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'Blackstone: Magic and Steel' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2002 @ 6:57 p.m. PDT

Blackstone, AKA Ex-Chaser (in Japan) has been extremely popular and has enjoyed many excellent reviews," says Bradley Flack, Director of Sales at Xicat Interactive. Xicat has renamed the Japanese game - Black Stone: Magic & Steel. Check a 20-some new screens ...

In the game, darkness has crept into the world of Zedan. Madul (the Dark Lord) has led his forces of the Underworld to victory over the White Wizards and the Forces of Light. Hope still remains as the White Wizards summon the bravest of the brave to battle Maduls army and find the sacred Black Stones needed to save the world of Zedan. This small band of heroes are assembled and tasked with traveling to distant parts of Zedan to recapture key strong holds, find the Black Stones and restore power to the White Wizards.

Black Stone: Magic & Steel, lets single players battle foes in real time as individual characters or as a team of 4 (toggling between characters). This combat/strategy RPG, allows up to 4 players in 'cooperative play', to attack the forces of evil simultaneously, slashing their way through 26 perilous levels of non-stop swordplay and blood letting. Players collect (or purchase) weapons, beastly companions, magic spells and various magical stones as players do away with a dark army who want to enslave all of Zedan.

The environments of Black Stone are brilliantly animated and fans of 'anime' should be pleasantly surprised with the individual character animation. Players choose their character (or characters): Warrior, warlock, archer, pirate or thief, each with varying melee skills, magical powers and long-range attack capabilities. After completing missions successfully the player can add to his pool of characters by finding hidden ones. Players should ready themselves to spill a river of blood using the proper techniques to dispose of foes in this non-stop, fast-paced slasher.

So raise your weapon, memorize your spells and begin your quest to find the stones and save the world of Zedan. Black Stone: Magic & Steel will be released for Xbox on 22nd November 2002, and has an ELSPA rating of 11 +.

Key Features

  • Find the Black Stones in nonstop four-player action.
  • B uy power-up items to increase your character's effect in combat.
  • Choose one of five character classes: Warrior, Archer, Pirate, Thief and Warlock.
  • Ride massive dinosaurs mounts and tear through your enemies.
  • 26 huge levels to explore.
  • Cast magic, fight goblins, slay dragons, find the Black Stones and ultimately crush your foes

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