Excerpt: “In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war.” With Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine , this decree by Games Workshop about the Warhammer 40,000 universe is manifest in a game that asks players to become single-minded servants to the call of combat in a variety of brutal forms, each...
Pros: Great balance between ranged and melee combat, Weapons feel distinct and effective, Visuals capture fiction well
Cons: Laughable voice acting breaks immersion, Lengths of vacant corridors feel like wasted time and space
Excerpt: Developed by Arkane Studios (Arx Fatalis makers), Dark Messiah of Might & Magic is a first-person action game that utilizes an enhanced version of the Source Engine, the technology Valve created to power Half-Life 2. The game takes place in Might and Magic fantasy world.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Arkane Studios, the developers of this game, have come out with a unique genre. Dark Messiah is neither a first person shooter nor a true role-playing game. It is a mix of both of these genres.
Excerpt: First off, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic isn’t a particularly religious title, so if that was an issue, park it. And despite its franchise ties, it’s not particularly an RPG either, and certainly not a strategy game.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: An overall enjoyable romp combining the fantasy setting of Oblivion with the structure of Half-Life 2. Includes some innovative features notably with the combat system and the level design although on the whole a little linear in nature. Short-lived but definitely fun while it lasts.
Conclusion: It's painfully obvious that the Half-Life 2 engine caused many problems, which weren't ironed out in time by the programming team. Consequently, players with modest rigs won't be able to experience the game in its true visual potential. A patch is forthcoming.
Excerpt: Have you ever played a high fantasy RPG and wondered what it'd be like to take those cool weapons and awesome spells into a true action game? Sure, this has been done before by quite a few game developers, but the idea of a first-person, fantasy action game is still a pretty untapped idea.