Fantasy games are about swords and sorcery, and Borealys Games‘ action-adventure Mages of Mystralia provides enough lore and spell-crafting to fit that description.
It doesn’t happen very often that authors of influential books are involved in games, but this time Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms fantasy world for Dungeons and Dragons which made games like Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights and many other fantasy books possible, wrote the story for this title. It’s about Zia, a young girl born with magic in a world where magic is banned. Trying to gain control over her powers, she sets out on a journey where she meets other exiled mages and discovers magical runes she can combine to make completely new spells.
The world of Mages of Mystralia doesn’t only look beautiful with a great art style, as a lot of love has been put into the background story told in the free comic. The spell-crafting system is the star of the show, though, because designing spells is necessary to fight enemies, solve environmental puzzles and defeat bosses. It sounds rather complicated with millions of possible combinations, but building the perfect spell book to fit one’s play-style should make for a more diverse experience than in many RPGs with preset spells. With so many places to visit and people to talk to, in addition to all kinds of challenges, the epic fantasy atmosphere is further enhanced by the orchestral soundtrack that was performed by the Video Game Orchestra and orchestrated by Shota Nakama who did Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts II.5 HD.
The game was already released in May this year, but it’s now available DRM-free on GOG with a 10% launch discount that will last until July 28, 2PM UTC. The soundtrack can also be bought together with the game for a 20% discount, although it’s relatively pricey in comparison.
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