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Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
Developer Single player:
Arkane Studios
Floodgate Entertainment
Multiplayer:
Kuju Entertainment
Publisher Ubisoft
Engine Source
Version 1.02
Released PC:
October 25, 2006 (US)
October 27, 2006 (EU)
Xbox 360:
September 7, 2007 (US) September 7, 2007 (EU)
Genre First-person shooter, Action game
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Platform(s) Windows XP, Xbox 360
System requirements Windows XP only*
512 MB RAM
2.6 GHz Athlon or Pentium 4 processor
128 MB DirectX 9.0 compatible video card
4x DVD-ROM drive
7 GB free hard disk space

Recommended:
3.2 GHz processor
1 GB RAM
256 MB graphics card

(*) Vista supported with patch 1.02 installed

Dark Messiah of Might and Magic is a first-person action game developed by Arkane Studios and Floodgate Entertainment. Kuju Entertainment developed the multiplayer mode. The player controls Sareth, the apprentice of the wizard Phenrig, after he is sent to the city of Stonehelm to accompany an expedition trying to retrieve a powerful artifact known as "The Skull of Shadows." The game is primarily known for its intuitive first-person melee combat. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (640x935, 228 KB) This image is cover art for a computer or video game, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the games publisher or developer. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... Arkane Studios is a video game developer based in Lyon, France. ... Kuju Entertainment is a European computer and video game corporation. ... Ubisoft Entertainment (formerly Ubi Soft) is a computer and video game publisher and developer with headquarters in Montreuil-sous-Bois, France. ... A game engine is the core software component of a computer video game or other interactive application with real-time graphics. ... Source engine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Video games are categorized into genres based on their gameplay. ... This article is about video games. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... A multiplayer game is a video game in which more than one person can play the same game at the same time. ... In computing, a platform describes some sort of framework, either in hardware or software, which allows software to run. ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Look up RAM, Ram, ram in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Athlon is the brand name applied to a series of different x86 processors designed and manufactured by AMD. The original Athlon, or Athlon Classic, was the first seventh-generation x86 processor and, in a first, retained the initial performance lead it had over Intels competing processors for a significant... The Pentium 4[1] brand refers to Intels mainstream desktop and mobile single-core CPUs (introduced on November 20, 2000[2]) with the seventh-generation NetBurst architecture, which was the companys first all-new design since the Intel P6 of the Pentium Pro branded CPUs of 1995. ... DirectX is a collection of APIs for easily handling tasks related to game programming on the Microsoft Windows operating system. ... Arkane Studios is a video game developer based in Lyon, France. ... Kuju Entertainment is a European computer and video game corporation. ... Online gaming redirects here. ...


The Xbox 360 version, titled Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements, is under development, and will contain an expanded single-player campaign and a revamped multiplayer mode, as well as numerous bug-fixes and console specific enhancements.[1]

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Gameplay

The game emphasizes environmental combat, by way of utilizing scripted traps or terrain features. Actions include cutting ropes to release heavy objects, kicking enemies over a cliff or into a bed of spikes, and breaking support beams to collapse a structure and crush enemies underneath.


Enemies are generally difficult to kill in straightforward combat, although characters developed for this purpose may have an easier time. Characters with high stealth can sneak up behind enemies and perform a lethal backstab maneuver, while players skilled with a bow can use it to snipe enemies from a distance.


Magic spells can be used to damage the enemy, heal the player, or serve a number of utility purposes.


As the player completes objectives throughout the game, Dark Messiah awards experience points that can be used to buy skills in one of three skill trees: Combat, Magic, and Miscellaneous. The Combat tree improves the power and efficiency of physical attacks. The Magic tree grants access to new spells. The Miscellaneous tree contains general improvements, including Stealth.


Although some enemies will drop unremarkable, normal items when killed, looting in Dark Messiah is mostly a fixed affair. Valuable items are placed in specific locations for the player to find. Each item has fixed stats, and the selection of items is also limited, with only a small number of different weapons or armor in each category. Additionally, advanced items typically have a skill requirement, with the end result being that the character equips only a handful of different items over the course of the game, as allowed by skill selections.


Storyline

The protagonist of Dark Messiah is a young man named Sareth, who is under the tutelage of the Wizard Phenrig. After years of studying the arts of magic and physical training in the arts of war, he is finally taken on an expedition to retrieve a rare artifact known as the Shantiri Crystal. After finding the Crystal and disposing of the would be rival expedition, Sareth is tasked to bring the crystal to an associate of Phenrig's, the Wizard Menelag, who is also the lord of the city of Stonehelm. Menelag and Phenrig have certain "mutual interests" that involve finding an artifact called the Skull of Shadows. Menelag apparently is unable to continue his search without the Crystal. To guide him on his way, the consciousness of a sorceress named Xana will reside in Sareth's mind.


Shortly after arriving in Stonehelm, Sareth witnesses an undead cyclops and a small army of ghouls sent by the Necromancers breach Stonehelm's defenses and begin to overwhelm the guards. Sareth is recruited to help in the defense effort by taking control of a ballista. Using this, he manages to stun the undead cyclops long enough for a guard to stab it in the eye, thus killing it. Seeing their most valuable asset destroyed, the remnants of the invading force beat a hasty retreat. Sareth then resumes his search for Menelag. Upon reaching the front gate of Menelag's manor, Sareth is greeted by Leanna, the young niece and pupil of Menelag. That night, the three enjoy a small feast in Sareth's honor after which Menelag informs Sareth that they will set sail the following morning to resume the search for the Skull.


In the middle of the night, the crystal is stolen by a ghoul, who murders Menelag in the process. Sareth then chases the ghoul to a warehouse, where he finds the necromancer Arantir using the crystal's power to open a portal to Nar-Heresh, the necromancer city. Sareth manages to steal the crystal back and escape to the docks, where he falls asleep. In a dream, he recalls his meeting with Phenrig, except that Phenrig appears to be holding Sareth by a leash. He also sees Xana again, but as she transfers her consciousness into his mind, she appears to be a demon. Sareth and Leanna leave Stonehelm by boat and travel to the island with the Skull of Shadows. While en route, Sareth has another dream in which he kills Leanna, and Arantir alludes that she is only the first of many victims.

The player attacks a Pao kai.
The player attacks a Pao kai.

After arriving, they find the expedition destroyed, and most of the men dead, killed by Orc warriors. Sareth and Leanna are chased into the Temple of the Skull by a Pao kai, and Sareth proceeds alone to the top of the Temple, where he places the Shantiri Crystal. Arantir then reveals himself and appears to kill Leanna. Sareth, however, escapes to the crypt below and retrieves the Skull of Shadows. Sareth then has a vision of the Demon Sovereign Kha Beleth, who reveals himself to be Sareth's father. Kha Beleth names Sareth the Dark Messiah, and then commands to be released using the power of the Skull. Sareth wakes up to see Arantir, who takes the skull and then impales Sareth on a spike. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x819, 377 KB) Summary Dark Messiah of Might and Magic Licensing This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game, and the copyright for it is most likely held by the company that developed the game. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x819, 377 KB) Summary Dark Messiah of Might and Magic Licensing This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game, and the copyright for it is most likely held by the company that developed the game. ...


Fueled by Xana's demonic power, Sareth wakes up alive and gains the power to transform into a demon, which grants him uncanny strength at the cost of health. Stripped of all his belongings, Sareth uses the demon form to fight off the Orc guards as he recovers his items. He manages to leave the island and returns to Stonehelm. Once there, he takes the portal to Nar-Heresh. There, Sareth witnesses Leanna - who is still alive - being thrown into a spider pit. Saving Leanna is optional, but impacts the possible endings that the player may receive. Regardless of the player's choice, Sareth discovers Arantir's plans to sacrifice the entire population of Stonehelm in order to permanently seal Kha Beleth's prison.

An undead cyclops.
An undead cyclops.

Sareth then returns to a besieged Stonehelm, fighting alongside the remaining human resistance. If Leanna was rescued in the previous chapter, Sareth may visit the sanctuary in order to purge Xana from his body. If Sareth proceeds with the cleansing, he loses the ability to transform into a demon, but gains the ability to use powerful holy weapons. If Sareth is unable or unwilling to undergo the cleansing ritual, nothing will change. Whatever the case, the choices determines which endings the player may receive. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x819, 293 KB) Summary Dark Messiah of Might and Magic Licensing This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game, and the copyright for it is most likely held by the company that developed the game. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x819, 293 KB) Summary Dark Messiah of Might and Magic Licensing This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game, and the copyright for it is most likely held by the company that developed the game. ...


In the ancient necropolis over which Stonehelm was built, Sareth is eventually reunited with Leanna. If the player left her behind in the spider pit, she appears as a Lich, who Sareth then destroys. If Sareth saved her, but did not cleanse himself, she will attack him. If Leanna was rescued and Sareth cleansed himself, she will join Sareth in the final chapter.


Sareth then makes his way through the necropolis and eventually catches up with Arantir as he is about to perform the ritual. Sareth kills Arantir, but Arantir revives himself and summons an undead Pao Kai. Sareth fights off the dragon, which forces Arantir to perform a resummoning, during which Arantir is vulnerable. Eventually Arantir is defeated, leaving Sareth to make his final decision for the Skull.


The player may use the Skull to lock his father away forever, or destroy the Skull and free his father. Each option offers a different ending. The ensuing cut scene will vary slightly depending on whether it is Leanna or Xana that accompanies Sareth at the end of the game, giving the game a total of four different endings.


Multiplayer

Dark Messiah features a multiplayer mode that is similar to the gameplay of the Battlefield series in that opposing teams battle each other and earn points by performing strategic maneuvers across a large map. There are two playable factions, consisting of humans and undead, along with five playable classes. The character customization system is still present, with the limitation that players must select a predefined class and may only buy skills available for that class. The Battlefield franchise is a series of computer and console games that started with the PC/Mac game Battlefield 1942, the series is developed by Digital Illusions CE, and published by Electronic Arts. ...


As a throwback to Rocket Arena, there is also a Colosseum mode, in which players fight individual opponents in front of an audience. When players are not battling in the current match they can bet XP on the outcome. Rocket Arena (RA) is a free mod for the multiplayer first-person shooter games Quake, Quake II, Quake III Arena and Quake 4. ...


Critical reception

Critical reaction to Dark Messiah has been divided, particularly between the US and the rest of the world. IGN, for example, gave mixed reports with their Australian team awarding the game 8.8/10 and their American team awarding it 7.0/10. For other uses, see IGN (disambiguation). ...


Praise for the game came from PC Zone (UK), PC Gamer (UK), and Game Informer (USA) which awarded the game 84%, 88% and 9.25 respectively, with praise going to the game's innovative and responsive melee combat. Game Informer, in particular, praised Dark Messiah for the sheer fun factor and beautiful graphics. In contrast, several publications from the US gave poor reviews. GameSpot gave the game a review score of 6.7/10 stating that it had many technical issues, repetitive gameplay, predictable story, and poor multiplayer. CNET and GameSpy each gave similar reviews with the latter giving it 3/5. 1UP.com gave the game only 4/10, criticising the over-reliance on using the kick as a weapon and dubbing it "The Adventures of Sir Kicksalot Deathboot in the Land of the Conspicuously Placed Spike Racks". PC Zone (founded in 1993) was the first magazine dedicated to games for IBM-compatible personal computers to be published in the United Kingdom. ... PC Gamer is a magazine founded in 1993 devoted to PC gaming and published monthly by Future Publishing. ... Game Informer (often abbreviated to GI) is an American-based monthly magazine featuring articles, news, strategy and reviews of popular video games and associated consoles. ... GameSpot is a video gaming website that provides news, reviews, previews, downloads, and other information. ... CNET Networks, Inc. ... GameSpy, also known as GameSpy Industries, is a division of IGN Entertainment, which operates a network of game Web sites and provides online video game-related services and software. ... ...


Overall, Metacritic assigned the game an aggregate rating of 72% based on 44 reviews.[2] On Game Rankings, the game received a score of 74% based on 49 reviews.[3] User ratings on GameSpot are in the 80% range.[4] Metacritic is a website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. ... Game Rankings is a website which keeps track of video game reviews from other sites, and combines them to present an average rating for each game. ... GameSpot is a video gaming website that provides news, reviews, previews, downloads, and other information. ...


Different versions

Despite having received a "not under 18" rating from the USK, Ubisoft announced that the two German versions of Dark Messiah will contain some changes from the internationally released version.[5] Specifically, the German version does not allow for enemies' heads or limbs to be severed, enemies cannot be impaled after death, burning enemies will die immediately and their corpses cannot be mutilated further after death. Ubisoft separately released a limited edition "International Version" of the game (playable in English only) which is identical to the version of the game released in most other countries. ‹ The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... Ubisoft Entertainment (formerly Ubi Soft) is a computer and video game publisher and developer with headquarters in Montreuil-sous-Bois, France. ...


Trivia

  • The description of the Master Thief's armor states that there is a scarlet 'G' embroidered on the collar. This is likely an homage to Garrett of the Thief video games.
  • Throughout the game, goblins can be heard saying 'Look like a goblin, sting like a bee!' refrencing the quote from the legendary boxing champion, Muhammad Ali.

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References

  1. ^ http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/darkmessiahofmightmagic/news.html?sid=6171446
  2. ^ Dark Messiah of Might & Magic (pc: 2006): Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2007-10-01.
  3. ^ Dark Messiah of Might and Magic Reviews. Game Rankings. Retrieved on 2007-10-01.
  4. ^ http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/darkmessiahofmightmagic/players.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=gsreaderreviews&tag=readerreviews;yousay Retrieved 2007-10-01
  5. ^ http://forums-de.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/2401078543/m/7711033394

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