Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls (PSN)

By Moe Rantala

Published on Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Graphics: 7.00
Sound: 8.00
Gameplay: 7.00
Replays: 7.00
Gamelength: 9.00

What kind of wizardry is this!? An RPG on the PS3?

Wizardry is a very small (in size) game, but huge in exploration and content. It’s a very bare bones, no holds barred RPG. You literally choose a race, make your character, and away you go with no explanation of what to do.

This game does not hold your hand at all, but it is a lot of fun. The quests are given to you by the guild, and once you accept a quest off you go to the person who gave you the quest, and then from there into the dungeons. The dungeons can actually destroy you if you aren’t careful even just at level 1 of the dungeon of trials, even if you’re level 3-4. Upgrading equipment is of the utmost importance however you have to grind a lot in order to get the money to upgrade your equipment. You will literally find yourself going from the dungeons to the inn back to the dungeons, over and over and over again, until you finally get strong enough to stay in the dungeon for an hour, and then you STILL go back to the inn. That’s part of what makes this game awesome though. Also, priests are essential. One priest can be the difference between life and death.

The music is a pretty big part of the game, as there aren’t many voice overs. Whenever you run into a wall you get some shrieks and oofs, and during combat, monsters as well as your characters make noise but aside from that there isn’t much in the voice department. That’s alright though, because the music is pretty great. It definitely fits the RPG atmosphere, and the battles are definitely a little more enjoyable because of it.

Gameplay is really simple. Everything is first person, and when you’re in the dungeon, you use the control pad to move. Battles occur randomly, and there is a “row” system. You get 3 people in the front row, and 3 in the back. The 3 in the back cannot attack, but they can cast spells and use long range skills. The 3 in the front are the only ones that can be targeted by physical attacked, but the ones in the back can be targeted by spells. If someone becomes incapacitated, the person behind them comes to the front line and takes their place. While the player only gets 2 rows, the enemy can get more than 2. It’s all good though, because you get more experience that way!

The game is definitely not for a casual gamer, getting lost in the dungeons is one of the easiest things that you can do in this game, and without a map or the arcane map spell, you can get lost, and then get destroyed because you can’t find your way back. It isn’t easy, but if you can find your groove you can get pretty far and it can be very enjoyable. Time wise, it will definitely last you long enough for your $15 to be worth it, but you should definitely play the demo before you buy it, the difficulty is not for everyone.

Full Disclosure: Review copy provided by XSEED Games

Overall Rating: 8.00

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