Arx Fatalis - Xbox

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Also for: PC
Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Arkane Soft. Co.: Arkane
Publishers: Mindscape (GB)
Released: 13 Feb 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
Accessories: Xbox Memory Unit


Arriving on Xbox more than a year after the original PC release, Mindscape’s Arx Fatalis has finally been given a new lease of life in the console market. It’s a first-person RPG of epic proportions and it promises to be one of Xbox’s role-playing greats.

Combining old-school RPG elements with a more familiar and accessible 3D first-person interface, Arx Fatalis plunges players into a complex and involving fantasy world. Magic and real-time combat is the order of the day, as an intriguing medieval storyline unfolds, set in the third century of man.

The job at hand is to destroy the secret cult of Akbaa, the god of devastation and chaos who is threatening to make a return to Arx. Failure to do so means only one thing: that the demon is bound to impose his reign of terror upon the land.

Assuming the role of the potential hero, you must fight inside an underground fortress using wooden clubs, swords and magical items to defend yourself against creatures such as goblins, trolls, rat-men, and a whole host of other vicious opponents.

Brute force is not always the best way to succeed, however, for you have at your disposal a rather innovative magic system. Using the mouse, burning runes can be drawn in mid-air. A series of these gestures combine to create powerful magic spells that will protect and empower you to defeat your enemies and pursue your quest.

As well as battling opponents and casting spells, there's also a great deal of character and object interaction, as the nameless hero attempts to rediscover his memory, solve puzzles and fulfil quests. Collecting those famed experience points enables you to appropriately craft your hero's skills and abilities and to develop his overall persona.

Over 60 hours of gameplay ensure that this title will have you engrossed. It might be a good idea to save it for the holidays.