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Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander

2016-04-25

Halcyon 6 First Impressions

I fired up Halcyon 6 fully expecting to play half an hour before bed. Needless to say thats not how things panned out and I played until I couldn't play no more.
» Continue reading the article...

Darkest Dungeon

2016-04-20

Darkest Dungeon Review

Forgottenlor had a go at Darkest Dungeon and came back with his views on the game
» Read the article

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Wednesday - April 27, 2016

The Mandate - Ships and Bridges

by Myrthos, 19:33

In a new development update for The Mandate, we learn that quite a bit of work has been done on the game, such as:

Bridges

In the previous update we discussed how we were putting together the bridges. In all we are making six bridges, one for each class size of ship (from frigate to battleship). 

Since we are taking a modular approach as well as using faction-specific textures each ship bridge should look suitably unique.

The bridges and faction-specific modular assets have been completed and in the video below you can see all size classes as well as faction specific variations for one of the bridges.

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Armors & heads

For combat armors we have finished all armors minus the IFTL ones. Instead we are focusing on something that is more important: base heads that can be used to make procedurally generated heads. The generated heads will be used when you are interacting with other characters like starship captains, base commanders, planetary governors etc.

In all we expect to have at least eight base heads for each gender. We make these base heads from 3D scans of real people and while this process is tricky to get right, we found a workflow that is efficient and produces good results. These base heads can be used as input by our designers to configure a specific head for an important character. For less important or generated characters the game could also auto-generate NPC talking heads as needed.

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Ships

When it comes to space ships we are almost finished and only have a few left. As you may remember we produced the medium and small ships first and during the last months we have focused on the big ships, the battle cruisers and battleships. Below are a few screenshots of the Romanov battlecruiser in all its regal splendor with different bow, midship and aft configurations.

Since ship production is coming to a close this means our focus is shifting from production to the tweak & polish phase. Below is a video from one of our test playfields where we have deployed both Arkwright and Romanov ships for general inspection.

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For more information, including information about animation and the adventure mode, click the above link.

The Mandate

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

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Banner Saga 2 - Interview @PAX East

by Silver, 06:58

Stoic held an interview with Outerhaven Productions at PAX East 2016 about their new game The Banner Saga 2

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Jason met up with John, Drew and Matt from Stoic to talk about their newly released sequel to the hit tactical RPG, The Banner Saga. We talked a bit about the story and some gameplay improvements fans can expect as they continue their clan's journey.

Banner Saga 2

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

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Kickstarter Games - Chronicle of Ruin Update #3

by Silver, 04:04

Chronicle of Ruin is a real-time tactical JRPG epic with inspiration from Ogre Battle, Final Fantasy VI, and Final Fantasy Tactics. It is on kickstarter at the moment having raised 5K of a 36K goal with 22 days remaining and is the work of one developer named Andrew Silverman. Check out his devlog for more info or to offer direct feedback. For this update the developer answers some common questions about the project.

FAQ Round 2

Is Chronicle of Ruin coming to Android?

As of now, Chronicle of Ruin isn't coming to any mobile platforms. However, it's definitely something that I'd like to explore down the line. As you can imagine, the game isn't that demanding in either terms of processing power or precision of controls. Touch controls could even be a great thing for both the tactical map and combat. But, I'm not going to guarantee anything I can't guarantee, so that's a 'no' on mobile for the time being.

But is it really coming to Linux?

On the other hand, yes, the game is absolutely coming to Linux.

Does the game have anything built in to add to replayability?

Easy modding and a map editor are two things that I'm extremely interested in getting into the game eventually, both of which should add significantly to the game's longevity.

Are there random encounters or grinding?

Nope! All encounters are visible in the field (outside of those triggered by cutscenes), and the experience system is 'gated' at several points, which is something I'm going to go into in an update about stats and character growth soon.

Are there going to be cool semi-random dialogues in battle, like how characters sometimes shout out the actual spells in Final Fantasy Tactics?

Maybe! Let me know if you want 'em in -- this is a pretty easy thing to put in, so it's implementation is almost entirely based on demand.

Will we be able to skip longer spell animations?

I can't see there being many (or any) animations that go that long. If you make an animation that people want to mash through, you've made too much animation.

Will there be male and female options for the main character?

Characters won't have gender options. Here's my exact answer, to elaborate:

"Well, first thing that I'd say is that the game really doesn't have a 'main character'. FFVI's main influence on this game is a narrative structure that freely shifted focus between characters - from Locke to Terra to Celes to Edgar and all the other characters.

Chronicle of Ruin works in a similar fashion, so while the game may start with that character at the center of the promo art (Rugar), he's absolutely not the 'main character', and to answer your question more directly, very large portions of the game are spent centered around the female members of your party."

Kickstarter Games

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

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Tuesday - April 26, 2016

VtM: Redemption - Review @ CRPG Revisited

by Myrthos, 20:19

Here is a review for Vampire The Masquerade: Redemption, by someone who likes to review older CRPG's, but was lukewarm about this game.

So it is worth buying ? Well, if you like the Vampire settings and the gothic theme and this world. Yes definetely now when it is not very expensive. Personally I lost interest after leaving the medieval settings only to find that I have to repeat everything again (getting new cash and inventory) in the modern settings. Too little variety and too repetitive.

In the beginning I was strongly hooked since everything was new but I lack secrets areas, puzzles, optional sub quests, more NPC:s, more varying combats, more equipment, better looting etc. A major breakdown of the game is the lack of good equipment to buy. Looting is totally broken in the modern world. You will never get anything worthwhile. Since London, I only played the game for the sake of completing it without much enjoyment.

Another problem I have with the game is the lack of control of your other party members. As I´ve said before I would like some sort of detailed settings to control how much - if any - blood they should use or which disciplines they should prioritize. If I don´t control them directly you could never be sure of what will be cast during combat.

Rating: 2.5

Thanks Couch.

VtM: Redemption

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

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Fable Legends - Wasn't a Disaster

by Myrthos, 20:01

Without the game ever being releeased, Eurogamer concludes that Fable Legends wasn't a great Fable game, but was no disaster either.

Was Fable Legends another victim of the Xbox One's wayward direction in its early days? Maybe so, Lionhead's illustrious career coming to a miserable conclusion with two titles were hamstrung by the wider ideals imposed upon them, The Journey by its marriage to Kinect and Legends by its association with online that was always an awkward fit for the world of Fable. For all its troubles - and, more specifically, the failings of motion control - The Journey contained enough craft and heart to warrant its existence. Legends looked like it had enough to deserve a shot at a wider audience, even if it was never going to be a huge success. It was destined never to be. Fable Legends' closed beta was switched off last week, and its chances of being resurrected look slim. Albion might live on through another studio's work, but Lionhead's own take on its own fabled land is no more.

Fable Legends

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC, Xbox One
Release: Canceled

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Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor - Tech Demos

by Myrthos, 19:57

Couch has spotted the next three tech demos for Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor - Martyr.

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Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor

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

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Zombasite - Interview @ Co-Optimus

by Myrthos, 19:54

Co-Optimus has interviewed Steven Soldak for Zombasite.

Co-Optimus: What's something new that Zombasite brings to the table?

Steven: That greatly depends on what we are comparing Zombasite to.

Compared to other action RPGs, Zombasite has a dynamic world that changes based on what the player does or doesn’t do, what the other clans do, and even what the monsters do. It also has lots of zombie mechanics like how you get infected, what can cure infections, what can detect infections, and even mutations that can make the plague even worse.

Compared to other zombie games, the biggest difference is that Zombasite is in a fantasy setting instead of the more common modern day setting. With a fantasy setting you have medieval weapons and armor, magic, fantasy type classes, non-zombie monsters, and more.

Co-Optimus: One of the more interesting features of Zombasite, to me, is how the world doesn't seem to wait for you to act. Quests will come and go (which may lead to some serious problems for your clan), NPCs will fight with one another, and clans/enemies will act in their own interests to further their power. It's very impressive but I can't help but wonder why. Why go to such lengths for an action-RPG?

Steven: Why wouldn’t you want the game world to dynamically respond to everything? :) Personally I think the dynamic world makes everything more immersive and adds a lot of replayability. You never quite know what is going to happen. I’m even surprised sometimes and vow to get revenge on some NPC that betrayed me when I wasn’t expecting any trouble.

Thanks Couch.

Zombasite

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

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Fallout 4 - Modding Information

by Myrthos, 19:51

Bethesda has announced details for Fallout 4 Modding and the Creation Kit, with the open beta now available for PC.

Mods and the players who create them have always been an important part of our games, going all the way back to Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls Construction Set. We believe that our games become something much more special, when we put the power of creation in your hands. New quests, environments, characters, dialogue, outfits, weapons and more – with Mods, the possibilities of what you can do are endless. You are creating new experiences that enhance and take our games into amazing and surprising new directions.

For Fallout 4, our goal was to make Mods easier and more accessible than ever before – for both the creators and the players. By building an all-new system with Bethesda.net we’ve made a huge leap forward in achieving that.

You can now browse and search for the latest and greatest Mods, choose your favorites, post feedback, and install them – all within the game. Simply select Mods from the main menu, and start browsing.

If you want to try making Mods (and we think everybody should), the Creation Kit – the same tool that we used to create Fallout 4 – is a free download via the Bethesda.net launcher. You can check out the Creation Kit Wiki, our online documentation and help file, for more details and tips on how to make them.

We plan to update and evolve Mods and the Creation Kit based on your experiences so be sure to leave feedback in our forums.

How to access the 1.5 Update in Steam Beta:

  • Log into Steam
  • Right Click on Fallout 4 in your Library
  • Select Settings
  • Select Betas
  • A drop down menu will appear. Select beta
  • Select OK
  • Wait a few minutes and Fallout 4 should update
  • When done, Fallout 4 should appear as Fallout 4 [Beta] in your Library

For console players, Mods will be coming to Xbox One in May and PlayStation 4 in June. We have a lot to do yet, but we hope it changes console gaming the way it has changed PC.

Finally, we’d like to thank all the Modders who volunteered to beta test the Creation Kit and Mods during our closed beta. Your feedback has been invaluable and we couldn’t have done it without you. For them and for all our players, we can’t wait to see what you create. 

Fallout 4

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

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Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim - Available Now

by Myrthos, 19:47

The open world Viking RPG, Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim, is now available on several outlets.

EPIC OPEN-WORLD FANTASY RPG CORNERSTONE: THE SONG OF TYRIM™ IS AVAILABLE NOW

Crafting, Combat, Sailing, Physics-Based Puzzles and More for $19.99 on PC, Mac, and Linux

Boston, MA – April 26th, 2016 – Phoenix Online Publishing and Overflow Games are excited to announce today’s release of epic action RPG Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim for PC, Mac, and Linux! Starting as a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, this sweeping fantasy tale in which combat, crafting, and physics-based puzzle-solving collide has already been praised as “an excellent action-adventure game” and “a breath of fresh air in the industry.” As young Viking Tyrim, players will take on a range of wondrous quests, battle unforgettable adversaries, and experience the adventure of a lifetime in Nygard, a legendary world of wonder bursting with colorful characters, playable vehicles, and open-world adventures. Featuring a complete crafting system that lets you build your own weapons and gear, playable vehicles ranging from ships to windsurfers, and dozens of quirky characters to interact with as you explore eight exotic islands filled with tricks, traps, and treasures, Cornerstone is now available on the Phoenix Online Store, Steam, GOG.com, the Humble Store, and other major online retailers for $19.99.

 

The Viking men of the village of Borja haven’t been seen in weeks, and Tyrim is determined to set forth and find them: An objective that will send him sneaking deep into the heart of enemy fortresses, combing dank dungeons on a hunt for lost artifacts, and actively taking the fight to the forces of evil as he pursues an increasingly inventive range of quests. Wielding the young warrior’s crafting and combat skills, you’ll set sail on trusty galleon the Mad Goat across the seas to uncover the world of Nygard’s mysteries, collecting fabulous relics, uncovering forbidden secrets and magic, and ultimately challenging a powerful ancient evil as you quest to bring the Vikings home.

"Developing this game has been such an amazing journey. Lots and lots of hard work, long days, late nights, many laughs and even a bit of frustration. We have probably developed as much as Tyrim has since the very start of this project!” says Jonathan Prytz, Lead Game Designer and Artist. “We have to thank our Kickstarter backers for believing in this game two and a half years ago and we hope to make them proud with all that we accomplished today! Finally the release is here and we're super excited!"

 

Key Features

  • Epic, open-world blend of action RPG, physics-based puzzle-solving, and combat
  • Complete crafting system – build your own weapons, armor, and gear
  • Explore 8 exotic islands filled with unique enemies, treasures, and adventures
  • Playable vehicles include ships, windsurfers, and more
  • Dozens of quirky characters to interact and engage with
  • Sweeping score includes live musicians and sound effects
  • Fluid and realistic physics bring the action to life

For more information, visit www.POStudios.com.

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Setting: Unknown
Genre: RPG
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Release: In development

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Underworld Ascendant - Pre-Alpha Prototype Soon

by Silver, 11:23

From the Stygian Sentinel Newsletter #23

COMING SOON: UNDERWORLD ASCENDANT'S PRE-ALPHA PROTOTYPE

It's true. You learn much going back and refining what you have already done. Over the past several weeks, we've been working hard to bring the Improvisation Engine's player-driven gameplay into a level crafted in game's new "Authored Look."
An early peek at first-person combat in Underworld Ascendant.
Our current "Pre-Alpha Prototype" also includes:

  • Both spells and swordplay are available.
  • Objects in the world are reacting to fire, air, earth, and plant spells, allowing for fun experimentation.
  • New collectables, loot, and runes are hidden throughout the map, often in randomized places. (Some are deviously hard to get to, but we have faith in your abilities.)

Since last month's screenshots showing of the game's new "Authored Look," we've made the space a bit darker and moodier and also added areas that are reminiscent of a classic 10×10 corridor dungeon crawl to show the contrast between an open space and a more intimate area. The shader has been tweaked, the reflectivity map has been updated, and much more.

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Also, while we've concentrated on the spell system and laying the groundwork on combat, there's one more elusive skillset that we haven't talked too much about... Something particularly near and dear to Tim and I's heart.

Yep... Stealth.

We won't be doing a 1:1 version of LookingGlass' Thief: The Dark Project, but will provide stealth skills that let you short-circuit encounters through avoidance, escape, and trickery. For a thief, the success or failure of a melee encounter is often determined by how it begins. Preparation is hugely important. Stealth skills often call for careful preparation to take advantage of specific circumstances, requiring you to plan ahead in order to make your abilities count.

Of course, AI is a big part of making stealth gameplay work. Tim has already created the basic groundwork of the system, which is following pretty closely the original Thief model: speed matters, light matters, and sound is also important. Many baseline beasties might react like the guards in Thief, but you never know if some of the other fantastic creatures in this world will be fooled by your skulking ways.

What aspects of stealth gameplay do you like most? Share with our devs and other fans on our forums.

Underworld Ascendant

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

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Elder Scrolls Online - New DLC May 31st on PC

by Silver, 10:04

New DLC has been announced as reported by Gamespot. Titled 'Dark Brotherhood' the DLC sees you return to the Gold Coast last seen in Oblivion. PC players get it first with a release date of May 31st.

The Elder Scrolls Online continues to grow and evolve, with its latest DLC pack, Dark Brotherhood, scheduled to come out on May 31 for PC and Mac. Bethesda announced the release date today, also confirming that console versions will come out on June 14 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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The new Dark Brotherhood DLC pack sees players joining an "infamous guild of assassins" in the region of the Gold Coast, which was last seen in 2006's The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

The content comes with a new passive skill line, "hours" of new quests to take on, more gear, and new world boss encounters, among other things.

"Become the deadliest assassin with a new and exclusive passive skill-line, defend the Brotherhood against a mysterious foe in hours of new story content, prove your skill for homicide in new repeatable assassination quests, and more," reads a line from the DLC's description.

Though Dark Brotherhood doesn't officially launch until next month, PC players can test it out on The Elder Scrolls Online's public test server starting today, April 25. For lots more on Dark Brotherhood, check out this blog post.

Elder Scrolls Online

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

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Cyberpunk 2077 - Overhauling Development Tools

by Silver, 09:49

iDigitalTimes reports that Cyberpunk 2077 isn't as far along as we might all hope. Currently the Witcher developers are overhauling development tools before work officially begins.

"The most important thing that's happening at the moment is that the programmers are taking the feedback we gave them from working on The Witcher . As cliche as it sounds it was a big learning experience," he said, explaining that by the end of the development everyone had a list of features they wanted for new dev tools. "The programmers are updating our software quite drastically."

This includes a brand new visual effects editor, which Teixeira is very excited about. He admits that he's got a little more enthusiasm for the upcoming project than he did for The Witcher 3 . For him, Cyberpunk 2077 represents a chance to explore a genre he finds more interesting.

"I immensely appreciate medieval fantasy games," he said. " But I don't know what it is about Cyberpunk 2077 but it just clicks. There's something about this game that just clicks with me and I'm really happy to be working on it."

Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled for release sometime in the next four years , so don't hold your breath for any big announcements in the near future.

Cyberpunk 2077

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

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Steam - Lionsgate to bring over 100 movies

by Silver, 04:23

The Verge reports that Steam will, in partnership with Lionsgate, bring over 100 movies to the platform.

The Hunger Games, Twilight, and more big Hollywood movies are now available on Steam, Valve's PC-gaming platform. Today Valve announced a deal with Lionsgate, which will bring more than 100 films to the service, and it includes some of Lionsgate's biggest franchises, like Saw, Crank, and Divergent (there's also the entire Leprechaun series, if that's your thing).

At present the titles are available as streaming rentals only, and not for download. You will, however, be able to watch them on all platforms Steam is available on, including PC, Mac, Linux, SteamOS, and even SteamVR. While Valve has previously dabbled in releasing films on the platform, including documentaries like Indie Game: The Movie, this marks the company's first big effort at expanding into traditional blockbuster movies.

Lionsgate says that the number of films available will expand as "the partnership continues to expand worldwide."

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VtM: Bloodlines - Now on GOG!

by Silver, 00:33

Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines is available now @GOG.

There will be blood. Delicious blood.
Vampire®: The Masquerade - BloodlinesTM, the timeless RPG masterpiece that has sucked many a gamer's time, is now available, DRM-free on GOG.com.
Intoxicating. Macabre. Vital. These are both traits of blood and of Vampire®: The Masquerade - BloodlinesTM, the RPG that forever changed expectations on how the creatures of the night should be depicted in videogames. Was it the ridiculous replayability? The versatility of our vampiric abilities? The gripping visual and sound design? Perhaps the memorable NPCs and stellar writing. One thing is for certain: much like the daunting Antediluvians, this is a game whose allure only grows stronger with time. No point in resisting it any longer.
Sink your teeth into the definitive bloodsucking experience that is Vampire®: The Masquerade - BloodlinesTM, DRM-free on GOG.com.

Note:
This version includes third-party technical fixes, courtesy of Wesp5. The full unofficial patch, which also includes additional content, can be found over at Patches Scrolls.

VtM: Bloodlines

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

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Monday - April 25, 2016

Krai Mira - Now on Kickstarter

by Myrthos, 20:37

After a not to succesfull Indiegogo campaign in 2014. Krai Mira has now found its way to Kickstarter, asking for 2000 GBP.

Krai Mira is a single player post apocalyptic rpg game that takes place on boundless steppes, radioactive swamps, distinctive settlements and grim mountain forests of the same-named island.

Inspired by Fallout1 and Fallout2, Krai Mira also borrows some features from Diablo and Commandos. Though we focus on the combat system you will also enjoy wandering around, exploring new locations, trading and performing quests in this particular post apocalyptic world.

We believe you will live out your own story in this severe world, full of exciting encounters, hot battles, secret places and interesting quests.

Here is one of the many videos on YouTube:

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The game is also available in Early Access and as a a demo.

Also check out our previous news of the game.

Thanks Strus.

Krai Mira

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

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Stellar Tactics - New Kickstarter

by Myrthos, 20:23

As mentioned last week, Stellar Tactics is now live on Kickstarter.

Stellar Tactics is a nostalgic, party-based RPG with an open world, classless progression system and an immersive narrative, the game is a tribute to classic isometric RPG's that we all know and love.

Explore a vast corner of deep space filled with numerous factions all vying for power in a universe torn by war and corruption. Equip one of 40 flyable ships with weapons, shields and the best equipment you can afford and explore hundreds of thousands of star systems, each filled with opportunities for adventure. Stellar Tactics is nonlinear and allows for almost unlimited free-form exploration. Return to the main story arc any time you like and fulfill your destiny.

Step off your ship and explore planetary cave systems, abandoned space stations, derelict ships and more with your team of mercenaries, each of which you've customized from scratch using a classless progression system with hundreds of perks. Engage in tactical combat with melee and ranged weapons, grenades, psionic powers and the unique Azimuth system that unleashes devastating team effects. Take advantage of cover and positioning, develop your skills and survive.

They also made a new combat video available.

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Stellar Tactics

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

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RPGWatch Feature - Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander: Early Impressions

by Myrthos, 19:57

After a limited number of hours playing Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander, Silver brings us his very early impression, with the promise to come back with more info at a later stage.

As for the space station itself you will find it familiar if you have played XCOM. It looks like an ant farm from side-on but the amount of potential facilities you can construct is much larger than XCOM. You will need to clear out ruined areas before new facilities can be built and that means assigning an officer to the task. I had my first experience with ground combat when this task was interupted in which I was given the option to flee before battle started or engage. It works much the same as ship combat with your officers abilities being used in complementary fashion.

Make sure to pay attention to the tech tree as various facilities can only be constructed once you pay for the research. The tech web is handily colour coded for different areas like yellow for fleet tech and purple for starbase facilities etc. You will need to spend materials and dark matter to acquire technologies which will be available instantly. Pro Tip: I found it most useful to focus on officer tech and starship level tech.

Halcyon 6:SC

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

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NIS America - Nixes Atlus Publishing in Europe

by Aubrielle, 17:57

NIS America will no longer publish Atlus games in Europe, according to a recent announcement.

NIS America will no longer publish Atlus titles in Europe, the company announced.

Speaking to MCV, NIS America MD Takuro Yamashita said it has become increasingly difficult to work with Atlus since it was purchased by Sega.

“Around ten days ago, we terminated our alliance with Atlus in Europe and the US,” Yamashita told MCV.

“Atlus became very picky about selecting the European publishing partner after it was bought by Sega. It always cherry picked its EU publishing partner based on who offered the highest minimum guarantee on a title by title basis. I noticed that it was very difficult for NIS America to establish an equal-partnership with Atlus.

“Atlus and its European games have contributed a lot to the expansion of NIS America in Europe. I would like to express my greatest appreciation to them for that.”

In addition to not publishing Atlus titles in Europe, titles from NIS America will also not be distributed by Atlus in the Americas.

In the past, NIS America released Atlus titles including Persona 4 Golden (pictured), Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: The Fafnir Knight, and Persona Q in Europe.

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NIS America

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GOG - Does Bundles

by Myrthos, 17:50

Until Sunday, GOG has a bundle sale going on.

Welcome to the GOG.com Bundleopolis Sale

Deals up to 80% off, GOG-premieres, and new bundles every six hours.

Warsaw, April 25 - Walk the streets of GOG.com and take in the sights as we build the Bundleopolis - a week-long tour with 20+ DRM-free bundles in every neighborhood, and even a few GOG-premieres.

Attend the opening ceremony and visit these locations for the first of many bundles:
Academy of LucasArts, including classics like The Dig, Monkey Island SE 1 & 2 and Outlaws for up to 75% off.
Bit.Trip. Street, a complete collection of the rhythmic series making its GOG.com debut for up to 87% off.
Nightmare Avenue, build your own bundle from a scary selection of games like Amnesia, Outlast, and The Last Door for up to 80% off.

New deals will be revealed every six hours as we travel through the expanding Bundleopolis. Be the first to get the newest GOG.com game releases, and exercise your rights as a citizen with build-your-own bundles.

The Bundleopolis Sale will end Sunday, May 1st, at 9:59 PM UT.

GOG Games

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

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John Romero - Starting New Project

by Aubrielle, 17:49

John Romero and Adrian Carmack, the minds behind 1993's smash hit Doom, have launched a Kickstarter for a dark futuristic FPS called Darkroom, set in a holographic dystopia. It is slated for a 2018 release and the producers are seeking a cool $700,000.

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John Romero and Adrian Carmack — best known for their work on the revolutionary 1993 first-person shooting game Doom — today revealed a new FPS project, called Blackroom.

The onetime co-founders of id Software have teamed up to create a game that is set in a holographic world gone wrong. In a release from the game's development house Night Work Games, Blackroom was described as offering a ten-hour single player campaign as well as six multiplayer maps.

Blackroom, due for release on Mac and PC in 2018, will offer co-op, one-on-one deathmatch and free-for-all arena modes. The game will be fully moddable, with player-made maps expected. Night Work Games today launched a Kickstarter for Blackroom seeking $700,000. Romero said he will be seeking investors if the Kickstarter hits its target.

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Non-RPG General News

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Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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ShanePlays - Interview with Torment Team

by Silver, 13:00

ShanePlays interviews George Ziets and Colin McComb about Torment:Tides of Numenera

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Torment: Tides of Numenera

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

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Dark Souls III - Review @ FilmGamesEtc

by Hiddenx, 00:13

FilmGamesEtc has reviewed Dark Souls III:

This review is based on the PC version of Dark Souls III

FromSoftware’s Dark Souls series has always tested the limits of gamers. The original Dark Souls is an action RPG that is routinely ranked on lists of the hardest games ever made. The third installment of the series deserves a similar warning label. Dark Souls III was my introduction to the franchise, and I was blown away. With the notable exception of Ninja Gaiden for the original Xbox, this is easily the toughest game I have ever played.

Emotionally draining is a good way to describe Dark Souls III. There are exhilarating highs and crushing lows, both of which left me absolutely exhausted. This game can suck the hope and optimism right out of you, but the moments of victory are positively euphoric. After failing 20 times to down a particularly tough boss, that 21st time when you finally destroy it is quite the rush: a feeling of elation that can only be elicited by accomplishing something you thought impossible just a few minutes ago. Of course, this sense of invigoration quickly fades the next time you run into a foe who squashes you like a bug.
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Summary

DARK SOULS™ III continues to push the boundaries with the latest, ambitious chapter in the critically-acclaimed and genre-defining series. As fires fade and the world falls into ruin, journey into a universe filled with more colossal enemies and environments. Players will be immersed into a world of epic atmosphere and darkness through faster gameplay and amplified combat intensity. Fans and newcomers alike will get lost in the game hallmark rewarding gameplay and immersive graphics. Now only embers remain… Prepare yourself once more and Embrace The Darkness!

Good

  • Exhilarating and punishing combat
  • Shadowy landscapes and the constant fear of ambush create an atmospheric sense of terror
  • Extremely flexible character building and customization
  • Interesting and detailed lore
  • Well-crafted environments make this linear game feel bigger than it actually is
  • Engaging and varied PVP
  • Beautiful graphics
  • Plenty of good-looking armor sets

Bad

  • Enemy AI behaves strangely in certain situations
  • The bleak aesthetics gets a little tiresome after a while
  • Soundtrack lacks variety
  • The character creation system leaves a lot to be desired

Score 8.9/10

Dark Souls III

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

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Sunday - April 24, 2016

ELEX - New Screenshots

by Hiddenx, 22:23

Farflame spotted some new ELEX-screenshots:

 

 

 

 

 

ELEX

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Post-Apoc
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release: In development

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Kickstarter Games - Roundup

by Hiddenx, 21:46

Kickstarter RPG News:

Himeko Sutori:

80% funded / 23 days to go

Arcadian Atlas:

50% funded / 14 days to go

Healer's Quest:

47% funded / 12 days to go

Masquerada: Songs and Shadows:

48% funded / 10 days to go

City of the Shroud:

109% funded / 11 days to go

Kickstarter Games

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

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Siege of Dragonspear - Review @ RPGCodex

by Hiddenx, 19:38

Delterius of the RPGCodex has reviewed Siege of Dragonspear:

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The story of a videogame is more than just an Irenicus voiced by David Warner or a Minsc and Boo. It's what you, the player, make of it. The Bhaalspawn Saga is about an adventurer of divine heritage surviving against all odds from one battle to the next. Much more than in any scripted dialogue sequence, you live through that narrative as you play the game. And that's why the next time I play through the Baldur's Gate trilogy, I'll be sure to add a few hours more with Siege of Dragonspear.

Siege of Dragonspear

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

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Regalia - Development Update #9

by Hiddenx, 16:53

The development update #9 for Regalia - Of Men And Monarchs:

Hello backers!

Welcome to the first update of Spring 2016! With the snows finally gone and temperatures steadily increasing, we're ready to optimistically share with you the content of the ninth Development Update.

Beta! When?!

We still need a liiiittle more time. The whole team is crunching HARD to deliver you a satisfying beta experience that is as enjoyable as possible. We have finished almost all content and production planned for the vertical slice. Now it's time for some extensive in-house testing and minor polishing (it's a beta after all); as soon as that's done, we'll share the build with you. Stay tuned!

More footage

To follow up on the screenshots from various dialogue scenes from last month, we've thought it would be nice to share a quick look at how they look in motion, complete with voice acting, dialogue animations, emoticons, sounds and music. Here's a very brief, spoiler free cutscene we've selected for this task:

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We still have more things planned for the cutscenes, like character portraits changing based on their emotions, more physics-driven animations (similar to Kay's flowing cloak) and general polish. This is however a good base we will be using for the backer beta.

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Regalia

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

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Moon Hunters - Review @ RPG Fan

by Hiddenx, 15:19

RPG Fan has reviewed the Action RPG Moon Hunters - multiplayer seems to be broken:

Moon Hunters may not have the most enticing name when combing through the thousands upon thousands of titles shoveled onto Steam, but Moon Hunters is anything but shovelware. Although it's left Early Access, Moon Hunters is still a work in progress, but not necessarily in terms of the design itself. Kitfox Games' latest title boasts a heavily immersive multiplayer experience, but with port forwarding woes and enduring problems connecting to friends, wide-eyed consumers may find themselves flying solo — to the Steam refund system.

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Now, I have to caution about something that I alluded to earlier that makes this title difficult to recommend: the multiplayer — or lack thereof. Moon Hunters plays best as a multiplayer experience, but setting up multiplayer requires a trip to the forums. Novices in networking will feel a tinge of frustration, and even after following those steps, the game may not support multiplayer. I spent hours (yes, plural) trying to get multiplayer to work, but I never got it running. After chasing down strangers on the forums, I got a taste of the multiplayer experience, and I really enjoyed it. Is this the kind of experience the developers envisioned? I don't know, because the developers rarely ever responded to the slew of complaints on the forums as people who bought their game sought assistance.

Moon Hunters is a novel, simple experience with a fresh, chill vibe mired in technical issues. I hope this review is out-of-date at some point and readers tilt their heads a bit when they read my fussing over multiplayer, but as Moon Hunters stands now as a purchasable title, I can't recommend it unless the single-player experience sounds enticing. Personally, I'll likely hunt the moon again once the multiplayer is definitively fixed, but until then, I'll watch the stars and remember heroes past.

Score: 65/100

Moon Hunters

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

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Divinity: Original Sin II - Full PvP Match

by Silver, 13:54

Swen Vincke and Tom Marks face off in a PvP match in Divinity Original Sin 2.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Larian was kind enough to let us record a full match from the latest pre-alpha build of Divinity: Original Sin 2 to show off some of the game's new combat mechanics like height and blessed/cursed surfaces. However, the game's audio is still in development, and as a result most of the sounds in this build of the game are missing.

This a full match between Tom Marks of PC Gamer and Swen Vincke, CEO of Larian Studios, recorded from Tom's point of view.

You can also find out more about the Tom and Swen's rivalry here: www.pcgamer.com/divinity-original-sin-2-­showdown-pc-gamer-vs-larian-studios

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Divinity: Original Sin II

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

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I Am Setsuna - Gameplay@PAX East

by Silver, 11:00

Gamespot presents 5 minutes of I Am Setsuna gameplay. (The original IGN video was set to private)

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General News

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

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The Huntsman - First 3 Episodes released

by Hiddenx, 09:52

The first 3 episodes of The Huntsman: Winter's Curse are released now - 4 & 5 follow in May. The first episode is free to play:

Winter is fast approaching as Queen Freya’s army marches relentlessly on the White Lands. Beneath the shadow of that deadly war Elisabeth’s quiet life on her family’s farm in Vardhelm comes to an abrupt end as she embarks on a journey of her own. Join her on a quest to find her missing brothers as you explore an expanded Huntsman universe, one where you’ll encounter both familiar faces and new dangers, all while discovering the secret Elisabeth herself unknowingly carries.

  • Meet Elisabeth: Determined and optimistic, Elisabeth believes in fairy tales and happy endings and is skilled enough with a sword to make them come true.
  • Meet Marcus: A staunch ally with unusual magic, Marcus’ path seems entwined with Elisabeth’s - yet he hides secrets of his own that might endanger all Elisabeth fights for.
  • Participate in An Interactive Story: Play through an immersive and interactive story filled with suspense and mystery.
  • A Distinct Visual Style: Explore the world of Snow White and the Huntsman brought to life via a distinctive hand-drawn macabre style with character designs by Abigail Larson.
  • Engage in Strategic Combat: Engage with wisps, goblins, trolls and more via a strategic and visually appealing combat system.
  • Lead Your Character’s Progression: Earn new equipment and select new abilities for your characters throughout the journey.

 

The Huntsman

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

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Banner Saga 2 - Review @ Gamespot

by Hiddenx, 09:12

Gamespot has reviewed Banner Saga 2:

The Banner Saga 2 Review

The Banner Saga 2 begins at “Chapter 8” and ends just as its engrossing plot begins to reach a tipping point. It feels like the central portion of an epic novel, torn straight from the binding. It’s a game that looks and feels practically identical to its predecessor released two years prior, but the attractiveness of its presentation--inspired by 1960’s Disney-style animation--and the refined combat system still stand strong, giving it an air of timelessness. The Banner Saga 2 presents a grand mythological odyssey and effectively conveys the hardships of the characters enduring it.

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The Banner Saga 2’s wonderful balance of systems and their effectiveness in heightening the ongoing narrative can still be appreciated if you aren’t familiar with what came before--but much more so if you are. Like the original game, The Banner Saga 2 leaves you holding your breath, completely invested in the world, its inhabitants, and their struggles, anxiously eager for more.

Score: 8/10

Banner Saga 2

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

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Zombasite - Some Previews

by Hiddenx, 09:04

Zombasite patch version 0.929 is now available - here are some previews:

The Gamers Longe:

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Overall, though, I'm looking forward to seeing what Zombasite gets with a full version. It's original, unique, and very complex in spite of its basic trappings, and with a few kinks worked out, should be a new classic.

Skewed 'n Reviewed:

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All in all, Zombasite is a fun addition to both the fantasy-action RPG and diplomatic-strategy gaming scene.  The strong usage of both aspects in a single game may hinder the overall enjoyment for some players who are looking for one type of genre experience over another and the learning curve for both aspects may force casual players of specific genres into frustrating and down right unenjoyable situations.  If you are a fan of both genres, however, and are looking for a game that is working on bringing the best of both those worlds together, then Zombasite may be the game you have been dying to get your hands on.

Hardcore Casual:

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If you are in the market for a new ARPG, I’d say give the demo a shot and see if it works for you. I could see this game turning some people away pretty quickly, but I can also see its depth and layered systems sucking people in and really giving them a very deep, interesting experience. I’m going to keep at it for now, because I do want to get a better feel for the interconnected content and how/if it all comes together.

Co-Optimus:

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Though still in Early Access, the framework for Zombasite feels pretty solid. Fans of previous Soldak Entertainment titles will feel right at home with the different character classes, which all appear to have been lifted from Din’s Curse, and the clan management/diplomacy that was in Drox Operative. For newcomers, this is a good place to check out Soldak’s unique take on the action-RPG genre. Be prepared, though, to spend a few hours and a couple of restarts just getting familiar with the lay of the land, or just bring in some friends and have fun.

Zombasite

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

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Saturday - April 23, 2016

The Path of Destinies - More Reviews

by Hiddenx, 21:47

More reviews for Stories: The Path of Destinies:

Gamereactor:

Stories: The Path of Destinies

It's not always about the journey, sometimes it's all about the ending.

Playing out like an interactive bedtime story, Stories: The Path of Destinies places you firmly in control of its unfolding narrative, throwing a number of pivotal decisions at you along the way.  Dripping with charm from every pore, Stories showcases a beautifully vibrant art-direction and a witty narrator who is ever present to spout constant one-liners.

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You'll find it pretty difficult to close the book on this fast-paced RPG adventure. Its story after multiple playthroughs may feel a little tedious and encounters may lack challenge, but its charmingly addictive gameplay will see you returning again and again to the gorgeous world of Boreas in an effort to unlock all of the available endings.

Score: 7/10

Gamespew:

Stories: The Path of Destinies Review

Upon hearing the title: Story: The Path of Destinies, many gamers alike may roll their eyes and tut at the unartistic name. However, I implore you not to judge a book by its cover – or rather in this case, a game by its title. Beneath its cliché exterior is something that brings a new light to that age-old classic: choice-oriented storytelling, and jeez does it come in with bells on.

Originally named Stories: The Hidden Path, Stories: The Path of Destinies is an action/adventure RPG built in the Unreal engine by Montreal-based indie developer, Spearhead Games. We follow the story of Reynardo, a clever, anthropomorphic fox with a bit of a hero complex and a touch of bad luck as he gets sucked into a rebellion against the emperor. His major problem is that, not only is he torn by different decisions to defeat the mad monarch that risks his friends and loved ones, but he also has a ton of terrible ways to mess things up and fewer to be successful.

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The concept is not original, nor is Stories: The Path of Destinies‘ mechanics but there’s just something so endearing about it that makes me love the game that much more. I needn’t insult anyone by commenting on its replayability. Safe to say you’ll get about 24 games out of it depending on whether you see it through or give up, and for the current price it’s not a bad deal. For a game that’s well-structured, well-planned and well-designed I could hardly be more thankful that I was fortunate enough to cover it. In such a short space of time Stories has rocketed onto my list of favourite indie games and if that’s not compliment enough then I don’t know how else to phrase it. It’s not perfect, but it is perfectly charming.

The Path of Destinies

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC, PS4
Release: Released

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