I decided to try and break through Enclave, so powered through it in any spare time I had over the weekend and last night, and polished off the last level in my lunch break today. There's nothing wrong with Enclave per se, it's just exceedingly, well...average. It's quite pretty, but also a bit dull and generic. The combat can be exciting, but it's also a formulaic click-fest. The levels are a good length with a few secrets, but they're also one-dimensional and a bit boring. For every good there's a bad, and it just evens out into a very mediocre, faintly boring game. That's perhaps being a bit harsh, but the biggest criticism is that there's just no variety. It's all running at the nearest enemy, clicking wildly until it's dead, then going on to find the next enemy. Yes, you might need to use a health potion every now and then, and if you're a magic user then you might need to back off until your energy has recharged, but there's no real strategy to the combat, and enemies don't show any other behaviour except firing at you from a distance or charging in and hacking you at close range. And on the flip-side, those are the only options available to you, too. Sure, there are a bunch of characters available across the two campaigns, but they essentially all boil down to the same thing. The dark campaign is essentially a mirror of the light campaign with the same character archetypes with a slightly more sinister twist...instead of a human knight, there's an orc berserker, and so on. The main story was vaguely interesting, but didn't really go anywhere and ended on a cliff-hanger for the next game...which obviously didn't happen. So, it started off fun in parts, but really I was done after the light campaign, and the dark campaign was just a slog through the same old thing. In the end, I'm very glad it's over and I'm ready to move on, which is never the sign of a great game. Ah well, onwards!
Next up on the randometer is...9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek! It's a hidden object game, so about as far from Enclave as possible. Should be a nice break. I'll also try and play through a bit of Tomb Raider. I did make a start on the first level, but when I went back to it my save game had disappeared so it looks like I'll have to start from scratch anyway.