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Arx Fatalis (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Arx brevis, vita longa אולג 小奥 (168833) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
Arx Fatalis Pays Off For Patient Gamers Steelysama (106) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
Arx Fatalis - Deadly City? Alex M. (1034) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Was it good for you too? ShadowShrike (309) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars
Remake of Ultima Underworld? Mattias Kreku (423) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A badly planned and executed "Underworld" game worldwideweird (54) 1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars
Good unbalanced rpg Vashna (19) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.7
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
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 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall MobyScore (65 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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100
Pixel-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.
100
Yiya
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
Withingames
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 ;-)
95
Jeuxvideo.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.
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FileFactory 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
Gamekult
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
Pelit
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
Thunderbolt 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
PC 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
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Morrowind uitgespeeld en op zoek naar een nieuwe uitdaging? Dit verslavende RPG zal je opnieuw maandenlang in de ban houden...
86
Play.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
RPGFan
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
Netjak
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
Game 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
Gamigo
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
JeuxVideoPC.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
4Players.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
ComputerGames.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
GameStar (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
GameSpot
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
PC 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
GameZone
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
PC 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
Gamesmania
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
PC Gamer UK
Morrowind is more ambitious, Underworld more revolutionary, but this is still a fine game.
82
Fragland.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!
80
Computer 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
PCG
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
Joystick (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
GameSpot (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
Quandary
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
ToTheGame
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
Game 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
Tap-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.
75
Game 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.
70
Legendra
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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Eurogamer.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.
70
Game 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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Stratos 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.
70
GameSpy
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.
69
ActionTrip
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.
67
GameBoomers
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.
65
Game 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.
65
Deaf 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.
60
Super 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.
58
GamingExcellence
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.
50
Adrenaline 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.