Dark Messiah of Might and Magic (PC)
Manufacturer: Ubisoft Entertainment Part number: 26811
- In the Dark Messiah Might and Magic for PC players will experience ferocious combat in a dark and immersive fantasy environment. Become an expert warrior, mage, or assassin. Use a vast array of devastating weapons against huge, vicious creatures in a deep and captivating fantasy.
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Gamespot editors' review
Dark Messiah attempts to merge semi RPG with FPS-style game play and creates a new type of game.
by DiscPete on December 17, 2006
Pros: Graphics, interactive environment, puzzles, storyline, characters, combat system, skill tree, multiplayer modes.
Cons: Large download if using Steam, some minor bugs in the game.
Summary: You may think that games like Oblivion and Battlefield 2 (and games of it's ilk) have nothing in common, and until now that may have been true. Let me ...
Summary: You may think that games like Oblivion and Battlefield 2 (and games of it's ilk) have nothing in common, and until now that may have been true. Let me introduce you to Dark Messiah - part of the Might and Magic series.
The game is in First Person perspective; it's not really a first person shooter, more of a first person melee or combat game. It's set in a fantasy world, where their advertising blurb tells you don't play as a warrior, or a wizard or an assassin - play as them all! As you follow the exploits of Sareth in the single player storyline you will learn new skills and get new items/weapons which will enable you to become proficient in a specific area or jack-of-all-trades. It's a skill 'tree' if you like, where if you choose one particular branch, you may be weaker on another.
This type of feature should give the single player game a good amount of re-playability because you may pick up a really nice weapon along your travels but won’t be able to use it as you didn’t have enough points in that particular branch of your skill tree. People will also play the game several times just to complete it in a different style, such as all-out melee combat the first time around, then maybe replay as an assassin type player and sneak everywhere and kill with your daggers from the shadows.
Although the game and it’s (beautiful looking) environments aren’t really open ended and explorable in the same way as say, Oblivion, it’s does have a lot of flexibility in the way you can complete the game and it’s objectives along the way. In that respect it is as open and flexible as any game, especially as there are a lot of hidden places which will require a certain amount of searching to find them.
The storyline itself gives you the role playing aspect, and what holds this up apart from other similar games is that it uses Valve's Source engine. For those of you who have played Half-life 2 will know how good that is – in fact it's even better because it's an 'enhanced' version to boot. What this means is that the whole 'world' you play in will be very interactive, pick up barrels and throw them at enemies, move boxes around to get at hidden items and so on.
The online multiplayer aspect for up to 32 players is where it becomes more like an FPS game similar to BF2. There are 5 classes to choose from: Warrior which is your basic soldier, fastest on the field and most powerful when it comes to dealing direct damage as well as taking it; Priestess can be considered the medic of the group with her healing and protective skills; Assassin with his ability to cloak (looks like the Predator!) and stealth attributes can be considered your covert ops specialist; Ranger can also use stealth and ranged attacks (sniper maybe?); and the wizard has been compared to artillery with area of effect attacks etc.
Apart from deathmatch and team deathmatch, DM introduces the Crusader mode, where you start off in the middle map of five and depending on whether you win or lose, you will go either forwards or backwards onto the next map until you hopefully reach the enemies stronghold and conquer it to win. Another aspect of game play that is similar to BF2 is the use of various spawn points and the map on which to select them as well as change you class.
During the campaigns you will earn new skills and become more powerful with better weapons etc, and these will be saved over all the maps until the campaign has finished, when it will be reset - sort of an xp save type of thing. Should you switch to another class mid-battle, you will start that class from scratch but will keep any skills learnt on subsequent changes. Skills that can be gained vary depending on the class but include things like better stealth, zoom attack when using a bow, shield blocking and so on.
So, if you fancy a bit of swordplay (and be honest, which of you guys didn't have a sword and shield when they were kids!?) in an FPS setting, then this may be right up your street.
Half-Life 2 mees Might and Magic
by arturchix83 on November 16, 2006
Pros: Combat system, soundtrack, graphics, very detailed dungeons and general atmosphere
Cons: The game might be unstable, might need some patching, dungeons are a bit straightforward
Summary: Dark Messiah is an extremely fun action game. If you have played before any of the Might and Magic games, be prepared that this game is not a RPG though ...
Summary: Dark Messiah is an extremely fun action game. If you have played before any of the Might and Magic games, be prepared that this game is not a RPG though it has several RPG elements like skills and inventory. The game uses Source engine – the same that made Half-Life 2 one of the best games of all times (so far) and the game feels somewhat similar to Half-Life 2, not Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion, how many have compared it. I’ve read lots of Dark Messiah reviews written by professional gaming journalists, and IMO part of them treat the game very wrongly since this is not a RPG but pure action game. And Dark Messiah delivers pure action!
What I love most in the game is the combat which is the best I’ve seen in any game so far. Player can kill the enemies in dozen ways including swordfighting, backstabbing with daggers, burning with direct damage spells, kick on spikes, freeze them and disintegrate into pieces, with Telekinesis spell grab them and send to the Moon, etc. It was funny to read some reviews where some of the reviewers called the Dark Messiah combat repetitive. Now if something is repetitive, then shooting with the same guns all the game! In Dark Messiah during one game I was heavily using sword, bow and several direct damage spells at the same time, which makes the game so much fun. And there are enemies on whom certain attack works the best – for example, swordfighting against any melee enemies, archery against zombies.
The storyline of Dark Messiah is rather simple – if you have watched the last amazing trailer, you already pretty much know what will happen there. There are several unexpected turns of events though that you might find very suprising – for an action game it fits perfectly and once again I disagree with several reviewers who say that the storyline is dull. If someone is dull, then those reviewers!
The graphics are really nice, as you could expect it from a game that uses Source engine. I was playing the game on medium settings and yet I was amazed by the beauty of dungeons (though a bit straightforward) and the detail the developers have put into them. The character models are well designed as well though it made me smile that one of the main characters Leanna wears a miniskirt, has big breasts and sounds so totally naïve girl! Meanwhile Xana is a real succub character, you’ll love her dialogues.
Voice acting in the game is simply superb, I really can’t add anything to it – it really feels that the voices were recorded by professional actors, like in Half-Life 2. The game soundtrack is amazing as well though I wish they’d use some themes a bit more – the same combat soundtrack in the end of the game really started to feel a little repetitive but that’s a minor thing.
While I was experiencing no tech problems with the game, I know some gamers have so I’d strongly advise to install any patches up-to-date before trying the game, though I had absolutely no need for one. The game demo gives a good example what the game is about, even if it shows so little. Dark Messiah is one of the best games I’ve played so far.
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