In Dracula Resurrection you play Jonathan Harker whose wife Mina has been taken by Dracula. Your quest throughout this game is to overcome various puzzles and exploration to free her from Dracula's clutches and get her safely back.
Before I go further I feel there should be a general warning about this game. THIS IS STRICTLY AN ADULT GAME, NOT FOR KIDS! There is nudity in this game and parents and or those with younger relatives might not want their kids to play to play or view this one. In 2 cases there are characters who might totally freak them out.
The game is a straight point and click, no keyboard action required at all, going 3rd person at times during cut scenes where Jonathan (you) is shown going through passageways, up and down stairways and in one case confronting 3 female vampires.
The graphics in this game are truly excellent! You can literally feel the scenes in this one being walking paths in the dead of night out in the snow, or going through hidden passages beautifully drawn in both the inn and Dracula's castle and rich in detail. The character drawings are superb, two of which I'd never want to meet in a dark alley (the woman inkeeper and a hideous hag of a creature being kept captive by Dracula in his castle (witch, demon, haven't quite figured out what she is, AND THOSE EYES ARE A TOTAL FREAK OUT! itHEY SEEM TO STARE RIGHT THROUGH YOU!!) who seems like she's trying to help you in your quest, but does she have a hidden agenda of her own?? Then we come to the three female vampires mentioned earlier. These three are pure gaming art (even if they leave nothing to the imagination here). Their moves be it cartwheels, backflips or almost catlike movement is truly amazing and incredible to watch ( I actually ran this scene 3-4 times just to see the marvel of it). Just wish they were a little more clothed as I feel younger teenagers and up would truly like this game with it's amazing graphics, story and character movements.
The sound is another incredible piece of work. It almost seems like you're actually there as the sound makes things so life like and atmospheric. You can actually feel the reverberations and echoes of your footsteps as you traverse passageways throughout the inn and castle. The voice of Dracula almost goes right through you with it's creepiness. In the beginning through the middle of the game puzzles were relatively easy, usually inventory related to figure out how to get out of situations and/or get into various rooms or hidden passageways. Toward the endgame and during though you're hit with puzzles of increasing intensity (no sliders or mazes though).
Considering everythig I would rate this game a B+ for a truly good story with an unbelievably atmospheric feel and truly great use of graphic and sound technology. It really surprised me for a game that was only $20.00, a true steal of a bargain. I feel the only actual drawbacks were at times curser movements were a little slow but I didn't encounter any glitches throughout the game.
It also is a perfect lead in for Dracula - Last Sanctuary, where you as Jonathan try to rid the world of Dracula once and for all.
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