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Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura (Windows)

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A little rant about Arcanum. Happy Rabbi (1305) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
That's the way to show those bast... uhh... I mean... good hit sir! אולג 小奥 (168715) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Gnomes with guns and bits with bugs Anym (193) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
An engrossing and impressive rpg that ultimately lives up to it's potential. Zovni (9360) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
An Enriching Yet Ultimately Flawed Experience prymusferal (25) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars
Troika is dead, Long Live Troika aiolos (6) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
A fine, fun RPG in an original (at least in games) world. weregamer (157) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
It's Kinda Like A Turn Of The Century Shadowrun MasterMegid (897) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Voi ch'entrate lasciate ogni speranza (Dante, but not the one met in Ashbury) Jacques Guy (55) 2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars
Seems to be mything something. Terrence Bosky (5235) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
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Overall MobyScore (136 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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100
Clubic
Enfin, ne vous donnez pas la peine de tenter une comparaison avec le proportionnellement bien fade Baldur's Gate II. Avec Arcanum vous n'aurez pas les sempiternelles énigmes tordues et lourdingues, pas plus que les combats « grobillistes » ou encore les chargements à rallonge. Alors bien sûr vous n'aurez pas non plus l'excellente qualité graphique du titre de Black Isle... Question de choix, pour ma part c'est Arcanum!
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Gry OnLine
Tak więc drogi czytelniku tej recenzji, jeśli lubisz gry rpg, to Arcanum stanowi obowiązkową pozycję na liście tegorocznych zakupów. Świat Arcanum jest naprawdę wyjątkowy, a pewne niedociągnięcia po krótkim czasie przestają być zauważalne. Arcanum ma w sobie coś, co nie pozwala odkleić się od komputera, wciąga i nie pozostawia obojętnym. Pozostaje się cieszyć, że autorzy już planują powstanie jej drugiej części, gdyż jest to jedna z najlepszych gier, jakie ostatnio się ukazały i kandydatka do zaszczytnego tytułu gry rpg roku.. Więc co tu dużo mówić - polecam gorąco!.
93
games xtreme
I've been waiting for a decent RPG fix to come along that doesn't follow the traditional D&D standard that so many adhere to in more recent releases, and I have found the fix in Arcanum. If this game is available in your area, and you've a craving for some old-fashioned CRPG goodness, pick it up.
91
Mania
All in all, Arcanum offers some excellent innovations in the area of RPG's. If you are one of those freaks who doesn't like to read through enough dialogue to fill several novel's, then I don't recommend any RPG, let alone one this complex and involved. However if you've played through the FINAL FANTASY series the same number of years that you have been alive, ARCANUM is a wonderful example of the genre.
91
Gamezilla
An excellent, excellent game! Somewhat marred by a bulky interface, Arcanum is nevertheless a breath of fresh air in the RPG genre, with highly rendered graphics, huge playing fields, and an excellent experience system allowing unprecedented freedom of development, not to mention the interesting storyline. All die-hard RPG addicts will need to add this one to their collection, and other fantasy enthusiasts as well. The interface brings the rating down to a low 90’s score, but it’s still well worth checking out.
91
Deaf Gamers
Arcanum, for so many reasons, has to be considered the finest of all RPG games available for the PC. On so many levels it is as good as Baldur's Gate 2 and Planescape Torment but it is the sheer quality of the character creation system and the inclusion of editing software that effectively enables you to create your own RPG that makes Arcanum the RPG to own at present.
90
Legendra
Arcanum est un jeu indispensable tout comme le sont les Fallout ou les Diablo, le genre de jeux qui laisse une trace dans l'expérience d'un joueur.
90
GameZone
Arcanum is so huge that I can see how some gamers would shy away from playing it. All the choices and complexities do have a higher learning curve than most games, but it is absolutely worth it. Troika has included pre-created characters and default level systems so the casual gamer won't have to bother with the sometimes overwhelming choices if they don't wish. Once you jump in, and get the hang of the controls the story will draw you in, and you'll be hooked. This one will be on your PC for months.
90
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Несомненно, лучший проект нынешнего лета, а, возможно, и всего года. Купив Arcanum, немедля забудьте об авиабилетах в Сочи, вынесите мусор, набейте холодильник провизией и сдайте собаку на попечение жалостливой соседке. На Землю вы вернетесь нескоро.
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Game industry News (GiN)
As an RPG lover, I would like to give kudos to Troika and Sierra for designing a game and publishing a game that truly is designed for a select group of people. Too often budgets are such these days that all games are aimed at the "mainstream" population, and end up watered down versions of their original ideas. Arcanum pulls no punches. It's a RPG that will challenge even expert RPGers. For that and for providing a lovely reality-forgetting experience, I award Arcanum 4 1/2 GiN Gems for their treasure chest with just a slight deduction for a few gameplay flaws.
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PC Gamer
Forget Baldur's Gate and Diablo. This game offers just as much fun, and more freedom.
89
GameSpy
There is little argument that Fallout and Fallout 2 were two of the best RPGs ever produced. Not only did they both provide a great gaming experience, they also cast aside many of the conventions of the typical RPG and had the player fighting their way across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Many of the folks responsible for the Fallout games went out and formed their own development house -- Troika Games -- and the result is Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura. Just like the Fallout series, Arcanum ignores many of the conventions of the RPG genre and the result is an amazing, if slightly buggy, game.
89
ActionTrip
Arcanum is one of the greatest surprises this year in spite of all press and on-line announcements it got. Troika Studios is actually comprised of the team that developed the original Fallout -- Jason Anderson, Leonard Boyarsky and Tim Cain, and a group of skilful designers. This would be a sufficient recommendation for any game. Just after you finished Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale expansion packs, Arcanum is there to take a couple of dozen hours of your life and give you some good Role Play to boot.
89
Gamigo
Arcanum ist kein Spiel für zwischendurch. Es erfordert viel Zeit...und die vergeht erschreckend schnell, hat man sich erst einmal in das Spiel hereingefunden. Den Autor dieser Zeilen sowie andere Rollenspielfans der Gamigo Redaktion hat Arcanum restlos begeistert, auch wenn das Spiel sicherlich keine schnelle Action bieten kann. Hier ist Geduld gefragt, sehr viel Informationsverarbeitung sowie Ausdauer! Bis zur Lösung im Single Play Modus vergehen locker 60 Stunden Nettospielzeit...ohne all die zusätzlichen Rätsel, die man lösen kann.
87
IGN
Arcanum isn't perfect by any means, but is more than the average of its parts, and even with a few problematic bugs, visual shortcomings, and occasional choppy performance, Arcanum is a delightful RPG with plenty to offer to those of you looking for a detailed storyline, rich atmosphere, and one of the best character development systems ever. It's good to see that the RPG tradition is still alive. I only hope that Arcanum sells well so we can continue to see RPGs like this in the future.
86
RPGFan
Arcanum really is a fun game to play despite its faults. While these faults do keep the game from becoming epic, they certainly do not make the game unplayable. It will take quite a few hours of time to play, especially if you plan to enjoy the different uses of the distinct characters, and the majority of your play hours will be well spent. While I cannot guarantee that Arcanum will be a blockbuster for everyone, it certainly has wide enough appeal to stimulate a general audience. Arcanum has a very interesting premise whose execution could use a facelift, but is well done nonetheless. For anyone looking for a role-playing game on the PC, this is a definite recommendation.
86
NZGamer
Imagine a place of wonder, where magick and technology coexist in an uneasy balance, and an adventurer might just as easily wield a flintlock pistol as a flaming sword. A place where great industrial cities house castle keeps and factories, home to Dwarves, Humans, Orcs and Elves alike. A place of ancient runes and steamworks, of magick and machines, of sorcery and science. Welcome to the land of Arcanum.
85
RPGFan
While by no means a horrible game, Arcanum doesn't come close to living up to the hype that was surrounding it upon its release. However, if you have the patience to look past the flaws and dig under the surface, you'll find an enjoyable adventure underneath. If you don't think you can deal with the game's weaknesses, stick with Black Isle's games for a similar, yet much superior, experience.
85
Game Vortex
It may not be the prettiest game you'll ever play, and it certainly isn't the easiest to get into or control, but Arcanum offers enough old-school RPG goodness to make up for its flaws for any fan of the genre. If you don't mind having to fight with the game a bit, you'll find an absolutely brilliant setting and enough character to keep you smirking for weeks. Casual RPGers should probably stay away, as the learning curve is high and the time-investment lengthy; those who don't mind sitting down for a truly giant gaming meal will find themselves enthralled by the steampunk fantasy world of Arcanum.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
Un incontournable pour les rôlistes dignes de ce nom, qui trouveront là un jeu d'une richesse incroyable doté d'un gameplay impeccable. Arcanum n'impressionne guère par son aspect graphique mais il se rattrappe largement par son atmosphère particulière et l'immensité de la quête qu'il propose.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een stevige brok pure RPG om nog eens goed je tanden in te zetten. Alleen voor die-hard fanaten!
83
PC Action
Bevor Sie mit Ihren Kumpanen neben dem Schrotthaufen des Zeppelins aufwachen und sich ins fröhliche Monsterkloppen und Rätsellösen stürzen, steht zunächst die Charakterwahl an. Entweder Sie akzeptieren einen der zwölf vorgefertigten Helden oder Sie generieren einen Recken. Acht männliche und vier weibliche Rassen wie Halbork, Mensch oder Elf stehen zur Verfügung. Darüber hinaus bietet sich ein umfangreiches Spektrum an Vorgeschichten an, die Ihre acht Grundwerte beeinflussen können. Beispielsweise besitzen Sie als "Kind aus gutem Hause" eine doppelt so gute Ausrüstung, büßen jedoch einen Punkt bei der Willenskraft ein, da Mama und Papa Ihnen ständig alles in den Allerwertesten gestopft haben.
82
4Players.de
Im Zeitalter von GeForce 3 wirkt Arcanum wie ein Relikt aus der Urzeit. Aber hinter den verstaubten Kulissen verbirgt sich eine der stimmungsvollsten Rollenspielwelten der letzten Jahre: Der soziale Konflikt zwischen Magie und Technik ist hervorragend inszeniert und so glaubwürdig umgesetzt, dass man sich in der Bibliothek sogar über den wissenschaftlichen Disput der „Orkfrage" schlau machen kann. Dabei ist die Story vielschichtig, immer wieder für Überraschungen gut und überlässt Euch dank des hervorragenden Charaktererschaffungs- und Entwicklungssystems absolute Spielfreiheit. Gerade Rollenspieler alter Schule werden schnell über die veraltete Grafik hinwegsehen und sich voll und ganz dem einzigartigen Steampunk-Flair hingeben. Wer Fallout mochte, wird Arcanum lieben!
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Gameswelt
Der Reiz von 'Arcanum' eröffnet sich einem nicht in den ersten paar Spielstunden. Erst im späteren Verlauf erkennt man, dass es sich fast schon um ein kleines Meisterwerk handelt, das mit einer coolen Story und zahlreichen, teilweise recht komplexen Nebenaufgaben daherkommt, die zudem noch Auswirkung auf das gesamte Spielgeschehen und den Ausgang der Abenteuer haben. Auch die immensen Möglichkeiten allein bei der Charakterentwicklung und den zahllosen Gegenständen lassen einen des öfteren staunen, auch wenn mancher Anfänger damit etwas überfordert sein dürfte. Wären da nicht einige Mängel im Spiel selber, hier und da ein paar technische und auch logische Bugs, sowie vor allem die enttäuschende Grafik, wäre Platzhirsch 'Baldur's Gate 2' wohl gewaltig ins Schwitzen gekommen. Denn inhaltlich kann Troikas Erstlingswerk ohne weiteres überzeugen, auch wenn die Spielzeit etwas länger sein könnte. Dennoch dürfte kein ambitionierter Rollenspieler um 'Arcanum' herumkommen.
81
Peliplaneetta.net
Vaikka Arcanumissa on puutteensa ja vikansa, on se sisällöllisesti aivan loistava, ja pelattavaa riittää tuntitolkulla. Siksi tämän pelin osalta olisi suorastaan kohtuutonta rokottaa pisteitä liian alas. Oikeusmurhaksi sitä voisi kutsua. Roolipelaajalle tässä on timantti, joka pelihyllyyn varmasti sopii. Ikävä kyllä, tekijät ovat unohtaneet jalokivensä hioa. Monessa kohtaa toteutuksessa olisi saanut ottaa oppia vaikkapa Diablo II:sta niin tässä olisi vielä paljon parempi peli. Yhtä kaikki, mukanaan se vie, tai ainakin allekirjoittaneen vei - takaisin jo kerran kadonneeseen rooli- ja seikkailupelien maailmaan.
81
RPGDOT
As with friends, you may take some time to fall in love with Arcanum. It isn't love at first sight, but once you accept the lowdowns and heights of this game, it will be an intense relationship. It might not be suited for the casual gamer, but it offers a lot for those who appreciate depth and atmosphere. Buy it? Yes. Buy it.
80
Mygamer.com
If you can see past the gritty surface of Arcanum you will discover a game with possibly the single most incredible storyline, quest system, and character-dynamic world featured in any RPG to date. I remember the first time I played Arcanum, I thought it was total garbage, but once I understood the inner workings of the character dynamics and the magnificent storyline tied beautifully to the game world - well, I couldn't put it down. Since the game is different virtually every time you play, the replay value is immeasurable due to the endless possibility of character types, via mixing and matching. A mod system and mod-based multiplayer can also add to the value of the game if you can find some other Arcanum players who are interested in ‘team-bashing'. Arcanum is a superior purchase, reminiscent of the combat style seen in Diablo 2 combined with a Final Fantasy 3 caliber storyline. It's a must for absolutely any RPG fan.
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PCMag.com
What would happen if the industrial revolution hit a world of elves, dwarves, magic rings, and enchanted swords? That's Arcanum, where you might face a dwarf with a repeater rifle. The game world is huge, the story is strong, and players can participate in many side quests; graphics are a little dated. Give yourself time to learn it.
80
Gamekult
Malgré un moteur poussif et l'absence de grandes innovations, Arcanum pousse plus loin le principe du jeu de rôle en améliorant des concepts déjà introduits dans Fallout. Au final, on se retrouve donc devant un grand jeu de rôles, une nouvelle référence du genre, qui malgré une réalisation décevante réjouira les passionnés par sa profondeur, mais rebutera certainement les nouveaux venus dans le monde du jeu de rôles sur PC.
80
Jeuxvideo.fr
La série des Fallout reste l'une des expériences les plus intéressantes de jeu de rôle sur PC. Avec Arcanum leurs créateurs ont vraiment fait très fort et malgré les quelques réserves émises plus haut, c'est vraiment du tout bon. La richesse de l'univers, le scénario consistant et la possibilité de jouer l'aventure « à sa manière » offrent un plaisir de jeu rarement atteint dans le genre. L'aspect graphique pourrait en rebuter certains, mais il serait vraiment dommage de passer à côté d'un tel soft pour de simples considérations techniques. Alors que les jeux vidéos sont de moins en moins originaux, que la durée de vie de titres pourtant largement salués par la critique est ridiculement faible (Black & White, Max Payne), Troïka Games nous livre un titre pensé avant tout pour le joueur et son plaisir à long terme !
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All Game Guide
Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura is reminiscent of Shadowrun, full of the adventure and intrigue. New features and a solid storyline should keep even the most veteran players busy for quite sometime. While the game isn't flawless, it surpasses most competitors in the genre, and holds up well in the field of fantasy adventuring.
80
Withingames
Arcanum hat eigentlich fast alles, was zu einem guten Computer-Rollenspiel gehört. Grosse Freiheiten beim Entwickeln seines Charakters und bei den Entscheidungen, die man während des Spieles trifft, eine mehr als interessante Spiel-Umgebung, verästelte Auftrags-Strukturen und eine faszinierende Hintergrundgeschichte. Warum also keine 100% geben? Ganz einfach: Die Grafik ist mehr als angestaubt, die Interaktion mit Mitgliedern der eigenen Gruppe sowie das Inventory ist ziemlich umständlich und das Spiel ist in einigen Punkten nicht gut ausbalanciert – so ist man, wenn man zu Beginn die ersten Punkte richtig investiert schon nahezu unbesiegbar. Alles in allem aber trotzdem ein Rollenspiel mit erhöhtem Sucht-Faktor, das ich aufgrund der vielen Möglichkeiten seinen Charakter zu entwickeln sicher noch wochen- und monatelang spielen werde.
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Imperium Gier
Arcanum, jak wspomniałem, jest najlepszym RPG mijającego powoli roku. Nie ma co do tego żadnych wątpliwość, ale... Komplementując grę, cały czas starałem się jednocześnie konfrontować z obrazem wielkiego Fallouta - może to był błąd? Może, jak w przypadku Doom'a, Fallout to brylant jeden na milion; na zawsze już zostanie w naszym sercu jako probierz doskonałości? Dla Arcanum rezerwujmy inną skalę - tegorocznych mega hitów. Patrząc na cenzurki, wystawione przez moich drogich kolegów, nie mogę nie przyznać najwyższej punktacji. Trzeba zachować konsekwencję. Coś najlepsze, musi pozostać najlepsze. Słupek matematyczny 2x2 zawsze równy 4. Sorry Diablo, sorry Baldur's... mamy nowego króla. Przynajmniej pierwszych 9 miesięcy tego roku.
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Quandary
So, there you have it. Sorry that all took a while to explain, but there's a lot to do in the world of Arcanum. I've played it four times through so far with widely varied character types, and though there is a certain familiarity about the proceedings each time you play, there are also a lot of new things to discover. While not excelling in the graphics department, and despite favouring the magick/melee style player over the gun-toting technologist, I still rate Arcanum as one of my favourite games. For me, it's the game play that really counts, and Arcanum has bucketloads of that!
80
GamePro (US)
So is Arcanum worth the trip? Yes, indeed, but only if you've got lots of techno-tolerance and time. There truly is a deep, rewarding, and splendiferous RPG behind Arcanum's dated, clunky machina, but only the most intrepid RPG fanatics will have the patience to dig it out.
80
Game Over Online
Overall, I feel like I should be in one of those old beer commercials where one side of the room is shouting “Great game!” and the other side is shouting “Crappy engine!” The punch line now, as in the beer commercials, is that both sides are right (or at least they’re right here; your taste may vary with the beer), and Arcanum is both a good game and a bad game depending on the part of it you want to focus on. I thought the gameplay was good enough to make up for the deficient engine, and I found Arcanum to be a worthy successor to the Fallout series.
80
Christ Centered Game Reviews
From a Christian perspective this game uses magic (it's in the title: Magick), and can have some dark areas. When you create your character you can choose their strengths, weaknesses, and other attributes. You can also choose their past. Some are funny like, raised by snake handlers, but others are dark like raised by witches etc. Another thing that disappointed me was the language. The word D*mn. Was used a couple times. The graphics are OK, no 3D rendering from what I can tell. The sound effects were good. Game play is fun on single player. I did not see a multiplayer option in the demo, it will be available in the final. This game is designed to run on Windows 9X, however I did run it on 2000 and it does work. The only thing I noticed was a slow down when left in combat mode for a while. The game was stable, no crashes
80
Gameguru Mania
Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura (Arcanum) is the first title by Troika Games, a company founded by three of the key people behind Black Isle's post-apocalyptic isometric RPG, Fallout. No wonder, Arcanum is in some ways very much like Fallout, but at the same time it is a new world rich in atmosphere and new ideas. Arcanum is set in a steam punk world in the mid 19th century. Technology and magic have reached an unstable equilibrium, with technology being on the rise in the last 70 years, and magic being in decline from its once penultimate position in the world.
79
Game Chronicles
The stylish atmosphere and unique mix of technology and magic makes for one of the most interesting games in the genre. The vast possibilities of the character generator alone, not to mention the dynamically changing story gives this game unlimited potential and infinite replayability. If you like RPG's then you are going to love Arcanum.
76
Gamesmania
Troika bringt als Debüt ein solides Rollenspiel mit etwas altbackender Grafik und kleineren Mängeln heraus, kann aber Akzente bei Story und Charakterentwicklung setzen. Genrefans können bedenkenlos zugreifen - hier wartet ein fesselndes Abenteuer auf euch.
76
Game Captain
Arcanum ist leider wieder eines der Rollenspiele, die eine unheimlich detaillierte Charakterentwicklung bieten und auch sonst alles enthalten, was zu einem guten Rollenspiel gehört, aber grafisch hinter den technischen Möglichkeiten zurückbleiben. Wer die Fallout Serie kennt, wird feststellen, dass sich seitdem nicht viel geändert hat. Eine tolle Idee ist das Setzen von Wegpunkte in der Übersichtskarte, die automatisch abgelaufen werden. Schade ist nur, dass zwar Geschäfte auf der Karte eingespeichert werden, aber Personen, die sich immer am selben Ort aufhalten nicht. Das sorgt für unnötige Laufereien und hätte zumindest durch die Möglichkeit einer Kartenbeschriftung durch den Spieler umgangen werden können.
76
PC Games (Germany)
Als Fallout auf den Markt kam, sah es erschütternd veraltet aus. Doch Rollenspieler liebten die Story in der Endzeitwelt und die Freiheiten im Charaktersystem so sehr, dass sie auf die Hässlichkeit pfiffen. Arcanum entwarfen einige der Designer von damals nach derselben Philosophie: Bei der Figurenwahl können Sie einen von 12 Fertigcharakteren nehmen oder aus 8 Eigenschaften und 16 Fähigkeiten einen Wunschhelden basteln.
75
Gamers' Temple, The
Despite a few annoyances and gameplay issues, Arcanum can be fun to play. It's unique setting and departure from more traditional RPG elements will certainly endear it to many players.
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GameStar (Germany)
Vom Grafikstil der Fallout-Bunker ist der Putz mittlerweile abgebröckelt. Ein optischer Neubau hätte Arcanum sicherlich gut getan, zumal die Renovierung des Kampfsystems in die Hose ging. Aber auch ohne Monster-3D-Engine gelingt es Troika Games, eine atmosphärisch dichte Fantasywelt zu erschaffen. Rollenspiel-Puristen, die gar nicht genug Nebenquests, Charaktereigenschaften und spielerische Freiheit bekommen können, werden den spannenden Konflikt zwischen Magie und Technik lieben. Gelegenheitsabenteurer fragen sich dagegen zu Recht, ob man Komplexität nicht auch mit Zugänglichkeit kombinieren kann. Mein Kampfmagier ist diesbezüglich aber tolerant, freut er sich doch auf noch viele abwechslungsreiche Abenteuer in einem unverbrauchten Szenario.
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WomenGamers.com
Arcanum is far from a perfect game, but it’s still a rare gem. Anyone who is a serious RPG fan will probably love this game, if for no other reason than to see an elf toting around a flame thrower. If you’re a casual gamer looking for some fun, Arcanum might be worth your time, provided you can manage to get past the game’s combat and visual issues.
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GameSpot
Arcanum is a traditional fantasy role-playing game with several distinctive traits, including a great premise and a nonlinear, open-ended role-playing system. But the game's broad design brings with it a host of problems that may not be easy for you to get past. Three years in the making, Arcanum is the fledgling effort of Troika Games, a small studio founded by several key members of the team that created Fallout-- Interplay's memorable, highly enjoyable postapocalyptic role-playing game--back in 1997. Arcanum bears many noticeable similarities to Fallout. Like its predecessor, it gives you plenty of freedom within its open-ended world--the freedom to approach the game's many challenges by using a variety of courses of action, from civil to brutal.
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GameBanshee
The game has some distinctive features that make it unique. Granted, it will not appeal to everyone, but as an older game, it's relatively cheap ! I think I paid 10 bucks for it. At that price, you've got nothing to lose and I think that it will inspire many true RPG fans out there with its creativity and depth. For a fan of the shinier and newer games, you're probably not missing out on anything earth-shaking. But for a fan of the genre and real role-playing, the game is worth playing, and once played, worth playing again.
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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Arcanum is ultimately an entertaining title, but one with enough quirks to prevent it from attaining true RPG greatness. The product’s impressive scope and challenge mixed with a non-traditional technological background will no doubt draw RPG fans into its fold. At the same time, Arcanum‘s traditional graphics, crowded interface, and poor multiplayer may keep some from investing their time in it. Many hardcore and casual RPG enthusiasts looking for an involved storyline and a different take on the genre should be satisfied with this game, but three years after the last Fallout release, I was expecting that like the land of Arcanum, this title could get more with the times.
70
Super Play
Arcanum är inte perfekt på något sätt. Grafiken kunde ha varit vackrare och kontrollen är riktigt krånglig att lära sig. Men trots dessa svagheter har spelet något som åtminstone får mig att gilla det skarpt. Införskaffar man Arcanum har man en mystisk, intressant och sammanhängande värld att utforska.
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Game Informer Magazine
As it is, though, you find yourself wanting to play due to all the great elements, yet hate yourself for continuing to tolerate such cumbersome controls. Whether you'll actually like the game or not depends which side of the fence you lean towards.
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ESC Magazine
As it stands, Arcanum is an exercise in frustration. There are so many moments when you know it can be a better game than it is, so many times when you're expecting it to break out and show you what it can really do, that you can't help being disappointed by the experience. But the both the studio and the system they've created show a lot of potential, and the few bright flashes of inspiration that Arcanum does demonstrate give some real hope for a strong follow-up effort from Troika Games.
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Ben je bereid een inspanning te leveren voor Arcanum - dan zal het game je daarvoor rijkelijk belonen. Voor de anderen: afblijven.
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Game Informer Magazine
The only time I was satisfied with the game was when I was talking smack to some thug or attempting to haggle my way into a good deal. If you’re a hardcore RPG soldier, you’ll be hard pressed to enjoy this game. Newbies, however, will find Arcanum right up their alley.
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Game Revolution
Like I said in the beginning, I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Hell, I'm not even the sharpest spoon. I've got lice, I'm not pretty, and I've got a few siblings who kick my ass every chance they get. Having said that, I am new, I'm a lot of game for a little money, and I'm pretty similar to a lot of good old games. If you're looking for a long-term relationship with a complicated, temperamental (I have nervous breakdowns all the time), frustratingly smart game, then baby, I'm your man. Otherwise, I'm just trouble.
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Armchair Empire, The
The only people who may get a kick out of Arcanum are those who really like the nuts and bolts of role playing and are interested in a new and different setting to experience. Most, however, will not have the patience for the slow battles, the complicated interface, and the the heavily dated aesthetic of this game.
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Computer Gaming World (CGW)
There is fun to be had here. When it all comes together, when the story drives the action, when the combat is bloody and perilous, when your technologist character learns how to make a devastating elephant gun out of spare parts, ARCANUM is a gas-lit wonder. With its near- constant rate of leveling, the long-term planning, and the payoffs its incredibly deep character-generation system affords, this is a game that understands the pleasures and rewards of a true RPG as few others do. There is more hardcore, satisfying character sculpting in this game than in any other on the market. Unfortunately, there are more good, solid kicks to the shin in it as well.
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Yiya
Wäre Arcanum dabei ein schlechtes Spiel, so wären diese Schwächen bedeutungslos. Aber Arcanum hat eine Menge Potential und wird sicher manchen begeistern können! Hätte man doch nur nicht versucht, dass Multiplayer- Gut/ Böse- Magie/ Technik- Rundenbasierte/ Echtzeit-RPG zu schaffen und dies gegen Ende offenbar unter Zeitdruck
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Just RPG
Arcanum strikes me as a game that could have a great sequel. If the designers can figure out a way to achieve real and compelling balance in the game - and tart up the graphics a good deal - they might have a truly great game on their hands. What they currently have is an admirable experiment that fails.
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Just Adventure
Arcanum strikes me as a game that could have a great sequel. If the designers can figure out a way to achieve real and compelling balance in the game - and tart up the graphics a good deal - they might have a truly great game on their hands. What they currently have is an admirable experiment that fails.
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RPGamer
Despite all the negativity, the final verdict of Arcanum is hardly a foregone conclusion. Put most simply, in a genre rife with clones, this was one of the more original PC RPGs in the market. Indeed, the novelty alone proved to be enough of a benefit to see this game through to the end for this reviewer, although your millage may vary. If you find yourself capable of slogging through twenty hours or so of repetitive and/or ridiculously easy battles, perhaps as a veteran of Planescape: Torment, then you can be assured of a experience full of wholly unique flavor, hilarious Old-English dialogue, and quite a few charming Fallout references.