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Arcanum nostalgia at GamersInfo

Review - posted by Vault Dweller on Thu 15 February 2007, 19:25:36

Tags: Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura; Troika Games

Gamers Info got tired of playing all that next-generation crap that occupies the shelves these days and decided to play a decent game for a change. They picked Troika's Arcanum and shared their impressions with us:

It has been a long time for me. I try and have faith good things will happen, really, I do. I want to think that the next newest and shiniest game coming out will really be a good game. It so rarely is. ... So here I am, reverting back to some old games; games with a heart. Back to a time when game developer's really designed their game, their world, and most importantly, they defined what RPG really means.​

Arcanum intros to a scene where two half ogres, who are flying planes, attack a blimp carrying passengers. Eventually the ogres destroy the blimp, and themselves in the process. You are the sole survivor, stumbling out of the wreckage, what appears to be an elderly gnomish man tells you to “Find the boy” and gives you his ring, just before he dies. From here, you experience the wonder of Arcanum. How? That is up to you. A figure approaches you from the beyond the smoke and debris, and you make your first choices. You see, in the land of Arcanum, almost every path is available to you. Want to be considerate, good, evil, rude, or maybe just a plain old thief? There is a way to obtain what you desire in each path. Maybe you aren't too bright? Hey, it is OK, you can admit it. Let your followers do the talking for you, and bash your way to fame.​
It's a great game indeed and one of the best RPGs ever made. If you haven't played it yet, now is the time.

Thanks, Kharn

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