Betrayal at Krondor: Midkemia – a realm of enchantment and ancient magic where elves, dwarves and man once battled an unimaginable evil across rifts in time and space. The legends tell of a boy named Pug who would become Master Magician. His friend, Tomas, would wield the unearthly armor of the Valheru and command the armies of Elvandar to fight the final titanic battle at Sethanon. In Betrayal at Krondor experience an all-new tale in the Riftwar legacy as you travel the world of Ramar.
Betrayal in Antara: As the mighty and benevolent empire of Antara fractures under the weight of corruption and war, four unlikely heroes find themselves faced with an insidious mystery involving the most powerful figures in the empire.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Suggestive Themes, Cartoon Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2010-03-30 11:47:18 by Histant:
I have been playing PC games since the early 90s and first discovered Betrayal at Krondor in 1995, two years after it was released. Today, 15 years later, and having played numerous RPGs and other games, I must say that this title is still my favorite RPG and one of my favorite games of all time. The story, the characters, the locations, the music, and the combat system are allread more top notch. Even the graphics seemed amazing back in the day.
To illustrate how engaging this game is, a little anecdote: At one point I needed a root canal done. Those of you, who had a similar experience, know how painful it can be. Unfortunately it started hurting on a Friday night, and so my dentist could not see me until Monday. Over-the-counter painkillers didn't help, but I discovered that playing Betrayal at Krondor did. It simply made me FORGET about the pain.
To make a long story short, I recommend this magnificent offering to anyone who is willing to look past the outdated graphics. Betrayal at Krondor is an absolute masterpiece, and if you are only going to buy one game in the next decade, make it this game.
PC Games Writer
The Adrenaline Vault
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Posted on 2010-03-30 10:24:18 by kabes137:
This game is why GOG should exist.
I can still vividly remember waiting what seemed like an eternity for the seven 3.5" floppy disks bearing this game to install on my 386SX-16 back in 1993. I was already a fan of Raymond E. Feist's Midkemia novels, but I had no idea what a defining gaming experience I was in for. Every time I have upgraded my computer in the last 17 years,read more I have enjoyed kicking and cajoling this game unto working on new hardware. It has been a pleasure. And now with GOG releasing Betrayal at Krondor, the gaming public has a priceless chance to rediscover a classic.
The short version: this is one of the greatest CRPGs ever made. Period. On the levels of story, character, and setting, it is a paramount achievement. The mechanics of the game system are unique and fun. At the time, it was graphically beautiful, and even now, the striking visual style of the game is enough, for me at least, to overcome the technological limitations of the time (though some of the character portraits, e.g. Pug, were groan-inducing even then).
This game lives in my memory like no other. I can remember Eggley, Lyton, Kenting Rush, the Mac Mordain Cadal as if they were real places that I have visited. I remember where the most vital chests are, what their passwords are, and where to find Brother Marc outside Sarth. I remember the shock of discovering what's REALLY going on behind the scenes of the plot. I remember what a blow it was to lose Locklear after the first chapter, and how much I thought James sucked in comparison. I remember the complete WTF of traveling to Timiryana. This game offers more amazing moments than I can ever summarize.
If you like story (and don't mind reading it, rather than listening to it), if you enjoy turn-based combat, if you love really digging into a detailed and well-developed fantasy world, if you prefer your games to be of a deliberate pace rather than a twitch-fest, then this is the game for you.
I look forward to diving into Midkemia again myself, and I envy those who will now have the opportunity to discover it for the first time.
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Posted on 2010-03-30 12:08:13 by gnarbrag:
I bought this game on CD-ROM and had a devil of a time to get it running. I needed a whopping 600KB conventional memory and I also had to find room for my soundcard driver, CD-ROM driver, mscdex, mouse driver and 64KB for an EMS page frame. But is was worth it. (If you don't know what I'm taking about, don't worry, It's *a lot* easier with DOSBOX which I'm sure GOG uses)
The gameread more uses 320x200 in 256 colors for the main part of the game and 640x480 in 16 colors for some text-only cut scenes.
It's a realy great game but the graphics are sadly quit dated by today's standards.
Some general tips:
Never enter a dungeon without torches or magical light. Falling into pits means the end.
Save your game before trying to open a chest. Traps hurt a lot and can kill the entire party.
Use herbal packs a lot. They're cheap and will speed up healing a lot. Both when resting and walking around.
Repair your weapons and armor when you can. Also make sure to repair weapons and armor before selling them.
Shop a round for prices. Some shops are a lot cheaper than others. Buying "damaged" items can safe you a lot of money.
Check all the food you loot. Sometimes it's spoiled or poisoned. Spoiled or poisoned food can still be sold at some stores.
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