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.
User reviews: Very Positive (134 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 15, 2001

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"This last and (along with Wizardry 7) arguably best of SirTech's Wizardry games improves on many core aspects of the series while making the move to 3D."
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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

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium 233MHz Processor
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 8MB 3D Accelerated Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 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
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Pentium 333MHz Processor
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 16MB 3D Accelerated Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 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
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Pentium 1GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 8MB 3D Accelerated Video Card
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
    • Processor: Pentium 2GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 16MB 3D Accelerated Video Card
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
68.5 hrs on record
I was introduced to this game via the Night Dive Bundle (Thanks Bundlestars!). I was originally planning to get it simply for Systemshock 2, but this wonderful game came along with it. after doing some research, i found out just how loved it was, so I tried it for myself.

Basic, spoiler free tldr Plotline: Create your party, grab 3 artifacts and stop evil dude from doing the same, whist exploding everyone and everything that stands in your way of saving the world.

The plot is pretty much put to the wayside in my own opinon, but it is interesting enough to be noteable.

At first, It can be a bit daunting for players used to newer RPGs, but everything is very well streamlined when it comes to the User Interface and inventories. That is, once you get used to it.


Combat:
Basic lowdown: up to six PC's and two followers fighting together against enemies, using ranged, melee, or magic, with enemies in a 3d space. Works in a similar way to the older FFs, and is very fun at as well as aggrivating in earlier stages.
The game spices up this style of combat by applying the strategies of positioning and formations, which are vital for both staying alive and dealing damage. The enemies have a bad tendency to be either mediocore or brutal, crushing your party to a pulp at times. But, the combat remains rather balanced throughout, and exciting.

Characters and Character Progression:
Much like Oblivion or Morrowind, each character has Basic Stats that can only be raised through leveling up, and Skill Stats that can be leveled both through gaining levels or by use in combat. Creating a character that fits his or her role into the party is absolutely esssential, and if not created properly, can permanently cripple the party. To survive basically, you need at least one Melee character in the front, a Ranged in the back, along with a caster to support them. Character classes basically divvy up the general roles into more specifc ones, with some classes unable to use certain weapons, you must choose carefully.
The combinations of both races and classes, and the distribution of stat points allows for immense variety in playstyles, from the practical to the ridiculous.
Probably my favorite thing about the progression is seeing how far my party has come from the beginning. From my caster being barely able to cast basic magic to being a Lord of Death on the battlefield, erasing damage to party members and boosting their stats to ridiculous levels.
Another thing that stands out is the wide variety of Voice packs that each character can posess, and can be changed at any time. From laid back to the edge of sanity, sultry or sneaky, your choice. My favorites are the Male and Female Chaotic voices. These add much needed soul to the game, as well as some laughs.

Graphics:
The game looks "Good Enough" for the modern age of games. Thankfully, with programs included such as Nglide, the game can run on just about anything. Laggy areas can be prevalent, even on modern, top of the line PC's, but usually, it will run at a glorious 60fps. What makes it even better, is that Steam Cloud saving for some odd reason works perfectly with this game, and the game's saves can flawlessly transfer from computer to computer.

Stuff I do not like about this game:
This game is hands down the best of this specifc genre that I have ever played, but it still has its flaws.

-quests and objectives can be rather ambigous, and without the help of online guides, some of these can be very frustrating.
-Crafting recipies are never revealed in game, which can be agrivating unless you have them online.
-Travelling the world can be rather slow, as it is quite expansive, and portal spells can only be unlocked later in the game.
-Saving is a bit awkward, having to go into the options menu every time can get annoying.
-Starting off on the wrong foot party wise can lead to a near impossible playthrough.

Otherwise, I heartily recommeded to those wishing to sink a lot of time into a great, easily scaleble game.
Posted: October 20
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55.4 hrs on record
This game is pure and simple amazing. There is a reason the people who have played it clamered to get it rerelased on any platforms. I have put in MANY MANY hours into this game. and still it is one of my favorites.

This game was a labor of love as it drove the company bankrupt and still they finished it long after checks stop comming in. and even released a patch.

Pros
unparralled character customization, Still unmatched by almost any game today.
The game is fairly open world for its time, and still today has a you can go anywhere and do anything approch to the game from the start.
100's of hours worth of game play and replayablitiy.
Replayability, this alone makes this game almost never ending in possibilities. random moster generators, and random loot generators also make the game never the same thing twice.

cons,
Graphics are dated. even with mods the game engine is limited in what it can do.
Difficulty. The game can be hard to even the ones who have played it for years.

If you had in Mad god's Cosmic forge program you can change almost anything about the game. Truely Truely wonderful.
Posted: October 18
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4.4 hrs on record
For those of you who did not grow up in the age of PC gaming with single-core, less than 277Mhz CPU/GPU setups, and CRT monitors only up to 15"... have you got a shock in store.

Wizardry 8 is amazing. Simple as that. And not only is it the final game in the Wizardry series, it is also the final of the Dark Savant Trilogy, which consists of Wizardry 6, 7 and 8. We had to wait nine years for 8 after VII, but you know what, it was worth the wait. To some of us anyway. For those of us that played Wizardry Gold, the wait was a little shorter, but still, five years is a long time to wait for the final story of an amazing story arch and series of games.

Depending on how you ended VII, if you did, then you have multiple beginning story archs to be a part of, then again, so to you have multiple endings.

Remember in the beginning of Zelda: OoT, where you have to find the three gems to unlock the Temple of Time? Well, I think that borrowed from this entire story, because that is it. You have to find three gems, but make no mistake... you will not do it as quickly as you'd like. And then the story is just plain weird after you get them, because then you have to become a Templar. And well... that is the funny part, you will see.

This title also takes away from the stepping from spot to spot of the previous two titles and you are able to walk (via first-person perspective) and turn and such in a full 3D environment. And even better, you can see the enemies this time, no random popping of battles. It may not seem like it, but in its day, this was amazing stuff to see. This game is amazing even today, so give it a go, you will enjoy it. It's fluid, it's great, and it will make you laugh with some of the story stuff, but I will not spoil anything.

There are also mods for the game, however I have not tried any yet, as I am still giving it a go in vanilla forme.

The game runs great, has multiple beginning and ending story paths and tells a great story for its time. I recommend this, especially if you enjoy the older RPG titles of PC gaming.
Posted: October 10
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7.3 hrs on record
8.5/10
Posted: October 5
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
One of the best CRPGs in history. An absolute classic with immersive gameplay, tactical turn-based combat, countless race-class combinations and EPIC voice acting.

"I just saw 'em kidnap someone! Good looking woman, too... not that I wouldn't rescue an ugly woman if there were money in it. I'm not biased.
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(Myles, the local "businessman")
Posted: June 19
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
This is a game for you Magi-punk lovers. while you are confined to one planet, Mages in space is a ridiculously fun idea.

Designing a party of 6 right from the get go is also a very nice feature that a lot of games don't have these days, and it which lets you get into playing as your characters.

The game is a bit hard early on while you learn the controls and do your grinding, potentially learning what makes a bad party, (like one without a dedicated healer.)

I highly reccomend going into the controls and switching things to WASD, because arrow keys are agonizing to use. and it took me a while to find that holding right click let's you mouse control instead of the Numpad. once you get used to that, this game get's amazing.
Posted: June 22
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
One of the best old school first person dungeon crawlers ever made. This game is seriously fun for someone like me who enjoys keeping it old school when it comes to gaming. The little quips your party makes add to the entertainment value of the game. If you enjoy old RPGs than you have to play this game and the other Wizardry titles.
Posted: June 20
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
63.1 hrs on record
One of the best RPGs I've ever played. Vast options for character/party building, tons of personality (especially the hilarious voice acting,) large areas to explore that actually have interesting content in them, highly strategic (and frequently difficult) combat... Wiz8 just rules.

I tried 6 and 7 after this, but found 8 to be the only one that was palatable to me. If you want to try an old-school first person party-based RPG, but are afraid of the obtuse interface, this game does a great job of making that format accessible.
Posted: June 16
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
One of my favorite RPGs of all time. Love it!
Posted: June 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
58.3 hrs on record
Like you wouldn't think I'd recommend this. It's an RPG. It's kind of hard. It's pretty old. But it's extremely good and fun if you're into that. Tends to go on sale a lot.
Posted: September 22
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
MOST EPIC GAME I PLAYED EVER!
Posted: August 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Short version:

If you're a fan of classic cRPGs (especially those that are party-centric with turn-based combat) this game belongs in your library, particularly if you can get it on a discount.

Long-winded version:

Wizardy 8 is a worthy capstone to the long-running series. It is certainly one of the best cRPGs of its time and, arguably, one of the best of all time. All of the elements that made up a great game of this genre in the 2000s is here: robust character creation, flexible party formation, plentiful combat, and addictive character progression.

As might be expected of a game its age, the graphics in Wizardry 8 are dated. But, importantly, not cripplingly so. Watching a freshly killed opponent explode and seeing their skull careen across the screen is just...timeless. Unlike the graphics, the sound is still top notch. The ambient environmental sounds, whether in a dungeon, jungle, or graveyard, do a very nice job of bringing some immersion to the game.

While RP elements such as open world exploration and NPC interactions are light compared to the standards of today, the character creation and party formation system provides enough variety that you'll develop an affinity for the members of your party as you go along. Stat and skill prgression is a fairly straightforward affair: raise the tank's strength and stamina, raise the mage's intelligence, etc. But what's nice is that it's not just leveling up that provides progress. Using skills repeatedly also raises their scores. So, yes, you can develop a mage that's awesome with a bow (given enough practice). On top of such flexibility, progress actually feels like progress. You can sense the improvement in your characters as they climb the godly ladder even as they face more difficult opponents.

The story is decent enough but, frankly, isn't likely to be the reason someone keeps playing the game. That motivation will likely come from character/party development and....

Combat. This is truly a towering strength of the game. It's plentiful and it requires adapting tactics to have any sort of long term success. Fortunately, the game allows you to do just that. The AI mobs can be surprisingly, and unforgivingly, clever. Don't just stand in the middle of open ground...get your party's back against a wall to avoid being surrounded. Guard that mage, because the mob's not going to charge headlong at the lady in plate armor with the big, pointy stick (unless you find a way to give them no alternative). If the enemy has access to long range attacks, they will use them, so you better not sit back waiting for that fireball to explode in front of you. There are even going to be situations in which your party is in over its head. Retreat to fight another time. Not every combat will provide a challenge, but just enough will to keep you on your toes.

In conclusion, while it has the drawbacks of age, Wizardry 8 still provides a great cRPG experience. As I said in the short version above, if you like classic games of the genre, give this one a go, particularly if it goes on sale.
Posted: September 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Simply one of the best RPG's ever made.
Posted: September 10
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
It is good.
Posted: May 9
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
89.4 hrs on record
Greatest RPG ever made!
Posted: May 24
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Everquestian game from the Everquestian era. This hardcore RPG is hella rad with cool graphics & sound and very deep RPG mechanics.
Posted: May 10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
AMAZING
Posted: July 5
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
My favorite PC game of all time! This game was so ahead of its time when it came out.

I have well over 800 hours logged in this game before it was released on Steam.

I have beaten the game twice (Normal, Expert), each with different party composition. Even on Normal, this game is very challenging so be prepared to die.

I will get around to writing a full review, I just wanted to put my recommendation out there.

PS Make sure you use the battle-speeder upper app (google it) when you play otherwise battles will go slow.
Posted: August 1
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3.5 hrs on record
One of the best RPG I ever played. Any old gamer will love this one
Posted: July 7
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0.1 hrs on record
Outdated, but still great! You have to be patient with it to learn how to play though.
Posted: July 14
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