The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief

Chapter 2: Ancestry of Lies

 

 

Genre:   Adventure

Developer:   KING art Games

Publisher:  Nordic Games

Released: August 2013

PC Requirements:  

  • OS : Windows XP SP3/Vista/7/8

  • CPU: 2.0 GHz CPU

  • RAM: 2 GB

  • Video Card: 256 MB, PixelShader 3.0

  • DirectX: 9.0c

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by flotsam

  

So here we are back again, picking up exactly where we left off in chapter 1, and with very little real world time in between. If you havenít read the first review, hop to it and then come back and I will fill you in on where to next.

Which is, donít play this until Chapter 3 comes out, and then play the whole lot in one go.

I say that primarily because this really did feel a bit like filler, all the more so after a good first chapter. Itís way too short for a standalone game, is short on many things (dialogue, puzzling challenges) and recycles some old events, albeit from a different perspective. 

The music all sounds the same too, which is not a bad thing as it was rather good the first time around, but some variety would have been nice. It does help hold it together as a continuing adventure, but it also adds to the sense that this is really just one game broken into three bits for not much more reason than to pay three times. That might be a little uncharitable, but it does feel like that.

The abrupt halt once again at the end simply reinforces that feeling. Things just stop. I thought that the first time, then reflected on the events and thought perhaps it was justified, but on reflection after the end to chapter 2 I have decided they are really just unnatural breaks for the purpose of having another chapter. Which might also be a little uncharitable.

I am in fact going to stop very soon, before I do the series a disservice from which it might not recover.

The voice acting was still strong, and there is still much to like about the main characters. The museum in Cairo is impressive, and the little touches in sound and light make it a good location to visit.  Some of the revelations fell a little flat, and there is a comparative lack of conversations compared to the first chapter, which is a shame as some of the banter and chat was part of the appeal first time around.

The Raven deserves a strong end, and if it gets it, then this chapter will just be the lull in the middle and will get lost in the greater wash. Which makes it all the more disappointing standing alone. You really will be better served waiting for chapter 3 and playing it from start to finish.

C+

I played on:

OS: Windows 7

Processor: Intel i7-3820 4GHz

RAM: 12GB Ripjaw DDR3 2133 Mhz

Video card: AMD Radeon HD 7800 2048MB

 

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