Many years ago I
bought a game for the original Xbox called
Enclave. I was completely blown away by it
and I've fond memories of playing that game
over and over again. It was one of those games
that I could play for hours on end and not
realise how much time had passed. Everything
about the game was perfect; the graphics, the
gameplay and music all appeared to be spot on.
Even the steampunk style bird on the menus
wearing an eyepiece gave the game a
quirkiness that enhanced the over all feel.
I loved the fact that
each level usually involved rescuing another
character who would then become playable on
the subsequent levels giving the player more
choice of characters the further they
progressed. With different strengths and
abilities some levels were difficult for
certain characters but easy for others.
Towards the end of the game your character
choices are huge with warrior, hunter, elf
druid and magician to name a few. There's a
light campaign where you play as the good
guys, and a dark campaign playing as the
enemy. Playing as the enemy has you playing
as a female slave forced to do bad things by
an evil witch, so it some ways you're still
not really bad.
When I bought an Xbox360
I discovered Enclave was one of those non
backwards compatible games so I was no longer
able to play it and instead sold it with the
Recently I was
looking as PC gaming websites, such as Steam
and GOG, and I discovered the PC version of
Enclave was available. I downloaded it for
less than £5 and started playing it right
away. The memories of how wonderful the game
is came flooding back and I've been playing
The graphics are
amazing with atmospheric lighting effects of
candles and flames, as well as the shiny
metallic statues that act as checkpoints. I
don't remember them looking anywhere near as
good on the Xbox.
There are a number of
annoying bugs, most likely due to playing an
old game on a modern PC, but they are usually
fixed by pressing the Windows key, returning
to the desktop, then returning to the game.
Sometimes my character gets stuck on nothing
and won't move, sometimes they'll run
constantly even with my finger not touching
the move button, and at one point my weapon
I'm stuck. She won't move!