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December 4th, 2008, 20:32
Another day, another game added to the Good Old Games catalogue; today it's Arx Fatalis, the 2002 first person action rpg from Arkane Studios(Dark Messiah of Might & Magic). Here's a description of the game from wikipedia:
The design of Arx Fatalis was heavily influenced by games from the now-defunct Looking Glass Studios, especially Ultima Underworld. Arkane Studios have stated that Arx Fatalis was intended to be Ultima Underworld III, however they could not obtain a license for the UW name…
…One of the innovations in Arx Fatalis is the spellcasting system. Using the mouse and the Ctrl key, runes are drawn in mid-air with mouse gestures, which must be correctly drawn, in order to successfully cast a spell. The player can find or buy different runes as gameplay progresses, combinations of which unlock new spells.
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December 4th, 2008, 20:32
This is great news! Just went and bought it.
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December 4th, 2008, 21:16
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This is great news! Just went and bought it.
I tried to buy it, but somehow my visa credit card was not accepted… usually works like a charm. Too bad really.

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December 4th, 2008, 22:46
The game may be Old, but I still think it's not Good. I'm really thankful they couldn't do any harm to the Underworld franchise.
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December 4th, 2008, 23:00
I wish they'd get the original UW titles on GOG. I tried playing them recently and had trouble. Granted, I've had them for years and never got very far into either of them.

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December 4th, 2008, 23:04
If anyone here buys it and plays it, let me know how it turns out for you. I have the original boxed version, and the textures are completely missing from many objects in the game. This problem seemed to first arise with DirectX 9. I have been unable to locate a patch to fix it. I'd like to know if GOG's version avoids this issue.
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December 4th, 2008, 23:29
This is a link to the patch. If you buy the game you will need the patch to play it on pc. So far this is the only place I have seen the patch.

Bart and Corwin should just admit that when it gets down to it, I will have the final say.
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December 5th, 2008, 00:00
Great game, very underrated imo. I still have my original boxed copy, wish I had time for a replay.
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December 5th, 2008, 00:24
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Great game, very underrated imo. I still have my original boxed copy, wish I had time for a replay.
my thoughts exactly
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December 5th, 2008, 01:18
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This is a link to the patch. If you buy the game you will need the patch to play it on pc. So far this is the only place I have seen the patch.
The GOG version is laready patched to the latest version.
From the site:
This game has been patched to the latest official version: 1.19

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December 5th, 2008, 06:30
Love/hate relationship w/ Arx. On one paw, i really liked the atmospere and gameplay a lot. On the other, it was one of those games that I had to have a walkthru lifeline the entire time I was playing. I dont like doing that
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December 5th, 2008, 08:07
Never heard of a 1.19 patch. Remember they made a 1.18 years after the game was released. Maybe a typo?
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December 5th, 2008, 11:02
Originally Posted by Hindukönig View Post
The game may be Old, but I still think it's not Good. I'm really thankful they couldn't do any harm to the Underworld franchise.
I beg to disagree. IMO, it is an excellent game and a worthy successor to UUW 1 & 2. I loved every minute of it and (to me) it felt very much like playing an "updated" UUW.

Necrosis, if you patch the game (as instructed above), you should get rid of the missing textures bug. At least I did (I had the same problem when I played AF on my new rig).

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December 5th, 2008, 12:46
It seems like 1.19 is a GOG made patch. This is the change log:

Arx Fatalis English v1.19
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- Fixed resolution management on cinemascope bar.
- New flare's occlusion system and optimization on Flare's management.
- Fixed the "done" button on charactersheet which was not working on some resolutions.
- Fixed the text size on the credits.
- Interface isn't scaled.
- Add version string in the menu.
- Drawtext optimization.
- Fixed light rendering on cinematic.
- New resolution enable.
- New timer system for a better interpolation on animation/camera/movement. (see notes for AMD).
- Fixed flare on lights.
- Remove zbuffer lock/unlock (fps win 14%).
- Fixed bug on raycast.
- Collision enhanced.
- Add flare management on cinemascope.
- Add FSAA and AA on font.

Notes:
- If you have some framerate issue on AMD, please intall the fix available on this web address:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/895980/en-us
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December 5th, 2008, 15:56
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I wish they'd get the original UW titles on GOG. I tried playing them recently and had trouble. Granted, I've had them for years and never got very far into either of them.
Go and vote on GOG's wishlist… unfortunately UUW and UUW2 don't have all too many votes yet

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December 5th, 2008, 16:53
Didn't know they had that! Just did it. Dungeon Siege too (for the Ultima remakes)

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December 5th, 2008, 21:49
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Didn't know they had that! Just did it. Dungeon Siege too (for the Ultima remakes)
Yup. It's kinda nice, I guess. Not sure if it will be easy to get the licenses for certain games, but it's a good thing if they see that getting a particular license would pay out. Right now System Shock 2 has the most votes. A lot of people having trouble getting it to run on XP and Vista I guess.

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December 7th, 2008, 00:40
Thanks for the link to the patch, Cm. I will give it a try.
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December 29th, 2008, 20:06
Well, here we are December 29th - and still no standalone 1.19 patch for original owners of Arx Fatalis! This is the first time in gaming history that a patch has been held back from the public in order to sell extra units through a retailer (GOG) that is promoting it as working in XP and VIsta because it has exclusive access to the patch!

It's likeArkane is saying to us original owners 'we don't care - want to play this the way it should? Spend ANOTHER $10 at GOG and you can!' To me it'sbordering on a conspiracy - and more than Arx fans should be very worried about this. This is a PC gaming issue as much as an Arx Fatalis 1.19 patch issue!
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December 29th, 2008, 20:36
From what I gathered patch 1.19 was done by GOG team, so your accusations are untrue UK_John.
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