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Venetica - Playstation 3

3.4 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
Rated: Teen
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  • A visually stunning action RPG with a truly unique atmosphere
  • Conquer a host of nightmare creatures in action-packed battles, in the palaces, dungeons and dark alleyways of Venice
  • Use the advantages of the "Twilight World" and the ultimate powers of death
  • 3D map architecture that allows for multi-dimensional game-play - from dungeons, streets, interiors, rooftops, water canals to the world of the dead
  • Dynamic night and day cycles that influence artificial life activities. Venice is a very different place after dark

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Platform: PlayStation 3

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An evil necromancer was able to trick Death and now strives for universal power. Only the daughter of death, whose existence was a secret until now, has the power to defeat the necromancer and restore the balance. Knowing nothing of her destiny at first, Scarlett has to learn about her special powers and become a mighty warrior, strong enough to defeat the greatest threat to the world of the living.

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Set in the fantastic world of long ago Venice, the young Scarlett falls victim to a terrible mystery, which begins with the murder of her companion by a secretive alliance of mighty necromancers. Thus fate takes its inevitable course and threatens to throw the world out of order.

Venetica
Experience a dynamic and open game
Experience a dynamic
and open game
visually stunning action RPG
Visually stunning action RPG
merciless nightmarish creatures
Merciless nightmarish creatures

Synopsis

Scarlett finds out that she is the daughter of death incarnate and is blessed with his ultimate powers. She is the only one who can stop the gruesome powers that threaten to destroy the entire living world.

Now it’s your chance to reverse fate! Get ready for a fast-paced adventure set in an epic world filled with dark dangers and merciless adversaries. Arm yourself with mighty weapons, rally together powerful allies and master the dark powers of death. Can you conquer the powers that threaten to inescapably destroy the world of the living? Follow your path down into the deepest abyss to death itself – and back again, if you are worthy!



Key Features:

  • Experience a visually stunning action RPG with a unique and captivating atmosphere
  • Follow the hero journey of Scarlett through a rich and original story
  • Conquer a host of merciless nightmarish creatures that pounce on the threatened world in a raged frenzy in action-packed battles and ultimately confront their masters
  • Explore palaces, villas and numerous dark alleyways in a living dynamic Venice filled with merchants, rogues, allies and traitors
  • Learn how to use the powers of the “Twilight World” and wander between the worlds of the living and the dead. Put the ultimate powers of death to your advantage in battle.
  • Use the advantages of the “Twilight World” and the ultimate powers of death
  • Experience an open game world with dynamic night and day cycles
  • Clear, easy to pick up rule system and intuitive game-play
  • Experience a dynamic and open game world in which you can freely develop your own character and decide on different game strategies yourself.

To become death in Venetica is a calling, fulfilled by a man of flesh and blood – equipped with special supernatural skills in order to be able to carry out the duties of the office. A new death is selected regularly by “Corpus”, a secret council. This time however Corpus really makes a wrong decision: The “new” death, Victor, turns out to be a crazed necromancer who manages to turn himself into an overpowering undead with seedy tricks and dark rituals and thus attains almost unlimited power in addition to immortality. As it is strictly forbidden for the chosen death to devote himself to necromancy, the committee revokes Victor’s nomination immediately and declares a new death in his stead without delay. The power-hungry Victor however does not want to relinquish his position again. He continues to practice the dark arts in order to gather numerous dark and dangerous creatures and tainted souls from the underworld around him. He thus succeeds in eliminating the newly designated death and takes over his power for his own purposes. The effects on the world’s balance are calamitous and – should Victor be able to keep himself in power – its dark consequences are irreversible. Only a person who has the same mighty powers as Victor can prevent his prevailing and vent him his deserved punishment. Scarlett, the daughter of the real death does not know anything about her ancestry and the hidden talents which slumber within her. She is immersed suddenly in this story due to the brutal attack on her home village and the tragic loss of Benedict, the love of her life. It is a story which she now begins to write herself, a story during the course of which she unleashes her capabilities, a story in which she tries to save Benedict from the world of the dead and a story in which she must protect the world of the living from the dark threat posed by Victor and his henchmen.


Product Information

Platform:PlayStation 3
ASIN B000G7X5Q8
Release date January 11, 2011
Customer Reviews
3.4 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #29,891 in videogames
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Product Dimensions 7.3 x 6.7 x 0.6 inches
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By Anzabel on September 12, 2011
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3 Verified Purchase
I'd like to say that Venetica is unlike anything you've ever played, but that's not entirely true. Think Assassin's Creed II (and Brotherhood) + Oblivion + Dragon Age I and II + Legend of Kain: Blood Omen II, and you'll get a clearer picture of Venetica. The graphics are worse than any aforementioned games (and considering LoK: Blood Omen had crappy graphics even for its time, that's really saying something), but it's still a very good game and one of the rarer good RPGs for the PS3. With that said...

The storyline is pretty basic. Scarlett's lover, Benedict, is killed during an attack on their mountain side village, and she can either seek revenge on his murderers or a reunion with Benedict. Along the way, she discovers that she has untapped powers in necromancy.

The battle system is simple, though not too simple. Like in Dragon Age, you can program certain buttons (in this case, the directional buttons) to execute certain spells. You can block and dodge, too, but even so, I find myself just smashing the X button because it gets rid of enemies faster. You can choose which spells/moves you learn, though you actually need to find a trainer in order to teach you instead of simply learning it on your own.

It's a pretty open world. You can wander around, invade people's houses, rifle through their kitchens and take their food. You earn a bad reputation if you get caught stealing, like in Oblivion, and you earn a good reputation when you help on city projects. You have the ability to pick locks, though instead of skill, you rely more on memorization (you'll see what I mean), and you can sleep to pass time (from sunrise, midday, sunset, dusk, midnight, and just before dawn).

I happen to like all of these characteristics, and they contribute to the 4 stars.
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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
Venetica is rather inexplicable. A mystery wrapped in an enigma. From the start, I was left optimistic about some possibilities yet I was somehow already annoyed. Although worries like this usually sort themselves out pretty early on-- This can be for the better (as in Nier), or the worse (as in Last Rebellion)-- but the sensation never actually resolved itself. It has its moments of excitement, but I found myself grumbling at my TV just as often.

Let's get the painful bits out of the way first. The graphics on the whole are an abomination by today's standards, and though this alone is no reason to review unfavorably, the technical faults/bugs/glitches/errors are what hurts. Are they directly tied to one another? I have no idea, but combined the effect of each seems amplified and can ruin what might otherwise be rather beautiful scenes, and at other times worry you that your PS3 is having a heart attack.

Some of the less painful bits? The developers have tried to pull off some very interesting things with a creative presentation, but can't seem to make any of the ideas work to their full potential. Quests and other tasks to complete, a battle system that sounds great on paper but results in little more than button mashing, quirky-appearing minigames that are little more than memory tests, and an unbalanced upgrading system are but a few examples. All are a net plus but none stand out as noteworthy or truly unique. The setting and characters are the same, in that they're created in the best of good faith but should come with a disclaimer for confusion or total disconnect.

Bottom line-- It lacks refinement, but in a way that leaves the player unclear if they'd rather take a butcher's cleaver in for changes or just a small surgical knife.
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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
Since I always find the Pro/Con bulleted points in reviews the most insightful parts, I'll list mine first. If you'd like the expanded version you can read on after.

Game: Venetica
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform reviewed: PS3

Pros:
- Stunning and breathtaking environments. Absolutely beautiful - brimming with expansive, colorful and well-lit vistas. Visually these environments are more impressive than some recent Bethesda games (*cough Kingdoms of Amular, *cough *cough)
- Good gameplay, lots of fun hack n' slash action
- Well implemented RPG leveling, magic, and item systems and variety
- Great music and surprisingly way above-average voice acting.

Cons:
- Technical problems abound and can be very frustrating;
a)The camera system is one of the worser ones I've seen in the past few years and can impact gameplay and even cause you to lose a battle when it goes awry.
b)collisions are badly implemented. Count on getting stuck on corners and small objects often.
c)texture-ripping and lighting bugs are a common occurrence
- Character artwork is poor and models are low-res. Compared with the environments, characters feel totally out of place.
- Character animation is very, VERY poor. They remind me of PS1 games - remembers how characters in Final Fantasy VII moved? Yeah, like that...repetitive movement loops and all.
- Dialogue/Script could be better
- too many "fetch quests"

There is so much good going for this game - the audio and voice acting in particular are excellent.
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