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User reviews: Mixed (1,398 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 26, 2014

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Recommended By Curators

"It certainly has some issues and can get repetitive, but if you are able to master the crafting system you can pull off some explosive results."
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Reviews

“... the combat in Lichdom sets a new gold standard.”
Paste Magazine

“Remarkably robust spell crafting system and spectacularly entertaining combat.”
The Escapist

“Never has magic felt as powerful as it does in Lichdom.”
GameSpot

About This Game



Lichdom: Battlemage is a first-person caster that gives the Mage the spotlight in a way never before seen in games. With limitless magical power at your disposal and brutal enemies around every corner, victory hinges on a combination of skill and strategy. You must carefully craft a vast array of spells and learn to cast them in the heat of combat.

You are your spells! The Lichdom: Battlemage spell crafting system offers an enormous range of customization. Every Mage is the product of crafted magic that reflects the individual's play style. Whether you prefer to target your foes from a safe distance, wade into combat and unleash your power at point-blank range, or pit your enemies against each other, endless spell customization lets you become the Mage you want to be.


About Xaviant
Lichdom: Battlemage was developed by a team of industry veterans at Atlanta-based studio Xaviant. The team embraced community involvement through the Early Access program to ensure that Lichdom: Battlemage reached its full potential as a truly unique and exciting experience for players.

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System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz dual core or better (AMD FX 4100 or Intel Core 2 Duo)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 compatible with 512 RAM or better (Radeon HD4870 or NVIDIA 8800 GT)
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 12 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum spec assumes user runs the game at 1280x720 resolution with "Low" graphics settings.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz quad core or better (AMD FX 8350 or Intel i7 860)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11 compatible with 2048MB RAM or better (Radeon HD 7950 or NVIDIA GTX 670)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 12 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Recommended spec assumes user runs game at 1920x1080 resolution with "Very High" graphics settings.
Helpful customer reviews
85 of 107 people (79%) found this review helpful
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Lichdom for a while was fun, finding new abilities and spells, creating new things, collecting tons of sygils. It was lovely fun to use new things to destroy every foe.

But a few chapters in, it became super annoying, repetitive, and even boring. eventually you settle on whatever best combo you have to take out enemies and constantly use it. sure you can make new moves with different powers but that takes time and more and more sygils, why bother when you have a set that already works? Even with a working killing combo (IE set fire to foes, levetate them, put them in stasis bubble then use killing blow for x20 damage) you still get smacked and pelted around by random guys all over the room who are out of your FOV. Some enemies put shields around the ones your killing, ruining the combo, which is fine thats gameplay but it constantly disrupts the flow, as does being knocked down, just feeling ♥♥♥♥♥♥ and aggrivating.

And to top off the feeling of battle, if you don't charge abilities (holding down a mouse button till it pings) you do little to no damage, elongating an already cumbersome fight. The only way to really take down enemies is fast and hard, comboing mastery stacks, then hitting at the end. but to do that you must charge EVERY SINGLE MOVE into a super critical, and holy crap its so boring to just charge over and over and over and then be sometimes knocked over during this by the enemy.

Flow is another thing, this game has awful pacing. its battle battle battle, listen to some guy talk for about 12 seconds, battle battle battle battle. I can't even finish the game I feel utterly bored and bothered.

Give it a looksie, its a pretty game, and it has some great ideas. I just personally am fed up enough to uninstall it right now. I'd rather go play almost anything else right now.
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33 of 40 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
This game is great. I bought it the moment it came out, and I don't regret it. If you read the negative comments, they mostly focus on 3 things, 1) Too hard, 2) Spell making isn't great, or 3) too repetitive.

Well, It's hard. There are boss fights and even mini boss fights which I will slam my head against for hours. If you don't like a challenge, don't play. This game wasn't meant to be a stroll through the park, it was meant to really challenge a mage-type character. I enjoy difficulty, so I enjoy this game.

The spell making is much more than what the negative comments would make you think. Yes, there are only three basic types of spells (Area, Target, Nova). However, there are multiple types of each spell. For example, targeted spells can be rays, missiles, a lobbed bomb, etc. Then, once you've chosen the type of spell, and it's category, you can choose modifiers. You can go for super fast, super destructive, crowd control, etc. AND that's not even all. Don't forget the sigils, each sigil is a different type of magic with different effects and usages. To top it off, when you're crafting spells, the most powerfull spells use two sigils, and that mixture brings epic destruction. There is plenty of spell variety if you're looking for it.

No, it is not repetitive. There is quite a bit of grinding, I won't deny that, but that is only due to how difficult the boss fights can get. The more you kill the more spell components you get, the better spells you can craft, the more powerful you become. When you get to boss fights, different bosses require different strategies. Some you have to cc and kill quickly, others you have to dodge and run and hit hard when you can. Some bosses you have to walk right up to them and just hit them non-stop until they slam into the ground and explode (It looks awesome).

p.s. I forgot to mention when it comes to spells, there are also sheilds.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Xaviant hasn't been around for that long, but you might be impressed with its first attempt, Lichdom: Battlemage, described as a "first-person caster," and living up to that title unambiguously. Crafting spells is at the heart of the game, with virtually everything you experience hinging largely on your ability to craft the right spell for any given circumstance. Lichdom has some troubles with its learning curve, and there's a good chance you'll spend a long while trying to clear the first boss of the game, but once you get the hang of it, you'll be lobbing fireballs, calling down lightning storms on your foes from a safe distance, and blinking your way out of danger when it comes your way.
Even starting out, the spell crafting system is a tad on the complicated side - there are literally millions of potential spells you can create from the 156 base spell types - so you'll do well to read up online, or check out the in-game tutorial videos to sort out exactly what you're doing before you waste all your crafting materials. You'll have up to three active elements of eight total elements available in the game, and three types of spells active for each element at any given time; Targeted, AOE, and Nova.
There are three ways to cast spells of a given element as well. Left-clicking will launch your equipped targeted spell, and holding left and right mouse buttons will charge up your AOE, with a visible circle on the ground for targeting, as well as animations to let you know when it's fully charged. Finally, right-clicking will block an attack, and timing a block perfectly will release your third spell type, the Nova, hitting all nearby enemies.
Despite the difficulty of some bosses and game segments, the gameplay itself is spectacular. Combat is refreshingly fast-paced, without resorting to mechanics like one hit kills and the like. While blocking may be the preferred approach to not dying, I still find blinking around the area to be preferable to trying to time blocks, and the maneuverability this imparts on your character is profoundly game changing. Having used the charge blink for some time, switching back to the quick blink was like night and day for survivability.The entire combat system - spamming blink, charging auto-crits with your targeted spells, and laying down AOE effects for your enemies to wander into - is thrilling.
Lichdom: Battlemage tells an incredibly linear story, but does it in a fairly novel way, with most of the cinematics being shown in-game, and triggered optionally by activating purple rifts in the world. They'll show you a little glimpse of something that's happened in the area, offering some background and context for the zones you're playing through. It's not an open world by any stretch, and most of your wandering will be minor branches off the path to collect a piece of loot or recharge your shield after a tough fight. Otherwise, you're just walking along the predetermined paths, killing all the bad guys you see along the way.
With an remarkably robust spell crafting system and spectacularly entertaining combat, Lichdom: Battlemage finally brings the glory to the magic user that it has long deserved. Creating your own options for how to play lends depth and complexity to the game as a whole, and lets you tailor the experience to literally any style of combat you want. Lichdom crafts an intoxicating blend of frantic, skill-based combat and deep role-playing mechanics that makes it a solid choice for action fans.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Pro:
-You feel like a Mage for a few hours

Contra:
-after a few chapters it became a grinding game for upgrades
-99% of spells are useless until you found out how to oneshot everything
-boring
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
83.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
For people who played Heretic and Hexen back in the day - you will really enjoy this button masher. Lots of combinations modifying play style.... but story is pretty much non-existent, characters are non-relatable, voice acting is weak. That being said, if to judge it for what it is - it's a great game!
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