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  Arx Fatalis
Words From The Comapany:
Arx Fatalis is a first-person RPG which plunges the player into an amazingly complex fantasy world. Arx Fatalis combines an intelligent story with impressive medieval surroundings. The user-friendly interface allows the highest interactivity possible. Arx Fatalis creates a state of intense immersion that allows the player to feel that all his actions have a direct consequence in the Arx game world.

The goal of the game is to destroy the secret cult of Akbaa, the god of devastation and chaos, thereby preventing his return to the physical world. Should the player fail, the demon is bound to impose his reign of terror upon Arx. The player assumes the role of the potential hero, fights inside an underground fortress using wooden clubs, swords and magical items to defend himself against creatures including goblins, trolls, rat-men and other vicious opponents. However, brute force is not always the best way to succeed: The player has at his disposal the innovative new "onscreen gesture based magic system" to assist him in his progress through the game. Using the mouse, burning runes can be drawn in mid-air. A series of these gestures combine to create powerful magic spells that will protect the player or empower him to defeat his enemies and pursue his quest.

System Requirements:
500 MHz, Pentium ® III or compatible
Microsoft Windows. 98/ME/2000/XP
DirectX 8 or higher
DirectX 8 compatible sound- and graphics card with 16 MB
750 MB fixed disks

The Review:

As a lover of role playing adventure, this game gave me quite a challenge. Although the story takes place underground, I was pleasantly surprised by the brightness of the surroundings. Too many games of late I have found to be so dark that I was forced to increase the gamma of my monitor to compensate the darkness of the graphics.
The combination of controls between the mouse and the keyboard worked very well and I had no problems moving around and looking where I wanted to look. Once I had mastered the right and left mouse clicking, I was off to the races.

I have been more used to playing Diablo or Cultures type of games where the characters that you control you can see from overhead but in this case as a first person, the 3D graphics almost made my head dizzy because I was able to move around that fast. I also enjoyed the realistic sounds that you would hear like water drops falling in a cave.

I am not finished playing this game yet and even with my cheat walkthrough, I am having challenges that I need to conquer. This is an indication of the value of this game to a gamer. I would certainly recommend this one to one and all who wish to have a great challenge and enjoy a good adventure game.

Review ID Number: 67
  Product Details
Review Date: 2003-04-21
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 9 out of 10
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