ArcaniA The Complete Tale is kinder like an Elder Scrolls game. As with the standard of the genre, which involves adventuring back and forth, completing quests and such.You also have options such as collecting any number specific items, then giving them to the quest giver, who will then make a new item with them for you. Its a nice added bonus at the end of certain quests.
As I mentioned earlier, the game feels like an Elder Scrolls title, to live and breathe as a life of a hero rather than falling in with characters.
Visually, the game world though is varied, rich and detailed enough in most parts but it's nothing that would cause your jaw to drop if youve played any other RPG or fantasy game.
The character animations are adequately done, but the lack of facial expressions and the rather emotionless voice acting makes it hard to connect with the characters. As I played through the game, you don't really get the feeling of any attachment or bonding for the characters.
Presentation wise, the menus are easy to navigate, and setting up your characters weapons, armor and items etc - is simple. I wasnt expecting this sort of simplicity at all, especially from a title of this nature.
In my experience of RPG's, I find it too time consuming equipping and un-equipping items just to get used to this part of the game. It was quite refreshing not feeling the frustration of wanting to hurry back and forth from menus to the action, as after no more than five minutes of looking around in these menus, and getting my set up done correctly, I felt comfortable knowing I had the options set up for my character, and if I had to go back, it wouldnt turn out to be a such a chore to do so.
Overall, ArcaniA The Complete Tale does have potential, it's not a bad game, it's just not a great game. I play video games to be amazed and escape the mundane world around me, and if this is you also, you may enjoy this title a bit, as at the end of the day it is a fantasy world, but getting to the enjoyment point may take you some time to get there, and by that time, your judgement on the overall experience of the game could of changed.