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HiddenX November 22nd, 2017 19:49

Dark Messiah - Still brilliant
 
PC Gamer looks back at Dark Messiah of Might and Magic:

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Dark Messiah of Might and Magic is still a brilliant murder sim

The boot is as mighty as the sword in Arkane's splendid combat game.

Dark Messiah of Might and Magic feels like it comes from Arkaneís adolescence. Dishonored and Prey are the more mature output of the same creative mind. Here is a fantasy action game with not a whole lot to say but an infectious enthusiasm for freewheeling violence. Intricate physics, AI and combat systems converge to create a world that is spectacularly lethal for everybody, except you. As adventuring wizardís apprentice Sareth, you kick men and orcs with bone-shattering force into spike traps and off rope bridges. You combine directional movement and mouse swings to lop limbs with your sword just so. You emit fireballs from your palm and watch as enemies, stumbling over the flaming corpses of their comrades, catch fire too and flail and fall.

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Embolus November 22nd, 2017 19:49

Dark Messiah is brilliant - I've beaten it many times. Lots of hidden things to find BUT the combat is the showpiece here. Only play it on the hardest mode, battles are real intense. Scrounging for whatever is near to smash over your enemies face, kicking another into a trap and sword-fighting the third.. great stuff.

NewDArt November 22nd, 2017 19:55

Loved it - but I clearly remember it being way too short.

JDR13 November 22nd, 2017 20:11

I wouldn't call it brilliant, but it was fun. I remember it being very impressive from a visual standpoint at release. It was also a real beast to try to run at max settings.

mercy November 22nd, 2017 20:53

Very nice game! Excellent fun. MUST BUY

Carnifex November 22nd, 2017 21:12

Great game, yeah it is a little short, but it is a fun, glorious ride. As a bonus, it totally lacks in wasted filler-junk.

txa1265 November 22nd, 2017 23:17

I found it pretty seriously lacking in depth and real M&M focus … but it was so much fun to blast stuff and kick things around!

sakichop November 22nd, 2017 23:25

Strangely I was never able to finish it. I always enjoy it while playing but at some point stop feeling like starting it up.

you November 23rd, 2017 04:06

Lots of fun but way too short and absolutely no balance.

wolfsrain November 23rd, 2017 14:01

Not a bad game, but not a M&M game either. But again…Ubi never understood the M&M universe, where alien blasters would mix with swords and magic.

Arkane was lucky enough to escape the fate of the many studios that were contracted by Ubi to work on the M&M (bankrupcy). Lucky enough to develop an interesting IP (that will go down the drain fast, now that they are owned by Bethesda).

I still want a proper M&M RPG, but as long Ubi owns the franchise, i doubt that we will see something decent anytime soon. Dark Messiah was a decent game, Heroes V was acceptable, M&M X: Legacy okayish, Heroes VI and VII were just horrendous, mostly because the technical problems and Ubi abandoning the support for them quite fast, leaving them in a bad state.

At least Dark Messiah came out in a pretty decent shape, with only 1 or 2 patches released later. Arkane was always decent on the tech side (well, the exception was Arx Fatalis, but they came a long way since then)

Odrid November 23rd, 2017 14:27

I agree with the rest. Excellent game! I would love to see an Arx Fatalis 2 with the combat mechanics of Dark Messiah :)

Reiga November 23rd, 2017 15:04

I love this game, played it a dozen times and I always enjoy it, just because it is fun without complications. And yes, too short.

Dilvish November 25th, 2017 17:07

I have heard good things about this game, and will have to try it sometime.


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