Wizardry is a long-running series of classic RPG’s that have been very popular all over the world, especially in Japan. With Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls we have a game that was originally released on the PlayStation 3 nearly a decade ago. They are trying to bring an old school dungeon crawling RPG style to modern gamers which is kind of cool.
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The Game Review
I actually really liked the story that this game told. It is about a world where there is peace between these three factions, but that peace is threatened by an evil that raises its head. The game states that there could be answers in these ancient artifacts and that is the basic story of the game. It is classic fantasy stuff and I really liked it. I just wish it was a bit more cinematic, but then that does not really go with the old school style.
You start off from selecting your character from one of five races. The races on offer are human, elf, dwarf, gnome, and Porklu. You then have to name and use your points wisely and this is what will decide your class. The eight long-running are what would expect from a classic RPG such as fighter, mage, and thief.
When you add new people to your party, using the points wisely is Japan. You want to have as balanced a party as possible so you really do have to think about how you use those points. You will traverse dungeons looking for loot, fighting monsters and moving the story forward. The game is rather barebones in all honesty, but that is something old school fans will really like.
The combat sees you have a front and rear line. You can attack, run, use items and so on. You do also have equipment and skills you can use and these do in a way take away the need for endless grinding like some other RPGs have. One thing that I will say is the game does not have a proper tutorial and you are left to figure most stuff out on your own.
Thankfully, Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls is not an overly complicated game so I do not see anyone getting truly stuck. The different dungeons will have you come across different enemies, not just in their design, but their skill as well. It keeps you on your toes and I like how exciting it is when a random battle does take place.
As far as the presentation goes, it is rather minimalistic. I think this is by design and what is here looks sharp. I like the anime style portraits of the characters and the different enemy designs are kind of cool as well. It just lacks some real flair and excitement to the presentation which I fear may have some people lose interest rather quickly.
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls is a port of an old PS3 game and that PS3 game was made to be an old school dungeon crawling RPG. The game does what it does well and if you like those kinds of games I think you will like this. Those who have never played a game like this before may be turned off by the lack of flash and the slow pace of it all.
- It is a great throwback to old school games of this style
- The anime-style characters are cool
- The battle system is easy to understand but has a fair bit of depth
- It provides quite a challenge
- You do not have to spend hours on end grinding
- The game has a very bare-bones feel to it
- Not a ton was done to improve on the 2011 PS3 original