• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Feb 12, 2008
  • Also On: PC
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  • Summary: In Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements, players are introduced to the dark and unforgiving world of Ashan, scarred by a bloody history and threatened by the apocalyptic prophecy of the Dark Messiah. The game sports a refined experience thanks to several improvements in gameplay, designIn Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements, players are introduced to the dark and unforgiving world of Ashan, scarred by a bloody history and threatened by the apocalyptic prophecy of the Dark Messiah. The game sports a refined experience thanks to several improvements in gameplay, design and other technical aspects. Players embody the young hero Sareth and choose his evolution path to acquire spells, skills and abilities that will set his destiny. Experience Might and Magic like never before, with refined game mechanics carefully crafted for pad-controlled carnage, including a brand new lock-on feature and tweaked level design and game statistics. Explore three previously unreleased secret levels with new objectives, gameplay, and rewards. New multiplayer maps have been created exclusively for Xbox 360, while all other features have been completely remastered for an optimal Xbox Live experience, allowing you to play with up to 10 players. Enlist with the Humans or the Undead and choose to play as an archer, priestess, mage or knight. Make use of powerful and unique skills and spells on the battlefield, including powers such as meteor shower, berserk charge and rain of arrows. [Ubisoft] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 27
  2. Negative: 8 out of 27
  1. Pelit (Finland)
    88
    A well-polished remake of the excellent action RPG from PC. It is only due to the far too simplified and illogical character class system that the new version falls slightly behind the original. [Jan 2008]
  2. I love and hate Dark Messiah: Elements. For everything that's good about the combat intensity, the flexibility of the skill system, the quality of the puzzles and the brooding, engaging atmosphere, it's undone by massive technical problems.
  3. Out-dated and out-gunned, Elements feels like a failure on 360. It may have been a hit on PC two years ago, but since then gaming has moved forward, leaving us wishing for a true sequel to Dark Messiah rather than this half-arsed port.
  4. In translation from the PC it seems the evil porting gremlins have infected another PC-console port leaving gamers with experience that makes Dark Messiah really hard to love.
  5. A poorly executed game that suffers from just about every malady known to gaming, from bad plot to sketchy gameplay. Best to avoid this one entirely.
  6. Official Xbox Magazine
    45
    This mediocre trudge is definitely one you'll regret. [Apr 2008, p.79]
  7. It’s sad to see a beloved series sink so low—like watching a childhood friend fall to drink and destitution, stumbling into the street to be hit by a truck.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. TankH.
    Feb 27, 2008
    10
    I feel like a god when I
  2. AmonS.
    Feb 22, 2008
    10
    This is a treat. My computer is fairly old and not up to the system heavy requirements of most of today
  3. BillK.
    Feb 26, 2008
    10
    There's some good extra content for the 360 version. I played the PC version and really liked ii a lot. I intended to pay through it There's some good extra content for the 360 version. I played the PC version and really liked ii a lot. I intended to pay through it again but never got around to it. So when this came out on the 360 I picked it up so that I could enjoy the extra content during my second play through. The stuff I did the first time were just as much fun the second time around (using different weapons and strategies changed the experience quite a bit) and the new 360 content is rad! Excellent version. Expand
  4. PuyaE.
    Mar 3, 2008
    8
    the musical composition for this game is pretty good. that's what drew me in originally.. and the graphics. the overall aesthetics are the musical composition for this game is pretty good. that's what drew me in originally.. and the graphics. the overall aesthetics are riveting to be honest, which makes up for the slightly awkward gameplay. 8/10. Expand
  5. MarkS
    Jul 12, 2008
    8
    I have played through the PC version prior to this and have only played this games single player mode. I dont know what the professional I have played through the PC version prior to this and have only played this games single player mode. I dont know what the professional reviewers problem is with this game. Possibly Arkane did not line their pockets like EA, Ubisoft or Eidos would. This is an above average shooter. If you are expectiing Oblivion, you will be disappointed, however if you are looking for a medieval/fantasy FPS with some RPG elements this is a great choice. The game uses Half Life 2's Source engine w/ HDR effects. It looks pretty good on the 360 but not near as good on the PC. The voice acting of one of the main characters is downright terrible but I cant say that has a huge impact on gameplay. If you like mainstream FPS games, get this and you will enjoy. I typically own and play only shooters rated 7.5 and higher on here/IGN but I can honestly say this should be rated MUCH higher. Expand
  6. Sep 17, 2016
    6
    This games rating to me is clearly a 6 however please dont let that score turn you off just read the reviews here because this game isThis games rating to me is clearly a 6 however please dont let that score turn you off just read the reviews here because this game is actually worth a look as a very entertaining game. This game clearly has problems but for every problem it has there is a solution and the game is drastically fun if you go into the game knowing how to deal with the software before it deals with you. This game is a very fun cheesy game. It allows you to play it according to your tastes and this is where it excels. Is it high quality? Well no. Is it fun? Absolutely. Im going to address each downfall and the solution. Platforming. Ok, not sure why this game has platforming but it has some and the jump action sucks hard to be honest. However its not a rediculous amount and the upside is there are multiple paths to take so its not too big a deal. Just take a different path. Saving. Necessary and annoying but not a full on problem. If you die you lose your stuff since last checkpoint and have to repeat getting it back by trying to remember which part of the chapter you found it in. Thankfully the game has lots of save slots so be proactive to avoid this annoyance. I didn't come across many glitches but read other reviews there are some. Save often. Gameplay AI. Well, most of the game enemies are cheesy idiots with terrible combat however there are some really good effects and spells. The game was designed to allow you to plan traps and not be overwhelmed by speed. In turn bad AI gives plenty of time to set up planned traps and such forth. There is enough challenge its just not off the charts This is the draw of the game in my opinion. Being able to plan a funny demise to the enemies. You can kick them into spikewalls. you can set paths of exploding traps, you have pretty decent spells and a huge variety of weapons to play around with. This choice and freedom is where this game shines. Its not serious battle but it is wtf cheesy and uniquely fun. The same kind of draw as deadrising in a way I guess. What else. Well I really liked the chapter designs. Each was a small piece of the game if you want you just follow the linear path and complete the chapter or if you want to explore and take your time there was a lot of secret areas to get into and find neat stuff. I found the game entertaining and relaxing. As much as this game is low quality it really did draw me in and make me want to play it just because there was so much choice available. As a gamer this was a fun game. Its too bad it was so cheesy and low end but all things considered I actually do want to own this game for another playthrough. This game wont wow anyone but it definitely deserves a break as it is entertaining. I would recommend playing the game for a bit always saving here and there then put the game down for a few days to a week and carry on. The game does have too many annoyances for a straight playthrough. This is really its only problem in my opinion. Its not fully broken. Expand
  7. Feb 17, 2020
    0
    Il s'agit du portage sur console de DMMM créé par Arkane Studios mais mal porté ici, abominablement mal porté par Ubisoft Annecy... Cela dit,Il s'agit du portage sur console de DMMM créé par Arkane Studios mais mal porté ici, abominablement mal porté par Ubisoft Annecy... Cela dit, je n'ai pas joué au jeu original, lequel s'avère peut-être ma foi aussi mauvais que celui-ci (don't act)... mais ce DMMME (fichtre, quel acronyme bien rigolo...) est tout de même tout pourri, aucun doute là-dessus...

    Déjà, il tourne comme une patate tout le temps et rame encore pire lors des combats... les "niveaux" sont tout **** ridiculement **** ce qui entraîne des chargements fréquents... Le combat lui-même au corps-à-corps est complètement raté, encore pire que dans un Oblivion...

    Quand au combat à distance, il est d'une imprécision stupéfiante, autant parce que ça rame que parce que c'est mal fait... Lorsqu'on choisit le mage, on tombe en rade de mana tôt ou tard et on doit galérer au corps-à-corps avec le bâton complètement inefficace, bonjour les dégâts pourris... quant à l'infiltration ici, il s'agit surtout de la cinquième roue du carrosse ! on s'étonne aussi d'être cantonné à une "classe" une fois pour toutes puisqu'il ne s'agit certainement pas d'un jeu de rôle.

    Bons points tout de même pour la bonne VF et la sauvegarde manuelle... mais de bien faibles consolations face à un désastre complet par ailleurs. Jeu à balancer aux oubliettes donc, puis jeter la clé dans un puits dans fond !
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