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Game Name : Ominous Horizons: A Paladins Calling
System : PC - Windows
Date Added : 2002-07-09 01:13:53
Written By : Daniel Crabtree
Ominous Horizons: A Paladins Calling is an innovative First Person Adventure from N’LIGHTNING Software. Where you as a Paladin in the 17th century are called upon to retrieve Guttenberg’s Bible from the thief who took it and destroyed Guttenberg’s Printing Press. In the game you must explore complex dungeons and mazes, complete puzzles and discover the secret quests. During your expeditions you will travel to many different locations around the world including Egypt, Scotland and Stonehenge.
The first thing that I noticed was the impressive artwork featured on the box, cd-case and manual. You can really see the time and effort that went into getting the minor details correct. The installation went effortlessly with no problems; one oddity was the requirement of the DivX codec to be able to view the in-game video cut scenes. This didn’t pose any problem as it was included on the disk and the installer asks whether it should install the codec. N’LIGHTNING Software has made great use of the widely controversial DivX to give unbeatable compression for the video featured in the game. The manual is methodical and comprehensive unlike the small handouts that come with most other games. The manual covers installation, game setup, configuring options and game play.
Upon first entering the game world it is apparent that Ominous Horizons: A Paladins Calling has great graphics, which are silky smooth and are rich in detail, this can really be observed in the characters faces, which are particularly realistic and lifelike. The underwater effects are somewhat unusual, but present a pleasant effect. The special effects in the game, such as when the God improves your weapon and just firing the holy sword gun in general look spectacular. The music and sound effects in the game are orchestrated with precision and set the theme as 17th century. The game is quite realistic with the walking of in-game characters looking believable and the movement of the player character is realistic in walking, running, jumping, climbing and swimming. The swords holy bullets and their slower projectile motion gives more realism to the weapons than is found in most other games where the bullets hit the enemies instantly, this also adds to the difficulty as can be seen when trying to hit the moving target in the training area early on in the game.
Overall the game features excellent graphics, realistic sound and music and a smooth story line and an easy to learn game play. This is a good basic game that is essentially low in violence for the First Person genre, which is refreshing and can be recommended for the younger audience.
Ominous Horizons: A Paladins Calling will be available in stores on November 1st for $29.95 (USD).
A 33.1MB Demo is available from the official website.
Teen – Mild Violence
Windows 95/98, 2000, ME, SVGA, High Color (16-bit), 64MB ram, 3-D accelerator card with 8MB of Video Memory, Windows Compatible Sound Card, Pentium 266 processor or higher, 4X CD-ROM drive, keyboard, mouse, DirectX 8.0A.