Publicada: 23 de fevereiro
I see very few reviews here, all very different, so think my report could be useful. This is my first review.
I've played non-Steam Dawn of Magic for a long time few years ago, and now bought a Steam version to play again, on 64-bit OS (Retail version protection cannot run under 64 bit).
(IMPPORTANT) This game is basically an addon to an original Dawn of Magic and is actually the same game, just modified and with a different storyline.
About an original game:
It says that it's an ARPG, but it's only partially true. The "Magical killing sandbox" is much closer to the truth, I think.
There are hordes of monsters everywhere, and on most locations you will take a bloodshower just trying to run from A to B. The monster killing is the core of the game, but unlike many other games, this one makes this process a real art.
12 (!) BALANCED (!!!) schools of magic and the ability to make crazy spell combinations make these poor hordes of monsters your specimen.
Saying about spells variety, it's the only game I know where you can effectively "eat" enemy corpses, explode them with bones or fire, make them a source of plague or resurrect them in 3(!) possible ways.
Killing is no more routine - it's an experiment. Knowledge and skill give you more power than just upgrading spell levels - even on first spell levels some not-at-all-obvious combinations of seemingly useless spells create an extremely powerful weapon. Also, leveling up some spells changes their effective behaviour (difference in numerical values sometimes makes qualitative change).
And i'm just speaking about the spell system itself, without influence from other systems!
The real treasure of this game is it's art. It alone costs multiple times more than this funny steam price. This pretty much unique dreamy horror style, beauty and harmony in common human figures, beauty even in dreadful monsters and locations, beauty in strange city architecture (I really have no idea how designers made these), wonderful atmospheric music... Really, in such an atmosphere monsters are just a part of a harmonic gorgeous nature, life and death cycle. The graphics can seem technically dated, but the art itself is a masterpiece, and the concept behind is very deep.
You will probably never see something like this anywhere else.
Long story short, let's make some lists:
ORIGINAL DAWN OF MAGIC
pros and contras
++++Amazing artwork and atmosphere, elaborated to the smallest details. All or almost all dialogues and random npc strings vary depending on your character and moral alignment. Dialogues themselves are often quite unusual.
+++ Complex and entertaining spellsystem.
+++ Ability to be really EVIL! (and to be verbally and not verbally kicked and abused in an incredible variety of ways by NPCs), have a really evil campaign, kill innocent people and so on.
++ multiple equipment and character upgrade systems (many upgrades are not trivial):
2) Material adding
3) Incredibly wide range of runes
4) Runic spells on items (most with unusual effects)
6) Perks from learning magic
7) Item sets, some of which change spell behaviour
++ Non-standard in details storyline. You know like remakes of old tales in an unexpected manner.
++ Non-linear in details campaign.
+Large enough world with many things to look at.
+Challenging (usually) boss fights.
+Crazy mob fights (mobs use magic ALOT including resurrection and so on)
+ Many consequent difficulty levels (very escalating) and an ability to make a new game with an old character (with all exp and items). Adds much of replayability (also some things are not supposed to be done on first dif. levels)
+Short range through-walls teleportation skill to feel like a mage :)
+ On slow machines or in very heavy scenes the game itself slows down instead of skipping frames. Very good neuron-saving feature.
(neutral) mobs generally do not respawn. Oh, don't worry, they won't deplete completely unless you're a maniacal inquisitor. They're just too many. You can still try...(PURGE!!!) but I guess, that'll ruin ecological balance.
- Monsters are a bit too dense sometimes. If the map is big and you need to cross it, better use teleporting skill and try to survive in the air boiling with mob spells between jumps.
-Minor bugs like very rare inactive mobs, rare incorrect resurrection and strange npc walking routes when in a very limited space.
-Monster population could be a bit less homogenous on most maps... Maybe a bit more monster types (even more)...
-The main outline of a plot could be less generic.
DAWN OF MAGIC 2 (please remember that it's only an addon)
+Sweet movie scenes.
+more comfortable UI (not much changed, but still).
+New feature: element parts that can be collected and make an item to give you a concentrated power of one school including Skill.
+Different starts for different characters (4).
+Seemingly improved campaign rewarding system.
+In retail versions often original modified game is included.
(neutral) Fewer difficulty levels. (only 3)
(neutral) Monster continously respawn on some maps during some campaign events.
---------Much(!!!) smaller world. (You cannot visit most of cities and places).
-No more Alchemists' guild.
---Much less quests.
--------No evil campaign or passive hatred from citizens (you can still kill them though)
---- Very linear campaign. (In original one you could, for example, alternatively kill some characters or even kill key figures not obviously supposed to be killed.)
---- Less fantastic voice acting. No voice acting for citizens. (Atmosphere changes a bit. Less warm.)
--The translation is... Well, they tried to conserve an original style. They tried.
+++ low price, esp. on sale.
----(-) (IMPORTANT) No original modified Dawn of Magic included!
- No russian version (really, if you understand Russian, get a russian version of this, otherwise you miss a chunk of an atmosphere).
-The advertisment and screenshots are just awful :) They should fire people for such a thing.
If you're new to Dawn of Magic, buy this, but not a Steam version (beware of Starforce, do not work on 64 bit!). Choose one with an original game included and have fun. Or you can buy this if you just want to see a bit of DOM for a very low price, but remember that this is just an addon.
If you played the original game, you can buy this, especially on sale, at least to feel some nostalgia.
If you understand Russian, get a Russian version, really. It's a bit more atmospheric, but beware of Starforce.
Multiplayer is seemingly working, but there's no people.