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  • Summary: The Bard's Tale IV returns to the classic fantasy RPGs of years past. Featuring dynamic turn-based combat, a full party of characters to build and customize, and first-person exploration of maze-like dungeons with devious puzzles and riddles, The Bard's Tale IV is a true successor to theThe Bard's Tale IV returns to the classic fantasy RPGs of years past. Featuring dynamic turn-based combat, a full party of characters to build and customize, and first-person exploration of maze-like dungeons with devious puzzles and riddles, The Bard's Tale IV is a true successor to the original Bard's Tale trilogy, and is crowdfunded by thousands of fans. Help us bring back the dungeon crawl and return to Skara Brae - the city that started it all.

    * A single-player, party-based role-playing game, rich in exploration, combat and challenging puzzles.
    * Dynamic phase-based combat, where the pace of battle is animated and fluid, but still gives you time to think and respond to your enemies.
    * A game set to beautiful Gaelic music from Julie Fowlis (multi-award winning Gaelic singer) and Mark Morgan (Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera), where the Bard's songs and melodies affect gameplay.
    * Compelling story and narrative by acclaimed novel and game writer Nathan Long (Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera).
    * Built using Unreal Engine 4, taking advantage of the latest graphics technologies to create a lush and vibrant world with great interactivity and detail.
    * Branching quests and a world that reacts to your decisions and party make-up.
    Recruitable companion NPC characters, bring personality, and maybe trouble, to your party.
    * Unlock another layer of secrets as you examine and physically manipulate your magic items and the environment.
    * Brought to you by the team behind Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera.
    Available DRM-free for Windows, Mac and Linux.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 41
  2. Negative: 4 out of 41
  1. Sep 18, 2018
    88
    This is your grandpappy’s old-school RPG, but it is made for the modern day. It’s made for RPG lovers of all types, ages, and experience. Bard’s Tale 4 follows squarely in the footsteps of giants without missing a beat. It has taken all those classic features and brought them into modern game play. It feels both fresh and true to its roots, at the same time. I highly recommend this to veterans and newcomers to the series alike.
  2. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 31, 2018
    80
    An adventure in which lute is played and songs are sung just can’t let you down. Bard's Tale has a lot of flaws, but it finds a way to the player's heart. However, the game is pretty far from its original trilogy. [Issue#290]
  3. Games Master UK
    Oct 4, 2018
    79
    This addictive RPG has a remarkable soundtrack but is a little rough around the edges. [Nov 2018, p.69]
  4. Sep 29, 2018
    70
    The Bard's Tale IV is a little retro pleasure that is difficult to ignore. The characters are fun, its universe is rich and the game mechanics are deep. Unfortunately, the game is not up to par visually and looks like something that was released ten years ago.
  5. Dec 4, 2018
    70
    The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep has a satisfyingly deep and flexible battle system, surrounded by heavy puzzle exploration and a narrative that doesn't manage to stay interesting. There are some really neat systems at play here for those looking for intricate combat, but performance issues and a lacking storyline make it a hard sell to a larger audience.
  6. Oct 31, 2018
    65
    Equal parts fascinating and frustrating, The Bard’s Tale IV is not what I was hoping for. With patching and better documentation, it could be a stellar roleplaying experience. As it stands, this Bard needs to practice her tune.
  7. Sep 19, 2018
    40
    Without the bugs, The Bard’s Tale IV is okay at best. With them, it’s perhaps best to preserve your nostalgia and play the HD remaster of The Bard’s Tale I to III instead.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
  1. Sep 18, 2018
    10
    Bards Tale IV has all the elements of previous games as well as introducing elements we take for granted in the 21st century. I say go aheadBards Tale IV has all the elements of previous games as well as introducing elements we take for granted in the 21st century. I say go ahead and buy Bards Tale IV Barrows Down you will not regret your purchase and remember, the Google analytics engine has scrutinised every written word available on the web about the game and subsequently rated it as the number one 'Steam Game of 2018'. Expand
  2. Oct 3, 2018
    10
    Beside of the Bugs its a great game overall. Atmosphere, Sound, Character Creation. Unfortunately the most players don't get more than 5 hoursBeside of the Bugs its a great game overall. Atmosphere, Sound, Character Creation. Unfortunately the most players don't get more than 5 hours into it and blame technical bugs for it to be a bad game. The game gets better after 10 hours. If you like dungeon crawlers like legend of grimrock 1/2 and older ones like stonekeep go play it. Expand
  3. Sep 20, 2018
    9
    Despite some performance issues which were not so much of a problem for me, the game is quite nice. Graphic is decent, story is ok, combat isDespite some performance issues which were not so much of a problem for me, the game is quite nice. Graphic is decent, story is ok, combat is refreshing, and there are many nice puzzles that will keep you occupied. Overall i recommend it. Expand
  4. Sep 30, 2018
    8
    I am enjoying the game despite the tech issues. It is a unique game and is entertaining in two fronts, the dialog and the puzzles. I have anI am enjoying the game despite the tech issues. It is a unique game and is entertaining in two fronts, the dialog and the puzzles. I have an older pc and it is kind of difficult to control the first person view. I get a lot of satisfaction out of solving the puzzles and finding loot in different locations. Expand
  5. Sep 18, 2018
    8
    Good game, lots of atmosphere. Medium depth for an RPG. Some Bard's Tale purists are **** that it didn't carry enough gameplay mechanics overGood game, lots of atmosphere. Medium depth for an RPG. Some Bard's Tale purists are **** that it didn't carry enough gameplay mechanics over from 30 year-old games. I played the originals, and their game mechanics are dated and combat was pretty shallow, so InXile wisely made some major changes. The mechanics as a modern game are just fine. The attribute system is streamlined/dumbed-down but the combat is much more strategic and there's a new skill and crafting system. The positives are good graphics for it's price point ($34.99) - not cutting-edge but decent and lots of atmosphere and variety. I love the Scottish accents. People are whining that this is "new" but there were NO VOICES in the old BT games, so how do you know they didn't have Scottish accents back then? I like the new free form 1st person movement, you can switch to grid-based if you like. Combat is grid and turn-based with medium complexity. Good occasional puzzles, good atmosphere, voice acting is cheesy but very colorful so overall a plus for me. Not a super-deep RPG but not shallow either. Overall I'm really enjoying it, it's a good game for those who like some depth without getting bogged down with an extreme amount of stats. Has a light-hearted tone and a sense of humor without being clownish. I recommend it unless you're a very hardcore RPG fan a la Pillars of Eternity or Baldur's Gate. BTW this runs butter-smooth on my GTX 970 on highest GFX settings. Expand
  6. Oct 9, 2018
    4
    I played this game some time ago, in the end I uninstalled it. I don't think this game deserves 0, but I can absolutely understand anyone whoI played this game some time ago, in the end I uninstalled it. I don't think this game deserves 0, but I can absolutely understand anyone who rated it this poorly. If you're looking for a game that combines a lot of fun and great moments with absolute frustration and disappointment, this is the one you're looking for. Ignoring all the negative issues, the game is quite good. I like the combination of (almost) open world with turn based combat. With 'almost' I mean, you can't just step off the road and enjoy the view. The story is OK; the puzzles are quite good too. One remark I have, often the game is confusing and doesn't explain things clearly. This includes some advanced skills, but also basic stuff like walking. You have to try a path to know whether the game will allow you to walk there or not (it isn't visually clear). And you don't want to try it, because you can get stuck (bug). The main reason, why I rate this game poorly - controls and bugs. Sometimes I had a feeling no one from InXile tried to play this game before. Definitely no one tested it. I lost some battles just because I accidentally switched two characters (my mistake). Then I lost some, because my fighter mastery book got reset (bug) after every cut-scene (whenever I forgot to fix it, I lost the next battle). A lot of disappointment comes from bugged abilities that doesn't work as expected or doesn't work at all (Master Thief, Blood for Blood, Archmage). I was able to cope with everything mentioned before. I learned from my mistakes and with some (a lot of) discipline, I could avoid some (a lot of) bugs and have fun too. But then, the most frustrating - game breaking bugs, when you have to repeat same section/fight again and again, because something happened. And a lot of things could happen. After every important fight I ran to the nearest save totem to avoid ‘bad luck'. Don't use the stone teleporter, they can crash too. I remember a battle where instead of opponents I've seen a hill and they were somewhere behind, I wasn't able to select them. They were able to attack me though. I lost. Last chance I gave this game - there was a barricade it my way. I used dragon's bomb and somehow I stepped on the wall next to the barricade (very small broken stone wall, I was about 10 cm above the ground). A skeleton was walking right in front of me (I could literally touch the skeleton). But I wasn't able to attack it, or step of the wall. I was just standing there, unable to find any solution, avoiding to load my 45-minutes old save slot. Maybe they'll fix the bugs later, but it won't fix my ruined experience. The game brought me a lot of negative feelings and didn't deliver the fun I expected. It wasn't worth the money and I would not recommend this game to any friend. Expand
  7. Sep 19, 2018
    0
    What looks like a revival of a classic childhood love rapidly becomes a shuddering mess as the glossy coat of paint peels back to reveal aWhat looks like a revival of a classic childhood love rapidly becomes a shuddering mess as the glossy coat of paint peels back to reveal a congealed blob of badly thought out gameplay systems and ultimately unenjoyable turn-based combat. Definitely avoid at all costs. Expand

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