Its a really good game once you get into it.
Its a really good game for 10 dollars. The story is alright and gameplay is pretty simple. I passed this game in 30 hours. I'm playing my second run to get some achievements I missed the first time. It also has pretty easy achievements.
The graphics on this game remind me of Fable. It has had a staggered release across consoles and regions, allowing other parts of the world to post some early reviews. They've been fair so far, not out of this world. At a bargain price however the reviews sound great, and I'm a fan of the look of the game, its highly stylized. The combat appears fast paced, very action heavy, much like Fable. Magic will be involved, as well as basic lock picking, all the basics of an RPG. From what I've read the game is linear at first, then opens up into a more exploration, side quest friendly experience. I'll have to check it out in January!
This game is not as bad as it seems most are saying. There is a lack in graphics, but that is not what makes a game in my opinion. Its game play and story. Which this game seem to have both. If your one that always wants the next big games so you can play the newest thing , then why do you truly play? This game has come out at a lower retail price even . This is worthy in my opinion of the money its an entertaining rpg. If you just judge a game on graphics then your missing out really. just enjoy it.
An Imperfect Gem Worth Your Time & Money
Venetica is a game with many positives and a few negatives. At its very inner core is an RPG, which is both rewarding and more in-depth than recent so-called "RPGs" like Mass Effect 2 and Fable III. While those are good games, their very basic RPG components were ripped out. You didn't have rewarding leveling up skill tree systems or a ton of loot. Outfit and weapon upgrades were very automated, not allowing room for true RPG customization. Unlike those titles, Venetica is an RPG through and through. You get tons of loot, you can buy tons of stuff, you upgrade your skills through great skill trees when you level up, you got to the smith and get him to custom fit new armor you've found, etc. This is an RPG. No one can really debate otherwise. It offers far more depth than the other titles I mentioned earlier in this article. Moving on, Venetica, beyond its RPG foundation, is a totally competent action game with a very serviceable combat system. You can chain combos fluidly by pressing the A button right after each swing follows through, thus doing some pretty impressive flourishes. On top of that, you have a block mechanic, which is done by simply pressing the X button. You can get new moves, better skills, etc., for everything with combat, including magic, as well. On the technical front, Venetica isn't pushing anything impressive. Textures are a mixed bag. Some areas have sharp textures, like wet walls, but other areas are blurry in comparison. However, with that said, it still has a wonderfully whimsical and charming artistic direction that allows it to transcend its less-than-impressive graphical faults. Characters are quirky and charming. The environments are bright and vibrant. Underground catacombs display impressive lighting techniques, good looking water effects, etc. It must be noted that there are some framerate dips in larger cities, though. The smaller areas, like houses and underground catacombs, have a solid and consistent framerate. To end on the presentation aspects, I'll mention the voice acting - it's about 80% good, 20% mediocre-bad. Generally, the voice acting is very well done for a budget production like this, as it adds to the quirky charm of the game's characters. Venetica is an RPG with minor faults that hold it back, but if you're willing to forgive those minor faults, you'll find a rewarding and charming RPG, with a good main character that'll keep you hooked from beginning to end. The game will take 20-25 on average to complete. As a $39.99 game, I'd recommend this to any RPG fans. This one surprised me on many levels. Venetica, you've won over my heart.
Let this game be it's own unique thing.
I'm tired of reading where everyone compares this game to Fable. This was a PC game to begin with, that was later decided to port to consoles. Since consoles still have the edge over most computer games now, I used that to rate the graphics by. They are good for a PC title, except the shadows under the trees were blurry. You do have to level up a little in this game, because you need to have a moonblade to defeat the undead creatures. You cannot just run in and fight everything you see. When you first find the moonblade, it is broken. You have to find a moonstone and a smithy to fix it. It is also a german made game, that sold well over there. We as americans just like to play different things, I guess. I'm not usually a gamer that jumps on the bandwagon and only plays Call of duty, Oblivion, and Halo. I like to give several unique games a chance. Every game is going to have a few glitches, and a few things that you wish were different. If you have to, wait for the price to be lowered to a budget price. I think this game should get a chance to be tried. It is at least worth $20. I don't think most people will try this anyway, because hardly anyone has even heard of it. When I went to pre-order it, the Gamestop staff had to ask me 3 times what I was trying to order. I don't usually go by reviews anyways. I have liked several games that in the past have only gotten a 3-5 rating. Red Ninja: End of Honor, Death by degrees, Alias, Bulletwitch. At the end of the day, it really just depends on what you like to play.
alot better then most budget titles.
remember guys this is a budget title.i bought this game knowing that and was i surprised.this games was really good.
it looks like a original xbox or even a ps2 game at times but you will for get all about then after a hour or to of play time.
i would say give it a try because it is alot better then most budget titles.
Give Venetica A Chance
Now I wasn't too excited for this game when I first purchased it and wasn't too excited at the beginning of my play through, but it took a turn. This game gives you the time to get to know each villager as if you were really living that life. Not only that but the decisions you make determine the outcome and that sort of twist is exciting. The graphics may have looked WAY out of date but they could have been much worse.
great budget rpg
I love western rpgs and own just about every one of them on my 360. Tes 4 & 5, fallout 3 & nv, divinity 2, dragon age 1&2, koa: reckoning, dark souls, two worlds 2, mass effect 1,2,&3, fable 1,2,&3, arcania: gothic 4, and a couple others i am forgetting. Although its not as good as some of the games i mentioned, i still had a good time here. Venetica is a mix between fable and two worlds 2. The graphics are not very good, but dont let that stop you. It has a very fable-esque style in how it looks and i really enjoyed it. The controls are very basic. A button to attack, one to interact, another to roll, and others for blocking or potions. Do get this as long as you are not expexcting skyrim or dragon age. Accept it as a fairly simple (not as simple as fable) rpg with some fun gameplay. Good for the price.
Venetica is a good game for new or young players.
I noticed two things immediatley after starting to play the game. First, the graphics are nowhere near as good as displayed on the box. I was expecting Fable 3 graphics. What it actually was was like an older Sims game. Second, the text size is small and hard to read. I actually had to wear my reading glasses to see it and my eyesight is NOT that bad! The storyline itself seems fairly well-written but the voice acting and other audio things in game don't make sense. The game takes place in Italy, but the characters have a British accent. It was okay in Fable because Albion IS the Arthurian predessecor of Great Britain, but in 16th century Italy, it's just weird. Also, the voices in game don't exactly match up with the character's mouths. It's like watching one of those old movies that was originally in Chinese or something. You hear the words, then a second later, the mouth begins to move; and when they DO move, they only really show the vowels of words. The rest of the speech looks like their mumbling. The combat system is good but could be better, and there are enough puzzles to keep the average RPG gamer entertained. All in all, I think Ventica is a good game from the smaller production companies involved, but Atari gave its fans a bit of a let-down with this one. I was really drawn in to their games like Radiant Mythology, and was expecting something of that quality or better, but it fell short of that standard of game that Atari had set up for itself. I think Venetica is a good game for little kids or new gamers, but because of it's Sims-like graphics and weird voice acting, this game would be a lot better on the computer.
good for a budget game
Venetica is average in almost every regard, from the uninspiring story, the repetitive combat, the technically and graphically deficient visuals, and the goofy sound design. It’s a playable game that fans of role-playing games starving for another Fable game may enjoy, but overall Venetica is a passable budget title with little to recommend.
P.S. No Autosave.