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Dungeons & Dragons Chronicles of Mystara Review

Posted on June 26, 2013 AT 12:20pm

“Come adventurers. Gather close to my fire.” the old woman said motioning to the blaze. “For the answers you seek regarding your quest are in the flames.” She let out a shriek that trailed into a cackle as she cast a handful of powder into the fire. A burst of light and heat was followed by thick white smoke. “Look now. Look back through the mist of time. To when the 2.5D side-scrolling beat ‘em up was king…”

Comprised of arcade classics Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom and its sequel Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara; Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara shows itself to be an excellent example of nostalgia gaming gone very right.

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara is a Capcom classic and was among the top tier of 2.5D side-scrolling beat ‘em up games. Right up there with another Capcom classic: Final Fight. Excluding their updates and new features both halves of this combo pack hold up very well, defying their age they continue to shine. Considering the four player co-op (couch and/or online) and updated sound and graphics; it’s pretty clear that Capcom treated Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara with the respect it deserves. Two new key features push this one from good to great and further strengthen the game. A meta leveling system has been added, meaning that the player rather than the character goes through the level progression. Across both games and all character classes; one experience counter, one leveling ladder. A truck-load of challenges have also been added. Each with three tiers they all deal with things the player would normally do while playing the game; such as “kill X number of enemies” and “equip Y number of armor pieces”. On the surface these challenges don’t seem like much but they do in fact add some re-playability. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself obsessing over them as you play through the games for the third time.

All in all Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara has a lot going for it. It both was and is fantastic, standing among an elite group of re-releases that have aced the test of time. The shallowness and simplicity of this brawler works for it. In a gaming landscape dominated by growing depth and complexity Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara is and excellent pallet cleanser or weekend diversion to play between retail releases.

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