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CyberMage: Darklight Awakening (DOS)

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Description

In the year 2044 AD, world governments have fallen apart and the Earth is ruled by ruthless corporations doing anything for profit. However, rebels are fighting against corporate control all over the planet. The protagonist of the game saves the life of a stranger, sacrificing his own life in the process. Taking the protagonist to his lab, the stranger performs a secret experiment on him, and is able to bring him back to life. The hero awakens with a strange crystal embedded in his forehead, giving him control over a mysterious power known as the Darklight. The lab is attacked by the forces of NeCrom, who also controls the Darklight. The protagonist must escape from the lab, learn about the Darklight and the aliens bringing it to the planet, and finally confront NeCrom, his evil counterpart.

CyberMage is a 3D first-person shooter set in a dark futuristic environment. Controls can be customized to allow mouse- or keyboard-based gameplay. Jumping, looking up and down (keyboard only), and rudimentary interaction with objects (e.g. switches) are available. The hero is able to use various weapons as well as his Darklight powers against many foes. These offensive, ranged powers deplete a special energy called "Mann-Ra", which regenerates itself over time.

The souls of organic enemies are released when they are killed. Approaching these souls before they disappear, the player obtains various power-ups to health and Mann-Ra, which may be temporary (restoring) or permanent (increasing their maximum count). Armor and other items can be found as well. In addition to walking around the cities and war zones, the player can use vehicles like tanks and air cars in some of the levels. Most areas also contain friendly characters who might give the player information. Money can be found scattered throughout the levels, and spent on weapons in the gun shop.

Screenshots

CyberMage: Darklight Awakening DOS Not so warm welcome into Slumtown
CyberMage: Darklight Awakening DOS Casting Prism, one of the more devastating powers. Nice effects!..
CyberMage: Darklight Awakening DOS My friend Mung has a keycard for me
CyberMage: Darklight Awakening DOS Using my keen psychic powers, I swiftly placed two electric traps. Only then I noticed that there seem to be no enemies nearby

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User Reviews

The best FPS you've never played אולג 小奥 (168604) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
One of the best FPS's ever Jim Newland (53) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
A fun game to play if you have the energy to track it down. Gene Davison (730) unrated
A fun first-person shooter you probably never even heard of *Katakis* (37795) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

The Press Says

PC Player (Denmark) 1996 89 out of 100 89
Joystick (French) Jan, 1996 86 out of 100 86
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Shooterplanet Nov 16, 2006 80 out of 100 80
Just Games Retro Jul 16, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Feb, 1996 78 out of 100 78
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jan, 1996 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot May 01, 1996 7.6 out of 10 76
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1996 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
High Score Mar, 1996 3 out of 5 60

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Jump? 2 אולג 小奥 (168604)
Nov 07, 2011
Looks like an awesome underrated FPS 14 St. Martyne (3562)
Oct 01, 2011

Trivia

Extras

The Cybermage game box came with a free comic book that explained how our character starts his adventure.

German index

On November 27, 1996, CyberMage: Darklight Awakening was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. More information about what this means can be found in the game group.

References

In the next city level after the player leaves the Bloodbath Arena, a news report can be heard mentioning the "up and coming" TriOptimum Corporation locked in a dispute over Saturn's mineral rights. This is a cross-reference to another Origin sci-fi game, System Shock.

Information also contributed by BurningStickMan, Xoleras

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