You have been appointed to fulfill an extremely dangerous mission, deep in enemy territory: to kill one man... the Emperor himself. Lead the revolution of the Orcs and Goblins!
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Release Date: Oct 11, 2012

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“…you should absolutely give it a look if you're interested in ambitious design or interesting worlds.”
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Lead the revolution of the Orcs and Goblins!

In a world at war, the vast Empire of Men tries to extend its domination over the territories of the Orcs and Goblins, who are systematically persecuted, enslaved and massacred. Through this great role-playing game, lead a fearsome Orc warrior, and a Goblin master of assassination and stealth.

You have been appointed to fulfill an extremely dangerous mission, deep in enemy territory: to kill one man... the Emperor himself. Fight your way through a terribly hostile world to reach the objective of your quest. Level up, learn and develop powerful skills, and finally free your people from the yoke of the Empire!

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    • Processor:AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2 GHZ
    • Memory:2048 MB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
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Professor Genius
10.6 hrs
Posted: September 23
this game is cool.
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Bread Spread
15.8 hrs
Posted: September 21
While playing this I had a feeling that I have been in this universe before. Huge wall, that separates orc lands, from the rest of the world, huge white tower/city right behind wall, humans, elves, dwarfs and mages on one side, then orcs and goblins on the other... and then I got it!
This is Lord of the Rings universe!
Orcs here looks like Trolls in LOTR, goblins like Tolkien's orcs, and so on and so on.
Story is just told from the Orc perspective, how it was before the War of Middle Earth, where both sides did what they did, regardless for causalities, ethics and lives of other races.
Basically, this game is LOTR story without Elven/Human propaganda!
10/10 for story and characters!
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20.5 hrs
Posted: September 15
Ive had my eye on this game for quite some time, and finally decided to grab it, as well as Styx:Master of Shadow(Update: I do not recommend Styx:Master of Shadow).. Man am I sorry i waited so long!

It appeared to be more of an action type game, until i looked closer, and realized it had real time with pause combat.. Similar to Dragon Age:Origins, its also got radial ability wheels.. You control 2 characters.. The first Arkail, the mountainous, hulking Orc Berserker, who doubles as a tank.. Then Styx, the tiny comic, assassin, who doubles as a ranged damager.. Each has 2, to 2.5 Ability wheels, depending on how you spec them out..You purchase and upgrade several abilitiesa in each stance, and something else i wont spoil..

Combat was very strange at first, as theres very little advanced tutorial or guide to figure out what the color of the rings on enemies mean, what certain status mean, etc.. I do NOT suggest using a controller, though completely possible i found targetting, and combat to be difficult, and far mroe precise with the m+kb.. Minus the "Tactics", its every bit that DA:O was!

The sound was good.. The music was fitting for every aspect be it combat, strolling, conversation, etc.. Heavy attacks have a satisfying thud, and voices were very well done.. Especially when you consider that its Orc, and Goblin speech.. Lip syncing was pretty bad though..

Graphics were servicable, but did their job.. the character models, and their gear were very detailed, but textures, and environment were less so.. It did not take away from the experience.. And thats coming from someone who places graphics high on my requirements list.. The maps constantly changed, and it never got old, as you were constantl;y moving to new locations.. Forests, snowy mountains, ghettos, island, etc.. Very good..

Enemy AI were not stupid, but nothing astounding either, which is what i expected from a game on a budget.. Its better than many games.. They seem to follow the rules of aggro, and basically play their role.. Crossbowmen will thankfully switch to melee, rather tyhan standing there stupidly taking clubs to the face. Each enemy requires different types of damage to be taken down effectively.. Light, medium, and heavy attacks.. Armor piercing, poisons, destabalizing, stuns, etc.. They also have armor, and damage values..

And finally, the reason thsi game shines... The story.. I was very, VERY pleasantly surprised by the story.. Where there are still cliche moments (and how can there not be this day in age.. Everythings been done) it was very good.. Twists, betrayal, choice, and consequence, trust, and more.. Its told from the view of the Orcs, who are being driven to extinction, and put to slavery by humans.. Goblins are little more than critters, and are treated as rats.. They are mindless killing machines, who cannot speak, or have any advanced thought..Or can they? Humans are using Orcs to build massive towers, and teh Emperor is takign more and more land.. hes going to try and allign the human race with the elves, and dwarves to finish off the "greenskins".. You, the last of your tribe, The Butcher, are sent to kill the emperor before this happens.. You will need a guides to get you past the tower walls.. Enter Styx..

I wont go any further, as it could spoil some things.. Everything mentioned about story is told to the polayer in the opening scene of the game, and probably in the game description tbh..

Bottom line, its n excellent game, and one you can replay, with different styles, and choices.. At first the combat may be confusing, or atleast some of the mechanics, but this only lasts a few minutes, and i was able to figure out the details quickly.. Do yourself a favor, and pick this one up.. Even at full price i would recommend it, but i was able to get it on sale for about $5.. I anxiously await a sequel!

With extremely linear levels, and playing on Normal, the campaign took me 20.5hrs, and i loved every minute!

Edit: Sorry for the poor format.. Ive rewritten this 3 different times, and Steam seems to be suffering from something with the Review system,.. It wont post, or acts as if it has, and when returning, the review does not exist.. After my 3rd attempt this week, i just wanted it done, as its a great game!
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Sassy Sailorman
14.3 hrs
Posted: September 14
TL;DR - Buy it. fun, challenging combat, good story, has replay value. Definitely worth the money.

I'll begin with a simple statement: This game is excellent. It has a good storyline, fun and challenging combat, a variety of player choices, a great looking world and so much more. I think it's worth mentioning i'm a huge Dragon Age fan and this game reminded me so much of it while still providing me a new, fun experience. The combat is very similar to DA which I enjoyed and was challenging but not hard, so you could always win the hardest of fights (playing on normal difficulty) after a few tries and after switching up your strategies. The graphics are okay but nothing special at all. The story is fun, following the journey of Arkail, an orc who must kill the emperor to free his people from oppression and slavery, and Styx, a mischievous goblin hired to escort Arkail to the Emperor's front door. The characters are also fun, with you getting to learn about their past and especially Styx's origins, while watching their friendship grow. The only complaints I have are about the dialogue and boss battles. The dialogue wasn't excellent, with all the characters swearing way too much and where it was completely out of place, as well as voices (I didn't expect Styx to sound the way he does at all). The boss battles were good, but IMO should've been harder, there were some fights during the game that I found significantly harder than the final battle, and they didn't give me the feeling of satisfaction I would've liked. Also the game has an expansive lore, which is unfortunately only touched on, only talked about in a select few lines of dialogue, and with no codex or journal to tell you about the lore of the land. But with only a couple of problems I would definitely recommend you buy this game, don't even wait until it's on sale, just buy it. It has replay value and for the 14 hours it took me to complete 1 playthrough, it felt like about 5 hours. I hope this was helpful.
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27.4 hrs
Posted: September 14
get this game i loved it, fun funny!!
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The kipper man
12.6 hrs
Posted: September 13
Suprisingly good! i picked this up cheap on a sale. it starts off a bit slow, Being for years old the cinematics are very dated and as are the graphics in places. After the first half hour however it shows its true colours. Really interesting two chracter combat mechanics, whith just enough RPG for me to feel i could style my warriors the way i wanted. The story wont win awards but the protagonists are solid and likable, and the villain is interesting enough. Felt a little rushed towards the end, and some horrible checkpoints in the last chapter, making you re-watch loads of dialogue before attmpting te same battle.

7/10 - really enjoyable but could have done with a little more TLC
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13.1 hrs
Posted: September 13
Nice rpg with good story.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
The story is pretty cool, it is quite rare to be on the side of the orcs in a game, and I loved it. The music is good too. The combat system is out of the ordinary since you decide actions between two characters at the same time, but they pulled it off nicely by doing a slo-mo during the selection, and you won't have any problem with it after your first real combat. The game is about 20-25 hours, you can change your gear and there are special stats on them so you rarely feel compelled to throw anything away, so you can always change your tactics depending on the ennemies.

Do recommend!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Damn this game was good, I bought it because I noticed Styx (aka Styx: The Master of Shadows; Of Orcs And Men happens later in the timeline, the games are very different and can't really be compared) is one of the two playable protagonists in this game and I was interested by the premise of playing as an orc and goblin slaughtering vicious humans rather than the other way around. I sure was not disappointed.

You can expect around 12+ hours of fun out of this game. (Do your damn sidequests you lazy slob!)

The game is a highly tactical action game with some RPG elements (e.g. you get to level up and choose which attributes to put points in for some minor per-level gains in stats (I found stamina makes the biggest difference so I recommend putting some points there), and also you get to choose what equipment you want to use which will vary based on your preferred play style/tactics). The combat system is rather unique and surprisingly advanced, I didn't really master it until around the last few levels in the game, the system reminded me a lot of the combat system from Star Wars: Knights of the old republic, but the major difference was that the combat system in of orcs and men is realtime (kotor was turn based) and I enjoyed it quite a lot.

The game follows the epic tale of Arkail and Styx, an army of two who set out on a suicide mission to kill the human emperor who has enslaved most of the orc population (Styx is just in it for the money, he doesn't seem to care much about other goblins, he seems to think of them as nothing more than rats). Together they have to prevail through countless insurmountable challenges, and needless to say the going gets tough.

Of Orcs And Men is a difficult game (if played on medium or higher difficulty) and there are several battles in the game where you need to plan out your battles well, usually on the fly. The difficulty of the game however gets massively dampened by the ability to revive your ally once he falls (with low health) which means that in the game's toughest fights you can basically try to keep Styx alive to revive Arkail when he gets killed (basically kiting your enemies on Styx and running in circles then reviving Arkail, let him take over for a second to deal some real damage, rinse and repeat). It also makes the game a little easier that you can use Styx as the assassin he is to go ahead and mercilessly assassinate as many enemies as he can before the battle begins (sometimes he can take out an entire legion this way, sometimes he can only take out the one strongest enemy to make the fight a little easier), but it helps that this is very fun to do. The assassination system is a little too easy because unlike Styx's own game, it doesn't matter if enemies see their fallen brethren's corpses, they won't notice a dman thing.

In turn however the games difficulty is slightly balanced by Arkail's inefficiency in extended combat against multiple targets. He's an angry guy and has this rage bar that fills up a little every time he gets hit and every time he hits someone else, and when the bar is full he goes berserk and just attacks the nearest targets at random, if Styx doesn't stay back then he'll get clobbered too and you won't have any control over Arkail until after his rage bar empties at which point he will have a cooldown period where he is unable to move for a few seconds (basically sitting duck) so this berserking system poses a little bit of an extra challenge (which adds to the need for planning your battles).

Different opponents also have different strengths and weaknesses and to increase your effectiveness you have to use the right types of attacks on the right types of opponents (there are a few systems in place).

There's a lot of fun in this game's combat.

Then there is the story, I was surprised by how much I liked the story, while basic, it was also pretty good, it stuck to the point very well (even during side quests), and had just the right amount of twists and turns to make it intriguing. (It also had a few holes though I guess, but I won't go into that; don't look for holes and you won't find any, e.g. it won't bother you and you will enjoy the game more).

Styx was just about the only particularly good character in the game (Arkail had some moments though), but that said none of the other characters were bad. They just filled their slots in the story exactly the way they were meant to.

Now let's get into a good/bad breakdown

The Good:
  • Very fun tactical combat system
  • Fun (albeit a bit easy) assassination system
  • A very decent dark fantasy themed story (More game of thrones dark than berserk dark)
  • Character interactions between Styx and Arkail can be pretty funny (When two ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s come together...)
  • Excellent soundtrack (a few of the tracks were rather unique and others cliché but all of them fit the atmosphere perfectly)
  • 12+ hours of gameplay (if you do your side quests)
  • Replay value (The main focus of the game is the combat, and it's fun, it can take you a whole playthrough to master it and this can make you want to go for round 2 at a higher difficulty, or use different tactics)
  • Many animations were very pleasing to the eye (sometimes when you press space to slow down combat for deciding what commands to issue to your guys, you can see various combat animations in mid swing many of which include jumping and spinning, it's impractical irl, but it looks cool as hell in slowmo!)
The Bad:
  • Cringeworthy injection of the swearword "♥♥♥♥ing" into many dialogue lines (it seemed misplaced and out of character for pretty much everyone except Styx, and you'll hear it right from the start of the ♥♥♥♥ing game! (Arkail's voice actor also makes it worse, something about how he says it..))
  • The game is slightly old and it shows on the graphics, they're not exactly bad, they're just not particularly good (shaders were great though).
  • There are a few bugs and wonky controls in the game (for example, the characters are supposed to auto-attack enemies in combat if you have not issued them attack commands, but if arkail is in a defensive stance he'll just stand there like a dummy and take everyone's fist up his ♥♥♥ like he's got a fetish for it instead of fighting back) but overall there wasn't anything game breaking.
  • Many characters share the exact same face/hair model, even important storyline characters (like this guy called Raven, I've seen his face on so many guys it's not funny) it helps that some opponents are orcs and most human opponents have some sort of helmets to at least help mask this issue, but it feels kinda sloppy.

I think the devs did great with what they had here, it looks like the game had a pretty limited budget but they really pulled through, and despite the bugs they lazily left in there, it was an amazing game. Quite different from most games I've played, it's uniqueness is perhaps the biggest reason why you should give it a go.

Worth the 30$ asking price? Absolutely, and not for the graphics, but for the gameplay and story (for once).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Orc's of Men is an an interesting twist in a rather old Genre. Not without it falls, but the experience so far has been enjoyable and the combat is entirely innovative, but there iare little twist that makes it different.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Of Orcs and Men is an interesting if rather flawed action RPG. The premise is certainly fairly unique, as instead of your usual heroes you control the berserker orc Arkail and the stealthy goblin Styx.

The two protagonists are probably the best part of the game. Especially Styx is a great character with some great dialogue. The story itself is rather dark as befits such unusual "heroes".

During combat you can slow time to issue commands which are then executed in real-time. The AI only uses the basic attacks so most of the time you have to control both characters manually. This works reasonably well on a gamepad, even if the controls can be little bit clunky at times. Unfortunately, the mouse and keyboard controls are pretty terrible and best avoided.

Uninspired level design is another low point of the game. There are a few sidequests along the way, but the maps themselves are extremely linear and rather boring for the most part.

Despite these flaws I'd recommend Of Orcs and Men to any action RPG fans looking for something little bit different. Just make sure you are playing with a gamepad.

The good:
- Great main characters, especially Styx
- Interesting and fittingly dark story
- Nice soundtrack

The bad:
- Clunky controls, especially with mouse and keyboard
- Extremely linear levels
- Stealth mechanics are way too simple
- Arkail's rage mechanic can be annoying at times
- Item system is pretty boring

The ugly:
- Some poor animations
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
The was great I got it on sale for 5.99 put 11 hours into it all and all worth the money I paid the game might be a lil on the older side but still has great story and voice acting to boot. Combat is and lil hard at first but its pretty easy to learn. If you have any love for orcs or goblins this is the game for you.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
been waiting for this game a while now :D
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Combat takes a bit of getting used to control wise, but the game is worth the effort.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
the game itself is a lot of fun, I enjoyed the story line it was a different perspective from the eye's of Orcs and Goblins. The biggest problem is with the game itself seems to be the battle system and battle's themselves. There are several points in which if you didnt pick the correct skill's there is almost no way to beat certain battles or bosses. Since the game itself does not offer the ability to farm experience this leaves boss battles as overly complicated even at the lowest difficulty.
Many of the abilities themselves do not do (or as strong) as they suggest (or at least it feels that way).
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176 of 190 people (93%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2015
*sigh* Of Orcs And Men..where do I start ~ (their website might give you more impressions)

To be honest, I probably would have never played this game if Frosty hadn't gifted it to me.
But I am pleased that he did! I was interested a long time in this game, but never felt to buy it - which would have been a huge mistake.

When I got thrown in the world of Orcs And Men I felt a little lost.. the controls are very clunky though the tutorials were helping a lot. Anyway the game is basically about a war between Orcs, Goblins, Wizards, Humans and some other races, and you get to play as the main protagonist Arkhail who's a member of the Bloodjaws after leaving his old clan / family (I wont spoil anything important here). He later on meets the unique Goblin Styx (a lone wolf) who's told to show Arkhail the way to accomplish his mission to make an end to this War.

But everything gets out of control and the two find themselves in a ~10 hour long Journey full of twists and mixed up game play: Styx -rather small and fast - is a master of stealth and you got the option to get 1-3 enemies out of the way quietly before entering a fight. Arkhail on the other hand is big and slow but with powerful attacks when things get real.
So the game play styles of both together were the best possible combination to me in a game like that... though i preferred to play Styx :3

The characters of both could not be more different.. Styx is more grumpy and pessimistic / afraid due big challenges while Arkhail is willing to die for his cause / clan in Honor.
This gets especially clear during several of the amazing cutscenes and dialogues where you got sometimes the option to chose whether Styx or Arkhail answer / choose their own way (for example: Trust someone or Kill stuff -Arkhail / not trust someone and flee - Styx )
I loved this lacks in a lot of things because its very very and I mean VERY linear..not much to explore on 1 path besides the main each mission but it fits the game somehow.. I cant even tell why I like it so much - but what I know, is that the music is AWESOME! it changes during calm situations and fights and its just amazing in my opinion x) the setting is beautiful if you don't care too much about graphics - they are nice and enough for a game like that - the atmosphere created is of course subjective but I can recommend most of the time.

To sum this up.. game play might not be the best but the game plays well, graphics are neither too low nor to high and RPG fans shouldn't bother anyway, Story was interesting though the ending could have been implemented better :D

If you are a fan of linear RPG's with a rather short but Interesting Story + setting this game might be worth your time if you grab it on a sale for ~ 7 bucks

'Styx: Master of the Shadows' is the Prequel to this game and I'll play it now with a Joy!
Hope you didn't have a hard time reading and the review was helpful :)
Have a good day folks!
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129 of 142 people (91%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
Of Orcs and Men is third-person action RPG from Cyanide and Spiders, the minds behind Mars: War Logs, Aarklash Legacy, Bound by Flame, Blood Bowl and many others. The closest analogy in design and mechanics to this game would probably be Mass Effect 1.

Turning the genre on it's head, instead of playing the plucky human fighting evil, you play as a duo of “greenskins”, an enormous Orc name Arkail and a small Goblin named Styx fighting the evil human empire intent on wiping you out. Both characters, especially Styx, are endlessly entertaining, Styx the comic foil to Arkail's enduring determined colossus. There is an admirable literary quality here, not just good vs. evil, though the fact that every third line contains the f-word can at times see it return it to baser roots. Both character can take part in conversations in the now standard “Bioware” dialogue wheel and choosing which character talks can result in wildly varying outcomes.

Each main character has three combat stances, Attack/special/defense for Arkail and Melee/special/ranged for Styx. Hitting the right shoulder button on the controller allows you to slow time to a crawl and select your various abilities and queue up to 4 at a time on each character. Both characters have a resource to manage, Styx uses concentration to power his abilities, use it too quickly and he is left with only an auto-attack while it recharges. Arkail however uses rage. Use too many offensive attacks too quickly and he can go berserk, doing huge amounts of damage, but becoming more vulnerable to attack and sometimes even killing Styx! Arkail's defensive stance slows the rage buildup, but he also does less damage.

Arkail and Styx are a duo and they function best when they work together. The best strategy I found was to use Arkail in his defensive stance to group taunt everyone and then stun them while Styx would go around debuffing/poisoning and finishing them off one by one. As you level up each character gets an additional point that can be used to either buy a new ability or upgrade one with the addition of a choice of effect. Later in the game each character can choose an “advanced” class adding 3 further abilities to their special stance tree. There is an impressive number of skills and strategies to use and at higher difficulty levels you will need them!

Maybe the most important strategy is using Styx's stealth ability. Large groups of enemies can be thinned out before a fight by having Styx go into stealth mode and assassinate enemies at the edges. But watch out for dogs, they can smell Styx coming!

The game isn't particularly loot heavy. While each character has a weapon, gloves, top, pants and accessory slot, there are at most 6 or so different armor sets and weapons for each character in the game. You are also able to buy an upgrade for each item and you should do this as early as possible. This is not an easy game and a full set of upgraded gear will provide a noticeable lift in you damage output and survivability.

The graphics are very decent, though maybe not as sharp as they could be, but the character models of the two mains are fantastic, Styx especially. The voice acting is patchy, Arkail and Styx are great so are most of the Orc's but some of the humans are pretty average. The game also has a very nice classical score though at times the mood of the music seemed a little out with what was going on on screen.

While not particularly long, 12 hours give or take, the ambition and new experience it offers makes this a very worthy addition to the Action RPG genre and Styx apparently has his own spin-off game coming soon!

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