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I am always curious what is going on in the smaller publisher realm. You never know who is going to have a break out hit that will fundamentally transform the video game industry. Numerous good ideas have come from smaller teams who do something extremely well. Bring in Exodus Studios and their faith based role playing game Awakening. This PC (Personal Computer) video game takes us to a medieval world where a priest saves a boy from a wolf. The boy later grows into a paladin only to discover a very disturbing truth.

The artwork in Awakening ranges. The opening screen is exceptional, and got me very interested in this PC game. Walking around town had some lighting issues here and there. I believe different times of day were being simulated but it did not work for me. The battle screens have fantastic background graphics that are a testament to this game. The characters animate at the level of say a 16-bit Final Fantasy game. Certain dungeons looked good whereas others repeated certain graphics too often.

The music in Awakening is excellent. I really enjoyed listening to it, as well as the battle screens. The dialogue in Awakening actually had me guessing at a few points. My mind was trying to wrap around who were the good guys, and who were the bad guys. It seemed transparent, but there were a few points where I was questioning it. This is a compliment to the writing in Awakening.

Awakening is a free for play game. You can download this game, and play it from start to finish without paying a dime. They don't even ask for donations. The downside and the reason for the low score is Awakening can be beaten in an hour. The length of this game is like two or three missions in a Final Fantasy game. It is short. When it was ending I thought okay done with the first chapter what is next. Credits rolling is what came next.

The movement of the characters is easy, and there are mouse and/or keyboard commands. In fact I would select with the enemy to attack with the keyboard, and select what attack I wanted with the mouse. I did run into a few glitches here and there. Nothing major. Once the angel joined my team I was way too powerful. Nothing including the bosses was a challenge. Nothing could hit her, and if they did it did zero damage. A little more challenge to Awakening would have made it last longer.

The storyline in Awakening is very interesting. A church is actually controlled by demons, and they are sacrificing to Belial. They act like any church you know with the exceptions to their teachings. The angel comes to your character to free his mind, and open his eyes. I won't spoil anymore of the story or how it turns out. I hope you want to spend an hour with this game yourself. I hope to see sequels, especially if they are much longer.
- Paul


Graphics: 76%
Sound: 87%
Replay/Extras: 70%
Gameplay: 77%
Family Friendly Factor: 85%
System: Personal Computer
Publisher: Exodus Studios
Rating: 'NR' for Not Rated

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