The Final Say!
Review Date: August 2004
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Okay... I finally admit it, the XBox is now the definitive console
on the market at the moment and unlike my PlayStation 2 (that is now
gathering dust), the XBox has come leaps and bounds. Fortunately for
the world of XBox gaming, another new Role-Playing Title (RPG) has
finally landed and unlike its predecessors, it promises to give
gamers a true RPG experience that has never been experienced before
in the game called Sudeki.
The world of Sudeki has been ripped in half by insidious forces and
the denizens of this peaceful world now live in either day or night.
Fortunately for the world of Sudeki, a gathering of heroes have
banded together to reunite this world and once again bring order to
a world gone mad. Although the storyline may sound a little clichéd
at even at the best of times, Sudeki plays out like any traditional
RPG games with the limited forces of good battling it out against an
unlimited army of darkness.
Players take control of four characters who must work together as a
team in order to successfully complete this majestic quest. Join
forces with the beautiful sorceress Ailish, the powerful and noble
swordsman Tal, the beast woman Buki and the crazed scientists Elco
who have formed an alliance to protect the lands of Haskillia in
order to free the world of Sudeki.
Rather than sticking the gamer in the midst of an unholy chaos, the
developers slowly introduce the characters. Therefore, gamers first
take control of Tal that not only serves as a much needed tutorial
but slowly help you become accustomed to the world of Sudeki. As
with all good RPG titles, players must traverse the now dangerous
world of Sudeki and adventure into dark and deadly dungeons or visit
strange new towns where they meet up with other characters who give
them advice, equipment or even quests in order to make them become
Sudeki could be best described as The Three Vikings meets Baldur's
Gate as rather than fighting as one team all the time, the player
must decide which character can best solve the puzzles at hand.
Whether it's Tal who uses his incredible strength to move items or
the crazed scientist Elco who uses his futuristic items to help the
team reach unreachable places, it all comes together nicely.
The control system of Sudeki is rather straightforward but I must
admit that I became a little flustered when the combat started
heating up in the game because rather than using tactics and spells
to dispatch your enemies, Sudeki is more of a button masher and you
must hack or claw your way through the hoards of evil by using
either the X or A buttons.
Each character also has their own unique fighting styles and it
should also be noted that the world of Sudeki is virtually littered with
items throughout the gaming environment. Another interesting addition
for the game is the introduction of skill points that are basically
super moves and really help increase the longevity of the title by this
interesting and impressive feature. These skills points are extremely
useful when the enemies are a little tough or if you find yourself
Graphically, Sudeki is a visual treat that pulls out no punches on the
XBox gaming console to once again show that this green, black or silver
box is still a force to reckoned with. The most impressive feature of
the game are the lush backgrounds that are virtually filled with a
plethora of detail and really helps immerse you into this magical world.
The characters also (although having a fairly low polygon count) look
quite impressive and have this cartoonish feel to them that move with
grace and fluidity. The game also contains a treasure trove of special
effects, especially the various skill points of each character or the
even to the more simple attacks of melee weapons.
Although not to be left apart in the graphics department, the developers
have also done a great job at the sound effects of Sudeki and match that
with some quality voice acting and you have a match made in heaven.
Interesting enough, there is quite a bit of voice content in this game
and the voices for each of the main characters sounds perfect with
nothing too contrived or forced. The game also games a strange
soundtrack that is a combination of techno meets Gladiator and actually
suits the game.
In conclusion, Sudeki is a must needed breath of fresh air on the XBox
and I would recommend this game to any RPG fan, especially those who are
looking for a RPG-lite game because although this game has quite a bit
of content, it is a little on the easy side with the professional gamer
probably finishing this title in around 20 to 25 hours but thankfully
enough, you can probably play this game a few more times. Check it out!
- Andrew B Copyright ©2004 www.impulsegamer.com