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Dark Messiah of Might and Magic review

AT A GLANCE
  • Fast-paced multiplayer action
  • Matches of Coliseum
  • Superb AI
  • Short single player campaign
  • Getting stomped by veteran players
  • New skills often arrive too quickly

Where was Dark Messiah of Might and Magic when we had the summertime blues? Barging through this fast-action fantasy story was as good as it gets - perhaps just shy of an Indiana Jones flick on full volume.

Sure, Dark Messiah could be billed as a fantasy action role-playing game, played from the first-person perspective - but it'll sucker punch you in the kidneys if you think it's an Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion clone. Dark Messiah is about as far from the lonely, ponderous, soul-searcher Oblivion as you could imagine.

Thanks to your mysterious guide, Xana, you'll never want for company or action. You play as Sareth, and although the wizard's-apprentice-saves-the-world story is a little stale, the objective-based plot stayed just far enough away from tight scripting to keep us riveted. And better still, you can rock the storyline any way you choose: stealth, heavy-duty magic, or sword and shield.

In fact, experimentation with different approaches was exactly how we had to make our way -and live. The superb AI and random effects from excellent physics effects made each attempt wickedly unpredictable - and very fun.

The rollicking action favors novices by letting them jam through the high points of the story, but there are enough optional missions and secret areas to be discovered that the break-open-every-crate set will be satisfied as well.

More Info

Release date: Oct 24 2006 - PC (US)
Available Platforms: PC
Genre: Role Playing
Published by: Ubisoft
Developed by: Arkane Studios, Kuju Entertainment
Franchise: Might and Magic
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Partial Nudity

2 comments

  • grimhipper - August 22, 2014 12:14 a.m.

    Request for a revival of multiplayer [Dark Messiah of Might & Magic] First of all I would like to apologize that I make a mess on your forums by posting non-related content, but I am really desperated. I know that dead multiplayer is very common among non-popular games, but it happens only due to low promotion and no developer support. I would like to mention that Dark Messiah Multiplayer experienced all of these bad thing from developer (Ubisoft) support or even worse. No updates, no developer support, bug users, exploits, cheaters and active crashers community, which love to ruin servers by dosing/ddosing/flooding them. Furthermore, Ubisoft turned off stupidly master server browser and now no servers show up, but servers are still online! (more info below). Even our asks for some fixes directly sent in petition form didn't change anything. Most of you might not give a shit about my butthurt, but I wrote here and in many other places to gather players, old, new to bring old good times from Dark Messiah. My request was also put there just because official Dark Messiah Multiplayer community is dead. Lets do something positive and bring together old good times for Dark Messiah! Sorry for self-promotion, but that guide is new and I would like to show other dark messiah players that servers still exist. If you are interested, click on the thumbnail below. [url]http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=292091847[/url] Best wishes. GRIM
  • hullonotna - June 6, 2011 10:59 p.m.

    Thank you so much for this review. I picked up this game as sort of a bored pass the time game and I am glad I did. The only true game (aside from the actual heroes of might ad magic series) that I played for a long time. It is truly a great game with enough scares and shocks to thrill anyone. The campaign was great and I found myself thinking over every move I made and enemy I killed. Loved the fact that enemies don't give you exp when they die, so killing is optional and can be avoided. Then there is the multiplayer. Honeslty some of the funnest multiplayer I had on PC is a while. It is a shame that not a lot of people play but when they do 2 hours go by like they don't exist. Overall it truly is a great game that should not be missed by any gamer. Shame it isn't very popular. Thank you gamesradar for actualy writing a review that this game deserves.

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