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Will Witcher 3 Live Up to the Hype?
I Think It'll Be Fantastic
32.79%

I Hope It'll Be Good
42.62%

I Definitely Have Doubts
16.39%

It will Utterly Fail
8.2%

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Saturday - April 25, 2015

Deck 13 - New Game to Be Revealed at E3

by Couchpotato, 04:30

DSO Gaming has news that Deck 13 is working on a new game, and that it will be revealed at E3 this year. Hopefully it's a new RPG since they can't make a a sequel to Lords of the Fallen. As the developer lost the game IP to their publisher CI Games.

Deck13 Interactive announced today its partnership with Focus Home Interactive. Deck13 is currently working on an unannounced game that will be published by Focus Home Interactive, and will be revealed at this year’s E3.

Jan Klose, Creative Director and Co-Owner of Deck13, said:

“After Lords of the Fallen, we are eager to expand on what we have learned and want to deliver an even greater experience to the core gamers. The team we built and the technology we created puts us in a great position to go one step beyond what we have achieved so far.”

Florian Stadlbauer, CEO and Owner of Deck13, added:

“Focus Home Interactive as publishing partner is a perfect fit for us. Their great experience in international marketing and distribution combined with our creativity and tech base sets an exceptional foundation for our next worldwide success.”

Last but not least, according to CI Games, Lords of the Fallen sold nearly one million copies on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Deck 13

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Victor Vran - Preview @ Gaming Enthusiast

by Couchpotato, 04:26

Ryan Parreno published the next Early Access preview of Victor Vran this week.

Victor Vran is a Diablo-like but doesn’t have the intuitive gameplay or addictiveness of a Diablo or Torchlight. If Haemimont won’t change the keyboard and mouse controls, they will have to find a way to tweak the core mechanics to make it as fun as those games. Beyond that, Victor Vran needs something compelling to make players want to keep going. It could be story, it could be gameplay, and it would be best if it was a combination of both. If Haemimont ultimately fails to raise Victor Vran from its current state in Early Access, it will be an average action RPG at best. But hey, that isn’t too bad for a few hours.

Victor Vran

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

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Dragon - Now Available on Steam

by Couchpotato, 04:23

The hand drawn Action RPG DRAGON: A Game About a Dragon has been releasd on Steam today, and the game will only cost you $5.09 till May, 1st.

DRAGON: A Game About a Dragon is now officially released! Thank you to everybody who helped test it and contribute to our launch, and I hope everyone who purchases it has fun!

DRAGON: A Game About a Dragon

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

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Age of Wonders 3 - Two New Reviews

by Couchpotato, 04:19

Here are two more reviews for the Age of Wonders 3: Eternal Lord expansion.

Gamespot - 8/10

Strategy game legend and Civilization creator Sid Meier once said, "Games are a series of interesting decisions." By that metric, Age of Wonders III: Eternal Lords is excellent. Your possibility space is vast, and you can craft your adventure and your nation in any number of ways. Systems of morality, player races and classes, and governance all work together to create an interlocking web of player-driven narrative potential. This expansion's only real weaknesses are those endemic to the structure of the base game, but Eternal Lords is a worthy follow-up and fresh take on the classic turn-based strategy game formula.

The Game Scouts - 9/10

There is so much more to Age of Wonders III: Eternal Lords, it’s impossible to cover all new intricacies and features with a single review. This is a remarkable expansion to an already superb game. Eternal Lords is an absolute must for owners of the base game. And those who have yet to acquire Age of Wonders III, what are you waiting for? This is one of the finest 4X strategy titles on the PC.

Age of Wonders 3

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

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Gamer Attitude - Comparing Role-Playing Games

by Couchpotato, 04:15

I found an interesting article on a site called Gamer Attitude that compares WRPGs vs JRPGs games, or as the site calls it East vs West. Here is a short sample.

Final Fantasy and Mass Effect. Legend of Heroes and X-Men Legends. The Legend of Zelda and Fable. For every great Japanese RPG there is an equally great western RPG that can be used as a counter. Within the gaming community there is a clear line drawn in the sand between the two, with either side arguing their respective genre to be the best overall. But which truly holds the rights to be the “best”?

General News

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

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Friday - April 24, 2015

Din's Curse - Gameplay Overview Video

by Fluent, 14:20

Hey everyone! In this video I take a look at the hack n' slash action-RPG, Din's Curse! I give an overview of the gameplay elements and go over what to expect when you play the game. 

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Hello! Thank you for joining me for today's video. In this episode, I take a look at the indie, hack n' slash action-RPG by Soldak Entertainment, Din's Curse!

During this video I show off and talk about the various aspects that make up the game, from the hacking and slashing of monsters to the inventory system and the character stats and skills. No stone is left unturned! :)

I hope you enjoy the video! If you do, please press the Like button, leave me a comment letting me know what you think, subscribe to my channel for more RPG videos and share this video everywhere you go!

If you'd like to really help me out, please check out my Patreon page! - http://www.patreon.com/fluent

More links:

Din's Curse on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/217...

Din's Curse Demon War DLC on Steam -
http://store.steampowered.com/app/217...

Soldak Entertainment's website - http://www.soldak.com/

RPGWatch - http://www.rpgwatch.com

Thanks for watching and much love to you all! Ciao!

So, what do you think of this game? 

Din's Curse

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

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Witcher 3 - Does it Live up to the Hype?

by Couchpotato, 06:08

Gamespot seems to have copied my question off our sites new poll in a video about whether The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will live up to it's Hype on release next month.

Danny & Andy give their impression of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt after a combined twelve hours playing this exciting open world role-playing game.

Witcher 3

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

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That Which Sleeps - Events & Opportunities Update

by Couchpotato, 06:04

King Dinosaur Games next post-funding update for That Which Sleeps has information on the games events, opportunities, political screen,and talks about the mod tools.

We are continuing to work on finalizing the user interface elements, as well as the very time-consuming act of bug squashing - but we have a few more elements to show off today as we get ever closer to the release of our mod tools and, following that, the beta release.

That Which Sleeps

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

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Square Enix - Final Fantasy 4 PC Release

by Couchpotato, 06:01

Square Enix announced  this week they will be releasing the Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake May  2th on Steam. Here is the game trailer, and pre-order links.

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Now with a full 3D remake, FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS can be played as never before on Steam.

Featuring an intro movie by Visual Works, Steam Achievements and Steam Trading Cards, take part in the epic sequel that unfolds nearly two decades after the events of FINAL FANTASY IV. Classic characters make their return alongside several new heroes, including Ceodore, son of Cecil and Rosa.

FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS comes to Steam on May 12th, 2015. Pre-order now to get 10% off!

PRE-ORDER: http://bit.ly/fftafteryears
WEBSITE: http://bit.ly/fftaywebsite

Square Enix

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M&M Heroes VII - Available for Pre-order

by Couchpotato, 05:56

The website for Might & Magic Heroes VII has new information about how you can now pre-order the game, and shares a few different options to choose from.

Starting today, you will be able to pre-order Might & Magic Heroes VII and secure your access to upcoming Closed Beta!

All players who pre-order the game will receive guaranteed access to the Closed Beta, which will begin on May 25th, as well as exclusive in-game portraits and exclusive Artefacts at release. 

Might & Magic Heroes VII will be available exclusively on Windows® PC in September 2015!

Might & Magic Heroes VII

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

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DA:Inquisition - Keeping Up With the Keep

by Couchpotato, 05:47

BioWare's latest blog update talks about some new changes to the Dragon Age Keep.

The Dragon Age Keep is all about letting you shape and share your Dragon Age experience the way you see fit, and we have been listening to your feedback on how to make it better. In our latest release, we introduce a number of features that give you more customizability and control over your Dragon Age legacy, including your heroes, world states, and career.

DA:Inquisition

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

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Dungeonmans - New Update & Sale on Steam

by Couchpotato, 05:45

You guys may recall a game called Dungeonmans that was released back in December by developer Adventurepro Games. They sent us news today about a new version.

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Last December, Adventurepro Games released our first title “Dungeonmans” for PC/Steam, after a successful Kickstarter and Early Access debut. This lighthearted-yet-challenging Roguelike was met with praise from our fans (9/10 on Steam!) and critics (Kotaku, IndieRPGs, RPGFan, Modvive) alike for its deep character customization, tactical combat, visual & audio polish, and metagame progress.

Today, the game is part of the Steam Roguelike sale (25% off through April 27th), sporting all sorts of improvements and new content since the v1.0 release! With a sale price of just $11.24, the game is a great deal and chock-full of content. Here are just a few things we’ve added since the game released on December 9, 2014.

New Features

- A new post-game adventure! The Amaranth Pandemonium offers an endless (?!) descent through a unique dungeon with ever-increasing difficulty and the new Glorious item system

- Over 50 new items, including a totally new tier of armor and weapons!

- Hero retirement! High-level Dungeonmens can retire to teach at the Academy, open a tavern in the countryside, or just pass the mantle of heroism on to a new graduate and wander the world as a freelance adventurer.

- New shops and town improvements! Spend your hard-earned coin at Foomingdale’s, Aim Low, Ranger Danger, and other specialty shops.

- Redesigned and enhanced skills, such as Dungeon Dervish and Dual Wielding - use the new Tempo system to chain attacks into an ever-intensifying whirling dance of destruction!

- Full Gamepad support and new Steam Cloud saves!

- Numerous balance changes, bug fixes, and UI improvements!

- The King of Thieves gives your stolen items back when you kill him. Honest!

If you haven’t played Dungeonmans yet, here are some of the core features that have been in the game from the start.

Original Features:

* Turn-based, old-school Roguelike adventure glistening with polish

* Over 100 nasty and unique monsters to fight, plus champions + bosses

* Free form character building with 60+ abilities

* Sprawling procedurally generated world with an array of dungeon types

* Metagame progress through the Dungeonmans Academy system

* 50+ minutes of original orchestral music styled after 16/32-bit RPGs

 

Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/288120

Roguelike Sale: http://store.steampowered.com/sale/roguelike

Dungeonmans

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

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Pyrodactyl Games - Will Fight for Food Released

by Couchpotato, 05:39

Pyrodactyl Games sent sent news they released the PC version of Will Fight for Food.

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Ready? Fight! or Talk...in the Will Fight for Food Launch Trailer. It’s time to hit the ludicrous streets of Whateville and solve everyone’s problems for them!

You know that moment where an NPC gives you a side quest and you think, “Man, I wish I could just beat up this entitled jerk instead.” Well, we have a game for you!

Presenting Will Fight for Food: Super Actual Sellout: Game of the Hour - where every problem has a peaceful solution involving diplomacy and a detailed conversation system. Alternatively, you can just beat people up until they are sorry and they never ask you for 15 bear paws again. Your call, really.

Let our play testers demonstrate in this new video. Please ignore the part where they beat each other senseless, video games do that to everyone:

Grab your copy of WFFF: SAS: GOTH today, and save the townsfolk from just about everything weird that could happen in a small middle American town where the Mayor wears a championship belt to meetings, and a shadowy wrestling corporation controls everything.

Available on Steam and Humble Widget for Windows, Mac and Linux now!

Pyrodactyl Games

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ExaGear - Android PC Emulator Updated

by Couchpotato, 05:34

I mentioned a new PC Emulator called ExaGear last year that allows gamers to play a few PC RPGs on any Android device. It seems the emulator has been updated.

Here is the new update from the programs developer Vadim Gimpelson.

Did you know that you can play PC games directly on Android mobile devices using emulators developed by Eltechs? 

ExaGear Strategies enables running strategy games such as Heroes of Might and Magic 3, Civilization 3, Disciples 2, Panzer General 2. 

ExaGear RPG enables runnign role playing games such as  Fallout 1, 2, Might and Magic VI, VII, VIII, Arcanum and Jagged  Alliance 2.

These emulators allow users to run PC games on mobile devices without modifications. In this case games run directly on mobile devices and don’t require internet access. ExaGear-based solutions are being used in a range of Android applications and users have ranked them highly in digital app stores

We’ve released update of ExaGear Strategies and ExaGear RPG. We’ve significantly increased performance, so now PC games are loaded 12% faster. Also ExaGear is fully compatible with 64-bit devices like Nexus 9, HTC One M9, LG G Flex 2 etc.

General News

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

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Sorcerer King - April 22nd Dev Stream

by Couchpotato, 05:28

Well here is the next Development stream for Sorcerer King on YouTube.

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Sorcerer King

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

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Earthlock - One Year Anniversary Update

by Couchpotato, 05:25

Snowcastle Games next post-funding update celebrates the one year anniversary of Earthlock: Festival of Magic, and talks about the games development progress.

A year has passed since we successfully ended the Kickstarter. We have come a long way since then. The team has grown, and we have become better at what we do. The scope of the project has in most ways remained the same, but we have adjusted here and refined there.

Earthlock

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

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Deus Ex - The Best Game Ever Part Five @ RPS

by Couchpotato, 05:21

John Walker of RPS shared the fifth part of his article about whether Deus Ex is still the the best game ever. The fifth update talks about the ending as we await his verdict.

So it’s finished. It’s an awful lot longer than I remembered, and I had certainly forgotten huge chunks of it. Now I need to get my thoughts in order, take this wealth of new evidence and experience, and address the question that’s titled all these entries. Is Deus Ex still the best game ever?

Deus Ex

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Shooter-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Knights of Pen & Paper II - 60 FPS Gameplay

by Couchpotato, 05:17

Paradox Interactive released a new trailer for Knights of Pen & Paper 2 which shows off gameplay of some new in-game content in 1080p at 60FPS. Here is the trailer.

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Witness 60FPS Gameplay

See New Graphics, Gameplay Features, and Retro RPG Revelry at a Thoroughly Necessary Framerate

STOCKHOLM — April 23, 2015 — Paradox Interactive, a publisher and developer on a roll, today released a new trailer for Knights of Pen & Paper 2, the turn-based meta-RPG coming to PC, iOS, and Android devices this year. The new trailer, which showcases a broad selection of in-game content in crisp, jaw-dropping 1080p at 60FPS, also includes sound, and the revolutionary interactive "pause" feature.

Viewers of this trailer will be treated to a preview of the next-gen retro-style world of Knights of Pen & Paper 2, including dynamic dungeons, custom-built encounters, new character options, a horse, and some people yelling.

Prepare yourself for sensory overload and download our uploaded trailer here.

Roll up for adventure in Knights of Pen & Paper 2, the new turn-based adventure sequel to Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition, coming to iOS, Android, and PC in May 2015. Players get to take on the role of players, and also master the game as the party's Game Master, designing encounters, rolling saves, and bickering endlessly at the fully customizable party. Assemble a group of virtual friends, dress them in class-specific hats, and take on an all-new series of quests, including dynamic dungeons, an improved combat system, new loot and crafting mechanics, and more, as the party faces its greatest challenge yet: the new edition of the ruleset.

Paradox Interactive

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Gothic 2 Gold - Latest DirectX11 Mod

by Fluent, 01:14

Hi! In this video I take a look at the DirectX11 modification for the classic CRPG, Gothic 2. The version shown in the video is current as of April 2015 and is still under construction as we speak

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Hey everybody! Thanks for joining me, as today I take a look at the most current version of Andre's D3D11 renderer mod for Gothic 2!

The version I'm playing is the X15 Version, current as of April 2015. In the video I show off a few tricks that the mod is capable of doing, as well as show off a bit of the terrain in my favorite first-person mode!

The best thing about this video is that it is truly 1920x1080, full HD and a constant 60 FPS. Later on in the video I actually show the game with full 8x Supersampling AA, as well as other bells and whistles I talk about in the video. :)

My system specs:
Windows 7 64-bit
16 GB RAM
i5 4690 3.5ghz CPU
Nvidia GTX 970 GPU
256 GB SSD

For the high resolution font mod, use this link. Download it and add it to your Data folder and voila! You now have a better font! -http://fgex.ru/files/FONT_High_Resolu...

Follow the mod here - http://forum.worldofplayers.de/forum/...

If you like the sort of work I do here on YouTube, please consider becoming a Patron of mine on Patreon. It would mean a lot and greatly help my channel! Check it out! - http://www.patreon.com/fluent

Also, leave a comment letting myself and Andre know what you think about the great work he's done! Share the video to get others excited for it. There are still a lot of people who love the Gothic games that aren't aware of this great project, so let's let them all know about it! :)

Lastly, press the Like button and subscribe to my channel for more!

Ciao!

Gothic 2 Gold

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

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Thursday - April 23, 2015

Skyrim - Now Supports Paid Mods

by Couchpotato, 21:03

Well it's official now as Bethesda and Valve now offer modders the option to sell mods for Skyrim. I wonder how this will affect the Nexus sites?. Here are the details.

We’ve had a long and excellent relationship with our good friends at Valve. We worked together to make the Workshop a huge part of Skyrim, and we’re excited that something we’ve been working together on for a long time is finally happening. You can now charge for the mods you create.

Unlike other curated games on Steam that allow users to sell their creations, this will be the first game with an open market. It will not be curated by us or Valve. It was essential to us that our fans decide what they want to create, what they want to download, and what they want to charge.

Many of our fans have been modding our games since Morrowind, for over 10 years. They now have the opportunity to earn money doing what they love – and all fans have a new way to support their favorite mod authors. We’ve also updated Skyrim and the Creation Kit with new features to help support paid mods including the ability to upload master files, adding more categories and removing filesize limit restrictions.

What does this mean for you?

As a modder, you now have the option of listing your creations at a price determined by you. Or, you can continue to share your projects for free. For those shopping for new mods, Valve is making sure you can try any mod risk free. See Refund Policy.

For full details on these changes to the Skyrim Workshop, check out Steam’s announcement page and FAQ.

Modding has been important to all our games for such a long time. We try to create worlds that come alive and you can make your own, but it’s in modding where it truly does. Thanks again for all your incredible support over the years. We hope steps like this breathe new life into Skyrim for everyone.

Skyrim

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

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Codemasters - Overlord: Fellowship of Evil

by Couchpotato, 18:40

Codemasters announced a new game for the Overlord series called Fellowship of Evil.

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EVIL HAS A NEW FACE. WELL FOUR FACES, ACTUALLY. BUT WHO WEARS THE EVILIST? ER, EVILER? YOU DECIDE!

Thursday 23rd April (2pm UK) - Are you sick of RPGs casting you as a valiant bore? Do you need a fresh breath of putrid air in fantasy Action RPG gaming? Then it’s time to thank the dark Gods; everyone’s favourite pantomime of gaming evil has returned!  After six years of scheming away in their darkest dungeons, the Codemasters development Minions have hatched their most diabolical gaming experience yet – Overlord: Fellowship of Evil, invading PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system; Xbox One and the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC in 2015.
   
Boasting a devilishly good script written by the original’s award-winning scriptwriter Rhianna Pratchett, Overlord: Fellowship of Evil gives players a brand new, darkly comic quest to embark upon.

With the last true Overlord deceased, gamers take up the role of one of four Netherghūls. These brand new, suitably nefarious additions to the series are undead servants of the dark arts, determined to bring evil back to a world overrun by the forces of good.

But where’s the fun in smiting fools alone? Join the Fellowship, grab three of your most devious friends - locally or online - and gleefully unleash a wave of delightful destruction across the land. For the Master!

Are you the type of ne’er-do-well who thinks that friends are the disgusting product of weak-minded goody-goodies? Fear not! You can always choose to screw them over too - evil never plays by the rules!

They also released a new video developer diary this week.

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Codemasters

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OutWard - New Articles & Greenlight

by Couchpotato, 06:49

Nine Dots Canada posted the next update for OutWard with news about a new article on Polygon, and share their results of the games greenlight campaign.

Articles popping up, greenlight, and whats to come!

We invite you the join the conversation at polygon and give us your thoughts on the system, as we will be reading through and addressing your questions in the comment section.

Showing your support is what tells people that their audience wants to see more stuff about Outward. The most valuable thing you can do as a fan is tell people about why you like the thing you support.

Steam Greenlight:

We have smashed through greenlight in just seven days thanks to the help of our fans. We want to openly talk about development and our journey. Part of that is sharing the results of our actions whether they be good or bad so you as fans can know of any issues as soon as they come up, and how we will be dealing with them in the future as well as sharing in the joy of accomplishing something big.

Today we are sharing the results of our greenlight campaign. Together we pushed through very quickly. 

OutWard

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

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Tides of Numenera - Mark Yohalem Hired

by Couchpotato, 06:11

The Tumblr blog for Torment: Tides of Numenera has infomation about a new writer/developer called Mark Yohalem joining Inxile Entertainment.

A while ago, I mentioned I had two exciting things to announce. I can finally share the first of them: I have been given the wonderful opportunity to work as a writer on Torment: Tides of Numenera. As you guys probably know, the original Torment game (Planescape: Torment) was my principal inspiration for Primordia. The T:TON writing and design team is composed of people whose work I’ve long admired: Colin McComb, George Ziets, Kevin Saunders, Chris Avellone, Monte Cook – to name just a few. Numenera was one of the very first projects I backed on Kickstarter as part of my commitment to using Primordia’s revenue to support interesting projects; T:TON came not long after. To suddenly be on the same team as these guys is not a dream come true because, first of all, my dreams tend to be unpleasant and, second, even my subconscious would not be so audacious as to invent such a scenario. While I am optimistic that this is another step on my game-writing path and not the end destination, it does feel like a milestone as important as Primordia was.

Hopefully in the next week or two I will be able to talk about the other exciting topic, which is Wormwood Studios’ next project, Fallen Gods. I expect that, far from delaying Fallen Gods, T:TON will teach me tons and encourage me to be more efficient in time-management.

Torment: Tides of Numenera

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

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - A Better Deus Ex

by Couchpotato, 06:07

GameInformer has another video interview from their month long coverage of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided with information on how Eidos Montreal is building a better Deus Ex.

The original Deus Ex is one of the most beloved PC games of all time, so the team at Eidos Montreal had a lot to live up to with their first entry in the series, Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Now the stakes feel higher for the follow up, Mankind Divided.

Executive game director Jean-François Dugas explains what made Deus Ex such an important landmark in gaming, and how Deus Ex: Mankind Divided improves upon its predecessor in everything from boss fights to production values – bringing the cyberpunk experience to the next level.

Warning: Contains spoilers for Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Shooter-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Shadowrun: Hong Kong - Backer Rewards

by Couchpotato, 06:02

Harebrained Schemes published a new post-funding update for the Shadowrun: Hong Kong Kickstarter campaign with an update on the digital backer rewards.

Now that we've locked down BackerKit, we've distributed the first of the digital rewards!! Depending on your pledge level, the following rewards will be found in your BackerKit account. 

  • Shadowrun Returns and Dragonfall Soundtracks
  • Shadowrun 5th Edition Digital Tools Box
  • Out of Print Sourcebooks - both rewards and add-ons
  • Shadowrun Returns Key for Steam, GOG or Humble
  • Shadowrun Dragonfall for Steam, GOG or Humble

All you have to do is log in here: https://shadowrun-hong-kong.backerkit.com/ to download the files and get the keys. 

Note that your rewards will not be granted to your account unless you have completed your BackerKit survey and your account is fully paid which you can still do at the same link. We will distribute rewards to late backers early next week 

Shadowrun: Hong Kong

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

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - More Video Updates

by Couchpotato, 05:59

Well another day and I have two more videos for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to share with everyone. The first video spoils a prologue quest called "Precious Cargo".

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Watch the new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video featuring a quest from the prologue, where Geralt helps a merchant retrieve a mysterious box from the swamps.

 GameSpot also posted the third and final documentary video.

The world of The Witcher is huge, but what is there to do? In the final part of our series, we explore the wild variety of quests and activities in Wild Hunt. It's level-based quest system, branching story-lines and hilariously deep card-collecting game.

Witcher 3

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

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Satellite Reign - Preview @ Continue-Play

by Couchpotato, 05:53

I found another preview for 5 Live Studios Syndicate inspired game Satellite Reign on a site called Continue-Play. Just remember the game is only available on Early Access.

My main bugbear at the moment is the UI, which currently feels a bit unwieldy, with icons being far too small and text being difficult to make out without sticking your face close to the screen. After one prolonged session I found myself suffering from a rather unpleasant case of eye strain, and the problem only gets worse as you increase the resolution, suggesting that proper UI scaling is yet to be implemented. The UI has evolved a few times since the early Backers’ version of the game, and it’s clear that Diskett and his team are still trying to nail down the best interface.

Of course there are the usual bugs, placeholders and crashes. Satellite Reign is a lot more stable than it once was, but as with any game at this stage of the development process, you can expect plenty of technical issues. The launcher sometimes stops responding, and while gameplay is seamless once you’re in the city, the initial loading time could do with a bit of optimization. Put up with the normal foibles associated with playing a game that’s still in active development though, and there’s a lot of fun to be had simply trying out new approaches and navigating the city.

5 Lives clearly wanted to nail the basics of gameplay before optimizing the core tech underpinning everything, and with the team currently transitioning the game to Unity Engine 5, I have my fingers crossed that the final game will be polished, satisfying and suitably expansive.

Satellite Reign

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

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Graal Seeker - Has Been Greenlit On Steam

by Couchpotato, 05:48

Developer Lugludum announced on Steam their game Graal Seeker has been Greenlit.

Graal Seeker has been Greenlit!

I’m happy to share with you this fresh news. After being 7 months on the Steam Greenlight platform, it has been Greenlit this week! It’s a nice surprise that’s happening. Indeed, I didn’t make as many updates as I intended to make this campaign successful and to make the community growing. But here we are! That’s excellent news and I would like to thank every one who voted, commented and have spread the word. Thank you!

What does it mean?

Being Greenlit means that our game Graal Seeker will have the opportunity to be released on the Steam platform. So it’s a really big news because I know now that Graal Seeker will reach the Steam market when it will be released.

So, what’s next?

My recent experience being an indie game developer, with all the financial implications, leads me to say no ETA, but don’t worry I definitely believe that it will come in 2016. I’m very optimistic for the future, and now I have to manage all the resources I can towards game development itself and provide more updates for the community.

Graal Seeker

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

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DA:Inquisition - Late Review @ Endless Backlog

by Couchpotato, 05:44

A small site called Endless Backlog has a late review for Dragon Age: Inquisition, and while they gave no score they do recommend the game despite finding a few problems.

Dragon Age: Inquisition melds its various systems together to form a cohesive whole where everything you do matters. No feature feels extraneous and the gameplay itself is satisfying. Facing a dragon is a true adrenaline rush and actually defeating one is cause for celebration. The writing is far and away the best of the series, with characters that have unique voices and motivations. Every choice is somewhere in a grey area, with no overwhelming right or wrong answer. However, the game shoots itself in the foot. While it's fantastic that the designers listened to complaints from the previous game, Inquisition is just too large. When you're doing story missions, the game feels streamlined while avoiding linearity. But when you're just out exploring, which makes up the majority of the game, it can get tedious. Dragon Age: Inquisition is still a decent game and worth a playthrough, just make sure that you're ready for a marathon.

DA:Inquisition

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

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Victor Vran - Preview @ Chalgyr's Game Room

by Couchpotato, 05:39

Chalgyr's Game Room has another preview for Victor Vran this week.

Generally I am rather patient in awaiting for new content to arrive when venturing into the realm of Early Access games on Steam. Victor Vran breaks that feeling however as I would really like to see much more content sooner rather than later. Between the already impressive amount of content, the brilliantly set up multiplayer, and the challenges it is already shaping up to be one hell of a Hack and Slash RPG to beat for others down the road.

Victor Vran

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

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Sword Coast Legends - More Companion Bio's

by Couchpotato, 05:33

Since the last update for Sword Coast Legends the games developer N-Space has shared more profiles for two more companions that will join your party in the game.

Companion Bio: Hommet Shaw

It takes a lot for a young wizard to be exiled from Longsaddle, the home of the famously eccentric Harpell wizards, but Hommet Shaw managed to pull it off. He’s a very talented wizard, but his attention to detail leaves something to be desired… to say the least. He’s young, and eager, and desperate to prove himself, but, well, necromancy isn’t the most widely accepted magical specialty, and it’s hard to find a mentor who won’t go all “Dine upon the fearsome hatred of the DEAD!” on you. When he sees a chance to accompany the heroes into battle, he takes it as a chance to prove himself… and make some friends in the bargain.

Companion Bio: Soronil Noonshadow

Luskan is a place where reputation means more than honor, and information sells better than ale… and thus, it’s the perfect place for Soronil Noonshadow. A moon elf diviner with a taste for mysteries, Soronil is a storehouse of information, both fact and rumor, and he’s willing to share it with anyone willing to pay his price. As such, he is a valuable source for those who, like Illydia and Larethar, seek ways to make up for past mistakes. While he’s open to sharing information to those willing to pay—or to work—for it, his own past is a bit of a mystery… as is his ability to remain alive in Luskan, given the enemies that a man in his line of work tends to make.

Sword Coast Legends

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

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Deus Ex - The Best Game Ever Part Four @ RPS

by Couchpotato, 05:27

John Walker of RPS shared the fourth part of his article about whether Deus Ex is still the the best game ever. The fouth part talks about Fratricide, Gratified & Dissatisfaction.

And so continues my chronicle of returning to Deus Ex fifteen years later, to see if I’m right when I tell anyone who comes near that it’s the best game ever. You can read the whole saga here.

In this fourth edition, I once more fail to save my brother, become increasingly frustrated with the limits of the game’s intelligence, and ponder whether real choice is actually usefully conveyed to the player.

Deus Ex

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Shooter-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Game Crate - Dishonored 2: What I Want to See

by Couchpotato, 05:23

Nick Scibetta of Game Crate posted an article with his thoughts on what he would like  to see in Arkane Studio's next Dishonored sequel. Now the article does contain spoilers.

Here’s what we know:

1. Bethesda has a press conference planned for E3 2015, on June 14. This will be the first-ever E3 conference for Bethesda.

2. Images of the press conference invite that have shown up online include teasers for things related to Doom, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, and Dishonored.

3. Dishonored sold very well, and has been referred to favorably by Bethesda as “a new franchise,” so a sequel at some point is likely.

4. Dishonored 2 has been the subject of repeated “leaks” in the past that never materialized into something substantial. The latest such “leak” came in January of 2015.

And…that’s about it, as far as the actual facts about Dishonored 2 go. It will probably happen at some point, and an announcement at Bethesda’s first-ever E3 press conference would make sense, but as of now we’re not sure.

With all that said, the first Dishonored was a fantastic game, and I, like most fans of the title, have given a lot of thought to what I want out of a sequel. I’ve come up with five things that I think are important to make a hypothetical Dishonored 2 a worthy successor to the first title.

General News

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

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Serpent in the Staglands - Preview @ Pixelated Paradise

by Couchpotato, 05:17

If you're in the mood to read another preview of Serpent in the Staglands then head-on over to a WordPress blog called Pixelated Paradise who published one this week.

I’d like to think I’m not the kind of person that’s susceptible to hype. I tend to avoid reading about upcoming games, not because I don’t want to get excited about something intangible, but because I don’t really see the benefit. It’s hard to justify lusting after something I can’t have for months when my backlog contains so many untouched titles that deserve attention instead.

Well, that’s my typical stance anyway. During the daily touring of the newly-listed Steam titles to build a comprehensive wishlist, I came across Whalenought Studios’ Serpent in the Staglands and my willpower abandoned me.

Having now had a chance to play some of the game myself, I can only say that it meets and then exceeds every hope and expectation I had for it.

Serpent in the Staglands

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

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