The guys at Gear Diary have penned another one of their netbook-focused "retrogamer" reviews, and this time they've put Black Isle and Reflexive's Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader under the microscope.
Black Isle Studios is one of the true greats in the history of gaming, producing the Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment games. This is by far the '˜least' of their games, yet it simultaneously hearkens back to the so-called 'second golden age' of late 1990's PC RPGs. Thanks, RPGWatch.
No one will ever call Lionheart a classic, because of the way it devolves and degenerates into a mindless hack-and-slash and not nearly the best example of that genre. Yet the first couple dozen hours are a wonderful example of the type of thing that made Black Isle such beloved developers for PC gamers. There are excellent historical characters, references and settings, loads of moral ambiguity, tons of detailed quests with excellent dialogue, and myriad choices with consequences. Now that it is available on Good Old Games for a bargain price in a package that handles all of the bugs and ensures compatibility, there is no reason not to experience this flawed gem for yourself.