The prequel to Radon Labs' award-winning RPG, Drakensang: The River of Time introduces a brand new story within the Drakensang universe. The new story brings many innovations and new game elements for experienced as well for first time players, who will jump right into the fascinating medieval fantasy RPG scenario of Drakensang: The...
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Release Date: Jan 11, 2011

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The prequel to Radon Labs' award-winning RPG, Drakensang: The River of Time introduces a brand new story within the Drakensang universe. The new story brings many innovations and new game elements for experienced as well for first time players, who will jump right into the fascinating medieval fantasy RPG scenario of Drakensang: The River Of Time.
Starting in Aventuria’s Middenrealm in the city of Ferdok, the story of the games takes players down the Great River to the city of Nadoret. Many mythical legends entwine around this river and will also flow into the main plot. The story will contain more twists than in Drakensang: With every place the player visits, his view on things will change. Depending on the choice of character, and behavior, new opportunities and series of quests will come up.
Living on a ship, players will experience a broad variety of RPG quests. There will be two new character archetypes to play, tons of new foes and monsters as well as equipment items.
Two new classes of heroes: the Geodes (rare Aventurian druids of the dwarfs) and the Gjalskerland inhabitants (tenacious and hard barbarians).
Advanced expert mode and adjustable levels of difficulty.

System Requirements

    • OS: XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM ( 2 GB RAM for Windows Vista / 7)
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX 9.0 compatible
    • DirectX®: 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 5.5 GB
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0 compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
8.8/10 - Most overlooked game ever!

It feels good to find a gem like this once in a while. Not tons of reviews or attention but it should have got some! In an age of MMORPG games, this game stayed hidden. Single player only, but the maps and story are awesome. I can't stop playing this one. Some of the best locations, graphics and city detail I have seen in this genre.

The combat style is different than you would expect for a game such as this. If there was a more active combat system for this game it would have been legendary. Overall, I will keep adding some hours to this game and look to finish it. It appears the main storyline can be completed in about 20 hours.

I'd pay the $20.

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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
53.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Review for Drakensang: The River of Time
Pros
    Gameplay: The game is very interesting i would even say it was a hidden gem because i hadn't heard about it at all, world felt real in it's own right, everything felt smooth and was very interesting till the very end.

    Story: It was very interesting, there where times when it felt like meh but this game has choices, you can decide what you do who you save or with whom you side which gives this game replay value which is very good, Main story was interesting because you were left in dark for very long time and i didn't know what will happen who is who and so on it was very interesting, Side quests were very good, they were interesting didn't repeat and were worth searching and completing.

    Skills: I liked how i learn new skill, you need to find trainer and learn from them and 1 trainer can't teach everything for you so there are several ( blacksmith, Guard captain, Healer etc.) only thing with leveling up that was meh was that for example to improve magic spells all i have to do i spend points in character screen.


Cons
    Technical: Loading time was awful for me in all big locations because if i had to reload ( i died, wanted to try something) it was long, don't get me wrong it wasn't THAT long but while playing this game i reloaded hundred times and in total that's a lot. Also i never knew when and where to go which resulted in going against too hard enemies and reloading to previous save-file and try to beat him several times and returning after a while.
      Decision
      Game is worth playing in fact if you have it in your library and haven't played it you should at least try it if you liked games like Dragon Age it may feel a bit similar in certain times, even with it's little flaws it's a true hidden gem and must play if you own it.

      8 out of 10
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      2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
      80.9 hrs on record
      Posted: February 8
      It started really well and I really began to enjoy this game, then the awful combat system kicked in during critical times, which can be a real pain. Though I like the pause and ensuing tactical planning elements, it does not always work. For example, I could be hit by ranged weapons and despite having high level ranged combat, I could not fire back despite pause, select targeting, etc. I could set the attack up and... waited... and... waited... Nothing happened, all the while I was getting hit until my party was decimated by three low level dwarfs with crossbows. No matter what I did or where I stood I could not fire back, yet they were in clear line of sight and within range. Whether or not I was being a numpty, I don't know - it just seemed to spoil what is a good game from being a great game.

      This could be so much better if not for the occasional cumbersome combat system. Still, it really is a gem and has all the elements of what an RPG should be - character interaction, crafting, freedom in character builds, weapons, armour, etc.

      Also, another gripe (for me at least) is that I would have liked to have seen a greater variety of spells for magic users. I guess we can't have it all.

      Post Sciptum: I have now completed this and the expansion, Phileason's Secret, and despite the earlier niggles, once I got used to the combat system idiosynchrasies, this really is an absolute gem. I just hope they release more DLC, or even better, a mod maker. I absolutely loved the game and got very attached to my characters!
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      1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
      6.1 hrs on record
      Posted: November 3, 2015
      Played this title a few years ago on a friends computer and decided to get it for myself since I really liked the game.. It still looks really good and extremely fun to play. Runs smooth as well
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      51 of 52 people (98%) found this review helpful
      2 people found this review funny
      59.9 hrs on record
      Posted: April 12, 2012
      If you are the sort of gamer who enjoys trudging across various maps for an hour straight searching for rare herbs just so you can make enough healing potions to get through a difficult boss fight then this is the game for you (luckily I am exactly that sort of gamer, but I realize not everyone enjoys such things).

      So, yeah, this is pretty much the perfect sequel. It keeps the original Drakensang's awesome stat and combat system, but improves on nearly everything else: much better writing, dialog, and production values (including class specific quests ala "Dragon Age: Origins"), much fewer trash mobs (fighting is less frequent in this game compared to the first, but much more difficult and better thought out when it happens), and (perhaps best of all) a new fast travel system that prevents your having to run everywhere like in the first game.

      Plus, it's technically a prequel, so if you only play one Drakensang (and you should if you enjoy RPGs at all) it should be this one.
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