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November 29th, 2011, 05:45
The Grimrock site announces they have reached Beta…but won't be releasing this year. Here's the text from their blog but head over for some screens and a video:
We’ve got some big news this time! Let’s get started with the most important one: Legend of Grimrock has reached beta! This means that every feature, all enemies and all levels that are going to be in the final game are now in place, and we can now fully concentrate on polishing and balancing the game and fixing bugs until everything is perfect. If we get cool new ideas we might still add them to the game but improving existing features has now higher priority. And before you ask, at this point we are not looking for additional beta testers!
Secondly, many of you have been asking if we’re on time for launch at the end of this year. Looking at the game we have now we could do it but that wouldn’t be the best game we can deliver. We want to make this game really shine so that’s why we have decided to push the release to early next year. With the extra time we can hopefully fix all the bugs, make the level flow better, tweak item attributes to perfection and adjust the balance to be just right. These are the things that really matter to us, and hopefully to you as a player too! We are not ready to give an exact release date yet, because when we give a date we want to keep the promise too. But don’t worry, we won’t take too long!
We also need to start looking more closely at our distribution options. We would really like to release first on Steam because it’s simply the biggest digital distribution service on the PC and we want to make the game available for the largest audience possible. For that to happen we need to pass their evaluation process, so we really hope that the guys at Valve like our game!
So the next steps are:
* Get the distribution channel sorted out.
* Get the preorders working.
* And of course finish the game!
Thanks, Von Paulus.
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November 29th, 2011, 05:45
Looks great! This might be my most anticipated game right now.
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November 29th, 2011, 13:20
Shame about the delay, but I'll still be paying attention to this one.

They just better not release it anywhere near the same time as Risen 2.
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November 29th, 2011, 13:32
My most anticipated game also..was half expecting a delay really.

Can't wait to play this one!
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November 29th, 2011, 19:38
The interface still still has the character portraits in a line on the top left, and the equipped weapons in a grid on the bottom right. Who the fuck does something like this? And why, after ten different people have pointed it out, do they leave it this way?!

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November 29th, 2011, 20:41
Prefer to download it from GOG.
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November 29th, 2011, 20:51
Looks great! But real-time combat with a party? Seems like a cluster fuck without at least a pause-issue_commands-unpause capability.
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November 29th, 2011, 20:57
I'm waiting eagerly for this game. I remember old Eye of The Beholder games fondly. Eye of the Beholder 2 was my fırst dungeon crawler experience. LoG brings back same old gameplay with superb graphics. Monster animations and textures looks nice and fluently. Best graphics that I have seen in an indie RPG.

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Looks great! But real-time combat with a party? Seems like a cluster fuck without at least a pause-issue_commands-unpause capability.
There are dozens of games with this type of combat system out there. I suggest giving one of them a go and seeing how it works! Lands of Lore is a nice introduction to this tragically dead sub-genre.
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There are dozens of games with this type of combat system out there. I suggest giving one of them a go and seeing how it works! Lands of Lore is a nice introduction to this tragically dead sub-genre.
I would start with Eye of the Beholder or Might & Magic 3.
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December 3rd, 2011, 09:18
Eye of the Beholder 2 would be better. EYE 1 is good, but two is the best out of that series, imo of course.

Doesn't M&M have a phased option? I've only recently played some of the M&M series, but the ones I played had a phased combat option. Wish this game had that.

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December 3rd, 2011, 10:51
Might & Magic 3-5 aren't quite the same (and the rest aren't at all similar). They are fully turn based. When you are in the same square as the enemy it turns into pretty standard menu combat, like M&M 1 and 2 or Wizardry, albeit with icons. When you're wandering around the map, the enemies only move or attack when you do and your party acts entirely as a group (all with bows firing arrows at once). The perspective and tiles are the same, that's certain. But the gameplay isn't.

I suggested Lands of Lore due to its ready availability (everyone around here loves GOG) and generally introductory nature. It's also pretty, generally fun and Patrick Stewart occurs! It does lack character generation and has some weird puzzle type situations that can feel inscrutable but.. I still have more fun replaying it than EOB 2. Only a bit, though. EOB 2 is quite good.

Dungeon Hack combines the few good things about EoB 3 with a roguelike-style random dungeon generator. It's always fun if you like roguelikes, Dungeon Master/EoB clones, and especially if you like both.
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I had forgotten about 4 and 5. I did play those. Those were completely turnbased. I liked it, but Wizardry was better.

Lands of Lore is a great game. Didn't care for 2 or 3, but 1 is a classic. Of course Patrick Stewart being in it doesn't hurt either. Wish he had more lines.

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Eye of the Beholder II is the best of the bunch imo. Lands of Lore feels a bit generic to me. Graphics and full voice (cd-rom version) are nice but there are no character generation, weird puzzles and a limited RPG character development. EotB 1 is excellent as is Dungeon Master. Eye of the Beholder 3 is shit, also didn`t like Dungeon Master II. There is also a decent EotB spinoff called Dungeon Hack.

There are also some a bit newer dungeon crawling games like decent Menzoberranzan & Stonekeep and superb Anvil of Dawn.
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You get mixed reactions when talking about Stonekeep, but I loved that game. No story to speak of, but just some great dungeon hacking. Anvil of Dawn is another classic. The second that GoG releases that game I'm buying it. I've had a hard time getting that to run correctly or with sound or something. It's been awhile since I tried to get it to run.

Dungeon Hack is Forgotten Realms: Unlimited Adventures for first person. Not that bad, but it doesn't hold a candle to FRUA. I missed the boat with Dungeon Master and tried it out a few years ago. Can't say I'm impressed, but being the first of it's kind earns it some brownie points.

You forgot Ravenloft 1 and 2. I enjoyed those a lot better than Menzo though both were good. I preferred the settings for Ravenloft. I may have given up on Menzo too early and didn't read the novels when I first played. Now I'd probably have a different opinion.

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December 3rd, 2011, 13:42
I wouldn`t call Ravenloft series a typical dungeon crawler as there aren`t a lot of dungeons in them. There is another one, maybe the best of bunch but unfortunately not for PC - Black Crypt.
http://www.ravengames.com/blackcrypt/screenshots.php
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December 3rd, 2011, 14:42
I once tried EOB 2, buit got stuck somehow. I don't remember anymore what I did wrong, but I found myself being followed by enemies to whom it was an easy task to get my group down.

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December 3rd, 2011, 14:52
It was easy to get stuck in that game. I think it took me a while to figure out that to progress in the game I had to attack the priests. Odd way to start the game.

Priests: Hello, my son. What can we do for you?

My party: Oh, hai! We have to kill you now. Buh bye!

Priests: But….but…how did you know?

My Party: Know what? We just don't like happy people and you two are too happy.

Priests: *Picard Facepalm"

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