Review by bomber991

"Fun game, gets boring kind of quick though"

Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows, as of January 06, this is the latest game in the Gauntlet series. The Gauntlet games are basically known for their hack and slash multi player game play.

This game starts out pretty fun. You run around and kill a bunch of monsters. It starts to get pretty repetitive after a while though, mainly because that's all there is to this game. You do find gold and you can buy your character new moves, but after the first hour of playing, you should have enough gold to have all of the moves purchased. Also, throughout the levels you find weapon and armor upgrades that change the appearance of your character and also make your character stronger.

The controls are good, and it's very easy to get into this game. It's not hard at all to run around and kill the bad guys.

One of the new things that this game introduces to the Gauntlet series, is on-line play. Unfortunately, it sounds better than it really is. Now for on line play, only one person from each console can play on line. So it can't be you and a friend at your house playing on line with two other people. I have only played on line 5 times, but each time has been laggy for me. When you play the game on line, it just seems like every thing's moving in slow motion. Not necessarily half as fast as single player, but it is noticeably slower.

Also, when you play on line, the screen looks the same as if you have four people playing at your house. In that, I mean that all the on line players basically share the same screen. So if one guy's way in the back not moving, then the rest of the group can't push on forward.

The last thing to know about on line play, is that everyone has to join the game room before the game launches. I think it would have been better if you could just host a game, and people could just jump into the middle of the game while you're playing, similar to Diablo. That way it would eliminate the time you have to wait for people to join while you host a game room, and it would result in a lot more on line games with four people in it.

As far as the story goes, it has something to do with this one guy's seven sorrows. From what I understood from playing through the game, this guy released six evil bosses into the world. So six of the sorrows are the evil guys, and the seventh is him releasing them. The objective of the game is to put these six sorrows to rest.

After you finish each level, there's a video cut-scene that explains what's going on in the story. So if you take the time to listen to them, it keeps you pretty well informed about what's going on. The videos aren't exactly full motion video's though. They're more like pictures out of a book that slide across the screen as the narrator informs you of what's happening. It's similar to all of those Civil War documentaries.

The graphics and sound are both excellent in this game. Everything looks good, everything sounds good.

It takes around three to four hours to beat this game. There are 4 different difficulty levels, but I don't think you get any more experience on the higher difficulties. Plus your guys are already pretty strong, so you don't really feel the urge to max out their levels. The game is fun, but if you're just playing it at home by yourself, you're probably not going to want to play through this more than a few times.

So rent or buy this game? You could probably rent it and be done with it, but if you have people over all the time and are looking for something else to play besides the usual four player games, then you should probably buy this.

Reviewer's Rating:   3.5 - Good

Originally Posted: 01/04/06

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