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"Really good game - Note - you need to download the 2 patches"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This is a lovely looking game with fun combat and good RPG mechanics. You'll need to download 2 patches to get it running properly, but well worth it.

"Why aren't there more games like this?"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

A really neat, fun, enjoyable game. I love role playing games set in this kind of setting, and although this isn't an RPG I'm still enjoying it. It's basically a first person shooter, with some RPG elements, set in a medieval/sword and sorcery type of world, which I'm a real sucker for. I'm also a sucker for really hot girls who flatter my ego.

The only problem is the performance. It's the Half Life 2 engine, but don't expect it to run as well as HL 2. That game runs flawlessly on my machine but this runs a bit sluggishly most of the time, and crawls in one or two areas. I don't know how fast a machine you have to have to get it to run well but mine was fairly grunty when the game came out.

The performance detracts from my enjoyment a little bit but it's still a worthwhile game to play. And if you happen to love sexy demon girls like I do you'll love it.

"Half way there"
3 stars"

Built on the half life two engine but not half as good, this game was a big disappointment. HL2 ran perfectly on my machine but playing this meant a buggy experience; the most annoying example being that the scripted voice acting of the Cortana rip-off ‘lady in my head’ kept blurting out garbage at random, when the whole thing was not simply falling apart.

At times the graphics were lush – the orcs look very good and move smoothly, and the cliffside dwellings are one of the best RPG environments I’ve ever seen.

The skill development system is rubbish; it adds nothing but a kind of pretend RPG element which detracts in a linear game. I developed a character with a mix of skills just to see what the spells and weapons look like (you cant even heft a weapon if you don’t have the strength ‘skill’) and found that pretty soon I was too weak to kill anything much. And do you think I wanted to go right back to the start and make different skill choices in a linear game once I'd done all that boring switch finding and seen the set pieces?

The introduction of some clever physics-driven tricks like kicking enemies into spikes was pretty ho-hum at times, especially given your enemies had the not-recommended habit of standing next to the spikes (or under the massive rickety wooden platform straining to hold up lots of very heavy things). None of which leaves you feeling like you've interacted with the environment in a satisfying way. The rope bow was the pick of these sorts of physics-based ideas and was fun to play around with for a short while.

Description

Discover a new breed of action game powered by an enhanced version of Valve’s Half Life 2 Source engine.

Set in the Might & Magic® universe, players will experience ferocious combat in a dark and immersive fantasy environment. Become an expert warrior, mage or assassin, using a vast array of devastating weapons, against huge and vicious creatures in a deep and captivating fantasy.

Key Features:

  • Cutting-edge technology: Experience an enhanced version of the famous Source engine, including new jaw-dropping environments and incredible special effects.
  • Discover the fresh perspective of a view with complete body awareness, realistic movements and physics rendering, making it the first fantasy action game featuring a complete first-person combat system.
  • Never-ending action: Challenge the forces of evil in 12 huge levels and learn to master over 30 weapons and a variety of devastating spells. Engage the enemy in intense melee combat with swords, bows, staffs and daggers, summon magic powers against the legions of darkness or sneak in the shadows to stalk nefarious creatures. It’s heart-pounding action where success in combat will dictate destiny.
  • Evolve your character: Extend your gameplay experience without being limited to a single discipline. Learn powerful new spells and attacks using Dark Messiah’s unique Skill Evolution System as you progress through the game.
  • The Might & Magic universe’s darkest and most engaging side: Eighteen years after the events of Heroes V, you become the young hero Sareth, trained in the art of magic and war in order to fight the prophecy of the Dark Messiah. But the revelations of your past may alter your course and reveal a path to the truth. Explore a secluded region of Ashan populated with fearless orcs, savage goblins, dreadful undead, elusive trolls, massive dragons and many other creatures that defy nature’s creation in both size and cunning.
  • A revolutionary multiplayer mode: Get ready to battle with up to 32 players in the revolutionary Crusade mode, which will allow you to gain experience and new equipment across dynamic online campaigns. Enlist with the humans or the undead and choose among five complementary character classes. Wage epic online battles, sprawling over multiple zones, from the dark Necromancer’s lair at Nar-Heresh to the man-made splendor of Stonehelm.

System Requirements:

MINIMUM
2.2 GHz CPU
512 MB RAM
128 MB video card
6+GB HDD Space

RECOMMENDED:
3 GHz CPU
1 GB RAM
256mb dx9 video card
6+GB HDD Space
Re-released on
May 23rd, 2008
Developer
Media Format
PC CD-ROM
Publisher
UPC
008888683155
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
Product ID
1515596

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