Dark Messiah demo now available

PC sampling of Arkane Studios' first-person fantasy game hits the Web; 1.45GB demo now available for download from GameSpot.

Half-Life 2 worked great as a first-person shooter, but fantasy fans may have thought it lacked a few things--namely swords and sorcery. Ubisoft's upcoming game Dark Messiah of Might and Magic should satisfy those customers. The first-person shooter/slasher/spellcaster is set in a familiar fantasy world and runs on the same engine that powered HL2, Valve's Source engine.

Dark Messiah of Might and Magic doesn't come out until October, but Ubisoft isn't waiting until then to let gamers give the FPS a whirl. A single-player demo was released today and is now available for download from GameSpot. The demo weighs in at 1.45GB and lets players try out the warrior, mage, and assassin classes in the world of Ashan.

Dark Messiah of Might and Magic is being developed by Arkane Studios (Arx Fatalis) and has not yet been priced or rated. For more information on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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74 comments
jim0n
jim0n

Quote from alanorman: "The "improved" Source engine that is utilized by DM looks to have many optimization flaws." Well, keep in mind that this is a demo and they haven't finished optimizing it. Heck, the game isn't finished yet. Anyway, the demo runs fine on my Radeon X600 at 1024x768 with full bells(and whistles) except antialiasing so I imagine the full game will still be as hardware-friendly as Half-Life 2 Episode One. You know what got me hooked? You can shoot yourself in the foot with the bow. LOL the only game I remember where you can do that was Fallout(accidentally of course).

jeffsublett
jeffsublett

this better be the best darn demo ever for how big a file it is, too bad i wont be able to play it until morning :(

mateen1808
mateen1808

the demo is o.k. the engine is good, i ran it no lag w/ my fx 5200 the only problem i have w/ it the opponents are waty too hard, ur not encouraged to use the enviernment, ur forced too.... but aside from that, its pretty good, im anxious to see what happens next

JoeAsakura
JoeAsakura

Visit my blog on my profile for a full article on my impressions on the game! Video blog coming soon.

alanorman
alanorman

My first approach to this title was a failure. I felt discouraged because I found that my PC spec. is not enough to play this game with mid+ detail settings. I played for about 10 mins and stopped. I decided to give it another try and boy i am jappy I did that! I decreased graphics details and the game got an immediate boost. The "improved" Source engine that is utilized by DM looks to have many optimization flaws. They improved its funcionality at the cost of efficiency. Thus, the game becomes very hardware-dependent - by far more than HL2 was. The shortest way to improve framerate is to equip you PC with one of the latest video cards (7800GT/X1800 and above). The CPU frequency seems to be significantly less relevant here. Still it made quite an impression on me. I liked the dynamic gameplay with raw, brutal fighting experience. This is only the second RPG game (besides Oblivion) which features such raw and very physical fighting system. I heard opinions that DM is likely to become a hack'n'slash title just because of its figthing physics and mechanics. I think that this will depend on the presence of other RPG elements in the game. But afterall, even if DM will indeed be more slaying than adventuring, it will still be a masterpiece in its class. I am looking forward to getting this title.

astor47
astor47

Anybody knows if this game will run in my geforce fx5200

shumaza
shumaza

**A FIX FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T GET THE DEMO TO RUN!!!* ok this is for everyone who is having trouble getting it to run!! right click the shortcut, go down to propertys and click the compatability tab when you get into it check the "disable visual themes" box and it will start up. some of the lighting and magic effects are gonna be kinda screwy but it's not so much a problem as to be unbarable

_Sam_
_Sam_

that's a big file!

madrisu
madrisu

It's strange, I downloaded this demo with all intentions of deleting it 5 mins after playing. Since I didnt think it would run on my POS graphics card (geforce 5200 XFX). But, it ran brillantly smooth like half-life2 does (probably because the steam engine works well on my card). But I bought Oblivion awhile ago and had to return it since it did 2fps on all low settings. This game game about 2/3 the graphics power and it ran litteratly 20x smoother.

big_papa_smurf
big_papa_smurf

Yea im having a rough time trying to install it on a different drive. I don't have enough room on my C, but have plently on my F drive, but its just not letting me install it there.

shumaza
shumaza

Same here.. got it off fileplanet last night and every time i try and run it o get mm.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience. and i have to shut it down

kil3r
kil3r

WTF i cant even run it can some1 help me out???

GothicAssassin
GothicAssassin

im pissed off, the game is giving me problems, it installs fine from what i can tell but once i try to run it i get some kind graphical problem...all my video drivers are supported and up to date so what the ****

jogert
jogert

for as short as the demo was, i'm surrpised by how big the file was. the demo lasted only 25 minutes. however, i did like the melee combat system, very intense. very scenic, fun gameplay, good use of havoc physics. they really know what they're doing. on the downside, sometimes when i load a saved game, the game would freeze up and change frames about ever 2 seconds.

3pwood
3pwood

Pretty enjoyable overall. Some of the best melee combat I've seen in a first person game. I'm pretty disappointed that mana does not regenerate on it's own. Currently, you need to use a potion every two or three spells...it's irritating, to say the least. Oh, and someone on the first page asked if widescreen was supported. Yes it is. I didn't try it, but I noticed the option.

lxc89816
lxc89816

too Short but I like it..~ wait the game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

topeira
topeira

is there ANY WAY to install this demo to any harddrive other than c:?!?! i trying to install it on d: (since i have no room in c:) and the damn demo kept on trying to install itself to c: and saying that i dont need to have any free disk space on d: but i do need 2.8GB on c:, which i dont even have half of it! why oh why cant i install the stupid thing to any other drive?!?! can anyone help solve this rediculous problem?

shagath
shagath

Short but so terrific. I'm so waiting for this game. I loved the daggers.

dukerav
dukerav

Short Demo.. But O so sweet. I am now pre-ordering.

mrblah00
mrblah00

the second level was amazing looking. This game better be nice an long. The only thing I hated was how enemies would constantly respawn from a magical doorway, I dont know what the point is of that. I hope they remove that since how is this game supposed to be stealthy if enemies keep coming and coming?

evilbanshee
evilbanshee

Gunslinger24 He's referring to how 360 owners are always asking for PC games to come to their system. Their presence on PC boards is irritating, to say the least.

acdcwroks7
acdcwroks7

yea i got 17 hours for the download but im gonna wait!

Gunslinger24
Gunslinger24

Yeah mines gunna take all day and then some... and what did Charlie 2688 mean by : "p.s. I knew it, the 360 fans...AGAIN...wanting everything ported...whatever..."

uholbrx
uholbrx

Does it support widescreen? Anyone?

JunoFallon
JunoFallon

Pretty certain after that demo, that the game is going to most likely be huge. Very fun and lots of different ways to dispatch your enemies. :)

dryden555
dryden555

Good demo to see how the combat works but yea its pretty darn short for such a huge download

spitfire1856
spitfire1856

This demo was a Ton of fun! The graphics look great, it plays great on my machine, the combat and effects were awesome, quite a bit like Fable, I love the decapitating move with a melee weapon when you reach full stamina, it looks wicked in slow motion. All the blood looks great, it covers your weapon and spurts into the air when you impale your victim. Kicking your victim is nice too, overall there are many more combat options then oblivion, which you would expect from an FPS, but it's still very nice. Anyway, i'm almost certain I will get this at launch, I would advise this to anyone.

darfvader
darfvader

nice dems lately, this juarez, coh beta.

doolies
doolies

Yar, i'll either have to steal my GF's Internet or try get this overnight + overday on my ISDN128k :(

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

I'm going to have to let my computer download this demo over night! :o

SpiderFreak
SpiderFreak

..That was one of the shortest demos I've ever played...And it's over 1GB. The combat is fun, but...I can count the number of people you get to fight on my fingers of a few of my toes. In the ENTIRE DEMO. Sure, there were some interesting ideas, and again, the combat WAS fun. But it just wasn't enough. It felt more like playing an interactive trailer than a demo. SF

pjgarth
pjgarth

This demo was alot of fun.

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Finally, a Source engine game that doesn't require to connect to the damn ugly Steam network.

dukerav
dukerav

WOOT, awesome, and any other word I cant think of atm.

BounceDK
BounceDK

Download took ages, demo was over in 15 minutes. This sucks bigtime.

NightZephyr
NightZephyr

Who cares if it comes to 360 - i love my 360, but my pc hasnt gotten a good gaming work out in a while - hopefully the final product warrants a purchase and i can start excersicing the hermit half of my gaming person.

slow-pc
slow-pc

Currently getting 1412K a second... eta.... 21 minutes.

mrblah00
mrblah00

YES! I had no idea a demo was coming out.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

I'm telling you guys, stay away from FilePlanet if you want to download this file from there. I've been going for almost 4 hours with just under 4 more to go. My cable modem is barely getting a sweat.

Charlie2688
Charlie2688

That seems like a very big file for a game thats looking ver impressive p.s. I knew it, the 360 fans...AGAIN...wanting everything ported...whatever...

SoulSlayer_
SoulSlayer_

To people that complain about the filesize: Welcome to 2006

4esth
4esth

Why is everyone complaining about the file size? Do you really think they will be able to keep the size down as graphics continue to improve? Wait for a magazine demo or something.

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

Dern thing froze ma Laptop! Oh, well. A gig was WAY too big for a demo anyway...

Jac5232
Jac5232

Pretty cool. Short by demo standards though. At least it ran smoothly on recommended specs. (actually I upped the specs a tiny bit, Water Reflection and Filtering by one notch) Note I have a P4 3.0 GHz, 1 GIG of RAM, and a X700 Pro. P.S. Recommended specs included HDR on full.

4esth
4esth

West coast high speed server was capped at 91kb, switched to East and now I'm getting 410k/sec