More Reviews
REVIEWS Stretchmo Review
Pushmo, Crashmo, Stretchmo... what's next, Twistmo? Vanilla Swirlmo? And why am I already excited for it?

Destiny: House of Wolves Review
The latest Destiny expansion makes some important changes, but are they enough to bring back former players?
More Previews
PREVIEWS Rodea The Sky Soldier Preview
Yuji Naka's independent game for Wii U and 3DS is like a cross between Sonic and Nights Into Dreams, in the best way possible.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES LEGO Jurassic World
Release date: 06/12/15

Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess
Release date: 06/14/15

RIDE
Release date: 06/23/15


LATEST FEATURES BAMF BABES #8: Mary Read/James Kidd (Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag)
"We’re Assassins and we follow a Creed, aye. But it does not command us to act or submit…only to be wise."

A Salute to the Top 10 Soldiers in Gaming
It's Memorial Day weekend, and these ten military characters deserve a big ol' hooah, hooyah, and oorah.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP oblivion437     In all the talk of graphical downgrades no one seems much preoccupied with 'why?'.  Why build something and then proceed to tear it down, piece by piece, in the hope that ever more diminished expectations about the final product won't be severe enough to...

Dark Savior Member Review for the Saturn

Neill By:
Neill
05/16/13
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE  
PLAYERS 1- 1 
PUBLISHER Sega 
DEVELOPER  
RELEASE DATE  
E Contains Animated Violence

What do these ratings mean?

The roots of isometric platforming games can be traced to Q*bert and Marble Madness, but Knight Lore and LandStalker truly defined the genre in the early 1990's.
Following the tradition cemented firmly by the master game craftsman at Climax, Kan Naito, Dark Savior shines with a light of its own on the Sega Saturn, combining the finest sprite-work of the mid 1990's with the Hyperion Perspective 3D game engine, optimized to create the fastest 3D isometric engine ever developed for the platform. The game boasts amazing 3D effects once thought only possible on the Nintendo 64 and Sega Dreamcast, such as anti-aliasing, voxels and gouraud shading.

Image

Dark Savior tells the story of Garian, a Bounty Hunter charged with delivering a dangerous prisoner by the name of Bilan to the prison island run by Warden Kurtliegen. During the voyage, Bilan escapes and starts slaughtering the crew of the ship, eventually reaching the captain's cabin. This is the essential scene in the game, for the time you take to guide Garian to the captain's cabin shall determine the outcome of the entire adventure, altering the story completely.

Dark Savior utilizes Parallel Scenario gameplay, which was developed by Climax to add to the value of the game, featuring different storylines and characters. Depending on how fast you complete the opening scene, you'll either chase after Bilan in an effort to destroy him, join an underground resistance to combat the corrupt Warden of the island, get involved with a mysterious ninja girl named Kay and rescue your brother and her oracular sister from certain death, or go to hell and fight your way through a tournament to return to the world of the living. There are 5 possible scenarios, each with options of their own to alter the story. 

Image

The gameplay, environmental puzzles, fights, dialogues, characters and music all shine with high-quality mid-90's SEGA catchiness. Kan Naito and his crew crafted a true masterpiece of a game with Dark Savior, a value which sadly is not seen nowadays with many modern games.

Image

If you're a Saturn owner and have a craving for something different and engaging, look no further than Dark Savior, a true example of value and solid gameplay.

More information about Dark Savior
 
Dark Savior
fullfullfullfullfull
Views: 63638 Review rating:
Reviews by other members

comments powered by Disqus

More On GameRevolution