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Arcanum: of Steamworks & Magick Obscura - PC
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- Automatic character management features let you delve into the quest at hand for action-oriented players.
- Explore a huge game environment, with dozens of cities, dungeons, and towns to find.
- Meet more than 300 unique characters and 280 different monster types across the land of Arcanum.
- Multiple paths to victory abound in the scores of quests surrounding the main storyline.
- Accurate day/night cycles affect the gameplay, from combat to thieving skills.
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If you thought Diablo was a great RPG, well, don't bother with Arcanum. The only thing they have in common is that you have a character that grows over time. Diablo was a linear hack-and-slash adventure with clearly defined characters and simple mechanics. Arcanum has a non-linear path and complex character options. Furthermore, if you try to bash through every situation, you will have your head handed to you, especially at the beginning of the game.
Specific likes: The setting, that of a fantasy realm going through an industrial revolution (with some Steampunk-like technology thrown in), is fantastic. The character creation options are varied and give you a great deal of control. The plot is long and involved. Some of the voice acting is quite good, and the background music is very appropriate, if a little monotonous at times. The system for using technology is a lot of fun. Characters can literally take bits and pieces of things and assemble them into everything from hand grenades to healing salves.
Specific dislikes: The combat system has a few odd points. Grenades and such somehow never harm you or your party, so you can throw them with impunity at folks standing right next to you. Critical hits and misses are ludicrously common, with sometimes drastic results, such as self-inflicted damage, dropped or damaged weapons, scarring or even crippled limbs.Read more ›
I played Baldur's Gate, and found it lacking action and fun.
I played Diablo II, but became bored with constant hack-n-slash.
I played Arcanum, and fell in love with its combination of action, storytelling, and sheer freedom.
This game has an original and engrossing story, complete with great dialogue and written items the main character finds. There is unrivalled variety when creating and advancing your character. The game does a great job at balancing the effectiveness of magic and technology. The game gives the player a surprising amount of control in how the main character develops. Will the protagonist become a great hero (or despicable thief)? A crusader against technology (or magic)? A hero loved by the people (or villains)? The protagonist can be some of these things, or none of them, but not all. One thing I love about this game is how, if you choose sides, there will be consequences to your choosing. Do you take the side of the wizard being disrupted by the local steam engine, or an engineer, trying to keep his machines (and self) safe with saboteurs lurking about? Or will you avoid the situation? This game offers even more freedom than Fallout/Fallout 2 did.
There are decently long load times, which can be frustrating if you're a person who does not like to be kept waiting. Also, during gameplay, the game paused for a few seconds if my character was casting a spell that had complex grapics. This is nothing that will keep me from playing the game, though.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Buy this game, download the patch, and enjoy, my friend!
Let's start with the good things:
Your character is endlessly customizable. This is immediately evident from the point system, which has few restrictions. About the only thing you can't do is have magic and technology at once, but otherwise you have a free hand. There's also a lot of trait and race-specific things to explore in the game, which makes it fun to play again.
The story and quests are very well done. There's a TON of things to do, and you will actually have fun doing most of it. A lot of the quests are challenging, but none are impossible, especially if you're patient with them. You should find that you get at least double the experience from quests than you do from fighting, which goes to show just how many there are.
The setting is cool. Who wouldn't want to see a place where magic and guns exist together? It's definitely a unique world. I actually liked the graphics, and I think that anyone who complains about them should (a) play Fallout, and (b) start focusing on the gameplay instead. This isn't Baldur's Gate. It's not supposed to look gorgeous.
It plays like Fallout, for the most part. You really can't go wrong with a game that tries to emulate that one. In fact, the only places where it DOES go wrong are where it deviates from that tried-and-true formula. I wish the designers had stuck to the program.
And now for the bad stuff:
Load times are way too long. They're way longer than Baldur's Gate 2, which I find odd considering the simple 2-d graphics.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wanted to play this game when it came out, now I think it is too outdated for me.Published 2 months ago by Jacob A
No fault of St Vincent De Paul had a problem my operating system does not work
with 16 bit windows operating system with Windows 7 64 bit.
Too much lag to play on my windows 8.1. Even after trying to fix it using various recommendations from tech savvy gamers online. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Benjamin R E Blevins
Loved the game when it first came out. Sadly it freezes and crashes a lot on my new computer can't seem to find any updates or patches or hot fixes for Windows 8.1 pro or regularPublished 11 months ago by Dave
Ive owned and played the game before and loved it. So I was verry disapointed when I couldnt play the game on my new computer and there was no availible suport system to let me... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer