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Wave Of Darkness

2014-11-14

Wave Of Darkness Interview

A sequel to Legends of Dawn? It's called Wave of Darkness, and Couch has gone into the darkness to bring you all the dark details from the developer.
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Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms

2014-11-12

Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms Preview

Aubrielle discusses Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms, the refreshingly mature ARPG arriving next week.
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Nov: Raven's Cry
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Dec: Lost Spirits of Kael
Dec: Final Fantasy XIII-2

Thursday - November 13, 2014

Rebel Galaxy - Interview @ GamingNexus

by Couchpotato, 03:28

Erich Schaefer & Travis Baldree of Double Damage Games answered a few questions on GamingNexus about their new Space opera RPG game Rebel Galaxy.

Where did the idea from Rebel Galaxy come from? How long has the idea for the game been trundling around in your heads?

The idea started while we were both working at Runic Games. In fact we had actually started development on it for a short period, though it petered out without a lot of team enthusiasm and Runic moved on to their next great title. But Rebel Galaxy remained in both of our heads and I think benefitted by us taking a break from it for a while. We simplified the design to make it doable for a smaller team, which made it a stronger, more focused game.

The space sim category is filling out with high-profile titles. Where does Rebel Galaxy fit in (or carve its own space) with titles like Star Citizen, Elite Dangerous, No Man's Sky, or Dreadnought?

Rebel Galaxy is a whole different animal from these games. We are making a capital ship combat RPG, where you command gigantic star destroyers and battleships, bristling with banks of proton cannons, and multiple independent rocket and laser turrets, battling dozens of other ships in epic, fantasy, naval-style battles. Most of these other games are more realistic cockpit, dogfight-y simulations. Dreadnought is closer in combat style, but we’re a single-player, sandbox RPG.

Double Damage Games

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DA:Inquisition - ​11 Things You Should Know

by Couchpotato, 03:25

Kirk Hamilton of Kotaku posted eleven things you need to know about Dragon Age: Inquisition. Thank you Caddy for sharing the link.

Yesterday, I finished Dragon Age: Inquisition. By "finished," I mean that I played the final story mission and watched the credits roll. Getting to that point took me 85 hours, but I still don't really feel done with the game.

First things first: If you're reading this, you're probably wondering if Dragon Age: Inquisition is any good. Well, is it? Yes, it is good. Fantastic, even. Is it better than Dragon Age 2? Yes, and in fact it feels like a borderline-hilarious overcorrection for every single one of that game's faults. Is it better than Dragon Age: Origins? That's probably more up for debate, but I'd say I prefer it. Short version: This game is pretty awesome. People are gonna love it.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Space Hulk: Ascension - Now Available

by Couchpotato, 03:21

Full Control announced today you can now buy the enhanced version of Space Hulk called Space Hulk: Ascension. Here are the details straight from the press release.

Forward to Victory - Space Hulk: Ascension Edition Available Now for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam

Over 100 challenging levels, New Powerful Enemies and Reworked Mechanics Make Ascension a Unique Edition of Space Hulk.

Copenhagen, Denmark – November 12th, 2014 - Form ranks, draw steel and stand fast brothers! Today independent studio Full Control revealed that Space Hulk: Ascension Edition is now available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam. Space Hulk: Ascension Edition is a completely new experience that takes the game to a whole new level. With reworked mechanics and a host of new features, including RPG progression mechanics, new Genestealer variations, new rules, and mission structures, Space Hulk: Ascension Edition has 10 times the content of the original game, with 50-100 hours of gameplay, and is now available on Steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/317620/

“Being massive fans of the Space Hulk tabletop game and Warhammer 40,000 universe, we are excited to launch Space Hulk Ascension Edition”, said Thomas Hentschel Lund, CEO of Full Control. “We’ve taken player feedback and added new content and features, which take the game to a whole new level. With 103 missions, new mechanics and deep customisation, Space Hulk: Ascension Edition will provide players with endless nerve shredding fun, as they lead a fearless team of Space Marine Terminators into battle, in the claustrophobic corridors of a Space Hulk”.

Features for Space Hulk: Ascension Edition include:

  • Huge amounts of content - 103 unique missions spread out across 3 campaign chapters
  • New enemies - new Genestealer variations for you to face in the depths of the Space Hulk.
  • New mechanics - a complete reworking of the board game rules and mechanics. It’s still the Space Hulk game you love, re-imagined for a new experience.
  • Customisation - RPG-style skill progression and player squad management allow you to create your own tailor-made team of hardened veterans.
  • New weapons, more complex maps, combi-weapons and flash missions.
  • 10 times the amount of content of the original game, with 50 - 100 hours of game time.

Space Hulk

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-fi
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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World of Warcraft - Interview @ IncGamers

by Couchpotato, 03:17

Eric Bruce of IncGmaers had the chance to interview Technical Director Marco Koegler of Blizzard, and ask a few questions about World of Warcraft.

Over the weekend IncGamers caught up with Marco Koegler, technical director for World of Warcraft.  For this interview we invited along Dr. Andras Becht – he’s an economist, and he has a PhD so he’s really smart – and Dr. Dana Herrera, an anthropologist. They’re both from St. Mary’s College in the Bay Area and they had many, many questions to ask regarding Warlords of Draenor and WoW in general.

WoW

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Massive Chalice - Now on Early Access

by Couchpotato, 03:14

Double Fine released Massive Chalice on Steam Early Access, and offers a 25% discount until November 18th, Here is the new launch trailer to go with the announcement.


MASSIVE CHALICE is a tactical strategy game set on an epic timeline from Double Fine Productions. As the Immortal Ruler of the Nation, you'll take command of its heroes, forge marriages to strengthen your Bloodlines, and battle a mysterious enemy known as the Cadence in a war lasting hundreds of years.

Massive Chalice

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Wednesday - November 12, 2014

GOG - Free Games & New Fall Sale

by Couchpotato, 17:33

GoG has started their annual Fall sale and are giving away a few free games.

Mount & Blade FREE for the next 48 hours, 700+ titles up to 90% off, daily deals, and flash sales!

Long evenings and gloomy mornings? That's why Fall is for gaming! Let's begin the gargantuan 2014 DRM-free Big Fall Sale! We've prepared a head-spinning lineup of 700+ titles discounted up to 90% off. It kicks off with an exceptional offering: the bottomless sandbox action-RPG Mount & Blade is available for free for the first 48 hours of the sale. You can sign up for your free copy on our front page. You can also complete the Mount and Blade collection with the remaining titles bundled 75% off.

Next they all also offer the option to pre-order Pillars of Eternity.

Adventure continues beyond The Gate.

Pillars of Eternity: Champion Edition, the long-awaited spiritual successor to the beloved heroic fantasy RPG saga, in its bonus goodie-filled edition, is available 10% off for pre-orders on GOG.com, for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. That's $53.99* until November 24 in this limited-time pre-order offer. For that time the same discount applies to the basic Pillars of Eternity: Hero Edition, available for $40.49.

And for last they now offer the full Mount & Blade series of games.

Release: Mount & Blade Series + FREE Game!

Be at the heart of every skirmish. Original Mount & Blade FREE for 48 hours!With the sound of a thousand horses riding in furious gallop and warriors shouting their battlecry from the top of their lungs, the Mount & Blade series storms GOG.com! For the next 48 hours you can sign up for a free copy of the original Mount & Blade on the GOG.com front page. You can also grab all the remaining titles in the Mount & Blade Series, that is Warband, With Fire and Sword, and Napoleonic Wars bundled up to 75% off. That's only $10.97* for the entire Mount & Blade collection (including the first one in the series that comes free). Finally, you can pre-order the upcoming Mount & Blade: Warband - Viking Conquest DLC, expected to launch mid-December, 20% off!

GOG

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RPGWatch - Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms Preview

by Couchpotato, 02:32

Aubrielle discusses Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms, the refreshingly mature ARPG arriving next week. So lets say thank you to Aubrielle, and here is a small sample.

It's easy to be cautious on Steam.  In the inevitable "Should I Buy This" thread for Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms, I said the following:

"Remember Illusion of Gaia for SNES? Remember the mechanic that allowed you to capture and switch between heroes to accomplish different tasks? Remember its speed of gameplay and combat?

Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms is an excellent spiritual descendant of that tradition.

It lacks the frenetic speed of Torchlight and the graceful combat of Grim Dawn, but it more than makes up with superior graphics, sound, and interface. The voice acting talent is incredible.

This is not a cash grab. This is a heavily inspired, from-the-heart ARPG. It's different than the games it gets compared to, but in many ways, it's far richer."

-Aubrielle"

You may have already seen that quote appear on RPGCodex (as well as a few other places), but it's what I believe.  I just wish I'd said more.

Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Witcher 3 - The DLC Plan @ Techraptor

by Couchpotato, 02:28

Don Parsons notified me once again of a new opinion article on his site Techraptor where he talks about why he doesn't like the new DLC plan for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

CD Projekt Red is clearly trying to get the hype going for this January’s release of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt as every week or two there’s been an announcement. And this week, as covered by our own Andrew Stretch, it was revealed that they will be having 16 Free DLC released.

First, I do want to say that I respect most of CD Projekt Red’s policies. Their no DRM set is a rare bit of sanity, their games are well designed and their DLC is more like older style patches with free bonus things they’ve done. As a fan of older games, I also love CD Projekt’s gog.com which has allowed me to play these games easier optimized for new pcs and to discover ones I had missed.

The plan for The Witcher’s 3 DLC goes as follows: there will be 16 of them. They will be released in groups of 2 – with 2 on Day 1 and 2 more each week. We don’t know the majority of these (Leaks will probably continue over the next few weeks sprinkling out) but the first four (day 1 and week 1) DLC were announced. They seem to be in a pack of one cosmetic and one gameplay thing based on the pattern we see so far.

These sound fine, but let’s discuss the issues here and why I believe it is nothing more than a marketing tactic.

Witcher 3

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Icewind Dale: EE - Review @ Analog Addiction

by Couchpotato, 02:23

Analog Addiction gave Icewind Dale: EE a score of 6/10 in a review.

Overall, Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is a well polished update to a fourteen year old game. The Infinity Engine paved the way for a lot of current role-playing games, and must be given its due. For fans of the original series and the Infinity Engine itself, it would definitely be a great game to add to your collection. I would even recommend it for players looking for a multiplayer adventure experience. Even so, newcomers should definitely keep in mind that it is an older game, and it may take you a while to get the hang of it.

Icewind Dale: EE

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 - Pre-Order Now on Steam

by Couchpotato, 02:20

Square Enix also announced that you can now pe-order Final Fantasy XIII-2 on Steam. Here is the press release I received , and a new video to go with it.

FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 for PC available now for pre-order

FINAL FANTASY XIII resolution update

LONDON (11th November 2014)Square Enix Ltd., publishers of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in Europe and PAL territories, today announces pre-orders are now live for the forthcoming FINAL FANTASY® XIII-2 for Windows PC. It is the second instalment in the FINAL FANTASY XIII series of games to launch for Windows PC and will release on 11th December 2014, priced at £12.99 / €15.99. The game is available to pre-order via the Square Enix Store and Steam, with those pre-ordering receiving 10% off.

The Windows PC launch of FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 includes a number of new features such as 60 FPS support from launch, customisable rendering resolution (720, 1080 and more) and Japanese Voice support with subtitles. 

Square Enix can also confirm that following feedback from fans, the already released FINAL FANTASY XIII on Windows PC will also be updated in December to include the customisable rendering resolution option.

Final Fantasy XIII-2

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: J-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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ExaGear RPG - A PC Android Emulator

by Couchpotato, 02:16

Vadim Gimpelson notified me of his new PC Emulator for Android decices.

ExaGear RPG is an emulator for Android which allows you to run PC games on Android devices. ExaGear RPG is the version of ExaGear Mobile with customization of controls for RPG games. NOTE that no games are included in this application and this application does not work without your own PC game files!

FEATURES
Current controls are customized and adapted for:
• Fallout 1, 2 (controls ‘Ferrum’ are recommended)
• Might and Magic VI, VII, VIII (controls ‘Magnesium’ are recommended)
The list of tested and adapted games will increase.
For more details visit http://eltechs.com/product/exagear-mobile/

General News

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Unknown
Genre: RPG
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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Pillars of Eternity - Available for Pre-order

by Couchpotato, 02:11

Paradox Interactive & Obsidian announced today that Pillars of Eternity available for Pre-order worldwide, and released a new trailer to go with the announcement.

Pillars of Eternity Now Available for Pre-order Worldwide

Discounts and In-game Bonuses Available with Pre-orders; New Content Debuts Thursday in Live Stream

STOCKHOLM — November 11, 2014 — Paradox Interactive and Obsidian Entertainment today announced that Pillars of Eternity, the fan-funded role-playing game (RPG) inspired by classics of the genre, is now available to pre-order from digital distributors everywhere with a discount available for early purchasers. Pre-orders of the game will also include special in-game bonus items – while fans who backed the game on Kickstarter will receive these extras free of charge.

Paradox and Obsidian have also announced that this week they plan to reveal a wide array of never-before-seen game content via a live stream, hosted by Josh Sawyer, Project Director for Pillars of Eternity, alongside popular gaming personality Jesse Cox. The live stream will air Thursday, November 13 at 1pm PST (22.00 CET) on the official Paradox Interactive Twitch channel: www.twitch.tv/paradoxinteractive

Get a breathtaking glimpse at the beautiful world of Eora in a newly released trailer for Pillars of Eternity.
 
All pre-orders of Pillars of Eternity will receive a 10% discount (limited time offer) off of the game's full retail price and will include two secret, special in-game items. This discount and the in-game bonus offer are valid for both versions of the game, including the Hero Edition, which includes the full version of Pillars of Eternity, and the Champion Edition, which includes both the full game and a variety of premium bonuses:

  • A digital copy of the Pillars of Eternity Original Soundtrack (OST)
  • A digital campaign almanac containing backstory, lore, and information about Eora
  • Access to a documentary on the making of Pillars of Eternity
  • A high-resolution digital game map
  • High-resolution Pillars of Eternity wallpapers
  • Pillars of Eternity ringtones for mobile devices

Fans who pledged for a copy of Pillars of Eternity during the Kickstarter campaign will receive the pre-order in-game bonus items at no extra cost upon the game’s launch in 2015.

Pillars of Eternity

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Legend of Grimrock 2 - Update 2.1.17 Released

by Couchpotato, 02:09

Almost Human announces that a new patch is ready for Legend of Grimrock 2.

Grimrock 2 Update 2.1.17

The second patch for Legend of Grimrock 2 is now out! The patch will update the game to version 2.1.17 and fixes several issues and also extends modding capabilities.

Steam version: the game should automatically update soon. If the game does not update in a few hours, restarting the Steam client should help.

Standalone version: if you are playing the standalone version, please download the patch that updates the game installed on your computer.

GOG version: The patch also works with GOG installations but there is a slight kink. When a dialog appears saying that an existing installation can not be found and the patcher asks “Abort Installation?”, select No. You have to then navigate to the installation location of your GOG version of Legend of Grimrock 2.

We have sent the patched version to GOG and Humble Store and it will take some for them to process and make the new version available through their channels.

Here are the full release notes:

– tweaked a treasure instruction hint
– improved sewer pentomino puzzle reset logic
– fixed some cosmetic issues in levels
– mods: improved support for custom classes, races, skills and spells
– mods: added lots of new scripting functions and hooks
– bug fix: burnt out torch deal fire damage
– bug fix: ghost item appears on the ground when spawning an item into champion’s inventory
– bug fix: game can crash while digging in cemetery
– bug fix: saving the game while falling crashes
– bug fix: magma golem’s spit attack crashes after loading a save game
– bug fix: block puzzle in sleet island can get into unsolvable state
– bug fix: minor ceiling shaft visual glitch in Ruins of Desarune
– bug fix: fixed typos in item descriptions
– bug fix: an item on a magic bridge sometimes does not fall when the bridge disappears
– bug fix: healing crystals slowly drift from their initial position during the course of the adventure
– bug fix: dungeon editor crashes when ‘[‘ is typed into asset browser’s find box
– bug fix: dungeon exporting fails if dungeon contains script entities with external scripts
– bug fix: audio volume is not correct when changing current level immediately after waking up

Legend of Grimrock 2

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Dungeon Crawler
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Lords of the Fallen - Interview @Power Up Gaming

by Couchpotato, 02:06

Power Up Gaming asked a few questions of Jan Klose the Creative Director of Deck13.

Hayden Waugh: Where did the idea for Lords of the Fallen start?

Jan Klose: It was back in 2011, and it was a million ideas that slowly shaped into a single one, and that was to put all our focus on a single element, tactical combat, and to create everything else around that.

HW: Would it be a fair assessment in calling Lords of the Fallen a mix of Dark Souls and Warhammer?

JK: Well, we really try to do our own thing and not to just take what is already there. That said, we do love games like Warhammer and Dark Souls, but you will also find aspects of a lot of other games in Lords of the Fallen; some people mention Zelda and Darksiders.

So, I hope despite being a tactical duel-based action experience, people can judge it as a unique title.

HW: From the footage I've seen, Lords of the Fallen seems a very testosterone-driven game. Are there any female characters to balance this out?

JK: There's especially one female NPC accompanying the hero through the story, but you can't play the game as a female character – we would have loved to do that but it would have doubled our work in quite a lot of areas.

Still, we'd love to do that in the future, as other Deck13 games also featured female player characters.

Lords of the Fallen

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Clandestine - Alpha Preview @ Load The Game

by Couchpotato, 02:03

Vlad Pintea of Load The Game has the next preview of an Alpha build of Clandestine.

On the flip-side, this is clearly a very early version of Clandestine, as the animations could be better, the protagonist moves way too slow when crouched, the response-times need to be faster, and various elements like bottles don’t properly break. Furthermore, even though I was once spotted by a camera and the alarm was raised, no one bothered to look for me. Even worse – one time, after an enemy spotted Katya, he would just randomly run around her but never engage. To sum it all up, the optimization also needs to kick-in as soon as possible, as the requirements are way too demanding for what Clandestine offers. At the very least, the game’s soundtrack perfectly fits the desired tone.

Clandestine

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Modern
Genre: Non-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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DA:Inquisition - New Interview & Trailer

by Couchpotato, 01:59

Blackpanel had the chance to interview Mike Laidlaw about Dragon Age: Inquisition.

As my time with Laidlaw came to end, I asked him to recall his somewhat unorthodox arrival in our fair country. Shortly after he landed, a customs officer asked him to prove his bona fides by identifying his favourite game of all time. After a brief moment of consideration, Laidlaw went with Star Control II. The official considered this to be a credible selection, which is fortunate, because it’s a long flight back to Canada. “I just hope whoever is in charge of immigration doesn’t hate Star Control,” Laidlaw mused. “That would be tasteless. That game is very good.”

If Laidlaw needed confirmation that there was still an audience out there patiently awaiting a new instalment of Dragon Age, he received it from the aforementioned customs official, who gave the series his personal seal of approval. He, along with everyone else, will be able to pick up a copy of the game for PC, as well as current and past gen consoles, when it arrives.

Bioware also released another trailer that focused on Varic this time.

Varric is a handsome and lovable dwarven rogue. He is as loyal as they come, and well-known for his stories of embellished proportion. Despite his jovial persona, few enemies live to regret crossing him. Those on Varric’s bad side are introduced to Bianca, his faithful crossbow. The threat will unite them… you will lead them.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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GOG - Pre-order The Witcher Adventure Game

by Couchpotato, 01:54

GOG announces you can pre-order the new Witcher Adventure Game.

The Witcher Adventure Game, the digital installment of the board game set in the dark fantasy realm of The Witcher, is available 10% off for pre-orders, for Windows and Mac OS X, on GOG.com. That's only $8.99 until November 27, when we expect the game to launch. If you were taking part in the beta-test program for this title, you get a special (non-stackable) 40% off discount, valid until December 27.

GOG

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Rogue Wizards - Kickstarter 100% Funded

by Couchpotato, 01:51

Spellbind Studios announced their new game Rogue Wizards is now funded.

We're thrilled to announce that Rogue Wizards has crossed the goal and is now 100% funded on Kickstarter.  I want to send my deepest thanks to all of you for believing in and supporting this project, because of all your efforts Rogue Wizards will now become a reality!

With such overwhelming support we're proud to announce stretch goals for Rogue Wizards too.  During the campaign we polled all our backers to get a feeling for what kind of features they wanted to see in the game, and as if by magic their desires align perfectly with our vision so we've wrapped it all up in the new set of stretch goals.

Let's continue to spread the word and share the project on Facebook and Twitter and get in these awesome new features.

Rogue Wizards

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Bethesda Softworks - More Game Rumors

by Couchpotato, 01:48

Well another week and I found two more article with rumors about Bethesda. The first rumorm is from GaeranX with information about Fallout 4 being announced.  

Last week we had the latest in a long line of Fallout 4 hoaxes in the form of a Shadow of Boston patent application in Germany but rumours are once again swirling around the internet, this time claiming that the game, whatever it's called, will have a VGX reveal. 

Geoff Keighley, the Spike TV presenter and VGX host, recently tweeted a meeting he had with Bethesda chiefs. “Great night planning with the ladies who run Bethesda. You are missed @DCDeacon.”  DCDeacon is Bethesda's PR chife Pete Hines. 

It's being spectulated that the fact Bethesda and Keighley were "planning" something suggests a reveal for a Bethesda game at VGX, which will be next month.

The site said the same thing last year also.Cool

Next I found another rumor about a possible new Elder Scroll's game called Argonia.

Get hyped Elder Scrolls fans as Elder Scrolls 6 has been confirmed to be in the works right now and if the reports are to be believed, the game is going to be on Black Marsh aka Argonia!

In a report by the Tehran Chronicle, they have confirmed that not only has Elder Scrolls 6 has been confirmed, the game has been in under heavy development from Bethesda!

I'll believe that also when I see the official confirmation. So speculte away.Wink

Bethesda Softworks

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King of Dragon Pass - New Retrospective

by Couchpotato, 01:38

Hardcore Gaming 101 has posted a new article with a look back at King of Dragon Pass.

King of Dragon Pass is a forgotten gem that might finally get recognition it deserves due to its mobile port. While the game is not perfect, its strong writing (clan creation and heroquests feature possibly the best mythological stylization in the history of video games), beautiful artwork and addictive gameplay make up for its flaws. It's also a very ambitious project and a game unlike any other - and that alone makes it worth playing.

General News

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Unknown
Genre: RPG
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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Tuesday - November 11, 2014

Dragon Age: Inquisition - Review Roundup

by Couchpotato, 10:46

Well the review embargo for Dragon Age: Inquisition has been lifted by Bioware, and a massive amount of sites have released their reviews  in a few hours.

Hope you all have time to read them all so here we go.

  1. MMGN 9/10
  2. Stevivor - 8/10
  3. Ausgamers - 9.2/10
  4. IGN - 8.8/10
  5. Venturebeat - 87/100
  6. Polygon - 9.5/10
  7. Gamespot - 9/10
  8. Gamecrate8.8/10
  9. Cheatcc - 3.8/5
  10. PC Gamer - 87/100
  11. Time - 4.5/5
  12. GameInformer - 9.5/10
  13. Business Financialpost - 9.5/10
  14. Joystiq - 5/5
  15. Shacknews - 9/10
  16. Destructoid8.5/10
  17. Digitalspy4/5
  18. Games Radar - 8/10
  19. Videogamer - 8/10
  20. Telegraph - 3/5

Update: I found some more reviews for the game.

  1. Softpedia - 8.5/10
  2. Gamingnexus - 9/10
  3. MMORPG - 8.6/10
  4. RPGFan - 92/100

Dragon Age: Inquisition

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Age of Decadence - Video Preview @ IndieRPGs

by Couchpotato, 04:53

Craig Stern of IndieRPGs posted a new video preview of Age of Decadence.

So: The Age of Decadence! This highly anticipated indie wRPG has been in development for approximately one zillion (ten) years. With release finally looming, Vince Weller of Iron Tower Studio was good enough to provide me with a beta copy of The Age of Decadence to check out, and so I went ahead and made a video out of it for you to see.

Age of Decadence

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Post-apoc
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Merchants of Kaidan - A New Trading Game

by Couchpotato, 04:50

Forum member Black Rune sent me information about a game that was released on Steam called Merchants of Kaidan from Indie developer Forever Entertainment S. A.

Regain your riches, restore your honor and avenge your father's murder. A challenging trading game with lots of RPG elements.

Steam

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Legends of Eisenwald - Game Engine Update

by Couchpotato, 04:44

Aterdux Entertainment posted the next Developer Diary update for Legends of Eisenwald with information on the game engine, and cost-effective development.

Differences about writing engines in ancient times & now

Volumes of processed content in games grew significantly unlike the principles of games architecture.

 

What is “Legends of Eisenwald”

  • Indie Project

  • Huge premise

  • Small team, very little (or not at all) money

  • Creative development (many changes along the way)

Why does a project need a new engine?

Why did we need our own engine:

  • To do everything with a minimal amount of man hours

  • Minimal requirements to hardware

  • To get highly manageable visualization

  • To reach specific technical requirements

  • Not to depend from alien closed paid code

  • To have flexibility for constant development and upgrade

Legends of Eisenwald

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Dragon Age: Inquisition - More Twitch Streams

by Couchpotato, 04:40

Bioware hosted a new one hour Twitch stream yesterday that shows more gameplay for Dragon Age: Inquisition. Since we missed the live event here is the archive.

You can watch the first part here, and the second part here.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Dungeons Of Aledorn - Mountain Town Manto

by Couchpotato, 04:36

The developers of Dungeons Of Aledorn shared a few new screenshots today of a Mountain Town called Manto. I think the game looks good so far.

Hello friends RPG, DoA and fantasy at all. Today I would like to introduce another location, which DoA players can visit. This is a small remote mountain village, in which, however, any time you can spend some time. Plus, assuming that you love to do side quests on the top, you can if you want to.

Dungeons Of Aledorn

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Lords of the Fallen - Development Diary #3

by Couchpotato, 04:32

Namco Bandai Games released the third video Development Diary today for Lords of the Fallen with infomation from CI Games, and Deck 13.

Learn how the Lords of the Fallen development team balanced the game between fun, rewarding and challenging. Discover the freedom of customization and how to unlock some of the most powerful weapons in the game!

Lords of the Fallen

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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ToA: Seasons of the Wolf - Preview @ TechRaptor

by Couchpotato, 04:29

Donald Parsons of TechRaptor notifed me his site did a new preview of  ToA: Seasons of the Wolf that is being developed by a studio called Winter Wolves Games.

If your not familiar with the developer they make visual novel RPGs.

The game follows the story of Shea and Althea, a pair of Snow Elf twins from the far north village of Ninim. The player can choose to play either as the protagonist, with the only difference being some character interactions. Each can be one of three classes – Ranger, Hunter, Druid – which conform more or less to the Fighter, Thief, Mage choices though each has a definite nature spin on them. Each of the characters you meet throughout the game will have their own set of skills to choose from – and each of these classes grants a good amount of skills to pick between.

Tales of Aravorn: Seasons of the Wolf will be released later this month, but is still in Greenlight. There is a free demo available on their site, which covers the first act of the game and gives several hours of play.

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Grim Dawn - Grim Misadventure #58

by Couchpotato, 04:22

This weeks Grim Dawn Misadventures post from Crate Entertainment introduces everyone to one of the games factions called The Order of Death's Vigil.

Another Grim Misadventure is upon us. Last time, we talked about the dark past of the Black Legion, the imperium’s elite. Today’s update is going to introduce you to another of our factions featured in Act 3: the enigmatic Order of Death’s Vigil.

While the Black Legion enjoyed the adoration, and fear, of the populace, the Order maintained a shroud of secrecy around its activities. They had little choice in the matter. To be discovered meant certain death in an empire that shunned most arcane practices. In truth, even amongst their sorcerous brethren, the magic wielded by the Order is considered taboo.

Grim Dawn

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Hack & Slash
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Kyn - Preview @ Game Grin

by Couchpotato, 04:19

James Furlong of Game Grin posted a new preview for KYN based on a small demo.

The first obvious influence is Baldur’s Gate. There are so many games that try to channel the greatness that Baldur’s Gate managed so effortlessly, but it looks like Kyn is close to getting it. I was shown a party of three different characters that all have three separate skill trees, all could be upgraded in any way you see fit. These trees represent the most common RPG tropes: Range, Mage and Warrior. No one character is limited to one playstyle and mixing and matching is very much encouraged.

Kyn

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Satellite Reign - Development Diary #11

by Couchpotato, 01:56

5 Lives Studios has posted the eleventh Development Diary for Satellite Reign.

The whole team is back in the office after heading down to Melbourne for PAX Aus 2014. What a weekend! While it was exhausting, we met so many awesome people, and it was great to finally meet a heap of our backers, face to face, and just chat about Satellite Reign.

A whole lot of people came by our booth to give the game a whirl, and not only was it nice to hear people’s thoughts, but it was incredibly helpful to see how different people played. Having fresh-eyes on the game has helped the designers make better-informed decisions moving forward.

Speaking of moving forward, we’re currently doing some optimisations to get the next build of the game out, bringing our beta-level backers into the fold. That’s everyone on the ASSASSIN £29/$45 tier and higher. We’re hoping to get it into people’s hands next week. Stay tuned!

To all of our high-level backers at the Director tier and higher (£640/$1000 and higher), Dean sent an email out to you all last week regarding getting your likeness into the game. If you didn’t see the email, please check your spam folder. If it still isn’t there, let us know ASAP. There is a deadline for this in order to fit into our schedule.

Watch this space, we’ll have more info regarding the beta-backer access very soon, as well as some more information on our Steam Early Access release in December, which will be available to all backers!

Satellite Reign

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-fi
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Blizzard - The Future of The Diablo Series

by Couchpotato, 01:54

Well it seems the next Diablo game wont be a full MMO, but will be a four player co-op game according to a new post on GameranX. So whats your opinion?

Blizzard talked about Diablo and the franchise’s future in the recent Blizzcon. You can rest assured of one thing; they have no plans to make it an MMO.

This comes from the company’s lead content designer, Kevin Martens. Blizzard did have plans to make an MMO Diablo, but they have lost interest from a design perspective, so the idea has been abandoned completely.

On the contrary, Blizzard has become invested in the idea of a four person party playing the game, and the possibilities these limitations create for game experiences. They have been asked about upping the number of players to five, but Diablo 3 was built around a four person experience, and they are no longer interested in changing that.

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Bedlam - Development Update

by Couchpotato, 01:51

Skyshine Games latest update for Bedlam has a short update on the game status.

The high-fives have been handed out, the jigs have been jigged and now it’s time to get down to business! We took a short break after the campaign so the team could rest and recover, but we are already back, hard at work on the game!

We had a few questions about our surveys! In the coming weeks we will be sending out our surveys to gather information on pledge rewards like shirt sizes, add-ons, and other important details regarding your pledge. 

One of our first orders of business will be getting the forums online so we can communicate with YOU our awesome backers!

Bedlam

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Post-apoc
Genre: Roguelike
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Valkyria Chronicles - PC Port Impressions

by Couchpotato, 01:48

I have two articles for everyone today that talk about the port of Valkyria Chronicles.

IncGamers

Overall, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the hours I’ve put in so far. Early battles haven’t been hugely challenging, but I can already see the importance of factors like positioning and inter-class support coming into play. The cast are quirky, but likeable, and I’m already gravitating towards a few favourites to take on missions. There aren’t too many tactical, turn-based titles who will give their soldiers “Lonely” or “Metal Allergy” as a meaningful characteristic, either.

SEGA has done a fine job on the PC port, so anybody who played this on PS3 and fancies a replay at higher frame-rates and resolutions shouldn’t hesitate. On the strength of what I’ve played so far, those looking for an unusual take on turn-based strategy should take a look too.

PC Gamer

The PC port of Valkyria Chronicles is a no-frills affair, but it delivers all the most essential qualities which should be expected on PC, including arbitrary resolution and framerate support. Its lack of graphics options is easily forgiven taking into account that the quality of all effects scales with resolution, and the artistic intent of its renderer which is inherently less customizable than the average photo-realistic affair. Commendably, it also performs amazingly very well even on modest hardware.

Given the quality of the game, the competent port and its very fair pricing, any fan of turn-based strategy games or SRPGs would be remiss not to check out Valkyria Chronicles. Oh, and if you want to improve your image quality further by means of downsampling, or want to be able to toggle the in-game HUD and take HUDless screenshots, note that the latest version of GeDoSaTo includes a profile for the game.

The game should unlock on Steam later today.Smile

Valkyria Chronicles

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Historical
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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