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video game review Video Game Review: Silver Publisher: Infogrames
Category: Role-Playing
Platform: Dreamcast, PC
ESRB Rating: Teen    Release Date: June 2000

Overall Rating: 1 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
1 Star out of 4
(Review of Dreamcast version)

Silver shows signs of life and effort on the part of the developers, but the games lacks any semblance of fun. One of the few role playing games for the Dreamcast system, this PC port joins Legend of Dragoon as one of the year's biggest RPG disappointments.

First of all, the PC origins are obvious. The characters are as small as Lemmings. When the actors speak, the only way to tell who's talking is by the close-up mug shot that appears in the top right. However, you then have to see which on-screen character looks like the mug shot. The result is not much more effective than scrolling text.

The voice acting is decent for some characters, particularly the grandfather, but the young hero could use some work.

The music is notably well-done, but the battle sound effects are maddeningly repetitive. Expect no Braveheart-quality sound or battle direction here.

Magic is a key component of the game, with eight elements such as fire, ice, lightning, earth, light, and fresh ideas such as life, acid, and time.

In the final analysis, the pre-rendered backgrounds, tiny characters, and awkward controls (when navigating tight, small areas) do not warrant the kind of long-term investment that an RPG requires.

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