Story-wise its fairly unoriginal, The Nightcaster has corrupted the Great Yew Tree and has placed a curse of eternal darkness on the land. Arran must gain collect the 4 elements and increase his power to defeat the darkness, however he must sacrifice his childhood friends and portions of his life to do so. Every time Arran's magic grows he ages some, a detail that I like. I find myself not caring about any of the characters, probably has something to do with the atrocious voice acting.
Ahh yes, the voice acting. The word lame doesn't do it justice. Uninspired and unemotional, I have to wonder if any of voice actors ever did any voice acting before this. One line of a whiny child saying "Daddy I'm hungry!" was so bad I still laugh when I hear it in my head.
Nightcaster doesn't have much of a soundtrack, most of the music is just short sound loops instead of actual songs, a trait it shares with another Microsoft game Azurik: Rise of Perathia. Bosses in Nightcaster are more recycled than urine on the International Space Station. The first 4 being dragons, the first 2 having a single school of magic, the 3rd alternating between 2, and the last alternating between all 4. Finally there is the Nightcaster who steals the elements and puppets Arran's friend Madelyn. You can just throw whatever spells you want at him, it doesn't matter. Finally there's Arran's other attack, a pathetic stick attack where he comically smacks his enemies like he's trying discipline a screaming brat at Wal-Mart. I know its minor thing, but you only use it against one type of enemy in the entire game, which I find annoying.
All that being said, this game is by no means terrible. If you're not a collector or enthusiast for this sort of game, its a coin toss, though I
find some of the flaws to add to the game.
My only other criticism is that because of how the spells work the final boss is rather easy to defeat.
But all in all I really enjoyed the game. You nee dto tottaly explore each level beacsue themor eyou power up the more fun the game becomes. The story kept me enthralled and coming back for more. The bosses in general we're challenging and increased nicley in difficulty.
In the few erros I did have trouble with I found myself only getting determined to kill the badies rather than getting bored. Another thing to keep in mind is that their are limited saving locations so you've got to know when to save and when to "save" the saving point for later.
All in all I LOVED this game and highly recommend it. I hpe VR1 continues the Nighcaster story as it left me itching for more as well.