DescriptionRealms of the Haunting is a combination of first-person shooter and three-dimensional adventure game with quite a bit of live-action Full Motion Video thrown in to boot. Navigation through the game world is done through a FPS interface very similar to Doom; however there's also a free-floating cursor controlled by the mouse which you can use to interact with the various objects around you. There's also an inventory system and quite a few object related puzzles. The game has standard Doom-ish combat against a variety of monsters, however the combat is placed at intervals rather than throughout the game, and the emphasis is more on exploration and atmosphere.
The game's plot starts out as a typical haunted house story but soon mutates into an end-of-the-world tale combining New Age pseudo-philosophy and biblical Revelations. You take the part of Adam Randall, a pastor's son who is sent to investigate a haunted mansion by a mysterious priest who claims it's linked to your father's death. Once you enter the mansion you soon learn that not only is it infested with demons and evil spirits, but that the mansion itself is built over an old Satanic temple and the priest who sent you there is in fact a five-hundred year old French sorcerer trying to bring about the end of the world.You are soon joined by a helpful young psychic and aided by the ghost of a defeated knight. You'll also start a grudge with an ex-demon king as well as be chased around by the Antichrist-in-training.
- "Realms of the Haunting: The Battleground between ultimate Good and Evil" -- Tag-lined title
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TriviaAlthough the later US release of ROTH allowed you to rebind some of the controls, the original UK release had no such facility, thus forcing the worst control layout I have ever encountered upon the hapless player.
Fortunately, components of the US release can be utilised so as to allow the UK version to benefit from this feature. All the details and necessary files can be obtained here:
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- Crap Shoot (A humorous review on PC Gamer)
- Hints for Realms of the Haunting (Stuck in ROTH? This site will guide you through the tough spots.)
- The Unofficial RotH Fansite. (Currently, the most complete resource website devoted to the game.)
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