Ex Nihilo: Creatio Mortificus is the latest mod in the highly popular Mythos series. Taking place in the same vein as the popular Gods & Kings franchise, Ex Nihilo: Creatio Mortificus takes the idea of Mortificus from the tabletop to the big screen with a few well-placed visual references. It’s not just the visuals that make this mod so likable, however. This is actually a very solid game, and one with great potential for replayability. If you enjoyed the first two in the series, you’ll probably get a kick out of Ex Nihilo: Creatio Mortificus.
In Ex Nihilo: Creatio Mortificus, you play the role of one of three unique character types. There’s Hector, a knight on a crusade to take back the throne of his father; Archimago, an ancient pirate captain who has heard of the things that have gone down in the Nohrian lands; and Fahrenheit, a scholar who has discovered something mysterious about the past and present. Each of these characters starts out with one job, and a level up to move up to the next level. Along the way, you’ll encounter levels that will test your skill and knowledge as you traverse to the next stage. They’re nothing short of terrifying, and I spent many moments mourning the fact that I didn’t have a camera in my hand to document every single one of them!
My favorite part of Ex Nihilo: Creatio Mortificus is the music, and it is composed by none other than Santi Domingo, who has composed music for titles 1.16.5 such as Dungeon Fighter Online, Secret of Solstise, and more. The tunes are ominous and fitting for the mood, as well as fitting for a video game, and that’s why I absolutely loved playing through certain levels in Ex Nihilo: Creatio Mortificus. The sound effects are also quite well done, drawing me in and immerse me in the game’s world.
You’ll need to make lots of skill points to be able to progress through the game. This, of course, means that you’ll have to go back and level up again after you’ve finished a certain portion of the levels. It is, however, rewarding when you do finally reach the boss of one of the stages, as you will find out just how powerful each character actually is. It is, indeed, quite thrilling to defeat such an enemy. Some of the bosses even bring back some of the most terrifying memories from my past.
One thing I love about Ex Nihilo: Creatio Mortificus is that it doesn’t make any attempt to glamorize violence. The graphics, while perhaps not completely true to life, are still frightening, and I did feel a sense of dread while playing through the game. That’s what truly made me fear the worst, and it made me appreciate just how much more could be accomplished than with a few well-placed cut scenes.
If you like classic games, and want to try out something different, I highly recommend Ex Nihilo. It has excellent visuals, a lot of hidden features, and a challenging but fair game play. It is a game that is not very difficult and does not have any ground of the same old sorts, so it won’t be a big problem if you don’t like grinding. Overall, I’d say that this is a great game to try out, and is recommended for people who are looking for a good old-fashioned horror game.