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Xak - Dragon Spirit

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Uploaded on Dec 20, 2007

No, this is not Dragon Spirit but it sure looks like it, right?

Well, I finally finished Xak and it's an okay adventure RPG. It's not the best RPG around but worth a play through. The leveling mechanism still bores the hell out of me, but considering its vintage I'll let it pass. One gripe I had about the game are items that replenished your health. You can't use them during boss fights, so what's the point of buying bread or dried meat? They're absolutely worthless when you can stand in a spot and wait for the auto regain to kick in. Of course during normal battles, food can keep you alive to a point, but really if you near death in a fight, your just dead. Go back to your save point.

Soundtrack was awesome and the visuals were good. I could tell Micro Cabin put alot of effort into graphics including the sprite animations. They tried to make the scenery realistic by adding depth perception, but that feature caused walls and trees to block your view. For example, when your in a dungoen and you walk underneath a door you have to be caution of enemies because some times you accidently walk into them. I often died alot walking into enemies I couldn't see.

It's a difficult game and saving often is a total must, but nothing was tougher than this battle with the Salamander (shown in this video). Lets me say the final boss, Badu, is a cake walk compared to this thing. Badu's attacks follows a predictable pattern and his vulnerable spot is very open to attack. Salamander, on the other hand, his attack pattern (i bet) is random and it has one measly vulnerable spot, it's eye. Hit detection stinks so your aim needs to be spot on. Your attacks to Salamander's head won't mean a thing, unless you hit him directly in the eye. It moves very fast and your bullets are slow to catch up, so your best bet is to let loose a barrage of bullets when it appears and pray they land a clean hit.

I mean, it's cool the game changes gears from a dungeon crawler to a shmup, but the fun and excitement stops with the Salamander.

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