SILVERReviewed By: Rick Casteel
Genre: Role Playing Game
As you may be able to tell, the element I enjoyed most about this game is its strong, conventional story line. It has a clear goal and direction from the outset. Using a familiar plot it keeps the player interested and involved. In addition, “Silver” boasts some of the most beautiful backgrounds and graphics you'll find this side of “Unreal”. The characters are essentially cartoon-like animations on top of gorgeous 3D backgrounds. The atmosphere is a perfect blend of the surreal beauty of a mythical world and the comic action of a fantasy tale.
The action involves David exploring numerous areas of the kingdom looking for his kidnapped wife. Silver's henchmen and creatures are everywhere attempting to stop David from achieving his goal. David picks up skills, weapons and powers as he travels. He must also solve puzzles and complete various quests to proceed. As with most “Sword and Sorcery” games, magic is an element that comes into play. I did not find it becoming an overall theme of play or leading the character to use his skills in a “evil” manner. Swordplay is the primary method of battle, with a variety of enhanced weapons gathered along the way. The duels are bloodless and frequently involve mythical creatures rather than people. David has help along the way.
As the player progresses along in the story, he meets allies that assist him in his cause. These friends follow you along the way but rely on you to control them in battle along with David. This can make for some frantic clicking during fights unless you use a pause mode provided to let you give commands in more of a turn based style. The one true fault is there is no difficulty setting and no replay value. Once you've done it, your done it!
“Silver” is a great game for any RPG fan in the house who is old enough to understand how to play; as well as the veteran who wants to try something fresh.
Year of Release—1999
I have to agree about Silver being a great game. It has been one of the most overlooked RPG's in the last couple years. The gameplay is smooth and fun, the backgound graphics are gorgeous, and the sound is beautiful. It is an entertaining and outright fun game to play. As for the Christian aspect, it is one of the “tamer” RPG's you could get. I know the word RPG turns a lot of Christians away and brings up stories of D&D and magic use, etc. However, some kids and adults have a urge to play RPG's for their adventure and storytelling. If they must, than Silver is one of the least offensive available. The most objectionable elements are magic use, which is minor and restricted to “elemental types” (i.e. fire, ice, healing, etc.) and possibly a first and last boss battle with demons. Very harmless looking demons, but demons nonetheless. So, if you are a strong Christian, and like RPG's, SIlver is not a bad choice. It can even be a fun game for young teens and older kids. My Ratings: [4/4]
—Chris, age 22
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