Awesome concept, great fun, but will it run?

User Rating: 8.2 | Dark Messiah of Might and Magic PC
I love roleplaying games, and this may end up being on my top ten PC list. The class system is very exciting, and the screenshots look great. Even on lowered settings, the scenery is beautiful and engrossing. The voice acting so far has been above par, and I'm excited about continuing to learn the intricacies of the combat system. The environmental interactivity adds a lot to the game, making the whole experience more real. The combat is likewise more location specific, which although bloodier, again adds to the experience of being in a real fight. The physics and use of objects as weapons or shields is one of a kind in the roleplaying world; finally roleplaying borrows from FEAR.

However, despite all its wonderful qualities, to help direct potential buyers, I felt obliged to focus my review on expanding upon the extensive system requirements of the game. Several reviews mention that this game requires a good system, but that's an understatement. My computer meets all the 'recommended requirements' (exceeds on graphics) and was purchased about six months ago. However, even on 'recommended settings' in-game, I've experienced choppy frame rate, sound stutter, and up to eight minutes load time to new chapters. What I've played of the game has been as awesome as everyone has been reporting; but buyer beware, if you aren't on the hottest system to date, this may not be the game for you. I'm sure that lowering the graphics to the less-than-recommended settings will help, but I can't help being a bit disappointed.

I think I will enjoy this game more in a year, when my computer upgrades will vastly exceed the system requirements, and I can experience the complete beauty it has to offer.