Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Iron & Blood -- Warriors of Ravenloft Review
By Luis Santana |
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Iron & Blood -- Warriors of Ravenloft is a 3D fighting game based on Ravenloft, a fantasy horror setting in the world of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. The group of adventurers you select is embroiled in the nefarious struggles between Strahd von Zarovich, vampire lord, and Lord Soth, deathknight. The adventurers must successfully combat the most malicious and evil villains to be found in the land of Ravenloft if they are to survive and find their way back home. At the start of the game, players choose from a pool of characters that includes wizards, warriors, assassins, creatures and more of that ilk. They must face off against a series of opponents in one on one matches to the death. During the matches, which take place in closed off arenas of various types, players can use weapons, magic, special moves, and anything else at their disposal from the AD&D rule books. There are over 250 different moves and combinations available in the game but the execution is pretty ho-hum - a few button presses and nothing else.
But the main problem with Iron & Blood is the numerous technical glitches that lead to opponents attacking thin air, running in place at the side of the screen, repeatedly crashing into a wall and many other discouraging behaviors. On top of this, if you are a diehard D&D fan, is the quandary of playing a pure fighting game with nothing much in the way of strategy and strategic role-play.