RPG no, action game yes!
While fans of things like Hexen
might be attracted to Lichdom by the promise of an intense first person magic fest, they might end up being disappointed. Although it's portrayed as something of an RPG, it actually turns out to be little more than a very linear shooter that does let you run riot with some admittedly impressive spells. There's not much in the way of storyline to get in the way of the action here, and instead the player is thrust into a nightmare world where they take the role of a powerful caster of magic. Your goal is pretty much simply to wade through hundreds of enemies and blast them all apart with the vast range of spells at your disposal and it is this magic system which is the game's core attraction. There are literally thousands of potential combinations to discover and to customize and which cover pretty much every combat situation imaginable. There are also no mana-bars or cooldowns to worry about, meaning you can just concentrate on unleashing hell to maximum effect. As an RPG, this pretty much fails, as there is no real story, no exploration, no decisions to make, or any of the other elements associated with the genre. However, if you go in expecting a pure action game, you might not be quite so disappointed. The game is certainly impressive to look at, with some lovely environmental and character design, and some superb spell effects to enjoy. The action is fast and furious and although it gets a little repetitive, if you're looking for a simple magic-based blaster, you could do worse.