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 (242 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
87 of 91 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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46 of 50 people (92%) 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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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Excellent old game. I used Arx Liberatis, a mod that stramlines the controls and enables higher resolutions, so my play time was not recorded properly. The game did crash a lot and had some lagging issues before I installed the mod, but all of those poblems dissappeared once I installed it. This game has a lot of really cool and complex mechanics, and the magic system is amazing. Loads of fun to play
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
This could be the sequel to Ultima Underworld series easily! Good old dungeon crawling, eight levels down. However this version has a lot of bugs, the most important being the fps. You have to really disable any form of AA both from the game and the gfx control panel to be able to play decently and then again when special effects and combat occur, fps do drop. I don't remember such bugs when I first played it back in the day but then again I had a pretty mediocre PC back then. Another annoying thing is the crashes. The game crashes randomly throwing a memory fault error at times and tends to get on my nerves. I will recommend it, with a heavy heart due to all those bugs, for those hardcore dungeon crawlers out there who loved Ultima Underworld series.
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4 of 4 people (100%) 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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