Of Orcs and Men

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Of Orcs and Men
Publisher(s)Focus Home Interactive
Composer(s)Olivier Deriviere
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
  • WW: October 11, 2012[1]
Genre(s)Action role-playing game

Of Orcs and Men is a fantasy action role-playing game developed by Cyanide and Spiders for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.[2] The Empire of Men's oppressive threat looms over the territories of the Orcs and the Goblins. Goblins are systematically persecuted and slaughtered, while Orcs not killed in battle are captured and enslaved.

Two prequels, titled Styx: Master of Shadows (2014) and Styx: Shards of Darkness (2017), came out with Styx the goblin as the main protagonist.


Of Orcs and Men first puts the player into the role of an elite Orc soldier, Arkail, from the legendary legion of Bloodjaws. The legion is a league of warriors deeply involved in the war between the Orcs and the Goblins on one side and their persecutors, Humankind, on the other. As a veteran warrior who has seen the most brutal of battles, the player is appointed by the Orc commander to complete a mission that could change the course of the war, to kill the Emperor himself, the man responsible for the bloodshed. A Goblin, Styx, soon joins the player, an unlikely but indispensable ally.[3]

Arkail and Styx travel throughout the empire where many Orcs have been enslaved and or have turned traitor and joined the empire on its campaign of destroying all greenskins. Eventually, they both encounter Arkail's father who has been aiding the resistance and planning to rescue Arkence, a sorceress who is the only one capable of getting Arkail and Styx to the island of Laments, where the emperor has been occupied with political matters. Arkail and Styx round up a rag tag team of Orcs and assault the prison where Arkence has been holding out. They kill many guards along the way and rescue Arkence but at the cost of many Orcs lives and escape the prison to sail off to the island of Laments.

Arkail and Styx finally make it to the island and dispose of the soldiers who guard the island palace where Arkail locates and kills the emperor. Despite their success, it is revealed that the emperor was a figurehead and the mastermind is Barimen, a supporter of the resistance but in reality wanted Arkail to kill the emperor so he could ascend to the throne. Styx rescues Arkail and they both manage to escape the island but now the empire has new allies, the elves and dwarfs intend to support them on the campaign of exterminating the Orcs.

Arkail and Styx return to the wall and plan to destroy the palace with explosives and kill Barimen and now have the support of Arkail's father, Arkence, along with the Orcs and Mages who defected from the empire. The duo assault the palace personally, fighting through soldiers and Orcs before reaching the throne room. Arkail then kills Barimen and the Grand Inquisitor who has been chasing him and Styx throughout their journey. The palace crumbles as the bombs are set off and thousands of Orcs escape the wall and head to the Orc occupied regions to live freely. Even though the empire has gained new allies and are determined to retaliate, the Orcs have a better chance of winning the war and Arkail and Styx are now hopeful that the future will turn out better for them and all those who been oppressed by the empire.


Taking advantage of their natural traits, the two characters have their own skill trees to develop. While the Orc focuses on power, reflecting his incredible strength, the Goblin will benefit from darker powers and stealth abilities, making him the perfect assassin.


Aggregate score
Metacritic57/100 (PS3)[4]
69/100 (PC)[5]
64/100 (X360)[6]
Review scores
Destructoid8/10 (PC)[7]
Eurogamer(8/10) (X360)[8]
GameSpot(7/10) (PC)[9]
TheSixthAxis(5/10) (PS3/X360)[10]


  1. ^ "Of Orcs And Men on Steam".
  2. ^ "Of Orcs and Men". RPGamer. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2011-11-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Of Orcs and Men for Playstation 3". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  5. ^ "Of Orcs and Men PC Reviews". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  6. ^ "Of Orcs and Men for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  7. ^ Sterling, Jim (2012-10-15). "Review: Of Orcs and Men". Destructoid.com. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  8. ^ Bertoni, Roberto (2012-11-10). "Of Orcs and Men" (in Italian). Eurogamer.it. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  9. ^ Meunier, Nathan (2012-11-13). "Of Orcs and Men Review". Gamespot.com. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  10. ^ Suddi, Aran. "Of Orcs and Men Review". Thesixthaxis.com. Retrieved 2014-04-18.

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