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Arx Fatalis

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
80
3.9
Xbox
74
4.0

User Reviews

Arx brevis, vita longa Windows אולג 小奥 (171326)
Arx Fatalis Pays Off For Patient Gamers Windows Steelysama (106)
Arx Fatalis - Deadly City? Windows Alex M. (1173)
Was it good for you too? Windows ShadowShrike (309)
Remake of Ultima Underworld? Windows Mattias Kreku (423)
A badly planned and executed "Underworld" game Windows worldwideweird (54)
Good unbalanced rpg Windows Vashna (19)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Windows 65 3.9
Xbox 11 4.0
Combined MobyScore 76 3.9


The Press Says

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100
WindowsPixel-Heroes.de
Nach einiger Zeit erlangen wir unser Gedächtnis wieder und finden uns als Mittelpunkt eines dunklen Komplotts zur Erweckung des bösen Gottes Akbaa wieder. Mehr wird an dieser Stelle aber nicht verraten, denn schließlich sollten alle Rollenspielbegeisterten das Spiel selbst ausprobieren. Ein besseres Old-School-RPG in einem fast perfekten technischen Gewand wird man heute kaum finden. Bei dem mittlerweile vorliegenden Low-Budget-Preis von nur 9,99 Euro sieht man über die mangelnde Charakterauswahl und einige kleine grafische Mängel großzügig hinweg. Das gute Spieldesign und die tolle düstere Atmosphäre machen Arx Fatalis zu einem echten Leckerbissen.
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WindowsYiya
Für mich steht Arx Fatalis auf gleicher Stufe mit Spieleklassikern wie System Shock, Deus Ex oder auch Gothic. Eine Spieleperle, die einen Ehrenplatz in meiner Sammlung einnehmen wird, wie auch hoffentlich bei vielen anderen.
100
WindowsWithingames
Eigentlich reicht eine Aussage: Ich habe mit Morowind und Neverwinter Nights neben Arx Fatalis zwei hervorragende, aktuelle Genre-Konkurrenten auf der Platte, aber seitdem Arx installiert ist, wird nur mehr dieses gespielt. Das Spiel hat trotz seiner Linearität einen besonderen Reiz. Eigentlich ist es in vielen Dingen genau das Gegenteil von Morrowind, kann aber trotzdem auf andere Art und Weise überzeugen. Die Storyline, die düstere Atmosphäre, das ausgeklügelte Charaktersystem, das hervorragende Runen-Zaubersystem, die vielen Interaktionsmöglichkeiten mit der Umwelt – das alles macht Arx Fatalis aus. Vor allem (das will ich hier nicht unterschlagen) die Gegner-KI ist hervorragend und die NPCs und Monster sind teilweise wirklich abgedreht... und man kann endlich wieder in einem Rollenspiel selber Chefkoch spielen ;-)
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Je serai bref. AF est un titre merveilleux, au gameplay hybride, original, incroyablement riche et à la réalisation somptueuse. Avec Arx Fatalis, Arkane Studio gagne les rangs des Mozart videoludiques.
92
WindowsFileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
On the whole, Arx Fatalis proclaims its quality and professionalism over and over throughout the course of the game. Taking the best of past RPG’s and adding its own clever and unique attributes, this game manages to hold its own against the best of its genre and will delight any RPG fan out there.
90
WindowsGamekult
Parfois décourageant par certains passages ardus ou fastidieux, Arx Fatalis se révèle au final être un jeu extrêmement palpitant. Les développeurs d'Arkane Studios ont su sacrifier ou simplifier des éléments habituellement inhérents aux jeux de rôle pour se concentrer sur le gameplay et l'ambiance. Tout en encadrant suffisamment le joueur pour réussir à l'immerger et l'impliquer dans le scénario, les développeurs lui laissent les mains libres pour ce qui est de résoudre les différents problèmes et de choisir son style de jeu. Ni vraiment pur jeu de rôle, pas encore jeu d'action, Arx nous offre simplement une aventure prenante et libre, dans un monde vivant et réellement interactif. C'est avec ce concept, qui n'est pas sans rappeler Ultima Underworld ou Deus Ex, qu'Arkane arrive à nous surprendre et hisse son ambitieux projet au niveau des meilleurs : aux côtés de ses propres modèles.
90
WindowsPelit
Voi olla, että Underworld-menneisyydestäni tulee paljon bonusviboja, mutta Arx on ollut poikkeuksellisen nautittava pelikokemus. Siinä on valtavasti samaa makua kuin Looking Glassin monissa mestariteoksissa. Keksijää ja kokeilijaa palkitaan, pientä löydettävää ja sivupuuhastelua riittää. Mikä tärkeintä, pelaajaa ei kohdella idioottina, jolle pitää vääntää koko ajan rautalankaa, ettei alahuuli ala väpättää ja tietokone kuin varkain sulkeutuu.
90
WindowsThunderbolt Games
When all the sidequests are completed (there are quite a few) and you’ve finished the game, you’ll have around 25 hours clocked into Arx Fatalis. Though not as long as other games, Arx Fatalis never outwears its welcome. If you’re hankering for some great, yet slightly flawed, RPG action then do yourself a favor and check out this underrated gem. Don’t let the idea of another amnesiac hero scare you off because this one is worth the time.
87
WindowsPC Zone Benelux
AF verenigt pick up and play met een ijzersterk verhaal. Het geluid van AF maakt het geheel compleet. Stemmen, voetstappen en achtergrondgeluiden zijn een prachtig klein deel van een groot spel.
87
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Morrowind uitgespeeld en op zoek naar een nieuwe uitdaging? Dit verslavende RPG zal je opnieuw maandenlang in de ban houden...
86
WindowsPlay.tm
All in all, Arkane have done a grand job of blending an original plot, some nice visuals, a decent control system, and an interesting world to interact with, into a rather good RPG. It isn't perfect, nor ground-breaking, but what is does, it does with style. Definitely one for fans of Ultima, System Shock or even Deus Ex - despite the fact that the gameplay can be rather 'drawn-out' at times.
85
XboxRPGFan
Arx Fatalis doesn't do much of anything RPG fans haven't seen countless times before-but it does everything we've seen time and again well. Because of that, and because the Xbox RPG library is so pathetically small, I'm certainly inclined to give this game a hearty recommendation. If you've played through Knights of the Old Republic, and you dug Morrowind, then Arx should bring you hours of enjoyment. Don't expect to be blown away, but do anticipate being entertained.
85
WindowsRPGFan
In the end, Arx Fatalis turned out to be a terrifically fun game to play, and I can recommend it to almost anyone who enjoys PC RPGs. It should be known, however, that there are a few bugs present, and that the patch is almost a necessity. Even then, you'll experience some crash bugs here and there, but if you save often, you should be all right. If you can deal with these minor issues, you'll find a lot to like about Arx Fatalis. Just because there are a lot of better-known games out there doesn't mean you should pass this one up.
85
WindowsNetjak
Arx Fatalis is the best old school role-playing game I have had the honor to play this century. With its very tight storyline, great combination of features from several older games, challenging but not frustrating puzzles, good graphics and awesome sound: this game beats even Wizardry 8 in its peer group. While technical problems and weak interface take away some of the enjoyment, the game is still very absorbing to people who’ve played role-playing games since the 1980s. However, Arx Fatalis will not appeal to the majority of other players, who may find it overly frustrating. Even so, Arx Fatalis is a worthy successor of Ultima Underworld, Dungeon Master and other great classic dungeon romps.
85
WindowsGame Captain
So einige Abstürze störten dann aber wieder das spielerische Wohlgefühl. Auch die nervenden Wartezeiten beim Levelwechsel erweisen sich beim Treppauf, Treppab als Stimmungskiller. Nun ja - wir wollen mal nicht zu kritisch sein. Das Spiel hat meine volle Sympathie, lässt es doch Erinnerungen an alte Dungeonerkundungen wieder aufleben. Arx Fatalis bietet wirklich spannende Unterhaltung, ein überwältigendes Underground-Feeling und motivierendes Rätselknacken.
85
WindowsGamigo
Mit Arx Fatalis hat JoWooD eine richtige Perle im Angebot, die sich besonders Computerspieler der ersten Generation unter keinen Umständen entgehen lassen sollten. Wer einmal Blut geleckt hat, wird so schnell nicht mehr loskommen.
85
WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Arx Fatalis est un jeu d'aventure et de rôle, qui se déroule dans un monde d'où le soleil a disparu. Les habitants ont donc dû s'abriter sous terre dans une ancienne mine naine. La mine comporte plusieurs niveaux alloués aux différentes races d'Arx (humains, gobelins, trolls, hommes rats, femmes serpents ou nains). Le héros du jeu s'y retrouve sans savoir ni pourquoi ni qui il est, et au cours de ses aventures explore les différents niveaux souter-rains. Il aura ainsi l'occasion de découvrir qui il est, d'où il vient et la mission qu'il doit mener à bien dans Arx.
84
Xbox4Players.de
Alte Ultima Underworld-Jünger dürfen zum Freudensprung ansetzen: Arx Fatalis ist ein würdiger inoffizieller Nachfolger der altehrwürdigen Saga. Grafik, Sound, Rätseldichte und vor allem Atmosphäre sind auf sehr hohem Level. Allerdings haben sich die Entwickler in Sachen Bug-Menge und nervende Kleinigkeiten wohl eher an Ultima 9 orientiert - ein wenig mehr Feinschliff hätte dem Spiel gut getan, auch wenn das Game lange nicht so verseucht ist, wie die ungepatchte PC-Variante. Außerdem finde ich persönlich es schade, dass man nie an die frische Luft kommt - klar, das Ganze spielt unterirdisch, aber dadurch bleibt die Zahl der möglichen Locations begrenzt. Aber genug gemeckert: Die ehemals so sträflich vernachlässigte Fraktion der Rollenspieler hat derzeit keinen Grund das Haus zu verlassen; in den düsteren Gewölben von Arx ist es sowieso kühler.
84
Windows4Players.de
Alte Ultima Underworld-Jünger dürfen zum Freudensprung ansetzen: Arx Fatalis ist ein würdiger inoffizieller Nachfolger der altehrwürdigen Saga. Grafik, Sound, Rätseldichte und vor allem Atmosphäre sind auf sehr hohem Level. Allerdings haben sich die Entwickler in Sachen Bug-Menge und nervende Kleinigkeiten wohl eher an Ultima 9 orientiert - ein wenig mehr Feinschliff hätte dem Spiel gut getan. Außerdem finde ich persönlich es schade, dass man nie an die frische Luft kommt - klar, das Ganze spielt unterirdisch, aber dadurch bleibt die Zahl der möglichen Locations begrenzt. Aber genug gemeckert: Die ehemals so sträflich vernachlässigte Fraktion der Rollenspieler hat derzeit keinen Grund das Haus zu verlassen; in den düsteren Gewölben von Arx ist es sowieso kühler. Hardcore-Würfler sollten jedoch beachten, dass Arx Fatalis nur als Rollenspiel light durchgeht. Mit regeldurchsetzten Schwergewichten à la Baldur`s Gate 2 kann es sich nicht messen.
84
WindowsComputerGames.ro
Arx Fatalis or "Fortress of Fate" shows one more time that the exclusive single-player RPG era is not finnished yet, bringing in front of us that element most popular a few years ago and almost ignored today: atmosphere, the immersion feeling of the gamer in a virtual universe.
84
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Eine übersichtliche Welt und eine lineare, aber hochgradig spannende Story bilden das Grundgerüst von Arx Fatalis. Damit ist das Programm fast das genaue Gegenteil zum Rollenspiel- Schwergewicht Morrowind – ohne jedoch dabei simpel zu sein. Und kleinere Nebenquests sowie unerforschte Höhlen geben mir die Freiheit, die ich brauche. Nervig sind dafür die langen Ladezeiten. Vor allem, wenn sie geballt kommen, weil man zu Fuß von Z nach A muss. Ziemlich ärgerlich auch die Clippingfehler. Wenn ich einen Knochen in die Ecke werfe, möchte ich nicht, dass er in der Wand stecken bleibt – auch wenn es bei zehn Versuchen nur dreimal passiert. Unterm Strich ist Arx Fatalis aber ein sehr guter Vertreter seines Genres, der alten Hasen genauso Spaß machen dürfte wie Einsteigern.
84
XboxGame Chronicles
Arx Fatalis is a somewhat unique experience in a game, mainly due to the lack of RPG games currently available for the Xbox. This isn't a first person shooter where you frantically run around and kill things, and ot's not really a tactical RPG game where you build up characters and fight hoards of monsters. It's more of a fantasy world simulation of sorts. Arx throws you into a completely immersive fantasy world and you must figure out how to get by in it and hopefully save it from a terrible fate. It's very easy to lose yourself in this game and a total adventure finding your way out. If you enjoy adventure games, RPG games, or FPS games that make you think then Arx Fatalis deserves a spot in your Xbox library. Unfortunately, I've yet to see a copy of this game in any store since it released, so actually finding a copy may be your biggest adventure yet.
84
WindowsGameSpot
If your system can handle it and you don't have any hang-ups with wandering around in dark places, you'll likely find a lot to like in Arx Fatalis. Fans of Ultima Underworld or similar games will be especially pleased with how faithfully Arkane Studios managed to capture the same sort of feel--how you'll sometimes feel that it's not just some game character but rather you yourself who's trapped in this fantastic world, filled with interesting, dangerous places visit and characters to meet.
83
WindowsPC Zone
Sadly, Arx Fatalis is no Ultima Underworld. The somewhat limited character development and NPC interaction and simplistic melee combat (see enemy, click mouse) let it down somewhat. Where it scores highly is in its fantastic graphics, believable and realistic environments, brilliant spellcasting system and eerily atmospheric presentation. If, you're after a solid dungeon crawl that oozes atmosphere, Arx Fatalis is more than worthy of your time.
83
WindowsGameZone
The game looks good and plays well. It may have a few minor problems, but is quite enjoyable, and though somewhat linear in regards to the overall storyline, still is quite entertaining.
83
XboxVGPub
When all is said and done, this is a nice diversion from your typical RPG, not too much action as to make you pull the hair out of your head, yet not so little action as to cause extreme boredom. My recommendation is to pass this game up and go for the likes of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. But, if you really want to try this game out, rent or perhaps buy this if you?re a fan of the first person RPG genre. With a $30 price tag, this game is thrown into the same price bin as the wildly successful Morrowind.
83
XboxGameZone
This title ported very well to the Xbox. Though mostly a quest-driven RPG, Arx Fatalis still manages to offer enough variety and discovery to keep players enthralled. This game is almost identical to the PC game, so if you’ve played that, you may wish to pass on this title. If you are looking for a solid RPG console title, one that takes place in an imaginative world, you may look no further than Arx Fatalis.
83
XboxGameSpot
Traditional console role-playing games, made in Japan and filled with random battles and melodramatic storylines, have yet to find a home on the Xbox. But the system boasts some of the best PC-style RPGs in years. Arx Fatalis is one of these, and it fully deserves a permanent place in any Xbox RPG fan's library alongside Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. With Arx Fatalis, French developer Arkane Studios intended to pay homage to the classic early-'90s first-person RPG Ultima Underworld, but it has done much more than just imitate that game. Originally released a year ago for the PC, Arx Fatalis has been ported over to the Xbox nicely, and it delivers the same entertaining, good-looking, and almost incomparably atmospheric gameplay.
83
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Was unserer Erde erst in einigen Milliarden Jahren bevorsteht, ist in der Welt von Arx Fatalis bereits passiert: Die Sonne ist erloschen. Die wenigen Überlebenden flüchteten von der bitterkalten Oberfläche in eine riesige Zwergenmine und hausen seitdem unter der Erde. Einer davon ist Ihre Spielfigur, irgendwie zumindest. Denn am Anfang sind Sie lediglich ein Gefangener der Goblins und haben aufgrund einen mittelschweren Gedächtnisverlustes so gar keinen Plan.
82
WindowsGamesmania
Zwischen der starken Konkurrenz kann sich der Titel aus dem Hause Jowood überraschend stark behaupten und geht dank der fesselnden Story nicht unter. Egal ob Einsteiger oder Profi, Arx Fatalis bietet jedem eine ansprechende Spielumgebung und auch kleine Mängel wie die Ladezeiten oder die etwas zu umständliche Steuerung können den guten Gesamteindruck nicht schmälern. Zugreifen!
82
WindowsPC Gamer UK
Morrowind is more ambitious, Underworld more revolutionary, but this is still a fine game.
82
WindowsFragland.net
RPG... Role Playing Games... One has to have time to spare for those, mostly because of very extensive and elaborate stories. This is also the case for Arx Fatalis. Unfortunately your servant has close to no experience with this type of games, he is more partial to the "quick fix" persuasion: FPS and racing are mostly on his menu. Let's see how he get's along!
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XboxDigital Entertainment News (den)
Falling in the long tradition of games in the first person perspective, Arx Fatalis arrives for the Xbox. This RPG at times straddles the line between the two genres, with plenty of exploration and combat that isn’t turn based. While relatively novel for gamers raised on a steady diet of role playing in the third person, Arx Fatalis is very old-school.
80
XboxXbox Exclusive
Just picture and underground world. There are bars to walk into and get a drink, and you can talk to anyone in there to find out new information. There's a lot to explore in this underground land, and you can easily get lost if you're not sure where to go. Since you're not the only one down there, meeting people just made me want to play this game to the end. Each time I played this game, I got the feeling of "large levels to explore," and I was very overwhelmed. Arx Fatalis has a really good story line too. Dreamcatcher did a nice job of bringing Xbox gamers such a unique game. An RPG that I actually enjoy is a lot to say coming from me. I'm glad that this game was released for Xbox, because if it wasn't then I would have never got a chance to play this remarkable RPG.
80
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
And yet, from the daunting puzzles to the combat to a game design that lets you brew your own potions and bake a very tasty apple pie, what you’re left with at the end of Arx Fatalis is a sense of great satisfaction, This is a game that soundly triumphs over its shortcomings to deliver hours and hours of enjoyment.
80
XboxFactornews
Arx Fatalis est une bombe de richesse et de plaisir de jeu, original, frais et très talentueux, qui souffre malheureusement d’un réel problème de framerate. Mais qu’à cela ne tienne, passer à côté de cette perle serait un véritable crime.
80
WindowsPCG
Rollspelare som föredrar spel burna av en stark handling i motsats till friheten i Morrowind bör definitivt fundera på att resa till underjordsvärlden i Arx Fatalis. De detaljrika miljöerna, de smarta strids- och magisystemen och överraskande välavvägda balansen mellan slagsmål och pussel går ihop till ett involverande och underhållande rollspel, fullt av spänning. Visst blir man en smula trött på de dystra underjordiska grottorna efter ett tag, men rollspelare som jagar något annat än Neverwinter Nights kommer finna mycket skoj här.
80
WindowsJoystick (French)
Arx est un superbe exemple de gameplay à l'ancienne remis au goût du jour, et cet hommage à Ultima Underworld ne passera pas inaperçu auprès des nombreux fans. Mais cela n'arrivera pas à nous faire oublier que derrière ce dernier se cache un titre unique, tour à tour subtil et passionnant. L'un des RPG de l'année, tout simplement.
80
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Arx Fatalis is een indrukwekkend spel, zij het voor een gewaarschuwd publiek. Het is niet de typische hack&slash-kerkerdweiler, maar een spel dat probeert je binnen te trekken in een ondergrondse beschaving, met hun problemen en zorgen. Het is een waardige opvolger voor de Ultima Underworld serie, en zal de fans van dat spel zeker nog meer kunnen bekoren.
80
XboxJeuxvideo.com
On perd quelques plumes dans ce portage. Graphiquement moyen et souffrant d'un sérieux problème de frame-rate (dans la version test en tout cas), Arx Fatalis a aussi un peu perdu au niveau de son système de magie. Mais il lui reste d'autres qualités indéniables pour compenser, dont sa liberté, sa richesse et son ambiance.
80
XboxGlide Underground
It's an RPG worth playing, though the replay value isn't that high. Once you've finished it, you've finished it.
80
XboxTeamXbox
Arx Fatalis, much like any RPG, will not be for everyone. While it can’t be put at the same level as KotOR or Morrowind, Arx offers a more linear gameplay style that is a nice break from the huge open ended worlds the previous games have offered. I was a bit skeptical of Arx due to the initial reaction of the graphics, however after getting past the intro and into the actual gameplay a bit more, I came away very impressed. I loved the gruesome environments, humor of the goblins, and the vast array of adventures that I encountered along the way. Sadly if they had spent more time on updating the dated graphics I feel this game would be much more eye catching and well-rounded. Arx is not a ground breaking game, but it is truly a fun and worthy RPG to add to the Xbox library. Whatever Arx may lack in some graphical areas, it makes up for with solid gameplay.
80
WindowsQuandary
Well Arx Fatalis does have a few annoyances, but what game doesn't? Compared with some more recent party based roleplaying epics it's a shorter trip, but sweet nonetheless, and the first-person viewpoint is a welcome change. I do enjoy that feeling of 'being there' that this perspective brings, and in Arx Fatalis you are there. You can almost feel the damp and the cold, and the echoing 'plink' of unseen dripping water or disembodied moans and a myriad of dungeon clangs and creaks haunt your every step.
80
WindowsToTheGame
Arx Fatalis is an all over good game. The plot is a well-used one throughout the history of gaming in regards to the races used, the beginning character setup, and saving the world form destruction part (why fix it, if it isn’t broken, hah). The way the game is constructed makes it a enjoyable experience, having a good laugh of the goblins way of talking (kinda reminded me of Yoda in Star Wars), casting the most dreadful spells by carving the rune with your mouse, or just running through the game slashing you’re opponents in half. The game’s definitely worth a try both for hardcore Role Playing Gamers, and for those of you out there whom prefers playing First Person Shooters (...if you wanna get a little bit of RPG-lovin’ in your lives that is).
80
WindowsGame Chronicles
If you're the kind of gamer that appreciates immersion into a game world over all other aspects, you should definitely look at Arx. RPG fans who concentrate on stats or hate real-time aspects will not appreciate it. Fans of the old Ultima Underworld series should definitely pick this title up and cherish it. Also fans of Morrowind may enjoy it once they get used to its lack of freedom compared to Morrowind's completely open-ended gameplay structure. Fans of 3D first person type games that have much more depth than a shooter are the primary audience here.
80
XboxGame XC (GXC)
This is one of the better RPG’s released on Xbox with few problems and many fun traits. If you are interested in playing a game for its game play and not its graphics this may be the game for you. Or if you are interested in playing a game that would make one baffling movie that would blow you away, this game may also be for you.
80
XboxExtreme Gamer
If you enjoyed Morrowind on the Xbox, Arx Fatalis is a safe bet. Arx Fatalis gives us an adventure without over accentuated anime characters and oversized weapons. Arx brings the Xbox one more great RPG and keeps within the high standards Morrowind set.
80
WindowsTap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
If you like first-person perspectives in RPGs and enjoyed Morrowind (an all-around better game), plus have a high tolerance for the aforementioned idiosyncrasies of Arx, then I would recommend this title to you. It certainly, in spite of the warts, is one of the better RPGs I've played in the last year. This first-time developer is already hard at work on "Arx 2" and has provided good customer support through the publisher. They've done more right than wrong with Arx, which leads to my strong Thumb Up rating.
79
XboxGame Captain
Insgesamt ist Arx Fatalis ein nettes Rollenspiel, vor allem für Leute die Science Fiction nicht mögen (Knights of the Old Republic) und denen bei Morrowind der rote Faden fehlt. Es ist durchaus abwechslungsreich und bietet einiges an Interaktionsmöglichkeiten. Allerdings sollte man nicht zu Hektik neigen oder ungeduldig sein, denn dann wird man wenig Spaß an dem Titel finden.
78
XboxGamesmania
Auch nach über einem Jahr bleibt Arx Fatalis noch immer ein empfehlenswertes Rollenspiel. Habt ihr euch an Morrowind satt gespielt, oder war es euch einfach zu komplex? Dann ist dieser Titel genau die richtige Wahl. Arx Fatalis erfindet das Rad der Rollenspiele zwar nicht neu, fesselt einen aber dank einiger Innovationen wie dem "zeichenintensiven" Magiesystem, der Stealthkomponente oder dem unterirdischen Setting für lange Zeit an den Bildschirm.
78
XboxTalkXbox
Arx Fatalis, much like any RPG, is not for everyone. While it isn’t in the same league as other great games that fall into its category like KOTOR and Morrowind, Arx offers a more linier path to beat the game then the other open ended styles. At first I wasn’t sure if this game would appeal to me at all. The graphics don’t dazzle you, which is the first thing you see when jumping into a game. As I played more and more, I found that Arx is a very deep immersive adventure that keeps you glued to the TV screen until completion. Sadly if the development team had spent more time on updating the dated graphics, I think they could have made the game more rounded and even more appealing to people that might be interested in it but turned off by the graphics. Arx is a great addition to the Xbox RPG lineup that every roll playing game fan should take a look at.
78
XboxIGN
Some games are over-hyped, others receive far less credit than they deserve, and every so often a game simply falls through the cracks and gets almost no attention at all. Arx Fatalis falls solidly into the third category and this is a real shame considering it has the unique distinction of being a decent role playing game for the Xbox.
75
WindowsGame Revolution
Aside from a few flaws, Arx Fatalis is a solid game and a good Adventure/RPG in the style of Deus Ex or System Shock 2. Like those games, its real strengths lie in allowing multiple styles of play and multiple solutions to problems. It doesn't have quite the reach or the heavyweight punch of Morrowind or Neverwinter Nights, but it is still a valid contender, worthy of being in the same ring.
75
XboxXBox-Zone
Sie wachen ohne Gedächtnis in einem Gefängnis auf, ein Goblin schiebt Wache. In der Mittelalterwelt von Arx Fatalis müssen Sie nun herausfinden, was passiert ist. Schwertarm und Magie sind Ihre Verbündeten, wenn Sie die dunkle Bedrohung erforschen, die anscheinend das Leben der Untergrundwelt gefährdet. Charaktergenerierung, Soundeffekte und Hintergrundgeschichte sind gut, Grafik und Animationen allerdings hoffnungslos veraltet. Witzig: Um sich zu regenerieren, können Sie unter anderem sogar angeln und den rohen Fisch dann braten.
75
XboxDeeko
Arx Fatalis is another decent RPG for the Xbox. It isn't stellar by any means, but it does provide gamers with a very good RPG outing. Fans of Morrowind will be interested immediately, since the essential style of the game is very similar, but the game offers up less depth than Morrowind in many ways and is far less open ended. Arx does have some major graphics problems and the dialogue is a pain in the ass to actually hear at time, but the overall experience is quite tight and will easily provide gamers with a game that will last them about 30 hours. It may not be the best RPG ever created, but Arx Fatalis does prove to be a good time... though if you haven't played Morrowind, I'd recommend it over this.
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XboxHardGamers
Bref, Arx Fatalis est un bon jeu de rôles, dans le genre qu’on ne voit pas assez souvent ou d’une période révolue sur PC. Morrowind avait prouvé qu’il y avait encore un marché pour ce genre de jeux de rôles où la liberté prédomine. Si vous avez aimé ce dernier, ou Ultima Underworld ou encore Eye Of The Beholder (pour les plus vieux), je vous suggère fortement d’essayer Arx Fatalis. Si vous êtes capables de passer par-dessus les défauts précédemment cités, vous allez en avoir pour des heures à découvrir ce jeu. Néanmoins, je vous suggère la version PC au lieu de la version Xbox, ne serait-ce que pour les contrôles, à moins que vous désiriez absolument jouer dans votre salon.
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WindowsLegendra
Arx Fatalis possède d'immenses qualités : un système de jeu bien huilé, un scénario sympathique, des graphismes vraiment au poil pour l'époque... Hélas, une foule de petits défauts vient se glisser dans ces atouts indéniables. Malgré tout, l'aventure étant courte, il sera toujours de bon ton de s'y attarder, d'autant plus que les défauts majeurs que j'évoque ne le seront pas forcément pour d'autres joueurs. Finalement à des lieues de Morrowind, il réussit quand même à implanter son style dans l'esprit du joueur pour laisser le souvenir d'un bon jeu, un poil atypique dans son background.
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WindowsEurogamer.net (UK)
Arx Fatalis is a huge, sprawling game, with loads of sub-systems to explore and master and a compelling plot to drive you forward. In many ways this game is superior to Morrowind; although it doesn't have the initial appeal offered by that title's graphical splendour, it has a lot more depth and far less time is spent walking from place to place aimlessly. As a dungeon-crawling RPG, it's a lot of fun, so if that's your sort of thing - and you don't mind dealing with the quirks of an occasionally poorly-implemented first person viewpoint - then it's definitely worth checking out.
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WindowsGame industry News (GiN)
You might think by reading all the negatives that I did not enjoy the game, which would be wrong. I was disappointed by it, but I still had a pretty good time. If the game were held for another few months to fix the bugs and annoyances, it might have been a lot better. I was intrigued by the game, but constantly put off because not enough thought was put into the basics. Of the four people who I know started playing it, I am the only one who finished before deleting it. If you are the one in four hardcore RPGers, then Arx Fatalis is for you. Otherwise, just wait for the next Morrowind expansion.
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XboxStratos Group
Arx Fatalis works very well as two things: an homage to a classic, and as a port of a PC title. By its own quality it shows just how exceptional games like Ultima Underworld were, since it works as well as it does without really breaking any new ground. The graphics and sound are pretty much what they were on the PC, though a year older and not quite as appealing to the eye as they once were. The streamlined interface works better than the original on the PC, and should make the game more accessible to any who were turned off before.
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WindowsStratos Group
All in all, Arx Fatalis is a nice looking, traditional RPG that resurrects some long unused clichés in a nice way. An innovative magic system, nice sound, and interesting plot make it a very worthwhile venture, while a bad combat system and numerous small problems keep it from being a masterpiece.
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XboxGamestyle
Arx Fatalis came as a pleasant surprise to Gamestyle, and that's always welcome. As an RPG, it puts Arkane Studios on the map and earmarks the team as one to watch. However, with low-key advertising and inferior box art (in comparison to the PC version), it's certainly got an uphill struggle convincing the tech-savvy, licence-hungering hordes of the gaming public. We wish it luck.
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WindowsGameSpy
Arx Fatalis is a fun game partially ruined by an early release date. Yes, the patch makes things a lot better (enough to easily recommend the game, in fact) but we can't just give a game a free pass for fixing problems that never should have been in the final release in the first place. If you don't mind adding on a patch, tack on a few extra points and enjoy one of the more surprising RPGs of the year.
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XboxGameDaily
All in all, Arx Fatalis should serve as a wakeup call for all those who've yet to experience an RPG with a more morose approach to the "save the world" style story present in nearly every title in the genre to date. Keeping things a little less linear, a little more realistic and a little less ordinary makes Arx Fatalis a game that's held back only substandard graphics and some befuddling gameplay systems.
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XboxDreamStation.cc
Arx Fatalis would make a fine purchase for anyone who likes RPGs and many other types of games. It should keep most gamers going for a number of hours. Arx Fatalis has its faults but overall it’s a fine RPG. One of the problems it suffers from is the lack of structure when it comes to the map and logging quests. Arx Fatalis shines in the spell system, and the object interaction with the environment, but is held back by the substandard graphics. I would have given Arx Fatalis a higher score but the graphics dragged it down.
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XboxNext Level Gaming
Arx Fatalis is a good game actually. I find myself playing it much more than I thought originally. I truly appreciate the thought that went into things like the spell system, and the object interaction with the environment (having to cook your food). And unlike traditional RPG's, this is a real-time played game, but not like a Baldur's Gate or D&D Heroes. But the graphics engine is not really there, and I try to fight as little as humanly possible. RPG fans who have been starved for something since putting their time into Knights of the Old Republic, will find this to be the only next game in line. So it definately would be one to look at. Even if you want to rent it first to see if you like it.
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XboxEurogamer.net (UK)
So, is this Art Fatalis or Arse Fatalis. That, as with most cult games, depends on your tastes. This is very enjoyable dungeon crawling indeed, but for some people there's no such thing as an enjoyable dungeon crawler. If you like Morrowind, then you should bite the bullet and give Arx Fatalis a go too. If Morrowind, fantasy and claustrophobia are not your favourite things, then there really isn't a point.
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WindowsActionTrip
Well, even next to all of the bugs I have to admit I had fun while playing Arx Fatalis. The game's innovative plot and magic system, supplemented with a great deal of interactivity, will surely appeal to most gamers, while the sheer complexity and skill advancement should please RPG fans. You just have to see what suits you. Still, there are many unoriginal moments in the game, such as restricted level design, engine flaws, annoying AI bugs, excessively murky atmospheres, and so on. Personally, I think the game would've been more enjoyable if the developers took the time to polish and fix the technical discrepancies and, shall we say, lighten up the ambiance a bit.
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WindowsGameBoomers
All in all, the pluses do ultimately outweigh the minuses, but not by nearly as much as they easily could have. Whether or not the game will appeal to you will be a personal matter and highly dependent on your expectations going in. I’m not as willing as some to overlook the game’s glaring weaknesses, but I’m glad I persevered through its failings, because there’s a reasonably good time to be had if you can find it. Much like the city of Arx itself, it’s an impressive, interesting world that’s regrettably hidden deep underground.
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WindowsGame Over Online
So, my first foray into the world of computer RPGs in years is a big letdown. Whatever cosmic forces that lead me to this, that shouted into my brain that this was the game that I wanted to play, is probably lying back and having a good laugh at my expense right about now. And to think that I took a break from reviewing the insipid O.R.B. to play Arx Fatalis, hoping it was going to be a step up, only to find that it was a different insipid game, not a better one. Oh yeah, I look like some kind of moron now. Master of Orion 3 had better save me from all this crap, that’s all I’ve got to say.
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XboxDeaf Gamers
I finished up our PC review of Arx Fatalis by saying it was one of the best RPGs I had played but there were some major problems for deaf gamers. The translation to Xbox has done nothing to alter my opinion as while it's fully captured the feeling the PC version gave me it has done nothing to make it more favourable to the many deaf gamers out there and our rating has to reflect this painful fact. What it boils down to is how much of an RPG fanatic are you? If you love your RPG games then you're likely to forgive the lack of subtitles because the game is playable, but on the other hand if you don't like the feeling of missing out on the atmosphere of the game, which of course is natural, then it probably isn't going to be an ideal choice.
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WindowsDeaf Gamers
What can I say about Arx Fatalis? It's definitely one of the best RPGs that I have played but there are some major problems for deaf gamers. A majority of the verbal information is just not subtitled and there are no options to turn subtitles on either. Perhaps a patch could be released to enable full subtitles in the game. The only other thing I can say against Arx Fatalis is that the game crashed back to the desktop some of the time when I tried to use the quick load feature otherwise it was perfectly stable. This is definitely a great game for hearing gamers but for deaf gamers it needs a patch, if that's possible, to enable full subtitles. If that does happen we will remark the game but in it's present state there is just too much verbal information that a deaf gamer will miss out on and it spoils the game.
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WindowsSuper Play
Men handlingen är rätt tunn och rösterna i spelet är både töntiga och uttråkade. Fast ändå vill man fortsätta ned i grottsystemet för att se vart handlingen för en. Ett roligt magisystem gör inte saken sämre. Tyvärr gör en handfull buggar och ett synnerligen krångligt kontrollsystem att spelet bara kan rekommenderas till dig som har en förkärlek för underjordiska grottäventyr.
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XboxGamePro (US)
Unfortunately, the game drags under the weight of too much walking and item gathering?mostly while looking down at the ground?and not enough engaging action. The opportunity for pleasing eye candy is also missed with weak graphics and animation only scratching the surface of what the Xbox can generate. Lightweight voice acting and dialogue (with the occasional onscreen spelling mistake) also diminish the experience.
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XboxGameSpy
Arx Fatalis isn't native to the Xbox, doesn't have a tie-in, and doesn't have a multimillion-dollar ad campaign. It only has a unique visual style, an involving storyline, and several dozen hours of intensely immersive gameplay. Is there room for Arx in the 21st century video-game industry, where those tie-ins and marketing budgets rule the charts? Man, I hope so.
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WindowsGamingExcellence
The combination of the adventure and RPG genres seems like a promising idea, who wouldn't enjoy solving a complex puzzle while advancing your character and fighting off enemies? Unfortunately, although the basic concepts of the title are solid, mediocre implementation of these ideas struggle in grabbing the interest of most fans of the RPG genre, a fatal downfall to Arx Fatalis.
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Xboxgames xtreme
I find it very difficult to recommend this game. Some gamers may enjoy it, though it is more of a PC game than a console game. Some hardcore players may enjoy parts of it. I did enjoy some of the puzzles though these were few and far between. There are also parts of the game that make you feel that things are going to get better, but I found myself sorely disappointed. If the developer chooses to make another RPG then they will have to learn from their mistakes, and as they have made some critical errors with the execution of this title they have a lot to learn.
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WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
It would be easy to overlook Arx Fatalis. With an outstanding number of flaws, including unforgivable gameplay issues out of the box, it'd be easy for me to tell you to steer clear of it. Since Arx Fatalis confines players to an underground realm and forces them along a linear path with only a limited number of side quests, it'd be easy for me to say that it lacks innovation. The truth of the matter, however, is that the game is completely engrossing, from the horribly narrated opening sequence to the pulse-pounding excitement of the final encounter. What Arx Fatalis lacks in innovation and polish, it more than makes up for in rich atmosphere. Arkane Studios missed the chance to give players a dragon's hoard of goodies, but they've succeeded in delivering a chest full of glittering prizes that no CRPG gamer should miss.
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XboxGame Freaks 365
There may be trolls, goblins, and magic here, but it may seem as if you were playing a cross between Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Both of these, many people like, but there are a lot more that probably despise them. Arx is nowhere near as long as Morrowind is, but if you liked Morrowind and nearly completed it, you may enjoy this as a rental. There really is nothing special about the game that would warrant a purchase. I'd suggest burning it in your fireplace or nuking it in a microwave than playing it, you may have a lot more fun that way.