Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows

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Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows
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Developer(s) Midway Games
Publisher(s) Midway Games
Composer(s) Inon Zur Jason Graves
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360
Release date(s)
  • NA December 12, 2005
  • EU March 24, 2006
  • AUS March 30, 2006
Xbox Originals
May 19, 2008
Genre(s) Hack and slash, beat-'em-up
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer

Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows is the follow-up to Gauntlet Legends and Gauntlet Dark Legacy. Industry veterans John Romero and Josh Sawyer initially spearheaded Midway's San Diego studio, intent on reviving the Gauntlet action role-playing game (RPG) franchise. Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows fuses fantasy fighting action with the strategic RPG collecting and customization elements for solo play, co-op and an online community.

Plot[edit]

Centuries ago, four immortal heroes were gathered together to serve the emperor. He trusted their advice, but sought their immortality, and so his six great advisors used this against him, and tricked him into crucifying the heroes on a great tree at the bottom of the world. Afterwards the emperor regretted this act, and yet committed six other sorrows before he was killed by his trusted advisors. However, before his death he undid his first great sorrow and released his loyal heroes from the tree. Mysteriously set free, the heroes now must set out to destroy the emperor's twisted advisors, transformed into monstrous creatures by stealing the heroes immortality, and set right the emperor's six other sorrows. If the ancient heroes cannot undo the emperor's deeds on their own, his mad plans may tear apart the world. The heroes set out to destroy the emperor, but there are some complications and all their powers are taken away, from their, it is up to the player to gain the powers back and destroy the emperor.

Gameplay[edit]

In this game you can play as the four original heroes, the wizard, the elf, the warrior, and the Valkyrie, each wielding many combos and special attacks that can be purchased at the end of each world removing the dull look of a single attack and adding a nice level detail.

Unlike the previous Gauntlet game, "Gauntlet Dark Legacy", there are only 4 characters, with no unlockable hidden characters and no character appearance customization available. There is also no longer a central hub world where players can upgrade their characters and choose which world to enter next. Upgrading is instead done at the end of each world, and cannot be accessed from the menu, nor is there a shop where items can be purchased.

Development[edit]

Romero and Sawyer both left Midway Games before the completion of this title. The two characters, Lancer and Tragedian, created by Romero and Sawyer have been removed from the game.

Reception[edit]

Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows was met with mixed reviews, generally negative.

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings PS2: 62% (40 reviews)[19]
Xbox: 65% (36 reviews)[20]
Metacritic PS2: 59 out of 100 (38 reviews)[21]
Xbox: 61 out of 100 (36 reviews)[22]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com C+[1]
AllGame 2/5 stars[2]
Computer and Video Games PS2: 6 out of 10[3]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 6.3 out of 10[4]
Eurogamer PS2: 5 out of 10[5]
Game Informer 6.25 out of 10[8]
GamePro PS2: 3.5/5 stars[6]
Game Revolution D+[7]
GameSpot 5.2 out of 10[9]
GameSpy 3.5/5 stars[10]
GameTrailers 6.7 out of 10[11]
GameZone Xbox: 7 out of 10[12]
IGN 7 out of 10[13]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) PS2: C+[14]
Official Xbox Magazine UK Xbox: 7 out of 10[15]
TeamXbox Xbox: 8 out of 10[16]
X-Play PS2: 2/5 stars[17]
The A.V. Club C[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows Review". 1UP.com. December 14, 2005. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows - Overview". Allgame. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  3. ^ PSW Staff (2006-02-17). "PS2 Review: Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows". Computer and Video Games (PlayStation World). Archived from the original on 6 February 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows Review (EGM)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. January 9, 2006. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Kumar, Mathew (2006-02-09). "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows Review (PS2)". Eurogamer. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows Review (PS2)". GamePro. December 14, 2005. Archived from the original on 9 January 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Reilly, Mike (2005-12-23). "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows review for the PS2". Game Revolution. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Mason, Lisa (February 2006). "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows". Game Informer. Archived from the original on 2007-08-18. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  9. ^ Kasavin, Greg (2005-12-12). "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows Review for PlayStation 2". GameSpot. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  10. ^ Leeper, Justin (2005-12-19). "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows Video Game, GT Video Review". GameTrailers. January 18, 2006. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  12. ^ Romano, Natalie (2006-01-03). "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows - XB - Review". GameZone. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  13. ^ Miller, Jonathan (2005-12-14). "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows - PlayStation 2 Review". IGN. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows Review (OPM)". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. February 6, 2006. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  15. ^ "Xbox Review: Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows Review". Official Xbox Magazine UK. 24 March 2006. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  16. ^ Nardozzi, Dale (2005-12-12). "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows Review (Xbox)". TeamXbox. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  17. ^ Marriott, Scott Alan (2006-01-31). "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows (PS2 review)". X-Play. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  18. ^ Phipps, Keith (2006-01-11). "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  20. ^ "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows for Xbox". GameRankings. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  21. ^ "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows (ps2) reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  22. ^ "Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows (xbx) reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 

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