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Demon Stone

Developer: Stormfront Studios | Publisher: Atari
Players: 1 Player Game | Release Date: 11/17/04 | Genre: RPG

The developer of the popular The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers game for EA has joined forces with Atari to bring the same type of Action gameplay to the home consoles based on the Dungeons & Dragons universe. While The Two Towers was a really good game, Stormfront has really done a lot to improve the formula and the end result is a hack and slash dream called Demon Stone.

To say the graphics in Demon Stone are good is an understatement. Visually, this game is stunning. Using some of the same ideas from their work on The Two Towers, players get the sense that they are surrounded by epic battles and are given camera angles that provide players a better overall viewing experience. This gives a lot of depth to the environment you are in and makes the game feel like an epic movie. Each of your characters fit in this world very well and has some really great animations. Enemies also have been shown great attention to detail.

The audio has also been given a great deal of work. Players can hear many different things in the background to let you know that you are not alone in this cause. The actors that were used for the voiceovers have done a marvelous job at giving character and life to the people in the game. Of course, when you take people like Patrick Stewart and Michael Clarke Duncan, what more should you expect? Voice work is an essential part for games these days and Stormfront Studios has really done a good job at picking the right talent.

Besides awesome graphics and sound, there is also a pretty good story found within Demon Stone. Our heroes accidentally free two evil people named Ygorl and Sereka from within a Demon Stone. Now they must embark on a quest to imprison them within the Demon Stone once more. To make things a bit more interesting, Ygorl and Sereka don't necessarily get along a hundred percent of the time. This story was penned by the legendary R. A. Salvatore. Salvatore is very big within the D&D community and has written countless books about the world of Dungeons & Dragons.

Players can take control of one of the characters in their party at a time. At any point, you can switch to another character. However, don't worry about your other characters. The AI is very sophisticated and your allies should perform nicely alongside you. Each one of the characters has their own unique abilities and depending on what the situation calls for, you will find a use for them at different times. After defeating your foes, character will earn EXP and be able to pick up gold left behind by the enemies.

Overall, this is a good addition to the Hack �n Slash action genre. While not very many titles attempt to make games like this due to the lack of popularity of them, hopefully Demon Stone can open the eyes of gamers and reassure them that this genre is just as fun and playable as any other genre in the industry. However, since the campaign can take under ten hours of gameplay time, it may be better to take this one out for a rental before you spend your hard-earned cash.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 11/18/04
ESRB Details: Blood, Violence
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