Ive tried numerous times to get into eschalon book 1, book 2 and while i like it as a game, its still hard to not go back to my favs-Avadon and the Geneforge series, and well generally anything from spiderweb software.
I think that eschalon series is a very polished game, but i have a few things that cause me dread enough to be unable to get far in it.
1-The fact that you move while your enemies move is a major dread for me. Im used to avadon and geneforge where you get action points and you can dictate who goes first and in geneforge if going solo, who lives as going solo is tough. I would hope that in future games made by basilisk games, something like those games would be cool for a change.
2-Its very hack and slash to the point where you dont really have a choice on attacking in melee, you just attack or run away. When i play a roleplaying game i like tactics to be incorporated that i can use in the game. Basically, everything in melee is fighter, rogues are useless in combat. In games that i like to play, there used to be a finesse or something about a rogue that makes him deadly. In eschalon, hide in shadows is completely useless. Why hide when you cant backstab, no sneak attack, not even a quick action or something along the lines that you could make.
Now as for the good points of the game, there are many, but i am going to list just 2, as they are major.
1-Openended world with nonlinear storyline and game characters/quests. This is a very good point as the game world CAN be played multiple times over. I think if anything gets me thinking to give the game a try, its that it can be played multiple times over.
2-The ranged combat system is very well done. I found that one of the reasons that i still have that lingering thought in my mind to play it again, is because ranged characters like the ranger actually have tactics. You can let off a shot from a bow, only to escape into the forest of thearmore with a high move silent skill that helps. If i ever do give this game series another try, i will probably play as a ranger.
I would say that i have high hopes for the future games that basilisk wrangler makes. I only hope that the next series offers more tactics to the builds that you make and is less ranged overpowerful.
"As long as 60% of the things you do are good, it doesnt matter what the 40% is."
Brewer-"Problem?" Teacher-"No were good, no need to get violent." Runs away