Drakensang: The River of Time PC

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  • Summary: Starting in Aventuria�s Middenrealm in the city of Ferdok, the story of the games takes players down the Great River to the city of Nadoret. Many mythical legends entwine around thisStarting in Aventuria�s Middenrealm in the city of Ferdok, the story of the games takes players down the Great River to the city of Nadoret. Many mythical legends entwine around this river and will also flow into the main plot. The story will contain more twists than in Drakensang: With every place the player visits, his view on things will change. Depending on the choice of character and behavior new opportunities and series of quest will come up. Expand
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  1. PC Gamer
    May 18, 2011
    80
    It's not fancy, but Drakensang: The River of Time is a well-made RPG in the tradition of the genre's classics. [July 2011, p.64]
  2. Mar 11, 2011
    70
    While The River of Time has its fair share of technical flaws, the story, and combat in the game more than make up for this. Also, the game is only $20 which helps one overlook its shortcomings. The game quietly slipped onto the market at the start of the year, which is a shame because it certainly deserves the attention of RPG fans.
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  1. Mar 17, 2011
    10
    I am giving this game a 10, simply because it is an outstanding value at $20! Probably the best gaming value I have gotten this year -I am giving this game a 10, simply because it is an outstanding value at $20! Probably the best gaming value I have gotten this year - including quite a few bargains obtained during the holiday sale at steam! I am only a few hours into the title and it has great graphics with some wonderful particle and atmospheric effects. Voice acting is the one weak point - it isn't bad, but probably not the same level of quality found in the original German release. Gameplay seems great, a traditional RPG experience for those disappointed in the action click-crapfest that wad Dragon Age 2. The gaming system is close enough to original AD & D rules that you can pick up the basics easily enough. Recommended! Expand
  2. Feb 17, 2012
    10
    A fantastic rpg that is alot like the old school rpgs from back in the day.

    This series reminds me somewhat of old D&D games like Baldurs
    A fantastic rpg that is alot like the old school rpgs from back in the day.

    This series reminds me somewhat of old D&D games like Baldurs Gate, Icewind Dale,etc.. mixed with a little Ultima and Divine Divnity.

    To be honest I have enjoyed these Drakensang games more then most of the popular rpgs these days like Oblivion, Dragon Age 2, Fallout3, etc.. Its more about roleplaying and the game world then it is about action action action.

    Some might be turned off by the difficulty of the series, but if you spend some time with it you will be rewarded with a very deep rpg that is full with things to do.

    Do yourself a favor and go buy all the Drakensang games you can find!!!!
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  3. Feb 12, 2011
    10
    At first I was concerned when this game started slowly, but it really picked up and showed to be a surprisingly deep RPG with lots ofAt first I was concerned when this game started slowly, but it really picked up and showed to be a surprisingly deep RPG with lots of complexity, character, and fun. Revisiting previous locations on the river brings up a whole new set of great sidequests that have you combing all over for good weapons and prizes. I'm hooked! I just finished this game. It has a very epic, satisfying ending. All those of you who
    like hardcore RPGs, you would like this. It's got a learning curve, but dammit
    this is something worth exploring. You will enjoy beating down the end boss....
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  4. Jan 30, 2011
    9
    Classic rpg meets modern mechanics. Drakensang: The River of Time, is a splendid blend. It flawlessly mixes the PnP system with modernized RPGClassic rpg meets modern mechanics. Drakensang: The River of Time, is a splendid blend. It flawlessly mixes the PnP system with modernized RPG mechanics. The Drakensang series is truly a masterpiece which will be remembered for years to come. The game itself is easy to transition into, even if the player has no current understanding of PnP style games. There are many helpful tips that pop-up and explain what is what. Every attribute, talent and skill is laid out in simple mathematics. The learning curve is not very steep. The Nebula Device Open source engine is amazing, the graphics are delightful and easy on the eyes. The subtle yet beautiful gaming backdrops, add to the atmosphere. You really can immerse yourself in this game, like Baldur's Gate, Dragon Age, Icewind, Fallout etc. The under $20 US is a bargain, though Radon Labs filed for bankruptcy and was bought out by Bigpoint games, Drakensang III is scheduled for European release in 2011, look for it sometime to be released in the states by 2012. Expand
  5. Mar 7, 2011
    8
    If you've been recounting the glory days of oldschool CRPGs while kids fart around with Dragon Age and the like, this game's for you.If you've been recounting the glory days of oldschool CRPGs while kids fart around with Dragon Age and the like, this game's for you. Challenging tactical combat, a long, interesting campaign and an upbeat, lighthearted nature help make Drakensang - The River of Time a treat.

    Instead of being overly serious or dark and somber, Drakensang - The River of Time has a sort of innocent, whimsical nature to it all. Sometimes the story deals with things that aren't so sunny, but the quirky characters and charming interactions coat everything in a layer of jovialty that's pretty infectious. The material isn't laugh-out-loud funny, but it serves to make the world and characters more endearing.

    The game's graphics are quite good. No, this will not rival Crysis, but there are some beautiful sights to take in during your time in Aventuria. Animations are done well, though some are often out of place ala a character threatening you while making a sort of friendly gesture. Characters are zoomed in on during discussions which lets you appreciate the amount of detail that went into the faces. Character models sometimes border on greatness, with corrupt politicians being 4 feet tall, ball shaped with a pencil-thin moustache and pig-like features. Drakensang certainly has a sense of humor that it displays often which is really refreshing in a time of neverending super serious, brown, drab games.

    The River of Time requires a certain amount of strategy which may turn some gamers off. Don't come in thinking you'll steamroll your way to the end credits -- even on the easy setting you're going to need to pause the combat and formulate some strategies to come out victorious in the various encounters. You'll also need to take direct control of individual party members to issue specific commands to tip the scale in your favor. The strategizing involved makes battles, especially boss fights, feel immensely satisfying once you emerge victorious.

    For all the good there is to say about Drakensang - The River of Time, there is some bad as well. The game doesn't get off to a particularly interesting start, unless you find gathering supplies to make camp for the night and fetch-questing around a somewhat confusing city to be riveting. Once the game picks up though it's hard to put down. Another negative is the voice acting. Some of it is decent, while a good chunk of it is almost embarassing. The voice of Ardo and Forgrimm, two main characters, are done well, while another main character, Cano the thief, has a downright awful voice actor. The quality ranges from professionals to "hey, guy, come in here and read this line into a mic," though on the whole it isn't too distracting.

    If you've got $20 and an interest in oldschool, challenging CRPGs, Drakensang - The River of Time is a no-brainer. It's engaging, its world and characters charming, and its battles satisfying. Give it an honest try and you may end up enjoying yourself unexpectedly.
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  6. Jaz
    Feb 23, 2013
    8
    An old school cRPG in a modern dress (better graphics). Lots of class choices, secondary skills etc. Only story is too predictable but stillAn old school cRPG in a modern dress (better graphics). Lots of class choices, secondary skills etc. Only story is too predictable but still nice. Highly recommended. Expand
  7. May 20, 2011
    5
    Can't say I liked this game. Graphically outdated and somewhat "pokemonish" , awkward controls, terrible voice acting and dialogs. The onlyCan't say I liked this game. Graphically outdated and somewhat "pokemonish" , awkward controls, terrible voice acting and dialogs. The only reason to lay this game is to have some group-based rpg experience, as vast majority of recent titles are one-person game. Unfortunately this experience will not be of the best quality. Expand

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