|a game by||JoWood Productions|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 1 vote|
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Arx Fatalis is the latest offering from Austrian based JoWood Productions. A solid, well designed action/strategy title with some role-playing elements, this game blends hack and slash techniques with an interesting magic system. Add a dash of thieving, puzzle solving and other RPG elements, along with an engrossing if somewhat clichéd (and linear) plot, and you're ready to delve into the world of Arx.
If you're at all familiar with Ultima Underworld, Arx Fatalis will be extremely familiar, with the first person perspective, runes, and item usage, such as combining items to make new products, prevalent in Arx. Though initially almost exactly alike, Arx Fatalis separates itself with a much more artistically designed world and improved graphics. In fact, the entire underground world of Arx is a testament to excellent artistry and graphics, giving the whole a gritty, spooky feel. Item usage, enemy AI, and other aspects of the game are for the most part extremely well done, as is the instructive manual. Sound is also excellent, and extremely necessary, as often dialogue is not printed out in text, and your character will often audibly let you know his status or needs.
One item that bears mentioning is the unique magic system. Although you will need runes in order to cast spells, you also need to manually cast each spell by using the mouse to sketch the runes magically in air'a nice touch. You can also precast at least three spells to be used instantaneously during battle or exploration.
This game has a few flaws, of course, such as some slight clipping issues, along with a limited number of avatars that can be used (only four, and all are male). There is also no multiplayer aspect of the game. Still, gameplay is so enjoyable and engrossing, I feel I must give this game a Recommended Buy. A must have title for the fantasy action aficionado, Arx Fatalis will also appeal to the novice RPG enthusiast as well. Those who like less linear plots might find the title boring after some time, but for the rest of you, Arx Fatalis looks to offer loads of solid gameplay.