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Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Adventure remake is repetitive, shows its age.

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Even though this chapter of the classic role-playing game franchise has had some visual updates and content extras, it's really starting to show its age. Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls was released nearly a decade ago in 2011 on the PlayStation 3, and now that chapter of the classic Wizardry tale has been remade for modern PCs, complete with HD graphics, new controls, and other minor tweaks to the original. But does the game still measure up after all this time?

It needs to be said that, even when Labyrinth of Lost Souls was first released on the PS3, the game felt dated. Unfortunately, even a fresh and colorful new coat of HD paint slapped onto the framework of the original can't keep it from showing its age. Moving through dungeons and fighting in combat feels more like you're navigating a slideshow than adventuring. The visuals feel static and stale, with very little response to any of your party's actions outside of an occasional grunt and a flash of light. The game also seems artificially difficult, with random encounters that quickly overwhelm your party. While being able to swap out abilities on the fly is a nice feature, you never really know what you need until it's usually too late. As a result, the whole package winds up being repetitive, frustrating, and lacking even the nostalgic charm the Wizardry series once had.

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