Reviews and Problems with Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
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Two Rights Make a Wrong
1 March 2010
Excerpt: When looking at influential PC RPG series, one's eyes undoubtedly come to rest on Baldur's Gate and Fallout . In most respects, these two series define what PC RPGs look like much in the same way that Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior do for console RPGs. It seems almost inevitable that someone would attempt to combine the greatest aspects of the two best PC RPGs into a singular package. That attempt resulted in Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura .
Excerpt: Many role-playing games opt for purely fantasy or sci-fi environments, with so few exploring the ground in between. Arcanum is a bold attempt to do just that, taking a fairly traditional fantasy world and pushing it forward into an industrial revolution. It is a world of knights and castles, magic and monsters, and alongside such elements of fantasy are steam engines, Victorian architecture, electricity and firearms; a world where magick (the k is intentional) and...
Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura – Staff Review
19 November 2007
Excerpt: The Role-Playing genre is rife with fantasy settings and medieval landscapes tailor-made for big, epic adventures. Less common are science-fiction tropes and plotlines, from space travel to grim, dystopian futures. But rarest of all are settings that explore the common ground between the two, that take a setting from one and inject a healthy dose of the other.
Excerpt: When Fallout was released in 1997, it was hailed as a landmark RPG. Its post-apocalyptic setting was a welcome change from the relentless parade of D&D-inspired wizards and elves, and the concept of an RPG without magic was downright revolutionary. Add a delightfully flexible character development system and a jaunty out-of-left-field sensibility, and Fallout added up to be a great game. Its sequel was equally beloved by RPG fans.
Excerpt: This is a D & D style game. You create your character and their attributes. In the demo you are limited to being male. The character you design affects how people treat you. For example, I was an ogre and was ugly, but strong. Since I was ugly villagers hassled me when I wanted to talk to them. The game starts by you finding yourself in a blimp accident and people are trying to kill you. You have no idea why.
Excerpt: Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura (Arcanum) is the first title by Troika Games, a company founded by three of the key people behind Black Isle's post-apocalyptic isometric RPG, Fallout. No wonder, Arcanum is in some ways very much like Fallout, but at the same time it is a new world rich in atmosphere and new ideas. Arcanum is set in a steam punk world in the mid 19th century.
Excerpt: Arcanum is a role-playing game set in a very distinct universe. Sure, you have your usual monsters, magical items, and perilous quests, but into this mix is thrown guns, steam locomotives, and other Industrial Age technology. The game takes place in a distinctly Victorian-like world, where 'magick', elves, and fantasy beasts are all part of daily life.
Conclusion: Anyone who liked playing Fallout, Planescape: Torment, or other RPG's of the kind, will really enjoy this game. The intruiging aspects of technology and magick in one enviornment are what prompted me to buy it.
Excerpt: Arcanum unfolds like a delicious nostalgic journey through the history of the genre, touching deftly on some of the finer points of its successful predecessors. Like a good literary series, it draws you in chapter by chapter, as opposed to overwhelming you with snappy graphics and "slim-fasting" the plot.