Developer: Crescent Moon Games
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Platforms: PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC, mobile
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 14/04/2021
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
Ravensword: Shadowlands is a mobile game from around nine years ago that has made the move to console. And you can tell!
The story is as old as fantasy RPGs themselves, Good vs Evil and it is up to you to stop the latter. The intro is pretty cool to be fair given as a narrative like you would have seen in the Lord of the Ring film’s. However, as an overall story it is bland and has been told so many times it is now just boring, with no surprises.
First it feels like somewhere between Morrowind and Oblivion clone. This is both good-and-bad for gameplay. We can play Ravensword: Shadowlands both first and third person, none of which are at all enjoyable, as they should be. It also shows the mobile roots, with Ravensword: Shadowlands not being optimized for console.
Gameplay as a whole is fairly simple with different fighting styles, melee, distance, sneak and magic. With a wide variety of enemies all in a fair sized open world. On paper this had me clad in my elvish armor brandishing my elvish swords Isilmë-Rista with excitement. However, it is not enjoyable as it sounded.
The world and the visuals all looked dated and the textures are fairly bland and flat, again lending to the mobile side of the game. Not to mention animations are poor mix in rendering issues its hard to even find a positive about the games optimization. With button mapping that makes little to no sense, One question why is there no unwritten rule on what buttons do what in games?
Everything felt clunky and the amount of slowdown, bugs and issues with the game made what could have been a fairly decent budget title into something that is more trouble than it’s worth. Do not get me wrong, I didn’t expect a perfect game, however a game that is nine years old and from a mobile device I would have expected a more optimized game and way fewer bugs.
Overall Ravensword: Shadowlands is a budget Elder-scrolls game, where if you are not looking for a perfect game but a game that will fill in some time while you wait on the next big open-world adventure this could just about fill that gap. I gave it an extra star for the into alone.
I wouldn’t recommend it in all honestly, unless disparate for an open-world fantasy game.