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Retro Revival, Part #16 - Arx Fatalis (Patch 1.21 and Source Code Released)

by Demiath • 6,244 views

It's not often that a ten year old game gets a new patch, but the good guys over at Arkane Studios - which was newly acquired by The Evil Empire (A.K.A. Bethesda/ZeniMax) - have returned to their...

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I wanted to play this game i really did but the absolutely horrendous combat turned me off.
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what's wrong with it?
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+Reptilian In the end I went back and finished the game BUT I maintain the melee combat is horrible. No active blocking, the swing mechanic is wonky and the hit boxes are just weird. And there is no way to win in combat against ylsides other than exploits/magic or drinking an ocean of potions. As a mage you r golden but as a warrior its just meh. Still the atmosphere is worth the frustration, I loved the weirdness and all that. 
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Nice video.  Vampire the masquerade:bloodlines uses that same "Guitar strum" at the off sequences...nice touch!
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Strange perspective, and the walking sounds like high heels??
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I lose my 1.8 saves upon updating to 1.21 :/ any reason why?
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@Demiath oh I totally did that on purpose. of course I blurred the facts a little so that I wouldn't necessarily come out as a punctual geek but rather a well-read gentleman. :p
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yah hi there can you make me a video on how to install Arx Fatalis source code on windos. i cant find the exe that finds the arx folder so i can start moding
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This patch must be used on Steam version? I've got box version and after patching I've see "couldn't find steam.exe" :/ That's pretty annoying because technical issue are only problem. Textures on highter than 1024x768 (plus 16:9) looks like from Borderlands and Quake2.
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Will this patch help with some bugs I've encountered with an original boxed copy? If I try to install it on my windows XP system, patch 1.17 will work, but not 1.18 (the game will not run). However, when I run the my boxed copy of the game with patch 1.17, Am Shaegar runs uncontrollably fast for no reason. I don't know why.
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Hmm.. Perhaps it is. I'll have to find out that one day (PS Cool avatar you got, Bazo)
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The game looks great for a 10 year old release; you should focus on improving your friends instead. They're going to miss out on most cool games out there if they are so obsessed with modern graphics...
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So if i download this patch will it cover all the previous ones?
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@chrocht "Only 8 years-something-old"? How terribly imprecise of you. In fact, the European release date for Arx Fatalis was June 28, 2002 while the North American release was November 11, 2002. Also, the Xbox versions were released on December 23, 2003 (US)/February 13, 2004 (Europe). Crucially, though, all of these events hinged upon the massproduction of the Intel 8008 microprocessor (1972) - and, before that, the evolution of the Homo Sapiens Sapiens (200,000 BCE). And that's a FACT! ;)
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Just a matter of clarification, Arx is 9 years old. It was released in 2002 (close enough though). You're definitely right about it though: extremely atmospheric. And yes, the quests are lacking and it's pretty easy to get lost. I blame the old-school design for that though. I haven't played Ultima Underworld yet, so perhaps you could explain how exactly it's a homage? I also noticed you aren't charging up your attacks for max damage either. Wait for the diamond at the bottom to glow brightly.
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@DWTerminator Nothing wrong with that in principle...at least as long as you're still able to see the forest for the trees, so to speak.
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what? that's how usally pigs die in real life....right?
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Wow! Slo-mo death at approx. 3:44 Look at that pig fly! Amazing bug? or just amazing?
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how did you improve the graphics so much?
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@DWTerminator I'd say that it's a pretty healthy urge. :-) that said, Arx Fatalis is still only 8 years-something-old, it'll be 9 years old in late June. source: mobygames.
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I couldnt help but smile when I saw the news. Makes me wanna replay this great immersive game!
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I love this game SO much. I love the Rune drawing in the air to cast magic spells. Such a good game.
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any way to improve graphic? I'd like to show the game few friends as i know they would enjoyed it, but I'm afraid they'll miss all the fun because it looks old..
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Can't help that I'm a very fact-driven individual. When I see a skewed fact, I have an urge to correct it. -_-
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