• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Feb 23, 2009
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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 theIn 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. Gamers.at
    87
    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. In many ways Drakensang is a throwback, a swansong to the party-based RPGs of yesteryear, yet somehow it doesn’t feel dated.
  3. The sum of its parts does not always equal the end score. This is a good, quality title that has few bugs, an engaging story and maybe more than a few cliches.
  4. A huge role-playing game in its purest form, and you won't find any simplifications typical of today's games.
  5. It's a solid localization effort, and there is deep character customization, challenging combat and an entertaining, if riskless, fantasy tale.
  6. 70
    Drakensang is ultimately a rich and polished experience, and fans of the old party-based PC RPG design will find the same virtues and flaws that come with this type of game.
  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: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  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 - wayAgonizingly 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 hitOne 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 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. May 3, 2011
    9
    Drakensang takes a little time to get used to but is a solid, well-made RPG in an age where "real" RPGs are becoming more and more sparse.Drakensang takes a little time to get used to but is a solid, well-made RPG in an age where "real" RPGs are becoming more and more sparse. Some of the voice-acting is not the best in the world, but overall it doesn't take away from the game. Combat is a lot of fun, as it takes the same form as Dungeon Siege/Dragon Age/etc, having its own unique skills and spells but generally having the same kind of gameplay. Hopefully these guys can do some more work before EA or another big gaming conglomerate gets their claws into them. Expand
  5. 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 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
  6. Dec 30, 2011
    7
    Despite the weak story, this is a good old school party based RPG, much like Baldurs Gate/Neverwinter Nights seires but of course in very goodDespite the weak story, this is a good old school party based RPG, much like Baldurs Gate/Neverwinter Nights seires but of course in very good 3D graphics. Although nothing really stands out as different than those games in the same type, it's still fun to play. The game does have some flaws. First thing you will notice is the bad camera, though it's not clunky enough to ruin things but just feels very uncomfortable. The other thing that not very good is the linear gameplay and dialogue. There are nearly no story branching in this game and combat gets repetitive the more you play. At last the game's journal system is poorly written and it does not offer enough information for quests, so most time you have to run around to find the destination. Generally Drakensang is a game for die-hard RPG fans, but I do not recommend this to people just play RPG for stories. Expand
  7. Apr 13, 2020
    0
    C'est un jeu de rôle à l'allemande, c'est-à-dire un peu rustre et souvent emmerdant sur les bords. Ce n'est pas bien grave, les Allemands fontC'est un jeu de rôle à l'allemande, c'est-à-dire un peu rustre et souvent emmerdant sur les bords. Ce n'est pas bien grave, les Allemands font d'excellentes voitures mais en ce qui concerne les jeux vidéo... non, c'est pas leur truc en fait !

    Ici donc, on nage dans de la fantasy nunuche et concon, pour ne pas dire carrément conne. Pas aussi conne ni aussi niaise qu'une fientaisie des Final Fientasy mais quand même ! Combats, dialogues, histoire, monde : tout ça est incroyablement fade et générique et tout ici, tout dégage de l'ennui à des doses plus ou moins élevées...

    L'interface et la présentation générale ont également de graves soucis d'ergonomie et l'ensemble laisse l'impression que tout a été pensé pour vous mettre des bâtons dans les roues... à l'insu de leur plein gré sans doute ou exprès (?) on ignore ce qui est le pire...

    Côte technique, c'est fort joli comme jeu et pas ridicule même de nos jours... mais la direction artistique manque de goût, de talent et d'originalité ; par ailleurs, si on compare à un Dragon Age Origins par exemple (sorti la même année), ce Drakensang fait pâle figure... d'autant qu'il tourne trop souvent comme une patate a contrario du jeu de Bioware, lequel était déjà un brin exigeant (quand même) !

    En conséquence de quoi, voilà un jeu de rôle à éviter qui sent trop l'amateurisme à la petite semaine et qui croule sous les problèmes : passez votre chemin !
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