By: Joel Fajardo
What do you get when you take Working Designs, one of the most unreliable
gaming companies, with Sony? What do you get when you have half of the Climax
team to work on a new RPG for the system above all other systems? What do
you get when you buy a game nicknamed the Zelda Killer in Japan? You get
Alundra--one of the most spectacular action/RPGs seen in ages, on this side
of the world. From music to graphics to gameplay, this game excels above
most in every way imaginable. There's just nothing better than this game.
You take the role of a young elf, Alundra, who has been chosen to save the
world from the evil forces, inhibiting the dreams of young people. You have
the power to go into and out of the world of the unconscious by teleporting
in the dreams of others. It is up to you, Alundra, the Releaser, to obtain
the seven crests in order to defeat Melzahs, the one in control of dreams.
Along the way, you meet the seven guardians and obtain their magic, who empower
you. With extraordinary abilities and amazing abilities, it is only Alundra
who can save the world.
Straight out, the graphics on Alundra are good, nothing more, nothing less.
Rendered backgrounds and characters are the main source of artwork to be
found. The landscape suffers from a high amount of the colors brown and green,
but the characters are able to retain a distinct look from each other, some
with swords, and others with books. Magic spells are nice and so are the
seldom-to-be-seen special effects. With a beautiful intro, showing clips
from the end of the game, and sequences of playing the game, Alundra brings
an excellent showing of the minimum that is essential in all gaming experiences.
Impressively, the music on Alundra is striking. Musical breakthroughs are
around every corner and detail is nowhere to be missed. Recorded as well
as digitized sounds remain intact in every aspect. Being so deep, the music
pushes you to think. Some melodies are powerful, making you wonder about
life, while others are melancholy, giving you time to make penance. On the
down aspect, tunes are repetitive. Slightly altered music is what is heard,
throughout dreams. Every quest seldom reveals a radical beat, to an otherwise
great game. Weapons sound differently, but when used and hit against an object,
soft or hard; there is no sound to differentiate them. Boldly put, Alundra
contains great sound.
Strikingly, the control is like no other to be seen. For an action RPG, it
is rare to find such a gem in a hoard of rock, yet that is what we have here.
Fluid motion and captive reality take place with the strike of a button.
Every toss of a bomb, every shot of an arrow, allows you to perform as if
you were there. Jumping across mountainous valleys and stone quarries is
no problem, with the otherwise unusual controller. With outstanding gameplay
and reality at your fingertips, Alundra is a breeze to play.
Every way imaginable, Alundra is a great game, yet the one problem lies in
the concept. Alundra brings upon a Zeldaish kinda' game, quest and all. You
travel, explore places, find item, and buy things, just like in Zelda. The
one problem that lies in this is that it's not pulled off as well. Sure,
I'd much rather play this than Zelda, but it's too much like the game I once
loved on the SNES. This is just a small detail to bring forth on a great
Whether you like action games or RPGs, there is no way to dislike Alundra.
Alundra brings you into a magical quest that is hard to be taken out of.
You are captivated in this world, defeating the monsters that inhibit the
dreams of people. You are Alundra himself, killing the enemies that stand
in your path, leaving no way for evil to prevail. In a game so magical, and
so in depth, you will never find a game as promising as Alundra.
If you want to know if the replay value on Alundra is high, all I can say
is you betcha. Playing it once is not playing it at all because to play and
realize the game is to play it many times.
Saying it straight out, you need this game. It's very rare to find a game
as involving as Alundra in this day and age. Either way you see it, Alundra
is a game to remember.