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Game #3719
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Wheel of Time    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Action   FPS

Rating: 8.4 (74 votes)

Wheel of Time box cover

Wheel of Time screenshot
Robert Jordan's best-selling novels are lovingly brought to life in Legend Entertainment's Wheel of Time. For those not familiar with the books, your main character is an Aes Sedai, a keeper of the light. The Aes Sedai are charged to protect the Ter'Angreal, sacred artifacts that keep the world from being destroyed. Demons have stolen these artifacts in order to create destruction and amplify their evil powers.

Wheel of Time acts as a prequel to the book series. However, this game is not your garden-variety shooter. Instead of the usual guns and futuristic weapons that inhabit most action shooters, the weapons are based on the Ter'Angreal. Each artifact has its own special powers and advantages. The sublime 3D graphics and cinematic-quality cutscenes are only the beginning of the highlights in this miniature masterpiece.

Wheel of Time's levels are lengthy, challenging, and well-designed. The only flaw is that enemies are either only mildly challenging or overly powerful. When you're lost in the seamless world of the game, this seems a minor quibble.

Legend is no stranger to bringing famous novels to the gaming arena. They have also created games based on novels by Frederick Pohl (Gateway), Piers Anthony (Companions of Xanth), Margaret Weiss (Death Gate), and Spider Robinson (Callahan's Crosstime Saloon). Legend takes the same care in translating Jordan's novels to the small screen.

The single-player scenario limits you to playing the Aes Sedai race, which is challenging on its own. The multiplayer scenarios allow you to play as one of three different races and alignments and feature arena and death matches. Also on the upside, the game has few bugs and is based on a clean adaptation of the Unreal engine.

Overall, Wheel of Time is another fantastic highlight from the rightfully-so-called Legend Entertainment.

Reviewed by: doowopman
Designer: Glen Dahlgren
Developer: Legend Entertainment
Publisher: GT Interactive
Year: 1999
Software Copyright: GT Interactive
Theme: Fantasy, Licensed
System Requirements: Windows XP
Where to get it:
Related Links: Official site (archived), Planet Wheel of Time (archived)
If you like this game, try: MDK, Powerslave, Chasm: The Rift

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