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.
User reviews: Very Positive (255 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 12, 2002

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Recommended By Curators

"Should we call it Ultima Underworld 3? Great first person Dungeon Crawler, underground medieval setting, rune based magic system, great enemy AI - Cool!"

Reviews

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

Helpful customer reviews
92 of 96 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
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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52 of 56 people (93%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
The game with the most dence 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 grafic.
ATTANTION! Arx Fatalis doesn't work well on newer PCs and crashes very often, but luckily the free patch Arx Liberatis fixes all the bugs.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
One of my all-time XBox favorite games (the original XBox) Arx Fatalis is an unofficial sequel to "Ultima Underworld". The Steam version is for the most part glitch free, but the graphics have not aged well. They are from a time when for some reason, brown/green was the it thing, and poor skinning over polygon frames. The UI is still ok, and the game itself has numerous glitches that may be game stoppers for some... well many... anyone who who has played a game since 2008; I still find this to be a fantastic retro game. The gameplay is much like exactly like Morrowind, but with a far more linear storyline, and fewer sidequests. I would go into long detail about the game itself, but it would be pointless; if you like Morrowind, and want to play a game where you can be a Mage, Warrior, or Ranger, then get Arx Fatalis. Personally, I think its worth the 5 bucks, but overall the game was not groundbreaking when it came out, and its not in retrospec a staple RPG.
That said, the good things about the game are this: Its sword and sorcery, its fairly fast paced, its not too short or too long, and its gererally a fun time killer... until you hit a glitch or bug.
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