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.
User reviews: Mixed (132 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 29, 2013

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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

System Requirements

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
Helpful customer reviews
68 of 77 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
133.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
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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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
I'm a fair way in to this game and totally loving it. I love the old School feel, I love the story, I love that its got so much lore to it. The opening city is truly huge, with shops and tavens. Ive made a name for myself playing the flute! I like the voice discriptions, it feels like a real Pen and Paper experience, reminds me of the Dungeons and Dragons Online in that it is narrated. Ive been looking for a game like that for a long time! At times it reminds me of Eye of the beholder (in the dungeon crawling) and other times like heroes of might and magic (in the combat). I tried the orginal from GOG, and enjoyed it but have found this, with its updated graphics and narrated discriptions better. I would recommend this to anyone who likes deep roleplaying. Give it a few hours and let it grow on you. I'm really glad i took a punt!

Probably ought to note there is no tutorial, and its pretty hard core and plays best on my rig in windowed mode.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
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 (compared to 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
This game is very hard to get into. Yet - now that i did - i can only recommend it. It has depth and offers a interesting and enigmatic world. The story is deep - as you would wish for in a good Role Playing Game.

I can only recommend to give this game a try - and maybe watch some Youtube videos or read a guide before playing. I was very frustrated after a few tries of playing without any help (maybe because this game is originally from 1992) and now that i consulted help, i got into the game really well and am very happy that this game did not become one more never-really-played game-corpse in my steam library.
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18 of 32 people (56%) found this review helpful
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
If you like these kind of games, it's not half bad. It's pretty good actually but it sure needs a lot of work. I hope the devs will get there eventually.
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