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  • Summary: Lichdom: Battlemage is a first-person caster that gives the Mage the spotlight in a way never before seen in games. With limitless magical power at your disposal and brutal enemies around every corner, victory hinges on a combination of skill and strategy. You must carefully craft a vastLichdom: Battlemage is a first-person caster that gives the Mage the spotlight in a way never before seen in games. With limitless magical power at your disposal and brutal enemies around every corner, victory hinges on a combination of skill and strategy. You must carefully craft a vast array of spells and learn to cast them in the heat of combat. You are your spells! The Lichdom: Battlemage spell crafting system offers an enormous range of customization. Every Mage is the product of crafted magic that reflects the individual's play style. Whether you prefer to target your foes from a safe distance, wade into combat and unleash your power at point-blank range, or pit your enemies against each other, endless spell customization lets you become the Mage you want to be. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Oct 24, 2014
    80
    After the first 5 hours I was delighted with Lichdom, shocked by its awesomeness even. Then repetitiveness reared its ugly head and my enthusiasm started fading, especially when around the 12 hour mark (when the game should have ended for its own sake) I realized that the story is far from over. Anyhow, Lichdom has a spark that makes you want to come back to it and the spell crafting system is truly amazing. It’s just better to enjoy it in small doses. [Nov 2014, p.68]
  2. Aug 28, 2014
    80
    Lichdom: Battlemage makes being a magic user feel properly badass, and if there’s a little bit of homework involved in creating the spells necessary for badass-dom? That’s just the price of being a mage.
  3. Sep 15, 2014
    80
    With an remarkably robust spell crafting system and spectacularly entertaining combat, Lichdom: Battlemage finally brings the glory to the magic user that it has long deserved.
  4. Aug 26, 2014
    70
    Lichdom: Battlemage is a fun, if shortsighted RPG with some fantastic upsides. Is it worth the asking price of $40? I’d say no at this point, and hold out for a Steam sale. It’s definitely something fans of the old Hexen will enjoy, but fans of open ended RPGs will find Xaviant’s game lacking. A solid effort, but not quite what I’d hoped for after seeing the game at PAX East this year.
  5. Sep 9, 2014
    70
    But even if the spell creation had been perfect and as pretty as much of the graphics are, the adventure is just too scripted and too predictably paced, and the combat is too backpeddally to recommend highly.
  6. Sep 15, 2014
    68
    The combat-system is working nicely and intuitively. Creating thousands of spells is quite fun – for a while. The levels often seem to be just never ending corridors, filled with hundreds of the same type of monsters. Boss-fights are challenging but can be very frustrating as well because of the complex mechanics the game uses for damage and control.
  7. Sep 30, 2014
    40
    Editing in game design is as important as it is in writing or filmmaking. Get to the point. Respect both the time and financial investment of your audience. Above all else, don't send me chasing after the goddamn lorry.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 35
  2. Negative: 11 out of 35
  1. Aug 28, 2014
    10
    Lichdom Battlemage is a heavy, fast, and mean game. You are dropped into a beautiful world and then set free to destroy everything in sight.Lichdom Battlemage is a heavy, fast, and mean game. You are dropped into a beautiful world and then set free to destroy everything in sight. Be prepared because some of the content is a little extreme, and it gets even more intense as the characters develop. The spells are powerfully wicked and the blasts feel very satisfying somehow. The art is amazing, and I love the music, which is scary and fantastic. It is well worth my $40. Expand
  2. Dec 10, 2014
    10
    This game has a very well crafted world, along with what I find believable characters and a compelling story. The graphics and art style isThis game has a very well crafted world, along with what I find believable characters and a compelling story. The graphics and art style is very serious and realistic, with fantastic locations.
    Combat in Lichdom: Battlemage is repetitive, however I don't understand how it is more repetitive than 99% of other games. The combat is fluent and fits into the game, and a variety of enemies and locations keeps it quite interesting.
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  3. Aug 28, 2014
    9
    Lichdom Battlemage is a great game. There are a few minor issues but considering what some companies pass off as release ready software thisLichdom Battlemage is a great game. There are a few minor issues but considering what some companies pass off as release ready software this game is a diamond by comparison. The art is really good the music is phenomenal. This game for 39.99 is a STELLAR bargain, they could have charged 59.99 for it and it would be worth it, at this price point its a must play for people that like this mix of gameplay. Expand
  4. Sep 3, 2014
    7
    The game itself has a pretty straight forward gameplay. It has a beautiful enviroment but the enemies are everywhere! The story is plain andThe game itself has a pretty straight forward gameplay. It has a beautiful enviroment but the enemies are everywhere! The story is plain and not comprehensible but the fighting system is good. All in all a solid game. 7/10 Expand
  5. Sep 4, 2014
    6
    Great graphics, great voice acting... And sadly, that pretty much sums it up. Only 8 spells available despite the fake advertising "ofGreat graphics, great voice acting... And sadly, that pretty much sums it up. Only 8 spells available despite the fake advertising "of thousands of spells". You can modify the spells to a degree, and with a "degree" I mean changing a burst DPS spell to a DOT spell, because not much more is allowed, and most of the time, the animation/magic visual effect does not even change. My advice to those wanting to play the game: put those 40€ in Skyrim and download some magic mods. It will be an overall better experience as a "battlemage". Period. Expand
  6. Sep 10, 2014
    5
    +++ Pros +++

    1. Graphics and effects are really good. 2. Soundtrack,background sfx and voiceovers are also good. 3. 4 Episodes campaign
    +++ Pros +++

    1. Graphics and effects are really good.
    2. Soundtrack,background sfx and voiceovers are also good.
    3. 4 Episodes campaign divided in sections is ok (perhaps we can get more in DLC or expansions).
    4. Various spells and customization to your playstyle.
    5. Enemies and their variations are (plus bosses and minibosses) interesting.

    --- Cons ---

    1. No Co-op (there are 2 characters ready in campaign) or versus multiplayer (mages vs witches would be a blast).
    2. Forced Autoaim (no crosshair), no jump, no sprint (only run), no melee or kick (very lame), no inventory (no trading).
    3. Pathetic motion blur is ON (hidden in custom settings) and when you get hit the screen gets blurred (blur filter - cannot be turn off).
    4. Only one difficulty and the game cheats (player has extra wide collision, enemies unlimited spawning, no collision when they shoot through each other, 4000 HP later in the game and minibosses or champions 50000 HP,less and less checkpoints and so on).
    5. Ocasional crashes during gameplay and loading (especially loading effects).

    Serious Sam: Mage Edition. If you like games like Heretic, Hexen, Painkiller, Serious Sam or Dark Messiah,this game might be right for you.
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  7. Aug 30, 2014
    0
    If you want to play this game for free, stare at your desktop, hold the mouse button for 3 seconds to charge a spell, then release. OnceIf you want to play this game for free, stare at your desktop, hold the mouse button for 3 seconds to charge a spell, then release. Once again, hold the mouse button for 3 seconds to charge a spell, then release. Repeat. Expand

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