A common legend pervades the galaxy-that of a powerful, highly intelligent ancient race that will one day deliver the universe. They are known as Humans. The Advent of Humanity Begins...
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Release Date: Aug 9, 2005

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“...has a lot to offer in terms of gameplay, story, and sound...it brings original ideas and a good dose of personality to a genre that often focuses too much on just shooting people in the face.”
79 – IGN

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A common legend pervades the galaxy-that of a powerful, highly intelligent ancient race that will one day deliver the universe. They are known as Humans.
Some claim they are the messiah. Others believe they exist only in the imaginations of the young. The Seekers, however, know Humans exist and believe they are an enemy that must be destroyed. Under the guise of benevolent explorers, Seekers comb the universe and eradicate any Human colonies they find. Until now.
Working with award-winning science fiction author Orson Scott Card, GlyphX Games has created a gripping storyline that will thrust gamers into an incredible intergalactic saga.
The Advent of Humanity Begins...

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows 2000/XP, 2.0 GHz Processor, 256 MB of RAM, 128 MB ATI 9000 or higher or 128 MB GeForce 3 or higher (except GeForce 4 MX), DirectX 8.1 or higher compatible sound card, DirectX 9.0 (included with download), 5.5 GB Minimum Hard Drive Space, NVIDIA nForce or other motherboards / soundcards containing the Dolby Digital Interactive Content Encoder required for Dolby Digital audio, Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse
    Recommended:Windows 2000/XP, 3.4 GHz Processor, 512 MB of RAM, 256 MB GeForce FX 5600 or higher or ATI Radeon 9600 or higher, Sound Blaster Audigy 2 series sound card or higher, Game Pad
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Wolfshine
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 18
Used to play this game back alkot years ago, sadly right now desent support a xbox one controllern etc. so i cant enjoy it like i wanrt to wont bother playing atm. still good game tho
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Rooster128
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 16
Controls are messed up. I don't even have a controller plugged in and it assumes I do. The joystick V/Z axis is always on, so whatever you have that bound do, it will provide full feedback on, meaning your camera is always turning, or your character is always walking. It sounds like there is a workaround if you intend to play with a controller, but I don't- I just want to use keyboard and mouse. This makes the game literally unplayable. Waste of time.
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Krishma
5.8 hrs
Posted: August 13
This game is bad. Not for the outdated graphics, mind you, but because of basically everything else. It's a boring shootfest where all you do is mow down endless waves of the same enemies with little to no variation. Vehicles controls are unbearable. On foot you'll get stuck everytime you try to jump or dodge a bit out of the standard path, and lastly the narrative and the characters are mediocre at best. If you are about to buy this game thinking that is a sort of ME predecessor like i've done, then stop because it's not even close.
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サイモンサリフ
14.0 hrs
Posted: August 12
A space opera ahead of its time

Advent Rising was something very different from what I thought it would be when I opened it for the first time. I was expecting a game from my childhood, but what I got was a game with solid gameplay, a fleshed out story that just felt right and somewhat dated visuals that after some time became a part of the games charm.

The only con is the cliffhanger ending that leaves you gasping for more, and no rumors of a sequel have been confirmed yet.

Overall, Advent Rising is a great game with fun gameplay, a rewarding skill progression system and a captivating (albeit cheesy at times) story.

9.5/10
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Draken
9.1 hrs
Posted: August 7
Dont be fooled by this game's overwhelmingly positive reviews, it is a ♥♥♥♥fest of bugs, poor design and infuriatingly repetitive gameplay.
The story begins moderatedly good, until hour 1 or 2, when it plummets into "oh god, why am i still playing"... I got the gameplay time i have and played it til the end for two reasons: 1. I paid for this crap, so i expect to "enjoy" it fully. 2. I am one stubborn masochist who does not like leaving ♥♥♥♥ half-baked.

Your character unexplainably gets superpowers, which makes the game cooler... until you actually have to use them in game, then it's one infuriating combat after another, until you "level up" your power into something that is still not useful at all, and dont even get me started with "dodging". the dodging animation just flips you into way more danger than it supposed to escape you from, and then when you land, the character is "animation-locked" in place until the landing animation ends, making you take even MORE damage. Overall, this game is bad, no, terrible, and you shouldnt bother with it, not even on sale.
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DroneCardinal
10.2 hrs
Posted: August 3
I rarely ever review games and I usually play FPS games but this third-person game is a hidden gem among all of the games I've ever played one of the best story driven games ever, and is an underrated classic of it's time but it may be old and it may have bad graphics and bugs but, don't let that throw you off. I love everything about this game and would recomend it to anyone. My review may be late from the last time I played it but better late than never. Excellent game, the soundtrack is amazing, and I'll never forget this game.
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vonesrom
28.4 hrs
Posted: July 24
I found this game to be a bit tedious.
It was too long.. (fun for a bit..but after a while.. was just wondering when it would end)
too many cut screens taking you out of the game.

it wasnt horrible (like bugggy or broken.. game played alright .. graphics are dated if thats an issue for you)
personally i cant recommend this because there wasnt anything really special to me .. (story, game mechanics, etc)
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May
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 15
Uhhh. I don't think this game has aged well...

I played this through a few times on PC a while ago, around the time it came out. I liked it. Kind of cool game. I was never crazy about it. I hated it the first time, but it really grew on me the new few playthroughs. I had a change of heart mostly because I was like, "this game can't be that bad" and when I went back to it, it was good.

Pretty, kind of fun, but it very barely works anymore without some modification.

I still kind of recommend it I guess?
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SinAlcoholic
2.2 hrs
Posted: July 14
Good game, this is actually the first third person shooter that i played/finished, so we go way way back ^_^.
It's rather sad that the game didn't receive the attention it deserved at the time.
I like to think that this game if it had been perfected over the years would of been able to go toe to toe with the Mass Efect series, maybe even surpasing it.

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<SPOILER>But unfortunately, we we're left with a big a*s clifhanger for a sequel that will never be made.</SPOILER>

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I really recomend this game if you're able to look past a few bugs here and there + the outdated graphics.
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alnoso
10.0 hrs
Posted: July 6
I got this game on sale, for 1 euro. The game is a fun 3rd person shooter. There's nothing particulary revolutionary about it, but the game gives you new stuff to play around with at a rather rapid pace, as there's a bunch of special powers, each having a special mode when you level them up and every gun also has a special mode when you level it up enough.
I'll tell you something that took me a while to figure out: you press 1 or 2 in order to switch modes for your left, or right weapon/power. Some bosses or monsters require certain powers to kill them, or to kill them quickly, so watch out for that. Try to think of what makes sense and you should make your way through the monsters no problem.
The game doesn't have very many bugs. I'm certain there are some, but after playing the game 5 times over the years I never found any.
I played the game once on Steam, and as you can see (or can't incase I decided to replay it) it took me about 10 hours, on Easy difficulty. It might take you less, or more.
Overall I'd actually rate this game a 9.5/10 because of generic problems with old games, definetly a hidden gem of the videogame industry, rating definetly heavily shifted by nostalgia. I have no idea what someone who never played this before would rate it, certainly lower.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
A space opera ahead of its time

Advent Rising was something very different from what I thought it would be when I opened it for the first time. I was expecting a game from my childhood, but what I got was a game with solid gameplay, a fleshed out story that just felt right and somewhat dated visuals that after some time became a part of the games charm.

The only con is the cliffhanger ending that leaves you gasping for more, and no rumors of a sequel have been confirmed yet.

Overall, Advent Rising is a great game with fun gameplay, a rewarding skill progression system and a captivating (albeit cheesy at times) story.

9.5/10
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68 of 69 people (99%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Extremely enjoyable third-person action-adventure game, involving space, alien worlds, super powers and a great soundtrack. Kinda like a Star Wars Jedi Knight game, but without the lightsaber. Shame it didn't sell well, the worst thing about the game is that it ends with a cliffhanger and we will never see how it continues.
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60 of 62 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2014
One of my most favorite games, sadly ended with its first chapter because of a stupid Alphabet Letter Finding Game in the Xbox. Storyline is fantastic (Star Wars meets Halo), Combat is fun (slightly reminescent of 3rd person Unreal/Halo mix). It is a little Glitchy but still stable enough to play.

I do recommend getting the Advent Revising UnOfficial Patch that fixes video playback (especially on Vista/7 or higher).

http://www.miketyndall.com/setz/Advent%20Revising/

EDIT: Brought to my attention that the contest was an Alphabet finding game. I dont know why I thought it was a Red Crayon.
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57 of 59 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2015
Good game. It has a great story. Moreover, I think they made the story first and wrapped the game afterwards. It's just linear gameplay but the story makes it up. This thing also has A LOT of cinematics. and I mean A LOT.

There's an unofficial patch that makes the Cinematics better and ADDS more cinematics that was remoeved when they ported it to PC. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you do the patch.

Mechanic--wise, It's your average TPS game. and similar to old TPS games. The BOSSES are a ♥♥♥♥♥ to deal with. I was stuck with ONE boss for 2 HOURS. It sometimes crashes but no big deal.

Rating this one a 7/10.
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57 of 60 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2015
Take part Mass Effect, part Halo, and throw in a dash of Star Wars and you get Advent Rising. This is the utmost praise, however, as Advent Rising is a fantastic game. It is clear that Mass Effect borrowed heavily from this game as the Geth seem to be ripped straight from it. The fiction behind the story is some of the most engrossing sci-fi I've seen in a while, which is no surprise since it was written by Orson Scott Card.

The gameplay is third-person, with the use of guns and special powers. The guns do feel really nice, but I found myself using the powers more often, especially in the later game. The level design is superb as well, and I never felt lost, even in some of the bigger environments.

The game is not without it's faults, however. Consulting PC Gaming Wiki is a must for essential fixes, but I still had a fair number of issues. There were graphic anomalies when things got intense and there were lots of explosions. cutscenes would sometimes hicup as well, although the dialogue did not skip. The most annoying thing were the game crashes which happened a handful of times. Thankfully, the game saved at the exact point of the crash so nothing was lost, but still annoying.

Iffy port aside, this game is fantastic. It really is a shame we will probably never see the planned sequels as this game builds a very promising lore and world around it. It's certainly worth playing, just know that it will probably never get a proper finale.
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44 of 45 people (98%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2015
Advent Rising is a game that I randomly found. I saw many steam reviews saying that it was one of their favourite games of all time. And had a person in my steam friend list who also was super excited about it. So, I recently played the game to find out if it was all nostalgia or if it really is a masterpiece.

You start the game off by getting on to a spaceship and receiving your training. You visit an alien form that warns you of another alien group that is about to attack. When you return to the ship it is under attack and you have to escape. I have to say the first 2 hours of the game really felt boring to me. The gameplay felt like you were just going from room to room killing aliens. The only positive was that you have choices in the beginning. Which you, sadly and strangely, don't have as you continue further into the game.

After those initial 2 hours it finally starts to get interesting. Also your weapons are levelling up and you are unlocking new cool powers (It comes over weird in the story that you randomly unlock new powers though). The game has so many powers and weapons that I haven't been able to try them all out. This may be because you are limited to one weapon or power per hand. Also, I have to say that the end bosses were pretty challenging overall, I wasn't expecting that. The driving sections in the game can become really exciting, except if you have to shoot. In the end the game took me 10 hours to complete on normal difficulty.

The story is pretty well written and had me coming back to the game. I am sometimes amazed that they actually did what they did with the story. I reached a part of the game that made me wish to stop playing, but the story helped me push through it. There are times when the story felt cheesy and cheap (And sadly the not CGI cutscenes looked really poor). It is also obvious that the screenwriting took inspiration from movies popular at the time of the game's release. The game has many slow-motion animations while jumping or finishing an enemy to make it more cinematic. This is pretty cool but after a while it can be really irritating, because you are just waiting for the animation to end.

The sound design of the game sadly feels strangely rushed. There are too many instances to list: The game is missing walking and explosion sounds and there are a lot of other strange audio issues. Such as an NPC having the same voice as the protagonist when they get hit. The soundtrack on the other hand is really great and done by a real orchestra. The Graphics thanks to the style and can look really great, but sadly the textures mostly look bland.
( I had that the game crashed several times, and sadly it never putted me at the last checkpoint. )

I would recommend if you play this game:
To use the Advent Revising Mod
Turn off auto-aiming

Final thoughts:
I think it is sad that Advent Rising is a forgotten game. The game was much too rushed in production and had a boring beginning and ending. However, I still think that if you can accept the complaints there is a great experience to be had in the game.
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38 of 38 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
One of my favorite games ever. Originally played it on the Xbox when it was first released, and have been waiting for a sequel ever since.

This isn't the greatest port ever made, but that doesn't detract too much from the experience. Framerates will sputter no matter how overspec'd your computer is, but the story is incredible, and the combat system never gets old. Worth every minute.
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37 of 39 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2015
Advent Rising is one of these games that just can't seem to get it all together. Despite excellent production values and a compelling sci-fi story there are some less-than-perfect gameplay flaws that mar what could have been one of the best games of the year.

Advent Rising tells the futuristic tale of Gideon Payne, an altruistic hero and rookie pilot that attempts to save all humans from an evil alien race. The Seekers are hell bent on destroying the humans that colonized the galaxy while another benevolent race revere the humans to be fantastical creatures with extraordinary gifts. In Gideon's case this turns out to be true as he is imbued with superhuman powers such as levitation, energy blasts and energy shields.

An action-based shooter, Advent Rising incorporates elements of role-playing in that you unlock new skills, powers and weapons and increase your ability to utilize them in different situations. This game has already been released on the Xbox where the control system attempts to replicate the keyboard and mouse combo of the PC. Now that it's been released on the PC these features are somewhat redundant. Some of the technical problems that plagued the Xbox version have been addressed such as the chugging framerate which is as smooth as glass on the PC but there are other problems that keep this game from reaching the top of the heap.

This isn't your typical shooter. It's marinated in a good story, good graphics(keeping in mind it came out in 2005), great effects and an excellent soundtrack produced by two Emmy award winners. The story was written by Orson Scott Card who was responsible for Halo as well as other sci-fi publications. Playing the game on the PC it seems to have more console elements to it. It's reminiscent of a console to PC port such as Max Payne. Not only do the main characters share the same last name they also use a dodge move that slows down time. It's called bullet time in case you just fell off of the turnip wagon.

The pace is a little slower than your average shooter but that's because of the all-encompassing storyline. It justifies situations in the game. There are lots of interesting plot twists and turns. It's like a great comic book come to life. It's just too bad there are some control issues. Some of the weapons are slow such as the plasma and rockets. Character models are irregularly elongated and have a spongy bounce to their movements which doesn't feel very solid. There are also instances where characters get stuck in the environment.

The voiceacting and soundtrack are second to none. The music doesn't just mimic the action it actually foreshadows events in true Hollywood fashion. There is some cornball dialog that seems like it came from an anime production but thankfully those moments are few and far between. The explosions are impressive from both a visual and audio standpoint. They almost set a new standard, which is good considering that some of the graphics are rather boring, especially some of the overused textures.

Advent Rising is a good game, it's short but it's good. There are some flaws that you need to overlook but there's nothing here that will ruin the entire experience. The lack of a co-op or multi-player modes reduces the replay value but you can go back and experiment with different combinations of powers.
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24 of 24 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
Originally supposed to be a gaming trilogy, which unfortunately ended up with only the first game of the series...

An alien race founds the location of human world, those aliens are peaceful and almost worship the humans, because of the galaxy legends, but they also warn humans that a different faction of aliens is about to destroy their homeworld and annihilate every living human. You take on the role of Gideon Wyeth, young human pilot, who happens to be in the middle of the events and later learns why humans are worshipped by one race while another wants them dead. And with the help of the aliens, he learns much more than the stories...

The game itself is somewhat old - yes, the graphics are outdated, but the important, the best part of this game is it's story, it's music and the gameplay. Story and music are just perfect, you need to try it by yourself to know what i mean, time can't take that away.
Gameplay is really enjoying as well, but the game is filled with bugs, which kinda ruin the overall experince. There also is a flick targetting system that is sometimes pain in the a** to use. Game has fair number of weapons and abilities with progression system, meaning you get more skilled with the weapon/ability the more you use it and eventually open up secondary modes that are mostly very different from the originals, making it a different weapon/ability.

When you beat the game, there is a huge cliffhanger ending, proof that there was meant to be a sequel(s), and you wish they continued the story, but it never came out. As much as i love Mass Effect series (i think they are similar), i wish they rather finished Advent series with more love than the game got in the first place, much more polishing and it could be as good as Mass Effect, if not better.

If you want epic sci-fi game, it's certainly worth a shot!
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2014
One of the best sci-fi I've ever played. Simple control, rich story (written by O. S. Card) and awesome soundtrack (made by T. Tallarico) make this game very profound experience. Sadly this game is unappreciated and underrated, so they cancel rest of trilogy. We must hope, that Advent Rising will rise again. ;)
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