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- Powerful new weapons and items to discover.
- New monsters giving the player extra challenges.
- New huge location with a completely unique setting.
- New quests to conquer.
- New characters to explore.
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To my knowledge, this pack is the only way to get The River of Time and Phileasson's Secret on a physical disk.
Drakensang is a medieval fantasy German-RPG that focuses on heavy strategic combat. Even on easy, these games are a challenge. They also employ general fantasy plots to get you into the world, but the focus is certainly on the combat. Another very old but popular series of games that used the same systems is Realms of Arkania.
Combat and other game mechanics follow The Dark Eye's Basic Rules . Each of your 4 characters have dozens of attributes that you put points into. These attributes all interact while doing almost anything. This is quite different from most American or Japanese RPGs that generally use one attribute or stat for each specific task. The end result is that you get more realistic characters and fewer min-max characters (such as the hulk that can't brush his teeth for sheer stupidity).
You will find a classic good vs. evil story in each tale. The first Drakensang is a long and arduous epic quest to become the hero of the world.Read more ›
At the current reduced price and with no Steam or serials or anything else needed to install or run the games, this is a great deal. The games themselves are great for anyone who enjoyed the complex combat of Baldur's Gate 2. However in these much more recent games, the camera needs swiveling around every now and then, so be ready for that. Also this is a fairly complicated RPG (with no manual included) so if you like Skyrim these might not be the games for you.
In addition, graphically, I would say this title boasts some very decent graphics. Yes, some characters look alike, but there is enough variety that this is a pretty game. I am 10-12 hours into it (halfway through Moorbridge Marshes) and have not encountered a single bug yet. This game, as others have mentioned, is DRM free and you don't need Steam or some lame third party software to play it (or an internet connection). Yes, there's no online, but I don't typically play online, and there is enough in the main campaign to keep you going through it, as well as enough variety in character classes. Speaking of which, one nice thing is that your character is not limited to all magic or all melee; you can effectively combine them both.
I have only tinkered around with River of Time, but for $10, I would surely purchase the older Dark Eye alone. This is a great deal, and Phileasson's Secret is supposedly not available on a CD-ROM except for this package. Some people might have qualms that not everything is voice acted, or there are limited options for character creation appearance, but again, I digress. I think there is enough here for everyone, and since this genre of gaming hardly exists anymore, I am happy to say Draksensang delivers on many fronts. I can't recommend this enough for the low price tag and countless hours of gaming fun...
The game is a classic rpg with your stats determining your success in combat. (you don't click for each swing of your sword) Combat is turn based but doesn't stop unless you pause the game so can become quite hectic. It isn't linear like many old games but isn't "open world" either. In some ways it feels like an interactive story. You have to complete certain parts before new areas are opened up. Creatures are not leveled (good). There are some that you just have to avoid till you get stronger.
Character creation: Select male or female, then class (with some elf or dwarf). There is a nice selection of different classes including multiple variations of the four classic ones (fighter, mage, ranger, thief). Customization beyond that point is minimal. Generally you would select from 3 body sizes, 3 faces and 5 hair styles. The characters are attractive.
The game starts out the same no matter which class you choose. When you get to the town you get directions for completing your apprenticeship and it turns out there are 4 different ones depending on which class you are. That was a lot of fun. I started numerous different characters just to play out the different stories before I settled on one and finished the game. I only wish the apprenticeship quests would have lasted longer.
My biggest problem was with stability. The cursor would freeze and I would get an error message regarding "Nebula 3" and "out of memory". I did meet the system requirements as far as I could tell. After turning all the graphics settings down I eventually got to where I could play for a reasonable amount of time without crashing.Read more ›
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Don't know why but I cannot play these two games without CTD's on startup. Would be a great deal otherwise.Published 1 month ago by Rob G
one of the best RPG's ever - keep in mind it is turn based so may need to get use to itPublished 12 months ago by Lionwes
This has the potential to be a really enjoyable game. But the controls are difficult and clunky, and You simply cannot read the information on the maps. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gary Bietz
I like it very much, but it involves A LOT of running from place to place. Also, there seems to be very little variation in enemies (mostly wolves and giant rats) which is kind of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Keith
wonderful collection of fantasy games. good story graphics etc. controls take a little getting used 2 but ive seen much worse control schemes. overall a experience.Published 21 months ago by J. Baxter
This is a more complicated Baldur's Gate from what I can surmise so far in the game in all around game-play and, great graphics by the way. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Fat Old Sun