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Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness (Xbox)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness is a third-person, single-player, action-adventure game featuring spell combat and exploration. Players take the role of Arran, a novice wizard whose magical power grows as he ages throughout his quest to collect spells and rid the world of eternal night.

Players can choose brute force or smart tactics. Each school of magic is effective against a different color of enemy, and different schools will have spells with different effects as they level up. The schools are made up of over 40 spells, either light, dark, fire, or water. Spells can either be summoned right in front of Arran, or, by dislodging the magic stone on his staff and guiding it around him with the right thumbstick, fired with precision in any direction. Many items can be found hidden in levels that will provide Arran with bonuses, like increased health or the ability to power up a spell, and these bonuses carry between levels.


Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness Xbox VR1 Logo Cinematic
Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness Xbox The orb you found accompanies you and gives you guidance.
Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness Xbox In your journey you will acquire runes to focus your powers.
Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness Xbox Those green mounds are monster generators and will continue to spit out fresh foes until they are destroyed.

Alternate Titles

  • "NightCaster: Terrassez Les Ténèbres" -- French title

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The Press Says

Gaming Target Mar 21, 2002 7.4 out of 10 74
GamePro (US) Dec 26, 2001 3.5 out of 5 70
GameSpot Feb 06, 2002 6.8 out of 10 68 May 30, 2002 13 out of 20 65 Aug 01, 2002 64 out of 100 64
GameSpy Feb 24, 2002 63 out of 100 63
X-Power Jun 19, 2002 6 out of 10 60 May 01, 2003 56.5 out of 100 56
Gaming Age Feb 19, 2002 C 50
The Video Game Critic May 13, 2003 D 25


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NeoMoose (1103) added Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness (Xbox) on Jul 13, 2002