Origin Systems, 1995
Origin Systems, 1995
因为善良是有代价的：玩家因为见义勇为不幸把命丢了，在实验室重生后，记忆全无，发现自己额头上有个嵌入的宝石且被 NeCrom 的爪牙穷追不舍。为什么敌人对你情有独钟；以及如何解释你的奇异力量——“暗光（Darklight）”，先逃命！
因此《巫术（Wizardry）》系列的功臣 David W. Bradley 倾情打造了《赛博法师：夜石觉醒（CyberMage: Darklight Awakening）》。乍看《赛博法师：夜石觉醒》是个科幻体裁的第一人称射击游戏，但细看会发现其剧情引人入胜且蕴含很多 RPG 元素。游戏充满陷阱、秘密、谜团，于是（回报颇丰的）探索就成了重中之重，并且其赛博朋克世界的设定也会使玩家带入感十足。为收集情报和线索，玩家可以（好吧，是不得不）与不同阵营的 NPC 交流。别因为这是个第一人称射击游戏所以你见人就开枪！赌赌博、花花钱逛街、看看电视、开开坦克你都可以做。接下来我们谈谈玩家的“魔幻”技能。
In the not-so-far future, governments have made way for mega-corporations, but their pursuit of profits at any cost isn't to everyone's liking. As a consequence, armed rebels have taken the fight to the streets. This is the Cyberpunk era you live in, and this is where you manage to get yourself killed.
Then you suddenly get better. You awake in a lab without memories, but with a gem implanted into your forehead, and with the minions of NeCrom hot on your trail. If you want to find out why this guy is after you and why you suddenly have access to a mystical power called “Darklight”, you'd better run – NOW!
Thus starts CyberMage: Darklight Awakening, by David W. Bradley of Wizardry fame. At first glance, CyberMage may be a futuristic first-person shooter, but it's driven by a compelling story and incorporates several RPG elements. There are traps, secrets and puzzles, exploration is an important (and quite rewarding) part of the game and the atmosphere is immersive. You can (and will have to) talk to NPCs to gather information – friendlies and hostiles alike. Not everybody should be killed just because the game looks like a shooter! Gambling and spending the money in different stores are options just as are watching TV or driving tanks. And then there are your “magical” skills.
CyberMage's way of imparting new spells on the player's character is also intriguing. You'll also learn a new Darklight power by being exposed to its effects! This makes for interesting situations: running from an enemy with a strong power might be an option if your health is low, but, if it's not, charging him to get hit and return his gift would be the better alternative.
There's also a more traditional arsenal for nonmagical combat. Each weapon works differently against each type of enemy, while your body armour is split into separate parts which can be repaired or replaced.
高标准的电脑硬件要求、毫无人味的 NPC 和易崩的游戏引擎导致本作错失了其本应得的热度。但在这些缺陷背后，游戏依然向玩家展示了一个气派十足，充满细节，有待深挖的赛博朋克世界。
But the most important piece of equipment is your jetpack. Once you acquire this, you will be immune to a score of bugs, as the game will occasionally crash if you happen to tread on the wrong patch of ground.
Add extreme hardware requirements, stupid NPCs and a choppy engine, and you'll know why CyberMage never got the cult following it deserves. But behind those shortcomings lies an atmospheric, detailed and beautiful Cyberpunk world that begs to be explored.