The planet of Aethereus is an ancient and mysterious world filled with majestic forests, misty swamps, deep caves and ancient ruins. Devastated by three large astronomical events, the Three Great Skyfalls, it is a world just coming out of chaos and ruin.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (149 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 27, 2013
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“Legends of Aethereus looks promising, all told, and I’m glad to see that Three Gates didn’t jump headfirst onto the MMORPG bandwagon”
Forbes

“Legends of Aethereus’ Combat Looks MEATY”
Rock, Paper Shotgun

About This Game

The planet of Aethereus is an ancient and mysterious world filled with majestic forests, misty swamps, deep caves and ancient ruins. Devastated by three large astronomical events, the Three Great Skyfalls, it is a world just coming out of chaos and ruin. The recent unearthing of The Gauldron Tablets has revealed the existence of The Seven Ancient Skyfall Relics. The promise of unlimited power for those who possess the objects has led to a frenzied search across all of Aethereus.

As a member of the Nexus City-State, one of the last bastions of freedom and hope on Aethereus, you will be entrusted with the critical undertaking of procuring the The Ancient Skyfall Relics. Standing in your way are the Serpentica Shamans of Ghalia and the hordes of Khagal Tribes they control as well as the oppressive Venatan Empire forces lead by the notorious General Zhorgal.

Your epic journey of adventure and discovery begins now.

Join forces in online multiplayer cooperative expeditions as the Inventor or Officer while you embark on a variety of story driven hand-crafted expedition levels or explore the wilderness through a variety of procedurally generated exploration quests. Design and build new gear and weapons while you develop your character across a diverse and expansive skill tree allowing for a multitude of character strategies.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core®2 Duo E6700 @ 2.6GHz or AMD Athlon64 X2 6000+ @ 3.0Ghz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Video RAM(1GB Video RAM), DirectX9c Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible(Recommended Surround Sound 5.1 capable)
    • Additional Notes: Supported Video Cards: AMD Radeon™ HD 2900/3000/4000/5000/6000/7000 series, NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800GTX/9/200/400/500/600 series, INTEL HD 3000/4000. Laptop versions of these cards may work, but are not supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 (64 bits)
    • Processor: Intel I5 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible with 768MB video RAM or better(NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / ATIRadeon HD 5850)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible (Recommended Surround Sound 5.1 capable)
    • Additional Notes: *Supported Video Cards at Time: AMD Radeon™ HD 2900/3000/4000/5000/6000/7000 series, NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX/9/200/400/500/600 series, INTEL HD 3000/4000. Laptop versions of these cards may work, but are not supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard (10.6.X)
    • Processor: 2.3Ghz Intel
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Not recommended for Intel integrated graphics or Mac Minis or early-generation Mac Books (Intel HD 4000 will work)
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Intel Core®2 Duo E6700 @ 2.6GHz or AMD Athlon64 X2 6000+ @ 3.0Ghz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Video RAM(1GB Video RAM)
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Supported Video Cards: AMD Radeon™ HD 2900/3000/4000/5000/6000/7000 series, NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800GTX/9/200/400/500/600 series, INTEL HD 3000/4000. Laptop versions of these cards may work, but are not supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Intel I5 or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphicscard with 768MB video RAM or better(NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / ATIRadeon HD 5850)
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: *Supported Video Cards at Time: AMD Radeon™ HD 2900/3000/4000/5000/6000/7000 series, NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX/9/200/400/500/600 series, INTEL HD 3000/4000. Laptop versions of these cards may work, but are not supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game.
Helpful customer reviews
16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
To sum it up: the devs bit more than they could chew...they ended up releasing a repetitive single player game, with no rewards to the exploration of their lifeless gaming world. Thumbs way down.
Was just looking up their kickstarter campaign...deluxe boxed edition of the game never happended!! People paid for it!!! One poor misleaded soul even backed them for 1,500$...
I bought the game at a discount, but ended up on the short end of the straw. VERY poor customer service altogether. (Sent them an email from their website. Never got an answer, not even from their forum.)
Abandonware I guess...
Posted: June 17
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Quirky and glitchy but somewhat fun until you spend half an hour on a quest that randomly glitches out and requires you to redo the entirety of it over from the start. I could list a number of other issues but that one in particular is enough for me to uninstall.
Posted: May 17
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
The screen shots make it look like a great game but in reality it feels like a low end Unity game. The battle system alone kills the game..when you hit something you all animation kinda stops and then starts over again and the life bars go down but it feels so cheap and poorly done. Camera angles are rough and can either make the game look great or really cheaply done. It's like the movie trailor that shows you all the best looking 3 minutes of a two hour movie.. and then you go see it to find out that the rest of the movie was so bad you walk out. That 3 minutes I was talking about, are the screen shots posted on the store page. Make no mistake this is a very very cheaply made game.. and I love Indie games.
Posted: May 3
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Legends of Aethereus is a game that reached far and forgot to plant solid roots. The game is expansive, there is plenty to do, and lots of character customization. Sadly level design, enemy design and gameplay design took a backseat to quantity and we are left with a product that feels unfinished or undeveloped almost everywhere you look.

I honestly feel bad for LoA and I don't like giving it a bad review. I was a Kickstarter and I really wanted this game to be good, I believed in it. But the question of whether or not I enjoy the game is the same as asking, do I like all the technical limitations, bad animations, missing sound effects and just general lack of enjoyment for completing quests.

The core of these flaws lies in two places; items and combat. I like what Three Gates tried to do here: instead of buying and finding weapons and armor, you make and customize your own. The system is a bit ugly but the outcome is fun. Where it falls apart is there are too many materials and its all a bit cryptic. Instead of 'cloth' and choosing a color, you have to find cloth of that color. This means the materials list is padded down with seven kinds of every material making it a chore to find what it is you wanted. Items are worse since you find them, but you never really need them because they never really do what you think they will. These two factors mean looting just isn't fun, which is a problem in an aRPG.

Combat is the other end of the badness. The game was built on pride in its combat system, how your sword actually had to intersect your foes to do damage. Sadly you don't have much control over how you attack, and the idea is forgettable anyways because enemies are annoying and nothing responds to you in a meaningful way. It's a tough thing to describe, but let's just say enemies have more reaction to your attacks in Skyrim but at least that game had large hitboxes to make up for the lack of feedback you get. I'd tell you 'try it and you'll understand' but my review is telling you not to try it.

LoA is just a game of flaws. It tried to do something new, but the result just isn't that good. I only touched on two major problems, but it has plenty of bugs and questionable design elements I haven't listed. If you want to support the developer then buy their game, but that's about the only reason to consider it.
Posted: April 20
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
While this game boasts having amazing customization in the way of crafting armor and weapons, I did not even come that far. The mouse sensitivity is horrible, with the X axis being far too slow, and it can't be turned up any higher than the default! Hit detection is terrible, and even when you do hit something, most of the time, there's no indication of it. Sometimes enemie's health is displayed above their heads, but only sometimes. Voice acting is shoddy, animations rough, and the story is poorly done and uninteresting. This game feels like it should not even be in alpha.
Posted: April 21
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242 of 301 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Legends of Aethereus first reared its ugly head over the Linux crowd around May 2013. At first it was just an exclusive Beta version for the Kickstarter backers. Eventually though, ThreeGates realised the money they had gotten out of their Kickstarter wasn’t enough; $35,554 out of the $25000 they were originally looking for. Over ten grand above their original goal and they still felt like they needed to sell Beta entries for $30. That was when the first red flag was hoisted in my head.

With the promise of a large scope Action RPG on Linux, I chose to ignore that first warning. Silly me!

You see, having used Linux since 2005, I’ve seen plenty of platformers, first-person shooters and even strategy games running natively. Role playing games on the other hand, there were close to none. Off the top of my head, the biggest profile RPG back then was Sacred (published by the now defunct Linux Game Publishing). Don’t get me wrong! That amalgam of bugs, which Ascaron Entertainment stubbornly kept calling a game, was actually pretty damn fun. To this day, I still fire it up once in a blue moon and lose myself in the isometric world of Ancaria for a couple of days. Then the nostalgia wears off and the critic in me just wants to tear some people’s limbs off.

Legends of Aethereus was set to be the Linux incarnation of a great action RPG, until you actually got to play it. If you’re a regular follower of our LGC Weekly podcast, you probably already know where this is going. ThreeGate’s debut game was (up to this point) the sole Unity 3D game that got an average score of 1 Lawn Chair, using LGC’s brutal review system. If the Lawn Chairs don’t mean jack to you, IGN gave it a 2.5/5, Destructoid gave it 3/10 and the Metacritic page reveals that there are no positive critical reviews of the game. None! Not a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ single professional reviewer could bring himself to justify a score above average.

It’s that bad! When a Unity game runs like ♥♥♥ on an NVidia GTX 770 paired with an Octo-core AMD 8150 processor and these are backed by two SSDs in YOL0 RAID, you’re doing something wrong… on purpose! There is absolutely no excuse, after 6 months, to have the game in such a ♥♥♥♥ty state.

I have actually been in the testing team for the past 2 months. I’ve submitted a total of 6 bug reports and out of those, only 3 got a reply. Personally, I ran into a bug that caused the game’s gamma to be constantly set somewhere in between pitch dark and the bottom of the Mariana Trench. It took their Linux dev around a month and a half to actually bother to reply and you know what he asked? “Is this with the open-source or proprietary drivers? Steam recommends you use fglrx 13.11.” - You don’t ♥♥♥♥ing say?! (This happens with both, fyi.)

The one bug they actually acknowledged was the Steam Achievements not unlocking when they did in-game. Let me tell you what their fix involves; you need to copy the libsteam_api.so library the game provides into your OS’s /usr/lib folder. They basically want you to introduce a third party proprietary library into a system wide folder, for the sake of doing something 200 other Steam games already do without it. They’re basically asking you to introduce what amounts to an exploitable backdoor to a system wide folder. ♥♥♥♥! Right! Off!

It doesn’t end there, though. Remember those other three bugs they never even replied to? Those are the random freezes that happen regardless of what’s going on, the mouse lerping bug that caused mouse input to go haywire and the stupid mouse sensitivity bug that would progressively make the mouse more and more sensitive over time. I don’t know about you, but to me those are some game breaking bugs or at least they toss any immersion you may have at that point right out the window.

There is absolutely no ♥♥♥♥ing excuse for a game riddled with this kind of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ to be allowed on the Steam store. It isn’t in Early Access anymore and it doesn’t have a warning about the Alpha state the game currently is in!

That, ladies and gentlemen, is False Advertising. Some of you may argue the contrary, to those of you who do I give you the legal definition: “Any advertising or promotion that misrepresents the nature, characteristics, qualities or geographic origin of goods, services or commercial activities". They’re charging $30 for a game which, according to its store page, works under Linux. When technically it does little else than cause players endless frustration and a recurring stream of refund requests.

We all know Valve is pretty lax when it comes to ♥♥♥♥ty games on their Steam store, but come on! This piece of junk is bleeding $30 out of unsuspecting purchasers. It’s an overpriced scam under the guise of a ♥♥♥♥ty game.

This is the part where I’d drop the mic but I can’t afford the risk it’ll break after spending money on this game.
Posted: November 26, 2013
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