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!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (343 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 11, 2012

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"It's messy, it tries too hard to be edgy, and it's NOT for everyone. Something about this action-RPG speaks to me though. A special brand of janky."
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“…you should absolutely give it a look if you're interested in ambitious design or interesting worlds.”
8 out of 10 – Machinima

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About This Game

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!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:WINDOWS XP SP3/WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7
    • Processor:AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2 GHZ
    • Memory:2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 AND SHADERS 4.0 COMPATIBLE ATI RADEON HD 3850/NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT OR HIGHER
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    • Sound:DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
Helpful customer reviews
22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
This game is one of the greatest underappreciated gems I have had the pleasure of finding in a long time. There are obvious things that sully the experience a bit, but given this is the effort of small studio on a tight budget these aren't hard to look past.

The story takes a twist on typical fantasy by having orcs being oppressed and subjegated by humans, and in light of this, your main character is on a quest to kill the emperor who seeks to unite elves and dwarves against "the greenskins."

The main character is Arkence, or the "butcher" as he has been dubbed after a bloody masacre in his past. What's great here is that this story element actually works into the gameplay. As you take damage your rage meter builds, and if you don't use skills to keep your calm he becomes enraged. In this state, he more powerful but reckless and uncontrollable, attacking foes in random order.

Evening this out is his original odd couple partner in crime, Styx. He is a goblin assassin, the only one of his race who can speak or display any intelligence at all. He causes bleeds, poisons and lowers defense in combat, and out of combat he small stealth sections where he dispatches as many soldiers as he can before things eventually fall to pieces.

The story is well surprisingly well written considering every other line of dialogue has a swear word, because it fits into the narrative and general feeling of the story. I was honestly surprized at myself when I started the characters, admiring the way the duo chirped eachother and eventually grew into a like-minded friendship. Combat slows down when you pause so you can plan each of their actions, and everything works quite well. The graphics are nice enough and the game has a surprizingly good soundtrack that hits all the right notes when a sad or intense situation takes rise.

Sadly, there are some issues, though they are just a lot of nitpicks that don't effect the solid feel of gameplay. Character models don't sync up in most cutscenes, a weapon constantly floats in air against Ark's back, voice acting apart from the main duo is largely sub-par. You are told of great battles going on in other places due to what's happening in the story and can't be there because the budget game wouldn't allow it, and some people might not like how the stealth sections work. You essentially sneak around and kill guards in order of which would be able to see the act from their FOV, the ai will walk past dead bodies without raising alarm which seems silly but is also necessary to that element of gameplay. This is a stop motion turn based rpg first, the stealth is more like a small minigame that you are never actually forced to do that makes fights easier.

Past that, there are a bunch of sidequests which never feel pointless as the duo banter and you find out more meaningful things about the story. I'm not usually someone who likes sidequests but it worked well for me. You have a mission hub in different zones and when you pick a mission it is generally linear except for a few hidden treasures. There's a couple of choices to be made in the game that have small outcomes on story, but nothing with permanance.


All and all, the flaws take you out of the experience in a small fathom but do little to stop this extremely charming game from taking your heart. The prequel, Styx:Master of shadows is out soon, and I can't wait to delve again into this world again, and see how much the studio has grown since their time between the titles.

9/10 There's nitpicks, but the story, the gameplay and the pacing are all great and a low budget doesn't change that.

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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
"Fun, original and pretty dam good. oOaM is well worth looking into and buying. Play as the blood crazed orc and the witty Goblin in this awesome Game..."

A over used story with a new twist. Finally you can play as the enemy of man... Of Orcs and Men is a 3rd Person Action, RPG. It features a unlikley pair, an orc and goblin, who team up to end the enslavement of the orcish kind. After the Emperor of the realm of man expands his empire into the orc domain the green-skins are enslaved or killed. Few survive waiting for the moment to strike back. You have been tasked with killing this emperor and freeing the orc's.

Fun with a varied playstyle I will definatly be playing more of this game...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Don't expect much choice or loot. But the game gets an 'A" for graphics and storytelling. The combat is similar to the original mass effect or dragon age. But the skillsets are very cool. Defintely an understated gem. You get to be a tank and a stealthy assassin. Orc and a goblin. How cool is that? Cant wait for the sequel.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Of Orcs and Men is a game that you will either love or hate. If you can forgive the initial awkwardness of the combat and the linier corridor like levels, what you will find is a rich and rewarding, well-acted story that turns the men good orcs evil premise of almost the past 20 years on its head. The two main leads really pull you into the story and once you find the flow of the combat, it becomes almost second nature, demanding a little tactical thinking to win. I can’t recommend this game highly enough. It finished leaving me wanting more with a lot of great memories of my time in its world.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
so.. very disappointed in this game. I had high hopes for this game, the plot sounded cool and the art style was neat. Sadly, that all fades away in the usual generic gameplay that Spider is notorious for... If you are not familar MOST of their games have a very bland clunky slow combat system.. Think the first Witcher game but worse. Another thing that always confuses me in their games especially this one.. Using modern day sayings and off handed curses in a fantasy setting just seems... odd to me. The writing is meh and the combat is blah, I bought this game part of a RPG Bundle and I'm very sad to say that everything in that bundle was pretty bland and I regret spending any money on any of their games. I'd stay away.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
this game is fantastic. this game has the most amazing combat system ever, mixing elements of realtime and turn based. the graphics are all right and even though this game isnt meant for its music the music in it is pretty good. the story line is to die for and it is definitly worth the money.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Love the story and the gameplay!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
An amazing game with combat similar to the original mass effect or dragon age. But an awesome skillsets that wil let you adapt the game to your needs. Defintely an understated gem. You get to be an Orc and a goblin, a warrior and assasin. How cool is that? Cant wait for more!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Not for everyone. I played it for the story, which is sorta addictive.
Played through in 15 hours
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Great music, likeable characters, and a decent story with some interesting twists. Diamond in the rough.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Very nice game. I would recommend only buying this game if its on sale, but its still very enjoyable for a 10$ or under game.

Infact, Its one of the most fun games ive played in a while. The assasinations are very fun!
I think It could use some work personally, but I would also like to acknowlege it is outdated and still looks amazing.
I wouldn't buy unless you have an i7 though, not because its hard on your PC, its just less laggy, and will look and run alot better :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
"Of Orcs and Men" has become on of my favorite games I have ever played. Its fun, engaging and memorable. The characters, though simple at first, become more complex as you continue on through the story. Styx especially is one of the more interesting characters in a video game that I have ever seen.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Controls are clunky, voice acting is weird (high voice with a lisp for an 800 lb orc in the first five minutes?), the controls are clunky, the actual gameplay isn't fun, the animation is slipshod.

Which is all a shame, because the concept and atmosphere are very compelling. The trailer was the best thing about this game.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
While it does look nice and has decent voice acting, the camera often gets in the way. The core gameplay is battle heavy, and relies on you selecting skills to use in a Baldur's Gate/Dragon Age kind of way, which is awkward since the rest of the game sets it up to be a third-person beat 'em up. Since you have to pick every skill by hand (or set up to 9 to a hotkey), each battle wears on your nerves. On harder difficulties, it's not clear what tactic to use against who, basically making you use all of the skills and hope something sticks. Of Orcs and Men tries, but doesn't quite get its main aspects right. And that makes it quite a disappointment.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
tHIS GAME WAS ALOT OF FUN AND MUCH LONGER THAN I HAD THOUGHT. i PLAYED IT ALL THE WAY FROM BEGINING TO END-GIVE THE PLAYER CHOICES THAT EFFECT FUTURE OUTCOMES. I WAS BLOODTHIRSTY SMACKING @#^%ES AROUND AND KILLING PEOPLE SOFTLY WITH THE GOBLIN ASSASSIN. THE GAME KEPT GOING AND I DIDN'T WANT THE GAME TO END. WELL DONE, NOW THAT IVE PLAYED THE GAME I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE SEEN BUYABLE UPGRADES WITH REAL CURRENCY PERHAPS? ALSO, CUSTOMIZING THE CHARCATERS LOOKS TO ONES LIKING WOULD HAVE BEEN COOL. ALL IN ALL COOL ♥♥♥ GAME
-MYSAC
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Ugh. I had high hopes for this game, but it just wasn't any good. The concept is good, but unforunately the execution is just painful. First, the game is on complete rails, as you will be forced through what are essentially corridors with the ocassional group of enemies to fight. The RPG and gameplay aspects of it are so shallow they barely even matter. And the story is just kind of bleh. I wouldn't recommend it, even on sale.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
As many good things that I can say about this game, I cannot recommend it. The story is interesting and points are given for showing orcs, goblins, and greenskins in general as something other than mindless beasts (although there is plenty of that, too). However, the characters are very one-sided, and for as long as the game feels with the incredibly tedious combat, the payoff at the end isn't nearly worth the journey.

Why does Arkhail do that roar all the time, every time? Is Dalmation the only breed in the Empire? Really, why is Styx the only goblin that can talk? (Unless I missed something, we can only assume, even after glimpsing into his....mind.

This game does a LOT right, and I wish more companies would take risks like this, but unfortunately with risk comes the possibility of falling short, and Of Orcs and Men does indeed fall short.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
It's probably not that bad but it just starts off so unbelievably slow that I just cannot be bothered with it.
also teh orks say swears lel
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
It´s not a horrible game, it had alot of potential, intresting plot and all.. But somehow it lacks in overall delivery, leveling is a bit dull and between chracter balance is not that amazing either. I gave up with this game, it´s not bad but lacks something special.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
This game is terrible. The controls are terrible. The animations are terrible. I love RPG's and can usually find the best in them, but I wasn't able to in this case.
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