The Dark Eye - Demonicon is a thrilling action-RPG set in the extraordinarily popular universe of “The Dark Eye”, a richly crafted fantasy world beloved by fantasy gamers across the globe. The Dark Eye - Demonicon tells the tragic story of a brother and sister who become pawns of sinister forces in a world of cruelty and depravity.
User reviews: Mixed (211 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 24, 2013
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The Dark Eye - Demonicon is a thrilling action-RPG set in the extraordinarily popular universe of “The Dark Eye”, a richly crafted fantasy world beloved by fantasy gamers across the globe.

The Dark Eye - Demonicon tells the tragic story of a brother and sister who become pawns of sinister forces in a world of cruelty and depravity. In this bleak yet magical world, their affection is both a blessing and a curse. Both are constantly threatened by mortal danger and demonic temptation, and must find a way through their tortured lives by facing serious moral decisions. Their common destiny will determine that of the entire continent, and will be decided by the choices they make. Hordes of fiends block their way to freedom and peace, and only through battle and magic they will truly become free of the darkness.

  • A third-person action-RPG featuring brutal melee attack combos and dazzling magic spells
  • Powerful storytelling with an elaborate narrative rich with twists, as well as believable conflicts and ethical decision-making opportunities
  • Action-packed battles, where pin-point timing and clever tactics play important roles
  • Unique magic system: a dark talent grants the player devastating mystical powers and changes his physical appearance
  • Comprehensive crafting system allows for creation of potions, poisoned blades and enchanted armor
  • State-of-the-art 3D visuals using the powerful Havok Vision engine
  • A richly detailed game world embedded in the extensive fantasy world of The Dark Eye

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 (32bit), Windows Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual-core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with 512MB VRAM and Shader Model 4.0 support. ATI/AMD Radeon 3800 series and higher, NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT and higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 (64bit)
    • Processor: 3 GHz Quad-core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with 1GB VRAM and Shader Model 5.0 support
    • Additional Notes: Best played with Xbox 360® controller for Windows
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
I bought this game at a pretty hefty discount before it was released after watching trailers and reading previews. I like the game quite a bit, not at all disappointed with the purchase. I played it pretty consistently until I finished it. Overall I'd rate it a 80/100

The story is dark, set in a world plagued by demons and monsters after some sort of cataclysmic magical apocalypse. The decisions you make have very real consequences both for those close to your character and for the city where you spend most of your time.

The game system works well - clearly heavily influenced by the Witcher 2. The combat is pretty good, but slightly rough around the edges.

So should you buy this game? Depends on how much you like RPG's with dark stories, and whether or not you are willing to excuse the combat for not being as good as Witcher 2, Skyrim, Dragon Age or KOTOR 1&2.

Finally I'd like to address the "incest" thing. Clearly people were not paying attention as your character is not actually a blood relative of the possible romantic interest.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Decent rpg, fun story, interesting lore, worth a look if you like rpgs.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
A more mature & complex Fable 2. If you liked Fable 2, you'll probably like this, same for the reverse. Around 15 hours to beat. Sidequests are short & simple, and are only 1-2 hours of the game. No major negatives, though the voice acting sometimes isn't that great. The only major bug i encountered besides crashing on boot was crashing when mixing potions.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This is a roleplaying game about banging your sister before the villian does first, yes that's the main characters motivation. It's got standard fare stats, skills, and magic akin to other games in it's genre, unfortunately it's difficult at times to determine what to spend your skills on because most everything is unexplained.

Thankfully you can button mash your way through combat without spending many or any of your skill points on fighting skills. This leads to the combat basically sucking, but well, it does the job.

Animations are awkward and wooden, but the models and texturing are pretty well done. It feels like a budget game and I'd not recommend paying over 5 or 10 dollars for it. If you're unsure if you'll like it, wait for it to go on sale for a fiver, if you're a fan of the lore I'd say wait until it drops to 10.

Overall generic budget fantasy rpg game with enjoyable, but repetetive combat about taking your sisters virginity before some dude named Falk can.

Do you let Falk get away with it or will you snatch your sisters snatch from his dastardly crotch for yourself.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Aside from the whole incest thing it's a good action rpg kind of game

7/10
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19.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Imagine if Dragon Age 2 and The Witcher had an ugly baby.
It is not a bad game, but sometimes seems rushed.
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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
7.5/10

At first I was really excited for this game to come out, then shortly after I read the reviews, I saw the game and my initial excitement waned. However, for some reason this game still called to me, the world of The Dark Eye just seemed so interesting and so when I found it on sale for dirt cheap I had to satisfy my curiosity and i'm glad I did.

Demonicon, without a doubt has it's flaws, but buried beneath these flaws is a game that could've easily been 9/10 had Kalypso taking their time and fleshed things out just a little more. The story, which is slightly cliche, is told wonderfully. The characters feel real and not like some extreme virtue of either good or evil. The decisions that are made throughout the game remind me of that of The Witcher Series in that no one choice represents true right or wrong necesarrily, but instead leaves it open for you to decide what is right and that puts you in some difficult spots. My only complaint with the story is the lack of an epilogue, which leaves the ending feeling lackluster and meak.

Probably one of the best things done in Demonicon is the lore. From a city's history to the different demons of the world, the amount of detail put into the lore is outstanding and truly gives you insight into the happenings of the world. On the other hand some might consider the combat to be the worst. While it's true the combat is clunky and the stop-and-go fighting can be rather annoying, I found the combat to be enjoyable. Again another feature that is reminiscient of The Witcher 2 with and emphasis on parrying and thinking about your moves instead of just hacking away. It isn't as polished as The Witcher 2, but I didn't find it as bad as some say.

For me the worst aspects of this game are the bugs, the graphics, and the overall "lifeless" world.
Most of the bugs are minor, such as your father randomly taking a knee throughout your conversation, but for a game that's been out for awhile now you expect most of these bugs to be gone. The graphics, while not terrible, certaintly don't look like the other realeases at the time. Demonicon looks like an early xbox 360 realeased game. The characters convey no emotions on their faces and if it weren't for the voices you'd proabbaly just assume they were tranquil with everything. The world also seems dead, sure there are people who inhabit it, but they all just stand around gazing emptily maybe talking to another citizen and it makes the city feel dead.

Overall, I do recommend this game to RPG fans if they can find it on sale. The story and the world will entrance you, just don't expect too much else from the game.
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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Demonicon has a few things going for it, but the bad outweighs the good for me. The combat is not the greatest, it is very linear, the voice acting goes from great to atrocious, to pricey at time of release and the art design is not very good. It does have some interesting characters though and some nice areas later on in the game which save it from being all bad. It doesn't do anything horribly but it also doesn't do very much great either. Sort of a mixed apple of sorts, I would only reccomend it to people if the game was on sale for $5 or so. I think if they put some more work into the combat and making more things to do other than the main missions it would do wonders. Think of a poor mans Fable mixed with a poor mans Drakensang, that also has some cool characters.

5/10 or 6/10?
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
As a longtime fan of the Dark Eye pen and paper rpg, I was intrigued when I heard about Demonicon. An action-rpg in the Black Lands, dealing with the legacy of Borbarad - sounds good, at least in theory.
Let's see how it holds up:

Liked:
- the content is mature (little SPOILER: there is a budding incestous relationship between our main protagonists)
- the gameplay is on average pretty smooth, barring a few hiccups
- the setting has been almost painstakingly recreated and the details border on continuity porn (if you don't know what that is, look it up on tvtropes.org)
- the story manages to pull you in and doesn't let up until the very end, with tough decisions, whose results you only see after a while, but for some there is always a third option depending on your skills
-superb VA (at least in the german version, haven't tried the english yet; little spoiler: your father has the german voice of Liam Neeson)

Disliked (well not actually disliked, but more puzzled by):
- a couple of glitches in the graphics, nothing major or gamebreaking; I've seen a lot worse in AAA titles
- something in the story progression that didn't make a lot of sense (SPOILER: you beat a powerful and annoying Rondrian and loot the armor from his corpse, only to be immediately offered a better demonic version by a demon - what's up with that?)

Bottom line: IMO Demonicon felt like a somewhat quality-reduced clone of The Witcher 2, which is a superb game and thus Demonicon managed to be at least a good game. If you liked The Witcher 2 and you need to pass some time until The Witcher 3 arrives, then Demonicon is the game for you. If you're a fan of The Dark Eye, then Demonicon is also for you, since this is the only game besides Drakensang that made me feel like I was actually walking through Aventuria. Everybody else, it's up to you.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
This is a great game, at least for the story. Yes it will crash from time to time or at least it did for me, but it was still worth at least one play through.

The choices you are forced to make are difficult especially if you are trying to play as good a guy as you can. Your choices do have visible effects to others around you. The story is dark and twisted, but that gives it more of the appropriate atmosphere.

The gameplay itself isn't great, but at least it isn't bad. It's fairly easy to get used to and allow you to enjoy the storyline more. While this may not be the best or longest game it is a decent length of play and has a reason to play a second time through if you want to see how the opposite choices change the game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Okay game good voice acting, decent skill setup, okay visuals. My biggest gripe is the animations are so weird!! With that said, get it on discount. Also one other thing, it's super awkward playing it when in front of family or freinds. So, yeah just letting you know...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
The graphics are dated and gameplay is a bit simple but the mature intriguing story line is a rarity amongst video games - much less fantasy RPGS. The game's lore draws extensively from the Dark Eye universe and expands it further by delving into its demonology. It is a selling point for Dark Eye fans who have played previous games such as Drakensang and Drakensang 2.

It is helpful to think of this game as a far better Risen 2. That game has terrible graphics and gameplay, a simple progession system and is buggy but it had a lot of humorous dialogue and a decent story line and lore continuing from Risen 1. Demonicon similarly has some humorous dialogue and a simple progression system but has a more complex and intriguing story line, a richer lore and passable graphics and gameplay. For $10 its worth it but not at full retail.

*PS Watch out for a certain Grand Magus. Best dialogue in the game. Some of the dialogue come across as stilted and unevenly paced - however the guy playing the Grand Magus pulls it off brilliantly.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Demonicon is an excellent 3rd person RPG game with some minor flaws. Its' strengths are it's story and in particular the dialogue that is very well written and in combination with excellent voice acting really draws you in. The choice system is also done excellently, where the decisions you make give you different cutscenes or dialogue interactions from start to finish. In addition, there is moral ambiguity to most of the decisions you make, meaning there are rarely black and white choices to be made. The music and ambient sound are also done superbly, and compliment the atmosphere quite well. Another well designed system is the character advancement and skills. Instead of experience points and levels, you are granted Adventure Points that can be spent at any time, on any specialization you choose, giving you a nice degree of customizability. Unfortunately, this clever design is marred somewhat by an endgame where most if not all of your skills will be maxed.

The other drawbacks of the game are it's fairly uninspired combat. While the controls are easy to use, and there is fair variety of player attacks and combos, the enemies are not particularly varied or dynamic. Some acts will have you facing the same 3-4 types of mobs ad nasuem for a couple of hours before you face a new type. Although it improves as the game progresses, and the boss fights are relatively interesting, more variety would have been welcomed. Also in need of improvement are the environments that while stunning in their art design and relative size, are often mostly devoid of npcs. This leaves some areas feeling strangely barren and artificial. The most glaring failure of the game however, is the itemization. While the crafting system is well implemented and useful, the graphic design on weapons is very mundane. This is particularly strange for a high fantasy title featuring magic and demons, to have such low fantasy weapons for the majority of the game. The developers may have wanted to underscore the humble origins of the protagonist, but even then, the art direction was dull. I never felt particularly excited by any of the loot. This problem is further exacerbated by the fact that NPC vendors without exception sell the best gear, making loot drops and chest finds vendor trash. Despite these flaws, Demonicon is a triumph in storytelling and one of the best RPG games of 2014. For fans of the genre, this is a must buy.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
for the people who played dragon age 2 and wanted hawke to tell his sister he was DTF
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20 of 38 people (53%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
The next time you or someone you know complains about "Bioware Romances", please remember that this game exists. This game where the only romance option for your character is your sister, and you get an achievement for not having sex with her. I don't actually know if there's another achievement for actually boning her because apparently I'm not the intended market demographic for incestuous german rpg's.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Demonicon is a decent action RPG, unfortunately weighed down by some obvious flaws.

The best part of Demonicon is the story. It starts off a bit slow, with the player character Cairon's sister Calandra being forced into an arranged marriage to a wealthy noble. But towards the end of the first chapter things get much more interesting as you learn about an ancient demonic ritual where seven children were given dark magic powers.

Sadly the story is undermined a little by the dialogue, which is at times poorly written. Sometimes the dialogue choices don't flow like a natural conversation and several attempts at humour just end up being wierd. Voice acting is also low quality. Calandra is okay, but Cairon just sounds bored most of the time, and the supporting characters are poor.

Combat is fast paced and can be entertaining, especially when you unlock a few abilities. Most of the time you are alone, controlling Cairon in 3rd person, against waves of between 6 and 10 enemies at a time. You have melee attacks with either blades or blunt weapons, special melee power attacks, throwing knives for ranged attacks and four magic spells - freeze (mainly used against a single target), fire (radial damage perfect for when surrounded by multiple enemies), speed/damage buff and poison (which I didn't try because I put all my points into upgrading the other three). Its like a lower quality version of the Witcher.

There is some variety in enemies - Human rogues, mages and warriors, spiders, lizards, fire demons - enough to make me change up my tactics based on their weaknesses and abilities.

The level up system is based on a German pen and paper ruleset called Dark Eye, which I've also seen in Drakensang. You don't gain levels as such, but every fight, quest and many non-combat actions gives ability points which can increase stats (strength, constitution, etc), melee power attacks, non-combat skills (crafting, lock picking, etc) and magic. You can spend the points at any time as long as you have enough. I like the system because it feels like there is alot of freedom to build Cairon to suit your playing style.

Level design is mostly linear with some small side paths to find extra loot. There is more freedom during quests, many of which give the player a choice how to resolve. The save system is checkpoint only, but most of the time they are quite frequent. Controls are fully rebindable and work nicely with mouse and keyboard.

There are some problems on the technical side. I sometimes noticed some stuttering while running around, and some slight framerate dips during combat. I also crashed to desktop twice on the crafting menu.

Overall I think Demonicon would probably only appeal to dedicated RPG fans. If you can be in a forgiving mood and you've played all the better games, there is some enjoyment to find here. I finished the game in 16 hours, so I wouldn't recommend picking up at full price. I bought it for 75% off, which considering its flaws, seems like a fair price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Well... Game doesn't looks bad in overall BUT...

- Graphics looks like 2005 average RPG game.
- Battle can't be more simple. LMB for the win.
- Intro is a shame. Looks like intro from bad and old PS2 game.
- Optymalization is weak.
- Not much choice in "not melee" skills.

+ Story is good.
+ Soon i will "bang" my own sister.

As i said game is not bad but buy it only if you don't care about graphics and have pretty new PC or you will suffer gigantic fps drops.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
53.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
It has some issues but the story is quite brilliant and makes the game worth playing.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
The game is very nice visually, but the controls suck. Especially in fights with hordes. It is a button mashing rage fest, where you are trying to get out of your own way while simultaneously trying to do unneccessarily complex key combos to make short work of the the ultimate bad guys, this could have been done much much better and for the price it is abhorrent to think with this release they imagine it is worth this much money. Make the UI better and then we can talk.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
A singularly unique, charming game that had tons of potential. The story in itself was extremely gritty and dark, hitting off on the ethical tones of morality...unfortunately the game was a rather simple, somewhat old fashioned charming rpg (but totally made up for it in terms of story and ambient world). I would certainly look forwards to a potential sequel in the future. All in all the graphics and models were mediocre at best, at times you'd feel slapped in the face with all this information and no background information. Maaan, this whole dark I dont give a ♥♥♥♥ about incestual, flogging, religious demon toting ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ just really hit it off for me. 10/10.
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