Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 100
    If you are a fan of classic roleplaying games then Wizardry 8 is a must. If you haven't played one then try it out. It's just too good to miss.
  2. Hearts and souls have been poured into Wizardry 8 and it shows. [Mar 2002, p.87]
  3. Spans over 80 hours of active gameplay, not to mention all possible variations of certain quests...definitely one of the best RPGs this year.
  4. If Wizardry 8 truly is the last game in the series proper, its engaging and addictive gameplay and surprisingly good graphics and sound make it a worthy finale to the Wizardry series, as well as an excellent RPG in and of itself.
  5. One of the most enjoyable parts of the game lies in crafting and later developing your party.
  6. An extremely entertaining RPG and one I see myself returning to over and over, even after some 60 hours clocked.
  7. A must-have for any veteran or new RPG fan. With the design incorporating the best of the genre and eliminating the rough edges, the character building, combat, questing, and a never-ending supply of monsters and items will keep you playing for a very long time.
  8. There truly is something for every fan of the genre within the many hours of game play. Fans of the more spoon-fed console RPGs may be a bit turned off by the openness and non-linearity of the story, but you are doing yourself a disservice if you fail to pick this game up at least to try it out.
  9. An engrossing game that outdoes its strong but rambling predecessors. It’s the crown of a groundbreaking series. [Feb 2002, p.64]
  10. It's a lot of fun, features some good writing and an engaging story, and is the best first person RPG experience I have had in years.
  11. 88
    It has everything you could possibly ask for in a roleplaying game and then some.
  12. The number of things you can do with your parties and characters seem infinite, and it brings a personal feel to the experience that I haven't experienced in a long time...a dream come true for old-school RPGers.
  13. It might prove to be a bit frustrating for the casual RPG player, but those who enjoy the genre will be pleased by the intriguing world and huge amount of gameplay provided by Wizardry 8.
  14. Even the most jaded fans of the series should be delighted with the enormous strides in quality Sir-Tech took with this title.
  15. The game in many ways is an anachronism, with gameplay little changed from earlier versions of Wizardry, and marred by some truly awful 2D/3D renderings.
  16. Overall, wish they'd focused more on world design (making it larger) than the jokes.
  17. 75
    While over time I came to appreciate the vastness, complexity, and sheer amount of love and labor poured into this project, I never fell so in love with the game that I could overlook its flaws.
  18. Seasoned role-playing game fans certainly will enjoy the "old school" look and feel of "Wizardry 8," and there's certainly some meaty, single-player game play here. But younger or novice gamers may lose patience because of the relatively unattractive visuals and technical obstacles.
  19. If you were one of the ones that sobbed every time "Return to Krondor" was delayed, you'll go through Wizardry like an adult going through their childhood home. In some ways, it's a piece of living history.
  20. 60
    It's a shame, because this game, while merely good, does hint at the possibility of a truly great RPG, given another development cycle or two.
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. May 29, 2012
    10
    The swan song of the old-school RPG. Where its peers like Might and Magic and Ultima went out with a whimper, the Wizardry series did it withThe swan song of the old-school RPG. Where its peers like Might and Magic and Ultima went out with a whimper, the Wizardry series did it with a triumphant bang. There's a decent story which wraps up the trilogy neatly, but the game's focus is on its rich tactical combat system and deep character customization. The interface is finely polished, the multitude of character races and classes nearly perfectly balanced, and the voice acting by turns quirky, uproarious, and endearing. An absolute classic. Full Review »
  2. Dec 11, 2010
    10
    Wizardry 8 is a last shard of an Era of old-school RPG. In the times, when BioWare was beginning to replace good-old RPG by character-centredWizardry 8 is a last shard of an Era of old-school RPG. In the times, when BioWare was beginning to replace good-old RPG by character-centred ones, Wizardry 8 looks like a relic from the glorious past. And this relic still can do it!

    Really hard fights - especially on high levels (both of characters and gameplay), when you can meet a group of casters and fighters. Such encounters require a deep understanding of gameplay mechanics, character abilities, weak spots of both your squad and enemies.

    Really epic possibility to create endless set of character combinations (lots of classes, lots of races, and each combo really influences gameplay style): a squad of wizards or fighters, or a mixed dream-team? They all can reach the final, but, possibly, some of them - with MUCH more troubles.

    Stylish! Long time ago forgotten idea of mix of hardcore sci-fi and sword-and-sorcery fantasy (nowadays replaced with Asian idea of "let's draw lots of nice stuff and not even try to explain why the heck this all is lying in one pile") looks brutally elegant. Giant metal constructions and starships of space empires are placed along with giant trees of spiritualist squirrels, monks, fish psionics... Ah, good old sci-fi!

    Elegant ending of epic story. The game everyone must play to see how it was before, and to understand - these games have placed the base for modern concept of RPG. Sometimes I miss such games, their endless replayability and solid foundation.
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  3. AJH
    Sep 23, 2009
    10
    Sirtech ended with a bang, and a big one. The Wizardry series relates to 80s and 90s games fans through first person view and a small amount Sirtech ended with a bang, and a big one. The Wizardry series relates to 80s and 90s games fans through first person view and a small amount of 8-bit graphics and has a secret dungeon that that uses all 8-bit graphics and turn-by-turn movement. I give this a 10/10 for a remarkable story line and exelent gameplay. Full Review »