It’s not a surprise that a game can go from exclusivity on a particular platform, and then switch to another few years later, and then ported from PC or mobile, or even one console and then another. I can’t say that I’ve but played a game that been waiting for nine years to move from its original game release on console. Since then games, and even the world around us have transformed so drastically. However, we’re now receiving The Ravensword of Shadowlands onto Xbox. Is it too late to join celebrate

It opens with a Lord of the Rings-style cinematic that tells a dramatic tale of good against evil as well as of warriors and magic. The story that is focused upon the Dark Elves as they force darkness upon the realm of Tyreas. The war is in full swing and the epic weapon known as the Ravensword is missing! The main mission is the search for this amazing weapon, with the aim to end battle and establish peace around the globe. Best of luck.

The writing and story are enjoyable and well-constructed however, it’s a dated story that has been told before, but a bit better and more elegant than the one here. The character you pick at the beginning is a person who is not yours. You can customize and include your own story to. You are able to choose what you’d like to do with your character, too are you an expert in the use of swords or bow, or make use of magic? There are abilities and upgrades that you can unlock when you gain experienceand progress through the process.

The world is a vast open space filled with plains, forests caves, medieval-style towns. You can explore to your satisfaction, stopping often to talk to the shopkeepers or guards. You can also join in battle as well, working hard at killing low-level creatures or monsters to increase your knowledge and increase your level of skill. There’s a primary quest that covers the entire gamut and requires plenty of exploration combat and action as well as bolted-on quests that prolong the life of the game. The pieces and nuts are typical RPG game, but you won’t be astonished by anything offered.

Fighting is simple and you can block any attacks you may need to. You can shoot at arrows from a distance and be able to hide for a few minutes to make a stealth attack while you fight all kinds of human boars, elves goblins, bears, and all the other creatures of the world of fantasy. But the combat is unpredictable – at times you’ll be in a place and strike a weapon, and the opponent will be defeated. Sometimes, they’re more durable than steel, and can see you from miles away. The biggest issue is that it is difficult to tell the strength of an adversary likely to be, and so you’ll have to spend many hours working hard to get the XP up before you can purchase new equipment and hoping for the best and moving forward in the overall stories.

It’s also not helped that the control system itself is also confusing, as are the bizarre button configurations, which means that everything is difficult to use.

In terms of visuals, Ravensword: Shadowlands looks like an early Xbox 360 game with flat textures, a clumpy architectural design and Oblivion-type character models. I believe it would have been a great phone game in 2013 but it’s not going to perform as well today, unfortunately. There are some bugs too – animals exhibit strange behavior and items appear to fly in the air after being confronted. Fortunately, the audio is slightly better, with a decent soundtrack that gives a steady epic score. There are some great voice-overs available.

If you’re looking for an experience that’s capable of offering a decent amount of RPG at an extremely low cost, Ravensword is it. If you are looking for an RPG that can bring back memories of past days, then it’s definitely worth giving it a go. However, you must be prepared to become tired and dissatisfied when progress is achieved. This is a game where you must earn points of experience to make significant progress, and no story or gameplay that’s exciting enough to sustain you until the very conclusion. Ravensword Shadowlands available on Xbox may wish that it was 2013. but changes have occurred since then and the game isn’t capable of competing with modern versions.