If there’s one thing long-time PC gamers can reap the benefit, it’s the sheer number of old-school games that have made their way onto Steam and GOG.com. Such is the case with Silver, a somewhat obscure action roleplaying game from 1999 that was overshadowed by juggernauts such as Baldur’s Gate and Diablo II. Classics never die…they just get ported to modern operating systems and updated to support higher-resolution displays.
But if you missed Silver the first time around (or maybe weren’t born yet), you now have a second chance to discover this European take on manga-style Japanese RPGs – it’s now available on PC via Steam from THQ Nordic. (Make that a third chance – Silver has been out on GOG.com for a few years.)
Silver isn’t the hero of the game, though – he’s the bad guy. A corrupt and sinister sorcerer, he rules the land of Jarrah with the proverbial iron fist. As part of a pact with the almighty god Apocalypse (not to be confused with the X-Men mutant), Silver and his minions have been abducting women in your village. Playing as the young knight, David, whose wife is among the captured, you need to recruit a party of allies, master your swordplay, and learn the art of magic in order to survive and become a hero.
Silver is unique in how it handles swordplay. Unlike other action RPGs in which you mash a button in order to slash an enemy, Silver allows you to directly control David’s sword arm with your mouse. Sweep the mouse to the left and he slashes to the left, sweep the mouse forward and he lunges…you get the idea. Magical effects, throwing knives, arrows, and even catapults are also controlled using this intuitive mouse system.
The character models are definitely retro, but the backgrounds hold up surprisingly well. To check out Silver on Steam, go here.