GC '07: Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements Impressions

We see what's new with Ubisoft's fantasy action game at Leipzig.

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Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements seemed to have captured the magic of the PC original when we recently saw it on display at the Leipzig Games Convention. This Xbox 360 version will feature four new levels, plus all the magic, swordplay, traps, trolls, spiders, and adventure of the original.

Unlike the PC version, you won't hone your skills through use; rather, you'll pick a class and automatically increase the skills associated with that class by simply leveling up. This looks to be a more streamlined, intuitive system targeted at the slightly less micromanagerial console gamer. Our presenter seemed to have picked the warrior, and as the presentation began, he parked his horse near a gorgeous waterfall and went searching for a magical orb.

However, before he found the orb, he discovered an evil soldier standing on a cliff admiring the waterfall. With a quick kick to the posterior, he helped him experience the fall to its utmost. From there, he arrived at a bridge blocked by boxes, which he simply kicked out of the way. This displayed the Source engine's impressive physics capabilities, not to mention your character's powerful right foot.

Once across, the player was attacked by a warrior. He immediately locked on and circled the foe in a short dance of death. The enemy attacked, the hero parried, counterattacked, and won the battle as his foe fell lifelessly to earth. From there, we entered a dark cave, where the presenter activated light vision, which allowed him to see in the dark and bestowed an odd, watery effect on the outlying edges of the screen.

Upon emerging from the cave, our presenter was attacked by more foes. Because he'd built up adrenaline from the previous fight, he was able to slow down time and deliver deadly blows to both his attackers near instantly. After his frenzy subsided, he killed another enemy warrior by throwing a barrel at him, and then he kicked a zombie into some nearby spikes to show how the environment would play a huge role in combat.

This factor was especially driven home in the boss fight against the huge spider at the end of the dungeon. The spider was fast and aggressive, but no match for the giant concrete blocks hanging from the ceiling by ropes. The presenter simply got some space between himself and the spider, then cut a rope as the spider shambled across the room toward him. The falling block did major damage, and it was only a matter of time before the arachnid crumpled.

That concluded our glimpse into the strange new world of Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements, although we heard that multiplayer gameplay and other options were being considered. When we know more, we'll tell you more, like the fact that this game should ship sometime in the first quarter of 2008.

Discussion

12 comments
LPH79
LPH79

This game almost looks like Oblivion which i really like so i think this could turn out to be a really good game.

devin-
devin-

ubisoft isnt going to do just that, and expect this game to be delayed soon. arkane studios isnt working with this title this time, i just know that they are doing a lot more with the game than just adding stuff, and your right, the storyline would have to be changed.

DoomZaW
DoomZaW

only 4 levels more cant do it... and a predetermined story doesn't make it better, when its supposed to be a half rpg game. Even without it, they HAVE to tune the difficulty, before i will even get a slight thought of just renting it

Zee666
Zee666

Ugh, first player view RPG, what the hell.!

MaxPayneJr
MaxPayneJr

This game doesn't let to explore. You follow a predetermined story

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

This sounds and looks great, ill definately be getting it, seems much better than Two Worlds. Glad to see they're using the Source engine as it blows all other engines away.

jimi_man
jimi_man

Multiplayers in, only 12 players max though, but there adding more maps, and game modes.

dimsey
dimsey

Considered? I'd hope multiplayer would actually be IN. The multiplayer on the PC version is one of the things that attracted me to this game, but alas my PC stinks so it isn't a happening thing. If they leave in the multiplayer, I'll be very happy.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Meh. Looks like an almost straight port of the PC version and a few new maps won't save Dark Messiah of Might and Magic.

blacknight101
blacknight101

can't find the PC one so i might pick up this one intstead! sounds awsome.

ganon92
ganon92

If this turns out much better than the PC version (which i own) then maybe i'll get it.

megamega777
megamega777

that would be kickin' to use your surroundings to your advantage (or enemy's depending if they got a very good AI)