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Budget Game Review of the Week: Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements

Posted on Thursday, September 29 @ 16:26:52 PST by Silios
Here's the skinny, each week I'll go to my local Gamestop and buy a game under twenty dollars, I'll then write a lengthy review about the game, followed by a summary of rather you should skip it or buy it. I don't read video game reviews despite being on this site, I try to stay away from what people say, so I can form my own opinion on the game. Keep in mind these are my opinions, if I say something bad about a game you like, don't get butt hurt over it, it's just my opinion.

Today's review is a special one, it's cheap as hell and old school PC gamers are going to love it.

So what's so special about Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements? First it's only $3.49, it's the cheapest disc game you're going to find for the 360 at Gamestop. An added bonus is the game is actually good.

So what makes it good? It's a throw back to the old Ultima Underworld games, in the sense that you pick a class and go through a linear designed level that offers multiple path finding options, but you still reach an end goal. This is at it's heart still an FPS with swords and magic, this is nothing like Oblivion and you need to get that out of your head right now.

"Why?" you ask. Because Oblivion is a grand scale game, it's open ended and free roaming, but it's very flawed. At the same time, who says a game like this has to open ended to be enjoyed? People enjoy the Gears of War and Call of Duty franchises, and they share a lot in common with Dark Messiah.

I think that should be my point here, I spent roughly four dollars, and had an experience that I found more enjoyable than two other Triple A titles. That says a lot, and it wasn't the price, had I spent full price on this game I would of enjoyed it just the same. It has an interesting story for an action game, RPG elements, and does almost every thing right.

Okay, the graphics are dated, but it makes up for it in the AI department. Compared to Oblivion, the AI is leagues better. Stealth actually feels "right", and combat feels polished. In fact I'd go so far to say that everything in this game is polished with the exception of the graphics.


Absolutely, it's around four dollars and it's a good game. If you don't like it, you've only lost out on the money you'd spend at a fast food joint.

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