Sword of Vermillion review - Sega Megadrive
What the Mean Machines staff thought
Sword of Vermillion is easily the best RPG released on the Megadrive; its graphics are excellent, and the playability is of a high standard. I especially like the way that every character in the game can be talked to: this adds a great deal of interaction. The hint book helps to let players get into the game quickly, but I can't see why it has to give ALL the answers; surely the player should have to discover some things for himself. The main problem is, of course, the massive price tag. It's hard to recommend a game that costs half a ton, when there are so many other good Megadrive games. Still, I have to say this is an excellent product!
I don't like RPG's much; there's far too much brainwork involved for my liking - give me something to blow up any day. However, I can see that Sword of Vermillion is a stunning example of how good a game of this sort can be. Excellent menu control systems, superb graphics, truly stunning sound and massive depth of gameplay make this a game that'll keep you occupied for months (unless you use the hint book, which gives away far too many clues and lets you complete the game rather too easily). The only problem is the massive price tag - Sword of Vermillion certainly has tons of lasting appeal, but £50.00 is a hell of a lot to splash out in one go. Take a good look before breaking your piggy bank.
Mark Radon - 10 Dec 2008, 21:58 GMT
This was my first ever RPG game and i was hooked from start to finish! I don't remember where i bought this game, just that it was second hand as it included a really useful guide to enemies and levels (handily the same size as regular Mega Drive instruction manuals) and it obviously helped a noob like me finish the game.
I can't believe how expensive it must have been for people buying it new yet i still believe it was worth every penny - smashing game!
Dan - 24 Feb 2009, 16:52 GMT
I'm into my RPGs, not the micro management crap like Baldurs Gate 2 but defo your Final Fantasies and Countdown to Doomsdays, this didn't do owt for me tho. It had a very stale/flimsy feel to it and was like RPG by the numbers.
ben - 02 Nov 2011, 19:37 GMT
sword of vermillion is UTTERLY AMAZING. best RPG on the megadrive, hands down. ok, so you have to do a hell of a lot of grinding but if you do, the long, long journeys out to remote caves aren't quite as daunting as they can be. it keeps you on the edge of your seat as the opportunity to save are few and far between really.