Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara Review
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Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara Box Art
System: PC, PS3, Xbox 360*
Dev: Capcom
Pub: Capcom
Release: June 18, 2013
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood Suggestive Themes Violence

I could rant and ramble all day about arcade games being released in the modern day, so it's probably better that I go back to talking about the actual gameplay. The star in this package is Shadow Over Mystara, featuring six different playable classes and some of the best gameplay in the entire genre. In traditional D&D style, characters will level up as they progress through the game, becoming stronger and more powerful to help you defeat the stronger and more powerful foes. Am I saying Tower of Doom is a bad game? No, I'm saying Shadow Over Mystara is a much better game.

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The biggest thing that jumps out to me with this package compared to similar titles is the amount of finesse involved. There is just something about the gameplay that stands out: It requires a set strategy that doesn't involve button mashing. Is it something that's fairly obvious? No, but once you start playing, you'll understand why these games are so beloved.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara is at its best with co-operative play, as you'd expect from any side-scrolling beat 'em up. It may not have aged as fine as wine, but nevertheless, it's still enjoyable. Grab a beer, grab a buddy, and relive the glory days of the arcade.

By
Jake Valentine
Contributing Writer
Date: June 26, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Classic sprites brought to life in high-definition.
4.0
Control
It looks like a side-scroller but feels like a fighter. This is both unique and good.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
It's almost as if you're back in the arcades. Only this time, you don't need to pump in quarter after quarter.
4.0
Play Value
The challenge isn't necessarily there with unlimited continues, but it's still an enjoyable experience.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara combines two timeless D&D arcade classics--Tower of Doom and Shadow Over Mystara--into one definitive package.
  • Battle through a rich fantasy universe with a host of new features, including HD visuals, drop-in/drop-out 4-player online co-op, customizable House Rules, leaderboards, and a trove of extras.
  • Relive the classic arcade games in the comfort of your own home.

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