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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (233 reviews) - 71% of the 233 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 31, 1996

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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.

Features:

  • 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

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 7
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2015
Realms of the Haunting is a cult classic at it best. A first person shooter blend with point n click adventure puzzle horror and live action Full Motion Video (FMV) as a cutscene. This game has a good story with occult setting and has a great eerie atmosphere with decent midi soundtrack that made me scary enough to play. Especially when at the library while turn on and listen the gramophone.

This game is hard and may screw you if you not careful enough. Health potions & ammo are limited and hard to find, save often is only the better option while prepare to go through the next area. And if you run out health potions, this is becomes hard and nearly impossible to survive. So load the previously save when you had a lot of potions even though replay the previous chapter.

If you looking a decent 90's games, just try this cult classic gem.
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
modded doom engine, runs on DOS, pre-rendered backgrounds for green screen no-name actors, dated controls, haunted mansion. All green across the board, This sure is 90's.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Finished this game 20 years ago, and it was one of the most memorable Ive ever played. I would rank it up there with Wolfenstien, Doom, Half life etc. In alot of ways it was 10 years ahead of its time. It was weird, challenging, puzzling, and immersive. I don't know if I would ever play it though again, and it might be too dated even for me, but it gets special credit for being one of the few that cemented what will probably be a lifelong interest in PC games and RPG's.
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83 of 94 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 17, 2015
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.

Manual is in Steam Folder so read it before you play.

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.

Pros:

- 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

Cons:

- 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 (you'll have to find the .ini for it), 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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48 of 54 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
From 1996, a notable experiment mixing fps, graphical adventure and survival horror elements.

Pros:

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

Cons:
- 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.
7/10
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