Forged in the Beginning and protected by the Seven Seals, there lies a place where thought and creation intertwine. The center for all realms of existence, it is the balancing force between good and evil, man and spirit. A focal point for all energies, and the one element that has kept the consuming nature of darkness at bay... Until now.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Animated Violence, Animated Blood and Gore.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2011-04-05 07:55:07 by grainne6:
This is an incredible game. It has a wonderfully, creepy atmosphere which make you really jump at times. It’s very long and has an impressive story which, despite being very complicated, does actually make sense and there are no annoying loose ends left over.
It starts out as a fairly standard tale – you have received a mysterious letter from your father who has diedread more and you’ve met a creepy priest so obviously you decide to go and stay at a large, spooky, deserted house in the middle of nowhere where inevitably you end up battling the forces of evil. But surprisingly the story is actually well worked and well told out and becomes more and more interesting as the game continues. The story is told mainly through reasonable well done FMV scenes – there is a little over acting but mostly the actors are good and sometimes they are even very good.
This is still a good looking game I think and the areas are diverse and interesting.
The gameplay is action/adventure which some genuine and challenging puzzles as well as the many easy one. For most of the game you are accompanied by Rebecca, a psychic that joins you early on and provide hints and story details. But don’t worry she never gets in the way. You move around in first person view and you can equip various weapons for battling the many, many monsters around. Which brings me to the main flaw in the game – there are too many fights, they work quite well but they are repetitive and they end up breaking the very creepy atmosphere of the game.
The other flaw is that the story takes too long to get going but if you have patience it is worth persevering.
I have played this game a couple of times now and I love it. Despite the flaws this really is a wonderful game. It is almost impossible to get working on a modern pc (I have Windows 95 on virtual pc) so it’s great that GOG have got it here. If you enjoy action/adventure games with fantastic stories then trust me you won’t be disappointed with Realm of the Haunting.
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Posted on 2011-04-05 10:15:53 by Thexder:
Realms of the Haunting (RotH) is a horror first-person shooter with tons of FMV that did NOT suck. It mixed many genres: first-person shooting (a Doom engine!); adventure (use the string with the duck to make a rocket!); stealth; and other puzzles.
One of its special features is actually the Full Motion Videos. Many horror games are ruined by cutscene pace, as if the developersread more were trying to save money/work/disk space by making FMVs as short and direct to the point as possible. Well, not this one (it was 4 CDs)! The FMVs actually t-a-k-e t-h-e-i-r t-i-m-e, which increases tension since you never know what and WHEN something will happen next and scare the heck out of you. And they use the game graphics as backdrops, so it feels cohesive.
Also, I like the main character. He REACTS to the scares very much like you would (well, or you hope you would). He is very low key -- not the ultra macho guy that will chomp everything. He isn't ultra-corageous, but he gets used to some of the scary and weird things that happen, just as you do throughout the game, and faces them.
Well, not everything is perfect:
-- Checkthescreenshots:this is a 96/97 game, and it looked somewhat dated even then. We are talking about pixels the size of your fist, and a Doom engine which is not really 3D (you can't even look up all the way). But,ifyouareaGOGer,youknewthat.
-- Because of the varied gameplay, some portion of the game is bound to annoy somebody, be a hard puzzle, a stealth sequence or an intense shooting section (not me -- by the time the hardest parts arrived, I was fully invested in the game).
Want another opinion? Check the crap shoot by Richard Cobbett of PC Gamer UK (watch out for some spoilers after the first few paragraphs).
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Posted on 2011-04-05 09:18:01 by Patryn:
Truly one of the best games of its time!
The graphics may look very old at the beginning but, trust me, once you start playing you won't notice it anymore. This game features FMV which was actually quite good.
But the best thing is the story. Rarely can you experience such a great tale. Combine that with great leveldesign, nice puzzles and cool enemies and you got a game you can't miss. Highly recommended!
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