Eragon

Review

posted 1/8/2007 by Matt Mirkovich
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One Page Platforms: PS2
Perhaps to compensate for the ease at which foes can be dispatched, the developers thought it to be a good idea to make it difficult to recover from being knocked down by enemies. This leads to a lot of cheap deaths that really are not the fault of the player which only adds frustration to the equation. Couple this with a really poor partner AI and you’re looking at minimum fun. I’ve watched the partner AI decide it would be a good idea to run towards the screen away from combat while I was getting mobbed by about five enemies. Not a good time. Boss battles aren’t all that difficult either, they usually revolve around a skill that Eragon uses and that’s about it, nothing special.
 
To kind of put a break in the hack and slash monotony there are levels where you actually get to ride a dragon. Too bad the thing handles like a Mack truck. During the training missions with the dragon I had a hell of a time getting the stupid thing to maneuver towards birds that it meant to eat. From there it became a difficult flight attempting to track down enemies and move the story forward. It was still a nice diversion and I wish it was used a little bit more often.
 
In an attempt to throw in some replay value there are secret eggs cleverly hidden in each level, with one per stage. They are actually well hidden and I almost kicked myself for missing them each time through. Especially when this game does it’s damnedest to keep you on a very straightforward path. This is very little to deviate from in this game which you kind of feel teased with at the start of the game. The introductory forest makes it seem like there is a little expanse to explore but no, it’s fairly constricted. The levels are also very short, meaning that this game really should not take more than a good seven hours to complete, adding a bit of sting to the fact that money was wasted on this title in the first place.
 
Eragon is a title I saw on the EB Games website way back in January of ’06 and I wondered what was, and considering how far in advance it was announced I was thinking it could be something interesting. I didn’t know it was a movie license until about a month before it came out, and then all interest I had dropped. After experiencing this dogged title that comes late in the PS2 life cycle it’s impossible to recommend it, if you are really fiending for any kind of brawler or beat-em-up then pass on Eragon and just pick up God of War or wait for its sequel to come out in March.
 



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After experiencing this dogged title that comes late in the PS2 life cycle it’s impossible to recommend it, if you are really fiending for any kind of brawler or beat-em-up then pass on Eragon and just pick up God of War or wait for its sequel to come out in March.


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