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  • genre action / adventure / fantasy
  • download size 463 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 667 user ratings.
  • release date February 28, 1998
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Treyarch / Interplay
  • game modes single-player, multi-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual (56 pages)
  • reference card

What's cool about it:

  • Includes the original Die by The Sword and it's expansion Limb from Limb along with the move editor for both games
  • Revolutionary fighting mechanics that let the user freely swing his sword
  • Challenging gameplay with a complex damage system, maiming included


Adventure deep into a sinister undermountain stronghold to rescue your true love from a horrific ritual sacrifice. As Enric the adventurer, slash your way through hordes of intelligent and fearless enemies.

Engage Kobolds, Orc masters and even a giant octopus in brutal combat as you explore dangerous dwarf mines, escape bubbling lava and pilot down treacherous underground rivers. Stretch your strength, dexterity and wits to the limit and steel yourself for the combat adventure of a lifetime.

Can you succeed in your ultimate quest? Even if, at what cost? Find out as you return to the caverns to destroy the black queen. Step into the arena and play Ogre Hockey, where the players are invincible and a Kobold is the peck.

Sharpen your skills and your weapons in the continuation of your adventure brought to you by Die by the Sword: Limb from Limb expansion. Now both games, including the move editor, bundled together.

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Animated Blood and Gore, Animated Violence.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard. Patched to version 1.0

All user reviews:

User reviews:

Die By The Clumsily Swung Sword!

Posted on 2008-09-15 03:57:26 byYannos.548's avatarYannos.548:

DBTS is a very fun game sporting a rather unique method of fighting! The player can simply play using the keyboard and numpad keys to perform several pre-recorded swings and chops or (more interestingly) he or she can make use of the VSIM controls.
This basically means you can use either the mouse or joystick to "guide" your sword through the air. You can also optread more to still use the keypad but instead of three or so different moves you can now chop in any direct depending on the keypad number you choose (logically the "7" key will do a high cut to the left while a "3" will do a low right swing).
Playing with the mouse to guide your swordarm is crazy fun WHEN it goes smoothly! Sometimes the challenge of having to strategically move your Warrior useing the WSAD keys whilst making sure you aren't just slicing up thin air can prove very difficuly, especially while fighting multiple bad guys that can be pretty unrelenting in their attacks!
The story is pretty standard; Kobolds and Orcs hijack your pretty girlfriend during a romantic campfire soiree and it is your job to go and get her back (preferably eviscerating as many bad guys on the way as possible). Aside from the main quests you can also fight in several special Arena's (online or offline). This is especially fun since it offers quick gratification plus you can choose whatever character you want to play (so you can finally play an Ogre that clubs a little kobold ten miles into the air!).
One of my personal favorites is a small arena filled with vicious blades swinging from right to left. You can't help but giggle when your opponent accidently gets in the path of one of these blades and gets his Orcish head cut off!
All in all a very fun game (especially versus a friend that also struggles with the controls preferably ;-) ) as long as you can live with a steep learning curve (you'll run around like a mad man swinging your sword all over the place until you learn how to accurately slice & dice!)

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Most realistic sword fighting game EVER!

Posted on 2008-11-18 12:08:23 byshnar's avatarshnar:

I have never played a better "sword fighting" game than Die By The Sword. While the controls take a while to get used to, THEY MAKE SENSE! Being able to control your swings, where they go, how fast, being able to do feints, targeted shots, block, ripostes, etc. What other game gives you that type of control?
For those who haven't played, you use the Number Padread more of your keyboard (which makes Laptop play a little difficult, unless you buy one of those USB number pad extensions) to control the direction of your sword swing. 7-8-9 is a high swing (left middle right), 4-5-6 is middle swing, 1-2-3 is a low swing. If you swing all the way left, then all the way back right, you get the most power in your swing. If you cut short, it's not as damaging of a swing. Very intuitive, very fun.
The game was ahead of its time, and is still unique in play to be extremely enjoyable. And *definately* worth a $6 investment!

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