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IGN: Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled Review

From screenshots, video or just hearing bits of its soundtrack, you'd think that Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled is some kind of port. A game that you somehow missed in the SNES era, perhaps, that is getting new life here on Nintendo's DS. But, said to say, that's just not the case. This is no classic of yesteryear, no matter how hard it's trying to masquerade as one. And it's a game that certainly will not go on to be well remembered itself, 10 or 15 years from now. Black Sigil is a valiant effort, but amidst all of its presentation problems and tedious gameplay the only positive point that will really live on with be its noble vision and good intentions -- it tried to be Chrono Trigger, but fell well short. So you should probably just forget about it, and go play the real Chrono Trigger one more time instead.

Presentation - 4.0
Graphics - 6.0
Sound - 6.5
Gameplay - 5.0
Lasting Appeal - 6.0
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