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Drakensang: The Dark Eye

2015-04-30

Drakensang Retro Review

Fluent takes a look at Drakensang in a new video, and retro review.
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Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown

2015-04-28

Shadowrun Chronicles Impressions

I was given a free review copy of Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown from Cliffhanger Productions. Since I'm very busy these days, here is a quick impression.
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Friday - May 01, 2015

BioWare - Short Story: Paper & Steel

by Couchpotato, 05:29

The BioWare blog celebrates the pending release of  the second volume of the World of Thedas by sharing a few short stories for free. Here are the details.

On May 12, we release unto the world of Earth the second volume of the World of Thedas. It’s a hefty tome of some 311 pages, lovingly penned and drawn by the Dragon Age writing and concept art teams. In it, you’ll find an ultimate authority on myriad colorful characters, both legendary and contemporary, who populate the Dragon Age universe. More than 176,000 words cover three games, five novels, three comic series, and an anime feature film. There are recipes and children’s stories—entire chapters ripped from in-world books like the Chant of Light. The book is meant to complement the first volume of the World of Thedas, now in its third printing.

To celebrate its release, we thought we’d share something special not found in the book: twin short stories penned by Joanna Berry, a BioWare writer and the creator of Corypheus’s favored followers: Samson and Calpernia. Today, we better get to know Samson, a rogue templar with a thirst for red lyrium.

BioWare

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Bloodlust: Shadowhunter - Patch Feedback

by Couchpotato, 05:25

WRF Studios is asking feedback for a new Bloodlust: Shadowhunter patch on Steam.

I made some major adjustments to the Enhancements in version 1.4.0B. I did this because it's pretty crazy having 22 enhancements on one piece of equipment since there's less need to trade off for other equipment to get the perfect set of items for a highest combined amount of resisance, max attack, etc. since you can pretty much find one piece of equipment with everything you need on it.

Please Let me know if this is going to be fun for most players since I know most people probably wont play hundreds of hours so it might be more fun to simply find OP equipment and play for 50 hours rather than have to search for the good stuff at 100+ subfloors.

Bloodlust: Shadowhunter

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Modern
Genre: Dungeon Crawler
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Hero-U - Another Kickstarter to Raise Funds

by Couchpotato, 05:20

Developer Corey Cole announced on the website for Hero-U he will be starting a new kickstarter to raise more funds to help finish development of his game.

In May, Transolar Games will start another Kickstarter to raise money to finish the Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption project with extra flair and pizzazz. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will send two demos out to our Kickstarter Backers who wanted to Beta test our game. After initial testing and feedback, we will make both demos available to other backers and the public.

Hero-U

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

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Serpent in the Staglands - Physical Journals

by Couchpotato, 05:16

Whalenought Studios announced this week the physical journals are being shipped.

We’re both sad to see our children journals go so soon, but excited for everyone to get their hands on them. Break open that seal and do some homework, your faithful servant Erlein’s stream of consciousness will undoubtedly hold lots of secrets and clues for your journey next month!

We asked the portrait-level tier of backers to change any address information if it’s changed since their survey last May, so if that’s you get us those changes by tomorrow! People in the continental US should start receiving them by the end of the week, and international hopefully soon after!

Serpent in the Staglands

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

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Chroma Squad - Official Release

by Aubrielle, 04:21

Chroma Squad, a tactical, turn-based isometric RPG, officially released today. It pays homage to Power Rangers and the JRPG's of the mid-90's. It's $15 at GOG.

Chroma Squad is a tactical RPG about five stunt actors who decide to quit their jobs and start their own Power Rangers-inspired TV show! Cast actors, purchase equipment and upgrades for your studio, craft weapons and giant Mechas out of cardboard and duct tape.

  • Customize your TV studio: hire actors, upgrade your gear, do marketing, craft weapons, costumes and giant cardboard robots!
  • Tactical RPG combat with a twist: combine your heroes’ abilities with Teamwork maneuvers!
  • In-Depth RPG systems with skill trees, random equipment, crafting, and branching storyline with 3 different endings!
  • A love letter to Power Rangers, Tokusatsu and the Japanese series of our childhoods!

More information.

Chroma Squad

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

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Thursday - April 30, 2015

RPGWatch - Drakensang Retro Review

by Couchpotato, 09:15

Fluent takes a look at Drakensang in a new video, and retro review.

Ah, Dungeons & Dragons. Remember your first time exploring its vast worlds? Perhaps it was with a group of friends poring over a tabletop game, using an old version of the rules in adventures you will never forget. Or, perhaps you were like me, and you discovered D&D a bit later on in life, thanks to the fascinating entertainment medium we call video games. However you discovered it, it changed your life forever. At least, it did mine, as I started to realize just how deep the rabbit hole goes when it comes to lore, world-building and the wonderfully nerdy rule systems that can be used in the world of RPGs.

The first time I played it I was hooked. It was truly magical.

However, while many gamers here in the states were playing our D&D licensed games, across an ocean in a lovely country known as Germany, Germans were playing something else. Something different. It was still fantasy, but it was a bit more grounded in reality. Low-fantasy, if you will. It still had magic and dwarves and elves, but the fantasy world was a bit more like our own world in a way, with a focus more on European-esque archetypes. The magic was a little less flashy and there weren't Magical Swords of Awesome in every chest you plundered, but it was still very much a vivid fantasy world. That unique world is called The Dark Eye.

Drakensang: TDE

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

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Focus Interactive - Larian Studios & Deck 13

by Couchpotato, 08:50

A site by the name of worthplaying has news that publisher Focus Interactive has made a deal with Larian Studios & Deck13 to join it's Galaxy studios partnership.

French publisher Focus Home Interactive has announced that it is collaborating with Divinity developer Larian Studios and Lord Of The Fallen dev Deck13 on new titles, which will be presented at E3 2015.

I mentioned Deck 13 last week, but had no idea about Larian.

Focus Interactive

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - New Audio Podcast

by Couchpotato, 07:32

GameInformer closes their month long coverage of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided with a new podcast with a few various Eidos Montreal developers about a variety of topics.

All month long we've been revealing information on the next installment in the Deus Ex franchise from Eidos Montreal. We've looked at the series past, we've explained how the studio creates a believable future, and we've explained why people get augmented in the first place. As a way to patch any holes in this extensive coverage, we turned things over to the community for any questions about this exciting new title and then spoke with game director Jean-Francois Dugas and asked them dozens of your burning questions.

Listen to the podcast below to learn more about Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's gameplay, why Eidos-Montreal has moved the action to Prague, and whether or not you can expect to download some mods for the game when it releases.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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

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Black Geyser - A New Party Based RPG

by Couchpotato, 07:28

I found information about a new Isometric party based RPG called Black Geyser: The Courier being developed by a studio called Dalkivar Entertainment.

Here is the games description.

Black Geyser: The Courier is an isometric, party based, real-time RPG set in the world of Yerengal. A game that combines immersive graphics and brand-new features with the virtues of classic RPGs that we all loved in the 2000s! Solve mysteries, fight epic battles, help beggars and kings, outwit swindlers and gods, and never forget: when the Courier, this horrible creature, completes its task, greed shall infest us all! As an indie team, we need your help spreading the word about Black Geyser: The Courier. It is expected to be released in 2016.

Black Geyser

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

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Alpha Protocol - Retrospective @ GameOnDaily

by Couchpotato, 07:23

Well it has been a while since we read another Retrospective for Obsidian's RPG game Alpha Protocol, but fear not as a site called GameOnDaily published a new one today.

Poor old Obsidian, always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Handed the reigns to illustrious RPG franchises like Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic and Fallout but perceived to have released only sub-standard sequels; then to fall when launching their own franchise in form of Alpha Protocol.

Such as shame as this spy-based RPG represents one of the last gen’s most admirable failures and an admirable failure isn’t really a true failure (see JFK at the bottom). The fact that some of Alpha Protocol simply doesn’t work does not mean there isn’t something of value to be enjoyed.

Alpha Protocol’s concept is a good one, taking the action RPG template and applying it to the espionage genre is a really sound idea. It uses the decision making mechanics of Mass Effect (in fact shares a lot of common DNA), some interesting upgrade and customisation, whilst all tied together with real world action. Some of these elements work, some don’t, however what results from this unpredictable gaming caldron is worth your time.

Alpha Protocol

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Modern
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Release: Released

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Legends of Eisenwald - Preview @ PC Gamer

by Couchpotato, 07:19

PC Gamer has the latest preview of Legends of Eisenwald this week. Overall the writer call it not quite the old-school RPG it seems to be, but it's still oddly engaging.

But what really polishes my sword is the way Eisenwald so powerfully evokes Darklands, the "realistic" Microprose RPG from 1992. Both games take place in medieval Germanic lands as they were envisioned by the people of the time: filled with great heroes, powerful clerics, mythical creatures, and boundless adventure awaiting those bold enough to seize the day. It's a superficial likeness, and they really aren't anything alike in terms of gameplay, but there are enough presentational similarities to ring the bell—and until a proper Darklands sequel comes along, I'll take what I can get.

That puts Legends of Eisenwald in a place where I can (and do) enjoy it, while not feeling entirely comfortable about actually recommending it to anyone. Even when it's ready for release, I suspect it will be one of those oddball European games that attracts a fiercely dedicated but relatively tiny audience; the Euro Truck Simulator of fantasy RPGs, perhaps. And right now, it's most definitely not ready for release. But I think I'm going to play it some more anyway.

Legends of Eisenwald

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

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Kings and Generals - A New Indie JRPG Game

by Couchpotato, 07:10

I received word today from an indie developer about his game called Kings and Generals: A Divided Loyalty, and it seems his game is made with the RPGMaker engine.

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War has broken out between ostensibly peaceful neighbor nations. After centuries of peace and prosperity, a cascade of events has lead the Kingdom of Farheen to become aggressor and invaded your homelands – the Empire of Avaria. You are up and coming John Fox, an up and coming general known as the Dragon of Avaria, thrown into the mist of the political skirmishes and turbulent unrest in the lands. Will you be able the crush the enemy state troops marching at your doorsteps to restore the balance of power and regain the once great peace before its is forgotten?

“Kings and Generals: A Divided Loyalty” is a 16-bit RPG Visual Novel with a deep and immersive storyline that will truly satisfy the fans of classic JRPG’s like Final Fantasy, Suikoden and Grandia.

The game features:

– more than 1 hour of cutscenes.
– professional voice-over acting
– original orchestral score
– gripping story line
– rich high fantasy setting
– immersive world with side quests and
   charming NPCs.

Estimated 6 – 7 hours of gameplay.

Indie RPGs

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

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Shadow of Mordor - Game of the Year Edition

by Couchpotato, 07:04
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be getting a new Game of the Year Edition. Here are the details.

Expanded Version of Award-Winning Action Game Will Include All Downloadable Content

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced Middle-earth: Shadow of MordorGame of the Year Edition.  The expanded version of the award-winning third-person open world action game, developed by Monolith Productions will launch 8th May for £49.99 on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft £34.99 for Steam on Windows PC.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor earned enthusiastic reviews when it launched last year, winning more than 25 awards including Game of the Year at the 2015 Game Developers Choice Awards and eight awards from the 2015 D.I.C.E. Awards amongst many others. Featuring the innovative Nemesis System, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor  Game of the Year Edition expands on the critically-acclaimed original title, which includes the main game and all currently available downloadable content (DLC) packs, allowing fans to experience hours of added gameplay and content including:

  • Story Packs: The Lord of The Hunt and The Bright Lord

  • Skins: The Dark Ranger, Captain of the Watch, Lord of the Hunt, The Bright Lord, Power of Shadow and Lithariel Skins

  • Runes: Hidden Blade, Deadly Archer, Flame of Anor, Rising Storm, Orc Slayer, Defiant to the End, Elven Grace, Ascendant, One with Nature

  • Missions: Guardians of the Flaming Eye, The Berserks and The Skull Crushers Warband Missions

  • Challenge Modes: Test of Power, Test of Speed, Test of Wisdom, Endless Challenge, Test of the Wild, Test of the Ring, Test of Defiance Modes

  • Additional Features: Photo Mode.

For the latest updates, like Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™ on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ShadowofMordor and follow the game on Twitter at https://twitter.com/middleearthgame.

Shadow of Mordor

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

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Editorial @ Kotaku

by Couchpotato, 06:59

GB Burford published a short article on Kotaku where talks about how Deus Ex: Human Revolution isn't as great as he remembers it.  So yeah it's kotaku guys.

Everyone has that one game they still remember playing for the first time. For me, it was Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Looking back, it seems weird—other games occupy my personal best-of list, but something about Human Revolution struck a distinct chord with me. It is a game I love. With the recent announcement of a new Deus Ex, I revisited the series, only to find that all was not well with the series’ last big installment.

Whenever I pick a game to write about, I return and replay it at length, making mental notes about what I like and what I don’t, what works and what doesn’t. I find some sort of controlling idea, some single concept that the game does really well. I like to experiment and try to break my theory, and, if it holds up, I write about it. The weird thing is, the more I dive back into Human Revolution, the less sure I become that this game I love is actually a great game at all.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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

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Sui Generis: Exanima - Available on Early Access

by Couchpotato, 06:47

Sui Generis: Exanima is a top-down dungeon crawler game that is a prelude to the Kickstarter funded Sui Generis has just launched on Steam’s Early Access today.

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Explore, fight, survive and unravel mysteries in this unique and unforgiving 3D isometric RPG set in an original dark, low fantasy world. Exanima's exceptional attention to detail and realistic simulation of all things aim to provide a deeply immersive and dynamic gameplay experience.

Features include a deep skill based combat system, complex and smart AI, fully interactive environments, an advanced damage model with accurate collisions and locational protection, roguelike elements and an arena mode to hone your combat skills.

Sui Generis: Exanima

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

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Knights of Pen & Paper II - Preview @ GameGrin

by Couchpotato, 06:40

GameGrin published a new preview of Knights of Pen & Paper II, that calls the game a fun and refreshing title. Here is the usual short quote from the preview.

Knights of Pen & Paper 2 uses an interesting framing device to anchor the story and gameplay. The game begins with a man sitting at a table, engaging you directly, ready to narrate your journey. That's right: he is the 'dungeon master' and you are quite literally playing through a tabletop RPG as one would in the real world. The dungeon master tells the story, and the fictional world fills up the room you sit in as if by magic. This may be the most realistic, grounded, and also interesting depiction of an RPG ever – Knights, as a whole, feels all the more interesting for it.

Paradox Interactive

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Shadowrun Chronicles - Review Roundup

by Couchpotato, 06:28

Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown was released yesterday and I found a some new  reviews, So for anyone interested in reading them here they are.

Destructoid - 7/10

Dedicated Shadowrun fans will likely be disappointed at the lack of depth, and your mileage may vary in terms of the appeal of the multiplayer function, which seemingly took over some of the other more endearing aspects of the series. If you haven't played a game in the series since the SNES however, Boston Lockdown is a decent starting point, and a perfect way to re-acclimate yourself to the genre with friends. If you prefer to fly solo, just go with Shadowrun Returns instead.

Entertainment Buddha - 74/100

Shadowrun Chronicles has a solid premise, but never lives up to its predecessors. Trading gameplay depth for a streamlined experience, Boston Lockdown is an interesting online effort that is fun but relatively shallow.

Metro.co.uk - No Score

Shadowrun Chronicles is a fun, fast-paced action strategy and the co-operative elements are a very welcome novelty. But it feels lightweight and undercocked in almost all areas, most obviously the story and role-playing but the combat as well. We assume that Shadowrun Returns is a more authentic adaptation, if only because it makes more use of the franchise’s unique setting, but it, and particularly follow-up Dragonfall, is most definitely a better game.

Monstervine - 3.5/5

Now as we all know, no game is without its technical faults and Shadowrun Chronicles has a few. First off it suffers from a few weird visual hiccups that just come and go throughout play. I’ve seen things like a weird dot popping up in the middle of my screen and not leaving until I started a mission, to skill icons moving on top of other skill icons during a battle. These sort of things don’t happen very often, but they do pop their ugly heads out from time to time.

Hey Poor Player - 4.5/5

If you want a good taster of what this game is like, just imagine this concluding paragraph in the voice of a cyberpunk JFK, in-between long, soulful drags of a cigarette.

“Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown didn’t exactly set itself up with a milk run, trying to splice a turn-based RPG with an MMO. The visuals are sometimes a bit drek, but the tactical combat is pretty wiz. Overall, if you daisuki the thought of playing old-school CRPGs with another runner, this BTL is definitely worth some of your hard-earned nuyen, chummah.”

Shadowrun Chronicles

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

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Wednesday - April 29, 2015

Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim - Now Available

by Couchpotato, 09:47

XSEED games announced they have released Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim for Windows PC on Steam, Humble Store, and GOG.com. Here are the details.

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XSEED GAMES LAUNCHES WINDOWS PC VERSION OF YS VI: THE ARK OF NAPISHTIM

Remastered Continuation of the Storied Adventures of Adol Christin Arrives with New Gameplay Features; Now Available via Steam, Humble Store, and GOG.com

Torrance, CA, (April 28, 2015) – XSEED Games
, the independent-minded console publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced that Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim is now available on Windows PC via Steam, Humble Store, and GOG.com at a retail price of $19.99, €17.99, and £13.99. Previously only available in North America on the PlayStation®2 and PlayStation®Portable systems, the Windows PC version arrives packed with features that aim to modernize the original gameplay experience, including a brand new translation, the ability to warp between checkpoints, an optional “Catastrophe Mode,” and much more.

Originally the first 3D entry in Nihon Falcom’s acclaimed Ys series, Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim delivers a storyline rich with memorable characters and themes on top of engaging hack-and-slash action RPG gameplay that would later go on to influence other Ys games, setting the foundation that series favorites Ys: The Oath in Felghana and Ys Origin were built upon. Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim launches on Windows PC with game-changing features exclusive to this release, creating a modernized gameplay experience more in line with subsequent titles.

In addition to a brand new translation, high-resolution graphics, full USB controller support, and true widescreen gameplay, this PC version also introduces the ability to warp to any checkpoint previously encountered, as well as an optional “Catastrophe Mode” in which healing items can’t be purchased or stored and are instead used automatically on pickup. As a bonus, all copies of the game purchased through Steam and GOG.com include downloadable high-resolution art assets originally offered by Nihon Falcom through an exclusive (and very much out-of-print) Japanese fan disc.

Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim

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

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Ultima VIII - Next Free Game on Origin

by Couchpotato, 07:28

Ultima VIII GOLD is the next free game on the Origin "On the House" promotion. I have personally never played the game, but some of you might be interested.

Free?! What's the catch?

There's no catch. Grab full games, expansions and more at absolutely no cost. Just make sure to act fast because On the House specials can appear and disappear at any time.

You mean a trial or demo, right?

Nope. You’re getting a full version of the real game — for free!

How long will I own the game?

Once you’ve claimed your game, it’s yours to keep!

Why is Origin doing this?

Our goal is to provide a great gaming experience and a way to discover awesome new games. Having a game in your library, for free, is a fantastic way to see what Origin is all about.

Edit: The free game seems to be region locked in some areas.

Ultima VIII

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

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Might & Magic - New Humble Bundle

by Couchpotato, 07:21

A new Humble Bundle is offering a bunch of Might & Magic games for sale this week. 

Can you feel the Might & Magic in the air? If not, that's totally okay, especially considering these games are entirely digital! But if you can, your sense of touch isn't fooling you, because we're offering a bundle of Might & Magic games! Pay $1 or more for Heroes of Might & Magic II: Gold Edition, Heroes of Might & Magic IV: Complete Edition, the Might & Magic 1 to 6 Collection, and Might & Magic Heroes Online - Angel Starter Pack! Pay more than the average price, and you also get Heroes of Might & Magic V, Might & Magic Heroes VI - Gold Edition, Dark Messiah of Might & Magic, and Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes - I Am the Boss DLC. Pay $15 or more, and you get all of that plus Might & Magic X Legacy, Heroes of Might & Magic 3 - HD Edition, Might & Magic X Legacy - The Falcon & The Unicorn DLC, Might & Magic Heroes VI - Shades of Darkness, and Might & Magic Duel of Champions – Starter Pack.

As usual more games will be revealed as the sale progresses.

Might & Magic

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Jensen's Redemption

by Couchpotato, 07:16

GameInformer released a new video from their month long coverage of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided that talks about Jensen's quest for redemption in the new game.

Adam Jensen is a man surrounded by conflict. After he failed to protect the world from chaos in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, governments and freedom fighters collide over the human rights of mechanically augmented citizens.

Executive narrative director Mary DeMarle (Myst III: Exile, Deus Ex: Human Revolution) explains how Jensen has changed since the last time we saw him, embracing what he has become.

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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Witcher 3 - World of the Witcher Trailer

by Couchpotato, 07:10

IGN has a video that takes a look at the The World of Witcher book from Dark Horse.

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Witcher 3

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

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Van Helsing III - Elementalist & Protector Trailer

by Couchpotato, 07:04

NeocoreGames revealed today the new Elementalist & Protector player classes for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III that will be released on Steam in May.

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Independent publisher and developer NeocoreGames revealed today two new deadly player classes for its upcoming title, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III. Arriving on Steam this May, the popular gothic-noir steampunk action-RPG series influenced by Bram Stoker’s Dracula features the Elementalist and the Protector. The Elementalist masters the arcane arts and can tap into the powers of nature, while the Protector is a close-range specialist with heavy armor and unique shield slot.

The Elementalist can unleash terribly damaging forces from a distance, although his lack of defenses leaves him vulnerable in melee combat. Fortunately, he can wipe away monsters with a flick of a hand or send in moving pillars of frost to discourage the enemy from trying to get too close.

The polar opposite of the Elementalist, the Protector is a close-range armored specialist. He deals heavy physical damage and provides bonuses for his companions. With his vast array of abilities he can charge right into the middle of the battle, knocking down his enemies or jump right in from a distance to begin the fight.

Van Helsing III

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

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Outland 17 - 25% Milestone Reached

by Couchpotato, 07:00

The fifth kickstarter update from Grenade Tree for Outland 17 has information the campaign is now 25% funded, and shares a new music tracks from the game.

Ladies and Gentlemen! Thank you so much for your support, you've helped us make it to the 25% mark. I'm excited to bring you an update on MUSIC, complete with a brand new track available on Soundcloud, "Yorktown Mix 3!"

Outland 17

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

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Battle Brothers - Early Access Release

by Couchpotato, 06:57

Overhype Studios next update announces that Battle Brothers is ready for Early Access on Steam, and the developer prefers you buy the game off their website.

Battle Brothers released to Early Access

Finally! After all that waiting you can now experience for yourself how it feels to get your men slaughtered and, in some rare cases, even emerge victorious in a game of Battle Brothers. We hope you enjoy playing the game as much as we enjoyed designing it!

Please keep in mind that this game was just released into Early Access and is far from finished. We consider it a solid foundation upon which we can now build a truly great game over the course of the next year.

Where to get it

The best place for buying the game is at our very own website. You’ll receive a Steam key with which you can start playing right away. In addition, you may leave a tip to further support us if you want.

Battle Brothers

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

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Age of Wonders 3: Eternal Lord - More Reviews

by Couchpotato, 06:51

I found two more reviews for the Age of Wonders 3: Eternal Lord expansion.

Gamewatcher - 9/10

Like all good expansions, Eternal Lords doesn’t just throw in a bunch of new content at random (though that’s not to say there isn’t a ridiculous amount of new goodies, because there is). It carefully re-considers the mechanics of the core game and offers interesting new ways to approach familiar problems. The big draw here is the inventive Necromancer class, which is just heaps of fun, but both the two new races and the range of smaller changes, like the new options for a peaceful victory, are smart additions that will make Age of Wonders 3 feel fresh again to even the most jaded player. Take note, developers; this is how you do a good expansion pack.

OnRPG - 4/5

I’m in love with Age of Wonders III all over again.  It’s a terrific fantasy strategy game with something new and fresh being offered in both expansions. New victory conditions, new classes (or returns of old favorites), new characters, lore areas, lengthy and challenging campaigns!  Sure, the game is unforgiving and difficult, but it’s a nice hearken back to older strategy games of my youth such as Heroes of Might and Magic, as I have probably said before.  Kudos to AoWIII, they are really offering something unique, fun and suitably difficult. And I have to say, I love resurrecting cities in my own grim visage. That was one of the coolest points to be offered in the new expansion. Though I have to say that I still hate the controls. I do not feel they have gotten any better. Sometimes simply clicking on a unit is not enough and that drives me mad, but not enough to hate this title.

Age of Wonders 3

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

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Underworld Ascendant - Fire Update

by Couchpotato, 06:46

OtherSide Entertainment released another post-funding update a few days back that is a continuation of the last topic about lava, but talks about how fire will work.

In our last update, Chris talked about lava in all its different forms, and how it might be used in Underworld Ascendant. Well, where there is lava there is inevitably fire, so this week Jeff would like to discuss how fire will work in the Stygian Abyss.

Underworld Ascendant

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

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Legends of Eisenwald - Re-Preview @ RPG Codex

by Couchpotato, 06:41

Infinitron posted an updated preview of Legends of Eisenwald on the RPG Codex.

In summary, Legends of Eisenwald promises to be an intriguing title. I have a few concerns with it, such as the lack of tactical maneuvering in melee, and the question of whether the designers can really balance economic and decision-making challenges over the course of a thirty hour game. However, there is a lot of good here as well, and I'd say there's a good chance Aterdux might have a real gem on their hands. We'll find out for sure when the game is released.

Legends of Eisenwald

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

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State of Decay - Year One Edition Released

by Couchpotato, 06:33

Undead Labs released a new edition of Dead State called the Year One Edition.

State of Decay, along with major Add-Ons Breakdown and Lifeline, is now fully remastered in stunning 1080p. New missions, weapons, and extra content, along with improved lighting, textures, animations and combat mechanics, will pull you even deeper into the post-outbreak world. How will you survive the zombie apocalypse?

New Missions

Mysterious supply crates start dropping into remote areas across the map, attracting massive hordes of zombies. Wipe out the infestation and you can grab some of the rarest and most powerful equipment seen in State of Decay.

New Survivors

Your favorite characters from Lifeline can now be unlocked in Breakdown, including the previously unplayable Kelly “Sasquatch” Eldridge.

New Vehicles

Not only do players get a brand-new SUV, but custom vehicle skins are also distributed across all maps for greater personalization.

New Weapons: Under-Barrel Grenade Launchers and Incendiary Shotguns
Find new assault rifles equipped with under-barrel grenade launcher attachments as well as shotguns that fire incendiary rounds.

Make your stand against the collapse of society in the ultimate zombie survival-fantasy game. Explore an open world full of dangers and opportunities that respond to your every decision. Recruit a community of playable survivors, each with their own unique skills and talents. Design and fortify your base against the relentless hordes of the undead. Perform daring raids for food and ammunition, and do whatever it takes to live another day.

State of Decay

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

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Shadowrun Chronicles - Available on Steam

by Couchpotato, 06:09

Cliffhanger Productions sent news their new online action/strategy game called Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown is now available on Steam.

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Shadowrun is the mother of all cyberpunk settings, captivating fans around the globe for over 25 years. Now, with Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown, Cliffhanger Productions is releasing a unique and tactically challenging online game. In a world where magic and technology collide, the player takes control of the combat unit of one of the mighty megacorporations, tasked with doing their dirty work. And there's a lot of that in the world of Shadowrun Chronicles…

The campaign mode in Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown can be tackled either solo or in co-op multiplayer mode. First, you create your own hero in true RPG fashion in a level-free character system and gradually assemble a formidable team of Runners. With over 50 different enemy types, the missions require smart and prudent planning, cover from fire, suppressive fire, heavy weaponry and, of course, the well-considered use of powerful magic.

The Early Access phase of Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown officially ends today and, following the successful Kickstarter campaign with over 6,000 supporters, to whom the developers extend their special thanks, is finally available in stores off- and online.

Shadowrun Chronicles

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

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Tuesday - April 28, 2015

Lords of Xulima - 40% Off On GOG Till May 4th

by Couchpotato, 06:11

Numantian Games notifed me you can now buy Lords of Xulima for 40% off on GOG. The sale will last until May 4th so everyone still has the chance to buy a copy.

Lords of Xulima just received a major patch: the 1.8 update, which includes Linux support, a Polish localisation, and many sought-after improvements. We love big patches that breathe a bit of new life into our games, so how could we not celebrate with a discount? Lords of Xulima is 40% off for one week!

Lords of Xulima

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

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RPGWatch - Shadowrun Chronicles Impressions

by Couchpotato, 06:04

I was given a free review copy of Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown from Cliffhanger Productions. Since I'm very busy these days, here is a quick impression.

Well hello everyone! This will be my first non-interview article for the site. So, lets get started as I was sent a free Steam key for Shadowrun Chronicles:Boston Lockdown from Cliffhanger Productions.

When the game was first announced on Kickstarter under the name, Shadowrun Online, back in July 2012, I wasn't interested very much. To me I saw the online part of the name, and assumed it will just be another online game that ruins the Shadowrun name once again. Boy was I proven wrong.

Shadowrun Chronicles

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

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Spiderweb Software - Interview @ Venturebeat

by Couchpotato, 06:02

Heather Newman of Venturebeat got in contact with Jeff Vogel of Spiderweb Software to talk about why he stopped developing his games for the iOS platform.

GamesBeat: You’ve been developing for iOS for a while. Why stop now?

Jeff Vogel: So the most important thing to realize about Apple products is that they are designed to become obsolete fairly quickly. Apple engineers constantly change up the hardware and software. In my repeated experience, any device more than a few years old loses the ability to run the new operating systems.

Programming for Apple devices has, for the 20 years I’ve been doing it, been a continuous hassle. Apple constantly makes the old code obsolete, forcing programmers to relearn and revise everything constantly. Sometimes, these changes lead to better devices and software. Other times, it’s just obnoxiousness with no gain for developers or users. It’s just something you learn to live with, until you give up.

And Apple doesn’t care. Why should they? In 2014, 500 games came out on iTunes a day. A day. I suspect that Apple would be ecstatic if 90 percent of game developers disappeared overnight. See also: Steam.

Apple is merciful in one way, though. Usually, when they make a huge change in how their devices are programmed, they let the old code work for a few years to help developers keep up. The problem with Avernum 2 HD is that this didn’t happen this time.

Spiderweb Software

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