Summoners have toppled empires and challenged gods. They are venerated as saviours and feared as destroyers. With rings crafted by the ancient Khosani, the gifted can call forth demons, dragons, and elementals, but only the strongest can control the forces they unleash.
User reviews: Very Positive (70 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 19, 2001
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"You take the role of Joseph, a 19 year-old boy who's been given the mark of the Summoner and has been charged to save the world - nice game!"

Reviews

“Summoner is a game of hidden depth; a game with an interesting combat system; an intriguing story.”
7.6/10 – GameSpot

“More than any other single factor, the story and scripting are what make Summoner stand apart.”
8.8/10 – Daily Radar

“It offers a lot of character interaction and an interesting storyline that will keep you guessing.”
8.2/10 – Game Spy

About This Game

Summoners have toppled empires and challenged gods. They are venerated as saviours and feared as destroyers. With rings crafted by the ancient Khosani, the gifted can call forth demons, dragons, and elementals, but only the strongest can control the forces they unleash.

The Story:

Born with the mark of the Summoner, Joseph possesses a power greater than emperors and gods. As a child, he summoned a demon to save his village, and watched in horror as those he loved were destroyed. Nine years later, the armies of Orenia invade, and Joseph must confront the prophecy he was born to fulfill.

Key Features:

  • Traverse a beautiful, completely original world spanning two continents.
  • Up to 16 different creatures to summon and control in combat, such as minotaurs, golems, dragons, and original fantastical creatures.
  • Cast spectacular spells. Wield an arsenal of weapons. Clad yourself in the armour of a warrior.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 800 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c or better compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c or better compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
41 of 49 people (84%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
WoW, once again these old games never cease to amaze! While it is currently debated among some friends, I still think Summoner is the inspiration for Skyrims tale. You are born with a mark that allows you to summon, but not until you get proper training, even the king without an heir (his 4 sons died under strange circumstances, and one idiot move), While some argue this is a storyline of many games and movies, I feel this one is very close to how Skyrim is written

The world appears gigantic, however downside, is there are not enough NPC's to make up for the space. So it feels empty in these otherwise large towns, cities and buildings.

Music is modern - odd choice, you would expect something celtic - but it works - at least for me.

Graphicly, it is the style of the old Gothic RPG, maybe a little less, but the story is amazing and the mechanics are great. The casting of spells have nice animation, and I was pleased to see that most of the A.I. on your team works well. Sometimes you have to make sure they are attacking the right mob, but for the most part they know where to go.

There has been a massive complain that the game runs to fast on modern systems, so with that, I'll post here in this review how to fix that - For $5 its a good buy! Get it.

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---- SLOW DOWN FIX FOR SUMMONER
---- Tested with Win 7 64bit QUAD Core..
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Win7 64bit QUAD Core - Here is a fix I used. Work very nice
If you have tinkered with the V-Sync then you already know thatt is a hit and miss (system dependent)
Changing the Afinnity will not work either, as these games are made to run on single core (sometimes dual core), and will not recognize anything other than that. So using more cores is impossible

Here is a successful option, that works on many games (and some DOS games as well).
I know it works in win7, if you have another OS and can follow this method - please confirm.

CREATE A NEW POWER MANAGEMENT
Go to control panel: In the search box (upper right) type POWER then click "Choose a power plan"
A new split view will open.
Select "Create a New Power Plan" (left side panel)
Select High Performance
And name it something like "Old Games"
Next
Change both settings in the next view to NEVER
Click "Create"

Now you will see your new power setting (now selected). Click on "Change plan settings"
You'll now have a link that says "Change advanced Power settings"
Scroll down to "Processor Power Management"
Change the Minimum Processor State to 1% (YES ONE PERCENT)
Change the Maximum Processor State to 1% (SAME)

Save it, your done.
NO YOUR COMPUTER WILL NOT RUN AT 1% but it will force it to use the lowest possible processor state as most games are run by state of the processor.
Which this will likely be somewhere between 500-800mhz.

during play there were a few (very rare) minor speed glitches, but they lasted a fraction of a second.. sorta like a hiccup. But it plays nice.

Again, this works on my W7 64bit, Quad Core... results may vary on other systems.

Hope this helped at least ONE person so that they may enjoy this classic!!
Posted: April 25
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
Of course I do recommend this game.. Damn it. It's one of the best RPG's I've ever played in my life, I still have it on ps2 and I was thinking about finding games like this because it's impossible to find anything similar today.

There are some RPG's but nothing will ever be compared to it, the storyline, the amount of items/abilities is huge. I never thought about replaying the game because I remember how long it took me to finish it as I like to explore a lot and to take everysingle stuff.

The storyline is great, my overall score for the game would be 10/10. And remember real gamers doesn't care about graphics !

PS: In the same kind of very good rpg there was also Gorly 17, also called Odium but it's a bit more strategical.
Posted: July 16
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Summoner is a very good game that came out way back when the ps2 was in its prime. It was made for both the ps2 and the PC. Made by violition and THQ it had small but decent studio's working on it. The story was really what made this game what it was beecause it sure as hell wasn't the graphics. The game has an amazing story and rich lore. The combat is turn based on the level of dragon age origions but with four different companions to switch around at max it gives you plenty to think about before your turn is even up. The four companions all have rich stories as well. Graphics are smeh at best, remember this was a ps2/old PC game and so it didn't have the best graphics. Sound is usually good, the music on all the different levels and world random encounters you have is amazing and it really gets you into the game. All in all I would give this a 9/10.
Remember your definitely not playing this game for the graphics.
Posted: July 19
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Summoner is an older game that I played and loved when i was about 12. The story is amazing and the gameplay and graphics were amazing at the time that it was released in the 90's. It is very nostagic and i would reccomend anyone wanting to hear a good story and have fun challenges and puzzles play this game.
Posted: June 21
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
When I originally discovered this game it was already on the $5 shelf of playstation games years ago. I decided to pick it up just to try it and see. I was surprised at how fun it turned out to be with an interesting story to go along with it. It may not look like much now with dated graphics, but I'd still recommend it to anyone who likes some older games that never really got the spotlight they deserved. If they ever release Summoner 2 on steam I would recommend that one too. It's too bad they never made more than 2.

The gameplay reminds me a little of Final Fantasy 12 or Knights of the Old Republic. You can have the active party follow along while controlling one character and letting the AI handle the rest, switch between them, or even have the party wait while you wander around solo assassinating things in stealth.

Summoner is really underrated and worth checking out.
Posted: September 1
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85 of 98 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
It's been probably eight years since I played this, but I was very happy to see it available on Steam. I played the PC console-port of this game and liked it, for the most part. Keep in mind the graphics are dated, and the engine is dated, but it's still fun to play. I remember running into some graphical glitches and some quest glitches that were annoying, but didn't ruin the game for me. I'm a fan of the Volition games like Freespace 1 and 2 and this game was a fun departure from that game style. That said, I really, really, really hope Freespace 1 and 2 come to Steam! Summoner is a good console game port and is a fun game. I remember the summoning being extremely compelling and it kept me playing all those years ago. I'm looking forward to playing it again!
Posted: March 12
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