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Throne of Darkness - PC

by Vivendi Universal
Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / 95
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • A power-hungry warlord named Zanshin has unleashed a demon
  • Control a group of seven mighty samurai who have pledged to destroy this demon, and save Yamato from darkness
  • Search perilous wastelands for wepons, armor, artifacts and magic
  • Struggle through 10 lands full of bone-crunching battle
  • Haunting graphics steeped in Japanese legends and lore -- you'll marvel at the beautiful historical details combined with the amazing monsters & creatures out of Japanese mythology

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  • ASIN: B00004YKW3
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 26, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,101 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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In Throne Of Darkness you must quest to defeat a powerful demon who is destroying the mythical land of Yamato! Intense 8-man multiplayer games will test your battle skills to their limits!

In the ancient land of Yamato, an aging and power-hungry warlord, in his desire to live forever, has unleashed an unspeakable horror--the demon Raien and his horde of monsters and undead warriors. The land is soaked with the blood of your people, and the seven samurai in your party are Yamato's only hope. Use magic, weaponry, and wits to destroy Raien before his darkness becomes complete.

Throne of Darkness introduces a control interface that allows for the simultaneous command of up to four characters through a series of tactical "plays," or formations. Each play is designed to combine the unique strengths of the samurai--such as the ranged attacks of the archer and the two-sword technique of the berserker--into a distinct tactical advantage. Play calling allows for a high level of control and coordination between the player and computer-controlled samurai.

In multiplayer mode, up to 35 simultaneous players vie for the mantle of Dark Warlord in a king-of-the-hill-style competition. Through competition and cooperation, four clans of seven samurai challenge the Dark Warlord, his seven lieutenants, and his countless minions, all of which can be controlled by a human player. Once the Dark Warlord is defeated, the conquering team becomes the new warlord.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By K. Lee
Diablo II fans will love Throne of Darkness. The designer of Diablo moved onto work on ToD in San Francisco based Click in order to move some of his ideas along, I suppose.
The game plays very similar to Diablo II, but makes the game more customizable and gives the user more power to take different paths. My biggest problem with Diablo II was that players basically were forced along in their quests, and that there simply was a "best character." However, ToD will not have this problem since there will be four out of seven characters playing. This creates *infinite* possibilities.
An important note: the demo is quite fun, but does NO JUSTICE to the real game! There are many things missing in the demo that make it seem like a weaker game than it is.
In terms of graphics, ToD represents the samurai age quite well, considering the game is a fantasy game. The style is very fitting and look right. There could be some more detail in characters, but I'm not complaining :)
Listening to the game was pleasuresome to my ears. The music is generally good, and the fighting and speech sounds are also strong.
The tactics system really comes through, though it is a little bit annoying when your wizard runs out of ki (MP) and runs up trying to kill that massive elder kappa (a turtle?). However, death is by no means permanent, and really isn't that big of a deal, unless everyone dies. :)
The magic system doesn't really look that special, but I haven't really gotten far enough to tell for sure. My wizard has been weak, but he's definitely getting stronger with each level. I expect him to be a powerhouse pretty soon!
As for an item system, this is where ToD shines. There is so much customizability that its ridiculous.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This game is damn cool... September 12, 2001
By Steve
Okay, not only did they get me by the japanese setting alone, but once I got my Beta test CD in the mail and installed this game i was instantly blown away by the beautiful artwork that was put into this game... I still can't get over how pretty it is...
Anyway, eye candy aside, the game plays pretty quickly and most battles are just a bloody mess... It took me a little while to get used to switching through all my Samurai during a battle to make sure they all cast the right defensive or offensive spells, and then it's a clicking i go!!!
I love the death animations in this game... definitely lots of blood...
The thing that really got me though, is once I had enough money I could take all of these monster parts and gems and such that I had been collecting, and totally customize all my weapons and armor!!! I can't believe how hardcore some of these things can be!!! Can you make a weapon in diablo that inflicts 4 kinds of elemental damage while draining health and mana from your enemies as well as boosting your character stats?!?!! And that's stuff I made before I was even 10th level!!!!
Tons of monsters, more spells than I could ever use, plus the spell effects and sounds are great!
I'm so stoked I'm helping out to make this a better game, but I tell you now this game's gonna rock!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nihon no Diablo November 4, 2001
This game merges two of my favorite things on the world: ancient Japan and Computer RPG. Now that I've played it, I'm forced to wonder why it took so long. With a market saturated with sword and sorcery type RPG's, one set in ancient Japan seems like a pleasant alternative. The similarities are obvious enough. Ninja and Samurai are cool enough to stand on their own along with the Japanese derivatives of all those fantasy staples.
One reviewer noted that the demo version doesn't do this game any justice. I totally agree with that statement. It was that review which prompted me to give Throne of Darkness a try. It's unfortunate, but the demo doesn't even scratch the surface, and whether the makers realize it or not, demos influence people to buy games. It's almost better to have no demo than a poor or insufficient one.
Complaints: First, the interface suffers from a lot of the things that Diablo and Diablo 2 suffered from in my opinion. Supposedly the key creators of this game created the original Diablo, and you can tell. For the most part, combat can be reduced to a furious, cluttered click-fest devoid of any real tactics during battle. This is one of the reasons why I never learned to love the Diablo games. Compared to the Baldur's Gate series and all the Black Isle games, Diablo lacked any real RPG depth. "Click-click-click", Level up, "click-click-click", boring. If it weren't for a few saving graces, Throne of Darkness would suffer the same fate, but the devil is in the details, something the creators went to great lengths to improve upon.
Second, I like creating my own characters from scratch, and you aren't afforded that opportunity with ToD. With 7 samurai (an obvious number) to choose from, it's easy to forgive this slight.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multiplayer Mayhem January 2, 2002
If you enjoyed Diablo and Diablo II, then you're bound to love Throne of Darkness, an action/RPG with a backdrop in Japanese mythos. In the single-player game you control a party of up to 4 characters of different classes and rotate up to 7 different characters in and out of the party as you complete a series of linear quests. Controlling the four different characters can be challenging, but it's made easier by an interface that enables customization of the characters' behaviors in combat.
Throne of Darkness shows marked similarities to the Diablo series (no wonder, since the designer also created the original Diablo), but the progression in the game is more quest based, and the action is often more hectic. One of the things I've noticed about the game is that, unlike Diablo, you don't spend a lot of your time hacking up easy opponents for profit and experience. The enemies you fight are all formidable. Sure, you can usually get past the low-level monsters with little difficulty, but unlike Diablo, you face a very real threat every time you enter combat.
The gameplay is also challenging because you have to balance your party's experience acquisition. You have to give each member of the whole party some time in the action; otherwise, they do not level up and remain too weak to help out with the bosses and quest completion. The biggest challenge, I've found, is keeping characters alive and out of the Daimyo, where characters are sent to recover when they've died in combat. Active characters gain experience and progress in levels; others fall behind.
The game boasts a hectic and exciting multiplayer component. You can play with up to 8 other people cooperating in the same house or competing against each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Published 18 days ago by Denise Townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This aint used, this is brand spanking NEW MAN.. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
Published 6 months ago by Thayeng Vang
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game
The trick to play it in XP is very easy, however I had friends that were confused so here you go. Note you can not backupcopy the play disk it will not run properly if at all. Read more
Published 9 months ago by jak
1.0 out of 5 stars Over a week to receive
Not happy that it says 1 to 2 days when buying. Then changes to 3 to 5. Now it's saying it will be over a week before getting the game. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dustin
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun old Diablo II-esqe game with a Japanese twist.
MY friend says he doesn't like the fact that you can control up to four of your seven man party at a time, but you basically just set up parameters while the computer takes care of... Read more
Published on June 13, 2012 by Wax On
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed.
I bought this for my boyfriend and he never got to play it. The disk wasn't playable when it arrived.
Published on December 2, 2011 by Jackie C.
1.0 out of 5 stars Miserable, destructive copy protection
I love this game. The samurai horror movie milieu is exotic and lots of fun; the character control is fabulous; the story line is interesting; and game play is not monotonous. Read more
Published on October 25, 2009 by Mick McAllister
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Just another Diablo clone with a twist, you get a whole bunch of characters. You can teleport them in and out of your dojo to the battlefield so they can heal or fight. Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by eric
4.0 out of 5 stars ToD works with Cedega
Not being a Windows user, I'm particularly interested in games that work with Cedega, a Linux program that runs Windows games. Not all games work, but this one works great! Read more
Published on September 3, 2005 by E. Strobel
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but very little replayability.
I highly enjoyed this game, but found that little changed if you choose a different Dimayo to play after finishing the first game. Read more
Published on October 26, 2004 by Kindle Customer
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