Three adventurers that have met by chance find the Demon Stone, an ancient prison, just as it breaks before their eyes. The contained evil is unleashed and the two wicked spirits of a Githyanki general and a Slaad lord once again threaten the world.
You take control of three heroes: Rannek the fighter, Illius the sorcerer, and Zhai the rogue. Each of them has his or her own unique set of spells. Switch between them any time you want, using their abilities to your advantage. As you progress through the game, your heroes gain levels, learn new skills and acquire powerful items. You will need them all to have even the slightest chance of defeating the ancient evil you stand against.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Blood, Violence. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c and Hardware T&L, 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Compatibility notice: Windows XP 64-bit is not supported. This game requires a graphics card that supports Hardware T&L. Most Intel video devices don't support this feature. Click here for details. Patched to version 1.1
Posted on 2011-05-03 15:40:19 bygaminglounge:
Hands down my favorite single player hack 'n slash on the PC. I requested it on GOG and was floored that they were able to get it. Thank you!
This is a single player game whose faults are few but noteworthy : lack of local/online multi-player, console resolution textures, and the repetitive nature that is associated with the hack 'n slash genre. That being said, it has an excellentread more story (at the cost of linear stages) with high presentation values (models, locales). Some of you might have played the Lord of the Rings game on the PS2/Xbox; Demon Stone was developed by the same team.
There are three main characters in Demon Stone with distinctly different play styles: a human warrior (melee attacks), sorcerer (ranged attacks) and a half drow/wood elf rogue (stealth attacks). One of this game's hallmarks is the ability to switch among the characters anytime in battle. This helps break up the repetitive nature of the genre and introduces an element of strategy into an otherwise straight forward kill-everything-and-move-on-to-the-next-stage game.
While the majority is action oriented there are RPG elements as well. You're rewarded stat bonuses and money at the end of each stage which you can put towards new skills/combos (which help break up the monotony) as well as equipment (which changes the characters appearance in-game).
The in-game textures are for the most part identical to the console versions but you get the benefit of higher resolutions with this release. I've finished the game with keyboard & mouse but I highly recommend using a game controller (PS3 stock controller is perfect); the controls map beautifully to the four face buttons (thanks to the console heritage). Demon Stone also runs beautifully on Linux via Wine.
Beautiful locales, challenging boss fights, a well written fantasy story, superb voice acting (Patrick Stewart, Vanessa Marshall), responsive controls (controller), and a guest appearance by Drizzt make this a great game for a rainy weekend afternoon.
Highly recommended by me. :)
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Posted on 2011-05-03 11:16:53 byTallima:
Demon Stone is great at what it does, but it's not what folks often expect. So knowing what to expect is crucial.
You won't have the greatest character customization. You won't have great interactive dialog or massive plot shifts that arise from your actions. You won't even play a character of your choice.
No, this is a straight-forward, linear, hack-n-slash game with a movingread more story, engaging battles and a spectacular cinematic feel. You sometimes get to pick a character to play, sometimes you are forced to play a specific character -- sometimes not even a character that you are following.
But the variety is great. The story is really quite good fantasy. And the game presents a beautiful flow of challenging fights and completely owning a mass of enemies.
I originally bought this game for ten bucks and didn't feel cheated. You can get a whole lot more bang for your buck with other fantasy games. But if you want to spend a few cinematic hours knocking down ogres and goblins and worse, then you can't go wrong here.
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Posted on 2011-05-03 07:51:25 bygrainne6:
Demon Stone is okay, not great, but worth playing. The rather unoriginal and clichéd story is well told and the acting is very professional, it features Patrick Stewart who is excellent as always (I would have only given it 2 stars without him).
The fighting is fairly fun - it can get difficult as you have a lot of enemies thrown at you but it never gets that hard. Howeverread more you need a gamepad to play this game - it's a console port I believe but the keyboard and mouse controls are horrible.
It’s a very short game; it took me less than 10 hours to complete it the first time I played, which was disappointing but I guess it’s better than having a lot of dull levels added to stretch out the game.
Overall there is nothing wrong with Demon Stone, if fact the story and gameplay are enjoyable but there is nothing very memorable either. If you are looking for a hack ‘n slash RPG to pass a few hours with then you could do worse especially if you are a fan of Patrick Stewart.
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