The Bard’s Tale Review

When you compare The Bard’s Tale to other RPGs you see that there is no comparison.

The story is long but very entertaining. Where else can you see a bunch of drunks break into song? And rhyme, no less, and do it with a certain amount of hilarity. The voice acting is some of the best I’ve heard in an RPG, carrying the game through the entire time. Without good acting, the story would have had to be done in text, and while that used to be acceptable, there’s so much more that can be conveyed in the spoken word.

Gameplay: 8.5

The Bard’s Tale is an action/RPG all the way. The quick menus (hit one of the four shoulder buttons to bring up a different menu) make attack, item and spell selections a fast and effortless task. Combat is addictive with its unique summon monster system. Even simple item collecting has become entertaining thanks to the story, which constantly pumps the player full of laugh-out-loud jokes. It’s nice to know the game industry has finally realized that the theater isn’t the only place you have to go for a good laugh.

Graphics: 8

Well-detailed and well represented. The characters are appropriately exaggerated, just as they are in any other RPG. The difference here is that it’s all done for comedic purposes. If it’s an RPG cliché, chances are you’ll see it get mocked in The Bard’s Tale.

Sound: 8.5

Have you ever heard good voice acting in an RPG before? Once, maybe? And it usually includes at least one character you can’t stand, correct?

Get ready for The Bard’s Tale. It voice acting is top-of-the-line. The characters are great, and the narrator is absolutely hilarious.

Difficulty: Medium

If this medium difficulty isn’t tough enough for your tastes, try the Olde School setting.

Concept: 9

Unique ideas, original storyline, and an excellent battle system with unique features. This is the kind of game I’ve been waiting for.

Overall: 8.6

Gamers who have played the latest Paper Mario have discovered a hilarious RPG that’s funny but in a family-friendly, let’s-make-fun-of-Mario sense. The Bard’s Tale is the other end of the spectrum. The content is not too different from that of a PG-13 movie, with innuendo and plenty of adult jokes. The story mocks the genre as a whole, not just one particular group of characters. If you have both GameCube and PlayStation 2, you shouldn’t be without either Paper Mario or The Bard’s Tale. The game in question now, however, is The Bard’s Tale, and when you compare it to other PS2 RPGs you see that there simply is no comparison.

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