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Pathologic [Download]

by Strategy First
Windows Vista / XP
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • First-Person Role-Playing Game With A Non-Linear Plot.
  • 3 Heroes Who Act Independently Of Each Other.
  • 3 Unique Campaigns With Multiple Endings.
  • The Town Constantly Changes And Reacts To Your Behavior.

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  • ASIN: B0030EFVDE
  • Release Date: January 27, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,298 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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    Pathologic is a unique example of a dramatic game, which directly affects the player's state of mind.

    ...In the depths of the Ancient Steppe appeared a weird town. Once a small drover settlement scattered around the monstrous Abattoir, it unexpectedly developed into a mysterious, isolated establishment with an odd social structure. This odd society has managed to survive for several generations. It could have continued to aspire, were it not for a sudden outbreak of some enigmatic, lethal and inescapable disease, which begins to mercilessly slaughter the denizens inhabiting the area. Even science has proven helpless in finding a cure, or at least providing some explanation.

    ...Three outsiders arrive in the contaminated town. The first was a highly-educated Bachelor with a ruthless manner of investigation, assigned by the provincial authorities. The second one is a far-sighted Ripper with a reputation of an ingenious surgeon, in search of his father's terrible heritage. The last character is an eccentric girl, possessing mystic healing abilities, that could become the town's heavenly salvation were it not for the constant fear in her dejected eyes and fresh memory of the horrors of her recent past... Each of them must survive in this hell and play a vital role in the fate of the doomed town...

    One of them could be you. The show is about to begin.

    The atmosphere of the game reproduces the tense feeling of constant danger, maddening awareness of the enemy's invincibility. You'll witness dreadful images of city agony, incessant death of the infected world and dramatic tragedies of the doomed people

    • A bizarre combination of first-person game, role-playing features, non-linear plot and real time flow
    • The town has a life of its own, it constantly changes and adequately reacts to the player's behavior and random circumstances
    • Original enemy concept - omnipresent, omniscient, invisible infection
    • 3 unique campaigns, several endings; 3 heroes act independently: when one is chosen, the two rejected heroes act on their own, plotting against the player
    • A large variety of individual survival and resource-hunting strategies under the resource hunger conditions
    System Requirements
     Minimum Specifications:
    OS:Windows XP / Windows Vista
    Processor:Pentium III 1000 MHz
    RAM:256 MB
    Hard Drive:2 GB
    Video Card:DirectX compatible 128 MB graphics card; nVidia GeForce 2 / ATI Radeon 7500
    Additional Info:Unknown
    Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:Unknown
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Three outsiders have arrived in a contaminated town. Each of them must survive in this hell and play a vital role in the fate of the doomed town. You'll witness dreadful images of city agony, incessant death of the infected world, and dramatic tragedies of the doomed people. Do you have what it takes to save yourself and the town? Pathologic is a unique example of a dramatic game, which directly affects the player's state of mind!

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. May 21, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is an extraordinary game. The atmosphere is thick and heavy, and the highly reactive world surrounding you only makes the experience more immersive. It isn't an ultra-heavy action game, and should not be grabbed by adrenaline junkies without research first, but rather a psychological thriller. Games like this are all too rare nowadays.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden gem of a game.....A disturbing one that is. February 20, 2011
By Traze
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This is easily the second best game I've ever played.(Best would have to be Ar Tonelico 2:Melody Of Metafalica.)
The atmosphere is creepy and bizarre,and the story is the most original I've ever seen.
There are moral choices,but not like the ones you'd find in Bioshock or any game by Bioware(Guys who made KOTOR and Mass Effect),no these moral choices WILL disturb you.Unlike those games mentioned,there's no "Little Sister" which you can either kill or save,and there's no random pedestrian who you can Force Choke for merely insulting you.No,these are REAL moral choices.
For instance,the second character you can choose,the Haruspex Burakh,has the ability to rip organs out from corpses.If your offended or creeped out by that,then good,your supposed to be.This game was designed to disturb you,and question morality as you attempt to survive the living nightmare that is happening in the city.

As for the gameplay,it feels like an open-world FPS/RPG/Adventure.The "FPS" part is from the fact that there are guns and two knife weapons,however you don't just "get" them aside from the usually pathetic weapon you start with,you have to work for them.Ammo is either expensive,or scarce,and I mean REALLY scarce to the point where you try to make sure each shot is a headshot.

The only thing close to "RPG statistics" however,is your hunger,immunity,health,stamina,and infection rate.
That's right,you have to feed you character,make sure they don't collapse from exhaustion/a lack of sleep,and make sure that if you get infected,the infection doesn't fully run it's course.At one point,I was seriously considering selling the revolver I found earlier so I could buy food.No other game has done that.

You do happen to a LOT of running around and talking to people.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Horror game I've played October 21, 2011
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With this game, judging from the reviews, you either hate it or (I hesitate to use the words "love it"), but it deeply effects you in a way you'll never forget. The ending, the real ending still astounds me. I consider this game absolute genius. The only downsides are (as have been mentioned) the translation, and the fact that it is outdated. And it really is one of those games you play three times, and generally not more (three points of view of the story). Other issues I can see are: It is easy to get lost and find certain locations in town (you'll get used to it quick if you stick with it, plus you have a map which marks most of where you need to know); and there's also the storyline, which some people find confusing. It is a deep story. Most video games can be understood and comprehend at what I consider to be a second grade reading level. They're simple, entertaining, what people generally like. I say this game is for 16+, not really for adult content (There's frightening moments, some blood and gore (though nothing like most any other horror game), a frightening environment, and some suggestive themes), but because the plot is deep, complicated and beautiful (although not pleasant). I wouldn't recommend this game to everyone, but it is one I'm sure glad I played.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pathologic Audio Issues September 9, 2013
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This is for everyone who is giving this game bad reviews because of the "Audio system failed to load" message or whatever it says. I got this message and so I Googled the exact phrase, clicked on the first or second link and had the problem resolved in probably less than three minutes. You need to install OpenAL. There. Done. Not so hard, right?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am obsessed with this game May 16, 2011
By Greg
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Pathologic is a profoundly disturbing and beautiful game. I have played nothing like it and have experienced few books or movies that approach the artistic depth of it's story.

When people ask me to describe Pathologic, I'm always at a loss. There's just so much the game has going for it. Pathologic is a dark, disturbing, intelligent, and layered game. Pathologic starts as the tale of a healer desperately trying to survive a plague and save a town, but slowly becomes much more. The narrative is convoluted, complex, and metaphorical in ways that other modern video games are too afraid to be. You struggle against lying allies, criminals, supernatural forces, and even the town itself in order to save the people you value. Everyone has a motive behind what they do. Everyone is lying to you. All you can do is your best, and frequently that isn't enough.

The plague gains a body count in the thousands, and as time marches on you are force to make hard choices. Pathologic is a game that asks, What would you do to survive? Would you lie? Steal? Kill? Would you kill someone you love? Would kill a child?

I would recommend this game to anyone who loves a great story. However I would not recommended it to the faint of heart, those looking for another Call of Duty style action game, or those with limited time (the game is intended to be played through 3 times. It took me 30 hours to play through once. On my second play through I broke down and started cheating to move faster.)
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1.0 out of 5 stars I would like get some tech support or a refund but I ...
I cannot get it to work. I downloaded it. Every time I try to play it it give me an error message saying the game has to run without sound. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Sam C
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic game
this game is amazing (albiet fairly difficult) anyone and everyone that loves plot heavy games should play it to the end
Published 14 months ago by Hailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique but Flawed
Pathologic is a very unique experience although I cannot say that it is an enjoyable one, at least not in the traditional sense of the word. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Matt Klein
2.0 out of 5 stars game
I really dont know if this game was any good or not , there was no sound at all and i could not get off the top floor.Was very disappointed in the game.
Published on July 18, 2012 by mama smurf
1.0 out of 5 stars This game makes no sense to me.
Graphics are terrible.

Dialog makes no sense. You ask the NPC a questions and the answer they give seems random and nonsensical. Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by M.Lu
2.0 out of 5 stars Really weird, but awkward to play
This game, when it first came out might have been AWESOME. It has atmosphere, it's so weird and I love that so much; on the other hand, the graphics are so outdated! Read more
Published on July 17, 2011 by Ludlum
1.0 out of 5 stars Positive Reviews are Obvious Plants
This game is a disaster, if you can even get it to run in the first place. The art and animation are completely below any sort of practical minimum level of quality for a modern... Read more
Published on May 24, 2011 by Ed Lima
1.0 out of 5 stars MOVE THIS GARBAGE OUT OF E FOR EVERYBODY CATEGORY
THIS IS RIDICULOUS TO HAVE CLASSIFIED AS APPROPRIATE EVERYBODY- KIDS SHOULD NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THIS
Published on April 27, 2010 by Laureen Nelson
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