At the very heart of Septerra lies the Core, a huge Biocomputer. Seven continents at different elevations, each with its own unique people and culture, orbit around the Core. According to an ancient prophecy, Septerra's continents will one day converge and join in orbit together on one level - this is the Legacy of Marduk, the Creator's...
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Release Date: Oct 31, 1999

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“If you're not the diehard RPGer, or if you ever enjoyed one of the Final Fantasy series, then pick this one up right away. There are seven whole worlds waiting for you.”
91 – Game Revolution

“It has just the right mix of everything I'd felt was missing from PC RPGs.”
95 – RPG Fan

“Fans of console RPGs will recognize the smooth gameplay and brilliant Final Fantasty-style graphics.”
90 – Electric Playground

About This Game

At the very heart of Septerra lies the Core, a huge Biocomputer. Seven continents at different elevations, each with its own unique people and culture, orbit around the Core.
According to an ancient prophecy, Septerra's continents will one day converge and join in orbit together on one level - this is the Legacy of Marduk, the Creator's son. The Chosen, fanatical believers in the supremacy of their own wisdom and technology, impatiently try to force the issue - causing a global catastrophe which threatens the lives of all Septerreans.

Meanwhile, amongst the Junkers, a young woman named Maya gets caught up in the developing maelstrom and soon finds herself confronted by seemingly insurmountable problems. Without help she stands no chance of fulfilling the Prophesy before Septerra perishes. But whom can she trust in a world torn by war and treacherous intrigue - a world on the edge of the abyss?

FEATURES:

  • A fantasy role playing game with over 140 characters and a complex, multi-level world
  • Intriguingly varied story-line
  • Choose up to nine party members, each with a unique motivation, skills and background
  • The strategic combat system combines the best of turn-based and real-time elements
  • Explore over 200 locations with mysterious buildings, landscapes, danger and surprise at every turn
  • The Adventure-style user interface gives you maximum interaction
  • Hundreds of entertaining voices spoken by professional actors

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 98 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel/AMD Single Core CPU
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D with DirectX support and 64 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 750 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 98 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel/AMD Single Core CPU with 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D with DirectX support and 128 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard
    • Processor: Intel Mac 2.GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Per Pixel Shader 2.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Soundcard with 5.1 Support
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse
    Recommended:
    • OS: Snow Leopard
    • Processor: Multicore CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI/AMD Radeon X
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Soundcard with 5.1 Support
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse
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daresbane
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
This one of the few PC rpgs of the late 90s. In a time Square was king, this game was refreshing and fun - if not as grand as its console contemporaries.
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EveryDayLegend
6.8 hrs
Posted: August 24
tihs game sucks balls it gave me cancer
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William
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 15
Meme
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taha.1411
7.9 hrs
Posted: August 13
Product received for free
bad control
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Rick Sanchez
4.5 hrs
Posted: August 9
When I was 7 my grandpa used to smoke too much so my mom told him if he wanted to see me graduate he should stop smoking but when I was 9 he died of cancer caused by smoking so I told my mom that I wouldn't ever smoke in my life to be aware of cancer but when I played this game it gave me cancer.
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UncleYar
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 23
This game isn't up to date and is riddled with bugs such as dialog skipping. It also decides that the game must be in German. Sorry my Steam client isn't in German, it's in French, can you please be reasonable and default to English? Buy if you want to fiddle endlessly to make it work... or do like I ended up doing and just get the GOG version: they actually care about selling games that work.

Edit: I realized I also owned the game on GOG, so I played that. Now I can recommend the game even less: I've never seen a JRPG with such boring fights. Slow animations, slow refilling action meter, low damage/high health enemies... just stay away if you know what's good for you.
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Danae
3.5 hrs
Posted: July 12
Septerra Core is an older game but if you can get past the (honestly not that bad at all) graphics, you'll find the game enjoyable.

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A nice world with its own lore and history, sure, we're not talking Elder Scrolls lore, but everything is nicely tied up and make the world of Septerra Core very intersting to discover.
An very good story
Combat is fun and you'll have enough characters to suit your play style. It is an active time battle (think Final Fantasy 7 and up, but obviously with entirely different skills and items)

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A lot of people seem to have problems running the game on newer OS, I didn't, runnig Septerra Core with Windows 10.
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Draknath
4.0 hrs
Posted: July 3
I'm lovin' it. Would love to get more games like this to play and review.
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Incanticle
11.4 hrs
Posted: June 30
I picked up a demo back in the day and LOVED it.

Now that I'm playing the full game, I have to be honest about it...

The game is really good, but it can be very repetitive after a while, mainly due to the enemies respawning and the inability to teleport between locations. Sometimes you gotta get an object from a faraway spot, travel to another one and then do something else in the previous location, while fighting the same enemies all over again.

A few more combat tunes would've been great, since there's A LOT of combat (respawning enemies, remember?) and it can get on your nerves after the 30th time you've listened to it.

I can't complain about the graphics. Dated? Sure, but still very nice to look at. I was never a big fan of Japanese animation, but I didn't mind.

Voice acting is great. There's many many characters.
TRIVIA: One of the characters was voiced by the actor who played Kyle Katarn in Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight. He didn't have a very important role in this game, but still... maybe that'll get you to play the game if you were into Lucasarts' titles.

All in all, a very good title. I'd suggest using cheats to avoid fighting those respawning enemies that are very hard to kill.

7/10

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Fay
0.3 hrs
Posted: June 22
Unable to play. Glitch where i get stuck on the first act. Videos don't work either
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
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76 of 85 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
This JRPG style game isn't bad but it's held back by several flaws.

THE GOOD : the voice acting for the main characters, especially Maya is outstanding. The spell cards are fun to combine and the graphics for the time are pretty good. The character models aren't the best but I did like the backgrounds and lighting effects. What music is there is good although there's mainly over world and battle themes. Dungeons are generally silent. Sound effects are pretty good as well and satisfying to hear. The story isn't bad either. Sometimes you have to bring a certain character to an NPC to get them to say something specific or get a key item. Think about which character might be useful with a certain NPC or on what shell. Your battle attack/spells have 3 levels of power leading to some strategy involved. Enemies can potentially be bypassed as in games like Earthbound and Chrono Trigger and there are no random battles, enemies are on screen almost always.

THE BAD: The dungeons get monotonous really fast, mainly because it's mostly about flipping switches to open doors that often lead to more switches. You're either opening doors or making new pathways and at the end you find a key item or fight a boss. Then you have to usually backtrack out of the dungeon manually which can get annoying if you just want to get out of there and don't care about exp and gold. An option to teleport out would have been helpful. There's also a lot of backtracking, and clues to what needs to be done next can sometimes be confusing to figure out. Again, bringing the right character along on the right shell can be a big help in this aspect.

Another major glaring problem for me was the slow animations during battle and the sound effects often took even longer, still playing even when the animations were done. This is especially a problem with the zombie enemies. I found myself using machine gun characters when I could, just because their attacks are faster.

Characters take one turn at a time or combine turns during spells. You can't input commands usually until the character is done with their attack or spell/item usage unlike say a Final Fantasy game. This stuff is a bigger problem during the first half of the game, once you get a spell card that lets you attack all enemies it helps cut down on this some, but it's still a problem. I found myself running away from battles towards the end, just to get to the end of the game.

Overall I enjoyed Septerra Core for the voice acting and story/setting. The battle system isn't BAD as an idea, and the card concept is neat, it's just feels slow as heck, at least for me. The switch flipping and backtracking got on my nerves fast. If the battle system was just faster, I might not have minded the rest, because that's mainly what made the dungeons more of a chore than anything else. If you're the patient type you might find the battles less grating than I did.

I got it on sale here for a buck so it was worth the price. I'd give Septerra Core a 7/10. I'm going to overall recommend the game. Just be aware of the issues above if you decide to play.
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148 of 199 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
Ok, I remember playing this title back when I was much younger and I was gifted this by a very good friend from Amazon VGF. First off, if you get this game, get it from gog. The fix for many issues in the steam version is uninstall the Quicktime that Steam installs and to torrent the executable form a gog download. If you're going to need to get the file from gog in the first place, you might as well purchase it outright from there unless it's deeply discounted on Steam. If you do get from steam, be sure to uninstall the quicktime that was auto installed and install the version that is in the game folder as this will fix some of the issues.

First off, anyone needs to realize that this game was originally released in 1999 so don't expect a mind blowing graphical experience. Also, the manual link on Steam doesn't populate anything so you'll need to go to the following link if you don't want to kludge around to see what works.

http://www.allgame.com/game.php?id=20172&tab=controls

Combat revolves around an ABT that has different sections that fill as time moves on during combat. Enemies appear to have the same ability but they usually seem to only utilize their weak/quick attack from what I've seen since starting the game. The voice acting is pretty decent when you consider the age of the title.

Alright, now that we have all of that out of the way, we get down to the nitty gritty details of whether this game is worth your money and your time and the answer is No. If you're like me and have fond memories of playing this at a younger age, this will rip the blinds from your eyes and make you realize that not all games are worth the time invested in. The story is ok at best, the controls take a while to adjust to and never actually feel 'right' and the game doesn't give the option to remap them to where they feel more comfortable. If you enjoy jrpg's and can get past the technical issues, I would still recommend looking elsewhere as there is a decent collection of titles to choose from.
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55 of 61 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2015
This game...This game used to be a reason for me to rush home from school. While the bigger Final Fantasy games were tearing up the console world (7 and 8 were on PC as well) this forgotten gem appeared in my life through luck. I was browsing the local Hastings for an interesting PC game to play. I had around $30 to spend from my allowance, and I found Redneck Rampage for around $15. So I immediately grabbed it because it looked hilarious. Well, not wanting to leave with just one game, I kept browsing. It was then I seen a "Jewel" Pack. It contained within it two of the most influential games I would ever play, Shogo Mobile Armor Division, and Septerra Core, for $10. Feeling pretty satisfied, I got back home, and immediately put in Shogo, because who doesn't want to run around shooting things in a mech suit? After a few days of playing it, I booted up Redneck Rampage, and, as I expected, the game was hilarious and consumed me for another week or so. Finally, I installed Septerra Core. The case had no information, no screenshots, or any detail what-so-ever. I had no idea what I was getting into. But then, before my eyes, a gorgeous intro cutscene played, and then I was on the menu. Excited now, I hit New Game as fast as possible. The amazing voice acting, the wonderful rendered 2.5D graphics, the menu options, the character equipment, the stats, the magic system...Everything just hit me like a tidal wave. It was different, but that was a good thing. The story was just wonderful. The lack of a soundtrack made it better to me, because it made it more immersive. There are no soundtracks in real life, so why would a role-playing game need a continuous one? I can't recommend this title enough. To alot of modern gamers, this may seem like trash, but this is by far a superior to many of it's current companions. Enjoy your time in Septerra Core, I know I have.
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59 of 73 people (81%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Recommended
51.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
So, Septerra Core. Here we are. FINALLY!

I've started this game 4 times (thanks to a lot of PC crashes). The first time was back in the day, when this game was fairly new (sooo, around 2000/2001? maybe?). 15th of May 2015 I finally finished it. Did I like it as much as I did back when I was roughly 12 years old? Well... kinda.

The thing is: the game AGED ♥♥♥♥ING TERRIBLE!!!!!

I don't know what my favorite feature is.

Maybe the fact that everything is soooooooo slow. You're basically waiting for EVERYTHING. Wait for the fight to start. Wait until your action bar is filled up to the level you want. Wait for the enemy to finish attacking because it is their turn EVERY ♥♥♥♥ING TIME EXACTLY BEFORE YOUR ACTION BAR IS ALMOST FULL!!!! Wait for the attack animation to start! Wait for the attack animation to end! It takes ♥♥♥♥ing forever to get ♥♥♥♥ done in this game. And that's not talking about interacting with ♥♥♥♥ing objects. (Why Maya, why are you thinking so long about that order I just gave you? Pull the ♥♥♥♥ing lever!!!)

Or maybe it is the TERRIBLE DUNGEON DESIGN that stretches the game about at least a third. Enter a ♥♥♥♥ING HUGE dungeon WHICH CONTAINS (apart from some items) NOTHING BUT LEVERS THAT OPEN DOORS AT THE OTHER END OF THE MAP. (Backtracking, Hooray!!!)
Add to that the fact that you visit a lot of dungeons AT LEAST TWICE. Multiple times if you by chance don't have a specific item or a specific party member.

That's right, most of the game is also a giant fetch quest of "use that item nobody told you about to progress". Get random item no.1 from place x to get random item no.2 that you might need 12 hours later at place y. Don't have item no.2 when you are IN THE ♥♥♥♥ING HUGE ♥♥♥ DUNGEON Y? WELL ♥♥♥♥ YOU, GO BACK TO X AND GET IT!!!! Thank god, that leaving one dungeon and entering a different one doesn't take ages...ohwait.

I could probably continue, but I rather say that I really liked the world and the characters and back in 1999 all of these features/problems were probably not as much a pain in the ♥♥♥ as they are nowadays. The game even has some smart ideas like the 3-level-attack-bars and the spell casting system. Unfortunately, video games have moved on and kind of left Septerra Core behind. There are probably many other old games that have aged better.

So, do I recommend Septerra Core. Well, obviously I ♥♥♥♥ing do because it is a really charming game that always has a special place in my heart. Also, I am now officially done with it and never have to think back like: "Why did I never finish Septerra Core? That game was kickass back then!"

In my opinion, everyone should experience the sensation that is Septerra Core in its entirety. And if you didn't back then, well, sucks to be you because nowadays the game is horrible, tedious, physical pain.

But I still love you, Septerra Core. I do love you! <3<3<3<3<3
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96 of 132 people (73%) found this review helpful
129 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2015
I love this game to bits, but the Steam version requires you to sell your soul and stand on your arms while singing "Oh Canada" backwards to get it working
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47 of 55 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
56.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
It's an old school RPG with turn-based party combat. Interesting story & setting but the ending screams for a sequel that we won't see. It has problems with modern OS (Windows 7/8) but it can be easily fixed. Combat gets tedious, Dungeon design is just "get the key/ flip the switch and open the gate" and backtracking to it sucks. But once you get past the cons...it's a good game in its time of release.
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38 of 45 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 2, 2014
Septerra Core is....a difficult game to recommend. I should preface this review by saying that it is MOST CERTAINLY not for everyone. Septerra Core is an older turn-based RPG from a time where these sorts of games were common on consoles but rather rare on PC. I played the game to completion back in that era, and found it rather enjoyable - however, even then it had its rough edges, and for modern sensibilities it will be rather archaic.

The combat engine is location-based, similar to how Chrono Trigger is. However, the speed/pace everything works at is exclusively suited to when you have 3 members in your party, so combat is QUITE clunky in the early portion of the game, which makes it a bit of a hurdle to overcome.

The cast is varied, and the story was decent for the time (from what I recall - details are fuzzy). The concept of the WORLD itself is rather imaginative, and wholly unique from what I've run into in gaming. Aside from that, level design as the game progresses becomes....extremely maze-like. Lots of wrapping corridors which look same-y and form literal mazes.

Effectively, I'm recommending this because I enjoyed this game when I played it. But anyone who purchases it should know what they're getting when they're going in - a game that was a little rough around the edges when it came out, and which probably won't appeal to most modern gamers. Only purchase if you really enjoy turn-based RPGs, or are interested in very imaginative sci-fi worlds.
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69 of 97 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2013
I have great memories of the game, but the Steam version is unfortunately a buggy mess. I can't even play the game for more than a few minutes because of problems with cutscenes, dialogue, and crashes.

Buy the GOG version instead. It doesn't have all of these issues and is $2 cheaper (as of writing).
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43 of 54 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2013
This reviews is in "English/Portuguese"

English:

Ahhhh, Septerra Core, the nostalgia... This game is one of the most unknow and underrated games of PC, hell, but it has an amazing quality! I could say this is one of the best RPGs on PC, but people would shoot at me on sight, since it is very unknow...
Hey, this games has an amazing quality, amazing characters personalities, awesome CGs, craziest and most awesome history of all time in a RPG, wow... it is breathtaking, and wen you discover to do the right uses of the magic cards? WOW
I must say, this is a true JRPG in it's best qualities, it is a shame it was sold so little and it is so ignored from the public!

This game does worth all the spotlights! Try it! This old RPG is awesome! You will fell the same inpact of Final Fantasy VII or VIII, but as a PC game!

Portuguese: Ahhhhh, Septarra Core, a nostalgia... Este jogo é um dos mais desconhecidos e subestimados do PC, mas ele possui uma qualidade incrível! Eu poderia dizer que este é um dos melhores jogos do PC, mas as pessoas apenas atirariam em mim à primeira vista, sendo que o jogo é tão desconhecido...
Hey, mas este jogo tem uma qualidade incrível, incríveis personagems com incríveis personalidades, CGs imrpessionantes, e uma das histórias mais doidas e incríveis de todos os jogos de RPG, wow... é de tirar o fôlego, e quando você descover como usar corretamente as cartas mágicas? WOW
Eu teho que dizer, isso é um verdadeiro JRPG em suas melhores qualidades, é uma vergonha que tenha vendido tão pouco e que fora ignorado pelo público!

Este jogo merece todos os holofotes! Tente! Este velho RPG é demais! Você vai sentir o mesmo impacto que um Final Fantasy VII ou VIII, mas como um jogo de PC!
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