This critically acclaimed first-person RPG takes the player on an amazing journey into the fantasy world of Arx. The game mixes intelligent story with immersive and actual medieval surroundings. Arx Fatalis allows the player to feel that all his actions have a direct consequence on those around him.
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Very Positive (11 reviews) - 100% of the 11 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (361 reviews) - 90% of the 361 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 12, 2002

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IGN Awards Arx Fatalis an 8/10

"The spell casting system (...) is probably the most fun I've had with magic in a game in a long time."

RPGDot gives Arx Fatalis a 91%

"Clever dungeon design, exciting story and challenging puzzles makes this the most intelligent RPG around"

About This Game

This critically acclaimed first-person RPG takes the player on an amazing journey into the fantasy world of Arx. The game mixes intelligent story with immersive and actual medieval surroundings. Arx Fatalis allows the player to feel that all his actions have a direct consequence on those around him.

The goal of the game is to destroy the secret cult of Akbaa, the god of destruction. As a player, you must prevent the return of such a cruel creature to the physical world. Should you fail, Akbaa is bound to impose its terror upon the world of Arx.

You will become the hero of an underground world - with weapons, spells and magical items to defend against goblins, trolls, rat-men and other vicious opponents.

Besides brute force, stealth and the "onscreen gesture based magic system" are the three alternative ways to succeed. Using the mouse, flaming runes can be drawn in mid-air. A combination of these gestures can create powerful magic spells that will protect you or empower you to defeat opponents and pursue the quest.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows XP, 500 MHz Pentium ® III or compatible, 64 MB RAM , DirectX 8 or higher, DirectX 8 compatible sound- and graphics card with 16 MB, 750 MB fixed disks

    Recommended: 900 MHz Pentium ® III or compatible, 256 MB RAM , DirectX 8 or higher, DirectX 8 compatible sound- and graphics card with 32MB, 750 MB fixed disks

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Goblin
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
would not be recommending if arx liberatis didn't exist as the game doesn't actually run for me without it (hence the 4 minutes steam time played) I'm running windows 7 and consistently get a ddraw error on startup running the base game.

Still a very fun dungeon crawler even 14ish years later, really cool levelling system and pretty comprehensive mechanics for such an old game
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Lexurian
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Finish it twice,so much fun!
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kozzy
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 29
An amazing rpg and if I made a top 10 list of my favorite rpgs from 2000 to 2016, this would be on that list.

Wonderful atmosphere, interesting characters, addicting dialogue, great immersion and just a blast to play. At the time this game came out, it kept me up till the late hours playing and exploring this wonderfully crafted game. This is not for people who want to have there hand held all the time, this rpg can be tough for alot of people but if you are patient and use that thing inside ya head, there is a good chance you will like it. The only negative I had at the time of release was that it was not that well optimized, although for the time it came out it did look pretty good from what I recall.

Also for fans of old school style rpgs! Not sure why this says I only have 0.2 hours, it was the first game I bought on this second steam account of mine as the box/disc I bought when this game came out got wrecked. Steam didn't seem to record you're time in game as much back in the day.

Anyways, wonderful rpg that is a true joy to play, I beat it twice when it first came out and then years later I bought it on steam again. If you like old rpgs or even if you want to just play another wonderful game from the makers of Dishonered, give this a go! I was very happy to see these devs get the credit they deserve finally, even though Arx Fatalis was WAY underrated, its nice to see them get some success with Dishonered.

Bottomline is that this rpg is a really great game and also some of the best immersion and atmosphere I have witnessed in an rpg, go buy it now if you want a challenging, old school style rpg!
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Skejven
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
For first, I didn't have any trouble to play it via Steam, and that's something new.
For second, this game is clunky, looks moderate even for it's age, storyline is ok, voice acting is bad, but hell, it's atmosphere is great! The Ambient, locations, lore (even if there is not really huge amount of it) are dark and mysterious, and it's the only game that understands the spirit of Ultima Underworld (I hope new Underworld ascendant will also).
Just for the atmosphere, it's in my top 10 cRPGs, even higher than Baldur's Gate.
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flikk
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
col immersive underworld game with magic swiping that doesny teallu work that well on wideacteen but 4:3 is better anyway
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Soviet Russia
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
I played this on a Linux machine with the mods that fixed most of the bugs so ignore my play time.

This game will only appeal to fans who played it at release and are playing for nostalgia value. Even with the modifications to the graphics and mechanics the game is still not fun. I understand it's an older game but other games released around the same time such as Morrowind (despite its flaws) had a much more polished look and controls.

The controls where outdated even for its time. You switch between standard first person mode and a mouse mode where you can move around objects. When trying to place or interact with objects it will take several atttempts. The on screen spell casting fails frequently no matter perfectly you move your mouse.

The environment is that of a poorly constructed network of mazes and it looks like it was left unfinished. It feels less like a world to explore and more like you got lost on a construction site with half finished buildings.

Beyond the interesting story there isn't much of a reason to play this game. I could go on about the bugs but it's not worth my time. Save yourself the few dollars and go a tub or icecream or something.
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𝓚𝓪𝓻𝓮𝓵
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1
Product received for free
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Watser
( 22.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Decently entertaining dungeon crawler in the vain of Ultima Underworld, probably best known for its rune drawing spell system. About 20-25h of gameplay, featuring a protagonist suffering from the well-known Amnesia™- and The Chosen One™ syndrome out to fight The Ultimate Evil™ with the trusted Fireball Spell™.

Great fun!
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sadaraine
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
For as old as this game is, it was very interesting and fun to play. It is rather linear, but has a ton of RPG qualities that fans of the genre will know and love. 7/10
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Aven :3
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
The Demo was working perfectly, but the game refuses to start after I bought the full version. There are fixes for:
"A DDraw object has a non-zero reference
count (meaning it was not properly cleaned up)."
but unfortunately, none of them worked for me.
I have no doubt that this is a pretty good game (since the demo convinced me of buying the full game, obviously), but right now, I can't recommend it, simply because it isn't working anymore.

Edit: I know that people don't like it, when reviews are negative, because the game didn't run for the reviewer, but that's just how it is. And if a game isn't running, even after you applied the fixes for it, nobody can recommend a game. Simple as that.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 29
An amazing rpg and if I made a top 10 list of my favorite rpgs from 2000 to 2016, this would be on that list.

Wonderful atmosphere, interesting characters, addicting dialogue, great immersion and just a blast to play. At the time this game came out, it kept me up till the late hours playing and exploring this wonderfully crafted game. This is not for people who want to have there hand held all the time, this rpg can be tough for alot of people but if you are patient and use that thing inside ya head, there is a good chance you will like it. The only negative I had at the time of release was that it was not that well optimized, although for the time it came out it did look pretty good from what I recall.

Also for fans of old school style rpgs! Not sure why this says I only have 0.2 hours, it was the first game I bought on this second steam account of mine as the box/disc I bought when this game came out got wrecked. Steam didn't seem to record you're time in game as much back in the day.

Anyways, wonderful rpg that is a true joy to play, I beat it twice when it first came out and then years later I bought it on steam again. If you like old rpgs or even if you want to just play another wonderful game from the makers of Dishonered, give this a go! I was very happy to see these devs get the credit they deserve finally, even though Arx Fatalis was WAY underrated, its nice to see them get some success with Dishonered.

Bottomline is that this rpg is a really great game and also some of the best immersion and atmosphere I have witnessed in an rpg, go buy it now if you want a challenging, old school style rpg!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
For first, I didn't have any trouble to play it via Steam, and that's something new.
For second, this game is clunky, looks moderate even for it's age, storyline is ok, voice acting is bad, but hell, it's atmosphere is great! The Ambient, locations, lore (even if there is not really huge amount of it) are dark and mysterious, and it's the only game that understands the spirit of Ultima Underworld (I hope new Underworld ascendant will also).
Just for the atmosphere, it's in my top 10 cRPGs, even higher than Baldur's Gate.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
would not be recommending if arx liberatis didn't exist as the game doesn't actually run for me without it (hence the 4 minutes steam time played) I'm running windows 7 and consistently get a ddraw error on startup running the base game.

Still a very fun dungeon crawler even 14ish years later, really cool levelling system and pretty comprehensive mechanics for such an old game
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193 of 201 people (96%) found this review helpful
185 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2015
If you dug Morrowind's oppressive atmosphere (and ultimately totally op magic) but want a far more narrowly-focused experience with sexy snake women, a surprisingly immersive gesture-based magic casting system. Simple trolls wearing sumo diapers - then you have very specific tastes, and while this game does provide those things, you should probably lower your standards in general for your own wellbeing.
You lovable nut.
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106 of 112 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
42.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 11, 2015
Challenging and highly atmospheric, if also heavily flawed, dungeon crawler/immersive sim that is in many ways highly reminiscent of Looking Glass Studios classics. You'll journey trough decaying underground world filled with dark ritual, bloodthirsty enemies and eldritch horrors.
Patience, experimentation and careful exploration are often rewarded, and also quite often -required- in a way that is rarely seen in modern games: Arx offers little to no hand holding to players during their journey through its sprawling, interconnected dungeons - thorough exploration and paying attention to clues and readables are keys to making any sort of progress!
Game isn't without flaws tho: magic system, while original and also quite impressive in a sheer number of offered spells and their possible effects, is also somewhat clunky, and spellcasting is often unresponsive. Controls & interface in general will take some time to get used to.
While game offers to player a freedom to develop his character in many possible directions, some skills are definitely far more useful than others, and some playstyles are far less developed than others. Stealth system for example is quite unrefined, and while it is sometimes useful and at some points borderline required to sneak (say early encounters with dreaded Ylside warriors), stealth tends to be rather useless and unsatisfying.
There is quite a bit of different types of fun-to-use melee weapons, each with their own pros and cons. Ranged combat on the other hand, while quite useful at times, is made unnecessarily monotonous by the fact that the player is offered all of -two- bows, second one being pretty much unreachable on first playthrough without any outside help.
Still, I'd say this game's assorted shortcomings are -very much- worth dealing with, and are far, FAR outweighed by its many qualities.

Pretty much recommended to anyone with some patience and willingness to deal with game's flaws and idiosyncrasies.

Also, i highly recommend using Arx Libertatis: it offers additional bug fixes and eliminates issues with modern hardware.
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78 of 81 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2013
This is definitely a title I'd say is "underrated". It's a relatively obscure RPG title that gives a fairly interesting setting and good mechanics.

The game is good overall, but it's definitely rough around the edges.

PROS:

The game is pretty immersive, with full first person and complete view of limbs and equipment. There are plenty of things to loot, plenty of things to kill. The game is also very atmospheric: lots of dank caves with dark ambience playing. The RPG elements are mostly good, but there's not much character interaction, no real dialogue trees. I have a lot of fun exploring dungeons in the game, they can go pretty deep and pretty wide. There are lots of immersive touches, like having to drag things manually into the inventory, to manually drawing runes to cast spells, to even staking zombies to make sure they stay dead. It helps make the game feel alive.
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CONS:

The game barely conveys any information to the player; I've had to rely on walkthroughs extensively. The journal is worthless, it tells nothing about current tasks or reminders of where to go. If important details from dialogue are missed, they can't be found again. Navigation is nightmarish as there are no clear paths to get to locations, everything is located on separate underground levels. The game also is unbalanced in terms of combat and specialization. Playing as a thief or as just a warrior is suicidal, as a certain kind of enemy late-game cannot be easily killed with brute force. I had to restart my game to play as a sort of battlemage build, and now everything is easier.

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It's a pretty mixed bag overall. If one likes RPGs with somewhat original settings, compelling mechanics, plenty of immersion, and plenty of loot, then this game is good if one can look past the glaring flaws.
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70 of 74 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2, 2015
This game is absolutely amazing. For the game from the year 2002 it has really interesting mechanics, the whole casting by drawing spells is an interesting idea. The cooking mechanics are also something I didn't see in any other RPG yet.

Recently I installed it again because I discovered the Arx Liberatis mod that fixes the game for the modern computers (adds FullHD resolution, fixes spell casting - be sure to have v-sync on)
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59 of 61 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
48.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2014
Arx Fatalis awesome awesomeness

one of my favorite rpg´s, innovative gameplay as a sample how you can interact:

" Bottle of Water + Flour = Bread Dough + Rolling Pin = Uncooked Pie + Apple = Uncooked Apple Pie + Bottle of Wine = Uncooked Apple Pie with Wine + Source of Heat = Apple Pie with Wine " one of many things you can combine in the game world.

The game world is authentic and its very exciting to explore.

Atmosphere is great and often creepier than Stalker.

Story is Epic and better than gothic 1 (gothic1 is my *1) sidequest´s are very nice too.
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56 of 58 people (97%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
If you consider yourself a fan of the RPG genre and still haven't played this, it's time to get on it.

This is one of my favorite games ever and I could go on about this game with a big lengthy post but it's easier if I just point out it's only flaw:
There's no sequel.
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45 of 47 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 20, 2015
The game with the most dense atmosphere I ever experienced. Intresting scenario and story, plus very specific controls.
I can recommend this game for any RPG and adventure-games fans, but only if you can look past the very old graphics.
ATTENTION! Arx Fatalis doesn't work well on newer PCs and crashes very often, but luckily the free patch Arx Libetatis fixes all the bugs.
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