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2016-02-01

Game of the Year Awards 2015 - Most Promising RPG

Like every year, you also got to vote for Most Promising RPG of 2016. Check out the details to find out what games we and our visitors think are most promising.
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2016-01-28

Game of the Year Awards 2015 - Best RPG

The RPGWatch team and our visitors have cast their votes for the best RPG of 2015. Check out the details to find out what games made it to the top three.
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Wednesday - February 03, 2016

Children of Zodiarcs - Kickstarter Update

by Hiddenx, 19:51

The successfully funded J-RPG Children of Zodiarcs is close to reach more stretch goals:

Hello hello, everyone!  Jason here, once again.

You have all been so amazing. We are almost at the $135,000 CAD mark for the Underworld Arena. We’re already starting to work out some cool ideas on how to work it into the game’s lore. Fun times!

Tomorrow (unless something happens), I’ll have nice update for you. Erica has been working hard on concept art for one of the Torus districts. It’s looking really great and I can’t wait to show you some of her process that got her to the final piece :)

We still have a lot of cool stretch goals, so please help to spread the word about Children of Zodiarcs! The more stretch goals we reach, the more we can put into the game :)

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Children of Zodiarcs

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

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Archmage Rises - A Series of interesting Choices

by Hiddenx, 19:25

Developer Thomas Henshell send us some info about his upcoming RPG Archmage Rises:

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Our vision is to bring the essence of the pen & paper role playing experience to the modern computer role playing game. Where player freedom, choice, and natural consequence is the core of the game.

Setting

Of low birth, sixteen, away from home, and now kicked out of school just prior to Confirmation.  Legally, you are not allowed to practice magic.  What will you do?

From this tumultuous beginning you are in control of how you make your way in the world of Vaelun.

  • Conform to society or rail against it?  
  • Forgive those who harmed you, or seek vengeance? 
  • Become a famous academic or fearsome battlemage? 

Character

You are born and will die of natural causes after a certain number of years (determined by genetics). How you spend your time is the most important decision you will make.  

  • Story driven character creation branches into over 144 beginnings.
  • Permadeath brings gravitas to every decision.   Just as in real life, there are no redos.
  • Dozens of skills allow for broad character diversification.  No two play throughs will be the same.
  • Most every action affects your soul.  The more selfless you are, the more good options become available to you.  The more selfish you are, the more evil options become available.

Combat

The innovative turn-based combat is designed from the ground up to be flexible, strategic, and fast.  Combat is just one way of overcoming obstacles.

  • The battlefield is separated into three ranges (Far, Mid, Near).  Enemy weapons and abilities determine their optimal attack distance.  Use your retinue of spells to blast your foes, but also to control the battlefield.  It's like Chess with fireballs!
  • Decide how to best utilize your action points: quick light spells, or slow powerful ones.  (Like Bravely Default)
  • Choose how powerfully to cast a spell.  Like a boxer swinging, the more power you invest the higher chance of missing, and the more of an opening you allow to your opponent, but the more damage you do.  Like boxing, battle is not just a test of power but wits and stamina as well.
  • Craft your own weapons, equipment, and spells.  No class restrictions, specialize in your favorite spells.

Archmage Rises

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

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PC Gamer - Playing RPG's Without Combat

by Aubrielle, 17:20

PC Gamer discusses avoiding combat in an RPG, and they do it through the lens of Age of Decadence.

I'm bored of killing people. Not necessarily bored of having people killed, but certainly of doing my own dirty work. After a couple of years of great RPGs—The Witcher 3, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Pillars of Eternity, Fallout 4, and even South Park: The Stick of Truth—I need a break from fighting. This isn't a hot take: I'm not about to decry RPG combat in its entirety. This is my problem, and it's up to me—not the industry at large—to find a solution.

The solution, it turns out, is Age of Decadence. Officially released last year after a time in early access, it's still a bit rough and unpolished. Nonetheless, it's a wilfully uncompromising RPG. There is combat, and it's extremely difficult, but, depending on the choices that you make, engaging in it can be optional.

In Age of Decadence, you're given a choice of professions, each promising a markedly different experience. A mercenary is going to get hilt deep in some jerks—it's a part of the job description. But other builds promise other ways to play. I chose a merchant, partly because it's a non-combat option, but also because, if this is truly an age of decadence, I assume having a lot of money will help.

It works because the setting favours politics and greed, rather than sword-'n'-board heroism. Because of this, I go for an extremely specific, high-risk build. My combat fatigue manifests in a character with no points in any of the combat skills. Of my dagger ability, the game bluntly states that I should "put it down before you poke an eye out." (Wouldn't poking someone's eye out be an extremely effective use of a dagger? I suppose it depends whose eye.)

Instead, I'm a master at doing words at people—more so than this sentence would imply. My primary stats are trading, persuasion and 'streetwise,' and it's interesting just how much these skills matter. I've played for a few hours, and, so far, Age of Decadence has mitigated its early linearity through contextual events and dialogue. At multiple points I'm given the option for actions that rely on my (appalling) dexterity, or conversation choices that require my (amazing) persuasion. But these options don't magically solve problems.

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RPS - Roles We Take, Roles We Choose

by Aubrielle, 17:03

In "The RPG Scrollbars: Roles We Take, Roles We Choose", RPS's Richard Cobbett takes a detailed look at roles in RPG's and what they mean.

Not for the first time, I’ve spent quite a while recently pondering the nature of roles – more specifically, mechanical role versus narrative role. When we think of RPGs, what we’re usually thinking of is the latter. You play the role of the Hero, but in a universe that’s typically designed to let you define that however you like. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but there’s a key difference between that and stepping into the shoes of someone more specific. Geralt in The Witcher 3 for instance is – spoiler alert – a Witcher. Every encounter revolves around that, every system involves it, every decision has, whether it’s by your choice or Geralt bringing it up, a mercenary element that reinforces that asking for money in exchange for your services is expected and not, as is often the case, the first step towards douchery and getting the Evil ending.

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Keeping this in mind throws a very different light on so many RPGs and the rare feeling of actually BEING somebody in a game. Ultima for instance puts you into the narrative role of the Avatar, paragon of the eight virtues, defeater of yadda yadda, but the running joke of the series is that what you actually do with that authority is treat Britannia like your own personal playground. Only in Ultima IV are you forced not to, with Ultima VII being largely an exercise in how many ways you can bend an open world over your knee and spank it until its bottom is red-raw. Conversely, the Quest for Glory games give you that all important wiggle-room for stealing the occasional thing or making a selfish decision, but at heart are routed in the fact that you are a Hero and it’s your responsibility to live up to that. They’re more linear in design, and notably, designers Lori and Corey Cole spank back hard if you try to do something unbefitting of your role, but everything from the nature of the quests to the skills at your disposal (good for helping people, bad for kicking arse) reinforce that heroic aspect.

It doesn’t help that most RPGs, rightly or wrongly, don’t have much in the way of balls when it comes to restricting the player character in any way. Compare, say, Baldur’s Gate 2 with Dragon Age 2 – partly because it’s a good comparison, partly because it wouldn’t be a good week if I didn’t annoy someone on the Codex. I’m thinking in terms of magic specifically. Baldur’s Gate 2 largely takes place in the city of Amn, and one of the cardinal rules there is ‘no magic without a license’. Dragon Age 2 takes place in a city controlled by Templars, whose job it is to keep mages under control, and not without some reason. Magic isn’t just whizzy-whizzy-bang-bang, but linked to demonic possession and all kinds of other health hazards.

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Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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Sorcery! - RPS Review

by Aubrielle, 16:55

Rock, Paper, Shotgun gives us the lowdown on Sorcery!.

Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! [official site] has been showing the mobile world what modern gamebooks can be since 2013, and now they’re following 80 Days onto the PC. The first two chapters come as a bundle, with two more on the way. If you’ve played them on iOS, they’re exactly the same games, only you can finally click on things instead of using your filthy sausage-fingers. If not, here’s Wot I Think.

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Sorcery! pulls off that most impressive trick, working as both a nostalgia trip and a modern series. It takes a while for it to come into its own, admittedly, and the old-fashioned focus on text won’t necessarily appeal to everyone. Illiterates and fools, for instance. To sink into its world though is to quickly get lost in its invisible pathways of tricks and traps and hidden secrets, the adventure evolving along with both your increasing power and Inkle’s mastery of the gamebook format. Neither part takes long to complete, if completion is all you care about, but that first playthrough will barely scratch the surface of what their maps offer – never mind show you all the best stuff.

More.

Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Sorcery!

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

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Witcher 3 - Blood and Wine "Not Imminent"

by Aubrielle, 04:18

According to The Witcher 3's official Twitter, it doesn't look like we'll be seeing Blood and Wine as soon as we'd hoped.

Thanks, Couch.


The second expansion for The Witcher 3, titled 'Blood and Wine', does not look likely to be made available any time soon judging by a Tweet posted on the game's official Twitter account.

Responding to a question regarding the highly anticipated DLC package, The Witcher account revealed that more information on the Blood and Wine expansion would be released 'in the coming months'.

The first DLC offering for CD Projekt Red's smash hit RPG arrived back in October and the Blood and Wine content was initially expected to be released during the first quarter of 2016. That original time window has since been expanded to the first half of 2016, with most people now expecting it to be released sometime after March.

To date only a couple of screenshots have been shown off from the Blood and Wine expansion but it has been revealed that the DLC package will include an additional 20 hours of gameplay and take place in a new area which wasn't initially in the game, named Toussaint.

More.

Witcher 3

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

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Tales of Symphonia - Broken Ports Unacceptable

by Aubrielle, 04:14

The first opinions are flowing in for the PC port of Tales of Symphonia, and the impressions aren't the best.  Locked 720p resolution is a problem, among other things.  A PCGamer op-ed believes we deserve better.

Peter "Durante" Thoman is the creator of PC downsampling tool GeDoSaTo and the modder behind Dark Souls' DSfix. He has previously analyzed PC ports of Valkyria ChroniclesThe Witcher 3Tales of Zestiria and more.

Bandai-Namco, this is unacceptable. You too, Koei-Tecmo.

Yesterday Bandai-Namco released Tales of Symphonia on Steam. It’s a game with a history of bad porting: the PS3 release which this port is based on—in turn a port of the PS2 version—was in some ways still inferior to the Gamecube original. So no one truly expected anything more than a decently competent barebones affair, with the same assets, framerate limitations and features as the PS3 version. However, what we got rivals the very worst ports in the last decade of PC gaming, and more than that the surrounding circumstances leave little conclusion other than the responsible company (or companies) simply caring little about the quality of their products.

I don’t enjoy writing negative articles, but sometimes it has to be done. In this one, I’ll explain all the things wrong with Tales of Symphonia on PC, and more than that, how these facts clearly point to an underlying system of priorities for creating this version of the game which simply makes no sense. No technical sense. No sense from the point of view of the customers. Note that there is one positive takeway from this: at least the resolution issues were easy enough to fix. I did it in less than three hours.

In any case, I want to refrain from descending into hyperbole or painting with too broad a brush—something I often observe when these topics are discussed. So first, let’s start with some perspective.

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Source: PC Gamer

Tales of Symphonia

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

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Tuesday - February 02, 2016

Shadowrun: Hong Kong - Five Hour Epilogue soon

by Silver, 21:52

@Gameinformer announces that Shadowrun Hong Kong will have 5+ hours of new content plus developer commentary free if you already own the game. The content takes place after the main campaign.

Harebrained Schemes is getting ready to deliver a big expansion to the third installment in its recently rebooted Shadowrun series. Hong Kong is a vibrant cyberpunk city that's about to get bigger.

The best part is that you won't need to spend a dime on the additional content. In a post on the official Facebook page, Harebrained Schemes shares the details.

"Almost ready to go back to Hong Kong?" the post says. "We're adding 5+ hours of gameplay and a Dev Audio Commentary! (Same low price, lots more content! And updated free to everyone who already has the game!)"

Shadowrun: Hong Kong

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

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Sorcery! - PC Version released on Steam

by Hiddenx, 19:38

Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! is back: A PC version was released today on Steam. Here's a review from PCWorld:

Sorcery! Parts One and Two review: Choose your own adventure in this glorious Steve Jackson adaptation

I’ve fought an assassin. I’ve saved an orcish princess. I’ve clambered through overflowing sewers. I’ve died from drinking too much river water, and died again from contracting plague. I’ve fought monsters, eaten rations, and rested at more inns than I’d care to recall. I’ve even—don’t tell anyone—thrown rocks at a little girl in exchange for an apple. (It wasn’t one of my prouder moments.)

This is Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! reimagined for 2016. And it’s also the latest from Inkle, creator of the acclaimed 80 Days.

[...]

Bottom line

Inkle is fast becoming one of my favorite studios. 80 Days was excellent. Sorcery is much the same, forsaking the off-kilter Victorian Age for a more cliched land of swords and spells and knavery—and yet, by some combination of Inkle’s own talents and Steve Jackson’s original source, managing to wring some truly compelling ideas from the game’s thin sword-and-board pretenses.

And I’ve still got two more adventures ahead before Sorcery wraps up. Fantastic.


Sorcery!

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

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InSomnia - New Screenshots

by Hiddenx, 19:01

Farflame spotted some nice InSomnia-screenshots on the Kickstarter-page:

Updated InSomnia demo screenshots and details

Hello everyone! As we've told you before there's an updated InSomnia demo that's being in works for some time now. And we've got a bunch of juicy screenshots to show you today, click to open in high resolution...

InSomnia

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

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Overfall - Closed Beta Started

by Myrthos, 12:27

The closed beta for Overfall has started for all Kickstarter backers who mentioned they wanted to receive a Steam key. For those who want a GOG key, they will have to wait until the devs feel they are ready for a DRM free key.

For those who haven't backed, but still want to play the game: Overfall will be available on Steam Early Access on March 1. They are looking for feedback in the weeks leading up to that date to improve the game further.

Here is an overview of their plans and notes, which has a reference to Chris Avellone in it.

  • At the moment, the game is mostly stable and polished with the core game completed; and we are working on balancing current features as well as adding more content to deliver even more fun.
  • Note that you may encounter some disembodied voices, teleporting heroes, or paralyzed NPCs. These are perfectly normal breakdowns on the current state of development, and will be resolved shortly. Please start playing the game now if you are OKAY with that. 
  • Visit and follow our test Trello - a tool we use to store and fix known issues. 
  • Before the main release we plan to polish and test our Story Builder - a tool accessible to anyone with Overfall that allows them to create their own stories and upload them to the Steam Workshop. 
  • One of the main strengths of Overfall comes from the stories you encounter during a playthrough, an island-to-island experience where you don’t just sail around trying to save the world - you can just as easily encounter a charming stand-alone story or a self-contained quest progression. The more of these encounters we have, the richer and more fun the overall experience will be. We wanted these encounters to be perfect, and to achieve that, we started searching for ways to improve our storytelling. One day - Yagiz introduced us to (as you see them both in our credits now) one of the most prominent game designers and writers of our era, Chris Avellone himself, who you will remember from Fallout 2, Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale series, Baldur’s Gate, Fallout: New Vegas, FTL and many others. We came up with the idea of having a Game Writing Style Guide, which would explain the basics of creating a story in Overfall, give some ideas on how to write a good story, and outline Overfall’s writing style with a couple of examples. And we already were in touch with the best person for writing this kind of guide, not only because he’s a great writer with worlds of experience, but also because he’s great mentor material. Thankfully Chris was happy to work on it and thought laying out one might be helpful for both Overfall and for any budding game writers out there. Now our plan is to finish and release the story builder along with the game, and to write more stories in the light of the Game Writing Style Guide.

Overfall

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

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Stardew Valley - New JRPG/Farm Sim

by Aubrielle, 02:21

Couch tipped us off to a new farming simulator in the vein of Starbound and Harvest Moon - Stardew Valley.  It looks like it has some fun sandbox elements, RPG elements, and graphics reminiscent of the PS1.

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You've inherited your grandfather's old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won't be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town's most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness!

Features

  • Turn your overgrown field into a lively farm! Raise animals, grow crops, start an orchard, craft useful machines, and more! You'll have plenty of space to create the farm of your dreams.
  • Improve your skills over time. As you make your way from a struggling greenhorn to a master farmer, you'll level up in 5 different areas: farming, mining, combat, fishing, and foraging. As you progress, you'll learn new cooking and crafting recipes, unlock new areas to explore, and customize your skills by choosing from a variety of professions.
  • Become part of the local community. With over 30 unique characters living in Stardew Valley, you won't have a problem finding new friends! Each person has their own daily schedule, birthday, unique mini-cutscenes, and new things to say throughout the week and year. As you make friends with them, they will open up to you, ask you for help with their personal troubles, or tell you their secrets! Take part in seasonal festivals such as the luau, haunted maze, and feast of the winter star.
  • Explore a vast, mysterious cave. As you travel deeper underground, you'll encounter new and dangerous monsters, powerful weapons, new environments, valuable gemstones, raw materials for crafting and upgrading tools, and mysteries to be uncovered.
  • Breathe new life into the valley. Since JojaMart opened, the old way of life in Stardew Valley has changed. Much of the town's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair. Help restore Stardew Valley to it's former glory by repairing the old community center, or take the alternate route and join forces with Joja Corporation.
  • Court and marry a partner to share your life on the farm with. There are 10 available bachelors and bachelorettes to woo, each with unique character progression cutscenes. Once married, your partner will live on the farm with you. Who knows, maybe you'll have kids and start a family?
  • Spend a relaxing afternoon at one of the local fishing spots. The waters are teeming with seasonal varieties of delicious fish. Craft bait, bobbers, and crab pots to help you in your journey toward catching every fish and becoming a local legend!
  • Donate artifacts and minerals to the local museum.
  • Cook delicious meals and craft useful items to help you out. With over 100 cooking and crafting recipes, you'll have a wide variety of items to create. Some dishes you cook will even give you temporary boosts to skills, running speed, or combat prowess. Craft useful objects like scarecrows, oil makers, furnaces, or even the rare and expensive crystalarium.
  • Customize the appearance of your character and house. With hundreds of decorative items to choose from, you'll have no trouble creating the home of your dreams!
  • Over two hours of original music.

Steam page.

General News

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

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Black Desert - New Trailer

by Aubrielle, 02:14

Daum Games Europe has released a new teaser trailer for Black Desert OnlineBDO will launch on March 3.

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Black Desert

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

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Risen - Matt Chat Retrospective

by Aubrielle, 01:10

Matt Chat #325 takes a look back at Risen.

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Source: Matt Chat

Risen

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

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Memory of Eldurim - Beta Update

by Aubrielle, 01:03

The Memory of Eldurim devs have a large beta update coming soon.

Thanks to Couch for tonight's news.

Hey everyone,

This update brings controller support (for the Xbox 360/X1 controllers, Steam controller mappings to come soon), balance changes, more options in the video and gameplay settings, and lots of bug fixes.

We have a bunch of new quests in the works, and though they didn't quite make it into this update, they will be available in a few short weeks. You can now turn off "sticky sprint" in the options, as well as configuring your chromatic aberration and depth of field settings.

Many bugs have been fixed, but as always, if you encounter any, please post about them in the bug forums, or let us know at help@liminalgames.com

If you're wondering why the update is so large, that's because we are working on some big things that we'll be showing previews of very shortly.

You guys are the best! Stay tuned for big things coming soon.

More.

Memory of Eldurim

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

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Underworld Ascendant - Prototype Updated

by Silver, 00:33

The prototype for Underworld Ascendant is getting an update. This means a change in the movement and combat system with the visual look getting an update too.

On Movement:

When a game has great movement controls, like the old Id games Doom and Quake, they become an extension of the player. No thought is needed for basic navigation, and it opens up for players to become more creative and skilled at getting around the world. In recent memory Mirror's Edge did this especially well. The Parkour skills chain together so beautifully and when you master the game it is like a ballet moving around the game world.

Tim and Will have put together the bones we can build on for a robust movement system. They have decided - at least for the moment- to have full body awareness. This means that the body of the player can be seen by the player, and it also reacts like any other physical object in the world. Momentum matters. Run faster you jump further. Chain jumps together you keep your momentum going, stop for a second and your momentum is lost. Jumping wall to wall if you pause you start sliding down the side of the wall. Sliding down a slope is fast, running up a slope is slower than on a flat plane.

Just these motions give us some pretty interesting ways of navigating the environment...

On Combat:

Second, we've stood up the beginnings of combat. There are 3 attacks so far: a light swing, an overhead swing and a stab. There is a bad guy wandering about who just wants to be hit.

...but with more robust tactics, movement and use of the 3D space than was technically possible in the original games. Enemies with have 'tells' so the player can learn to react to them properly. We are still looking at other complexities like locational damage, status effects, dodging and blocking. How complex we push the AI in combat is being experimented with, but we expect them to have options, not just 'ARRGH kill the player' and 'oh no I'm hurt! Run away'. If they have spells they will use them, if they are carrying a magic weapon it will be equipped.

The new look:

statue

classic underworld staircase

Underworld Ascendant

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

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XCOM 2 - More positive Reviews

by Hiddenx, 00:14

Henriquejr spotted two more XCOM 2 reviews:

Gamespot:

Survival of the fittest.

Time is always fading in XCOM 2, and it's never on our side. As we train our next soldier, drop them into battle, and fight for humanity's survival, we can only make the best of the minutes we have left. We'll probably fail. But we'll move on anyway.

Following in the footsteps of 2012's XCOM: Enemy Unknown, its sequel is a brutal, unforgiving turn-based strategy title played on a strategic world map and isometric battlefields. XCOM 2 places us in command of the human Resistance as they rise up against the Advent, an alien regime that has governed Earth for 20 years. As opposed to the soldiers of Enemy Unknown, XCOM 2's rebellion is on the offensive. We're no longer staunch defenders--we're a desperate guerilla force.

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Score: 9/10 Superb

IGN:

XCOM 2 Review

There’s an air of white-knuckle desperation about XCOM 2’s post-apocalyptic setting, and it only enhances the tension. Taking place 20 years after humanity shockingly lost the war we played in 2012’s excellent XCOM: Enemy Unknown, we’re now fighting to overthrow a decades-long alien occupation of the planet. It’s a very thematically appropriate scenario for a game about taking four to six-person squads into battle against initially-superior alien forces, and a great backdrop for these unpredictable, tactically deep, and addictive battles.

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The Verdict

With a focus on variety and replayability, this sequel has an answer to most of my complaints about 2012’s excellent XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and aside from some mostly cosmetic bugs, it comes together brilliantly. Thanks to a new spin on the same great tactical combat, plus unpredictable maps and randomized objectives and loot, XCOM 2 is an amazing game I’ll easily put hundreds of hours into

 

XCOM 2

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

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Monday - February 01, 2016

Expeditions: Viking - Interview @ GameInformer

by Aries100, 21:14

GameInformer has talked to Jonas Wæver, the creative director of Logic Artists about this game. Here's a bit about the inspiration:

Wæver says there are benefits and challenges to working in this time period. "The Viking age is both really easy and really challenging to deal with historically because written accounts are so sparse and so biased - the Norse didn't really write a whole lot, since brevity is of the essence when you have to chisel your words into stones!" he says. "This gives us a lot of freedom to choose our own approach to the historical elements, but it also makes it difficult to find trustworthy sources to rely on for shaping our game world. Fortunately there are tons and tons of archaeological sources about the Viking age, so we've been relying on a lot of that to get the clothing, the architecture, the tools and weapons, and the ships just right."

In addition, the Danish main television station, DR, also has talked to Jonas Wæver.
It is in Danish, so here's the link to a google english transition of the Danish interview.
Here's a bit about how the company has reacted to the criticism of the first game, Expeditions: Conquistador:

The game was at home criticized for bringing a traditionally colonialist worldview of the Spanish conquerors, and in Latin America came the criticism that the game was racist in its depiction of the native Indians. For Jonas Wæver is what some were interpreted as being politically incorrect, the price of the game could be historically accurate. - But we listen very carefully to the criticism, because we would not want to be guilty of distortion of history, emphasizing Wæver who are curious to see if the 'Viking', who also slaves, they cause just as much criticism and indignation when it is released later in the year.

Remember, though, that is a google translation of the original interview in Danish which
can be found here.

Expeditions: Viking

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

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XCOM 2 - Review @ PC Gamer

by Hiddenx, 20:21

PC Gamer wants to play XCOM 2 forever:

XCOM 2 Review

Deep inside your flying base is a bar dedicated to fallen soldiers. It has a list of each soldier’s name, time of death, and the operation they died in. It’s a trigger for dark memories. Reading down I remember one soldier crushed to death by a giant snake, another burnt to death in a ruined office. Another shot dead then psychically resurrected to fight her friends. Operation Dismal Window was a bad day for rookie Neel Mehra. Sergeant Flynn Hudson bit the dust in Operation Half-Eaten Tears. If it wasn’t obvious from XCOM’s ominous naming convention for operations, this is a tough gig. But these are the heroes you’ll remember when the lasers stop. These are the fallen stars in this gruelling, outstanding strategy game.

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Score: 94/100

Exceptionally tough, rewarding strategy and a masterful reworking of the XCOM formula. We’ll play this forever.

XCOM 2

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

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Tales of Symphonia - Release Tomorrow

by Hiddenx, 19:49

In 5 hours you can get the PS3-classic Tales of Symphonia on Steam:

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THE EPIC BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL

In a dying world, legend has it that a Chosen One will one day rise from amongst the people and the land will be reborn. The line between good and evil blurs in this epic adventure where the fate of two interlocked worlds hangs in the balance.

AN EPIC ADVENTURE – Over 80 hours of gameplay in this epic, emotionally charged storyline.

REAL-TIME 3D BATTLE SYSTEM – Experience the fierce, action-packed battle system. Combine hundreds of special attacks and magic spells.

A CLASSIC ART STYLE LIVES ON – Become absorbed in endearing cel-shaded characters designed by renowned artist Kosuke Fujishima

FIRST TIME ON STEAM – Based on the PlayStation®3 port of the original GameCube game, this RPG classic is finally available for PC.

Tales of Symphonia

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

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Darkest Dungeon - Review @ Trusted Reviews

by Hiddenx, 19:27

Another very postive review for Darkest Dungeon at Trusted Reviews:

A lot of dungeon crawlers can play out as power trips. While your hero (or party of heroes) won’t necessarily boast godlike invulnerability, it’s taken as standard that you will be able to cut through vast swathes of beasties with impunity – as long as you haven’t selected the hardest difficulty. See: Diablo 3. See also: Pillars Of Eternity.

Darkest Dungeon doesn’t offer this power trip. In fact, there’s something gleefully old school about Red Hook Studio’s nightmarish trip underground. Here is a game that demands you invest in a troop of characters, manage everything from their equipment to their stress levels and bear in mind that all of them could meet an untimely demise if they turn the wrong corner and run into the wrong monster. It’s a little refreshing, for a change, to be controlling a posse of ‘heroes’ that appear woefully out of their depth from the get-go.

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Verdict

If you’re prepared to take that possibility on board, Darkest Dungeon offers a challenging chasm to lose yourself in. It won’t appeal to every type of player, but for those willing to face the prospect of crippling loss, insanity and nail-biting tension, Darkest Dungeon is certainly worth the time you’ll sink into it.

Score: 9/10

Darkest Dungeon

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

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RPGWatch - GotY 2015 Awards - Most Promising RPG

by Myrthos, 13:00

With a small delay we bring you the results of the votes for the games you look forward to most in 2016.

RPGWatch

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Rampant Games - The Indiepocalyps Continues

by Myrthos, 12:52

The Rampant Coyote takes what happened at Arcen recently as an example of what is currently happening in the Indie development world, where sales on a game with good reviews, are so low that a large chunk of an indie development team have to be laid off.

This sucks.

So Arcen has a critical success that is a commercial flop, for various reasons, and this small indie team is going to have to be gutted as a result.

I was talking to a friend on Facebook today, and I mentioned that when the market gets like this, when supply totally outgrows demand by such a huge factor, suppliers / makers start slitting their own throats to earn their customers, and the market begins to perceive this as normal. And so you get comments like the ones in the PC Gamer article about this.

While many of them are behaving like asses, many of them (even the jerks) have a point. I mean, at this point, I’ve got way more games than I’ve got time to play them, so I really need to be sold on a game to consider forking out even a little money for it. But I still get new ones – especially indie games – that interest me because I understand the dev side of things too, and realize that I can’t demand that a developer spend a million dollars to make me happy enough to give them $15. That’s silly.

But that’s also the market we’re in now. Until the “Indiepocalypse” runs its full course, it’ll be the “new normal.” Maybe one day people will say, “Remember back in the mid 2010s when companies were falling over backwards and running at huge losses to make us more games than we could possibly play, and selling them to us for only $5? Good times, good times…”

The gold rush is playing out like it always has. As a gamer, enjoy it. As a developer… well, decide what you really want to do. If it’s to make games, I guess the answer is to buckle down and ride out the storm. It won’t be over quickly. And it won’t ever be easy.

Check out the link above for details.

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XCOM 2 - Launch Day Mods Revealed

by Aubrielle, 01:04

Long War Studios talks to Eurogamer about some XCOM 2 mods they're working on - ones that will apparently be playable from launch.  We posted about this earlier, but now we have more details.

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Long War Studios, not coincidentally the team behind XCOM's celebrated Long War mod, has made a bunch of day one mods for Firaxis' imminent strategy sequel. This we learned ten days ago, but until yesterday we had no idea what those mods would be exactly.

Now we do. There will be three mods available for XCOM 2 on February 5: a mod that adds submachine guns to the game, a mod that adds a set of leadership perks, and one that introduces a new enemy, the Muton Centurion. Eurogamer has gleaned a few morsels of info about these mods from the Long War team themselves—here's an image of the Muton Centurion looking fairly angry.

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Source: PC Gamer

XCOM 2

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

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Dragon: The Game - Now on Kickstarter

by Aubrielle, 00:55

Dragon: The Game, an open world sandbox RPG now on Kickstarter, lets you experience the world as a dragon.

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Inspire terror and awe in Dragon: The Game, the first open-world sandbox action RPG that lets you experience the world as the dragon.

DTG: Dragon Simulator Meets Action-RPG

You are a dragon, thundering across the sky, soaring with ravenous appetite.   Do you bring majesty, wealth, and power to the lands or are you a creature of legendary terror? 

Experience dragons in their proper role as the monstrous, complex, and epic protagonists that they are. In this open world action role-playing game you bring your dragon's story to life. As you hunt, eat, and age, your dragon develops. You improve and customize its wings, tail, claws, and breath weapon. Over the centuries, you develop your inner draconic magic and other latent abilities, claim territory, and impact the course of history. 

Become a terrifying or benevolent dragon powerful enough to threaten city states and reshape kingdoms.

More.

Source: Kickstarter

General News

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

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Dragon Age - Remembering DA:O

by Aubrielle, 00:50

Eurogamer takes a look back at Dragon Age: Origins.

Dragon Age: Origins marked the point at which western RPGs properly moved into the spotlight. Knights Of The Old Republic laid the groundwork, combining a surprisingly geeky implementation of Dungeons and Dragons rules with its direct player control and swishy lightsabers. Jade Empire then tried to take it somewhere new, only to stumble right out of the gate. It modernised the genre, offering something fresh, but it never really got its due.

With Dragon Age: Origins, we saw a game torn between an old audience and the new, designed as a spiritual return to the hardcore charms of Baldur's Gate but at a scale where only a mega-hit would do. It was a strange combination. BioWare talked about the detail of its lore, and of taking inspiration from the likes of A Song Of Ice And Fire, long before Game of Thrones had become so popular. And at the same time we had trailers fast cut to Marilyn Manson and a cleavage-baring Morrigan.

Dragon Age: Origins was so often torn between its inspirations - dark, gritty and with a relatively realistic brand of low fantasy - and the needs of a big budget game. Magic is canonically rare, with mages locked up in Circles for everyone's own safety and every spell putting the user at risk of demonic possession. The idea was that most people would never even have seen magic performed in public, at least, nothing more dramatic than the pulling of a rabbit out of a hat. In practice, mages are everywhere, and nobody blinks an eye at spells like Walking Bomb that turn the screen into a swimming pool of gore. Why? Because people like throwing fireballs, and mages make for better opponents than endless enemies wielding the old sword-and-board.

More.

Source: EuroGamer

Dragon Age

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

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GameSpot - Encumbrance

by Aubrielle, 00:45

GameSpot talks about picking stuff up in games.  Are weight limits a good system?

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GameSpot

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Grim Dawn - Animated Trailer and VO

by Aubrielle, 00:33

Crate has announced that Grim Dawn will receive an animated intro trailer and voice acting throughout the game.

Thanks to Couch for tonight's news.

Grim Dawn gets Animated Trailer and VO!

I’m very pleased to say that Grim Dawn will be receiving an animated story intro trailer and VO. This was made possible by successful Early Access sales over the past year. The trailer will set up the start of the game, showing the capture of the aetherial possessed human who, freed from the spirit, becomes the player character. It will be comprised of still images brought to life with video editing, FX and some animation. Voice over will cover main quest lines for primary NPCs and some intro lines for others.

Top people are currently racing to get this all ready for Grim Dawn’s impending Q1 release.

Original post.

Grim Dawn

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

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Sunday - January 31, 2016

Saturday Morning RPG - Review

by Hiddenx, 11:32

We Got This Covered has reviewed the light-hearted J-RPG Saturday Morning RPG:

Saturday Morning RPG Review

As an adult with many hobbies, I find it increasingly more difficult to enjoy role-playing games. This isn’t due to the genre’s mechanics or my taste changing, however, but due to the fact that most RPGs are lengthy affairs that can span over 40 hours. That’s a huge time investment, so I was delighted when I ended up finishing Mighty Rabbit Studios’ Saturday Morning RPG in less than 10 hours. This lighthearted turn-based role-playing game, filled with references to 80s cartoons, is just what the genre needs more of: a tightly crafted game without a seemingly endless amount of filler.

As briefly touched on, Saturday Morning RPG is the gaming equivalent to an ode about the joys of being a kid in the 80s. Everything from The Wizard to G.I. Joe is fair play here, and while this could easily get obnoxious, the writing is light-hearted enough for it to be enjoyable instead. The main plot finds our hero Marty (that name sounds familiar) transported to a magical world where all of his favorite cartoon characters are alive. It’s a ridiculous setup, but that’s par for the course with a Saturday morning cartoon. [...]

Score: 4/5 - Great

While it doesn't come to a satisfying conclusion, Saturday Morning RPG remains an entertaining light-hearted romp that will strike all the right chords for those that grew up with Transformers and G.I. Joe.

-> Steam PC-Version (The review is based on the PlayStation 4 version)

Saturday Morning RPG

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

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Fallout 4 - Fails at the Hands of Witcher 3

by Aubrielle, 01:11

A (possibly controversial) Polygon op-ed argues that while Fallout 4 was a great game, it ultimately failed in the shadow of The Witcher 3.

Games are a medium just like film is a medium, although we never hear about something being criticized for not "being a movie," the same way that claim is held against certain games. A part of this may be due to the fact that violence is often seen as the default interaction for many big-name games, while everything else is seen as icing on a particularly bloody cake.

Which is why, looking back on 2015 with a bit of distance, I'm much more impressed with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt than I am with Fallout 4. They're both amazing games, and will long be remembered in the year's canon of games one should play to understand where the industry was. However, one game seems to relentlessly funnel you toward combat, while the other allows for a much more subtle form of storytelling.

To see what I mean, let me tell you about a race.

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Fallout 4

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

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Dead State - Reanimated Review

by Aubrielle, 01:00

GameBanshee gives us a review of Dead State: Reanimated.  Here's the conclusion:

Dead State surprised me.  I knew going in that it was a budget title, and so I wasn't expecting anything really fancy.  But also I knew that it had received multiple patches, including its special Reanimated patch, and so I was expecting it to be fairly well polished.  Instead, Dead State feels more like a game that's just been released, and needs that one patch to raise it from being mediocre to good.

Still, I enjoyed my time with Dead State more than I didn't.  It has enough elements that work to make up for the ones that don't.  So if you enjoy turn-based RPGs or zombie apocalypse games in general, then it's certainly something to check out, although you might want to wait for a sale first.

More information.

Source: GameBanshee

Dead State

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

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Van Helsing: Final Cut - Update 1.0.5

by Aubrielle, 00:54

Update 1.0.5 to Van Helsing: Final Cut is now up on Steam.  The changelog is massive, but they've updated every aspect of the game, including bug fixes and changes to skills, quests, items, balance, and more.

More information.

Van Helsing: Final Cut

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

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Grim Dawn - Grim Misadventure #89

by Aubrielle, 00:45

In Grim Misadventure #89, the Grim Dawn devs give us a preview of Build 31.  Updates include fleshing out the Burrwitch Outskirts into a proper forest, changes to Old Arkovia, updates to loot and loot tables, and more.

Grim Misadventures continues. 2015 was a huge year for Grim Dawn, but nothing is going to top 2016 because this is the year the game will leave Early Access behind and graduate to release status!

With all of the content in place, we are now fully focused on improving what’s there, and that comes in many forms, from balance to optimization to itemization to environments. There is much to share and the changelog is getting long, but we would like to give you a sampling of the changes coming your way with Build 31.

More information.

Grim Dawn

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

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Consortium: The Tower - Creating a New Genre

by Aubrielle, 00:40

In this video, Gregory MacMartin discusses the first decade of Interdimensional Games, Inc.

Thanks to Couch for tonight's news.

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The Tower Prophecy

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

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