Forged in the Beginning and protected by the Seven Seals, there lies a place where thought and creation intertwine. The center for all realms of existence, it is the balancing force between good and evil, man and spirit. A focal point for all energies, and the one element that has kept the consuming nature of darkness at bay... Until now.
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Cumpără Realms of the Haunting


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"Adventure in an occult setting with great atmosphere, puzzles, FPS action, horror & survival elements that will raise the hair on the back of your neck!"

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Forged in the Beginning and protected by the Seven Seals, there lies a place where thought and creation intertwine. The center for all realms of existence, it is the balancing force between good and evil, man and spirit. A focal point for all energies, and the one element that has kept the consuming nature of darkness at bay... Until now.


  • Many unique and bizarre universes to explore. From a modern age, mysterious mansion to a medieval, surreal world full of monsters
  • Excellent blend of first-person shooter and point-and-click adventure
  • Full-motion video cut-scenes with live actors bring the game's well-written story alive

Cerinţe de sistem

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7
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Postat: 14 noiembrie, 2014
“Realms of the Haunting” is a strange synthesis of three major early 1990s gaming trends: adventure games, full motion video, and old school first person shooters. But while RotH seamlessly combines all three elements into a single package, it also arguably sounded their death knell in the process. Released in late 1996, it was in direct competition with “Quake,” “Tomb Raider,” and, several months later, “Dark Forces 2,” three milestone games which set the trend for gaming in the late 1990s and left RotH’s dated looking, Doom style, 2D engine in the dust. Likewise, the adventure genre was also on the wane, with just “Grim Fandango,” “Gabriel Knight 3,” and "The Longest Journey" to look forward to before going mostly dormant for nearly a decade. By the end of 1997, the short lived full motion video craze would be eclipsed by the advent of dedicated 3D graphics cards, and mammoth 8 disc, FMV epics like “Phantasmagoria,” “Gabriel Knight 2” and “Under a Killing Moon” would be relegated to historical oddities.

Given this, it’s no wonder that RotH flopped on release. It was conceived as the hottest game of 1995, but as a testament to just how quickly technology and gaming trends were moving in the 1990s, by the time it was released just under 2 years later, time had already passed it by.

Which is a shame, as this very well could have been the best game of 1995 had it been release just a year earlier. Despite the limitations of its engine, in its design the game is arguably a missing link between “Doom” and “Thief.” The game world is highly interactable, with lots of objects to click and use. Levels are also sprawling, labyrinthine, and nearly open world. They rarely close off once you finish them, so if you really wanted to you could walk from one end of the game world to the other. Plus, barring a few tedious, late game, mazes and switch throwing, the puzzles are mostly pretty fun and reminiscent of some of “Thief’s” best.

The best part, however, is the plot, which is a completely silly hodge-podge of b-horror films, 90s comic book clichés (there are undertones of both Garth Ennis’ “Preacher” and Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman”), and even, in the game’s dimension hoping with a female sidekick, shades of “Dr Who.” Of course, comparing RotH to any of these sources is giving it way too much credit. Its FMV sequences are often leaden and stretch on way too long, suffering from the bad, soap opera, editing technique where the video cuts to super long reaction shots of characters looking pensive after every single thing anyone says. Plus, things get nonsensical fast, and about half way through the game, the FMV sequences mostly just focus on people appearing to tell you what absurd, magical artifact you have to track down next, before disappearing. But, honestly, bad acting, z-grade special effects, and nonsensical plots are the main reason for playing 90s FMV games….so I mean none of this as a criticism.

Unfortunately, the game does show its age in some less enjoyable ways. Combat sucks, enemies tend to have way too many hit points, and strafe is locked to the “.” and “,” keys, which makes it unnecessarily difficult at times. Likewise, in the grand tradition of old-school adventure games, many puzzles come down to pixel hunts, a fact which is made all the more frustrating by the fact that you have to search pixels both above and below you, rather than just on a flat 2D plane.

That said, RotH is such a bizarre genre mash-up that could never have been made at any other point in gaming history, that I couldn’t help but find it charming, despite its flaws. This is exactly the game I dreamt of making as a kid back in 1995, when “Doom” and Sierra adventure games were my main obsessions. And ultimately its a facinating look back at an entirely unique species in the evolution of FPSs, despite (or, perhaps, because of) the fact that many of its unique genetic mutations have since been selected out of the gaming population.
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Postat: 12 noiembrie, 2014
First i would like to say disregard my play time i played this game for more than 40 hours almost 2 years ago when i found it on the website This review i made of "Realms of the Haunting" published on their website.

"Realms of the Haunting" is one of the best games i have played and i have played a lot of em. even though the game is nearing 20 years old it has a feeling to it that most modern games can't compete with. the story is told through FMV cutscenes and they are the best cutscenes i have seen in any game and the story is definitely one of the best stories in any game without a doubt. for a game that is almost 20 years old the graphics are pretty good and the level design of ROTH has a lot of details that most games that are as old didn't have. the weapons are cool and you can feel that they have some kick to them unlike most games made around the same time. the only problem i have with the game is the default controls are not how modern game controls are set to so you just have to press Ctrl+F1 and adjust the controls so they are more comfortable for you. but overall ROTH is definitely not a game you want to pass up, especially if you love games that have an epic story and it is a game that will truly make you feel a sense of accomplishment when you complete it which most modern games just leave you with a feeling that the game should've been better, ROTH definitely won't make you feel like that. in my opinion the game is a 95 out of 100 experience. a must play game in my book.
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Postat: 1 noiembrie, 2014
Realms of the Haunting is unlike so many other games. Someone will tell you it's a Doom clone, and that would be too reductive. Some other will tell you it's an adventure, but that would mean discounting away the combat focus. And it's also a bit of a platformer, a horror story (complete with 90s videogame "quality" live-action scenes), and why not, something of a survival. It's many things at once, and for a good part, it succeeds in mixing them.

Perhaps we could say System Shock is the closest match. Hybrid mouse-keyboard interface, shooting and adventure elements, sprawling map with lots of backtracking. However, ROTH can't quite reach the greatness of SS, if only because it falls down after the first half, whereas Looking Glass' masterpiece keeps a crescendo throughout almost the entire game.

Yes, because while the controls can take a while to get used to, the first half of the game has the player exploring amazingly well-made mansions and temples, solving interesting (if hard) puzzles, being kept on their toes by dangerous but fair enemies, and generally following a gripping story. And then, the second half is ruined by generic otherwordly locations, obtuse puzzles, annoying enemies, and a plot that just stops making any sense.

I still recommend playing it, if only for the first half. As I said before, few games are like it, and for the time its quality stays up, it's genuinely one of the most interesting adventure-horror-shooters... screw that, one of the most interesting games around, period. It received a sort of spiritual successor in Clive Barker's Undying, which shares some of the same strengths and faults, fixing a few problems and introducing some new ones. Both games are well worth checking out, as long as you can forgive some issues.
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Postat: 17 martie
YES the graphics ARE absolutely horrendous - and generally I'm not a fan of retro pixelation. But the last time I had this much fun with something almost twenty years old her parents didn't like it.
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Postat: 6 noiembrie, 2014
Loved this game when it first came out in 1997 and played it a LOT. Back then, it was quite scary at times. Sure, the gameplay can be a bit repetitive and the enemies are very stupid A.I. wise, but it's still fun to play. My two main complaints about bringing it to Steam is that it should have been updated to use the w-a-d-s keys for movement instead of the arrow buttons and the graphics ought to have been overhauled. Back in the day, the visuals were top notch, now they look like old .gif files. This goes more so with the full motion video cutscenes. Here, we have a problem. The audio is missing from them. Another small issue is the lack of a keyboard layout setting so you can customize your keys. Even with the issues, it's fun to have the chance to play this title again after all these years. I still have my four CD-ROM jewel case set of the original 90s release, with the 50 pages booklet that came with it. This is a good thing since I can call upon that for help. BTW, for those that need to know, Page Up/Down keys for Looking Up/Down, Home/End sets your viewing angle tilt, ~ tilde key turns your run mode on/off, A key is jump, Z for crouch, H key displays mouse/keyboard functions and I key is your Inventory/Settings button menu. Double Clicking on green health potions in the menu while make your character drink it. You can't go past mid-point in the health bar though. Holding down both mouse buttons at the same time will give you free view mode so you can pan the camera around the environment.
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Postat: 4 martie
Remember playing this game back in 2001. Game came out in 1996!! Awell made game that has fps, point n click, and horror all in one. Gameplay takes about 11-16 hours to beat the game. The puzzles are easy/hard.

beautiful environments
live actors videos
general game experience is ok and funny
Interact with a lot of things
see yourself in mirror (Its a pro due to most games during this gaming era didnt have much of it)

difficult controls
Graphics are good but you have no way or option to change the resolution
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Realms of the Haunting, a first-person adventure/shooter game developed by Gremlin Interactive in 1997.

You start the story as Adam Randall who ventures to a haunted house in order to investigate the mysterious circumstances around his father's death. As Adam enters the haunted house, the doors locks behind him and he is forced to journey throughout the entire house while looking for answers as well as means of escaping it.
Adam soon discovers the house contains portals to several different universes, and that he is the Chosen One who must prevent the final apocalypic battle between the forces of good and evil. From time to time you meet several guidances that share knowledge with you and assist you in your quest.

Realms of the Haunting has an interesting way of gameplay and story. From time to time, cinematics are played to inform the player more about the current state of the story. These cinematics are nicely done because it blends real-life characters with the virtual game world. However the game has a very complex level design which is sometimes confusing and you have to find your way out. Luckily maps can be found and inside your inventory, hints about items are given. Also the puzzles can be very challenging which makes this game not easy but that makes it challenging. The controls for movement and shooting are somewhat awkward and cannot be easily changed but that's something you must learn to get used to. Realms of the Haunting is a game that is far ahead for its time and a true gem to play.

If you are into shooter-, adventure-, puzzle, horror- or retrogames, then Realms of the Haunting is definitely the game for you! They don't make games like this anymore these days!

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Postat: 31 octombrie, 2014
To start: I used to add a header to these reviews, but since it often made the review too long to submit, I've opted to leave it on my Backloggery.

Gameplay: Realms of the Haunting is one of those games that I was both quite interested by and somewhat leery about. I was interested in this game for a few reasons: one, it's a hybrid of point and click adventure games and first person shooters; second, the premise looked really cool; and third, it was Let's Played by one of my favorite Youtubers (Kikoskia, for those curious). I was also leery about it, because this is a game made by Gremlin Interactive, the same company that made Normality, a game that had puzzles designed by people from a far-off land in which PCP fills the air. Fortunately, this game doesn't have quite as insane puzzle design as Normality, but it does get kinda silly at times. Also, there's quite a few "key-for-a-key" moments throughout the game. Thankfully, the developers put in an "Easy Mode" in which, once activated, clicking on a puzzle object will automatically use the relevant item in your inventory. Honestly, I don't see why they bothered with this; the only thing "Easy Mode" removes is the impulsive rubbing of objects on walls/locks/enemies/whatever.

As for the game's shooting, it's... different. Also, the controls are... different. Essentially, what happens is that you move as one would in old-school FPSes by using the arrow keys (also, I'd recommend checking the Steam Forums to learn how to change the control scheme, since in-game this game doesn't have customizable controls) while independently moving the cursor around with the mouse. The game does a quite bad job at explaining the controls to you as well; a great example being the consumption of healing salves. You'd think that you could just equip it and hit the use button, right? Nope. What you've gotta do is go into the inventory, left-click on the salve, then right-click on the same icon to use it. Pretty terrible, and the game makes no effort to explain this to you. In fact, I don't even think it was in the manual (although I couldn't really be arsed to read it; the controls should've just been a lot more intuitive).

Anyways, as far as combat goes, rather than point your crosshairs at the enemies, you instead click on the enemy when they are in your viewport. This means that it's impossible to miss your shot (unless you're using weapons that spawn projectiles as opposed to hitscanning), which is a great thing; ammo is kinda scarce. Most enemies pose no threat to you, so long as you're not rubbing your head on their chests or something. There really aren't that many enemies that have projectiles, and they only show up midgame and beyond. There's quite a few weapons in the game, but a lot of the later weapons are functionally the same.

Now, you may notice that I've only spent about eight hours on this game. This game can take a while longer, if you're patient and decide not to run everywhere. If you do feel like running everywhere, I can easily see a few hours being taken off of this game. Even then, there will be a lot of time gained from backtracking and Item Rubbing Quests. Because of this, I kinda feel like this game has about 40% padding and 60% actual content. The 60% is pretty dang good, but the 40% brings ya down (especially the Brain Hunt in Chapter 16; that was absolute garbage). Because of this, I'll give this game a 7/10 for the gameplay.

Story: It's pretty dang good, actually. If you like the older Shin Megami Tensei games like Nocturne and the Famicom games, this one will be right up your alley, if admittedly not as theologically interesting. It is primarily a story in which the story pushes the characters along, opposed to character arcs driving the story. You play as Adam Randall, a man who is trying to investigate some really weird goings-on with his dad, who he hasn't had much of a relationship with. Adam's perceived goal is in an abandoned mansion, but this mansion is a bit different. A bit... eldritch in nature. Then Belial shows up and things get interesting. WIthout spoiling too much, just know that if you're looking for incredible character arcs, this ain't the game for you. If you're looking for some jolly fisticuffs between angels and demons, you've come to the right place. 8/10.

Graphics: One disappointing thing straight out of the gate: this game's maximum resolution is 640x480. There's really nothing I found that I was able to do about that. However, given that this game is an FMV game made for Windows 95, it's a damned miracle this game even runs on a modern OS (and yes, I know it uses DOSbox, so it's not really that much of a surprise, but trust me; I know about getting FMV games to run on modern OSes). Even though the world and the textures may not be the highest-fidelity things out there, there is one thing this game gets right: the art style. It's really, really good. Seriously, the sight after opening the Sarcophagus is absolutely impressive. They did a really excellent job on this front. Also, I belive Gremlin Interactive's engine is based off of BUILD, so expect some really weird texture warping as you turn and tilt the camera if you don't already going into the game. Despite some residual technical issues that this game has, it still manages to look really top notch for '96, even holding some very impressive sights to this day. 4/5.

Sound: The voice acting isn't bad, but it's nothing that will really blow you away. The OST and sound design on the other hand, are actually quite good. One of the big standouts of this game is its music, which does a fantastic job setting up the mood of the area, even if it sometimes forgets to turn off the intense music after the intense stuff is long gone. As for the sound design, it's also done quite well; the monsters, the guns, all kinds of other ambient effects... they're all really good. 4/5.

Overall scores are: 7/8/4/4; cumulative score of 7.7/10. It's one of those games that has aged somewhat, but given that there is a lot of quite high quality content in this game, this age can be fairly easily ignored, save for Chapter 16's Brain Hunt which is still the worst part of the entire game.
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Before playing RTFM! (Read The Frakking Manual)

There are no hand-holding tutorials in this game, it expected you to read the manual before diving in or referencing it when you didn't know how to preform an action.

Don't let my Steam time fool you, I actually bought this game when it was new (And on 4 CD's if I remember correctly, I think I still have them somewhere). I have played this game from beginning to end multiple times and for its time, it was an amazing game. It hasn't aged the best and could do with a remastering that's for sure, but it still has all the classic difficulty and random scary moments (which now seem a bit tame) which gave it the charm I fell in love with.


- Excellent story
- Wonderful Puzzles
- The mix of Point & Click and FPS is a refreshing change
- Challenging without being impossible
- Does not hold your hand (you can spend hours trying to figure out a simple puzzle because you missed an item earlier in the level, which is wonderful!)
- Those FMV sequences are wonderful despite the aged quality


- Controls cannot be remapped in game
- Mouse is super wonky (it was designed around ball mice, so optical mice go nuts on it, lower your dpi if possible)
- The resolution is pretty bad
- Sound levels aren't normalized and can sometimes be a bit much on headphones.

I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a classic game with some excellent story and a very unique feel. I will probably finish this game again. However, one thing everyone should do is remap their keys, as the default keyset is pretty bad (though old school players will fall into it pretty quick). For a game that's almost two decades old, it hasn't lost its charm, even if the graphics are dated.
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If i recall correctly this game came out during the windows98.
In those years i was still a kid and couldnt afford a good machine. Ive tried so many times to run this game at home but my family laptop couldnt support that resolution (it really couldnt ^^).
So i was used to go to a friend to play this game after homeweorks with his dad shouting because he wanted to play flight simulator. Thos times.
Game works perfectly on steam,as far as i played it through, and the story is very intriguing,there are some cinematics and even if the gameplay graphic is not that beautiful now,the game is very entertaining with a good dark atmosphere.

You will adventure as Adam Randall which ventures into a house to investigate the circumnstances of father's death.
As he is trying to reach a clue about it,Adam will have to solve puzzles, fighting his way with dark creatures and he will then realize that there are some parallel univerese linked to this place.

The game will allow players to save whenever they wish without using checkpoints, and you will have some vareiety of weapons into your arsenal to ensure you that you will be safe in the horde of creatures that will try to block your advance. However, the game is much more puzzle based then what a classic FPS is.

I will give this game a 10/10 because i usually dislike fps. But this game has a great horror/dark atmosphere that keeps me playing.
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Postat: 3 noiembrie, 2014
Terrible controls, but it's playable. Fight alien-zombie-demon things in a castle of ghosts, what's not to like? Decent nostalgia at least.
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Postat: 30 decembrie, 2014
As your reading this your mind is wondering whether you should purchase this game, of course it's telling you "yes". Your brain could be wrong though. For me this game is very nostalgic and that could be why me trying to tell your mind to tell you to buy it might not be a good idea. Needless to say, I highly recommend this game, you should buy it.

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Realms of the Haunting is an adventure and first person shooter mix that feels a lot like Heretic or Blood. The atmosphere is superb throughout the game with some genuinely scary moments, that still look and feel great today despite the game’s age. The only problem I encountered was the dubious control scheme that seems to require four hands to play as keys like jump, strafe, and movement are scattered all over the keyboard. I expect this would turn off many gamers, but there are patches online that fix this, and honestly, it did not bother me too much once I got used to it. The story is engaging and well told through motion-captured clips and diaries scattered throughout the game, but multiple endings would have made the game feel more complete. Overall, though, Realms of the Haunting is a classic.
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Postat: 29 decembrie, 2014
This is an interesting game from a certain point of view. I enjoyed playing it, does have a special graphic and game mechanics, the overall sound is okay. Keeps you entertained and wishing for more.
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From 1996, a notable experiment mixing fps, graphical adventure and survival horror elements.


- beautiful environments
- evocative atmosphere
- live actors videos are AMAZING lol
- general game experience is ok and funny

- sometimes repetitive
- difficult controls
- bots are graphically limited and way too much stupid (i.e.: if you exit a room they don't follow you and start to move around randomly lol)
- a couple of absurd enigmas and pixel hunting

...superPro: the game is old, with very old mechanics... but in the end it aged well like good wine, and it can give a pleasant experience if you want to remember retrogaming sensations.

I had it as a gift, so i recommend it, expecially with a good sale.
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Postat: 25 aprilie, 2014
By accident I felt on the review on the internet after having watched the steam store page about this game.
The review said that purists of point and click and fps at the time criticized the mix they tried in Realms of the Haunting.
But with Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall, Realms of the Haunting was considered as one of the most vast game of its time!

But it's a real gem. I've played for few minutes and I really enjoyed this game.

Videos are very nice if you notice the quality of FMV (Full Motion Video). There is nearly no difference between the actors and the game. The music doesn't annoy. The graphics are correct. Environments are nice (apparently you can access different dimensions which radically changes the atmosphere), I only regret the lack of detail of monsters. Story is interesting and the interactions with the game are numerous because this is a point & click (your character has always something to say about anything he encounters... like in a real point & click).

Controls: thanks to Arucard who gave us the hint on the Steam forum, there is a list of all the keys of the game and a way to change theses. Be ware there are some game tips spoilers at the end:

Controls were the only bad aspect of the game before I’ve found this link!

Actually I’m really happy to have found this game.
Because it didn't receive the success it deserved... and it's time to change that! ^^


A better review than mine:

And some info: Gremlin created on Nintendo 64 the game "Body Harvest". Released before GTA III and considered as a true GTA like. Quite original (you travel in 4 different times) and one of the most underrated game of the history.
Realms of the Haunting even surprises you at the downloading, its file weights 1.4 go. For its time (1996) it was amazing. Another clue of the huge amount of content this game has.
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I played Realms of the Haunting when it was first released in 1996. At the time, it was one of the best example of fusion gameplay and it is still a great game. It also included inventory puzzles that make the environment more interactive that most shooters of time.

It’s good enough that I bought again on steam, even after buying on GOG just so I could tell everyone here about it! (Don’t be fooled by the low playing time. Steam requires a certain amount of ingame time to write a review so I installed it. It may say 11 minutes, but I actually played the entire game 17 years ago)

It is definitely a piece of its time and if you require” ultra super high funtime” graphics to enjoy a game, you should give it a pass. It has FMV sequences, a relic of another time certainly, but my memory is that they were not intrusive and actually pretty well done at a time when most developers grabbed the receptionist and stuck her in the game so they didn’t have to hire an actual actor.

The story (and their actually is one) centers around the death of your father and your inheritance, a house. The house has portals to multiple dimensions and what seems to be a straight up good vs. evil becomes more complicated as the game progresses.

The weapons are varied from a colt (which you don’t want to have to reload in combat) to a sword. The shotgun has to be seen to believed. Unlike most shooters of the day, it’s not a straight escalation of damage from near useless to BFG2000. Instead damage varies depending on the target. Some do more damage against some foes than they do against others. Strategy is more important than simply blasting everything that moves. Although you will do some serious shooting throughout.

This is a great one and you should play it all the way through. A really superb game from the 1st golden age of PC gaming.
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Postat: 9 septembrie, 2014
Wow! What an amazing game! I've never played it before or back in the day so this was a first impression. It's such a huge 20 chapter adventure of FPS, scares, puzzles, cutscene movies and story, that you get so engaged in it, it really feels like you are controlling a character in a movie.

The graphics are impressive for the time, the mapping especially is so well thought out and designed that I was always amazed whenever I arrived at a new location. It's not all hallways and darkness, there's such a variety of fantasy like locations that it never gets dull.

The puzzle solving is done just right, from simple switches and keys to brain teasers and physical mazes, it's nicely mixed with the action and story throughout the chapters. I didn't find the puzzles to be overly complex, just enough to give you a good hard think.

The music being midi was ok but feels a bit underwhelming for such a movie like game, a CD soundtrack would of really enhanced the experience like what games consoles of the time would have back then, but it's still nice and eerie.

The inventory system is interesting, split into different categories where you can examine your items and read parchments to engage you more into the plot. It does take a bit of getting used to, between using an object with the environment, on yourself, or just holding it and finding out you've accidently switched it with something else.

The controls take some adapting to, following a guide to remap them to WASD is highly recommended, then it's a matter of how to shoot. Since the mouse is not locked to the screen, this gives you a bit of freedom. The gun will follow your mouse arrow around, so with enough practice you can take out enemies from different sides of the screen without moving an inch.

Speaking of enemies, they are pretty ugly and creepy, often spawning out of nowhere which can give you some scares. I recommend not leaving any alive else you will probably bump into them later on.

A good variety of weapons are to be found, guns, swords, wands and more, all having a unique look to them, and at times saving you ammo since some self recharge, very happy with those.

I found the difficulty to be very fair, if you have a good handle on the controls and don't mind a bit of puzzle solving, you can progress at a good pace.

Overall the story that this tells is done so well, with plenty of characters, good and evil, plot twists and mystery unravelling along the way. I couldn't wait to find out what happens next, where I was going to travel to or the puzzles I was going to solve. They really don't make games like this anymore, highly recommended!
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5.7 ore înregistrate
Postat: 27 aprilie, 2014
This game has some truly frustrating moments, such as an almost pitch black maze which I needed a walkthrough to solve. YEt, at the same time, it also has some really interesting ideas. Items can be examined in detail, for example, and discussed with your partner. The horror is also drawn mainly from atmosphere, rather than jump scares. And the story is long, complicated, interesting and doesn't talk down to you. The interface too is surprisingly effective and fun.

Don't get me wrong; the AI is hokey, the FMVs are often bizarre and the level design is atrocious at times. You may well need a walkthrough to finish certain elements - or just to understand how some new items or weapons work - but there are some good ideas in here which make ROTH worth a look for those with enough patience.
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17.4 ore înregistrate
Postat: 5 mai, 2014
Realms of the Haunting is the seamless blend of horror, point-and-click, and FPS.

Realms of the Haunting also happens to be a near-flawless masterpiece that represents everything a game of its time could be, and so, so much more. AI is clunky, controls are stiff, music is sub-par, but still it not only succeeds, but passes with flying colors as a game wholly unlike any other. It's atmospherically excellent, surprisingly being genuinely chilling and sometimes downright frightening despite its obvious age. The gameplay itself is fairly standard — proceed throughout the corridors, shoot, solve puzzles, and generally explore the wonderful environments to further the story. Oddly enough, the story is very engrossing in its overall simplicity but also its complexity, which somehow both describe it perfectly despite being antonyms. Even with its cons, there is something so bizarrely charming and alluring about it, and it delivered one of the best experiences I have ever had in gaming.

There is a palpable amount of love, care, and attention put into this game, and it shines through in every moment. Realms of the Haunting is a flawed masterpiece, and a criminally underrated gem.

Edit: I have re-written my review as I was unsatisfied with how I had written it previously.
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