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  • Summary: In the legendary continent of heroes, adventure and mysteries, something is on the move. And it’s an event which role players have been eagerly awaiting ever since the Nordland Trilogy.With "Aventuria: Drakensang", dtp and Radon Labs are once again bringing Aventuria to the monitors of the role-playing community.Welcome to Aventuria, welcome to a new adventure! The story centres around Ferdok, an important trading city on the Great River.
    The feared female lancers of Ferdok and Ferdok’s famous beer have given the city a reputation throughout the continent and the humans here live in harmony with the dwarves.But despite the cheerful and peaceful atmosphere, the peace is now being shaken by a mysterious series of murders.
    Sinister figures are pursuing their dark schemes, while the fear among the population grows with every new murder.And while the adventures are still pondering whether the crimes are connected to the proclamation made by the Church of Hesinde on the tenth anniversary of the Dragonquest, they themselves are dragged into the mysterious events by a very particular murder. [Radon Labs]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. As a long-standing TDE-Fan I am literally overjoyed to delve once more into the fantastical world of Aventuria – and if it’s this well made, all the better! Though of course there’s the usual parade of odds and ends to criticize, like the missing character customization, but they’re all barely affecting the myriad ways to have fun with this title. To me, TDE:Drakensang is without a doubt the greatest RPG of German origin – Gothic 3, watch out! [Issue#15]
  2. A very solid role playing game, capable of even winning in some aspects to major videogames from this genre like The Witcher or Neverwinter Nights 2. The worst problem, though, it's a subpar storyline.
  3. But for my money, it's time well spent, as it succeeds more often than not in recapturing the spirit of some of the more highly regarded CRPG titles of the earlier part of the decade.
  4. A huge role-playing game in its purest form, and you won't find any simplifications typical of today's games.
  5. While I won’t try and tell you this game serves as a replacement for Mass Effect or Fallout 3, it is pretty well done on the whole. I hope this means Radon Labs will be working on further RPGs, as Drakensang is a series with great potential.
  6. As far as reasonable-budget party-based RPGs go, it's detailed enough to fill the months until we see whether Dragon Age is going to live up to BioWare's legacy.
  7. I will say that I have spent enough time on this game to encompass my two playthroughs of Mass Effect, or both of the Knights of the Old Republic titles. And I can honestly say that, in comparison, I didn’t enjoy one minute of it. Good-day.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Mar 20, 2011
    10
    Agonizingly slow gameplay at times, boring loot tables and perhaps a bit too much freedom spoil the game for me. It's a classic RPG - way different from the current crup of ActionRPGs out there. It has all the stats tweaks, the dice throws and all the other goodies made the old school RPGs fun, but still manages to be accessible for newbies to the classic RPG genre. Expand
  2. Oct 28, 2010
    10
    One of the crowning achievements of RPG games. The production value was tagged around two million euros. The developers over at Radon labs hit their stride and kept on going. They nailed the details, and the essence of tactical rpg games. The game is based off the Dark eye p&p game, very well titles have been released over the years, off such a well polished system. The combat rolls system rolls can take a while to grasp, for those unfamiliar with this niche of rpg's. The mathematics for the combat system are not on any physics level so, don't sweat it. The game resolves around the old pause, setup party and engage. The fights are quite challenging, the mobs will fight as if they are another player. The AI was well done in combat situations. The scripts are well written, the dialogues have options. The game lacks full range voice acting, this was obviously due to their budget. The character customization is lacking, especially on looks and cosmetics. The atmosphere and immersion is first class. I've nothing really negative to say about this game, pick it up if you're into tactical RPG's. There is possibly over 80 hours of gameplay, maybe more. Look forwards to Drakensang: River of time to be released in the 'near' future. Thanks for reading. Expand
  3. MarcusT
    Mar 17, 2009
    9
    A truly enjoyable experience. The depth of challege has kept me on my knees, especially the boss fights. I have always preferred micromanagement of each and every of the party members, so the constant pausing was never a problem. I would have to agree that the music could have been better. Expand
  4. SampaG
    Mar 10, 2009
    9
    Could become a classic since true oldschool-RPG fans had to wait for quite a long time to get something similar to Icewind Dale, without watering the gameplay down for the masses. The game has no real flaws, a nice and very fantasy-like presentation, a well-done (but not perfect) interface, a large variety of well written quests and a beautiful level design. I missed some more NPC interaction within the party, but the quests and levels easily compensate that. I would give it 8.5 out of 10, since it still could use some more refinement, but the game runs smooth and stable. Furthermore I like the more strategic and tactical, party-based gameplay and the classic fantasy setting. So if you're a fan of oldschool party RPGs (BG, Torment, IWD) it's surely worth a look. Expand
  5. Lauranda
    Apr 18, 2009
    8
    My only problem, which is worth a dock of 2 points, is the combat. The camera is a little herky jerky and it is often times hard to target an enemy with yer other party members in the way, even when changing angles. Also don't like how summoned minions will attack anything on sight...you should at least have that much control on them. Other than that, I love the visuals and sound and the fact that we finally have a new party RPG to play. I would however like to see a game soon where you make a whole party, like RPGs of old (Bard's Tale, etc). Expand
  6. DakkarD
    Jun 16, 2009
    8
    Nice game, classic RPG. Reminds me Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter. Very low requirements, can be played without dvd and it's buggy free (I haven't found a bug yet). Nice Italian translation. Suggested! Expand
  7. Jul 26, 2013
    2
    What a shame. This game had potential, but there are some huge problems that made this game unplayable for me.

    The controls are exceedingly
    bad, annoying while exploring and painfully wrong during combat. This literally killed the game for me, hence the low score. There are other problems tough. This game fails at properly introducing the player into its mechanics, and it fails at creating an interesting story and characters. Too many cliches, much too generic. I do not recommend it. Expand

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