Dawn of Magic - Poor RPG Gaming Not Really Worth Playing

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We have all seen a lot of sub-par RPG’s out on the market. You know the ones that started out with a great concept but just don’t seem to make it to the mark. Dawn of Magic is one of these games. While this title has an interesting concept and solid graphics, the game has too many bugs to be considered a good title worth your money.

Story (1 out of 5)

This game is fairly standard. It begins with an unhappy immortal who is seeking revenge on the other immortals and the whole of humanity while he is at it. Your job is to cut a swath through the evil minions and make your way to the big guy. Take him down and the game is over. This is pretty standard RPG territory, and you will not be amazed by any plot twists in the middle.

Combat (2 out of 5)

The combat in this game gives you a lot of combat options. You can enjoy both swords and magic to kill your foes. Your enemies will be very fast, and amazingly strong even at the lowest level, so don’t expect to get in clear shots. Be ready to die a lot when you first begin to play, as your attacks will have little effect.

Graphics (4 out of 5)

The graphics in this game are one of the few bright spots. Even with only a minimal graphics card, you will have clear and bright visuals to enjoy. Just don’t expect anything 3-D in this title. Be aware that this game has the typical RPG handicap of having identical towns (and townspeople) every place you go. On the bright side, the game generally makes good use of bright colors so you will not be bored.

Crashes (1 out of 5)

This review tested the game on two different systems, and on each one the game seems to crash at random intervals. The only way to thwart this (and the frustration that comes with the losses) is to keep saving during the game. Many of us would not call that a solution however. A check at relevant forums showed this to be a fairly common problem, with about 1/4 of users checking in with this bug.

Conclusion (2 out of 5)

All in all. this game should be passed by. You will be very unhappy with the performance of this game. Better that you should experience a less buggy RPG.


Windows 2000 / XP

Pentium 4 1.6 GHz or Athlon XP+ 1800 CPU (SSE support required)

512 MB RAM

1.5 GB Free Hard Drive Space (extra 0.5 GB for saved games)

64 MB Graphics Card with vertex and pixel shaders 1.1 support (for example, GeForce3 or Radeon 8500)

DirectX 9.0c (included)

4x CD-ROM Drive

Recommended system requirements:

Windows 2000 / XP

Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or Athlon XP+ 2500 CPU


1.5 GB Free Hard Drive Space (extra 0.5 GB for saved games)

128 Graphics Card with vertex and pixel shaders 1.1 support (for example, GeForce 6600GT or Radeon X800)

DirectX 9.0c (included)

32x CD-ROM Drive