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''Arx Fatalis'', made by Creator/ArkaneStudios, is a first-person WesternRPG[=/=]ImmersiveSim that was intended as a SpiritualSuccessor to the ''VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld'' series, and has become [[SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove somewhat]] of a CultClassic.

Your character wakes up in a prison with amnesia, and soon finds out (unless you watched the intro, in which case, you ''already'' know) he is in a world where the sun has burned out and various different races (through a rare moment of cooperation) have been forced to move into underground Dwarven tunnels and rebuild. After escaping, the Human player character heads for the now-underground Human Kingdom of Arx Fatalis in hope of finding his purpose.

The gameplay itself is very free-roaming after the initial tutorial sections, and many sections can be solved in different ways depending on the specialty skills the player has chosen. A notable feature is the magic system, which requires the player to cast spells by making various mouse gestures.

!!This game provides examples of:
* AdiposeRex: Just take a look at the Goblin King's belly, seriously take a look at it. He sure loves his pies.
* AdvancingBossOfDoom: [[spoiler: Black Beast.]]
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler: The most frightening scene in the game involves Alia and Am Shagar sitting on the bed (possibly after a sexual intercourse). Camera cuts to Alia's face, which suddenly transforms into ghoul-like creature from the crypt. The next second the scene repeats itself, but without her transformation.]]
%% AmnesiacHero
* ApocalypseHow: A bit of a strange example as, while the sun burning out has caused somewhat of an apocalypse, most have survived it. Also [[spoiler: the ending suggests there is hope of moving back to the surface in the future, as it shows the sun is not in fact out, but merely obscured by a cloud of dust in space]].
* AwesomeButImpractical: Lightning Bolt and Slow Time.
* BadWithTheBone: Guess what is Am Shaegar's first weapon.
%% BalefulPolymorph: Lord Inut.
* BanditMook: Ratmen can steal your money during a fight.
* {{BFS}}: [[spoiler: Inut's Giant Magic Sword.]] A lesser one is Giant Slayer blade. They, however, require a great strength to use.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Everything seems to be okay, Akbaa is banished forever, his cult is wrecked and beheaded, king Lunshire meets his long-lost daughter and "rebels", who turn to be her protectors, probably will rejoin Arx kingdom... but they are still forced to live underground and neither the Am Shaegar nor Noden have power to bring the sun back to Arx. ]]
* BlingBlingBang: ''Nastily'' subverted. [[spoiler: With a secret spell you can summon an extremely tough warrior demoness, armed with a {{BFS}} and clad in what looks golden Ylside armor, who attacks you. After you kill her, in a fair fight or using some trick, she explodes, but you can pick up her sword and a random piece of her armor (helmet, leggings of chestplate) appears in your inventory. However, those pieces are breakable, have no model (they become invisible if you put them on), and have poor armor class compared to Ylside armor. While the leggings have decent armor class (the second largest, actually), they're still half as strong as the Ylside ones and not worth the fight. and the chest plate, probably due to mistake, is only as good as the plain chestplate (''four'' times worse than Ylside). At least the golden helmet plays it straight, as it's the strongest helmet in the game.]]
%% BodyHorror: [[spoiler:Akbaa at the end of the game.]]
* BonusBoss: A hidden spell summons (which one depends on RandomNumberGod) either a huge lightning-fast rat or a warrior demoness with a {{BFS}} who has [[AllYourPowersCombined all your enemies' powers combined]] and is nearly impossible to kill.
* BonusDungeon: The lowest parts of the crypts, although going there is essential to [[spoiler:getting the good ending]].
* BoringButPractical: Harm, Poison cloud, Repel Undead, any weapon enchanted with Paralyse.
* BreakableWeapons: [[spoiler: Except [[InfinityMinusOneSword mithril]] and [[InfinityPlusOneSword meteor]] ones.]] ''Everything'' you hit will erode your weapon, and somewhere far from civilization it may become an issue. You can repair it yourself (generally a bad idea), pay a visit to the blacksmith or enchant it with a special item to make it [[UnbreakableWeapons indestructible]].
* ChekhovsGunman: Kultar, your fellow prisoner from the very beginning of the game, returns to save you near the end if you help him.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: In some of the lower levels, you can stay near lava safely as long as you don't touch it.
* DamselInDistress: Alia, though only episodically, and Shany.
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:While the Sisters of Ederneum are more neutral than evil, King Poxsellis made a deal with them for his fourth-generation descendant to become their new queen in exchange for the powerful artifacts Krahoz and Zohark.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: The dragon.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:Akbaa, although it is just an avatar, and the main character is implied to be on the verge of becoming a god himself at that point.]]
* DifficultButAwesome: Drawing runes with the mouse to cast spells requires practice (especially in combat), but looks magnificent.
* DiscOneNuke: [[spoiler: After some early quest, nothing prevents you from travelling to the very rock bottom of the world, where you can get some nice weapons and items and ''tons'' of XP.]]
* DropInNemesis: [[spoiler: In dwarven mines you are hunted by Black Beast, a {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le OneHitKill MightyGlacier PuzzleBoss. You have to activate a steam hammer, lure the beast under it by whatever means and smash it. This, howewer, just slows it down, but now you can move into other room and throw a lever, which releases another lever, which, it turn, opens the LavaPit so you can lure the monster there. Hell, Black Beast is so slow, so why bother with whole hammer thing? Let's go for the lava already! Well, go and try. Once you throw the lever, the damn creature starts ''running'', effectively going {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le OneHitKill LightningBruiser. Naturally, [[OhCrap your chances of survival plummet]].]]
* DugTooDeep: [[spoiler:The Dwarfs, who moved to the lowest levels of the mine and came across a monster during their continued digging.]]
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:While Akbaa has to possess a body to manifest on Arx Fatalis, the glimpses of his true form seem to be almost nothing but tentacles and eyeballs.]]
* EnemySummoner: Iserbius ''loves'' summoning the demons, and Liches sometimes spawn zombies.
%% EnergyBeing: [[spoiler:Guardians while in Noden]].
* EverythingFades: Mostly averted but played straight with Ylsides, who explode after death so you can't loot their awesome armor.
%% FeigningIntelligence: Goblins. ''All'' goblins, every time.
%% FungusHumongous: In the Rat Men level.
* FunctionalMagic: There's hints that magic is the main reason the races were able to continue surviving after the sun went out.
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: The game here gives an explanation for the common RPG trope of the player character being able to learn new skills, improve their physical abilities and even their minds at a ridiculous pace: [[spoiler:You are a divine agent sent to solve an impending crisis on the world of Arx Fatalis. The Noden ''used to'' send agents with PhysicalGod -level abilities, but this caused undesired collateral instability in the local societies. Thus they developed a new method of sending an agent in a "blank slate" state, but equipped with a prodigious ability to learn and improve, so they can obtain the abilities necessary for completing the mission with minimal disturbance.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: It isn't stated anywhere that a [[spoiler: world-saver demigod]] can't rob a bank (howewer, its owner and especially his fiancee can count as AssholeVictim). Or simply [[KleptomaniacHero loot everything that isn't nailed down or on fire]] (and if it is, you have a pickaxe and Douse spell).
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* ImplacableMan: [[spoiler: Black Beast is indestructible. Can reach TheJuggernaut levels when you see the sheer slaughter and devastation it brought.]]
* InfantImmortality: Averted if you fail a certain side quest.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: [[spoiler:The meteorite sword, forged with {{Mithril}} ''and'' [[ThunderboltIron enchanted with meteor dust]].]]
* InfinityMinusOneSword: [[spoiler: Four of them (the stronger the sword the harder it is to obtain): Giant Slayer blade, forged two-handed sword, giant life-draining, paralyzing sword of Inut, mithril two-handed sword. The latter may be later remade into InfinityPlusOneSword.]]
* InterfaceScrew: A Paralyze is a major one [[ThatOneAttack if casted on you]]. Even cursor is paralysed.
%% InventoryManagementPuzzle
%% ItemCrafting
* JumpPhysics: Really awkward, on the verge of GoodBadBugs. You can somehow move twice as fast by bunny-hopping and [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou negate all falling damage]] by jumping off the ledge rather than walkking off it, but there is a [[ThatOneLevel dreaded jump-puzzle]] involving tiny platforms and lava...
* KarlMarxHatesYourGuts: Subverted twice: At the beginning, goblins don't trade jewels because trolls, who do the mining work, went on strike. So, you can buy cheap "goblin mine" stock certificates, then improve the situation with mines yourself and sell them back at double cost as their price rises. Later, if you bring a book about commerce and finance to a troll king, he'll screw the goblins and sell jewels himself, and you, as a friend of trolls, will have a HUGE discount. Otherwise played stright. Also subverted if you have high Intuition, but it's completely useless in any other situation.
* KarmicDeath:
** [[spoiler: The key for the outer world door is possessed by King Lunshire and can't be stolen. Opening the door is completely unnesessary and has no quest related, so in order to open it you must murder the king (who is actually nice and tragic person) to satisfy your curiosity. However, if you open the door, a powerful gust of wind [[NonStandardGameOver freezes you solid]] and dead.]]
** [[spoiler: If priests who kidnapped a little girl to sacrifice her succeed in doing so, a demon will be summoned and immediately kills them.]]
* KillItWithFire: Fireball / Incinerate woks wonders with Ylsides, as well with everything else [[spoiler: except Akbaa which is [[ContractualBossImmunity deliberately fireproof]]]]. Mummies are especially sensitive to fire.
* LightningBruiser: Pretty much every tough enemy (and player himself with Speed and the Ultimate Weapon). Ylside (well, at least until their Speed spell empties their mana bar), a dragon, summonable Demon Rat and Demoness Warrior and, the worst, [[spoiler: Black Beast in turbo mode (see DropInNemesis).]]
* MagicalGesture: You cast spells with mouse gestures, but ''good luck'' getting the game to recognize them.
* MagicKnight: Even playing a character with a heavy focus on melee and Rogue skills, magic is still frequently essential to solving puzzles and fighting certain enemies.
* MamaBear: The dragon, exact gender unknown. Subverted as it can sell one of its eggs to the PC. Double subverted as it knows it's necessary for saving the world and at least wants a compensation for such a sacrifice.
* MeaninglessVillainVictory: [[spoiler:In the good resolution to the plot, when the Sisters of Ederneum come to take away princess Alia to become their new queen, it is revealed she is the fifth-generation descendant of Poxsellis and not the fourth, saving her from that fate.]]
* MeaningfulName: Lord ''Inut'', obsessed with chickens to the degree of insanity, and Falan ''Orbiplanax'', the astronomer.
%% * MightyGlacier: [[spoiler: Liches, Black Beast and Akbaa himself.]]
* MultipleEndings: While the main ending is the same, a few sidequests have a major influence on the resolution of one of the central plot-lines of the game.
* NakedOnArrival: [[spoiler: Am Shegar]] shows up with just a loincloth.
* NobodyPoops: Averted.
** Alotar, the king of goblins, shouldn't drink wine, as his stomach can't hold it. So, in order to get him out of his locked trone room, you douse his dinner with wine, and HilarityEnsues.
** Another poor goblin apparently ate too much rotten fish today...
* NoNameGiven: PC's (nick)name, Am Shaegar, literally means "the nameless one".
* PowerGlows: Enchanted weapons.
* PoweredArmor: A magical example, strength-boosting Ylside armor.
* PromptlessBranchingPoint: The game is notable its lack of a dedicated dialogue system, so all StoryBranching (such as different side quest resolutions) occurs via the player's gameplay actions, often without any kind of prompt.
%% PuzzleBoss: [[spoiler: Black Beast.]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:The player character being from another world. The discovery of the lost princess of Arx Fatalis and why the Sisters of Ederneum are helping the Human kingdom.]]
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: Rats. And Ratmen. And, good god, the summonable demon rat.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: King Lunshire is skilled in diplomacy and managed to save the most of his (if not the worlds) people by convincing ''all'' races, even those who were mortal enemies, to join forces for common survival. His father, Poxsellis, was a great warrior who combined splitted domains (whose lords he defeated in CombatByChampion) into the kingdom of Arx.
* SchmuckBait: On 4th level you find a trail lined up of gold pieces. It leads you to a chest where goblin's voices can be heard. Of course, you open the chest, and three goblins attack you. [[spoiler: The chest is empty.]]
* SequenceBreaking: If you pump everything into your lockpicking skill, it is possible to unlock the door to the catacombs on your first visit to the city. The catacombs contain several shortcuts to deeper levels which you are not supposed to be able to access at this point.
* ShakyPOVCam: [[spoiler: Enter the Black Beast]].
%% ShouldersOfDoom: Ylside armor.
* SignificantAnagram: [[spoiler: Suiberis is Iserbius.]]
* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler: Seconds before slashing at you, Black Beast raises its paw and tilts its head, giving the impression of a ''nightmarish'' smile.]]
* SpellConstruction: You collect runes and combine theme via mouse gestures into spells and while your spell list automatically lists some combos, it doesn't list [[EasterEgg all of them]]. For example, you can replace the Fire rune with the Ice rune and get equivalent spells. [[http://strategywiki.org/wiki/Arx_Fatalis/Spells A large list is here.]]
* SpontaneousHumanCombustion: An Incinerate Spell works this way.
* StoneWall: An interesting case is that it can be played UpToEleven. If you pump every point into defence, you will efficiently and very quickly become NighInvulnerable.[[spoiler: Even Black Beast, a OneHitKill on legs, can't hurt you; however, being also NighInvulnerable (though rather MightyGlacier), it can corner you and make you starve to death.]]
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Incinerate and ''Mass Incinerate'' spells.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: from all things you can summon, only ''the chicken'' won't attack you at first glance.
* UltimateBlacksmith: Dwarwes. [[spoiler: well,there is actually the Ultimate Forge, and all blacksmiths were ''eaten'']].
* UndergroundLevel: The entire game, for obvious reasons.
%% TheUnintelligible: The Ratmen.
* UselessUsefulSpell: LifeDrain. It will deplete your mana meter in seconds and works only in very small radius (roughly ONE step). You surely do not want to get that close to stronger enemies as they deal more damage than the spell heals, and weaker ones are pretty well killed without it.
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** [[spoiler: [[BigBad Iserbius]] genuinely believes that [[GreaterScopeVillain Akbaa]] will bring the sun back.]]
** [[spoiler: Captain Carlo, who assassinated the queen because he suspected her in a conspiracy against the king, but could not tell the latter, knowing it would break his heart.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler: Poxsellis']] ghost is really and rightfully pissed at you for busting his grave and stealing his helmet.
* WizardNeedsFoodBadly: You have to eat occasionally to not starve, but there's more than enough food for it to not become an issue.