Loading the game, the first thing you'll notice is the smooth
movements of the mouse and the quality graphics. (In many games,
the mouse is very 'jumpy' and is annoying--not here though!).
8 picks up where Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant left
off. You may recall that all hell had broken loose at the end of
Wizardry 7. The Dark Savant had taken flight with a device called
Dominae, an incredibly powerful artifact containing the secret of
him are two powerful races, the T'Rang and the Umpani, as
well as your own brave party of adventurers. Everyone is
headed to Dominus, a world on the cusp of the Cosmic
Circle, birthplace of the Astral Dominae and home of the
Cosmic Lords. Many paths will converge on Dominus, and
many long-hidden secrets will be revealed.
And don't worry, if you never played Wizardry 7, there
will be a special intro for you to catch you up on what
The Graphics as I stated above, are great. You can go up
to 1600x1200x32 screen res wise, and uses 3D Acceleration,
with excellent effects such as Transparencies, Overlays,
Lighting, Shadowing, Lens Flares and more!
Another thing about the graphics is how 'clean' they look.
The textures are extremely detailed, creating a very
enjoyable world rendered environment!
The monsters that I have seen, such as Crabs, Green Ooze, Scorpions
and a few others look good as well. (Good polygon count)
interface is much like Wizards & Warriors except that
it's scaleable! Something many wanted in W&W. You can
choose from full screen view, Medium view, and the old
style (Wizardry 7 looking) Small screen.
party formation also plays a LARGE part in combat. The
direction of the characters sight and the location in
formation will decide if the enemy reachable by melee
Also, say one of your characters are very low on hit points,
you can take a turn to move in into the back (Formation
change) and the others in your party can protect that
with most RPG's, you can click on the player portrait and
get the stats and/or the avatar page with all your
equipment and items. You will be able to wield two weapons
as well (Depends on character class though)
will have 8 slots for your 'backpack' and as well as
a section called 'common stock', which is like a pooled
backpack that every character can use. Moving around is
simple, and again, much like Wizards & Warriors (Hold
down right mouse button to mouse-look) and using keyboard
arrows to move. There are also keyboard settings you can
map, so if you don't like the layout, you can change it!
You can also create 'hot keys' that you specify, for
tasks, spells and such for each player.
Combat is turn-based, which is really handled well in
Wizardry 8, you have as much time as you want to choose
your attack/swap weapons/items/formation change and more!
Another option is the Walk or 'run' command. If things are
looking bad, and the monsters are kicking your ass, you
can flee with those two options.
What impressed me a lot was the Player Characters actually
respond to you! Say you are walking along.. One of your
characters all of the sudden will say "Look over
there". when you do, and find the hidden item on the
ground, that characters 'finding' skill will go up! (This
is true about Weapon attacks as well). They will also ask
for a party leader if there is none.
When one of the characters dies, the others voice their
sadness about the loss. (Very nice) Some characters (as in
W&W) can sense when danger is near, or if evil is
lurking in the area.
The spell system is totally awesome, and the spell effects
are amazing looking! Since this is a press copy with only
one level, I've only seen the lower level spells, but I'm
sure the higher ones are even MORE impressive!
thing I would report on is the way character
generation is handled, but again, this is a press copy,
and only allows us to load a saved game. (If/when we
receive a copy that allows character creation, we'll have
the scoop on it ASAP)
closing, all I got to say is WOW! This is one polished
Roleplaying game, and if you overlook it when it's
released, you'll be missing out on a great game with a
story with depth, excellent graphics and sound, and
finally--It's from Sir-Tech! (Bows to them)
to check out the screenshots so you can short out your
keyboard with drool!