Review of GreedFall

Its been a long time since I’ve gotten to play an RPG that’s really story and character driven. The style is very similar to a BioWare game like Dragon Age or Mass Effect. But is it a cheap knock off or a game worth buying?

The game is set in a colonial style time period. Characters have a lot of the same style, armor, and weapons of that period including basic firearms. Their civilization has been struggling to survive under a plague. But they found a mysterious island with an indigenous people and huge monsters that they hope will have a cure of some kind.

Your character is nobility and charged with helping to lead the new town on the island. As with most RPG games, you build your character as a warrior, magic user, or ranger type but you can also mix their abilities to develop a unique style.

Combat is more difficult than I first expected, it does take some skill. Once you get the hang of it, it’s fairly easy, at least on Normal difficulty. Like Sekiro or God of War, you can parry, dodge, or attack. Firearms and magic provide a method of ranged attacks to mix it up.

You’ll have help along the way with two party members in combat. There is no way to control what they do in combat, but they can heal you and tank. There are plenty of characters to join you along the way that you’ll build relationships with, very similar to Mass Effect and Dragon Age. With quests to help them and pursue romantic relationships.

My favorite thing about this game is the quests. Many games like Elder Scrolls have a lot of quests that feel like a chore. Go to this location, retrieve something, bring it back. GreedFall hasn’t done that to me yet. The quests are more complicated, requiring different abilities like persuasion, science, or other abilities to pursue different methods of completing the quest. They’re more fun and don’t feel like a chore.

Another interesting component is your reputation. There isn’t a morality meter or anything of that kind. But there are different factions in the game such as the merchants, a scientific group, religious group, and nautical group among others. Depending on your choices, your reputation with these factions will go up or down. If your reputation goes up enough with groups you get rewards and quests.

All of these features are great and I personally enjoy the story and RPG elements of the game. Unfortunately no game is perfect. One problem is that the graphics and character animations are dated. It doesn’t bother me that much, but other players may find it annoying. I also don’t like the camera and moving around often feels clumsy and slow compared to other games.

Overall, I feel the game is good. I’d give it an 8 out of 10. I’m enjoying it, and recommend it to people who enjoy RPGs and BioWare style games. But I feel it needs something new to set it apart from a BioWare game, and GreedFall looks like an early Xbox One game or even a Xbox 360 game in terms of its graphics. I bought it and feel it was worth the purchase, I’m looking forward to seeing more from this gaming studio in the future.


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