Capcom Co.’s Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360, Nintendo Co.’s Wii U and the PC is a medieval classic that includes fine 2D hack-n-slash gameplay with in-depth RPG options.
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara includes two full arcade releases – Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom and Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara. The titles include updated HD graphics, and drop-in, drop-out co-op for up to four.
New additions include the House Rules system to stack game options and customize the experience. In addition, a new Challenge system allow users to set in-game goals and unlock new game items and options from The Vault.
Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom includes the Fighter, Elf, Cleric and Dwarf, each with different main weapons and properties. Each character has a full range of melee and range options from the standard attack, block, dash, and jump attacks to sub-items like Daggers, Hammers, Arrows, and Burning Oils can be collected on the field and each can have an increased effect on certain enemies.
Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara adds the Magic User and Thief character classes In addition, inventory can be accessed via a menu wheel to offer a streamlined interface. The title includes branching paths like the prior entry, and introduces special attacks like a Dashing Attack and Rising Attack.
The 2D combat is perfect via digital controls. Each class set yields a varied fight experience and can take time to master. Each enemy type requires a specific strategy, particularly boss encounters that can be taken down faster with certain sub-items.
The graphics engine is arcade perfect with high-definiton hand-drawn sprites, excellent animation and solid background detail. The sound engine is loud and crisp with sharp battle cries and classic digital BGM tracks.
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara is a must-have digital download title. The 2D arcade fight fest remastered in HD is a rare breed of classic that welds both action and depth into a superb compilation.