FORMAT: PC CD-ROM (two)
DATE: July 1995
The Last Dynasty is probably the largest production from Sierra On-Line to this day with a budget of over two million dollars. We are far from the time when games were designed and programmed by a single person. Now an entire cast of programmers, graphists, musicians, scriptwriters and professional cinematographers are necessary to reach today's high-standards in multimedia productions.
The Last Dynasty blends action and adventure into a fabulous story throughout space that will rave you from the beginning to the end. The different phases featured in the game bring new excitement. You will discover cinematic sequences with 3D and video animations that unfold the story during the game, adventure phases where you explore a whole station and finally, combat sequences where the game transforms into a real space combat simulator that will make your heart feel alive!
Speaking of technical merits, I must mention the customizable cockpit in which you can change the information you want to keep an eye on at any time. Among the numerous windows available, there are speed, shield's state, number of friends or enemies in the surrounding space, life points, etc... and each one can be configured according your choice to present data under the form of percentage, graphic bars or others. Most of these windows are helpful, but if you want to improve the speed of the game, in case you do not own a powerful PC, it is possible to remove the windows you do not need. Personally, I removed the windows regarding the enemy target (speed, life and power of shield) because I did not feel like it was necessary to have this on screen.
For the map, the developers switched to a 3D representation which has the sublime advantage of allowing rotations. You can therefore look at planets, satellites, enemy or allied ships from any point of view with different zoom levels and get vital information about them. From there you can plan a battle strategy to defeat the enemies, see where you want to go next, etc...
As the adventure phase takes an entire CD, you can imagine how big the station you have to explore may be. The rooms are brilliantly rendered in high-resolution 3D graphics and the graphical interface that allows you to interact with the environment is one of the easiest I ever encountered. You can examine the rooms with the cursor to find things, take objects and of course, use them from your inventory. On the screen, you receive indications towards which direction you can go from a room. For example, an arrow to the left means there is a path in this direction, and this is the same for the up, down and right arrows.
Overall : 91%
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