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Heretic Kingdoms: the Inquisition - PC

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Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / XP
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews) 71 / 100

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  • Play through over 50 quests with multiple outcomes, as you work out your own moral code -- be an altruistic heroine, a selfish & thirsty killer, or just a woman doing her job
  • Battle more than 30 monsters, each with their own habitat -- plus whenever you clear a dungeon
  • More than 100 Attunements for maximum choice of expression - empower your character by choosing the path of warrior or sorceror
  • Dialogue Engine reflects the changing nature of the world, based on the player's actions

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  • ASIN: B0007KQ6EW
  • Item Weight: 8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 1, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,474 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition unleashes a terrifying force in this fantasy world. After the Theocrat fell, the Inquisition took hold and began wiping out the religious. But a shadowy cult seeks to resurrect a dead god, and you are teh Inquisitor charged with beating them. Will the temptation to seize power be too hard to resist?

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time of any serious RPG fan April 30, 2005
Tired of seeing the same game mechanics trotted out over and over again? This might be the action RPG you're looking for. With many innovations, and a dynamite story this is a great game for fans of the RPG genre.

If, however, you need your graphics to be cutting edge; if you wouldn't play an old game on an emulator because you can't give up your million poly budgets or you generally only play the "hit" games - this game is definitely not for you.

I like to believe there are lots of RPG fans out there who would play another Ultima or Baldur's Gate or Diablo or whatever even if it didn't have greatly revised graphics - provided the game was fun to play and/or the story kept you interested. I'm not saying this is a bad looking game - seriously, compare the screenshots to the games I mentioned above and you can be in no doubt this is the best looking isometric RPG ever made. Trouble is, of course, most people aren't making isometric games any more, so to many people it will look dated.

If its gameplay you're looking for, I reckon Heretic Kingdoms has it in spades. It *does* take a while before you really appreciate it - as you have to unlock about a dozen or more (of the more than a hundred attunements) before you really appreciate the system. In this respect, it's a slow burner and the demo really doesn't do it justice.

I mentioned innovations. How many people, like me, are tired of most RPG games coming down to how well you can stockpile healing potions, or spotting that you need to use a healing potion... I'm certainly bored of this. HK does away with this old chestnut of a mechanic and instead gives you healing items that you can use infinitely. However, they don't heal you perfectly... For that, you need to make it back to town and rest up.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a wonderful game August 3, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   

Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition (known as «Kult: Heretic Kingdoms» outside North America) is a hidden gem among RPG games and is one of the few RPG games that surpasses the standard set by the Diablo series and does so with flying colors.

The Warrioress and Gameplay Mechanics

You play Alita, a female warrior for a movement called "The Inquisition." She is no ordinary woman; she is in fact is a descendant of the God Emperor, Arkor. For the sake of not spoiling any surprises, I will not go into detail on how her ancestry factors into the story (more than what it says on the box). You can customize her appearance (there is even a nude skin of Alita in the game's texture folder, if you are into that), her starting skills and even change her name when starting the game. Although Alita is the only character you can choose, the game makes up for this in its innovative form of character development (the Attunement system)

The Gameplay is both innovative and a refreshing change from the RPG norm. In place of the usual character class system is a system of magical augmentations called attunements, which also replace the usual spell and mana system. These attunements are earned by using a given weapon or piece of equipment in battle long enough and give her additional abilities. Attunements can only be activated or deactivated when Alita sleeps and not all of them can be used at once, although the more she levels up, the more attunements she can have active at any given time (some attunements -- called focuses -- only work if you use a certain piece of equipment).

One of Heretic Kingdom's most innovative systems is the healing system; instead of stockpiling healing potions, you have a healing object that can be used indefinitely.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good So Far June 11, 2005
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game after having been extremely disappointed with Dungeon Lords. What a highly refreshing experience this game is! It actually works, you can customize your character, and you don't have to spend hours traipsing from village to village without an automap or even a teleport spell. Woohoo!

The graphics don't suck, there is actual music in the background, and the voice effects actually work.

If you're tired of crappy games and are looking for a fantasy RPG that actually does work as advertised, pick this up. Okay, it does seem to be a bit more hack n' slash rather than role-play, but so far it is interesting. And no game-stopping bugs yet, either. Although I updated it right after I installed it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun (for a while at least) January 13, 2006
By Lubo
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I played this game a few months ago, so I don't recall every single detail about it. However, it is one of the few games that I've actually finished - it was interesting enough and the gameplay was good enough to allow you to progress without getting "stuck" anywhere. Technically, it is stable. I remember, towards the end, mostly going through the motions, just to finish, but nevertheless for the majority of the time it is a very fun game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome November 30, 2008
By Laura
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ok, so the graphics are dated, but not distractingly so. They are serviceable enough. So many new games I've played with fantastic graphics fall hopelessly short. Examples are the Witcher and Assassin's Creed, all of which had breath taking graphics but non-existant plot and feed-it-to-you actions. This game is great! Creative world, where there is a "physical" world and a "dreamworld". The character is limited creatively but the game makes up for that by choosing magic, items and extras. The game play itself is easy. The music is simple and not annoying or cheesy. The dialogue is text rather than spoken which I am coming to prefer. It skips horrible voice acting and lets me skip through as fast as I can read. Many other games seem to jump or freeze when I try to rush through boring or bad spoken dialogue. You are told where to go and what to do, but there are enough choices in the game that I'm not left with the same old point and click joke game play. Overall, a fun game. Glad I bought it. I will warn everyone that I could not get it to install and run on Vista. That is the reason for the four stars. I want to get myself down to one computer, not two. I tried everything - compatibility mode, patches, and any suggestion I could find online (which were were very few of). It seemed many Vista owners could not get this game to install or run properly. So be warned, it may not work on Vista. I'm glad I haven't gotten rid of my old system just yet so I can get some play time in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun "retro" adventure.
Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition is one of many games that I - along with most gamers and reviewers - overlooked when it was released. Read more
Published on May 22, 2011 by R. McAtee
3.0 out of 5 stars could have been better, seems "shortened"
This is not actually a bad game - with high system requirements the graphics are okay and the game is relatively stable. Read more
Published on February 2, 2008 by bandazar
4.0 out of 5 stars good rpg
This game is under rated, fun and addictive.
You are a female warrior; you can pick your magic from 4 categories fire, water, earth or air. Read more
Published on September 5, 2007 by 4moon
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, poor execution
The concept behind this game is a novel one: you are a government enforcer for a state that has abolished religion a la Soviet Russia (had it existed in an alternate fantasy... Read more
Published on September 3, 2007 by Marked Wayne
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game, but didn't last long enough
I loved this game, I'm a huge fan of Diablo II and the Expansion Pack for it. This game brought back wonderful memories, similar to Diablo but a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT and NEW game. Read more
Published on November 10, 2006 by Arryss Burke
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh!
The idea behind this game is great. That, however, was the only thing about the game that I liked. Early battles take a lot out of you and resting when you need to is not an... Read more
Published on May 25, 2006 by E. L. Sapp
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game flawed by major bugs.
This is an excellent game, very similar to Diablo 2. However, this game has a more serious tone and is not as versatile as Diablo 2. Read more
Published on May 18, 2006 by Game Tester
3.0 out of 5 stars not an open-ended role-playing game for one simple fact.
no gender option. You are female. Yes, you can shift from one class to the other by your actions, but it doesn't compare to Morrowind or Oblivion, yes the redering of stats and... Read more
Published on April 15, 2006 by Black Cat de La Bear
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite Dreadful
This game was quite dreadful, as RPGs go. First of all they couldn't even put enough effort into it to make the graphics even half that of the original Diablo. Read more
Published on May 3, 2005 by Jared Mcclure
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