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Basic fantasy adventure fun (some spoilers)
on 15 April 2017
It's quite a barebones story. You have your evil guy who's evil just because. You have your good guys who you know are good because they're fighting the bad guy. The one character that has implied depth is the wolf-helm hunter guy, but it doesn't really go anywhere. I was actually expecting it to be revealed that he was the villain's father since who exactly that is was left out of the intro, if I remember correctly. It's incredibly formulaic and by the numbers, yet you get the feeling this is intentional. The title says it all really, two opposing elements. That's all it's trying to convey.
There are some interesting detours into little scenes that add depth or intrigue to the world, like the short part with the witch in the cottage and her ogre-ish manservant who it turns out she is somewhat emotionally attached to. There's an implication that the fire king, effectively the leader of the last humans in this world, is willing to sacrifice his son to get his daughter back. When his son dies, he really just shrugs. A heirarchy within the "dogs of Nekron" is implied, and they seem to have their own animalistic language. Just little touches that bring some much needed depth or detail to the story.
Perhaps the most interesting thing is the setting. On one hand, it's extremely simple (fire land, ice land, like an old 16-bit platformer) but there's an interesting atmosphere brought on by the fact this is really a post-apocalyptic setting more than a fantasy one (I know they're not mutually exclusive, but this really is 95% post-apocalyptic, 5% fantasy). The enemies seem more like mutated humans than orcs or goblins. Nekron is inducing an ice age across the world and there's just one holdout for humanity left. The natural low-techness of the fantasy setting feels equally at home in an post-apocalyptic world.
In summary, this is sometimes bland, never particularly amazing, yet enjoyable and atmospheric all the same.