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Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura for PC

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  • Arcanum: Solid RPG Goodness...Yes...On Your PC.

    Aug 29, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Best character creation system in a CRPG, involving gameplay.
    Cons: Art's not so hot, some little gameplay quirks.

    Summary: *Once again, Epinions titling has gone all screwy. This is a review of Troika Games' "Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura" and not "Havas Interactive, Inc. Havas Interactive Arcanum (PC,Mac)"* For some reason, PC RPGs have ... read more

  • Despite numerous flaws, this game is one of the best RPGs ever made.

    Aug 7, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Open world, awe-inspiring setting, sheer originality
    Cons: Somewhat buggy and poorly balanced

    Summary: I love RPGs. They can take you to fastastical and amazing places, all the while making you feel like you not only belong in a particular world of fantasy, but that you are important there as well.Arcanum: Of Steamworks and ... read more

  • Of Steamworks and what?

    Jun 30, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fun, original, elaborate, well thought out, nice range of characters.
    Cons: Weird title? ... ok, leveling needs a lot of pre-thought.

    Summary: One of the great games that you may have never seen or heard anything about is a jewel that needs to be played. This game is Arcanum. It is a great role playing game that most will like, even those who are not typically RPG buffs. This game is ... read more

  • Role-Playing Adventure For The Ages

    Mar 2, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Engrossing atmosphere, beautiful soundtrack, intuitive controls, great story and side-quests, just a great game.
    Cons: Difficulty at some points, dated (but beautiful) graphics, on-line play, a few bugs.

    Summary: Arcanum, by the now-defunct Troika Games (Fallout, Greyhawk: TToEE, Vampire: TmB) is by far my favorite computer role-playing experience of all time. I first played the unfinished demo version of Arcanum obtained from a Computer Gaming World demo disk, ... read more

  • Arcanum: Deserving of a Lengthy Name

    Jan 7, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Immersive world, open-ended gameplay, great story
    Cons: Mediocre graphics, repetetive combat, a bit buggy

    Summary: Troika Games' Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura is fairly traditional turn-based roleplaying game with enough substance and flavour to carry it to the top of the heap. Though it may have a few shortcomings, this is one game whose whole is ... read more

  • Magic or Tech? A question for the ages...

    Feb 24, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Loads of side-quests, good voice acting, and CUSTOMIZATION!
    Cons: Random encounters are a bit too random.

    Summary: You find yourself on board the airship IFS Zephyr. You hear an odd noise and look to the skies just in time to see a group of air-born orcs attacking the ship! Both the Zephyr and the Orcs are going down in flames, but somehow you survive. You hear pleas ... read more

  • Save your money...

    Oct 12, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Delightfully readable manual; user interface
    Cons: Single-person RPG; profanity; "M" rating; tedious game-play; linear pacing

    Summary: ...and get something else. The cover is entrancing and so is the manual. Unfortunately, the game itself doesn't live up to the promises of either. First, you only play one character at a time. Second, the plot is very linear. You must do A before B, and ... read more

  • Not exactly a reference role playing game

    Jul 27, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great concept, intricate plot, detailed 2D graphics
    Cons: Broken AI, repetitive tunes, combat gets boring after a while

    Summary: The lands of Arcanum, the latest RPG from Sierra, are no different from those in Baldurís Gate, Icewind Dale or the upcoming Neverwinter Nights, where humans, elves, dwarves and gnomes gather in huge and powerful but yet criminal-intensive cities. ... read more

  • Imagination beyond our world!

    May 9, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Awesome Graphics, Great Imagination, Fantastic Storyline, Endless play!
    Cons: Slow, sometimes buggy, if you make a wrong choice your stuck.

    Summary: When I fisrt went to Wal-Mart I wanted a game with mystical wonder, good battles, great graphics and a game that would hold me on edge for hours at a time. What I got is what I wanted when I bought Arcanum:Of Steamworks And Magick Obscura. The book ... read more

  • Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover

    Nov 18, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Music is excellent; character creation is spot on
    Cons: Gameplay is tedious, and turn-based. Learning curve; A work in progress

    Summary: After being a bit burned out on Diablo II and DII: Lord Of Destruction, I needed a new fix. Unfortunately, this isn't it. By studying the text and graphics/art of the shiny box like a private investigator, the game "seemed" as if it could be similar to ... read more

  • Magic and Technology mix to create something quite good.

    Nov 16, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very detailed character creation, excellent magic/tech mix in gameplay/environment.
    Cons: Some interface/control issues.

    Summary: Iíve been watching Arcanum since ads started showing up in all the usual places. I was trying to decide if I would really be interested in it or not, as it throws a big twist into the standard fantasy RPG Ė that twist being technology. As ... read more

  • Arcanum: Steamworks and Obscura

    Nov 14, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: RPG, where most people like them.
    Cons: Interface, where most people hate them.

    Summary: Yes yes, I'm a little slack nowadays, but here is my full blown review of Arcanum Iíve come to fondly like RPGs when I was very young, but there were times when games sat on the borderline of absolutely achievement and ... read more

  • Intriguing Ideas That Need More Polish

    Nov 13, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Deep character system, flexible to various play-styles, unusual background world.
    Cons: Horrible combat system, steep learning curve, illogical weapon specs.

    Summary: As RPG's go, the team that produced Arcanum has a history of attempting to be innovative. In their previous games "Fallout" and "Fallout 2", they did this by introducing a truly different kind of character generation and character ability modeling ... read more

  • A good RPG worth getting

    Nov 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Interesting concept,good character development system,interesting world,variety of weapons,spells,and other items
    Cons: Freezes during some battles,some followers AI causes problems

    Summary: First off,Sierra made the game through troika games.Now the review.This is one of the best RPG's i've seen in a couple of years.The concept is a world turning from the ways of magic and entering a technological period.Of course magic isn't going way ... read more

  • The Flawed Son of Fallout and Diablo.

    Oct 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Interesting and original ideas. detailed character stats. Character "background" options.
    Cons: Bugs, Interface. Scrolling method. Tedious, un-original gameplay and more.

    Summary: It was with some disappointment that I discovered a few weeks ago that the Australian release of Pool of Radiance - Ruins of Myth Drannor had been put back until late October. So disappointed was I, that Arcanum found it's way into my ... read more

  • Role-play the 1800's

    Oct 20, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Solid, linear role-playing
    Cons: REAL easy to die

    Summary: Anybody ever play Fallout or Fallout 2? Arcanum uses the same basic game engine. The game is played from a bird's eye view. Unfortunately, it is fairly easy to drop items behind permanent fixtures in the game, which makes it a PAIN to pick ... read more

  • Arcanum!

    Oct 19, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: stable, compatible, character creation
    Cons: in depth game.

    Summary: In Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura your battle not only lies with those armed with pistols, swords, and magic, but with the closed thoughts of those too narrow-minded to see past the color of your skin or shape of your face. Troika ... read more

  • Science and Sorcery

    Oct 10, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Engaging background, richly-detailed setting, character generation
    Cons: Learning curve, graphics, manual

    Summary: Regardless of what the Epinions title says, the correct title of this game is Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura by Troika Games. Updated: 20 June 2002, after more extensive playtesting. Arcanum: Of ... read more

  • Arcanum: Of Browns and Huge Manuals

    Oct 5, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Original. Huge open ended world.
    Cons: Out dated graphics. Horrible learning curve.

    Summary: Online RPG fans have been waiting for something new for a few years now. Getting bored of Diablo, Everquest and Ultima; the RPG world was getting restless. From the makers of Fallout , the creators introduce us to a huge new world. ... read more

  • Originality saves the day.

    Sep 12, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Highly original, great character development.
    Cons: Low replay value, unbalanced.

    Summary: Arcanum has been receiving lots of coverage even before it was released. It offers a whole new way to look at the role-playing world. Instead of a fantasy or science-fiction environment, the player is thrown into a world where technology and magic ... read more

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