Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows
Still hackin' after nearly two decades.
Preview by (Email)
December 12th 2005
The Basics: You've been down this road before and, perhaps, a great many times. Gauntlet has been around for a long, long time and the basic button-mashing premise that it was founded upon is a road that is still being traveled here with prettier graphics.
There are four players from which to choose from, Elf, Warrior, Valkyrie, and Wizard and they all are similarly powerful in the beginning of the game. Each has the familiar attacks of its predecessors (projectile, hand to hand, etc.) and relies on you destroying as many mindless minions as possible. The all too familiar line: "Elf needs food, badly!" is here and many of the sound effects hearken back to a simpler time and the familiarity (if this pertains to you) will bring a wry smile to your face.
Gauntlet is as straightforward as ever and you'll have barrel your way threw throngs of enemies while trying to destroy the bases that they appear from. If you lose your way and allow them to multiply, you'll have lost all hope. The only downside is that you really can't control the camera at all and if you play in multiplayer mode then you'll have to stick together as much as possible. Also, the more characters that are interacting, the more likely one is likely to get "stuck" somewhere in a particular environment. This minor grievance aside, the game is what you expect from its namesake.
What do we think? Well, you know the drill here folks and if you're looking for the typical Gauntlet experience then this is the place to hang your hat. The only difference is that there seems to be a greater implementation of environments that affect you than there was in previous revisions. The enemies are as plentiful as ever and the basic premise is as easy as it ever was.
There's something to be said for a game that delivers exactly what you're expecting and doesn't require thumbing through dozens of pages to get started. This game won't disappoint anyone that knows what they're getting themselves into and it lives up to its lengthy heritage in an excellent manner. Prepare for tired fingers.