Heroes of a Broken Land
Heroes of a Broken Land Review
Forgottenlor takes us to Heroes of a Broken Land, and shows us what it's like to be a demigod in this retro dungeon crawler.
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Wave Of Darkness
Wave Of Darkness Interview
A sequel to Legends of Dawn? It's called Wave of Darkness, and Couch has gone into the darkness to bring you all the dark details from the developer.
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NWN 2 Mods
Both NWN 1+2 Mods
Never Played Any Mods
Used to But Not Now
Dark Souls - GFWL migration delayed by abharsair
Rollers of the Realm - RPG...With Pinballs? by mprod
Dragon Age: Inquisition - editorial mini round-up by RedSocialKnight
Numenera - Back on Kickstarter by Archangel
Dragon Age: Inquisition - sulky, uncommunicative companions investigated by joxer
Monday - November 24, 2014
Aranyus - Canceled
The Kickstarter for Aranyus has been canceled three days ago, because it was not going to make it with these few words:
Thank you very much. I will continue the work on this game and maybe I will make another campaign somewhere in January. Thank you all.
Thanks black rune.
Release: In development
General News - Game Locations To Visit
And now for something completely different, here's ..... A site that has an image where they have tried to map actual locations on Earth to locations in games.
Not that news worthy perhaps, but It is kinda fun.
General NewsSP/MP: Unknown
Release: In development
Beamdog - Reddit AMA
Thirteen Beamdog employees participated in a Reddit AMA about their EE games. That is what the title says, for me it was TLDR, but did not that Baldur's Gate III: EE is not being made at the moment as they did not yet reach an agreement with WotC.
Dragon Age: Inquisition - From Dark Fantasy to High Fantasy
Cimeas from Kotaku has written an opinion piece on how he feels that Bioware has turned the Dragon Age into a high fantasy in Dragon Age: Inquisition. He argues that the the
lore in the Dragon Age universe clearly states:
...there would be no humans in Dragon Age of ethnicities which were not present in Europe in larger numbers in the late mediaeval age. As a "POC" myself, I found that to be perfectly reasonable- a game set in 4th century Africa probably shouldn't have white people in it either!In Dragon Age: Inquisition, this entire idea has been completely and absolutely removed. There are now people of all ethnicities in Thedas. As I said, I am not white myself, but this feels out of place. What's more, Bioware, unable to retcon everything about its lore, painstakingly built over the past decade, has decreed that everyone with a skin colour darker than tan (that is to say, Arab/Persian looking, Native American looking, East Asian looking, South Asian looking, Indian looking, and African looking) all have heritage from the one tiny nation in Thedas that is not light-white (Rivain), thus shoehorning all the 'POC' into one little country.
A quote from his conclusion about the world in Dragon Age: Inquistion:
A world made by developers who didn't have a backbone to stand up for what they had created, and capitulated to bizarre internet pressure to build a happy-dappy paradise where good people are good, bad people are bad, and any 'grey' moral conflict can be sorted with a quick check to which faction you signed up to.
Spellforce 3 - To be Developed by New Studio
Nordic Games re-ignites the SpellForce series with the third installment SpellForce 3.
From its Munich base, Grimlore Games boasts a team of experienced developers who will focus on Spellforce 3. Founded by Nordic Games, Grimlore Games comprises of experienced developers, graphic artists and designers who have worked on titles including The Settlers 2, Knights and Merchants, Cultures and - of course - SpellForce 2.
The rich talent pool in Munich was a key factor in deciding the new studio’s location. Many young and highly skilled developers gather in Munich who, in the coming months and years, will complement the core team at Grimlore Games. The studio will focus on PC games for core gamers, specifically the role-playing and real-time strategy genres.
Team members from Grimlore Games already presented the scope, its quality and ambition in the form of an early prototype to industry press at Gamescom in August 2014.
The team is also looking for talented developers keen to join and share their exciting future, details of which can be found on the website http://www.grimloregames.com.
For Nordic Games, establishing an in-house studio in Europe is a significant step, one which demonstrates its ambition to continue further expansion of its content-creation and portfolio handling activities. Grimlore Games joins the family of Nordic Games’ studios and provides the development resources needed to support the Group’s diverse catalogue of gaming IP.
Spellforce 3SP/MP: Unknown
Release: In development
The Diviner - Steady Progress and Screenshots
The Diviner, a text based single player role-paying game, which was succesfully funded on Kickstarter last year, had an update earlier this month on the progress and some screenshots.
Hey everybody - we have some new screen-shots from the game, as well as a longer update. As you are all aware, we've been pushing back the release date for The Diviner. I wanted to take some time to explain to you why we have fallen behind our schedule. These are not excuses and we see these issues as places where we can learn to improve.
The short story is that all we need to do to finish the game is write and edit the decisions and dialogue for a couple acts of the game. While that doesn't seem like much, our team has shrunk, and it is a massive undertaking
Dex - Post-Funding Update #28
In the update for Dex of last week provides information on the new build that is scheduled to be available in the middle of December and offers some screens.
The update will include quests related mainly to high society, corporations, and the tension between the low life and high tech. Images can say more than words, so we’ll keep the post brief this time. Below, you can find a selection of new artwork done by our lead artist, Prokop Smetana. These are the new locations, interiors, and NPCs you will be able to see and meet once the update is finished and released.
Release: In development
Banner Saga - Available on Android
Multiple-award-winning tactical RPG The Banner Saga is now available for purchase from the Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore on Android.The game takes place in a land called Ragnarok, as you take charge of a group of Norse warriors in this brooding story. The plot is riddled with choices that will attract RPG fans and interactive game fans alike. The decisions you make will affect you in terms of where you go and in other ways that aren't quite so obvious.
Sunday - November 23, 2014
Dead State - Beta Patch #5
The final Pre-Release Patch for Dead State has been released. Following the link you can find a complete changelog.
his is it - the final patch to Dead State's Early Access Beta! Patch #5 is bursting at the seams with features and fixes, including many requested or suggested by YOU, the Dead State community. Now, while we’re giving you lots to chew on today, we want to remind you that this isn’t the final game - endings are being reserved for the final release, and there will still be many improvements coming before the final launch. In other words, there's still plenty to look forward to! With our upcoming release in mind, we’ll be updating the Known Issues post later today, so make sure to check there first before reporting bugs; that will help keep the forums and boards laser-focused on tracking brand new issues. Thanks so much for all your assistance, you guys are awesome!
Dead StateSP/MP: Single-player
Release: In development
Sim Heroes - Goes Beta
We have been informed that Sim Heroes, which is labeled as a RPG Management sim, is about to be released. The game was succesfully funded on Kickstarter last year and Rock Paper Shotgun have written a small piece for the game two months ago, which contains the information I do not need to repeat... OK, well only this small part from the RPS article:
The story goes that you’re exiled to an island and must start a settlement, placing down a tent and expanding from there. Place down a second tent and you’ll attract (unseen) villagers, who can be set to forage and hunt for food or chop down trees. Place a Wayrest and you’ll attract heroes, who can be formed into parties, their equipment managed, and then sent off for adventures at nearby caves, dungeons and the like. They do the fighting out of sight, but when they return – assuming they survive – you can paw over their combat logs, see what they encountered and how far they reached, and then make tweaks before their next adventure.
This then creates a compelling loop: your adventures unlock new building types, which allow you to expand your little village, gather more resources and upgrade your buildings, and the increase of fame brought by success will attract more and more powerful heroes to your settlement.
Indie RPGsSP/MP: Unknown
Release: In development
VtM: Bloodlines - Project Vaulderie Canceled
The creators of Project Vaulderie, a remake of Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines in the Unity engine with multiplayer support, have received a cease and decist letter from CCP Games and have now canceled the project.
As of now, you may be wondering why we haven’t been sharing any updates on the behalf of the project as of late. We are aware that all of you wait patiently for our news as always.
We’re very sad to report that we received a Cease & Desist e-mail from CCP Games, asking us to cease game development, remove any materials that might contain Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines, names, locations or related elements from the sites we control, and cease any further use of Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines property, and in a disappointment shared among our team we are complying with that request. All of this invalidates our effort and the meaning of the entire project: as a remake of Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines cannot be a remake without its original contents.
Over the course, you have fought with us and been patient. You have trusted us when we were silent and listened when we spoke. Many of you have done what you could to help us. And for that we would like to thank you. You’re a wonderful group of fans and have been very supportive. It goes without saying that your interest was far greater than our team would have even anticipated.
We have been deeply honored by the support we have received from you all and we believe that the best relationship we can have with you is that of honesty and transparency.
Along with your support, we’ve received a lot of sympathies from former developers on Bloodlines and former White Wolf employees along the way. Our contact told us that the copyrights were with Activision, Inc., so we pursued there instead, with a pitch being prepared for the company to discuss what we were going to do with the property. This contact we knew from CCP has since left the company.
We made it quite clear that this is a fan re-imagining of the game. We simply want to do this to keep the game, the story, and the world it lives in, alive and re-imagined for a new generation. Both the game and the idea behind the project was made sorely with out of passion.
Since support of the game dropped long ago, ever since the fall of Troika Games, Inc., and it’s almost impossible to play without patches or bug fixes, sponsored by the community, and there is so much left that could be finished that hasn’t been touched. We want to see this game thrive, in a time and industry where games with deep lore and storylines like Bloodlines simply are hard to come by. Project Vaulderie would help revive interest in a game that was forgotten with time, and I believe all parties could have benefit from its creation.
But that will not be the case anymore, and it’s clear that there won’t be any newer titles created under the Vampire the Masquerade brand, as this project was the only hope for Bloodlines to reborn from the ashes they were left to cease.
We are avidly seeking a resolute course to continue working on a future game, but we cannot at this time discuss this publicly and with that I urge you to please be patient and hopeful that we will find a way.
VtM: BloodlinesSP/MP: Single-player
Video Gamer - Changing Review Policy
Tom Orry has written an editorial announcing changes in their review policy.
The reason is this:
There's also an increasing likelihood that the game we review will have changed by the time it's in your hands on 'Day One'. It now seems more likely than not that a game will receive a patch between the time the disc is printed and it goes on sale. We need to account for this in our reviews.
Tom Orry announces that the changes in review policy will be these:
We will only award a game a score if we've been able to test all aspects to our satisfaction, offline and online.
We will award a game a score based on the experience at the time. Review conditions will be stated in the coverage.
Review text and scores may be updated once we've tested the game in consumer conditions, with the game released and online servers populated with real players.
Review text and scores may be updated if a title receives significant and game-changing updates post release. This does not include DLC unless offered for free to all.
If review text or score is changed the original text and score will be archived on the page.
Dragon Age: Inquisition - Impressions @ Giant Bomb
Patrick Klepek at Giant Bombs has written about his impressions for this game.
Here's a quote about his impressions:
It only took a few minutes to get up to speed. It's entirely possible series fans are upset how action-friendly BioWare's made Inquisition, but it also means just about anyone can understand the basics by the time the first combat sequence is over....... Even though Inquisition represents the third game in the Dragon Age series, it's not the conclusion of a trilogy. There's dangling threads from the previous games, but everything hasn't been building to this event. It's simply another chapter, and one that invites newcomers as much as it rewards veterans.
Double Fine Studios - Project Cancelled - Layoffs
A yet undisclosed project fell through so that the developer had to let 12 people go from the company. A quote from Tim Schafer:
"One of our unannounced projects was unexpectedly cancelled by its publisher, forcing us to reduce our staff by 12 people," Double Fine founder Tim Schafer said in a statement to GameSpot. "Our remaining projects -- Broken Age, Massive Chalice, and Grim Fandango Remastered, were unaffected." Double Fine did not disclose the nature of the project or the publisher who canceled it.
Dragon Age: Inquisition - Impressions @ Inc Gamers
Tim McDonald from Inc Gamers has written a piece about his first impressions playing Dragon Age: Inquisition. A quote in Bioware has marketed this game:
But BioWare have been making all the right noises about Dragon Age: Inquisition. It’ll have a tactical camera, they say; it’s being designed primarily for PC, they say. Considering the ludicrous Kickstarter and post-Kickstarter success of several other tactical CRPGs (Project Eternity/Pillars of Eternity, Divinity: Original Sin, Wasteland 2,Torment: Tides of Numenera…) it’s not entirely impossible that EA has actually taken notice of this and said “oh, go on then, make a proper CRPG.”
A quote on the options when starting the game:
Graphics aside, there are a number of other options. There are subtitles for both ambient dialogue and full conversations, and there are separate options for text and speech language (although in my version the only available language is English, so that’s kinda superfluous to me). There’s even a Friendly Fire option for that full Dragon Age: Originsexperience, but as it’s turned off by default, I’m not touching it. While I miss having to very carefully aim my abilities, if Dragon Age: Inquisition wasn’t designed around friendly fire then I suspect turning it on would make me very sad, very quickly.
A quote on the tactical camera:
I fucking hate the tactical camera. It is incredibly, absurdly, stupendously useless. The tactical combat itself might be fine - it's got auto-pauses, and I can select skills and click on enemies, and I can even see which other characters I've assigned to attacking that enemy and what skill they're going to use. That's pretty great. I still can't shake off the MMO feeling for some reason, and I've still got worries that the game was designed to be played in the third-person view and the tactical combat was slapped on afterwards, but there's clearly been at least some thought given to battling in this way.
Polygon - Games are better without damsels to save
Claire Hosking has written an opinion piece for Polygon. It it, she argues that game
don't need to have damsels in distress to save. And that they are better this way.
The starting point for Claire Hosking is this:
Anita Sarkeesian's Feminist Frequency series has amazing influence for someone who's simply doing what so many have done before - making videos about about their opinions on books, TV, film and video games.... Anthony Burch, Joss Whedon and Tim Schafer - have listened and encouraged their followers to take note, while Saints Row creative Director Steve Jaros has said, "I actually think [Tropes vs. Women creator Anita Sarkeesian's] right in this case" when a video was critical of an aspect of the game.
Claire Hoskings argues that when a female character has to e.g. rescued by the player she becomes just a thing to fetch. She does so with a quote from Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes in Video Games, part 1:
...[damseling is] a plot device in which a female character is placed in a perilous situation from which she cannot escape on her own and must be rescued by a male character, usually providing a core incentive or motivation for the protagonist’s quest. In video games this is most often accomplished via kidnapping but it can also take the form of petrification or demon possession for example."
Games like Bioshock or Gone Home use audio logs and environmental narrative to flesh out characters you’re searching for; they’re games about entering their world and understanding their life. It’s an interesting game design question — there are many, many reasons why a character might be interesting to find or deliberately trying to keep something from you. Every one of them says more about the character than just someone being taken away and locked up.
While they are damsels, they exist for others and no longer have their own initiative or interactions......It also frequently portrays love as transactional — save girl, get kiss — rather than something that springs from spending time with a person and getting to know them. None of this makes for good writing. The fact damseling happens overwhelmingly to female characters has a particular meaning in a society that has historically restricted women’s freedoms and denied them equal autonomy with men.
Friday - November 21, 2014
Skyrim - Skywind Official Development Video #3
Wasteland 2 - Review @ RPG Codex
Vault Dweller and Eric S has reviewed this game for RPGCodex.
A quote about the setting:
Setting & Atmosphere
Wasteland takes places in an over-the-top post-apocalyptic universe that doesn't concern itself with realism... It's a Philip K. Dick-esque version of post-apocalypse, governed not by the most likely survival scenarios but rather by "but what if..." possibilities; weird, strange, yet undeniably fun... t's hard not to smile when you hear a choir singing "James King foresaw the doom of all, His book predicting man's great fall, And bade brave men to light the way, For those who lived through judgment day..." on the radio while traveling. I'd say it's this attention to detail, the well-presented moral dilemmas and the reactivity that make this world interesting and definitely worth exploring.
A quote on skill use:
Most skills are useful, used often, and require constant investing, which is a good thing. I split my skills between 4 characters, creating a leader/talker, scientist/healer, container opener (lockpicking, safecracking, alarm disarming, trap removing) and a ‘significant other' (perception, weaponsmithing, toaster repair). Originally, I was planning to put a couple of points in non-combat skills and focus on weapon skills, but I had to keep all skills as high as I could and ended up leaving many unopened containers, unexplored dialogue options and various untouched items of interest.
A quote on quest design:
NPCs comment on everything, making quips about quests you've completed and things you've done. Radio chatter scolds or congratulates you on your failures and successes. Even when the choices you've made don't have major consequences, everyone always has something to say about it. The game tracks and acknowledges every single thing you do down to the equipment you're using, which can be mind-boggling at times.
Wasteland 2SP/MP: Single-player
Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms - Now on GOG
Shadows: Heretic KingdomsSP/MP: Single-player
Shadow of Mordor - Play as Lithariel in a Free DLC
A new free DLC for Shadow of Mordor gives you the chance to play as Lithariel, Warrior Leader of the Resistance.
Shadow of Mordor has gotten itself a new DLC pack today, and happily it’s quite free. In the Power of Defiance DLC pack, you can play as Lithariel thanks to a new skin, undergo a new challenge, and receive an epic rune.
The new challenge obtained through playing as Lithariel, the Warrior Leader of the Resistance, is the Test of Defiance. Taking on this challenge strips you of your ability to enter wraith-mode or save the game, nor can you retreat from a battle. Lithariel has one life, and you must make the best of it to kill 6 Warchiefs and 15 captains. However, if you equip the new Epic rune “Defiant to the End,” you’ll have one extra shot to take care of business before saying good-bye to life.
The Power of Defiance DLC is free for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It’s available now to download.
Source: Pixel Dynamo
Shadow of MordorSP/MP: Single + MP
Elite: Dangerous - Backlash Over Online-Only Emphasis
Frontier Developments has had a rough week after the studio announced that Elite: Dangerous's single-player offline mode would be cut. Refunds are being given to some.
When Frontier Developments announced a week ago that they’d scrapped Elite: Dangerous‘s promised offline singleplayer mode, they were a little hazy on what would happen for folks who wanted a refund. It was a feature Frontier had listed on the Kickstarter that raised over £1.5 million, after all, and one they still teased as Elite went through its expensive paid alpha and beta stretches. Well, Frontier now have some vague policy on refunds, and it’s questionable: if you’re played at all, you can’t have one.
Creator David Braben explained in this week’s Elite newsletter that they’ve started going through refund requests and chiefly follow two simple rules. If you simply pre-ordered the game from Frontier, you can have a refund. If you’ve played in the alpha or beta phases, regardless of whether you backed the Kickstarter or bought access later, can’t get a refund. If you don’t fit into either category – perhaps you’re just a plain old regular backer who wants a refund – Frontier are still working on that. Braben says:
We want to make sure we treat each person’s situation with the thoroughness it deserves, and have contacted each of them to ask that they bear with us over the next few working days if their circumstances do not fit either criteria above as we look into individual requests.
Honestly, I think they should be a lot more forthcoming with refunds and set out a very clear refund policy. Yes, folks may have played the alpha or beta for a while but those were perks – expensive perks. In the end, the finished game isn’t what they were sold. This might not be a dealbreaker for everyone, but it is for some. Even folks who intended to play primarily offline might still have gone online to check out progress on the game they’d paid a lot for, as that was the only option. And Kickstarter backers who haven’t played it should definitely have the option of a refund.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Dragon Age: Inquisition - HD Concept Art
Are you a Dragon Age: Inquisition fan? Want some new desktop backgrounds?
Dragon Age: Inquisition lead concept artist Matt Rhodes has been busy sharing a variety of highly detailed and wallpaper-worthy pieces of concept art from the game on his personal blog and ArtStation page, so if you're looking for something new to adorn your desktop with or simply want to revel in the work that goes into bringing a video game to life, you now have a definitive destination.
Thursday - November 20, 2014
Sketch Tales - On Kickstarter
Scetch Tales is a First-person action RPG sandbox game, where you can transform the game by drawing anything while playing and is currently on Kickstarter.
In the game you draw your character and play with it, while drawing the objects in the game world around you.
- Gameplay level - anything you meet in the game world you can redraw or duplicate. For instance, different kinds of weapons, animals and NPCs, parts of buildings and elements of nature.
- Exploration level - search the world to find new tools and Sketches – scrolls, that allow you to draw new types of objects and creatures.
- Educational level - while playing Sketch Tales, you will improve your real-life drawing skills. Evolve from simple black & white drafts to complete paintings in full color.
- Technical level - easy and accessible ingame drawing editor with the opportunity to make almost unlimited frames for animation.
It certainly is something different.
Shroud of the Avatar - Release 12
Shroud of the AvatarSP/MP: Single + MP
Release: In development
Hero-U - Post-Funding Update #59
Corey Cole brings us a development update for Hero-U, which contains amongst others a new release date, which is now set to October 2015.
Today marks the two-year anniversary of the Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption funding campaign on Kickstarter. We’ve gone through many changes since then. Our original delivery estimate of October 2013 proved to be ridiculously optimistic. We based it more on the amount of time we could pay the team based on the Kickstarter contributions than on the actual requirements of building a unique new game. At that time, it didn't occur to me that we could use a combination of Kickstarter and other funding sources for the game.
I have resisted posting a new release date because we have had so many unknown factors, each causing more delays. Now that we are at 90% complete on art and music, and making good progress on the game writing, Lori and I have committed to a release date of Oct. 15, 2015. So, yes, two years into a one year project, we have exactly as much time remaining as I originally estimated the whole project would take. Project estimation is evidently not my top skill.
Actually, it’s that the project is not what we thought it would be when we began the Kickstarter campaign. However, the real issue turns out to be in the work Lori and I are doing, which in turn involves some promises we made during the campaign.
Release: In development
Dragon Age: Inquisition - Bioware Aware of Community Concerns
Mark Darrah has made this thread at the DAI forums to adress the concerns raised by the community after the release of this game. A patch is being worked that'll adress these
Hitching and frame rate issues in cutscenes
Feedback on keyboard and mouse controls
General user interface optimizations for PC
We've been following these issues closely and are looking into them. Player experience is a top priority for us. Our goal is to address as many of these as possible in our upcoming patches, including some in our next patch, which is underway. We'll release further details in the coming days and will continue to monitor your concerns.