1. Post #1
    l00n_NooN's Avatar
    August 2007
    12 Posts
    Well mates i just got that game and i think it's awesome! (But the box is more awesome than the game :D ).Tell your opinion about it.I think it rocks!

    Explanation about the game taken from IGN site for the guys who wan't too see what is all about:

    Mixing Source engine physics with a first-person action-RPG formula seems like a great idea. With Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, you get to punt around all sorts of undead, orcish, and other fantastical foes into fires, off cliffs, and into spikes creating a definite "wow" factor associated with exploring the various ways to dispatch your enemies. While the single player mode can be entertaining, it starts to drag as it goes on. Thankfully there's an enjoyable multiplayer mode to keep things interesting, even if there are some class balancing issues. Regardless of which mode you're playing there seem to be significant technical problems that hold this game back from being as entertaining as it may initially promise.

    The single player places you in the shoes of Sareth, disciple of a mage named Phenrig with an uncertain past. After an initial training sequence you're tasked with finding a magical artifact, the Skull of Shadows. You soon meet up with Leanna, a female love interest who you'll run some missions with. Another more flirtatious female character is joined to your thoughts, and frequently chirps up to either hit on you, make fun of Leanna, or offer advice for what to do next. Though the plot manages to get interesting near the middle, the beginning and end are narrative bores. There are a few endings, but they're unsatisfactory as best. You're playing this game for its action, not its storytelling.




    In terms of action, Dark Messiah offers plenty along with a role-playing statistic boosting system in the game. By completing objectives you receive skill points that can be spend on upgrading melee attacks, learning new magical spells, or upgrading your stealth abilities. Shields, armor, swords, staves, daggers, and bows can be picked up as you move through the mostly linear 12-15 hour campaign. Upgrading melee gives you new attacks like a charge or jump, though the first person perspective makes these difficult to connect with them at times. Eventually you start getting magical items like fire bows and poison daggers which deal out additional damage. Since there aren't any vendors in the game, it's only worth holding on to the items you're actually going to use.

    To slaughter enemies more effectively, you'll want to use the game's "physics" fighting abilities. These include a kick, the ability to topple some environmental structures onto foes, and knocking enemies into fires. Spiked grates populate every single level of the game and will instantly kill an enemy that gets kicked into them. Knocking an enemy into water will also auto-kill as will kicking them into a fire and booting them from a ledge. Should you choose to learn the Telekinesis spell, you can toss barrels, boxes, and bodies into enemies. When you pick items up with either your hands or the spell, they can be set aflame by holding them over one of the game's many fires. Running around with an ignited item will instantly kill anyone you run into.




    While it's impressive to see enemies flipping off cliffs, floating in water, staggering realistically after a kick, and watching environments crumble and topple in a believable fashion, it renders some of the melee and ranged combat irrelevant. Since most of the game's single player arenas are set up with various spikes and fires for you to take advantage of, kicking enemies to their death will serve as a common method of execution as long as your stamina bar lasts. Once you get a little way through the game the gameplay starts to drag. Even if using the melee and magical abilities, the fights start to get repetitive after halfway through. The game still offers some interesting battle scenarios and it's definitely fun for a while, it just doesn't last.

    Though there are a number of different ways to attack your foes, the fighting just doesn't feel as natural as it could have been. Some options for counter attacks would have been welcome, or some kind of combo system with the power strikes. As for the stealth gameplay, you can shoot bows from shadows and remain unnoticed (assuming you hit the target) or sneak up for a backstab kill. Sneaking turns out to be pretty difficult, far more so than sitting back and piercing an enemy's face with an arrow. With a game so heavily focused on combat, it seems like there should have been a few more advanced options for sneaking as well. For instance, what about cutting an enemy's Achilles' tendon? Afterwards the enemy could yell for help, drawing more foes ripe for stealth attacks to the area. As it is the enemies do alert others nearby if they're attacked and will occasionally run away if they think they're outmatched, but it seems like there was potential for many more levels of combat nuance.

  2. Post #2
    weed 420 - hi mom - games r 4 nerds - i own - $WAG - *tips fedora* - do u lift?
    Elexar's Avatar
    October 2007
    12,383 Posts
    Could you explain more about the game?
    I'm quite interested.

  3. Post #3
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    junker154's Avatar
    May 2006
    5,721 Posts
    It's okay I played the demo a lot, it was awesome but then I got the game and it was kinda boring, just the first few levels were nice.

  4. Post #4
    Murr purr and stuff!
    Nintendo-Guy's Avatar
    November 2007
    36,449 Posts
    Could you explain more about the game?
    I'm quite interested.
    You've never played this?!







    You're missing something
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  5. Post #5
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    doommarine23's Avatar
    December 2005
    8,258 Posts
    Was an great game.

    There was cut-out stuff too.

    (Ridable horses, helmets to use)

    I might try to mod some back in!
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  6. Post #6
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    tarkata14's Avatar
    March 2008
    2,627 Posts
    It's got really great aspects, such as a very cinematic camera, great story, and awesome combat.

    I really like the game, though I wish it was a bit free roam.

  7. Post #7
    Murr purr and stuff!
    Nintendo-Guy's Avatar
    November 2007
    36,449 Posts
    And less bugs and glitches

  8. Post #8
    Fire_cube's Avatar
    August 2005
    44 Posts
    SP is fantastic

    MP is a joke

    And the lack of support from the company is also laughable

    Imagine this beast on OB engine.
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  9. Post #9
    l00n_NooN's Avatar
    August 2007
    12 Posts
    SP is fantastic

    MP is a joke

    And the lack of support from the company is also laughable

    Imagine this beast on OB engine.
    Multy Player was huge disaster for sure!
    If it wasn't Single Player i would never buy it.

  10. Post #10
    Selek's Avatar
    July 2007
    1,019 Posts
    You wouldn't want to miss the game with the gayest protagonist' mentor ever.
    Phenric. Hah.
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  11. Post #11
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    Yotrig's Avatar
    August 2006
    1,507 Posts
    Great game, but I hated Xana and Leanna. Xana and Leanna are always doing one of three things.

    1) Stating the obvious.
    2) Making some stupid sexual remark.
    3) Being annoying bitches.

    Really, three is included in one and two, but I figured three sounds better than two. I would've enjoyed the game a lot more not hearing Xana saying something incredibly stupid every three fucking minutes.

    Also - the developers promised an SDK. We never got one. Real shame.
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  12. Post #12
    Fire_cube's Avatar
    August 2005
    44 Posts
    Great game, but I hated Xana and Leanna. Xana and Leanna are always doing one of three things.

    1) Stating the obvious.
    2) Making some stupid sexual remark.
    3) Being annoying bitches.

    Really, three is included in one and two, but I figured three sounds better than two. I would've enjoyed the game a lot more not hearing Xana saying something incredibly stupid every three fucking minutes.

    Also - the developers promised an SDK. We never got one. Real shame.
    Agreed.

    We totally need a Leanna VS Jessica VS Alyx VS Zoey thread

    /nerd

    Oh shit, I just realized I haven't tried sinep1 yet.
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  13. Post #13
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    sami-pso's Avatar
    June 2006
    4,759 Posts
    I didn't like this game much. Melee combat seems silly.
    You're making he enemy trip all the time or else they won't die.

    You don't ever need a sword. Just get a staff en use the endless combo while kicking them in the water making them somehow die.
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  14. Post #14
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    acds's Avatar
    October 2008
    14,978 Posts
    One of the best games I've ever played, but it's one of those games you either love or hate.

  15. Post #15
    Poltergeist's Avatar
    August 2008
    171 Posts
    Got it on my hard drive. Looking forward to it.

  16. Post #16
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    edja007's Avatar
    September 2006
    2,404 Posts
    I didn't like this game much. Melee combat seems silly.
    You're making he enemy trip all the time or else they won't die.

    You don't ever need a sword. Just get a staff en use the endless combo while kicking them in the water making them somehow die.
    You are doing it wrong.
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  17. Post #17
    Fire_cube's Avatar
    August 2005
    44 Posts
    There are all sorts of exploits and stuff, like jumping and attacking insta-charges your melee.

    There's nothing more satisfying than beating the living shit out of something that way, especially with the axe in the temple.

  18. Post #18
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    yuki's Avatar
    December 2006
    4,209 Posts
    Great game. I wish Garry would let us access the GCF, the models are amazing.

  19. Post #19
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    acds's Avatar
    October 2008
    14,978 Posts
    There are all sorts of exploits and stuff, like jumping and attacking insta-charges your melee.

    There's nothing more satisfying than beating the living shit out of something that way, especially with the axe in the temple.
    Yeah, nothing is better than kicking a ghoul down a pit and see him break his spine against a rock sticking out, or jumping from a high spot and cutting the head of a orc in one blow...

    What this game needs is more "equal" bosses, for example a Dread Knight (it was in Heroes of might and magic 3, there are many enemies from the Heroes series that would be great to see in DM) would have been great as a boss, similar to you in strenght and agility, it would have been a epic battle (ofcourse, he would have needed LOTS of health so it could last 10 minutes or more).

  20. Post #20
    Fleshmonger's Avatar
    April 2006
    35 Posts
    I loved this game! too bad it's not freeroam. Running around in the might and magic universe killing stuff and comlpeting quests with this engine would be great.
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  21. Post #21
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    edja007's Avatar
    September 2006
    2,404 Posts
    I loved this game! too bad it's not freeroam. Running around in the might and magic universe killing stuff and comlpeting quests with this engine would be great.
    If only devs would support this game and release fucking SP SDK

  22. Post #22
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    Sibilantjoe's Avatar
    May 2007
    1,818 Posts
    Some of the best full-body awareness I've ever seen. Great game.
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  23. Post #23
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    acds's Avatar
    October 2008
    14,978 Posts
    I loved this game! too bad it's not freeroam. Running around in the might and magic universe killing stuff and comlpeting quests with this engine would be great.
    Yeah, there is so much to use from the Heroes series, so many enemies, factions and locations...

  24. Post #24

    February 2008
    1,303 Posts
    This game is buggy as hell.

  25. Post #25
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    acds's Avatar
    October 2008
    14,978 Posts
    This game is buggy as hell.
    Not if you download the patches, unless it's because of the hardware, it just doesn't work well with a lot of configurations (even if they are well above the recomended requirements), and there is very little to do about it sadly.

  26. Post #26
    wow ok
    Teh Zip File's Avatar
    December 2007
    16,449 Posts
    I finally let the download for this finish last night from the offer a while back, I'm only a bit into the second chapter but it's fun. If this game had free roam and improvements here and there it would be one of the greatest games ever.

    It doesn't feel like its on the Source engine either, usually Source games do.

  27. Post #27
    Doctor Mamba's Avatar
    May 2008
    91 Posts
    Yeah, this really was a fun game. Voice acting was absolutely horrible, but gameplay was a lot of fun. The melee system was fresh, original, and sassy as hell. I liked it.

  28. Post #28
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    Zeos's Avatar
    June 2006
    11,461 Posts
    I liked this game a lot, but there were two horrible chapters, the epilogue before the final boss and the crypt.
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  29. Post #29
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    Dr.C's Avatar
    April 2006
    7,744 Posts
    This game is fun, I just wish enemies were more skilled in combat

  30. Post #30
    CP doesn't necessarily have to have a victim, it's just that 99.9% of the time it does. The thing with pedos is that they've been demonized to be horrible no matter what, and I don't think that's the case.
    Cheesemonkey's Avatar
    April 2006
    16,101 Posts
    It's a terrible game, but it's fun.

    Shit AI, shit story, shit voice acting.

    But it's also crazy awesome.

  31. Post #31

    February 2008
    1,303 Posts
    Not if you download the patches, unless it's because of the hardware, it just doesn't work well with a lot of configurations (even if they are well above the recomended requirements), and there is very little to do about it sadly.
    On 64 bit systems this game is absolutely awful.

    You come to the end of a level and you're sent back to the desktop or something. I gave up on it.

  32. Post #32
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    waxrock's Avatar
    October 2006
    3,193 Posts
    On 64 bit systems this game is absolutely awful.

    You come to the end of a level and you're sent back to the desktop or something. I gave up on it.
    You say that as if it affects all computers with 64-bit OS's.


    Anyways, this game was alright. I definitely wouldn't buy it, so I was and am glad that I got it for free during that one... thing.

  33. Post #33
    Geneva's Avatar
    December 2008
    859 Posts
    On 64 bit systems this game is absolutely awful.

    You come to the end of a level and you're sent back to the desktop or something. I gave up on it.
    I have Vista 64-bit and it never crashed on me before.

  34. Post #34
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    Hell Strike's Avatar
    December 2005
    2,692 Posts
    I bought it a looooong time ago, and I still play it every now and then.

    I hate the spiders. :( whenever I play, I tell myself i won't cheat but as soon as i see one of those spiders, BAM godmode.
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  35. Post #35
    Gimmmik's Avatar
    August 2008
    831 Posts
    I like the old Might and Magic games better.

  36. Post #36
    ssa gib A's Avatar
    February 2009
    3,696 Posts
    I liked Oblivion and Mount & Blade better.

  37. Post #37
    Geneva's Avatar
    December 2008
    859 Posts
    I liked Oblivion and Mount & Blade better.
    Oblivion: DM has a superior combat system compared to Oblivion. *Shing shing you're dead lawl.*
    Mount & Blade: It's not even a FPS/RPG.
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  38. Post #38
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    waxrock's Avatar
    October 2006
    3,193 Posts
    Oblivion: DM has a superior combat system compared to Oblivion. *Shing shing you're dead lawl.*
    Same thing could be said about DM.

    Lets not forget the random sexual comments every 5 minutes about every damn thing. Jesus Christ.

  39. Post #39
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    acds's Avatar
    October 2008
    14,978 Posts
    Same thing could be said about DM.

    Lets not forget the random sexual comments every 5 minutes about every damn thing. Jesus Christ.
    It's a    succubus    what did you expect? At least they followed the lore and didn't restrain stuff.

  40. Post #40
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    SilverHammer's Avatar
    April 2006
    4,604 Posts
    I would have been able to finish this game if it weren't for it always crashing at that city of necromancers or whatever