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Average Player Score Based on 1920 ratings
8.5
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Score Breakdown Based on 1920 ratings
  1. 10 (488)
  2. 9 (716)
  3. 8 (483)
  4. 7 (156)
  5. 6 (41)
  6. 5 (16)
  7. 4 (9)
  8. 3 (4)
  9. 2 (4)
  10. 1 (3)

Most Helpful Positive Player Reviews

  • User Rating:10

    The masterpiece of my game collection.

    Arcanum is an unparalleled piece of absolute perfection. Or whatever. It is the ideal RPG. The training is non-compulsory, and easy (ish) to obtain. The skill effects and chance factors are realistic, since pickpocket in... Read Full Review

    12 of 12 users found the following review helpful

What Gamespot Users have to say about Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura

  • User Rating:8.7

    Misunderstood and overlooked gem of a title.

    Arcanum was one of those games that had all of the ingredients for success , but released under bad circumstances. At the time a few major titles had recently been released, making this one bumped lower and lower on peop... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.9

    Immersive world, open-ended gameplay, good storyline.

    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 ... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.1

    What a detailed and glorious new step for the genre. It is packed with ambience and tiny details that make all great games significant. But be careful! Open up your inventory page in cities and don't expect everything to... Read Full Review

    7 of 13 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8

    A great RPG from the makers of Fallout that is a near-classic.

    I played the Arcanum demo when it first came out because I knew that some of the original Fallout team developed it. I was really impressed by the different game universe Arcanum was set in - this is the main thing that ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5

    Classic: Troika's first effort

    Let's be honest: Arcanum probably has THE COOLEST game world for any game. ever. When you see the intro movie, where a steel armor clad knight pulls a revolver and shoots a sword-totting foe running at him, you know yo... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8

    A Bittersweet Experience that sIgnaled the end of an era

    When I look at the game Arcanum, I am overcome with mixed emitons. It was the game that was very ambitious, from then newly formed Troika, whose founders, hailing from former reputed Black Isle no doubt had hoped great t... Read Full Review

    6 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.5

    A Pocket of Troika Bugs Doesn't Hinder a Whole World of Freedom

    While this opinion is often classified with the otherwise fantastic Fallout: New Vegas, I consider Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura to be the true successor to Fallout 1 & 2. Everything that made both games fantas... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.9

    Though nothing is perfect sometimes you can close a corner of your eye.

    When first launched it might not seem a graphically brilliant game, but when it comes to the big picture it just drives you mad (in a good sense). At first this game can be found a little unsuitable for the mass rpg mark... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5

    For avid RPGers, you can't get much better than this.

    This is a game that shows just how far you can take a RPG to give the gamer as much control over the universe around him as possible. This game is totally immersive, but I will recommend it only for the serious RPG enth... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.2

    This Masterpiece exemplefies everything that one looks for in an RPG. Interaction, Environment, and Depth in its Story!

    Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura defines the genre of Role-playing games. In Arcanum you are taken to a world in the midst of an industrial revolution. Mixed reactions amongst its denizens at the causes of technol... Read Full Review

    9 of 15 users found the following review helpful