CD-Action is the leading Polish computer gaming print magazine, released monthly. It lately celebrated the 18th anniversary of its existence and given the occasion, it started a series of articles on best/most ground-breaking games 1996-2014. Under year 2001 Arcanum was mentioned along 14 other games and given the following note (translation from Polish by yours truly; emphasis kept from original source): Addendum: Arcanum was rated 7/10 in CD-Action 11/2001 (though it was mentioned owners of a high end PCs can add a point or two due to avoiding problems with performance). At the time it was praised for the possibility of creating any character, auto-levelling schemes for overwhelmed players, a big world, an intriguing plot, the variety of spells/items/etc and the existence of an editor. At the same time it was scolded for an awful map, a slow engine, a not-overly-detailed journal, an uneven difficulty level, average graphics and the presence of out-of-place medieval equipment in a XIX century-esque setting ("plate armors and revolvers").