Discover a new breed of Action-RPG game powered by an enhanced version of the Source™ Engine by Valve. Set in the Might & Magic® universe, players will experience ferocious combat in a dark and immersive fantasy environment. Swords, Stealth, Sorcery. Choose your way to kill.Read full description
Discover a new breed of Action-RPG game powered by an enhanced version of the Source™ Engine by Valve. Set in the Might & Magic® universe, players will experience ferocious combat in a dark and immersive fantasy environment. Swords, Stealth, Sorcery. Choose your way to kill.
Experience an enhanced version of the famous Source™ Engine created by Valve. Discover the fresh perspective of a view with complete body awareness, realistic movements, physics rendering, and a complete first-person melee combat system in a fantasy setting.
Challenge the forces of evil in 12 huge levels and learn to master over 30 weapons and an arsenal of devastating spells.
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.
Revolutionary multiplayer mode:
Get ready to battle with up to 32 players in the revolutionary Crusade mode, which will enable players to gain experience and new skills across dynamic online campaigns. Enlist with the humans or the undead and choose among five complementary character classes.
© 2006 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Dark Messiah, Might and Magic, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. Developed by Arkane Studios.
Few games can manage to be fun in the first perspective, other then the shooters of course. This must be due to the fact, that it's not easy, to control melee combat, if you can't see the whole battlefield, which is realistic sure, but fun? Nah... Dark Messiah is one of the exceptions. At the time it came out, mixed genre games started to become a thing, and this is certainly one the better examples. The rpg elements are straightforward, the controls are easy to use, the graphics were beautiful at the time, and didn't aged that bad, and the battles are hard, but fair. Also, if you really want to kick Orcs, this is your game come true. You can kick them into spikes, off a cliff, into the fire, and so on... The story is nothing to write home about, but it's ok, and it's not bad at all, just nothing special. For an action game it serves it's purpose, and that's that.
Dark Messiah can be described as a more combat heavy and linear Elder Scrolls. One can be excused for thinking its an RPG, with its limited presence of skills and inventory management. In actual fact, Dark Messiah would be better equated with linear modern shooters - just with swords, bows and magic. The story itself comes from the typical 'Dark Fantasy' trope and does possess some twists that will surprise and entertain the player. Its graphics still hold up today (relatively) but its UI can be cumbersome at times. What really makes Dark Messiah stand out is its combat, its equivalent which can only be found in a watered down form in Mount&Blade. Weapon strokes follow your mouse position and the environment can be used to great effect in destroying your enemies. Overall, a great one-of-a-kind fantasy first-person action game which I can advise to anyone who happens to be a fan of any of those things.
You HAVE to play this game if you wanna play the best (yes, probably it's still the best in 2014) CS with blades/staffs/magic in first person ever done! Great atmosphere, great audio, still surprisingly good graphics + good physics and an interesting story with 2 different endings. Unleash you fantasy and kill the enemies in many ways you've never seen before (or copied, after, by some other games)! Still one of the best. Not so long to complete, but with a good re-playability due to the many RPG classes, perks, and weapons to master...
I was glued to the screen until I finished this game. One of the best fist person melee combat systems that I've ever seen. Very precise, responsive and visceral. It blows Elder Scrolls games out the water when it comes to gameplay. The story might be typical generic fantasy gibberish with light RPG elements, but the atmosphere and combat is superb. The age of the game shows, but it's still not ugly and should run well on any system by now.
The concept behind this is quite novel but probably nothing new. It’s a spin off of the famed Heroes of Might & Magic series, but instead of a strategy title, this is more of an action RPG. You take on the role of Sareth, a wizard’s apprentice who is sent on a seemingly harmless errand, but eventually Sareth ends up being involved in a much deeper plot, and is more central to the goings on in the game than he was originally aware of. The game takes place in the first person perspective, and it would seem that this is nothing more than a linear hack and slash affair. But there are RPG elements involved. You can upgrade your character’s abilities, unlock powerful spells, or make him a force to be reckoned with in combat. Weapons, armour and items like rings also add to your abilities and grant you damage bonuses. Melee combat is usually not the best way to go, and it’s a good thing that there are plenty of obstacles like barrels that you can use to throw at your enemies as well as traps that can work in your favour. Battles are therefore very bloody and engaging, challenging the player every time. One can also choose a stealthier approach, or use magic, or even a combination, to raise the odds in their favour. The game uses the source engine which debuted in Half-Life 2. The characters aren’t very pretty and neither is the animation, but the surroundings and textures, especially in deeply atmospheric dark indoor environments, is where the looks of this game shine through. The game is poorly optimised though and lag will be very apparent even on higher end systems. Long loading screens, freezes and crashes will also detract from the overall enjoyment of the game. Overall, this is a highly underrated classic plagued by issues, that if overlooked, will reveal a decent game that will offer you several hours of fun. Unfortunately there isn’t much replayability value once you’ve finished it besides trying out a different skill tree (there is no fixed class system in singleplayer). Your best bet would be to try the multiplayer at this juncture seeing as there are no mods for this game, which is rather disappointing.
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