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November 22nd, 2017, 19:49
PC Gamer looks back at Dark Messiah of Might and Magic:

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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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.
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November 22nd, 2017, 19:55
Loved it - but I clearly remember it being way too short.
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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.
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November 22nd, 2017, 20:53
Very nice game! Excellent fun. MUST BUY
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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.
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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!
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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.
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Lots of fun but way too short and absolutely no balance.
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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)
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I agree with the rest. Excellent game! I would love to see an Arx Fatalis 2 with the combat mechanics of Dark Messiah
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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.
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November 25th, 2017, 17:07
I have heard good things about this game, and will have to try it sometime.
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