A legend reborn as Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny returns! Developed by Austrian developer Crafty Studios, Realms of Arkania – Blade of Destiny is a faithful remake of the 1992 original, adored by a generation of Role Players and one of the most successful RPG’s of the 1990’s.
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A legend reborn as Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny returns!

Developed by Austrian developer Crafty Studios, Realms of Arkania – Blade of Destiny is a faithful remake of the 1992 original, adored by a generation of Role Players and one of the most successful RPG’s of the 1990’s.

Get ready to return to Thorwal, one of the oldest cities of Aventuria. Make sure your wits are sharpened before walking down the small alleys of Thorwal and Prem, and prepare to stop the Orcisch threat while creating a mighty alliance between nations. Featuring a complete visual reimagining along with a comprehensive overhaul of every aspect of the gameplay, Realms of Arkania – Blade of Destiny is set to captivate a 21st century audience of new and old fans alike.

Old school RPG at its best – for the Fans of REAL RPG games.

Features:

  • Remake of the first part of Realms of Arkania
  • Roleplaygame with turn based tactical fights
  • Cities and dungeons in current real-time-3D
  • Dozens of talents, fighting skills and magical skills
  • Authentic realization of the TDE basic rules
  • Depending on your gaming style – 20 to 80 hours game time

Revised Edition

  • User-Contributed Content
  • Modding ability
  • Additional encounters, making Aventuria even more alive
  • Enhanced Battles
  • Completely redone graphics
  • Completely revised and improved User Interface
  • Extended music selection
  • Enhanced sound
  • Steam Achievements, Stats and Cloud
  • Linux build

Systemkrav

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor:Intel Core2Duo / AMD X2 CPU, min. 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia Geforce GT 240 / AMD Radeon HD 3700, min. 256MB VRAM
    • DirectX®:10
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor:Intel I5 / AMD Phenom II, min. 2.8 GHZ
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia Geforce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon 7850, min. 1GB VRAM
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS:Max OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher
    • Processor:Intel Core2Duo / AMD X2, min. 2.6 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia Geforce 8800 GT / AMD Radeon HD 2600, min. 256MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:MAC OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or higher
    • Processor:Intel Core2Duo / AMD X2, min. 2.8 GHz
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia Geforce GTX 560 / AMD Radeon HD 5850, min. 512 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor:Intel Core2Duo / AMD X2 CPU, min. 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia Geforce GT 240 / AMD Radeon HD 3700, min. 256MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor:Intel I5 / AMD Phenom II, min. 2.8 GHZ
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia Geforce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon 7850, min. 1GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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ChopShop
( 12.1 timer registrert )
Publisert: 26. april
This game is stupid. That's about all I can say about it. The controls are un intuitive. There is absolutely no explanation about anything. What is a dagger ritual? All i know is that it fails every time I try it and consumes all my MP. Oh, well I guess I'll just rest at an infor a week untill my MP comes back. Damn, now I'm sick. How did that happen? How do I cure this? It says I'm parched, but all my characters have water skins? How do I "unparch" them? I cured my sickness, but now I'm out of money and my weapons are broken. Why am I wasting my time? Delete local conent. Ask stem for my money back. This game is garbage.
 
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<™[-=> Cookiez <=-]™>
( 0.2 timer registrert )
Publisert: 26. april
This feels like the old Might and Magic series. It's based in the world of Satinav, something which I am familiar with. However, the gameplay for this game is horrendous. You move around with the WASD keys and interact with objects by clicking on them. You can sprint with the SHIFT key and use your party to cast environmental spells like Light in Darkness.

However, there are too many negatives to make me want to play this game.

PROS
1. Voiceovers
Not bad. It's like a Dungeon Master is reciting the script.

CONS
1. No starting Tutorial
You start in a Temple. Then what?

2. Tolkien World
Humans? Dwarves? Elves? Orcs? It's pretty cliche now.

3. Graphics
Very drab and dull. There are no highlights to show what you are interacting with. You basically read off the words that are at the tip of the mouse pointer.
 
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I Am Indeed, A Plane.
( 0.1 timer registrert )
Publisert: 25. april
Realms of Arkania is one of the best crash simulators I've ever experienced. Not only do you have to manually tinker with game files to even start the game in English, one must also (re)select your desired resolution and the option to not run in windowed mode everytime you start the game up. If you want to change settings in-game, then you will crash. This is one of many crashes you will experience. How about starting a new game? After selecting new game and then your difficulty, you will crash again. I will not list all of the crashes, because I don't want to ruin this awesome simulator for you guys.

Graphics - 10/10:
Seriously the menu looks amazing. So does my desktop after an error-less crash.

Gameplay - 10/10:
All crashes are instant and uncorrectable due to the lack of a way of diagnosing the crashes. This makes it much different from other games, where instead of Googling how to fix the crash, you first have to figure out how it happened in the first place. Nice to see a simulator with a puzzle element to it.

Sound - 9/10:
The sound is the only lacking feature, and it's amazing. The sound you get when you crash is so good, you won't even believe that you heard it.

Overall - 10/10:
This is seriously the best crash simulator I've ever played.
 
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stefzman
( 65.9 timer registrert )
Publisert: 24. april
On a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate this game a 5/10, and only that high because of the mods and DLCs that make the 2015 implementation of the game somewhat tolerable. I shudder to think of what playing the original re-release of BoD must have been like.

Pros:
-Planning your party's make-up and levelling up strategy matters (somewhat)
-A somewhat nostalgic old-school RPG flavor with emphasis on being true to the underlying game world, and story-telling/quests
-Apparently there is a second installment in the RoA series being worked on, so hopefully the party you build and grow in BoD can carry over to the Star Trail re-make (assuming the developers improve on playability in the next installment)

Cons:
-Combat is glacially slow, riddled with incessant misses, and overall just a chore. If my characters weren't missing all the time, they would be dropping their weapons, or the weapons would break. (Hi I'm a warrior, trained in all kinds of combat techniques and... Whoopsie I just dropped my sword on the ground and now I'm dead....) Luckily I ran across a forum post recommending to switch to computer-controlled combat. I did that, running at a 100x time multiplier and basically just brute-forced combat encounters until I won. (You can configure the time speed-up to use in the settings for the game.)
-A still largely opaque and broken skill system. As an example, I'm running around with 15 in Treat Disease, and yet >50% of my Treat Disease attempts fail. For the life of me I still don't understand why my characters miss combat hits, mis-cast spells, etc... The game sorely needs a way in-game to explain what success/failure percentages are, and how changes in base skills and talents will effect those percentages.
-Related to disease, it seems that staring at the sky (metaphorically speaking) in this game leads to your character contracting a disease. While I did choose to play the game with the realism setting turned on, the way disease works in this game is beyond ridiculous. I swear in at least one case a party member went from "ouch I didn't sleep well because of a pebble" to "I'm dead" in a matter of days because of the inane disease mechanic in the game.
-As noted earlier, weapons break in combat. As in ...all... ...the... ...time... I never did figure out how to prevent this from happening. You can buy whetstones in shops, and repair weapons after each combat occurrence which helps to some extent. But unless you are lucky enough to find a magical weapon, resign yourself to weapons constantly breaking in combat and your party being reduced to making like Chuck Norris (unarmed combat: go punch mummies in the face!)
-Travel becomes laborious after a while. At first I enjoyed travelling around parts of the map, wondering what I would run into. But once I got farther into the game, and the much larger distances that needed to be traversed, travel was an exercise in boredom and frustration. Travel is also a great opportunity to contract disease - despite running around with cloaks, sleeping bags, campfires, etc... I swear there is a bug somewhere in this game that is just hell-bent on making characters contract disease.
-Inventory management is, well, unmanageable, because of the strict encumbrance system. Luckily I could use a number of mods (listed below) to make inventory management tolerable.

*Review based on playing Blade of Destiny v1.36 with all three DLCs installed. It is important to play with at least the latest free DLC (With Blade and Brilliance) since it includes numerous bugfixes.

*Additionally I installed a number of mods to make levelling and inventory substantially less onerous: Packesel (pack horse), Mit Sack und Pack (storage chests for potions, books, jewellry and poisons), and erfolgreicheSteigerung (replaces random level up rolls with fixed increases and 100% skill up success). Very important: don't put any of the storage add-ins inside of another storage add-in. For example if you drag and drop your pack-horse, onto the pack-horse by mistake - all of the inventory stored by the pack-horse disappears!

*Mods can be downloaded from a mod database. Hint: use Chrome for its handy translate feature if you don't speak German!

*Highly recommended to read both of the following community guides for this game so you can plan a reasonable party and know how to invest in and focus on growing your party's skills:

"The old Memories Blade of Destiny Starter Guide" and "A camping Guide through Arkania"
 
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ZeuS
( 4.9 timer registrert )
Publisert: 21. april
Unplayable piece of trash. It is in alpha stage and I would suggest that you should not pay more than 10 cents for it.
It is shocking how bad this is. How can it have only "mixed" reviews? Who the heck rates this as a recommendation?
The original on the other hand... go buy it full price. It is a masterpiece.
 
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Innocent IV
( 0.2 timer registrert )
Publisert: 26. mars
Interesting game with deep details. Funny and amusing dialogues with NPC's. Beautiful remake of an old game, but takes a lot of time and knowledge to get around every part of it.
Overall 6/10.
 
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brassi77
( 46.1 timer registrert )
Publisert: 17. mars
Great game. A must buy for fans of crpgs, especially fans of the original Realms of Arkania Trilogy. It was released too early but as of now it is completely fixed, works very well, and is a much expanded on BoD than the orginal.
 
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mckidd6534
( 180.8 timer registrert )
Publisert: 18. februar
I bought this at a Fry's Electronics. I installed it on my desktop with AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 3.4Ghz and a EVGA Geforce GT 520 video card. Both cpu and video card are above Steam's minimum specs and it's super choppy and jumpy. I installed it on my Lenovo G50 laptop with an AMD A8 APU @ 2.0Ghz with Radeon R5 graphics. The cpu is below specs but the R5 graphics are enough for it to run. It's occasionally choppy but runs fine otherwise. I have a lot of hours from testing the various graphics settings and occasionally restarting from earlier points. I like it and would recommend it only at Steam's recommended specs or above. I'm going for a better video card for my desktop so I can get better enjoyment from playing. The manual I downloaded hardly explains anything and the in game help sucks. For the Twelve!
 
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Revii Lagoon
( 8.5 timer registrert )
Publisert: 1. februar
There are too many bad design choices and bugs to make this game be enjoyable. Just to name a few examples: The interface is clunky, the engine is poorly optimized, the voice acting is some of the worst I have ever heard, and all the voice acting is done by a very small cast of what seems to be two people, there are typo's, mistranslations, and poor grammar in nearly every piece of text, even with min-maxed characters, your mage has about the same chance to hit as your specialized fighters, very vague descriptions of skills and stats, about a third of the ingame help menu is blank and missing text, healing is needlessly complicated, and the whole system really expects you to know exactly how the pen and paper RPG system which it is based off of works.

TLDR: Avoid, even if you got this in a bundle save your time and play something else.
 
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CaBa_Mecap
( 28.4 timer registrert )
Publisert: 30. januar
I am sorry to have to say this, but this game is a fail. Even thought one can indeed feel that 'some' effort has been put into the game, the outcome is just a pale shadow of the original.

Truth be told, the original Blade of Destiny from 1993 had lousy graphics and even the MIDI music was very rudimentary; but everything else was excellent: the story, the user interface, the 'randomness factor' - you name it, you have it. You wish to have fights automaticaly calculated - no problem. You wish to speed things up or slow down a bit? No problem. User inventory and skills? Very simple and comprehensive. I can recommend this game heartily to any fan of a good story!

And the HD version of the same? Its a complete opposite. Graphics are better (which is not hard, considering the first version to be almost 23 years old) and the music is remastered, story is the same... But the user interface is messed up. Controls are very unintuitive, inventory as well, movement through cities and dungeons is very sluggish and tiresome, as is any other aspect of the game - starting with character generation. If you end up entering someone's house - you need to wait for the narrator to finish his line before being able to somehow get out of there. ESC doesnt work, there is no cancel key, nothing. Only the right mouse button, only after the narrator finished reading the same boring line. That is absolutely unacceptable for anyone who plays RPGs and explores every door that can be opened.
And then... the battles. They cannot be accelerated, nor speed-automated as in the original version. If your high level party gets attacked by a couple of rats, you still have to wait 15 min for the battle to be decided. Ridiculous.

The *only* improvement that I have seen in the HD version over the 1993 version is the comprehensive explanation of skills and required traits for them. And I did not know that a crystal ball can be enchanted like wands. ^_^

Its a shame really... I love the realms of arkania trilogy; it is one of my favorite games of all times, but the HD version is unplayable :(

To make things even worse, the support forum is bugged. Registration at forum.schicksalsklinge.com is neigh impossible, nor is possible contact support (always the 'wrong captcha').

A shame indeed.
 
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terrem88
( 24.0 timer registrert )
Publisert: 26. januar
i would recommend this game to anyone who is bored by usual turn based tactical RPG there is.

that`s just "not like everyone" to the bone game.

never in other game my party was wiped out by disease contracted by one of heroes in a bordello.

never i lost bravest fighter of the north cause he was acrophobic and refused to cross rope bridge.

this game has unique stat system, own detailed universe, spells not copypasted from "usual" fantasy games,
few interesting classes and races you cant quite meet in other games....

so, basically my point is this game is totally worth it because of its difference from others.
if you seek "good ol` copypasted classic" like maybe diablo 7 or heroes of might and magic 84 - pass by.
 
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MichalK
( 32.9 timer registrert )
Publisert: 22. januar
"I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering.
You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory"

That's exacly what the players should hear before they start their first game of RoA:BoD. This game is Hard with capital 'H'. This game is unfair. This game will make you use words your wife won't approve. This game will make you rage quit. This game will make you turn off the music or enable legacy score.

But it doesn't matter.

Because this game is brilliant.
 
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Mikali
( 32.1 timer registrert )
Publisert: 31. desember, 2015
1. Bad user interface.
2. Poor presentation (graphics, aesthetics).
3. Very bare-bones user manual.
4. There are still some bugs.

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1. The user interface has a number of issues:
a) Some items are crammed into the corners where they are hard to reach.
b) Most menus have a tiny little X to close them in the upper right corner. A big simple OK or Cancel button would have been better.
c) Not all buttons have tooltips explaining what they do.
d) Tooltips do not tell you what the keyboard shortcut for an action is.
e) In combat, you cannot move the camera from side-to-side using the mouse. You have to use the keyboard.
f) In combat, the current active character is not highlighted in the bottom character panel. So you have to pay close attention to whose turn it is.
g) When leveling up, you cannot go back or undo skill advancement choices.

2. Graphics and presentation is way off-base too.
a) The character models are very ugly.
b) The building/town models are very ugly.
c) There are few spell or action animations in the FPS view portions of the game. Casting a spell to cast a light is instantaneous. Knocking over statues in a certain level is instantaneous.
d) The sound effects are really bad.
e) Not all weapons have appropriate animations. You swing a rapier for instance. The quarterstaff uses the same 3D model as the rapier.
f) Everything is brown and boring.
g) In general this remake has less charm than the original game for MS-DOS.

3. The ingame documentation says the PDF manual is supposed to be the place to go for detailed information, but the PDF manual is shorter adn more bare-boned than the ingame docs.

4. I have run into a few issues, but nothing super serious so far.
 
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VLH
( 23.7 timer registrert )
Publisert: 27. desember, 2015
Why did I buy this?

I liked the orignals, the DOS based games... this game kinda ruins the series for me.

Slow, buggy, and very awkward gameplay. The combat is tedious and uninteresting. And the story line didn't grab me at all.
 
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Hurricane of Fail
( 8.5 timer registrert )
Publisert: 20. desember, 2015
Was released half complete, No apology to fans for this crap. Community had to work on first few patches to make this game semi-playable. They should have refunded everyones money, this was a sad excuse.
 
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KirkWS
( 10.9 timer registrert )
Publisert: 13. desember, 2015
Here is how broken the game currently is: I hacked my game and set my combat statisics to maximum and I still missed my attacks 2/3rds of the time. I loved the original ROA series. I cannot reccomend this game. Also the amount of enemies you encounter traveling is a total nuisance now. I really hope this game becomes playable, I want this to work.
 
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tuesdaysmorning
( 3.5 timer registrert )
Publisert: 23. november, 2015
Game is very buggy, I should have just bought the original which I have heard is fantastic. Game also starts out very slow with a vague description of what you are supposed to do, don't get me wrong there is nothing with games that don't hold your hand but they should at least tell you what the plot is.
I would say just save your money and avoid purchasing this game.
 
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GreyFerret
( 1.2 timer registrert )
Publisert: 23. november, 2015
Just don't. Literally unplayable on realase, still bad in every aspect. Evade at all cost.
 
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elk
( 48.4 timer registrert )
Publisert: 15. november, 2015
After having finished the game I can now say that I really enjoyed it but I would not recommend it to anyone who is not a fan of the original. There are too many problems with the game and things such as difficult controls and poor user interface will frustrate anyone who doesn't have the nostalgia of the original to force them to overlook the problems.

The user interface and controls are shockingly bad. The developers really need to fix it but I can't see that happening. Other games in this genre such as the elder scrolls have very easy controls. The game also has bugs such as the wrong text on dialogs and random bugs that get you stuck in a situation where nothing is happening. The most frustrating for me was that you can't cancel the level up process and start again.

The game is very true to the original however and I think they succeeded improving on the original in quite a few ways. The combat simulator is much better than before. The graphics are of course much better as well as the artwork. Some small annoyances have been taken care of.
 
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Somber-chan
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Publisert: 30. september, 2015
An rpg that fails in the first few minutes of the game by way of being unable to tell what class your auto assigned characters are, making it difficult to customize the party to your tastes. THe graphics seem pretty and the story ok but
the user interface leaves alot to be desired.
 
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Publisert: 25. april
Realms of Arkania is one of the best crash simulators I've ever experienced. Not only do you have to manually tinker with game files to even start the game in English, one must also (re)select your desired resolution and the option to not run in windowed mode everytime you start the game up. If you want to change settings in-game, then you will crash. This is one of many crashes you will experience. How about starting a new game? After selecting new game and then your difficulty, you will crash again. I will not list all of the crashes, because I don't want to ruin this awesome simulator for you guys.

Graphics - 10/10:
Seriously the menu looks amazing. So does my desktop after an error-less crash.

Gameplay - 10/10:
All crashes are instant and uncorrectable due to the lack of a way of diagnosing the crashes. This makes it much different from other games, where instead of Googling how to fix the crash, you first have to figure out how it happened in the first place. Nice to see a simulator with a puzzle element to it.

Sound - 9/10:
The sound is the only lacking feature, and it's amazing. The sound you get when you crash is so good, you won't even believe that you heard it.

Overall - 10/10:
This is seriously the best crash simulator I've ever played.
 
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Publisert: 21. april
Unplayable piece of trash. It is in alpha stage and I would suggest that you should not pay more than 10 cents for it.
It is shocking how bad this is. How can it have only "mixed" reviews? Who the heck rates this as a recommendation?
The original on the other hand... go buy it full price. It is a masterpiece.
 
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Publisert: 24. april
On a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate this game a 5/10, and only that high because of the mods and DLCs that make the 2015 implementation of the game somewhat tolerable. I shudder to think of what playing the original re-release of BoD must have been like.

Pros:
-Planning your party's make-up and levelling up strategy matters (somewhat)
-A somewhat nostalgic old-school RPG flavor with emphasis on being true to the underlying game world, and story-telling/quests
-Apparently there is a second installment in the RoA series being worked on, so hopefully the party you build and grow in BoD can carry over to the Star Trail re-make (assuming the developers improve on playability in the next installment)

Cons:
-Combat is glacially slow, riddled with incessant misses, and overall just a chore. If my characters weren't missing all the time, they would be dropping their weapons, or the weapons would break. (Hi I'm a warrior, trained in all kinds of combat techniques and... Whoopsie I just dropped my sword on the ground and now I'm dead....) Luckily I ran across a forum post recommending to switch to computer-controlled combat. I did that, running at a 100x time multiplier and basically just brute-forced combat encounters until I won. (You can configure the time speed-up to use in the settings for the game.)
-A still largely opaque and broken skill system. As an example, I'm running around with 15 in Treat Disease, and yet >50% of my Treat Disease attempts fail. For the life of me I still don't understand why my characters miss combat hits, mis-cast spells, etc... The game sorely needs a way in-game to explain what success/failure percentages are, and how changes in base skills and talents will effect those percentages.
-Related to disease, it seems that staring at the sky (metaphorically speaking) in this game leads to your character contracting a disease. While I did choose to play the game with the realism setting turned on, the way disease works in this game is beyond ridiculous. I swear in at least one case a party member went from "ouch I didn't sleep well because of a pebble" to "I'm dead" in a matter of days because of the inane disease mechanic in the game.
-As noted earlier, weapons break in combat. As in ...all... ...the... ...time... I never did figure out how to prevent this from happening. You can buy whetstones in shops, and repair weapons after each combat occurrence which helps to some extent. But unless you are lucky enough to find a magical weapon, resign yourself to weapons constantly breaking in combat and your party being reduced to making like Chuck Norris (unarmed combat: go punch mummies in the face!)
-Travel becomes laborious after a while. At first I enjoyed travelling around parts of the map, wondering what I would run into. But once I got farther into the game, and the much larger distances that needed to be traversed, travel was an exercise in boredom and frustration. Travel is also a great opportunity to contract disease - despite running around with cloaks, sleeping bags, campfires, etc... I swear there is a bug somewhere in this game that is just hell-bent on making characters contract disease.
-Inventory management is, well, unmanageable, because of the strict encumbrance system. Luckily I could use a number of mods (listed below) to make inventory management tolerable.

*Review based on playing Blade of Destiny v1.36 with all three DLCs installed. It is important to play with at least the latest free DLC (With Blade and Brilliance) since it includes numerous bugfixes.

*Additionally I installed a number of mods to make levelling and inventory substantially less onerous: Packesel (pack horse), Mit Sack und Pack (storage chests for potions, books, jewellry and poisons), and erfolgreicheSteigerung (replaces random level up rolls with fixed increases and 100% skill up success). Very important: don't put any of the storage add-ins inside of another storage add-in. For example if you drag and drop your pack-horse, onto the pack-horse by mistake - all of the inventory stored by the pack-horse disappears!

*Mods can be downloaded from a mod database. Hint: use Chrome for its handy translate feature if you don't speak German!

*Highly recommended to read both of the following community guides for this game so you can plan a reasonable party and know how to invest in and focus on growing your party's skills:

"The old Memories Blade of Destiny Starter Guide" and "A camping Guide through Arkania"
 
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This game is stupid. That's about all I can say about it. The controls are un intuitive. There is absolutely no explanation about anything. What is a dagger ritual? All i know is that it fails every time I try it and consumes all my MP. Oh, well I guess I'll just rest at an infor a week untill my MP comes back. Damn, now I'm sick. How did that happen? How do I cure this? It says I'm parched, but all my characters have water skins? How do I "unparch" them? I cured my sickness, but now I'm out of money and my weapons are broken. Why am I wasting my time? Delete local conent. Ask stem for my money back. This game is garbage.
 
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This feels like the old Might and Magic series. It's based in the world of Satinav, something which I am familiar with. However, the gameplay for this game is horrendous. You move around with the WASD keys and interact with objects by clicking on them. You can sprint with the SHIFT key and use your party to cast environmental spells like Light in Darkness.

However, there are too many negatives to make me want to play this game.

PROS
1. Voiceovers
Not bad. It's like a Dungeon Master is reciting the script.

CONS
1. No starting Tutorial
You start in a Temple. Then what?

2. Tolkien World
Humans? Dwarves? Elves? Orcs? It's pretty cliche now.

3. Graphics
Very drab and dull. There are no highlights to show what you are interacting with. You basically read off the words that are at the tip of the mouse pointer.
 
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After having finished the game I can now say that I really enjoyed it but I would not recommend it to anyone who is not a fan of the original. There are too many problems with the game and things such as difficult controls and poor user interface will frustrate anyone who doesn't have the nostalgia of the original to force them to overlook the problems.

The user interface and controls are shockingly bad. The developers really need to fix it but I can't see that happening. Other games in this genre such as the elder scrolls have very easy controls. The game also has bugs such as the wrong text on dialogs and random bugs that get you stuck in a situation where nothing is happening. The most frustrating for me was that you can't cancel the level up process and start again.

The game is very true to the original however and I think they succeeded improving on the original in quite a few ways. The combat simulator is much better than before. The graphics are of course much better as well as the artwork. Some small annoyances have been taken care of.
 
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1. Bad user interface.
2. Poor presentation (graphics, aesthetics).
3. Very bare-bones user manual.
4. There are still some bugs.

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1. The user interface has a number of issues:
a) Some items are crammed into the corners where they are hard to reach.
b) Most menus have a tiny little X to close them in the upper right corner. A big simple OK or Cancel button would have been better.
c) Not all buttons have tooltips explaining what they do.
d) Tooltips do not tell you what the keyboard shortcut for an action is.
e) In combat, you cannot move the camera from side-to-side using the mouse. You have to use the keyboard.
f) In combat, the current active character is not highlighted in the bottom character panel. So you have to pay close attention to whose turn it is.
g) When leveling up, you cannot go back or undo skill advancement choices.

2. Graphics and presentation is way off-base too.
a) The character models are very ugly.
b) The building/town models are very ugly.
c) There are few spell or action animations in the FPS view portions of the game. Casting a spell to cast a light is instantaneous. Knocking over statues in a certain level is instantaneous.
d) The sound effects are really bad.
e) Not all weapons have appropriate animations. You swing a rapier for instance. The quarterstaff uses the same 3D model as the rapier.
f) Everything is brown and boring.
g) In general this remake has less charm than the original game for MS-DOS.

3. The ingame documentation says the PDF manual is supposed to be the place to go for detailed information, but the PDF manual is shorter adn more bare-boned than the ingame docs.

4. I have run into a few issues, but nothing super serious so far.
 
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I am sorry to have to say this, but this game is a fail. Even thought one can indeed feel that 'some' effort has been put into the game, the outcome is just a pale shadow of the original.

Truth be told, the original Blade of Destiny from 1993 had lousy graphics and even the MIDI music was very rudimentary; but everything else was excellent: the story, the user interface, the 'randomness factor' - you name it, you have it. You wish to have fights automaticaly calculated - no problem. You wish to speed things up or slow down a bit? No problem. User inventory and skills? Very simple and comprehensive. I can recommend this game heartily to any fan of a good story!

And the HD version of the same? Its a complete opposite. Graphics are better (which is not hard, considering the first version to be almost 23 years old) and the music is remastered, story is the same... But the user interface is messed up. Controls are very unintuitive, inventory as well, movement through cities and dungeons is very sluggish and tiresome, as is any other aspect of the game - starting with character generation. If you end up entering someone's house - you need to wait for the narrator to finish his line before being able to somehow get out of there. ESC doesnt work, there is no cancel key, nothing. Only the right mouse button, only after the narrator finished reading the same boring line. That is absolutely unacceptable for anyone who plays RPGs and explores every door that can be opened.
And then... the battles. They cannot be accelerated, nor speed-automated as in the original version. If your high level party gets attacked by a couple of rats, you still have to wait 15 min for the battle to be decided. Ridiculous.

The *only* improvement that I have seen in the HD version over the 1993 version is the comprehensive explanation of skills and required traits for them. And I did not know that a crystal ball can be enchanted like wands. ^_^

Its a shame really... I love the realms of arkania trilogy; it is one of my favorite games of all times, but the HD version is unplayable :(

To make things even worse, the support forum is bugged. Registration at forum.schicksalsklinge.com is neigh impossible, nor is possible contact support (always the 'wrong captcha').

A shame indeed.
 
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Publisert: 27. desember, 2015
Why did I buy this?

I liked the orignals, the DOS based games... this game kinda ruins the series for me.

Slow, buggy, and very awkward gameplay. The combat is tedious and uninteresting. And the story line didn't grab me at all.
 
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Game is very buggy, I should have just bought the original which I have heard is fantastic. Game also starts out very slow with a vague description of what you are supposed to do, don't get me wrong there is nothing with games that don't hold your hand but they should at least tell you what the plot is.
I would say just save your money and avoid purchasing this game.
 
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Was released half complete, No apology to fans for this crap. Community had to work on first few patches to make this game semi-playable. They should have refunded everyones money, this was a sad excuse.
 
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Just don't. Literally unplayable on realase, still bad in every aspect. Evade at all cost.
 
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There are too many bad design choices and bugs to make this game be enjoyable. Just to name a few examples: The interface is clunky, the engine is poorly optimized, the voice acting is some of the worst I have ever heard, and all the voice acting is done by a very small cast of what seems to be two people, there are typo's, mistranslations, and poor grammar in nearly every piece of text, even with min-maxed characters, your mage has about the same chance to hit as your specialized fighters, very vague descriptions of skills and stats, about a third of the ingame help menu is blank and missing text, healing is needlessly complicated, and the whole system really expects you to know exactly how the pen and paper RPG system which it is based off of works.

TLDR: Avoid, even if you got this in a bundle save your time and play something else.
 
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So, right to the point.
Yes, I do recommend Realms of Arkania, but with a number of caveats.

Realms of Arkania is definitely "budget," definitely indie, and most definitely rough around the edges in places. RoA still has a couple of UI glitches, and isn't always pretty to look at. The English voice acting is atrocious.

However, the game-stopping bugs present at launch have been fixed. The visuals are adequate; not great, but not terrible. The voice acting, luckily, can be disabled.

As for gameplay, RoA is almost more of a management sim than a typical RPG. I actually appreciate that. The preparation you have to put into traveling during the winter months is possibly more important than how well-equipped your party is for combat. You just don't see certain kinds of brutal gameplay concepts (exposure, thirst & starvation, exhaustion, sickness & disease) in these kinds of games anymore. Unless you play smart, your adventure can easily end during the first winter, with your frostbitten party starving to death on a mountain trail.

How many fantasy RPGs have you played lately in which a winter coat is more important to your survival than a +3 sword?

Now, I didn't buy RoA at release. In fact, I didn't begin playing it until after the final major patch was out. So I didn't experience how badly broken it was at release. My only experience of RoA is with the game in its current state.

So, how is it currently? As far as I can tell, RoA is feature-complete compared to the original Realms of Arkania game from the '90s. Every quest present and working in the original is present and working in this remake. In fact, the devs have added new bits of content to the game (quests, encounters, etc), so the game now has MORE content than the original.

Again, RoA isn't the prettiest game to look at. But the gameplay itself is just what I was looking for when I bought it - unforgiving, difficult, oldschool, and based in the Dark Eye universe.

At over 100 hours ingame, and having finished the main questline and nearly all side quests, I can honestly say that I got my money's worth out of Realms of Arkania. Your mileage may vary, however, depending on how tolerant you are of outdated graphics, general lack of polish, and brutally unforgiving gameplay straight out of 1992.
 
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I'm not gonna talk too much about Realms of Arkania as a game. People who don't know the original ROA should read about it somewhere. I'm just gonna say this: its a WRPG where you have to THINK. Its a REAL RPG, where your skills are as much important inside battles AND outside.

I'm here to talk about this reboot only, assuming everyone here knows ROA.

First of all, this game was released in a very incomplete state when it came to STEAM. Almost unplayable, actually. The guys patched it intensivelly after that, but at that point, the game got some of the worst reviews ever (as bad as Big Rigs!!). The thing is: after all the patching, the game became QUITE playable... and very fun to play. But people didn't gave it a chance.

Just like the original ROA, your party has TONS of skills that are used in battles and on the field. This is what I always liked about ROA, and its all here. Just like in the original ROA, you have to take real good care of your chars. They will get sick if you are in a cold place without clothes for winter, for example. And just like in the original ROA, this is the most fun part of this game: surviving while exploring the world.

The battles in here are the weakest part though. Then again, they were not much different in the original ROA... Keep in mind that this game is NOT forgiving in the beginning. You will die. A LOT. You will miss most attacks, you will be frustrated. It was like this in ROA, and its exactly the same in ROA HD. After a while, you'll get better, and will be able to DESTROY your enemies. This version has some bad looking character models though. It seems they are just placeholders, but never replaced with real models. Your characters look awful, your enemies look awful too... The backgrounds are ok. The originals had horrible looking battle backgrounds, and they are also bad here. But are at least more detailed, and since they are in 3D, you can rotate the camera at will.

Outside battles the game look quite good; impressive for a low budget game, actually. Even though this is an indie game, the backgrounds are VERY detailed, and beautiful to look at. Specially the dungeons: they are very good looking, and varied. And since the game is in 3D, you won't move in a grid based system, like in ROA 1 and 2. You can move freely, rotate the camera at will, look up and down. Kinda like ROA3, but with a WAY more beautiful world.

At the end of the day, this is still a VERY rough release. It has some bugs and some bad looking models. But its FUN. One of the most fun RPGs I've ever played. You need patience though. This isn't a game for newbie's. If you didn't like the original ROA, you will NOT like this one. ROA HD is just ROA, but with 3D graphics.

Even if this game has issues, I recommend it for fans of the original ROA. Give this game a chance. Exploring the game world is fun now. You won't see that basic tile-based cities that all look the same anymore. You'll see a world in 3D, with detailed residences, rivers and real people walking around (the 3 ROA games didn't even had NPCs visible in the game world!!). You will learn to care for that characters, because if you don't they WILL die on you. And you will be able to do optional quests to get money and experience, or can just run around the world aimlesly for as much as you want (if you can survive, that is).


This is a great game. With more polish, it would be perfect. It's fun the way it is though, and this is what's most important in a game.
 
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NOTE: For 1.34(More Then A Remake) a short addition appended below this review. 1.33 review(To Cross the Borders) appended below this review. (Delaying the Ork Invasion is 1.32 review)

*****Delaying the Ork Invasion*****

Why I chose this title? Because at the release of this game, we all were leaning towards the thoughts that the game was doomed and orks would conquer the Northlands without our intervention. The game was a mess of bugs and a graphical parody to a degree where NPCs and surroundings would make you feel like in a zombie apocalypse version of Northlands. And furthermore the game used to lack many spells, mechanics and had several other gamebreakers which is probably the reason turned off many people. But...there is always a "but"...and this time it is a good "but".

The game evolved...while I am telling you its evolved it is in the level of a pokemon evolution where you would barely recognize what it was before. Crafty Studios perhaps hired a faery who touched the game with her magical wand exorcising a nasty demon who made the game look bad and broken. Or briefly, they worked their asses off during these months releasing several patches to reach this state. But before going into detail...some screenshots from my game:

http://postimg.org/gallery/1zsvh03w/c4dcb1c8/

If you have the game, you will notice the major differences...if you don't have the game well you should get it while it is still on Christmas Sales, because the great leap forward which has started with 1.32 patch which is named as "Revised" will not stop till "Gold" version of the game. I presume you already looked at the screenshots. Here I will not go over change by change but mention the crucial changes which made me rather happy.

The Journey Map is in English and place names are in accordance with the original Blade of Destiny. Of course still there are no descriptions for Hjaldor Mountains and such, that is just a matter of adding a few place holders.

NPCs look good and NPCs with striped pants you can feel like you are really traversing Thorwalian towns. Also market days, opening/closing times of the shops as well as if you get caught cheating at a tavern you get punished by no entrance features integrated to the game over this time.

The new UI which provides more information to the people in a coherent way, as well as they are more versatile then the old UI which was closing a part of the main screen. Now you have a broader area of view where you can enjoy the good sights of the game.

Except Demon Summoning spells(which are not added) and a few more, most of the spells are fully functioning and ready to assist you in a dungeon as utility or perhaps to decimate your foes as fast as possible. After all, we could wait a little while longer to see a few stray/unimplemented spells.

I'm not even mentioning several optical improvements done to the environment letting screenshots talk for themselves. Though, one thing worth mentioning is the improved interiors of the buildings...especially my favourite is the inn which gave me a dark feeling and I could say I was definitely in backwater, gloomy Northlands of Aventuria.

There are also a good deal of fine tunings, bugfixes and balancings...but I'll cut to the chase. This game evolved truly and deserves a second chance. You will not regret it, especially when you buy it now at a bargain price.

Edit: Price advice was during Christmas Sale, but rest of the review is still valid since it features 1.32 patch. I will update the review, after every noticeable change.

*****To Cross the Borders*****

The anticipated 1.33 patch hit the Steam and I should say while there are still shortcomings here and there, it has been a solid improvement.

Though sadly we still have to be exposed to unpolished Battle Avatars and Sounds. This can be a major deterrent to some players. But for me it is a moment of "Eh..." since I have been more interested in content of the battles rather then nice looks. But I must point out, now spells are associated with different animations, that can be a good indication for the future polishing(One can keep hoping).

Now, one major striking point is that every temple has a different interior as well as the temple distribution on Hjaldings is accurate to the world description. So you'll find a good deal of Swafnir and Travia temples while there are no Praios or Boron temples.

About battle, there are now Battle Stances! Yes, they have finally found their way into the game. Aggressive, Balanced and Defensive. Depending on your tactical situation, now you can make use of those stances. For example, if you flanked somebody, this especially alleviates the issue where hitting is a problem. Going aggressive will increase your hit chance while reducing your parry chance, providing you more success. On the other hand, a hard pressed character can switch to defensive to hold off the enemy. Another plus is that now Necrophobia is important in battles. It'll make your characters skip a turn if undead is in the vicinity. (Necrophobia roll) Also weapon/monster re-balancing seems like it will make things quite different then before. One example is some animals are hitting twice. Also two spells Nekropathia and Abvenenum added to the game. The more, the merrier.

Heavy bugfixing as usual made the game stabler and Main Game+DLCs present a good deal of content. "For the Gods" add a number of challenging unique battles across 2 detailed dungeons and one town while "Ogredeath" adds several side quests spread through the world and one extra dungeon at Groenvelden.

Now, I should stress it again. If Battle Characters, Animations and Sounds can get an overhaul via a major patch, this game has the potential to be a true success. The game has already crossed the border of remake and now it should move forward with full force.

*****More Then A Remake*****

I wasn't expecting to update my review but surprisingly 1.34 patch hit Steam containing several additional encounters, bugfixes and fine-tunings to mechanics. Additionally some of the good mods (such as herb pouch) created by the dedicated community members of the game made formal appearance with this patch. The game still has the mediocre character models, but aside that in my eyes it has become more then a remake already.
 
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After a real bad release this game had one of the strongest comebacks thanks to all the hardwork the developers put into trying to sort out their mistakes at release time.The game is worth the money and you are going to enjoy it .
 
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I've never before seen a developer work so hard into making a poor product shine. That alone makes this title worthy of picking up.

I have been playing pen and paper RPGs for over 30 years and computer RPGs since the late 80s, so I suppose I am more forgiving on graphics quality than some. What I fiend for in games are interesting combat systems and diverse skills. So far, this title doesn't disappoint.

I feel that watching my fledgling characters grow as the adventure progresses will be quite gratifying in this title. I can't wait to get into some serious questing.

One thing I still can't stand in this game is the English language voice acting. They need some serious help in the voiceover depatment. Monotonous doesn't even begin to describe the voice work, though it may be an ESL issue.

Regardless, this is a small quibble about a product that has been considerably improved over the last few weeks. I am excited to see what other new features and improvements are introduced in the weeks and months to come.

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Unfortunately I could only recommend the game to the most diehard fans of the originals. The game has several cool features, but it ends up losing a lot of fun factor to poor UI and some highly tedious elements.

+Graphics and environments are well done, dungeons are interesting and adventure/GM text is fun
+Good variety of classes, skills, and spells
+Ability to customize your own party of up to 6 characters
+Management of party health on several levels including HP, starvation, thirst, warmth for the winter, etc.
+Tactical battles, ability to automate/accelerate battles

-World outside feels dead; can't talk to people, look inside boxes/barrels, or interact with much of anything, no visible enemies. You will sadly miss almost nothing just by walking around in map mode and ignoring the 3D environments.
-Travel between towns can be very painstaking; sometimes going through 20 or more camp/resting screens with little or no activity. Worse, most towns have little/nothing to offer and you cannot fast travel or even queue travel past 1 town.
-Poor descriptions on items and equipment; likely to have unlisted class restrictions
-Failure chances for attacks and spells are so high most battles, especially early, every action taken feels like punishment
-Most game time will be spent walking or sleeping. It is as exciting as it sounds.
 
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Back in the good old 90’s I wasn’t that much into RPGs but I really liked “Startrail” and “Shadows over Riva”. Yes, I’m leaving out Blade of Destiny. Though I played it for quite some time, I never could get really into it. It wasn’t the complex gameplay that turned me off, it was navigating the cities which frustrated me the most. Nearly every building looked the same, be it taverns or homes of important NPCs. I spent a lot of my time running into every building just to see if there was some hint left to be discovered,…which in 99% of every visit wasn’t the case. So after quite some time I lost interest but tried to get back into the game several times.

Before you judge me, I was 10 years old back then, so maybe my attention span was shorter than today. If you ask me, “Startrail” did everything better. When I learned about the remake of “Blade of Destiny” I was quite enthusiastic. When it was finally released, the reviews were so devastating, it was hard to believe. I read many reviews, watched many videos, and I was shocked. Everything looked so unfinished. Then I learned about the many patches and finally bought the game after the release of the “revised” patch. I started it up and it looked…okay. Yes, that’s not high praise. I checked the forums and realized that the developers were still very involved in fixing the game with the help of the very active community. I decided to wait a little longer, and with the arrival of version 1.35 I finally decided to play the game. That was three days ago. Three days of which I spent 27 hours playing “Blade of Destiny HD” and simply put: I had a blast!
Of course there are many things one could criticize: The story is kind of generic (and obviously always was), the graphics are not great, the combat is clunky and the cities seem a little lifeless. Were this a completely “new” game these things would mean a lot more to me, but as a remake I think this is finally a great product. It made me feel like I felt back then, but without the constant complaining about the city navigation. And I still love the original soundtrack from the 90s version, which is included in the remake.

So, should YOU play “Blade of Destiny HD”? If you liked the original, there’s not much left that should stop you from playing this game. If you want your RPGs to be a little more accessible and modern, you should probably stay clear. But if you were remotely into complex RPGs back in the 90s or enjoy pen & paper RPGs, give it a shot. You won't regret it!
 
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