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Could Have Been Great,
This review is from: The Lost Crown: A Ghost-Hunting Adventure (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
A very well thought out nicely designed game with lovely spooky moments in it to the point where you're not sure if you want to enter certain rooms etc. The gadgets you're given are a nice touch to play with, the plot is intreguing and the black-and-white style of the game adds atmosphere.
However - and here's the real problem - the voice acting of Nigel Danvers (the character you play) is terrible! Sometimes the voice-actor is good, let's give him credit, but most of the time he adds pauses to sentences that make what should have been a serious statement a farse. It's like he went to the William Shatner school of acting or something. This really spoils the game to the point where statments made by Nigel are sheer comedy (for instance the "I'll let you get on with your, um *pause* gardening then." finishing off a conversation. These moments are so ridiculous that they completely destroys the mood of the game!
I would say that the voice-acting for Nigel does get better over all throughout the game, but when coupled with other poor voice-acting (Hardacre in particular, for instance) it, for me, totally ruined what could have been a great game.
I would still have given the game 4 stars, however, if that had been the only problem, unfortunately there's more. Vague tasks, obscure puzzles and lack of direction often leave you wondering aimlessly until you happen on the event you were supposed to find. Nigel walks very slowly and the game forces you to walk far and often (there's no quick-travel) which although is fine when you're exploring to begin with, rapidly gets annoying.
The ending could have been more satisfying too, being rather too simple and leaving a lot unexplained (which I think may have been the point, but still feels incomplete).
Overall, it is a good game, it had some very nice touches too and some truely creepy moments but is let down SO MUCH by the voice-acting.