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Windows - 1999

Alt name 厄夜驚悚
Year 1999
Platform Windows
Released in Germany, United States (1999)
United Kingdom (2001)
Canada, United States (2007)
Genre Action
Theme Detective / Mystery, Haunted House, Horror, Interwar, Vampires
Publisher Empire Interactive Europe Ltd., Gathering of Developers, Inc., Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Developer Terminal Reality, Inc.
Perspective 3rd-Person
4.42 / 5 - 79 votes

Description of Nocturne

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I need a new graphics card. No, really - up until now I have been more than happy with the TNT card which, although a bit old hat these days, pairs nicely with a PIII-500 to roll along just fine. Until Nocturne landed on my desk, that is. Could this be the most demanding game yet released? It needs a 400MHz processor, 1GB+ of hard drive space, and 'suggests' either a Matrox G400 or a Rage 128.

So why does Nocturne, a simple console-style combat/adventure game, put such extreme demands on gamers' systems? The finger of blame is pointing soundly at the 3D engine. The Nocturne Engine - for so it is called - features real-time...well, everything. Shadows, volumetric lighting, volumetric fog, reflections, lens-flares, a skeletal-based character animation system, 3D positional audio, and surround sound. Lots of these features were only present in professional 3D rendering software a few short years ago - and they were generally expected to take a few minutes per frame, at least. Games like Nocturne need to shift 20 or 30 a second to look smooth. Times have certainly changed.

The world is a dark place

Terminal Reality recommends, for the full experience, the game is played in the dark with the stereo turned up loud. It even has a "monitor calibration" sequence where you set your screen up to make sure you are seeing the game exactly the way it is meant to be viewed. Even the cut-scenes are done in-engine, and certainly don't suffer for it.

Nocturne casts the player as the mysterious Stranger, a member of a secret American paranormal investigation team, Spookhouse. Set early this century, your task is to guide the Stranger through four different scenarios comprising tasks like ridding a Texan town of zombie infestation, or recovering an ancient talisman from a clan of German vampires. Though he sometimes has company, most of the time the Stranger works alone.

Levels are generally straightforward - shoot the undead fiends, find keys or other puzzle objects, rescue people, or simply survive long enough to reach the exit. Weapons are provided for the Stranger to defend himself, of course. Mostly standard fare for this type of game, he can choose from pistols, shotguns, tommy-guns, a crossbow or flame-thrower. Melee weapons like axes and spades are included as well. Hacking limbs off zombies soon sorts them out, and in one of the game's many gory touches, you can pick up the severed limbs and throw them at your enemies. If you are the type who likes to kill from more of a distance, however, a shotgun blast or two will generally leave the unfortunate creature in two large pieces on the floor. Parents, take warning: Nocturne will turn your seven-year-old son into a slavering patricidal death machine, even before the girl next door gets her hands on him.

Who will protect the world from darkness?

Camera perspective is fixed, and as the Stranger moves off the edge of one view, it changes to the next - very Resident Evil. But if you turn on your gun-mounted lamp, you'll see it illuminating and casting shadows on the walls in a way the Playstation crowd will only have dreamed of. And when using the Stranger's two pistols, the red aiming lines can be aimed at two different enemies at once. Handy when the zombies start coming thick and fast. Sound is unobtrusive but good, and the music responds well to the action.

From just a short time spent playing, it is clear where the designers have drawn their inspiration from. There is a lot of George Romero, Dawn of the Dead action - and on the video games front there is a good helping of Resident Evil. But Nocturnedoesn't quite manage to capture the feel of either of these exceptional gore-fests - it is just too derivative, and there is not much evidence of careful level design. Seems the designers have been careful to do it "by the numbers" where a few tiny sparks of originality or innovation would have made all the difference. Puzzles are mostly simple key/door affairs, although occasionally some interesting levers-and-lifts problems raise matters a bit.

Ammunition shortages are standard fare for survival-horror games. Again, Nocturne does not buck this trend. Especially when using the more powerful weapons, you will need to be accurate or risk being left defenceless. However, it falls a bit flat when the melee weapons are so powerful. After a while I found the axe was by far the most effective means of dispensing with zombies - a bit silly to create tension by letting the player run short of ammunition and then include such a powerful alternative.

But is it frightening? Sadly not. As is the case with many games, Nocturne's fear factor is restricted to the odd monster jumping out on you - more like Alien than The Exorcist. There is no real effort to create an atmosphere of dread, or to draw the player into the rather two-dimensional plot and characters. Lasting appeal, such as it is, is more provided by the difficult nature of the levels than story development. Whether the game will keep you involved for long depends on your patience.

We will

That's not to say that **Nocturne **is necessarily a bad game. Blowing limbs off the zombie horde can be great fun, and there are some great set pieces in store. If you can spare the 1.2Gb needed for a full install, you will be able to play any of the four adventures in any order - so getting stuck on one section will not be too much of a problem. But once finished, the only reason you will have to play it again is to show off your ninja PC to your mates.

Terminal Reality has announced there are plenty of Nocturne extras in development. They will be releasing an editor for the game, allowing owners to design new levels, characters and graphics. More interestingly, there will soon be an add-on for Nocturne based on the Blair Witch mythology - it won't be necessary to own the original game to play it. And the inevitable Nocturne 2 has also gone into development -so this certainly won't be the last time we hear the name.

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Comments and reviews

Bladez1992 2023-09-03 1 point

Hey everyone, I've had a project for a few years now making new installers for old PC games; Nocturne is one of the games I've restored
Come check out Legacy Gamer's Union on Discord for this game and plenty of others that actually work on Windows 10/11

xpretrogamer 2023-06-07 -2 points

hi! does anyone know if the games on this site can be run on the intended hardware and os?

or are they lik the gog modified installs?

RPAAAZ 2023-04-28 1 point

I've just downloaded, used the patch and followed the guide on the github and it all works perfectly. I managed to open the crypt and get into the village without any issues.

Sadge 2023-04-22 -1 point

I downloaded the game and fan patch from github linked by BRUH, and I'm running into a bug where locked doors cannot be opened. In the first level after getting the key to the right of the castle and interacting with the crypt gate "you used a key" is displayed on screen but the gate will not open. I've tried everything I can think of, and still no luck. If anybody's got a fix for this let me know!

The Boz 2022-12-15 -2 points

Had this back in the day. Wasn't a classic, found it average, but picked it up for about a fiver so not too disappointed

Harry 2022-11-24 0 point

for Slow and unresponsive menus i said your link for Set affinity to 1 CPU core but it doesnt do any good at all , anyone has ever fixxed this slow respond in menu,game is running in 1 core btw.

J.D. 2022-10-13 -1 point

it got it to work without any problems, however i had no idea the "fully patch" for win 10 download and actully an "alternate Installer" (already patched, no cd required, works in mind for win 10 users) and i don't even need to use dgvoodoo2 for fixing. the opening intro, music and audio works fine, no issues at all. the only downside is sometime the loading from menu to game takes like 10 seconds to load, maybe its my pc. but anyway it works and im happy!

Nocturne_Fan 2022-06-29 -1 point

Always a pleasure to see this game being alive. Actually, it aged pretty badly in a matter of performance and stability, and requires some tricks to be applied to run this game on Win10 e.t.c.

The "must-have" pack you need to run this game is:
1. DGVoodoo;
2. Custom .bat-file to make this game running on single CPU core;
3. ...

Gunthi 2022-06-28 0 point

This one requires Dgvoodoo and a lot of trial and error.
The server moderator could do that , i supose, because some versions contain somethings and lack other.
Like the intro video or stable image with subs, etc.
Well it works and i guess thats what counts.
So Much apreciated!

Ranchocucama 2022-06-11 1 point

When I click on step up and then go to install the game it simple shows an image of the game then nothing. I cant seem to understand how to get it to work on the iso version.

DarthRosso 2022-02-23 2 points

Hi! It crashes at start. I have windows 11. Do you know how I can fix it or patch it?

BAMBUZ 2022-02-16 2 points

it is working!!!! many THANKS!!!!!!

Bladez1992 2021-06-07 -5 points

I made a fix for this game, a new installer.
If anyone wants to play it join my Discord server and look in the releases section for this download and other classic game fixes like this
Legacy Gamers' Union

Cassandra 2020-10-13 5 points

Okay I know the problem, it keeps crashing as soon as it loads up saying; Unable to lock front buffer and comes up with a file named WDDVMEM.cpp Line; 838. Does anyone know what this means and how to fix I’ve done all compatibility modes but still does the same thing. Any reply would be very much appreciated :D

Cassandra 2020-10-12 1 point

Please help I used the fully patched version and the iso version using the patches and they all seem to crash at start :(

stangermoon 2020-08-05 -4 points

thats great review but ı dont understand review of those times lower the score nocturne but ın revıews they say most of thıngs far better than resıdent evıl wıll be. nocturne even better than slıent hıll 2 ın many thıngs. yes ıts not have slıent hıll 2 or resıden evıl cutscenes but ıs that the game part lol. slıent hıll 2 stroy yes addıctıve you have to learn whats goıng on but ın the end very shallow nothıng the tell story. nocturne ıs more lıke bucnh of xfıles epısodes but good ones. ı never understand how thıs game lover scored bcouse of camera angels whıch praısed ın resıden evıls and slıent hılls. to put the sımple compared nocturne game those games looks 2.5d ın best and sound desıgn evnoprment and enemy wıth sounds (lıke when zombıe break wındows and come to you) ın nıcturne better than even slıent hıll 2.

Johnny-boy 2020-04-19 0 point

Thanks for game! Works 100%!

ZAZ 2020-02-04 1 point

Finally I am happy to say this is a game that works. Of course it is an ISO file. Don't know what an ISO file is? It is basically a mirrored copy of the original CD(s) that the game was sold with. You may have to mount the ISO image using certain software. I am using windows 8 and you simply left click on the ISO image and choose to extract files into a folder. Once you do that you just find the "Setup" file and Nocturne is yours. BUT if you are still unsure about ISO files you can download the RIP version below. Good Luck!

LeoAlaman 2019-09-16 3 points

Excelente aporte!
Estoy descargando, ojalá se pueda instalar en mi ordenador.

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Works on Win 7+ English version 601 MB
DownloadISO Version English version 984 MB DownloadLGU Repack by Bladez1992 English version 754 MB DownloadFully patched, works on Win 10 English version French version German version Spanish; Castilian version 812 MB DownloadISO Version
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PatchPatch 2 English version 3 MB PatchFull HD Patch For GeForce cards English version 47 KB MiscOpening Video
unzip to the folder of the game English version 37 MB
MiscMissing sounds for RIP version English version 139 MB

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