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Reviewed by Yuri Storchak

Genre and what to do:
Role playing game. Drakensang is based on a very popular pen-and-paper game in Germany so it draws its rules from a coherent and comprehensive system. You play a stereotypical hero who starts off as nobody, yet soon becomes a legendary adventurer as the fulfillment of yep, you guessed it a prophecy. As with timeless RPGs such as Baldur's Gate, you manage an entire party of up to four adventurers. Quests are many and feature myriad goals that run the gamut from keep-busy jobs such as killing a white wolf and tracking down a stolen diadem to cleaning out a crypt of the undead and solving riddling rhymes.

Style and atmosphere inside the game:
Just about the only touch of originality comes from the main plotline's focus on dragons, which at one time ruled the world before a scaly civil war. Gruff but lovable dwarves, hippie elves who just want to be left alone, mysterious messages from old friends, rampaging goblin hordes, and forgetful mages who are mirror images of Gandalf make up the cast of characters in the medieval fantasy land of Aventuria. Characters are crammed with finicky stats, talents, and attributes that can be hard to come to grips with, especially in the beginning. Each hero comes with eight attributes, nine base values, five talent pools with five separate skills in each, a raft of combat talents dealing with each weapon type, three schools of special abilities, magic talents for spell casters, and a recipe book for the alchemical, blacksmith, and archery goodies that you can put together on your own. A lot of attention has been paid to fine details that establish a feeling of venturing into real places. Every cave, chamber, and forest clearing has been dressed up like a movie set, with lots of dungeon accoutrements and trees adorning every place you go. All of these background effects can be a bit much, though. Sound consists of standard sword-smashing clangs and the celestial swooshes of spells, along with some of the most god-awful voice acting ever committed to a game. The story and quests are generic, and the character management is unnecessarily complex, but this is still a fairly captivating adventure that delivers most of what old-time RPG fans want and expect.

Offline gameplay: 1 player
Multiplayer: No
Publisher: ValuSoft
ESRB Ratio: Everyone

Extras and features:
· Large, Deep Fantasy Game World
· Great Deal of Character Depth with Abilities and Skills
· Sharp Visuals
· Engaging Music
· Cringe-making voice acting

Requirements: Windows XP/Vista,Processor: PIV 2.2 GHz,DirectX 9.0c,1 GB RAM,Free hard drive space: 6 GB,3D Accelerator with Hardware T&L and Pixel Shading 256MB DirectX 9.0c,DirectX-compliant Sound Card

Alternative names: Draken sang: The Dark Eye, Drakonsang: The Dark Eye, Drakensang: The Dakr Eye, Drakensang: The Dark Eyi, Drakensagn: The Dark Eye.

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