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IGN Plus: Claim Your Switch Key for Enclave HD, the Remastered Original Xbox Action Game

Enclave HD is a third-person action game that originally graced Xbox and PC, ported and remastered for the latest consoles. With trophies and a new remastered soundtrack available, you can join the Light or Dark campaign and start hacking and slashing. If it looks fun, you are lucky. A copy of the Nintendo Switch version is available now as part of IGN Plus.

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What is Enclave HD?

Enclave was originally developed by Starbreeze Studios (makers of The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, The Darkness, Payday 2, Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons, etc.) and came to the original Xbox in the early 2000s with two campaigns. Light and dark that put players on opposite sides of the war. The following year he also appeared on PC, but this is the first time this floppy old-fashioned 3D (or first-person) slash-em-him-up has been made available for Nintendo or PlayStation consoles.

Set in the world of Celenheim, Enclave HD is the exact same game, remastered with up-res textures and FMV. You swing your sword wildly against little goblins, snot (yes, you’re reading it right), orcs, and more as you fight to defend yourself against Dreguatar’s armies in the Light Campaign and conquer Selenheim in the Dark Campaign. Unfortunately, you can’t jump into the dark campaign without defeating the light campaign first, but you’ll collect gold to choose from a variety of unlocked characters before each short level, and use that gold to equip weapons, armor, and even potions.

It’s a genuine throwback for sure, so beware if you’re not into bugs and Gen 6 design decisions. However, if you have a love for gaming history and retro experiences, give it a try.

Enclave HD Developer Interview

Q: How did the development team get involved with Enclave, and what made you decide to bring back the Xbox game?

answer: The idea of ​​bringing an upgraded version of the original enclave Support for the latest consoles was made possible through conversations between Ziggurat and licensor TopWare Interactive. It was mutually agreed that enclave This fits Ziggurat’s goal of preserving and enhancing the timeless game of the past, as it continues to maintain a vibrant community of players on PC but has been absent from consoles for generations. Ziggurat has previously worked with Ziggurat to Real Hero: Firefighter on PC and Xbox Real Heroes: Firefighter HD.

Q: Games like this are rare these days. What does the team think of what the Enclave brings compared to more modern game structures and mechanics?

answer: enclave is a 3D third-person action RPG, so action-focused that it could be considered a hack-and-slash game. Most other action RPGs of this era Diabloor a first-person game in that vein Ultima Underworld, Might & Magic’s Dark Messiah, and the Elder Scrolls series. His third-person 3D RPGs, with levels designed to allow positioning, crouching, and jumping as useful tools for movement and combat, were uncommon. Also, few action RPGs of the time increased gameplay with a stage-based structure rather than a quest-based one (Odin Sphere The PS2, which came out five years later, comes to mind. enclave on Xbox).

enclave It came out nearly a decade before third-person 3D action RPGs like . Demon’s Soul, Kingdom of Amarurand dragon’s dogma.FromSoftware game flow Demon’s Soul may find more common ground with enclave Better than other action RPG games of the time of the enclave release, since enclave It’s more focused on level design, 3D space (short and long range combat, verticality, platforming, etc.), set pieces, and extreme difficulty than most Western RPGs of the early 2000s. Combat in the Enclave has a more hack-and-slash feel. dark soulHowever, it still offers a satisfying experience for those who want to make their way through a menacing yet beautiful environment themed around dark medieval fantasy.

Chaining the game into dozens of missions allows the story to unfold in a way that’s compelling even for first-time players, and individual missions can be easily revisited and replayed with different playable characters (or for the completists looking to grab all the bags of gold they might have missed on their first playthrough). Rather than controlling a single character in his tree of skills, the player can freely switch between her six different playable characters with different abilities and equip them with gear of their choice between missions. Progress does not come in the form of character attribute points or leveling up skills in her skill tree, but in the form of earning more gold to unlock better equipment for each character.

Q: What is your team’s favorite game element?

answer: The game features light and dark campaigns that overlap in ways that are fun to discover. There is a wide variety of playable characters, allowing for multiple playstyles as well as replaying missions with different ability sets. Starbreeze clearly put a lot of love and effort into the game’s lore and background. Art direction, detailed environments, and overall atmosphere are even richer.

The game’s enemies and environments present a variety of challenges, as well as bonus missions with unique challenges reminiscent of the castle sieges you see in the game. Lord of the Ring movie. There are Easter eggs to discover throughout the game, plus powerful unlockable characters earned by beating the game, and replaying them will allow you to bulldoze your way through the game’s missions.

Q: What is your team’s favorite development story?

answer: The most memorable and rewarding part of developing this game was working with passionate people trying to bring the best version of the game to life. TopWare Interactive has provided us with a wealth of resources to help us work with Limited Run Games to deliver the best possible physical release.

The developers at Sickhead have been hard at work creating custom extensions to the game’s original lighting tools to render high-resolution lightmaps, and have gone through several passes to find the best way to increase the resolution of textures and user interfaces for greater fidelity and readability. Speedrunner Landon Rivers consulted us to fix some legacy his bugs that have been known to the community for years and provided us with insight to make sure we convey all the best parts of the original. Enclave HD.

Q: Did the team include anything unique to this remaster?

answer: All textures, including the user interface, are upscaled to look better on modern displays. Enclave HD. The original game made extensive use of full-motion video not only for the story cinematics, but also for the gorgeous menus. These full-motion videos have also been upscaled to preserve the eerie atmosphere at a fidelity suitable for today’s screens.

In the past, we’ve added voice actors to games that originally didn’t have them ( Bloodrain’s Betrayal: Fresh BitesLaura Bailey reprise her role as Rain, american hero Timothy Bottoms reprized the role of Jack in this installment, and this is the first time Ziggurat has updated a game with a completely new soundtrack (not just a remake or enhancement of the original OST).can play Enclave HD You can use the game’s epic original score, but you also have the option to play with all-new music throughout the game. We’ve also added a ‘Mix’ mode that plays a selection of tracks from the original or new soundtracks depending on the mission you’re playing.

Supported consoles contain a huge amount of trophies and achievements. If you’re a trophy hunter, you’ll have a lot of work to do to unlock them all.

Q: What would you say to potential players thinking about joining?

answer: in the meantime enclave It may seem like a linear game, but it’s worth exploring the side streets and nooks and crannies. Picking up the gold found there will allow you to equip better gear in future levels. If you get stuck on a particular level, try using a different character or go back to an older level to gain more gold and use better equipment.

At first glance it looks like a modern action RPG, but since there is no roll and you are not reliably blocked from the front with a shield, in melee combat it is best to physically dodge attacks by moving your character backwards. Crossbows have a partial aim assist mechanism that displays a large circle above the target. Aiming and firing within that circle will automatically aim the bolt directly at the target. Bows don’t have aim assist, but many arrow types allow you to knock multiple arrows or set an area of ​​effect, making it easier to use at close range.

We hope that longtime Enclave fans will enjoy this new version. We also hope that new players can dive into the best version of a true classic game.

What is IGN Plus?

IGN Plus is IGN’s paid membership program and currently you can get an annual membership for just $29.99 or just $4.99 per month. You can also try it for just $1 for 30 days.

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