Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc
Two bad games don't make one good one. Which is the crucial maxim the makers of Joan Of Arc have failed to heed. What we have is an inept third-person hack and slash number, combined totally unsuccessfully with a dull-as-ditchwater RTS. Harsh words, granted, but you'll thank us for them.
The game centres on the famous witch/saint (depending on whether you are British or French) and her efforts to restore a French king to the throne. Which seems fair enough. Your job as Joan (you can't play as the Brits) starts off with defending the city of Orleans. Using a piss-poor 3D engine, the game imitates the PlayStation's Dynasty Warriors series closely in pitching you against massed groups of foes, as you feverishly mash the fire button trying to come up with the combos you'll need to fend them all off. Kills gain you experience, and before long you'll be levelling up, improving attributes and learning new combos as you go.
But this 3D action is godawful. Lumbering masses of enemy pike men surround you, obscuring your view of the game. The combos are simplistic two-button affairs, and you usually end up dying before you can eat that apple in your pack to restore your health.
So, by the time you get to the RTS elements, you're desperate for them to save matters. But they seem only to serve to tie different bits of the 3D hack 'n' slash together, and they are similarly poorly implemented, as well as being fatally compromised by the fact Joan Of Arc is destined for consoles as well as PC. Granted, the opportunity to switch between third-person action and zoomed-out RTS game modes is interesting, but the developer has failed to implement it in a way which is at all deserving of your time and money.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP