Ain’t No Trouble
HIGH The best fog effects in the history of gaming.
LOW The momentum-killing epilogue.
WTF We’re still holding a face button to run? What year is this?
Since I didn’t own a PC at the time, I completely missed out on the original Bard’s Tale entries. The last mainline entry hit the market in 1988 — that’s thirty years ago. That’s a hell of a long time for a franchise to lay dormant, but InXile have become known for resurrecting classic games and imbuing them with just enough of a modern twist. Now, following their successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, that’s exactly what they’re aiming for with The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep.
HIGH Finally getting to an environment that isn’t swamp or snow.
LOW The first time I fast-traveled at moderate health and got killed by enemies before the world finished loading.
WTF How does this arrangement of swamp, blazing hot coal fields, and bitterly cold snow zones even exist?