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Age of Decadence - Review @ Destructoid

Discussion in 'Game/SP News & Comments' started by RPGWatch, Nov 10, 2015.

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    [​IMG]Patrick Hancock (Destructoid) has reviewed Age of Decadence:

    Deliciously decadent
    The Age of Decadence has been in development for quite some time. Hell, I listed it in my indies game list from 2013! Since then, I've been remembering that it exists every once and a while, only to find out it was still in development. Until now!

    The reason I've always been excited for The Age of Decadence was because of the wide breadth of options it wanted to present to the player. Now, we've all heard that story before, but this is a game that actually delivers on that promise. It's an appropriately difficult RPG that never wastes the player's invested time, and I appreciate that.

    The plot of Age of Decadence largely depends on decisions the player makes. While this is par for the course for many RPGs, I want to stress how committed the developers are to this concept. There are decisions within the first half hour of the game that can completely remove characters and their quest lines from the game. In fact, I took one of the first situations pretty lightheartedly, only to have my character's mentor completely removed from the city. I quickly understood the tone set thereafter.

    There is no shortage of heavy decisions, either. Many times RPGs will pester the player with small-time decisions before laying on an obvious game-changing decision. Age of Decadence throws game-changer after game-changer at the player, and forced me to pull back and contemplate my options many times. There is a lot of gray area in these decisions as well, which even makes going "cruel and evil" or "pure and good" somewhat difficult.

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    Age of Decadence is an RPG to its core. It offers the player a wealth of choices, many of them carrying lofty consequences along with them. The core design element of player choice transcends simple dialogue choices, as players can progress through the game in a variety of styles. Many games offer up the illusion of choice while failing to actually deliver, but Age of Decadence serves up difficult and tangible crossroads with no looking back.

    It may have some rough spots, but it is one of the most well-designed RPGs I have had the pleasure of enjoying.​
     
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