Requital - All News
Sunday - November 11, 2007
Requital - Review @ gameSlave
Listing "the game actually runs" as one of only two positives, gameSlave's review of Requital slaps it down with a score of 2/10:
It's astonishing when a game promises so much and yet fails to deliver so utterly spectacularly, although perhaps the box does offer a clue as to the product's quality when one of the four weapons listed to show off Requital's combat isn't a special sword or axe - it's your fist. 'Over 100 weapons', it proclaims - probably counting your fingers, too. A 'massive' world is promised - that you can't explore. 'Breathtaking scenery' is highlighted - and it would have been in 1997. This, though, is 2007, and one-click combat coupled with terrible graphics and every genre cliché crammed into one game just doesn't satisfy. It's disappointing that Requital has been released in this state, and it'll only lead to underwhelmed unhappiness should you find yourself playing it. Avoid.
Sunday - August 19, 2007
Requital - German Review @ GBase.ch
GBase.ch sent a note to say they have reviewed Requital, the Gothic lookalike action/RPG from Akella and Primal that was signed recently by Excalibur. The main character "Wolfhound" may ring a bell. The score is 6.5/10 and my Google-fu says they were pleasantly surprised for a budget title but localisation issues, AI problems and linearity seem to have dropped the score.
Thursday - August 02, 2007
Requital - In-house Interview
Excalibur Publishing sent out a press release/canned interview on their 3rd-person action/RPG, Requital. Here we go:
First can you please explain who you are and what you have done on the project?
Dmitry Lisitsa, project leader/lead programmer
Can you please explain what sort of game Requital is please?
Requital is a 3D 3rd person action RPG. The action of the game takes place in a world similar to the Ancient Russia of the VI century. Clothes, weapons and lifestyle in the game reflect this historical epoch. The player gets into a fairy-tale, where real things co-exist with fantasy ones. The characters and their actions recreate images of people, who live in accordance with ancient laws and traditions.
Could you outline the story behind the game?
The storyline is about a young man, who took the path of a warrior with one single purpose – to take a revenge on the killer of his clan. The revenge happens fast, but the character unexpectedly gets into an incredible story, which makes him reconsider his life.
You say that it is a combat RPG can you explain the combat side to this game?
The character has three main weapon skills: hand-to-hand fight, close combat weapons, and ranged weapons. When one of these skills is used, it develops, and new options of using the selected weapons open. The character gets a certain number of experience points for killing enemies and completing tasks. These points increase the general level of the character and can be distributed among four main features: constitution, strength, dexterity and speed. Besides usual blows and hand-to-hand fight techniques, there is a big number of perks in the game. Perks are also acquired with the use of points accumulated with experience growth. Part of these perks has constant influence on the character, another part temporarily increases its stats or allows to use special combat techniques.
There is a unique set of special techniques for every kind of weapons, including swords, spears, bows, and just fists. In order to win, the player will have to learn how to combine correctly simple and special blows, as the latter ones consume a lot of energy when used. The character needs some time to restore the lost energy, and he cannot perform any actions during this time. It is important to remember this and watch this indicator, in order not to remain helpless during the battle
The character’s defense is determined by the ability of avoiding the blows and the indicator of the used armour. The armour can be light, medium and heavy and includes leather jackets and pants, hammered chain armours and nobility armour. The heavier the armour is, the more damage it can contain, but at the same time it decreases the speed and increases the energy consumption.
The camera is behind the character’s back most of the time, but it always can be rotated and scaled, zoom in to the character, so all the details of the combat can be seen.
I see that you can upgrade weapons how many weapons do you have and what sort of ability does each weapon have?
There are more than 100 kinds of weapons in the game. They include swords, axes, spears, daggers, bows, thrower weapons and even the agricultural instruments. Those, who don’t like to leave a blood trace behind themselves, can play almost all the game using only their fists. Use of weapons requires certain talents from the main character. In order to wield a heavy sword or axe, the character must have enough strength, and the use of combat bows is possible only when the dexterity is developed enough. The weapon itself cannot be improved, but the skills, which influence this or that weapon mastery, can be improved. It’s not enough to have strength in order to wield the sword. The player must perfect this skill in action. The more duels the player has, using this kind of weapon, the better he will master it.
How does the magic work within the game what’s sorts of things can you do?
We don’t have the magic, which most of the games of this genre have. That is, we don’t have flame spheres or electrical lightnings. However, we have the magic of wizards and witches. First of all, it is magic, hidden in mascots, magic potions, spelled objects. It is magic of ancestors and pagan gods, almost invisible and invincible. The creatures of darkness, evil spirits and dead people can only be defeated with charmed weapons; magic potions give temporary or constant increase of stats; amulets and rings protect the character from different troubles and give him new skills. However, in general, the character takes the path of a warrior, and more attention is paid to the warrior skills.
On your travels you are offered tasks – what’s happens if you decline the task to the whole story? Also what happens if you take the task but never bother doing it? Does this have a bearing on the story?
This game is about a warrior’s story. This warrior has a certain goal and takes all the efforts to reach this goal. His way is predetermined by events, but does not have time limits. This means that the player can complete the stages of the main task, but at the same time can be distracted to complete minor tasks. The player cannot decline the tasks of the main storyline, but many of them can be done in a non-linear order.
I see that your character can only carry some much items before he tires, is there a point in picking ups items to sell? As you may have to travel long distance before you can trade?
Any item that can be put into the inventory has certain weight, so sooner or alter the player will face the problem of overweight, and will have to choose which items to keep, which ones to throw away, and which ones take to a trader. Traders are people who are ready to bring from a traveler anything for a reasonable price or offer him their unique goods. The range of goods depends of the traders’ prosperity. In big cities and settlements the goods are much more varied, but in the remote places the character can meet people, who sell truly unique items. The traders do not exchange goods, they buy and sell them for money – golden and silver coins.
Does the game have jump ports to save working between places that you have been before?
The player travels around a big world: forests, plains, swamps, mountains, caves, towns and settlements will gradually open to him along with the main storyline. Every new place gives new stories and new tasks. It is often necessary to come back to the places, which the character visited many times. In order to reduce the time of transfer, we made an option of travelling around a global map. This option is valid only for locations, which the player discovered in a traditional way.
Whilst you are travelling do you at any time have people join you on the travel not just escort task, but people that will fight with you? And how many at one time?
The character travels alone most of the time, with only one constant companion – a bat. Besides the bat, he has other friends. He has to take care of them. Sometimes other warriors join the character, and they solve some tasks together. There are no mercenaries on the game, but some battles become really big, when there are more than 10 allies on the battlefield.
How important is it to build up your stats before you fight the main character in the game?
The game is balanced in a way that after finishing the main storyline, the character will be developed well enough to fight the main enemy.
How many levels are there is the game? Will it always be a forest?
There are eight big maps with a diverse landscape in the game. It includes rivers, fields, towns, dungeons, mountains, swamps, even a desert, and of course big forests. Our landscapes won’t seem monotonous to anyone.
How many hours of game play will the final game have?
The game has 15 hours of game play, if the player takes only the main storyline. In the very end, after one of the free endings, you will be offered to stay in this world and to finish all minor tasks.
Does the game have day and night circles? And if so how does this effect the game?
The ancient Slavic people worshiped the moon and the sun as gods, so we felt obliged to introduce day and night circles into the game. It does not influence the game play, but transforms the graphics, gives the player an opportunity to enjoy the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets, listen to the day birds singing and the chirr of the night cicadas.
Why should people invest time in this game what do you feel that you offer different to other games?
The ancient Slavic world is so rarely used by game developers, that it can be considered unique. In my opinion, atmosphere is one of the main advantages of the game. Combat system, character development, and a breathtaking storyline are other strong points of the game.
Saturday - July 07, 2007
Requital - Trailer @ Worthplaying
The first Requital footage we know of is up at Worthplaying. The 10Mb, 1:20 trailer shows some Gothic-like opening vistas but what appears to be a more hack'n'slash'y combat style.
Thursday - July 05, 2007
Requital - Site Launched
Excalibur has kicked up a site for Requital, the 3rd-person action/RPG from Akella and Primal that has overtones of Gothic - story notwithstanding:
Excalibur Publishing Limited brings you Requital from Akella and developed by Primal Software. Your parents are dead! You are enslaved! You are Wolfhound, the last of your clan. Raised in captivity when you are finally released there is only one thought on your mind - revenge! Remembering the weapon and mark on the hand of the person that slew your parents you set out on a quest to find him and repay their death with your sword and his blood!
Tuesday - June 12, 2007
Requital - Revealed
UK publisher Excalibur (the company that first released Space Rangers 2 in English) has announced they have secured the rights to an action/RPG from Primal and Akella named Requital. The press release doesn't tell us much but here it is:
Excalibur Publishing bags the publishing rights to Requital…which means, “repay by good or evil!”
Banbury, England, May 27, 2007 – Excalibur Publishing, a leading publisher of original and innovative products for the PC are happy to announce that they have licensed from Russian developers Akella, developed by Primal Software, the publishing rights to Requital; a single player, third person view, combat RPG adventure set in an ancient brutal world ruled by superstition, sword and sorcery.
Your Story Your name is Wolfhound. You are the last of your clan. You were taken screaming from your mother’s breast and enslaved, whilst your parents were murdered at the hands of a murderous butcher. You now have your freedom and there is only one thought on your mind – revenge! All you remember about the person who ripped your family apart is the weapon he used and the mark on his hand. Your quest is to find him and make him pay for the death of your family with his death - by your sword.
Before you can repay the evil that was done to you and your parents, you must wear a mask of friendship to all those that you meet on your travels. The only way to get the information you need is by offering help to others. You will have to perform a variety of tasks, spend time building up your skills, weapons and armour, as well as training yourself by fighting lesser enemies.
Danger lurks all around these lands not only from the living but also from the undead! Always keep your best weapon close to hand!