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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.

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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.

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*** Every spell has a purpose. '''Every single one.''' The game completely averts UselessUsefulSpell as a result, and there's at least one area where using a spell that seems useless is actually necessary to procede. One excellent example of a seemingly purposeless spell actually having a use is the Control Demon spell. Demons do not naturally spawn throughout Arx, as they are from another plane of existence. [[spoiler: They keyword is ''naturally'', as it's possible to summon a demon using a spell and then cast Control Demon on it to turn it to your side.]]

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* DevelopersForesight: It ''is'' an immersive sim after all!
** Buying shares in the troll gem mining trade while they're low at the beginning of the game will allow you to sell them for much, much more once the trolls get back to work, as said trade is once again profitable. Capitalism!
** Tons of environmental interactions work, and just about every item has a purpose. For example, you can use a pickaxe to mine gems, use a hammer and anvil to repair damage armor, and more. You can even make bread by combining flour and water, and then setting the dough next to a fire and watching it rise in ''real time''. In 2002!
** Conversely, you can stumble across hidden spells by using your noggin. The spell casting system in general has tons a surprising amount of depth, such as the fact that every rune as something it represents. Using logic can allow you to come up with some rather strong abilities. For example, the spell "Harm" creates a barrier of damage around you at all times. Nowhere in the game is the combination for this spell listed, but you can cast it once you get the appropriate runes: [[spoiler: Rhaa and Vitae, literally meaning "decrease life."]] Another example is the ability to fire off an ice ball by simply [[spoiler: replacing the rune for "fire" with the rune for "ice"]] when channeling the [[spoiler: fireball]] spell.


* 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. ]]

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* 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. That being said, ''someone'' has found a way to live on the surface, and the last shot of the game reveals that the sun isn't "out", it's just being blocked by a passing asteroid field.]]



%% 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.]]

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%% * PuzzleBoss: [[spoiler: The Black Beast.Beast. You cannot engage it in direct combat, so the "fight" against it is more characterized as a mad dash to set up a trap for it.]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The player character is a being from another world. some sort of astral plane, and is in fact a sort of "angel", sent to help out the humans. The discovery of reason why you're a blank slate is because in the lost princess of Arx Fatalis past, previous agents sent to help out went mad with power and turned evil. By blanking your memories, you wouldn't go crazy and not care about your set mission, which is to stop a GodOfEvil from being brought into the mortal plane. This also explains why the Sisters of Ederneum are helping the Human kingdom.]]you're so crazy strong, and [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration why you get so strong so fast.]]]]

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* 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.]]

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* 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.


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

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

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* 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.


* 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]].]] Also, see KarmicDeath below.

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* 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]].]] Also, see KarmicDeath below.]]



* 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.]]

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** [spoiler: [[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.]]



* MamaBear / PapaWolf: The dragon, exact gender unknown. Subverted as it can sell one his egg 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.

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* MamaBear / PapaWolf: MamaBear: The dragon, exact gender unknown. Subverted as it can sell one his egg 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.



* NobodyPoops: Averted. Alotar, the king of goblins, shouldn't drink wine, as his stomack can't hold it. So, in order to get him out of his locked trone room, you douse his dinner with wine, and HilarityEnsues.

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* NobodyPoops: Averted.
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Alotar, the king of goblins, shouldn't drink wine, as his stomack 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.



* PuzzleBoss: [[spoiler: Black Beast.]]

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* ShouldersOfDoom: Ylside armor.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: [[BigBad Iserbius]] genuinely believes that [[GreaterScopeVillain Akbaa]] will bring the sun back.]]
** [[spoiler:Also, 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.]]

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: WellIntentionedExtremist:
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[[spoiler: [[BigBad Iserbius]] genuinely believes that [[GreaterScopeVillain Akbaa]] will bring the sun back.]]
** [[spoiler:Also, [[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.]]


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* BalefulPolymorph: Lord Inut.

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* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:Akbaa at the end of the game.]]

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* EnergyBeing: [[spoiler:Guardians while in Noden]].

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* FeigningIntelligence: Goblins. ''All'' goblins, every time. And it's charming.
* FungusHumongous: In the Rat Men level.

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FungusHumongous: In the Rat Men level.



* GridInventory / InventoryManagementPuzzle

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* ItemCrafting

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* 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.]]

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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: [
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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.]]



* TheUnintelligible: The Ratmen.

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* %% TheUnintelligible: The Ratmen.


* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: 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. ]]

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* [[spoiler: 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. ]]



* FakeDifficulty / AcceptableBreaksFromReality: Lampshaded beautifully and justified by the dragon, who goes on a speech about this being Am Shaegar's powers and limitations due to him being a [[spoiler: Guardian from another world]]. According to dragon, what we see as SaveScumming is some TimeTravel realted power which allows the [[spoiler:Guardian]] to foresee potentionally dangerous situations.


* GuideDangIt: Some of the actions you must make to progress have incredibly vague hints, or almost none at all.


* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: [[BigBad Iserbius]] genuinely believes that [[BiggerBad Akbaa]] will bring the sun back.]]

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: [[BigBad Iserbius]] genuinely believes that [[BiggerBad [[GreaterScopeVillain Akbaa]] will bring the sun back.]]


* BanditMook: Ratmen can steal your money diring a fight.

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* BanditMook: Ratmen can steal your money diring during a fight.

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