A New Wizardry for a New Generation The universe is in the throes of violent upheaval and change. Vast and mysterious forces are preparing for the final confrontation. A small group of heroes from distant lands must plunge into the heart of the maelstrom, to uncover long-forgotten secrets, and bring about a new era.
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Release Date: Nov 15, 2001

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December 5, 2015

New update out now

Hello everyone,

A small update for Wizardry 8 is available now. It contains the following:

  • (Windows) nGlide was updated to 1.04 from 1.02
  • (Mac OS X) The game will now launch on OS X 10.11
  • (Mac OS X) Wine was updated to 1.7.54


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About This Game

A New Wizardry for a New Generation

The universe is in the throes of violent upheaval and change. Vast and mysterious forces are preparing for the final confrontation. A small group of heroes from distant lands must plunge into the heart of the maelstrom, to uncover long-forgotten secrets, and bring about a new era. Should they succeed, they will gain the powers of the gods themselves. If they fail, countless worlds will fall into the grip of darkness.

Wizardry 8 raises the standard for fantasy role-playing with a vengeance. Prepare yourself for a new level of excitement, immersiveness and depth that made role-playing games one of the best-selling, best-loved genres of all time.

Prepare to experience the culmination of a prestigious RPG series. Enter a vast world of intrigue and wonder. Unravel a gripping, non-linear storyline. Battle your way to victory using your swords, your magic, and your wits. Compete with rivals or align with allies as you struggle to ascend to the Cosmic Circle. Take the battle to the dreaded Dark Savant in Wizardry 8, the phenomenal conclusion to the Dark Savant trilogy, one of the most extensive and challenging stories ever told in classic role-playing games!

This is the legacy of Wizardry 8!

  • Explore a vast 3D world filled with action, magic and adventure. Wander through dark dungeons, lush landscapes, scorching volcanoes and even beneath the sea.
  • Create your own custom party of adventurers. Make a gnome gadgeteer, a lizardman fighter, a rawulf lord or even a faerie ninja. the possibilities are endless!
  • Choose a custom personality for each character and hear them speak over 100 lines of dialogue; Kindly or Chaotic, burly or surly-how your characters act is up to you.
  • Talk to dozens of intelligent characters. How you treat them determines whether they become powerful allies or deadly enemies.
  • Battle over 300 types of monsters in some of the most intense combat ever seen in an RPG. The unique auto-targeting system makes combat easy to learn, while the huge number of strategies adds unprecedented depth.
  • Advanced creature A.I. brings a new level of realism to RPGs. You don't just hunt the monsters-the roaming monsters hunt you.
  • Cast over 100 spells using a unique power-level system that guarantees that no spell ever becomes obsolete.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium 233MHz Processor
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 8MB 3D Accelerated Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9 compatible card or onboard sound
    • Additional Notes: Sound Card and Mouse also required for the best experience
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Pentium 333MHz Processor
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 16MB 3D Accelerated Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9 compatible card or onboard sound
    • Additional Notes: Sound Card and Mouse also required for the best experience
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Pentium 1GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 8MB 3D Accelerated Video Card
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
    • Processor: Pentium 2GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 16MB 3D Accelerated Video Card
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
47 of 59 people (80%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
1,356.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2015
To this day W8 is STILL probably the best RPG ever made IMHO. I have never spent the big bucks on any of the newer games, nor do I have the hardware to handle any of them with my poor old machine, but I've logged A WHOLE LOT of hours on W8.
And ya know what? I'm gonna log some more here in a few minutes :-)
I can't say this about many other games on Steam, but I do say this about W8:
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
This is one of my favorite games, there is soo much customization and strategy to this game. If you like turn-based strategy and can handle older graphics (due to the time it was made) this game is probably for you. There are a lot of little things that experienced players know that you won't. There is a pretty large learning curve and I didn't really feel the need to grind much like in other games. My character most of the time felt like he was the right level to be in the area that I was in.
Beginning The Game
In the beginning, you will probably be lost just at creating a character. Here are a few tips as well as a helpful video.
- Always have atleast one fighter preferable 2
- have a mage
- have a psionic
- make sure you don't have more than 3 ranged characters (with little health) with you.
- If a character dies, load your last save.
- Early on in the game (first 30 minutes) mages and other low health characters will probably die at least once your first couple parties.
- Don't give up
- Last but one of the most important, EXPLORE!!! It helps a lot.
Finally here is the video and if you need more help send me a msg and I will try my best to help you.

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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
220.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
So you been playing The Witcher or Dragon Age and just don't get all the shagging and long-winded dialogues. You're even annoyed that those games aren't featuring turnbased combat. And the setting seems too familiar like something done a million times before.

Welcome to Wizardry 8. Pretty much the pinnacle of turnbased dungeoncrawler cRPG's. This one is gold. If you ever played Might & Magic, Eye of the Beholder, Menzoberezzan or the newer Legend of Grimrock (which is gridbased unlike this one) you'll most likely adore this game.

This is a game for oldschool RPG players. It's stat-heavy, character development is exciting and fun, there is A LOT of combat and A LOT of loot, progression feels right and well paced, character voices are a blast, music is pretty atmospheric and nice, the world is a bit empty but looks decent for an oldschool cRPG and the 90's developer humour is a joy to behold (do check the manual as well for some quick laughs).

The amount of races (11) and classes (15) gives this game one of the most intriguing character creation schemes ever. It's bloody hard to settle on 6 characters only when they all sound very unique and interesting. The game lets you recruit two npc's at a time (RPC's) with their own benefits and limitations (some outright refuse to go to certain areas). Once created the future development starts to intrigue you. You'll most likely end up in forums getting answers to a lot of questions in that regard. Which is quite nice. I learned half of this game by reading posts and figuring out different approaches.

Which is this game's strongest side IMO. There is no right or wrong way. It's how you wanna play it (for the most part). There is no such thing as an optimal party. It's what you want it to be. What suits your roleplaying and gameplay the best. And that's one of the reasons it's hard to become tired of this game. The amount of options, how many characters to run (1-6), where to go (semi-open world), what skills to emphasize developing, who you wanna recruit etc..... You most likely wanna try out every possible combination.

The game has a few bugs. Luckily the game uses rolling quicksaves so you can have 3 quicksaves at a time (at which point the first gets overwritten and so forth). And the combat can get really slow. I highly recommend using the monster movement speed mod: http://wolfie.wiz8.de/Wiz8Fast.html


If you like oldschool, combat and stat heavy cRPG's you will get hooked on this one. I've seen people with ridiculous amount of time in this game. People who tried multiple playthroughs with different setups, 1 character iron man games, you name it.

Personally I have 300+ hours in the game (some off Steam) and have gotten around 15%-20% through the game then restarted to try out different parties and builds. This game will do that to you. I have rarely seen a starting zone (the Monastery) this many times in any cRPG I've ever played. And I love it.

The game has some quirky puzzles. Things you wouldn't expect or see coming. And the feeling of solving said puzzles leaves one with the satisfaction like no other. Back in the day people didn't go online to check walkthroughs but sticked with it and got the most rewarding feeling of figuring something out for themselves. This game has that sort of "achivement moments".

IMHO this game, Fallout 1&2 and Arcanum is the best non-D&D cRPG to ever have been made. It's just that bloody good. Not the story, but the level of party customization, the mix of "improving through usage" and point distribution at level-up's, the witty voiceacting, the weird fantasy-scifi setting, the extremely tactical combat system (positioning is everything), the small tricks you pick up as you get better at the game etc....

It is simply brilliant. Let me recommend you this video to understand the importance of Wiz8 and the Wizardry series:

Spoiler alert!

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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Wizardry 8 brings back the classic feel of some of the old school DnD games. Trying to figure out the various classes that fit in with your style of gameplay while balancing them with the ability to survive. So many different combinations that you can have will make this game fun to replay or run multiply runs at the same time. The exictment of finding the various classes that works well together to give you a difficult time surviving while at the same time giving you pride. Or the various ways to play classes. Like a fire only mage, or a damaging priest and so forth. The classes has so many different ways that you are able to play them.

With all that going on you also have the going back to find stuff that you needed to go forwards to get. That and trying to remember where they were at the same time. Or if you forget to grab an item that you need later the trying time to figure out where it is, the hunt that you have for that one treasure that you needed. Getting the information from various NPC's or the notes that you have to find.

All of this combined with the option of a ironman mode where you can only save when you exit the game and once your party dies it is all over. This brings out the caution for those loved party members, while at the same time making sure that you don't bite off more then you can chew. Not being able to go back and take back those options you did that makes people hate you or attack you.

These various things in this game is a large part in why I would recommend this game to others. The long hours that you can spend on it along with the replay ability. The various difficulty with the option of Ironman to up the challenge. All of those and more make this game well worth the ten dollar price tag.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
60.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Ladies and gentleman, this is THE best RPG ever made, hands down.

"What about Baldur's Gate?" You might ask. "Dude, Planescape is the best ever." You might say. Well, put a sock in it, because this game is the epitome of RPG awesome. Those games are in a different category of coolness, but Wizardry 8 branches out and places a shadow over everything.

Here are the reasons Wizardry 8 is the best RPG ever.

*An uncanny amount of enemies in most fights, for an RPG of this kind. (You can have 30 or more monsters in a single battle.)

*AoE spells are the best.

*Every enemy EXPLODES or DISINTEGRATES on death. Nobody falls over and leaves a corpse. Cleaner world, cooler finishers.

*This is one of those rare games with a class that can eventually learn every spell available, and that class can eventually one-shot the entire enemy lineup of 30 or more monsters. Bishop or bust, homes.

*Monks will roflstomp everything. And I do mean everything.

*It has Wookies.

All you have to do is drop a measly $10, pocket change, and you've got hundreds of hours of gameplay at your fingertips. Ignore my steam times - I've been playing Wizardry 8 off and on for 13 years. I've probably beaten this game more times than any other game I've ever played. And I hardly ever take my games to a finish. That's the excellence of Wizardry 8.

So stop wasting time reading my crappy review, and buy the damn game. You'll get more than your money's worth.
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