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Horizons: Empire of Istaria is an MMORPG from Artifact Entertainment, the makers of Demise: Rise of the Ku'tan. As a member of one of the nine Living Races, you must battle the invading hordes of the Undead along the Frontier lands. Whether you want to take to the front line as a warrior, wizard, scout, or healer, or stake your claim and set up shop to do your part for the cause as a crafter or merchant, the world of Istaria is waiting for you.

In the vein of similar real-time, persistent online worlds like Ultima Online and EverQuest, Horizons brings multiplayer gaming to the global community. For $12.95 a month (discounts for longer term memberships) you can create up to five unique, diverse characters per CD key to battle for the fate of the world of Istaria.

Improving on a somewhat underdeveloped aspect of preceding games in the MMORPG genre, Horizons has arguably the best crafting system seen in an online game to date. With the ability to dynamically create new content, the world of Istaria is potentially limitless without the need to wait for expansion packs or update patches. Combined with the aspect that you needn't play an axe-swinging warlord or a fireball flinging wizard to participate in Istaria, Horizons has the flexibility for players who might rather set up shop and start a brisk business rather than risk certain death fighting the Undead hordes.


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Alternate Titles

  • "飞越地平线:艾斯多利亚王国" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted" -- Title since 14 April 2008
  • "Horizons: EoI" -- Abbreviated title

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ActionTrip Jan 22, 2004 83 out of 100 83
Gameplay (Benelux) Feb 28, 2004 79 out of 100 79
PC Action (Germany) Feb 20, 2004 70 out of 100 70
PC Games (Germany) Feb 08, 2004 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot Jan 05, 2004 6.7 out of 10 67 Jan 22, 2004 13 out of 20 65
GameStar (Germany) Feb, 2004 64 out of 100 64
GameSpy Feb 10, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) May, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40 Apr 28, 2006 5 out of 20 25


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Vaelor (381) added Horizons: Empire of Istaria (Windows) on Jan 17, 2005
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