Event Horizon, 2017
Windows, Linux , Xbox One, PS4等
Event Horizon, 2017
Windows, Linux , Xbox One, PS4, etc
曾经有一段时间，攻略地下城是 CRPG 唯一的目标。《时光之塔》（Tower of Time）全心参照的便是这一时期：一队充满奇幻作品刻板印象的角色不断战斗，深入地下城尽头，拯救濒临灭亡的世界。这些复古要素中也有现代的部分——游戏里有半打左右的系统负责让流程更加随机。无论制作还是寻找物品方面，玩家在调整队伍时都会有很强的《暗黑破坏神》（Diablo）既视感。主角小队会嬉闹和争吵，探索过程中的一些对话事件发生时他们也会给玩家解决对话的不同选项。
不幸的是，这种玩法仅限于游戏早期。角色提升方式过多，敌人数量也越来越多，导致战术逐渐失去了意义：后期战斗总结起来就是玩家在被敌人淹没前尽可能快地打出巨额伤害。资源方面也很容易达到最优解，使得后期玩家更像是在打 MMO 技能循环，而不是周到地应用队友能力。因此，游戏性带来的体验在剧情结束之前就已经结束了。
There was a time in CRPG history when dungeon delving was considered the sole goal of these games and Tower of Time draws whole heartedly from this period. A party of fantasy stereotypes chews through combat encounters in hopes of reaching the bottom of a dungeon to save a dying world. Modernity also has its say in this retro mix, with progression being spread about half a dozen systems heavy on the randomization aspect. Whether crafting or finding items, Diablo-like affixes will shower the player's eyes as they optimize the party. A party which banters, bickers and offers player choice in how they resolve some dialog encounters found during exploration.
The central pillar here is the combat, which takes place in arenas different from the overworld traveled by the party while exploring the tower. Waves of enemies need to be handled in a manner not too dissimilar from a Tower Defense game with an action element. Tactical use of high resource cost non-damaging abilities such as summoning a giant cage to contain enemies while others threats are dealt with is where Tower of Time comes to life. Most arenas feature spawn points in all directions making it easy for enemies to escape the player's attention meaning that rewarding or punishing crisis management is the game's core.
This sadly only applies to the early game. The myriad progress systems along with the ever higher enemy count supersedes the tactical aspect of the player's choices within the context of the combat. Late game encounters boil down to how hard and fast can the party hit so as to not get overwhelmed. Resource management is also easily optimized to the point where the player is doing MMO style rotations rather thoughtful application of the party's abilities. Thus, the experience that the gameplay offers ends far before the narrative wrap ups.
剧情也不是没有问题。游戏过度华丽的文风和低沉的环境音效很好地塑造了末日后的世界，但没能融合好科幻概念与奇幻叙事。《时光之塔》缺乏像《魔法门》（Might & Magic）系列那样把龙与生化人融进一个世界观的水平，内部逻辑时常站不住脚。
A narrative that is also not without issues. The post-apocalyptic tone is communicated well through purple prose that knows its limits and morose ambient track, but the narrative fails in handling its blend of fantasy tropes with science fiction concepts. Lacking the glibness that series like Might & Magic had in mixing dragons and cyborgs, Tower of Time confronts the player with an internal logic which often falters.
Tower of Time is a chimera of influences, both old and new. That it never fully develops into its own beast is unfortunate but the potential that lurks here can be glimpsed from time to time. It is those glimpses which reveal that while the game is not a must-play for the genre, it most certainly doesn't deserve to be forgotten by history.