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Xena the Warrior Princes

  This game seems to have had the potential to be a really good game but that's not the way things turned out. The game seems very rushed somehow. I can't help but believe that few more months spend on this game and it would be a real winner.

   The graphics are nothing new, just slightly better than the ones in the first Tomb Raider. While the graphics aren't all together bad they just don't match up to the quality of other games available now. The stage backgrounds are just plain ugly in some areas with horrible seaming and pop ups galore. Also the CG are pretty crappy too.

   The gameplay, probably the most important aspect of any video game, also falters in this title. While not necessarily a problem when fighting jumping is a whole different story. You're required to make many delicate jumps in this game and you'll probably die many unnecessary deaths due to the poor control of this game. Poor control coupled with a camera that has a mind of its own and chooses to pick the worst angle at some to the inopportune times can prove to be extremely aggravating. True, you can adjust the camera manually but this is annoying and you should have to.

   Sound-wise this game is ok. Xena sounds like Xena when she speaks (which is quite rare during gameplay) and her trademark battle cry is dead on. Through the whole game I think I heard Gabrielle say two maybe three different line and that was it. Hearing "Xena help me" over and over gets real old real quick.

   On an up note the humor and overall feel of the game is quite reminiscent of the TV show. The developers did a great job of capturing that aspect of Xena if only they'd paid as much attention to the gameplay and graphics. As it stand this title is only suitable for the hard-core action-adventure gamer and the die-hard Xena

10/18/1999 Iron

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