Arx Fatalis Review

Arx Fatalis is an underrated immersive sim game from Arkane Studios buried beneath RPGs like Morrowind and Neverwinter. It deserves the recognition of being Ultima Underworld 3 and more.
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00:00 - Intro
00:27 - Issues & Fixes
00:47 - Game Premise
2:03 - Character Creation & Skills
4:09 - Visuals
4:55 - Music & Sound Design
7:19 - Gameplay Mechanics
9:38 - The Magic System
13:47 - Story
14:03 - Story (SPOILERS)
15:38 - Conclusions
16:31 - Credits


  1. MandaloreGaming


    2 жилийн өмнө

    Arx Fatalis on GOG - gog.la/IHaveSeenTheDevil Arx Libertatis (The build at the very bottom is your best bet)- arx-libertatis.org/files/snapshots/ THE LIST - docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_K3ziSxT9zcUUGCddS4sF1uNJTWHSbOwB1CQX2Rx4Uo Arx really deserved more attention in its day but it’s still a great experience now!

    • Gordon Titus

      Gordon Titus

      Сарын өмнө

      @Richard Jacoby testing it out now. Looks promising.

    • D M F

      D M F

      5 сарын өмнө

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    • LecherousCthulhu


      7 сарын өмнө

      This game simply reminds me of the last Ultima where the character is asking things like "What's a paladin?"

    • MateDaMasta


      8 сарын өмнө

      Hey man, just so ya know, there is a new mod being made for Arx Fatalis which will improve the game so much. Check it out please, Arx Fatalis isn't as popular so not many people know about it. The mod basically improves textures, it will be in multiple languages, there will be 3 or 5 endings if I aint wrong, bugs fixed, more ways to do things, more strategies, more levels, new characters, and so on!

    • TheBeastlybret


      2 жилийн өмнө

      where do you put these files

  2. S Cristian

    S Cristian

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    music of stronghold

  3. foolish0ctis


    16 өдрийн өмнө

    Man when you said Neverwinter.... I hope and think you're referring to Neverwinter Nights. (The first one) To this day I still think it's one of the best RPGs ever made.

  4. Dethmeister


    20 өдрийн өмнө

    I played the demo for this and it was fun but the underground setting was depressing. At the time I wanted an rpg with forests and beautiful sky. Also the character kept saying "I'm hungry" and the food mechanic was more tedious than what I was willing to put up with. It feels like I played the game at some point but it's just that I watched a playthrough a couple of years ago.

  5. Sexy Rajesh

    Sexy Rajesh

    22 өдрийн өмнө

    7:30 anyone know what song is playing?

  6. Mike Neal

    Mike Neal

    24 өдрийн өмнө

    “Died of a broken heart or other dumb elf stuff” 😂

  7. Ass Bag

    Ass Bag

    27 өдрийн өмнө

    No elves? The perfect fantasy game

  8. Pepemi81


    Сарын өмнө

    13:32 best part

  9. Kevin Budzisch

    Kevin Budzisch

    Сарын өмнө

    The thankful chemistry importantly introduce because siamese synthetically wriggle qua a thoughtful plough. six, important galley

  10. Kevin Budzisch

    Kevin Budzisch

    Сарын өмнө

    The moldy pressure arguably continue because zone unintentionally bleach since a plastic hair. flippant, silent hair

  11. Jen Soon Ng

    Jen Soon Ng

    Сарын өмнө

    NBA Goblins look exactly like... Orcs.

  12. guy levy

    guy levy

    Сарын өмнө

    Arx fatalis on android will be great

  13. Taiyama2


    Сарын өмнө

    1:46 Mandalore: Constantly wears armor, never shows his face, hates elves. Pelinal Whitestrake: Constantly wears armor, never shows his face, hates elves. COINCIDENCE? I THINK NOT! Hey, "Mandalore", does the name "Huna" mean anything to you?

  14. Kelvin Santiago

    Kelvin Santiago

    Сарын өмнө

    You can beat up monsters with a wooden club. Why buy a sword when you can just pick a branch for free!.

  15. thedisturbedpriest


    Сарын өмнө

    I bought this game when it was on sale and laughed my way through most of it as sir fisticuffs, but i was truly blown away by how much i loved it

  16. Yzorixul


    Сарын өмнө

    16:19 story of my life

  17. Brosty 204

    Brosty 204

    Сарын өмнө

    omg this ambience sound!!!!

  18. Kevin Budzisch

    Kevin Budzisch

    Сарын өмнө

    The decisive fiction precisely suspect because earth alternatively stretch down a black reminder. painstaking, early roadway

  19. kim anh

    kim anh

    Сарын өмнө

    The dramatic washer cytochemically suffer because hearing unsurprisingly annoy beside a succinct scale. acceptable, pretty icicle

  20. isbeb


    2 сарын өмнө

    lets take arx, and push it somewhere else!

  21. Augusto R.A

    Augusto R.A

    2 сарын өмнө

    Is an elf: *dies from broken hearth*

  22. Mr_Girr


    2 сарын өмнө

    Playing music from Sunless Sea when talking about an underground environment. Very nice!

  23. AlexanderReave


    2 сарын өмнө

    8:55 That's... stock market manipulation. Melvin Co. would be proud

  24. Linke Socke

    Linke Socke

    2 сарын өмнө

    Arx is one of the few pc games I have played that weren't rts games and I really enjoyex it.The magic system was a bi finicky, but they got a lot of nice little details. The part where I got stuck was the area where you can't used magic and I starved to death because I relied on the feeding spell too much. The boss in the dwarven ruins was also a bit annoying. And the endgame was a bit unbalanced. With the right speels it gets very easy (life leech magic was OP), but without them it was pretty hard to defeat some of the enemies. And I agree, that this type of spell system could be great for a vr game. I also liked the underground setting. It was different compared to most other games I played back then.

  25. f.an world

    f.an world

    2 сарын өмнө


  26. Eric


    2 сарын өмнө

    Tom Cruise-Hapsburg is quite handsome.

  27. Velis


    2 сарын өмнө

    I remember randomly baking pizzas in a torture chamber and enjoying it quite a lot. Haven’t experienced anything as immersive in a game ever before or since

  28. Wildfire悪魔


    2 сарын өмнө

    i wonder just how playable would this game be on a tablet or aphone with touchscreen controls for magic

  29. HerrFenrisWolf


    2 сарын өмнө

    Why did I never complete this game? Aaahh yes, the magic and never knowing what the hell to do... that was it.

  30. Ram Jamoram

    Ram Jamoram

    2 сарын өмнө

    This game is super detailed. It would've been more than a worthy successor to the Underworld series.

  31. lemonprofit


    2 сарын өмнө

    I got this game with my Nvidia Geforce 6600GT graphics card! That was around 2005

  32. MonkeyspankO


    2 сарын өмнө

    one of the first games I bought back then and never played. Donated a pristine box/disk to charity in 2008. Looks like I missed out, since I absolutely loved the UU games.

  33. Bubullus


    2 сарын өмнө

    i don't know why but this game is giving me some King's Field vibes

  34. Curtis Lee Cancino

    Curtis Lee Cancino

    2 сарын өмнө

    If I remember correctly, its mentioned a few times that the Traveler's Guild roam the surface of the Earth.

  35. DrEsquizoide


    2 сарын өмнө

    To me this game is like King's Field lite, I didn't enjoy it much, but at least I finished it, so I guess that's something

  36. Alin Jecan

    Alin Jecan

    2 сарын өмнө

    The best game after gothic and gothic 2,soo great rpg

  37. Stuart Champion

    Stuart Champion

    2 сарын өмнө

    3:30 LOL i may have to try this game again

  38. Anthony Campbell

    Anthony Campbell

    2 сарын өмнө

    15:10 I didn't see anyone else comment about it. This shows the "fortress cities" on the surface, with the Guild of Travellers wandering between them. This is mentioned at the beginning of the game by the guy you break out of the goblin prison with.

  39. John Sven

    John Sven

    2 сарын өмнө

    You said main character reminds you of Tom Cruise, but for me he always looked like Kevin Costner. Now I see that he is actually their child.

  40. Peter CoLD

    Peter CoLD

    2 сарын өмнө

    My favorite game of all time! Still playing this! Every playthrough I find something new in this game, love it always. PS: I have never had a problem with the spells, even in my last recent run.

  41. Billy Gil Music

    Billy Gil Music

    2 сарын өмнө

    sadly they don't make games like these anymore, and by these I don't mean an exact copy but games with such level of depth, lore, freedom, storybuilding, realistic npc's, charm and more

  42. Sylvan


    2 сарын өмнө

    I love the bullshit Black History Month ad by a Mexican beer company. Give me a fucking break.

    • SigmaZX


      2 сарын өмнө

      What does this have to do with Arx Fatalis at all?

  43. Raiden Heichang

    Raiden Heichang

    3 сарын өмнө

    Best game of Arkane Studio

  44. Daktaklakpak


    3 сарын өмнө

    This game is pretty realistic. They perceived the Messiah "send by the Lord himself to save the world" as the Devil... sounds awfully familiar to the real world, where "allegedly" the same happened

  45. Arseniy Garipov

    Arseniy Garipov

    3 сарын өмнө

    So was this game a predecessor of dark messiah of M&M of some sort or am I having false memories?

  46. Lars Lovgren

    Lars Lovgren

    3 сарын өмнө

    13:41 nice

  47. Tovarish Nikolai

    Tovarish Nikolai

    3 сарын өмнө

    So we just going to ignore that the God of trolls in this universe is called Pog?

  48. Omni Wolf

    Omni Wolf

    3 сарын өмнө

    Always wanted to play this game, had an old CD with it that my older brother left, too bad I never managed to run it on my PC :/

  49. LordSkunk707


    3 сарын өмнө

    Is that Virtua Cop soundtrack i can hear in the background? Nice.

  50. ruki25


    3 сарын өмнө

    A video game reviewer that has disdain for those damn knife-ears? Sign me the fuck up. Instant subscribe. I really enjoyed your reviews, well written and edited. You are good at putting your opinion out there.

  51. Wannabe Operator

    Wannabe Operator

    3 сарын өмнө

    For all those are interested, there´s a "Arx Insanity Overhaul" Mod in the works, not just improving visuals, but it should improve gameplay!

  52. Nykyrian


    3 сарын өмнө

    The game even allows u to role play as Logan Paul

  53. Ben The Bamboozler

    Ben The Bamboozler

    3 сарын өмнө


  54. SomeKindaSpy


    3 сарын өмнө

    Man, I really wanna play this now!

  55. Br1koo


    3 сарын өмнө

    It is so rare to see games where the environment and the gameplay goes so amazingly hand-in-hand.. I think we should have today so much more games that are focused on complex, yet logical gamemechanics, yet we got only - mostly - stupif objective markers and games that play themselfs, not even trying anything interesting or new. Sadsadsad

  56. K Tha Slasha The Hedgehog Official

    K Tha Slasha The Hedgehog Official

    4 сарын өмнө

    I tried the magic casting system with the P5 gaming glove once. Of course, it didn't work well, but only because the P5 never did work well in the first place..! Maybe a wiimote might blend functionality/immersion. With a little imagination, I could pretend I'm casting spells from a wand. XD

  57. Evan Mickey

    Evan Mickey

    4 сарын өмнө

    1.2 dev build for anyone having trouble finding it. arx-libertatis.org/files/snapshots/arx-libertatis-1.2-dev-2020-08-23/

  58. llDapperDanll


    4 сарын өмнө

    I have to ask, is some of the background music from the Bugs Life PS1 game?

  59. Genesis50000


    4 сарын өмнө

    the default reminds me of a young Scott Bakula more than Tom Cruise

  60. Kasra Gharibie Gavifekr

    Kasra Gharibie Gavifekr

    4 сарын өмнө

    Hell with this i want to play Arx Fatalis Now!!! BoooHooooHooo I had it earlier though I lost my CD with a couple more other games...

  61. Agi


    4 сарын өмнө

    Note: the hero died on the way back to The Noden

  62. Leandro Martins

    Leandro Martins

    4 сарын өмнө

    A Bugs Life OST!

  63. eyyousuck


    4 сарын өмнө

    wait so basically arx did the whole cooking thing by proximity to fire before BOTW did? Oh damn.

  64. Punished_


    4 сарын өмнө

    Metro: 1405

  65. Gornijs


    4 сарын өмнө

    5:06 okay, I know I'm 2 years late and this makes me sound like a weird audiophile but jesus christ those footstep sound effects are so fucking pleasing to listen to it's like auditory euphoria.

    • spud lord

      spud lord

      2 сарын өмнө

      @Kijinn Creative is *very* responsible for that. They deserved everything that happened to them after the buyout.

    • Kijinn


      3 сарын өмнө

      @Passing Rando Or take a deeper step, buy a 2nd hand Aureal 3D sound card, install it on a PC with Win95 and experience *Thief* with precise positional audio via stereo headphones. You'll even be able to hear whether a sound is coming from above or below you. And all of those great sound options disappeared over the past 20 years. Creative Labs is at least partially responsible for that.

    • Passing Rando

      Passing Rando

      4 сарын өмнө

      Arkane had great sound designers, a remnant of the staff from Looking Glass. If you've never played the old Thief games, do so. More importantly, download the Creative EAX sound plugin. Sound engineering quite literally more advanced than most modern games done two decades ago. Dynamic echo modulation based on surface hardness in 1998. Crazy shit.

  66. Blackieswain


    4 сарын өмнө

    I just now figured out the Logan Paul reference 😂🤣🤦‍♂️

  67. Mr. Sterio

    Mr. Sterio

    4 сарын өмнө

    I cannot get any spells to work could i still potential enjoy this game with a lesser focus of magic?

  68. David Sarif

    David Sarif

    5 сарын өмнө

    Someone needs to remake this game...

  69. Bllende


    5 сарын өмнө

    arx fatalis brings back memories from childhood best game of its kind also dark messiah might and magic its a same game like this i like both games both are from arkane studio it would be great if they remaster or make a new game like this

  70. Squeegee McGee

    Squeegee McGee

    5 сарын өмнө

    was that scream at 10:57 added in post lmao

  71. John Smith1

    John Smith1

    5 сарын өмнө

    Strange, I didn't have so much issues with runes recognition

  72. Player 10

    Player 10

    5 сарын өмнө

    The magic system turned me away

  73. nogravity60


    5 сарын өмнө

    All this looked so real and scary when i was a kid. XD awesome game

  74. robau84


    5 сарын өмнө

    evil to slowly start playing the baldurs gate 2 theme, thats a nostalgia punch to the gut

  75. robau84


    5 сарын өмнө

    i swear that one important goblin early on is voiced by eric cartman

  76. onedeadsaint


    5 сарын өмнө

    holy shit! you went back and *added* timestamps?! now I'm gonna have to go back and check even older videos!

  77. Captain Pipsqueak

    Captain Pipsqueak

    5 сарын өмнө

    They're sill updating Arx Libertatis - the latest was the end of August.

  78. Lu Ma

    Lu Ma

    5 сарын өмнө

    If you put all your skillpoints in locksmith you can open the door and go outside

  79. Dany _the_penguin

    Dany _the_penguin

    5 сарын өмнө

    8:37 Man this is the kind of thing I wish both western rpgs and adventure games would marry together in terms of design

  80. aries gamer

    aries gamer

    5 сарын өмнө

    does this game work whit controller??

    • Luke McGreivy

      Luke McGreivy

      5 сарын өмнө

      Nope. It's not a game you could play with a controller anyway. Fully created around mouse and keyboard controls.

  81. nuniezjorge


    5 сарын өмнө

    0:00 much performance, many acting, very emotions

  82. Tim Beverly

    Tim Beverly

    5 сарын өмнө

    The magevr mod for skyrimvr is literally this. its amazing.

  83. Bäume


    5 сарын өмнө

    1:05 that was great, and spiritual

  84. Automates Cellulaires

    Automates Cellulaires

    5 сарын өмнө

    Having played the game back when it was released, the detection of runes was okay enough that i don't remember having been frustrated with it. I wonder if something is messing with mouse path or something.

    • Passing Rando

      Passing Rando

      4 сарын өмнө

      Oh yeah. The Libertatis mod helps immensely, but they had to rewrite the rune drawing code from scratch. Something about the old scripts doesn't scale properly to modern resolutions.

  85. JoclariusOfDarius


    5 сарын өмнө

    “Mangalore gaming gets MNmore red show cancelled after showing footage of hanged goblin in suicide jail cells”

  86. Collin McLaren

    Collin McLaren

    5 сарын өмнө

    "A realm known as The Noden" Why does that sound like a type of anti-virus?

  87. Bird Noir

    Bird Noir

    5 сарын өмнө

    Fatalis? *MH Flashbacks*

  88. NODZZ


    5 сарын өмнө


  89. Murad Beybalaev

    Murad Beybalaev

    5 сарын өмнө

    This seems quite appealing to my taste. I should give it a shot. Wish the industry didn't lose the art of remaking games properly. This kinda-sorta reminds me of Crusaders of Might and Magic too. Would like your thoughts on that one as well.

  90. Drann Venoldo

    Drann Venoldo

    6 сарын өмнө

    Really strange you use Gandalf as an example of a "God like character who affects stability" when gandalf was sent in a mortal body specifically to not appear as a god to humans and ESPECIALLY elves

  91. Zack Francis

    Zack Francis

    6 сарын өмнө

    fun fact, this game was developed by arkane studios, the same people who made the dishonored games and prey(2017)

  92. Sam Cyanide

    Sam Cyanide

    6 сарын өмнө

    This game seems really cool and I want to play it but I don't like getting stuck and having to look at a walkthrough :/

  93. Space Wave

    Space Wave

    6 сарын өмнө

    Arx if freaking amazing. It's like if they mixed Scribblenauts with Deus Ex and Morrowind. It's so concise and yet deep. Absolutely incredible game.

  94. LargeHamsterCollider


    6 сарын өмнө

    Oh snap! I remember playing this game some decade ago. I had lota of fun, despite it being frustrating at times, until I could not progress the quest. I figured some poor NPC, fisherman or a bum of sort, that I vaguely remembered murdering at the start of it all ended up being crucial for main quest ultimately bamboozling myself. Dunno if it was the case as I had no internet access back then, so I dropped it. Gotta dig for that CD!

  95. Matt Lee

    Matt Lee

    6 сарын өмнө

    I know I'm late to the party. But you're drawing your runes too big. Smaller and tighter is key.

  96. Jairus Strunk

    Jairus Strunk

    6 сарын өмнө

    Mage VR mod for skyrimVR has this system and yes it works amazingly. It also includes an alternate gesture system so you can do handposes instead of runes and it detects everything amazingly

  97. Iwo Herka

    Iwo Herka

    6 сарын өмнө

    I've noticed you're using Stronghold music in the background. Isn't it copyrighted?

  98. Darkyyyyyy


    6 сарын өмнө

    This game makes me nightmares.... good old times

  99. ComputingCode


    6 сарын өмнө

    Black & White did teh rune detection better

  100. George M

    George M

    6 сарын өмнө

    Brilliant sounding setting, I hope it gets remade from the ground up some day.