About This GameThe united orc tribes attempted to invade the region of Thorwal, but a group of valiant adventurers thwarted their plans during their previous quest. Now the orcs have regrouped and attacked other, more vulnerable areas – Lowangen is occupied and half the Svellt Valley lies in ashes. An elf ambassador summons the party to the city of Kvirasim. To unite the races of the elves and the dwarves in the struggle against a common enemy, they must recover an artifact known as the Salamander Stone.
Yet not all is as simple as it seems: As the party approaches an abandoned dwarven mine that may hold the answers to their questions, someone else makes it clear that not everyone in the country favors a cooperation between the two races.
Star Trail is a faithful remake of Realms of Arkania’s classic sequel. This hardcore RPG features dozens of talents and spells, distinct races and character classes as well as a challenging isometric turn-based combat system. Obey your orders and succeed in your quest to retrieve the Salamander stone – the peace between elves and dwarves depends on it!
- Hardcore RPG with isometric turn-based tactical fights
- Hand-crafted cities and dungeons to explore in first person view
- Master dozens of talents including fighting and magical skills
- Meet countless endearing characters within the lovingly detailed cities and villages
- Create your characters and manage your party
- Plan your extensive travels through the realm in detail
- Based on the TDE ruleset as a hybrid between v3 and v4
- OS: Windows 7, 8, 10
- Processor: Intel Core2Duo / AMD X2, min. 2.4 GHZ
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTX 560 / AMD Radeon 7850, min. 2GB VRAM
- Storage: 10 GB available space
It’s a remake. Not a new game with new mechanics around the same story.
You’ll like it if you like complex, classic RPGs with a bit of a learning curve.
A lot of people seem to be upset with the mechanics and the setup of the game.
The game is hard because it’s supposed to be.
You don’t hack and slay your way through hordes of enemies.
You have balanced, "realistic", tactical fights, where you manage your resources, get injured and potentially die.
Your people fall unconcious in battles or get hungry and get illnesses when they’re travelling.
Your gear needs maintenance and not every single NPC is only there to give you quests or to lead you into certain directions.
And your heroes have to recover when they get ill or get beaten up by a patrol of orc veteran warriors… duh!
The modernised graphics and some grains of modern UI elements make an old gem playable again without grid paper and lots of imagination. But not all UI elements are modernised. Some are the same as 20 years ago, but it’s a remake after all.
It has a few rough edges apart from the old mechanics, but the actual bugs and flaws are nothing that I haven’t experienced in big AAA games as well.
You just can’t please the modernist crowd and the fans equally I guess.
A very good character editor. Graphics are quite good, but do not expect AAA-quality. A great improvement over Blade of Destiny. So far a very enjoyable game. No bugs encounterd. Release version is very stable.
I have played the Realms of Arkania – Star Trail in the late 90s and it was not only my gateway to getting in tabletop RPGs, it was also a huge time investment. I probably beat the game 10 times or so. So I was really looking forward to getting my hands on the remake and after playing the bugfixed "Blade of Destiny" and found it a good game, my expectations and fears were high.
I can say after a couple of hours into the game:
– The game is worth getting
– The storyline is exactly, what you would expect it to be, engaging and immersive
– the new gaming engine obviously brings new options into the game like clothing for your characters etc.
– The Character builder is really nice and you can do a lot of interesting adjustments to the characters
– The interface takes a little getting used to but after a couple of in game days, you get used to it really fast and it turns out to be very accessible
– This is a remake of a German game done by a German Speaking Studio. So the translation still has some minor bugs. But nothing game killing so far.
If you are into turn based RPGs with a dense atmosphere, you should def. get this game!!!!
Get it already….
You got it?
I am enjoying some of the more ‘simulation’ aspects of the role play experience, and am keen to get further into the game to see how these expand.
The game needs a lot of polishing for something ‘out’ of early access. I understand there are some translation issues, but there are a lot of grating spelling mistakes that should not have made it past the most cursory of proof reads.
Some of these translation issues make it into the tutorials for the occasional confusing moment.
Playing EA 0.75
There are issues, alright, but well, it is 0.75, so naming them would be of little value in this review (as wel all expect bugs/issues in EA games)
What is notable for me, despite EA status:
3D NPC, that are now clickable (were not in BoD) do dissapear / reappear randomly.
Moving in Kvirasim is somehow sluggish (not slow, but it is stattered) , I play on Notebook Dell Precision M6800, i7-4810MQ 2.80GHz, 32MB RAM (but although I do have addon nVidia, this card works only through HDMI and I play on onboard screen – where only Intel Video works 🙁 )
What I like:
New dialogue (similar to the original game)
New Inventory + informative (interactive) concept (hovering over an attribute or item shows very detailed information)
Level-up (pretty similar to BoD, but better)
Music (although it is very similar to the original, you can still pick from two MUSIC options, that may widen your audio experience)
Combat looks better compared to BoD (both form playable and visual perspective)
Let’s hope the performance issues will be fixed till 1.0 (as I am hell lazy connecting to external monitor via HDMI, not to mention that games that are sluggish on my PC are sluggish on both video cards : nVidia, Intel)
The dissapearing NPC – screw this, I don’t really care.
In general, it seems liek the devs have a lot of work completing mandatory content (dungeons, cities, audio/video/story… and I can only hope that during the process they will address also all the bugs , they hopefully are aware of)
In general I am happy with this game. (not that I am happy playing a sluggish game, but considering this is 0.75, the game is pretty pretty good)
You get a glimpe that combat will improve allthough this will be later into the EA. Fighting agains normal sized humanoids works fine, oversized opponents now occupy more than one combat field and get stuck and you need to use the unlock button a lot.
The atmosphere we know from the original made the way into the remake.
With a community tool you can transfer you heros from Blade of Destiny or use the default group.
Great fun so far.
Game music is awesome – tutorial definintely beneficial to follow. Story overall is interesting- and voice over for important characters in conversation as well as the party themselves is fantastic- well done and at times a bit humourous. Some of the misspellings in the introductions as well as tutorials I believe need to be looked into and fixed as there seems to be a few words here and there in all of the descriptions I read.
Game crashed one time only – so not a bad thing. There is no controller support – however you are able to WASD but in order to do so you have to RT click on your mouse outside of anything you can interact with – and then your character can move. This is not in the tutorial – and unfortunately not many other PC games that I play have the character locked down. So I missed speaking the tavern group in the first city I was in – not a total crapper but unsure of what they may have had to tell me that may have been important. Finding my way back was a bit dicey until I got used to the map – also not in the tutorial.
Aside from the above I was still intrigued by the game and enjoyed it. It’s simple in the makings of it but hard when you attempt to strategize how you’re going to take on an enemy – or who to stand watch for days on end; the fact that I couldn’t find the specific herbs to cure one of my party members – I just kept casting the BALM spell to keep her healthy for the timebeing. And of course I got my party drunk. The game has a lot of additional things you can do to either leave a sour taste in other npc’s mouths about you- or earn money from them as well as steal.
It’s great and I enjoyed it and will continue my quest as I only had the one and still played it for 4 hours just exploring what my character can do- and where to find clothes and reading the tutorials that popped up from place to place to help guide you through.
You can also make up your own diary and make notes about where you’ve been what you found there on the map just in case you need to travel back to that location for anything.
Definitely a lot to do in the game.