|System: Xbox 360*, PS3, PC|
|Release: June 18, 2013|
|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.
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.
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.
Date: June 26, 2013