The Bard's Tale

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: InExile
Developer: Vivendi/Ubisoft
Release Date: Oct. 26, 2004

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'The Bard's Tale' (PS2/Xbox) Ships to Stores

by Judy on Oct. 27, 2004 @ 8:05 a.m. PDT

The Bard's Tale combines the development team's collective knowledge of compelling RPG gameplay with brilliant graphics and major motion picture quality story and dialogue. The Bard's Tale eschews genre cliches in favor of intelligent humor for an original and truly entertaining experience.

The Bard's Tale is an action-RPG where the player takes on the role of the Bard -- a sardonic and opportunistic musician and adventurer, driven by carnal rather than noble pursuits. The Bard, voiced by actor Cary Elwes of "The Princess Bride" and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" fame, is not interested in saving the world, his humble motivations are strictly "coin and cleavage." A truly non-linear game, the player chooses the Bard's responses towards other characters he encounters with either 'snarky' or 'nice' dialogue. Each choice changes the course of events in the game. The action takes place in medieval times in a land based on the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland -- the inspiration for many of the classic fantasy stories. Details and images of the game are available for viewing at inXile's website, www.thebardstale.com.

The Bard's Tale game carries a suggested retail prices of $49.95 for PlayStation 2 & Xbox and has been rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB with descriptors for blood, language, suggestive themes, use of alcohol and violence. The Bard's Tale is being published by inXile entertainment and distributed by Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) in North America. For additional information please go to www.thebardstale.com.

The Bard's Tale was recently chosen as "Pick of the Month" for October and noted for having "... more humor than the entire Xbox library combined ..." by Official Xbox Magazine; given a 4.5 out of 5 review by Official PlayStation Magazine; and called "... one of the funniest games we've ever played" by IGN.


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