Eragon review

  • Breaking bones and balls
  • Epic score
  • Flying
  • Fire breathing
  • Repetitive combos
  • Convoluted story

What a coincidence: Eragon has shown up on consoles just in time to coincide with the release of the movie of the same name. One look at the film's trailer, or even the cover of the game, and you can get a pretty good idea of what you're in for: A short licensed game filled with half-assitude.

The game features your typical hack-and-slashery, with only a limited amount of combos to speak of. Eragon isn't your standard kiddy fare. Oh, there will be blood; not to mention broken necks, shattered spines and oof - plenty of crushed nuts.

When controlling main character Eragon, the game wields a static camera, over which you'll have no control. Often times, you'll be squinting to see yourself far off in the distance or doing battle entirely obscured by a column. Lucky for us, just mashing attack buttons will get the job done regardless of if you can see it happening.

The magic abilities in the game show more promise. In addition to triggering mandatory action events, you can push and pull enemies over rails, as well as set them on fire. But Eragon proves that watching a guy with his head aflame run off a ledge can, in fact, get tiresome after fifty or so times.

While most of the game takes place on foot, you will briefly take control of Saphira, Eragon's winged steed. But those looking to Eragon to uphold the proud dragon riding traditions set forth by Panzeer Dragoon or even Drakken need to look elsewhere - or to eBay. The targeting system isn't great, so exercising a dragon's God-given right to belch fireballs at entire armies is frustrating. Saphira's missions generally have you flying in circles, affixed tightly to a rail but still crashing into more trees than a drunk driver (always designate, kids).

If you haven't seen the movie or read the book, Eragon for the Xbox 360 does little to entice you to do so. Newcomers sitting through the stylized, yet graphically antiquated, cinematics will feel lost - or worse - entirely indifferent to the plight of Alageasia. This isn't to say the game's story won't appeal to its fan base, but Eragon's redundancy and simplicity just offers too few reason to keep playing.

More Info

Release date: Nov 14 2006 - PS2, DS, Xbox 360, Xbox, PC (US)
Available Platforms: PS2, PSP, DS, Xbox 360, Xbox, PC, GBA
Genre: Role Playing
Published by: Vivendi, Sierra
Developed by: Stormfront, Amaze Entertainment
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood, Language, Violence


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