Enclave

Good
  • Option to be good or evil with dual campaigns to play through
  • Unique character choices that are unlocked as you progress and can be selected per mission
Bad
  • Some of the difficulty that you face feels cheap and will quickly lead to frustration
  • Backtracking in levels slows down your progress unnecessarily
7.5

Enclave is an action orientated game set within a fantasy realm where players fight on behalf of good or evil with separate missions based on their choice of alliance. Originally launched in 2002 for Xbox and Windows the game was subsequently released on the Wii, Mac and Linux platform a decade later.

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Enclave is set 1,000 years after the high wizard Zale erected a dome of protection around the town of Celenheim to protect it from the dominating armies of the evil demon Vatar. With the hope to give the inhabitants an opportunity to survive and in time develop without the constant threat of raids by the evil demon lord. The dreams of the wizard Zale proved to be almost too successful with the passage of time resulting in the citizens of Celenheim having forgotten about the evil beyond the rift. With Enclave exploring the present day where the magical power that Celenheim has enjoyed now fading the settlement is once again under threat. With their medieval era of progression blended with the fantasy settings it’s the sword, bow and magic that will be your battleground.

Players join this world as a freshly released prisoner and must make the decision to fight the demonic Vatar or instead kill the current queen of Celenheim and all hope of victory for the side of good. It’s this initial decision that will impact your campaign journey to come as you step out into the hack and slash third person adventure of Enclave. With this design Enclave encourages players to experience both campaigns back to back for the full amount of content and game lore contained within the dual adventure.

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Split into a mission structure you’ll choose from over two dozen total classes that are unlocked as you progress. with both light and dark having a comparable class on the other side. This includes the light fighters of knight, huntress, druid, halfling, engineer, wizard, earth golem and battle droid while the dark fighters are the berserker, assassin, sorceress, goblin, bombardier, lich, stone gnome and fetica.

Choosing the best character for the job allows players to also tailor the difficulty level to their preference with some characters being more adept at specific missions. Each of these characters brings their own unique visual designs but most importantly strengths and weaknesses in combat which is further layered with equipment limitations. Like the characters these pieces of equipment are found throughout the levels that give you a steady second element of game progression with the various weapon archetypes.

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With the dual campaign setup pairing with the multiple characters Enclave offers a wealth of replay options and challenge. It’s dark atmosphere and the various moral dilemmas through the journey also ensure that the world of Enclave is not quickly forgotten.

Summary:

  • Choose to fight for good or evil with separate campaigns and classes to command.
  • Pick from a dozen unlockable characters to take into each mission and alter the experience in each.
  • Build on your character choice with a selection of weapons and equipment acquired from each mission.
  • Dark atmosphere and moral dilemmas as players enter a world that has not known evil for over a thousand years.
  • Available for Windows, Xbox, Wii, Mac and Linux.

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Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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