Enclave (2002)

by Ji-yeong
6 minutes read


Enclave (2002) is a memorable journey into a medieval fantasy world torn between light and darkness, offering players a challenging and immersive gameplay experience.


Embark on a journey into the atmospheric medieval world of Enclave (2002), a game where the forces of Light and Darkness prepare for an epic showdown.


“Enclave”, a third-person 3D action role-playing game, was developed by Starbreeze Studios and first released for the Xbox in July 2002. The game is set in a medieval fantasy realm and offers players the choice to take on the role of either a “Warrior of Light” or a “Minion of Darkness”, each with separate and unique missions reflecting the nature of that decision.

The plot of Enclave is steeped in a rich history of conflict and magic. A thousand years ago, the Dreg’Atar armies of the demon lord known as Vatar had all but destroyed the people of Celenheim. In an act of desperation, the high wizard Zale sundered the land and created a rift around Celenheim, keeping the armies of Vatar at bay. This act of magic effectively isolated Celenheim from the rest of the world, creating an enclave of peace and prosperity.

Over time, the people of Celenheim forgot about the war and Vatar as they went about their daily affairs. However, the peace was not to last. The rift that had protected Celenheim for a millennium began to close, and the threat of evil loomed once again.

In this dire situation, an unlikely hero emerges, freed from prison by happenstance. This hero must rise and fight for either Light or Darkness, to either destroy the demon king Vatar or kill the queen of Celenheim. The fate of Celenheim hangs in the balance, dependent on the actions of this one individual.

The gameplay of Enclave mixes puzzles, shooting, sword fights, and more in a level-based structure. The player uses medieval and magical weapons to fight enemies. It also includes an optional first-person mode if the player chooses. At the beginning of each mission, the player chooses a character to control. With the character selected, the player selects weapons and gear to equip for the mission. Gold is required to equip all gear. During each mission, the player collects gold and gems to increase the starting gold available at the start of each mission.

Enclave’s standout feature is its graphics, which are some of the best on the system. It features a balanced magic and battle system so that playing with different characters makes the strategy vary from character to character.

Enclave is a game that immerses players in a richly detailed world filled with magic, conflict, and adventure. Whether you choose to fight for the forces of Light or Darkness, the game offers a unique and engaging experience that will keep you captivated from start to finish. The fate of Celenheim is in your hands. Will you rise to the challenge?


The game features a diverse cast of characters from both the Light and Darkness factions, each with their unique abilities, strengths, and weaknesses, including knights, wizards, and assassins.


Enclave offers intense medieval combat action, with players navigating through challenging missions, utilizing a mix of strategy, combat skills, and character abilities to defeat enemies and progress through the game.


Enclave remains a unique and ambitious action RPG that captivates with its atmospheric setting and intense combat, despite its flaws.

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