Beowulf is one of the oldest stories in history, full of epic battles and mythic creatures. So, it should obviously make a great third-person action game right? Unfortunately Beowulf the Game
doesn't really do all that well as far as a fun and fulfilling experience.
The basic premise is there; Beowulf has become a legendary fighter, partly because of a power bestowed onto him by a mysterious woman. This power is known as Carnal Fury and is essentially a berserker mode where Beowulf is invulnerable, but it takes life away in order to charge it up and use it. The other result to using this ability is that you can hurt your Thanes (basically your troops) while in this mode. Usually, only your enemies can be hurt by your attacks, but when Carnal Fury is activated, anyone can feel the might of your blade. As an added note, if you end up killing all your Thanes, you failed at your mission and the game is over. Of course, just because you can damage your friends doesn't make this all that difficult, that is, except for the fact that your vision becomes blurred and red-tinted, so you can't really tell if you are attacking one of your opponents or a Thane.
Most of the time, you will trudge your way through fairly linear levels taking out swarms of enemy barbarians or monkey men, but occasionally you will end up facing off against a boss (like Grendel or his mother), and the game then becomes a action-sequence attack that seems to be a bit more forgivable than other games' implementation of this. I found that if I hit the wrong button, I could immediately switch to the right one and still have it considered a success.
I found the game to be really enjoyable, at first at least. By the time you beat Grendel (the third or fourth level), you've seen pretty much everything the game has to offer, at least everything good. After that, the game gets really repetitive and you will end up performing the same actions over and over again, but at least Beowulf itself is short, providing little more than a Saturday afternoon's amount of gameplay.