Temple of Elemental Evil

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Temple of Elemental Evil
Game: Temple of Elemental Evil
Platform: PC
Studio: Atari
Rating: 8/10

Game Company’s Description: On the outskirts of the village of Nulb, a temple dedicated to elemental evil lies in ruins. Destroyed by the good armies and the infamous Circle of Eight, its blood-stained history remains a distant memory–until now. Suspicious men have begun roaming the roads leading to the villages. Who and what these men are, no one can be sure. All claim to be slaying monsters and bringing peace and security to the area, but rumors persist regarding their true intent. In this land, deeds speak louder than words and lies cloak the true purposes of the malevolent.
So begins the classic Dungeons & Dragons module, The Temple of Elemental Evil, brought to the PC for the first time by Troika Games. Assemble a party of up to five adventurers and embark upon an epic journey like no other. Immerse yourself in gripping gameplay featuring the Dungeons & Dragons v.3.5 rules set. Prepare to enter the very heart of evil itself!
Features:
• Literal computer translation of one of the world’s most beloved Dungeons & Dragons campaign settings, the Realm of Greyhawk. The first and only PC game to utilize the newly released D&D v.3.5 rules
• Options for creating up to five characters per party, in a reactive world filled with non-playable characters (NPCs) that react differently to the unique attributes of the adventuring party
• Improved, easy-to-use, turn-based combat system quickens gameplay and allows players to better manage battles and spell-casting
• Dozens of skills and class abilities, over 50 feats, and hundreds of spells from which to chose, including cleric domain spells
• Multiple quest solutions lead to different paths for different parties
• Over 50 side quests allow players to explore beyond the main storyline
• Multiple starting points depending on the party’s alignment, and multiple end games depending on how the game is played
• More than 100 monster types, from goblins and hill giants to elementals and demons.

Look: Fantastic graphics. Amazing backgrounds and character design. Hopefully you have the resources to play otherwise your computer will get bogged down to a standstill.

Feel: Much of TEE takes place in a huge temple and plays in a Dungeons and Dragon manner. You have a party of five who all help along the way. Those in your party must all be aligned by one moral code. Are you good or bad? It does matter otherwise you can’t put someone in your group.

Hear: Boring voice acting and a monotonous soundtrack.

Frankly: There is good and bad. The role play aspect is fun and the graphics are amazing, but there are other aspects of the game play that lacks. I’d love to have some tension with differing members in your group. Through in a bad guy who you have to always worry about or if you are bad having someone who is lawful who might be out to burn you.

+ Rick Carey

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