PS1 Reader Reviews
Koudelka, a four-disk game from SNK, is definitely a game better rented than purchased. It's one I wish I had done some more homework on before purchasing.How to describe a game this bad? It's not easy. The game is described as being as Final Fantasy meets Resident Evil. This comparison is very kind, because the game does not come close to either Final Fantasy or Resident Evil in terms of graphics, game play, or enjoyment.
The backgrounds are decent, but the animation is simply hideous. For example, the horse in the beginning. Apparently not one of the animators has ever seen a horse run. I thought there was something wrong with the animal (it looks like it's legs are jointed backwards). The character animations are not much better. At least the limbs go the way they are supposed to. But movements are horribly stiff. All three characters look like they are suffering from severe joint disease.
The battle system is extremely easy to use. Too easy in fact. There is no challenge to any of the battles. Even boss battles are easily won. Another annoyance is the fact that the weapons break, but there is no warning. There is no way to check on wear, so frequently they break in the middle of battle. I guess that's supposed to make the battle more challenging.
The one nice thing is that levels are rapidly advanced, and the player can choose where to distribute AP, creating a character that is strong physically, or magically. So the customization is nice.
There are a few puzzles that need solved to get through the game, but they are so simple that a child could solve them. There are no stores, but items are scattered throughout the monastary. There's really no fear of running out of anything.
All in all, this isn't the worst game I've ever played, but it certainly comes close. And it is definitely the least challenging and worst animated.