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.
I played this game thru some time ago. Destroying Dark Savant was not pleasurable because he kinda died too fast. But this is like the only downside. The game was a masterpiece in every possible way. Music was great, atmosphere was great, combat was engaging (TURN BASED!), story was fun too.
While it's true that the graphics are sub-optimal, everything else is amazing and makes it a 10. What other game has so many great unique classes (ninja, samurai, bishop, gadgeteer, etc)?
This is one of the best party creation RPG's ever made, if that's what you're looking for.
I think that it is the best RPG turn based game EVER!
It was fun to play and I may be wrong but this is first game that had iron made mode. At least for me it was first game with this feature :)
To bad that this company is not making more games :(
Jagged Alliance creators come back!!!! :D
There are a lot of good things about Wizardry 8. It allows you to create up to 6 core party members. (You have two more slots for NPCs.) It has a lot of variety of races and classes. The spell list is extensive and the tactical combat is fairly deep. It is an old series, built upon a very free-wheeling mixture of science fiction and fantasy -- strangely refreshing in comparison to the narrower tropes of many of today's RPGs. The high-level plot isn't terribly deep, but it does not compare unfavorably to more modern RPGs.
It is a hard game -- brutally hard on "normal", and not remotely easy on "novice". "Save early, save often" is the mantra to live by with this game. Whether that is bad or good depends on what you are looking for, but you want to go in with your eyes wide open. Wizardry is not forgiving of mistakes.
Depth is a double-edged sword. Unless you research extensively, you _will_ make mistakes in your initial party design. Depending on how big those mistakes are, you may later be frustrated. The difficulty is made worse by the Wizardry's depth -- the ideal party for the beginning of the game will not be ideal in mid-game, and the ideal party for the end will again be different.
So, that's the good. The bad: There are continuously wandering monsters in many zones (especially initially, but they _do_ respawn). These fights are hard, and you can easily go from one fight to another, depleted, with no hope of winning it. Sometimes you can run away, but that isn't always an option. At times, it feels like an endless grind. The story is often lost in the mix -- Wizardry relies heavily on this mechanic, and the gameplay can be extremely repetitive. It can get boring.
If Wizardry is old-school in a lot of good ways, it's also old-school in some bad ways. The parties of wandering monsters you face often make no sense. There is no sense of story there, no explanation of how this fits into a bigger picture. You can loot NPCs' chests without consequences. Unlike more modern RPGs, there is comparatively little sense of character, of interpersonal story. It's a game built around tactical combat with a thin leavening of plot.
In the end, the repetitive game-play and paper-thin characterization make it hard for me to give it more than a 7. If these aren't problems for you, you may enjoy it more.
If you play it today it's so terrible old school you can only watch in terror. Every fight or action has to be prepared, everyone takes his best weapons for the fight, the people in background prepare their buffs, the wizards learn their spells, and voila, the single level 1 cockroach is dead. Or the chest is opened without touching it, it took only 20 nights resting. When you start the game it looks hard but promising, but after a while you find out it remains like that: It's a battle between the player and the rules, and the rules don't like you having fun.
SummaryAn epic fantasy RPG that picks up where "Wizardry 7" left off. The Dark Savant had taken flight with a device called the Astral Dominae, an incredibly powerful artifact containing the secret of life itself. Following him are two powerful races, the T'Rang and the Umpani, as well as your own brave party of adventurers. Everyone is headed ...