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Wizards & Warriors (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.4
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

If you are a RPG-Veteran or Wizardry-Lover, this is a must-have! Daniel Martin (17) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A very engrossing RPG with some large problems BreadSlicer (3) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
A decent game, but not what we all expected from Bradley weregamer (157) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars
Nice try, but there are many better games available frank rieter (136) 2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall MobyScore (25 votes) 3.4


The Press Says

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85
Privat Computer PC
W&W er faktisk noget af et hit. Både grafik, lyd og musik er af høj kvalitet. Historien er som sagt god og opfindsom og er er ingen problemer med at leve sig ind i denne drømmeverden. Samtidig er friheden stor og der er masser at tage sig til.
84
IGN
If you like old-school RPGs, you'll fall in love with Wizards & Warriors. It has its share of problems, but they're only minor blemishes on an otherwise brilliant gem of a game. The folks at Heuristic Park have done an excellent job rekindling that classic RPG feeling, and I for one have been missing lots of sleep for this one.
80
Electric Games
Bottom Line: While Wizards & Warriors may look somewhat dated, the core concepts that made this such an interesting game are fully intact. This is a huge game that can potentially take 200+ hours to complete, taking all of the little tasks and sub-quests into consideration. The interface has a fairly high learning curve, but can be mastered with some patience. Overall, this is a very good game that could have been better with more polish. It is still well worth playing for any true fantasy RPG fan.
80
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
De fans zien met Wizards & Warriors het lange wachten beloond al moet je er wel de verouderde graphics bijnemen.
79
Gamesmania
Während aktuelle Vertreter des Genres immer mehr in den Action-Bereich abdriften, zelebriert Wizards&Warriors souverän die klassischen Rollenspieleigenschaften. So werden vor allem erfahrene Spieler an der aufwendigen Charaktergenerierung und der epischen Größe des Programms Gefallen finden, wohingegen Einsteiger von der Komplexität abgeschreckt werden. Wer Geduld mitbringt und an der antiquiert wirkenden Grafik keinen Anstoß nimmt, erhält mit Wizards&Warriors ein Computerrollenspiel in seiner reinsten Form.
79
PC Games (Germany)
+++ Das Böse ist erwacht +++ Stopp +++ Heldentruppe gesucht +++ Stopp +++ Muss magisches Schwert finden +++ Stopp +++ Bieten ausführlichen Eintrag in die Landeschroniken +++ Stopp +++ So oder ähnlich könnte das Telegramm lauten, das Ihren Nachwuchskrieger zu Beginn des Rollenspiels Wizards & Warriors ins Städtchen Valeia zieht.
78
Gamer's Pulse
Now I know I haven’t exactly said that Wizards & Warriors is a shining example of an RPG, but it does have its merits. Don’t let what I say stop you from buying something you might want to buy. It has fine aspects for Role-Players and new game enthusiasts alike. While I can’t say I was addicted to it, I can certainly see how another person could become totally immersed in the game and spend hour upon hour forgoing sleep while playing it. To sum up, it was a good game, and although it wasn’t a hit for me it may indeed be something you are looking for.
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PC Player (Germany)
Wizards & Warriors hat das Pech, zur falschen Zeit fertig zu sein - andererseits würde ein Nebenbuhler wie Baldur's Gate 2 so ziemlich jedes Spiel in den Schatten stellen. Insofern liegt kein Ehrverlust darin, zweiter Sieger zu sein. Gerade der Vergleich zum Interplay-Titel (von dem mir bereits eine spielbare Version vorliegt) zeigt aber auch, dass Wizards & Warriors schon so etwas wie eine Antiquität ist. Soviel als Tribut an die moderne Zeit. Und nun noch ein Wort an die Freaks unter Ihnen. Sie wissen schon, wen ich meine. Alle anderen mal weghören; Kumpels, sperrt die Lauscher auf: Dieses Teil müsst ihr haben! Baldur besorgt Ihr Euch ja ohnehin, und das ist gut so, aber dies hier ist Euer eigentliches Ding. Und lasst euch nicht von der Note abschrecken, die ist nur ein Zugeständnis an heutige Spielgewohnheiten...
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4Players.de
Wizards&Warriors ist ein Spitzenspiel, auf das jeder Fan von Wizardry 7 und ähnlichen Rollenspielen lange gewartet hat. Trotz der angesprochenen Mankos (Handhabung der Quests) wird das Spielvergnügen kaum getrübt. Lediglich Rollenspiel-Einsteiger sollten sich den Kauf überlegen.
78
Gamezilla
Wizards & Warriors suffers from delayed-game syndrome. The extra time it took to get it to market makes it look and feel outdated. It also suffers from technical problems with its 3D graphics support. Despite these issues it is a good game and I found myself enjoying it more than I expected as it progressed -- the good classic RPG core of the game manages to overcome the problems to a large extent. Die-hard fans of the genre will find plenty to enjoy in Wizards & Warriors, but for the more casual gamer it is likely to be disappointed.
78
ComputerGamers.com
Over all, this game is worth a look certainly, but if your budget is limited, you may want to aim your dollars at another target. Odds of hitting the bulls-eye will increase if you look at Baldur's Gate II or Icewind Dale.
75
Daily Radar
In an Enchanted Medieval World, a Very Bad Guy has returned to wreak havoc. Only the legendary Super Artifact can defeat the evil one. Through many Dangerous Quests, the heroes will discover the Super Artifact and bring about the end of the Reign of Terror. No one said the storyline for Wizards & Warriors would be original; in fact, its lack of originality only adds to its charm. Hatched from the brain of famed Wizardry series designer D.W. Bradley, W&W does many things right and very few wrong.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Regroupant une atmosphère bien plus prenante qu'un Baldur's Gate ainsi qu'une foule d'options qui ne cesseront pas de ravir, Wizards and Warriors souffre cruellement d'une partie technique médiocre. A réserver pour ceux qui préfèrent l'aventure à l'éblouissement.
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Armchair Empire, The
The Wizardry series has provided some amazingly addictive role-playing for PC gamers over the last 20 years, from its humble beginnings in the Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord, to latter editions like Heart of the Maelstrom and Wizardry Gold. Helping create the fifth, sixth, and seventh installments in the series was D.W. Bradley, and now he and his development team have recently completed Wizards & Warriors. While a very respectable title, it does suffer from a number of technical sore points that weaken the play experience.
75
GameZone
Yes, Wizards & Warriors, from Activision, offers nothing new in the way of plot line. But wait until you see this program. It is a tale of two worlds – the one in town and the one on the road to adventure.
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GameSpot
Activision's Wizards & Warriors is a first-person 3D role-playing game designed by D.W. Bradley, who helped create the fifth, sixth, and seventh episodes of the classic Wizardry role-playing series. According to Bradley, Wizards & Warriors is intended to be something of a return to such involving, addictive first-person role-playing games, and in that regard, it succeeds for the most part. Like many role-playing games before it, Wizards & Warriors lets you create a party of adventurers of different character classes and races and explore vast overland areas and dank dungeons in search of fearsome monsters, powerful weapons and items, and experience levels. Unfortunately, Wizards & Warriors suffers from a handful of problems that compromise an otherwise solid game.
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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
The sheer number of options and things you can do aside from the primary quest make this a game worth buying for people looking to get their money’s worth in terms of longevity; but more than that, Wizards & Warriors is designed to give players an alternate world into which they can flee when the rigors of mundane life become a severe burden. Despite the fact that the story seems like a typical save-the-world-from-the-evil-overlord epic, it is inspired and well-written enough to stay most complaints of unoriginality. But then with so much experience as a designer in the world of PC RPGs, we should expect no less from D.W. Bradley. The longevity of this title is nearly unmatched by any other RPG save the online crowd, and players from the old-school crowd of role-playing will feel immediately at home.
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Spel för Alla
Gammalmodig grafik, dåligt ljud och ett gränssnitt med många bökiga lösningar drar ned betyget. Trots det är spelet ett fullt godkänt actionrollspel med en stor och intressant värld att utforska där du har många möjligheter att utveckla dina figurer.
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GameSpy
The verdict? Two thumbs way down. None of my systems and operating systems ran this game well, and at least in Windows 2000, the OS couldn't be taken down along with it. The Heuristic Park Website acknowledges that it doesn't run well in Windows 2000, but even in Windows 98, there were a lot of problems, particularly with system lockups. The graphics left a lot to be desired, the interface was painful and the storyline pretty weak.
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Just RPG
This is such a difficult game to review. In a lot of ways, it's like passing a car accident. It's a terrible mess and you should just pass it up. I have heard that it probably won't get better soon because Activision is not letting the writers of the game patch it up. On the other hand, like the car accident, it draws us in and captivates us. There are some truly wonderful classic RPG moments here.
60
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Although the last act of the game plays like a romp in a small lake, by the time you get that far, you’re willing to buy into the illusion of a high seas adventure. Unfortunately, the ultimate battle resorts to the underhanded trick of forcing you to fight according to new rules. But by the time it’s over, you’ll be so invested you’ll want to keep playing. “There’s no more?” you’ll ask. Three-second mandatory pause. There’s no more, but it was fun while it lasted. Here’s hoping D.W. Bradley’s next game has a better engine and smoother development. Because in the best and worst sense of the phrase, they just don’t make them like this anymore.
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GameStar (Germany)
Es gibt Genre-Fans, denen die Grafik egal ist, eine riesige Spielwelt dafür umso wichtiger. Wenn Sie zu dieser Gruppe gehören und gerade nichts auf der Festplatte haben: Greifen Sie zu, Wizards & Warriors wird Sie kaum enttäuschen. Alle anderen lassen lieber die Finger von dem Programm. Es hat zwar innere Werte, aber die können die Schwächen nicht wettmachen. Das Rollenspiel-System ist nicht originell genug, und die Handlung kommt viel zu langsam in Schwung.
60
Gamekult
Basé sur un concept légèrement has been, Wizards & Warriors ravira les nostalgiques des premiers Might and Magic. Riche et prenant, il redonne ses lettres de noblesse à un genre un peu tombé en désuétude. Il reste cependant réservé aux fondus du style de par sa difficulté un peu élevée, ses graphismes assez moyens, ses dialogues en anglais et son gameplay assez hermétique.
60
Game industry News (GiN)
The rating of 3 GiN gems is more to warn the feint hearted. For those of us that do not mind dealing with a little clunky interface to get their kicks will find this game worth the effort to play. Like I said before, many other reviews have stated that those that stick it out for the long haul will be rewarded for their perseverance. I just do not want to give the impression that this is a game for everyone as it is not.
60
GamesFirst!
hate to dismiss a game like Wizards and Warriors when its creators are so nice. On the first page of the manual, D.M. Bradley – of Wizardry fame – directly addresses the player and says that if his game, “provides even a momentary taste of being alive in a world far different from our own, then the goal of this creation has been accomplished.” A dedication page follows which asks the game be played in memory of several people all presumably close to Bradley. And while it is evident that a lot of work and love has gone into Wizards and Warriors . . . well, it just isn’t enough to elevate this lame offering.
60
Quandary
Wizards & Warriors isn't perfect, but it's certainly an entertaining adventure. I've had lots of fun, especially puzzling my way through the dungeons. It's a game that's rich in detail but unfortunately some of the detail just didn't get enough attention. I wouldn't recommend it for novice players because of the complexity of the statistics, but for players who have been missing first-person quests, this one should fill the gap. I'm in line for Wizards & Warriors II although to 'come of age' I think the designers of this potential new series should sit back and think about their target audience.
60
Gameplanet
RPG fans familiar with PC classics such as Eye of the Beholder and Dungeon Master will recognise the style of game play immediately. The view is FPS based with an on screen box showing your view (controlled by keyboard) with icons representing spells/weapons filling up the rest of the screen (controlled by mouse) Your role is to take a band of adventurers through forests, crypts, castles, dungeons and slay foul beasts. You get the picture.
55
Da Gameboyz
Wizards & Warriors just doesn't compare to the other RPG heavyweights recently released. The graphics engine looks pretty crummy and allows for very little graphical ingenuity in level design and art. Probably the most aggravating part of Wizards & Warriors was the exploration, which should be full of excitement, tension, and fun, but is just plain dull. Although the creator, D.W. Bradley has been responsible for a fair portion of the Wizardry titles, it is unlikely there will be any more hell-spawned Wizards & Warriors titles hitting the shelves.
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Game Informer Magazine
As an upgrade to the style of role-playing made popular in the long-running Might & Magic and Wizardry series, Wizards & Warriors clings to too many of the old ideas without doing enough justice to the new style of environments. Roaming about in 3D environments is nice, but kind of pointless due to the serious lack of detail. Plus, switching between magic, weapons, and special skills is simply too awkward when enemies come straight at you with their bows firing. I still might have enjoyed it, but the constant bugs were driving me crazy.
50
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Головная боль и кишечные колики. Нервное расстройство и язва желудка. Неужели команда под руководством Брэдли делала этого интерфейсно-графического инвалида целых четыре года, передирая у коллег все мало-мальски интересные задумки и извращая их до неузнаваемости? Если да, то на кого делался расчет? Даже всеядные фанаты M&Ms не смогут проглотить Wizards & Warriors без видимых последствий для своей нервной системы, не говоря уже о поклонниках серии Wizardry и простых любителях CRPG. Куда ты смотрела, милая Activision, принимая этот гнусный дар от по-иезуитски хитрой EA? Уж лучше бы ты потратила эти деньги на своевременную доводку до ума Vampire, чем на творение г-на Брэдли и Ко… Так, где эти два несчастных диска? Молоток — в студию!
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Electric Playground
In the day and age of Baldur’s Gate I and II, Planescape: Torment, and Ultima Ascension, Wizards & Warriors is left feeling stale and looking bent with age. With such eagerly awaited titles as Neverwinter Nights and Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor on the horizon, the weary RPGer may very well pass up on this nostalgic sword and sorcery romp. I won’t deny and I certainly appreciate the warm feeling and soft spot that I have for what this game once represented, but the way has been paved for bigger, better, and newer games. Wizards & Warriors simply feels late by a few years.
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Game Informer Magazine
Oh, Activision, why dost thou forsake us? This game can be summed up in two words – crap sandwich. Crude graphics and horrendous gameplay are only the beginning of W&W’s problems.