Review by Alva
"Nothing special, but maybe worth your time"
Well, to start off, Battle Hunter does not play ''traditional'' RPG style. It plays more like a board game completely based on randomness -dice, cards, attack and defense levels; all random- which can become frustrating at times.
Battle Hunter, created by A1 Games (the $10 game division from Agetec) is a game in which you assume the role of a one of the characters to find a relic before one of your opponents do. If your opponent finds it first, you must ambush him before he makes it to the exit. Sounds pretty simple eh? Think again, since this game is totally random, your gonna need a lot of luck to win. Also, you barely get anything for gaining a level, and your enemies always seem to be one step ahead of you. It's also a little slow engine wise. There's also a history and a story to the game, but nothing too in depth, it's just that WWIII has passed and you need the relics to help bring civilization to the world.
But there are some good points to the game, most notably the ability to customize and create your character's look. Also, multiplayer modes -as the A1 lineups are well known for- make this game great for a party. The variety of players is great and they have this anime like appearance. Their attacks are pretty standard but the animations are pretty funny to look at. If your willing to take the time to complete this game, and you'd like to try a strategic title, then go ahead and buy it, it's great for killing time and can become quite addictive.
Graphically, the 2d characters and tiles are mediocre at most, and could easily been handled by the SNES. Don't worry though, there nothing you'll really notice, though the dungeon tiles can get really tiresome and boring to look at. Also, the black background is really boring to look at. You don't get the feeling you in a dungeon, it's more like your in a fair maze.
The soundtrack for the game is average and seems a little outdated, but they are catchy tunes that barely pass the mark.
Battle Hunter is an average title, nothing new, but makes for an okay experience. If your a beginner at RPG's (easy to learn) or just feel like making the time go by, this game might actually be worth your money. I hope that A1 can make better, more creative and deep RPG's for their fans next time though.
Numeric Review Breakdown:
Gameplay - 6.5
Graphics - 5
Sound - 5.5
Replay Value - 6
Overall - 5
Reviewer's Rating: 2.5 - Playable
Originally Posted: 07/07/01, Updated 07/07/01
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