Realms of Ancient War is Wizarbox’s latest downloadable title to hit the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. It is an action/RPG in the same vein as other classic titles like the Diablo franchise. It combines some of the best features from other action RPGs while adding some nice changes and different mechanics that make it stand on its own as a great modern title. The game may be a bit rough around the edges, but Realms of Ancient War is still an addictive and fun level-grinding RPG that will have you playing for hours.
Realms of Ancient War‘s storyline is easy to get into and is told through many cut-scenes throughout the game. The main plot revolves around the various creatures of the world, who were once at peace and worked together. However, an evil force drove the world into darkness, making the world’s various factions go their separate ways. They are divided into elven, dwarven, and human factions, and most of the groups become enemies. It is a relatively simple plot, but the events from Realms of Ancient War begin 10 years after the described events have taken place.
Realms has a lot of content packed into one great-looking game, and the couple of scenes that have voice acting are very well done. The game sometimes skips and stutters during cut-scenes, but this takes hardly anything away from the game. The overall look and gameplay of Realms is great, and the soundtrack ties it all together by keeping you immersed in the dungeon-crawling, level-grinding, and looting that you expect to see in this gaming genre.
Realms of Ancient War becomes more fun to play as the story progresses. The game begins when you choose your character class: Warrior, Wizard, or Rogue. Each of these classes comes with their own unique skills and fighting style, which are fairly obvious from the names. You will always be outnumbered in Realms of Ancient War, so the Warrior is a good starting choice as he wields two blades, making him great at close-quarters combat. The Wizard is obviously better at fighting from a distance, considering that he can cast spells at enemies. The Rogue is best for sneaking around and attacking enemies who are unaware of your presence. She is great from both a distance and close-range, plus she has many different types of traps for catching and killing unsuspecting enemies. Realms of Ancient War is a typical action/RPG in many ways – you have to visit towns to get supplies, start new missions, and turn in completed missions, and you will slowly level up and progress in each of the many skills while unlocking, finding, and purchasing stronger equipment to help defeat the toughest enemies.
Realms of Ancient War will take a fair bit of time to complete during your first run, and there is loads to do and see in subsequent playthroughs. Unfortunately, Realms of Ancient War is not a very difficult game, although there are three difficulty settings for players looking for more of a challenge. You can also play with a friend in cooperative play, which helps out a good bit in the higher difficulty levels. Also, if you are someone who likes to achieve 100% completion in a game, there are collectibles, known as the Statues of Kilthi, to find that are needed to fully complete the game.
Realms of Ancient War is not perfect, but it is one of the best downloadable titles of 2012. It’s great for playing with friends, dungeon-crawling, and hunting for the best possible loot. It features an impressive iso-linear gameplay style, there is plenty to see and do and bringing in friends is the best part of the game. While there are some frame rate issues that could get in the way of your enjoyment of this title, it is the closest thing you’ll get to Diablo on the console so far. If a solid action RPG is what you are in the mood for, you should take a look at Realms of Ancient War, it may just surprise you in the end.
This review is based off a retail copy of the PlayStation Network version of Realms of Ancient War developed by WizarBox and published by Home Focus Interactive.
- Excellent Soundtrack
- Impressive Iso-linear Gameplay
- Fun Co-op Gameplay
- Frame Rate Issues
- Too Easy for RPG Veterans
- Overwhelming Amount of Content