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Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny (DOS)

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Description

In her quest for power and revenge, the witch Scotia accidentally set into motion the revival of Belial, God of Evil. With her dying breath, Scotia gave her son Luther her mighty powers of shapeshifting, but through an error Luther received the powers in a damaged form: he cannot control when he changes or what he changes into. Things aren't easy for Luther: not only is he cursed with his mother's power, but the people of the Lands are understandably upset with Scotia and will attempt to take their frustration out on her son. With his mother's magic and a little help from the Draracle, an ancient being watching for signs of Belial's resurrection, Luther must find a cure for his curse and eventually stop Belial.

Guardians of Destiny is the sequel to Throne of Chaos and the second installment in the Lands of Lore series. Unlike its predecessor, it is an action RPG which occurs in real-time 3D (much like Daggerfall) rather than in grid-based environments. Luther is the only player-controlled character in the game and can freely move around, attack in all directions, jump, and crouch. The game features numerous video sequences featuring computer graphics and live action.

Luther's unique ability are his transformation powers, allowing him to morph into a powerful humanoid beast or a lizard. Though eventually the player gains control over them, initially these transformations occur at random. The beast form is stronger and able to smash obstacles on his way, but the lizard is more agile, can cast magic and access areas restricted to other shapes. Only Luther's native shape, however, is able to use weapons, both melee and range ones.

Unlike most role-playing games, experience points are not awarded directly for vanquishing enemies. Rather, Luther's weapon and magic proficiencies increase and reach higher levels the more the player uses correspondent combat styles. Typically, only defeating more powerful foes contributes to this growth. The player can also combine items to create new ones, and enhance Luther's weapons with them (e.g. making a poison sword). There are elements of puzzle-solving, optional areas, as well as moral decisions that influence the game's ending.

Screenshots

Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny DOS ...and soon demonstrates the smooth combination of computer graphics and live actors
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny DOS Draracle's hall. The skeleton looks tired
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny DOS A FMV depicting the ride in the lavishly decorated transportation system of the City
Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny DOS ...while the rest reverts to the adventure-like format. This shop is an exquisitely decorated pre-rendered image

Alternate Titles

  • "黑暗王座 II:天命守護者" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Lands of Lore: Les gardiens de la destinee" -- French title
  • "Lands of Lore II: Guardians of Destiny" -- Scandinavian title
  • "Lands of Lore: Götterdämmerung" -- German title
  • "Lands of Lore 2" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

Draracle, shmaracle, as long as he loves his mother Oleg Roschin (164803) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars

The Press Says

PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1997 90 out of 100 90
PC Jeux Oct, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Gamesmania 1996 85 out of 100 85
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Oct, 1997 82 out of 100 82
PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

Forums

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Why Westwood, why? 4 vedder (20101)
May 26, 2011
Why is this game so hated? 4 St. Martyne (3562)
Aug 13, 2007

Trivia

Limited Edition

Collector's Edition (Limited Edition) box, which was later released, contains a small card with five minutes free hints to call for.

Music

The CD contains some tunes that cannot be found in the game. Here's the list:
  • Ancient Magic
  • Gladstone
  • The Battle of Gladstone
  • Huline Jungle
  • Claw Mountains
  • Emperor's Theme
  • Ru-Loi Citadel
  • Ru-Loi Battle
  • The Draracle Halls
  • The Temple
  • Belial's Birth
  • Chamber of Voices
  • City of the Ancients
  • Finale

Sound

This game marks the first time when Westwood used 3D sound effects. As you turn your character, the sound can be heard only in the direction where it actually comes from.

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Alan Chan (3655) added Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny (DOS) on Nov 28, 1999
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