Dark Messiah of Might & Magic Demo

Dark Messiah of Might & Magic puts players in a first-person perspective, allowing them to immerse themselves in the legendary Might and Mag...


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Dark Messiah of Might & Magic puts players in a first-person perspective, allowing them to immerse themselves in the legendary Might and Magic universe as never before. It is also the world’s first fantasy action game to feature a complete first-person combat system. It takes full advantage of the Source Engine’s exceptional technological enhancements in areas such as character animation, advanced AI, real-world physics and shader-based rendering.

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Dark Messiah of Might and Magic Demo v1.0
ReadMe File
August 7th 2006


System Requirements

Supported OS: Windows® XP
Processor: AMD Athlon™, Pentium® 2.2 GHz (3 GHz recommended)
RAM: 512 MB (1 GB recommended)
Video Card: 128 MB DirectX® 9-compatible video card (256MB recommended)
Sound Card: DirectX 9 compatible sound card
DirectX Version: DirectX 9 or higher
Hard Drive Space: 3 GB free
Peripherals Supported: Windows-compatible mouse and keyboard
Supported Video Cards:
NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX/6/7 families
ATI® Radeon™ 9/X families

Laptop versions of these cards are not fully supported.



Double-click on the desktop icon or click once on the icon in the Start menu to
launch the game.
Once the game has finished loading, the game menu appears to offer you the
following options:

- New Game
Starts a new single player game as Sareth

- Load game
Loads a single player game you have previously saved

- Options
Allows you to configure gameplay, video, audio and control settings

- Quit
Exits the game and returns to desktop


The Option screen is split into five categories which you can access by clicking
the tabs at the top of the screen.

- Keyboard
Lets you reassign the controls for the keyboard

- Mouse
Lets you adjust the mouse sensitivity or invert the vertical axis

- Audio
Lets you
Adjust the global volume for the game,
Adjust the volume for the music,
Select the hardware/software acceleration (depending on the type of hardware installed),
Toggle the in-game text feature on or off.

- Video
The first time the game is launched, the program will determine what configuration
is best adapted to your system. However, you can adjust several video settings from
this menu (make sure your computer is able to support high quality settings).
For advanced users, you can click the “Advanced” button and customize your video
settings in more detail.

- Gameplay
This menu lets you toggle certain gameplay features on or off.
Bow Crosshair: Activate or deactivate the bow crosshair during the game.
Always display inventory belt: always display your belt items during the game.

- Difficulty
You can choose your level of difficulty when starting the demo by clicking the
"New Game" button. In Hard Mode, enemies are stronger and tougher than in Normal Mode.


- Keyboard
Key Bindings on a "QWERTY" Keyboard:

W - Move Forward
S - Move Backward
A - Strafe Left
D - Strafe Right
E - Interact with the environment
F - Kick
C - Crouch
Left Shift - Sprint
Left Control - Lock Target
ALT - Walk
Space - Jump
TAB - Inventory and Skill Tree
1-0 - Shortcuts to select the corresponding belt slot item or spell

- Mouse
Left Click: Attack / Cast spell.
Right Click: Hold to parry (when equipped with a bow, you cannot parry).
Mouse wheel: display and select belt items.


- Power strike:
Press and hold the left click to adopt an offensive stance. Release the button to
deliver a powerful blow.
You have 5 different attacks depending on the direction you are moving when
charging your strike (left click ; forward + left click ; back + left click ;
right + left click ; left + left click).

- Fatality:
When you adrenaline bar is full, your next power strike will become a finishing move
that will slay most enemies in a single blow. The exact move depends on the body part
you aimed.

- Impale:
If your enemy is knocked down and you are close enough, your next power strike will
impale him to the ground. Most enemies will be killed by such a devastating blow.

- Enhanced magic:
When you adrenaline bar is full, your spells will have their effects highly increased.

- Counter:
If you parry the enemy just as he strikes you, you will put him off balance and create an
opening for your counter-attack.

- Interaction with environment:
You will sometimes face many opponents at the same time. In such a situation,
use the environment to gain the upper hand: destroy wood platforms to tumble things down
(crates, barrels, etc), kick your enemies backward to impale them on spiked traps
or push them over ledges, set fire to oil filled jars to turn the area into an inferno, grab
heavy objects and throw them at your opponents to knock them down. Possibilities are
countless so feel free to experiment different actions.


You will find many different items to help you progress during your journey.
They can be categorized as follows:

- Weapons: they can be sorted in four classes.

- Swords: powerful, very effective in face-to-face melee combat.

- Daggers: perfect for sneaking behind an enemy and gashing him with deadly wounds.

- Staves: not as deadly as swords and daggers but more effective against large groups
of enemies. Staves are more likely to knock your opponents down.

- Bows: inflict great damage from a distance.

- Armors and shields: improve your overall defense to absorb the damage you receive.

- Accessories: items with magical properties.
Consumable items: (health potions, mana potions, food, etc.)
use them to recover your health or your mana.

- Key items: you must find these items to progress throughout your adventure.
Keys open doors but don’t forget they can take various forms…


- Video Cards
It is highly recommended to check your video card manufacturer's
website and download updated drivers for your card. For your
convenience the addresses are listed here:

ATI: http://ati.com/support/driver.html
Nvidia: http://nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp

Using the ALT+TAB key combination to switch between applications may
cause problems. We do not support the use of the ALT+TAB function.

- US Keyboard binding
In the demo of Dark Messiah, your keyboard will be detected as a US keyboard. If you have
an international keyboard, like the French keyboard, reassigning your keys will give you
the US equivalent. For exemple binding "W" to crouch will read "Z" in the
the keyboard options' menu.

French keyboard binding:
Z - Move Forward
S - Move Backward
Q - Strafe Left
D - Strafe Right
E - Interact with the environment
F - Kick
C - Crouch

- 800*600 Resolution
That resolution is not officially supported in the demo of Dark Messiah of Might and

- 16/10 Screen Ratio
That Screen Ratio is not officially supported in the demo of Dark Messiah of Might
and Magic.


Before contacting Ubisoft Entertainment's Technical Support Department,
please browse through our FAQ listings or search our support database at our


Here you will find the most recently updated information since the games release.

Also please make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements,
as our support representatives will be unable to assist customers whose
computers do not meet these criteria.

Whenever you contact the Technical Support Department, please include the
following information or have it available if you are calling:

Complete product title (including version number)
Exact error message reported (if applicable) and a brief description of the
problem you're encountering
Processor speed and manufacturer
Amount of RAM
Operating system
Video card that you are using and amount of RAM it has
Maker and speed of your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
Type of sound card you are using

Contact Us Over the Internet
This is the best way to contact us. Our website is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week and it contains the most up to date Technical Support information available
including patches that can be downloaded free of charge. We update the Support
pages on a daily basis so please check here first for solutions to your problems

Contact Us by E-mail
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Legal Information

Copyright Information

This software product is copyrighted and all rights are reserved
by Ubisoft and is protected by the copyright laws that
pertain to computer software. You may copy this software for back-up
and casual distribution.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, you may not modify, adapt, translate,
create derivative works, decompile, disassemble, or otherwise reverse
engineer or derive source code from all or any portion of the software
or anything incorporated therein, permit, or encourage any third party
to do so.

© 2006 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Dark Messiah,
Might and Magic, Ubisoft, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of
Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. Developed
by Arkane Studios. Valve, Half-Life, and Source are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Valve Corporation in the United States
and/or other countries. Pentium, Microsoft Windows, Athlon,
GeForce, Radeon, DirectX are trademarks of their respective owners.

Limitations of Warranty

The software product and Readme file are provided "as is", without
any expressed or implied warranties of any kind, and Ubisoft is not
liable for any losses or damages of any kind resulting from use of this
software product.

You recognise expressly that the use of the software product is at
your own risk.
The software product is provided as is. You are responsible for any
costs of repairing and/or correcting the software product.
To the extent of what is laid down by the Law, Ubisoft rejects any
warranties relating to the market value of the software product, your
satisfaction or your capacity to perform a specific use.
As some legislation do not allow for the aforementioned warranties
limitation, it is possible that it does not apply to you.

Limitations of Liability
In no event can Ubisoft be held liable for any direct, consequential,
accidental, special, ancillary or other damages arising out of the use
or inability to use the software product, as well as out of the ownership
or poor functioning thereof, even if Ubisoft has been advised of the
possibility of such damages.
As some legislation do not allow exemption from liability in the event
of direct or incidental damages, it is possible that the aforementioned
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