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Picture Watch

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
Box Art

Poll Watch

Do yout think we need a new design?
No, keep it as it is
57.41%

Oh yes, I'll show you...
22.22%

I want Little Ponies
10.19%

I don't care
10.19%

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Expected Releases

Dec: Arcadian Atlas
Dec: Arcane Raise
Dec: Prevent The Fall
Dec: Seven
Dec: Shenmue 3

Monday - November 06, 2017

Hand of Fate 2 - First Reviews

by Hiddenx, 20:14

Hand of Fate 2 will be released tomorrow - here are two pre-release reviews:

Gameplanet:

Hand of Fate 2 improves on its solid predecessor, but it's a couple of cards from a royal flush.

Score: 7/10 "Draw"

Finder:

Defiant Development has proven that the first Hand of Fate was far from a fluke. Hand of Fate 2 one-ups its predecessor in every way, delivering a unique and enthralling role-playing adventure that easily sits among the best games this country has produced.

Score: 9/10 "Amazing"

Hand of Fate 2

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

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The Crown Stones Mirrah - Demo Available

by Silver, 01:54

@IndieRetroNews The Crown Stones Mirrah is a Metroidvania type game based on an RPG book called 'Spiritum o Reino dos Mortos.' The game currently has an indiegogo campaign with a demo available here.

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I know some of you don't like the term 'Metroidvania', a cross between Metroid and Castlevania, but how about if the game is of a similar type but is also inspired by Demon's Crest and even Blackthorne, would you be interested? Well if you are, this is ' The Crown Stones Mirrah '; a very gory looking action platformer that doesn't just have lovely pixelated graphics but is inspired by an RPG book called "Spiritum o Reino dos Mortos", with the game set in the same universe of that book.

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General News

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

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Gothic 2 Gold - Complete Remaster

by Silver, 00:17

@SinitarGaming Gothic 2 is getting a complete remaster via a mod called Returning 2.0 which means new mechanics, quests, areas and more.

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Welcome folks! Description & links below. Our Discord: https://discord.gg/NpRg9Yy
If you can spare a dollar or more, please consider becoming my patron at https://www.patreon.com/SinitarGaming. It cost you little, but helps me significantly. Rewards include early access to videos, video calls with me, discord rewards, HD wallpapers and more. Gothic 2 "Returning" is a biggest gothic mod ever created.

Returning 2.0 is completely overhauling whole game in lore-friendly way, adds dozens of new locations, quests, items, new factions, story chapters and much more, giving 250+ additional gameplay hours in total.
Gothic 2 Returning 2.0 original forums(complete english installation guide coming soon):
http://rpgrussia.com/index.php?topic=...

https://rpgrussia.com/index.php?topic...
Returning 2.0 wiki: https://rpgrussia.com/returning-onlin...
Gothic 2 Returning 2.0 english forums:
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Latest Kai Rosenkranz music:
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Me on other resources:
Twitch: https://go.twitch.tv/sinitargaming
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Background music - amazing Kai Rosenkranz

Cheers!

Gothic 2 Gold

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

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Sunday - November 05, 2017

Deus Ex - Deus Ex Revision Expands

by Silver, 23:46

@PCGamesN Deus Ex Revision has a new massive update that expands many areas of the game like Area 51 and is now available on Steam, GOG and Moddb.

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As you can see from the trailer above, Revision applies a generous lick of paint to the 17-year-old game, but the changes are far more than cosmetic. A lot of maps have been expanded to feel more like real-life spaces, allowing them to fit in a lot of extra combat encounters, secrets and areas to explore. Some rushed-feeling later areas such as Area 51 have been enormously expanded, making them feel almost entirely new.

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It's been just over two years since the initial release of Deus Ex Revision, and developers Caustic Creative haven't been resting on their laurels. To celebrate the second anniversary of their launch, they released a massive update, entitled Mystic, with a smaller update this week polishing it up even further.

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Deus Ex

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

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Non-RPG General News - Free StarCraft 2

by Hiddenx, 21:49

Rock Paper Shotgun reports that a free version of StarCraft 2 will be available later this month:

StarCraft 2 launching generous free version this month

A huge chunk of StarCraft II is going free later this month as a sort of big ‘ol demo for the wider trilogy. From November 14th, everyone will be able to play the full Terran story campaign from the original Wings of Liberty, the competitive multiplayer including units from all three chapters, and — with some limitations — the cooperative mode too. If you dig it, you’ll be able to buy the other bits of SC2 separately or in one big lump.

Oh, and people who own Wings of Liberty but skipped Heart of the Swarm will be able to get that Zergy instalment free – if they claim it in time.

So! Free SC2, eh? Yup, Blizzard are turning the heart of it free, with one of the three big story campaigns, all the competitive multiplayer, and most of the co-op. There are, of course, restrictions.

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Thanks henriquejr!

 

Non-RPG General News

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

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Nioh - Launch Trailer

by Hiddenx, 21:42

Henriquejr spotted the launch trailer for the upcoming Action RPG Nioh:

Nioh Steam Trailer

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The game will be released on November 7.

Nioh

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

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Pillars of Eternity - Definitive Edition

by Hiddenx, 21:38

PC Gamer reports that the Definitive Edition of Pillars of Eternity will be released on November 15:

Pillars of Eternity: Definitive Edition arrives later this month, includes brand new items

Bundles the base game with previously released DLC.

Pillars of Eternity: Definitive Edition is coming out on November 15, developer Obsidian Entertainment has announced, and it looks to be a decent deal. For $39.99 you'll get the excellent isometric RPG plus both parts of its beefy expansion, The White March. At the moment, you can buy them combined for slightly cheaper, but that's a time limited deal on Fanatical (the renamed Bundle Stars) that runs out tomorrow.

Also, the Definitive Edition gets you all the extra goodies that were included in the Royal Edition of the game, which includes the original soundtrack, a digital collector's book and a novella set in the Pillars universe.

The edition will also feature some new DLC, called the Deadfire Pack, which is a reference to the upcoming Pillars sequel. It includes a few in-game items and portraits.
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Thanks henriquejr!

 

Pillars of Eternity

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

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ELEX - Review

by Hiddenx, 16:10

DankLord made an extensive video review about ELEX:

ELEX Extensive Review

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ELEX

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Post-Apoc
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release: Released

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Stellar Tactics - Ship Vendors Update

by Silver, 10:26

Stellar Tactics latest update focuses on ship vendors.

Progress update - 11/3/17

This week was all about ship vendors. Still have a little work to do on swapping ships and a bit of cleanup work on the UI. See the video below for details. Please excuse my monotone - I need to catch up on some sleep - coffee and Red Bull's aren't doing it anymore...

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Ship vendors can be found throughout the universe and they all carry fixed sets of ships that they sell. Purchasing a new ship requires that you either store your current ship or trade in your current ship for a cash credit towards the price of your new ship.

One issue is that your equipment, because it is ship specific, cannot be swapped between different ships. To make things easier, the merchant gives you credit for each item currently equipped on your ship during the trade in. The value generated is the current market value of your equipment + the current trade in value of your ship which is credited towards your purchase. Your charisma affects the trade in value of all items.

If you choose to store your current ship, it will remain on the station until with all of it's current equipment until you come back for it. I'll make sure there is an easy way to see where all your current ships are stored. The ship storage menu in the video is still a work in progress. There will be more information available that is visible anywhere, anytime. For example, the ship list will provide two lists - the first is a list of all ships and their locations in the universe and a second list displaying the ships currently on the station you are visiting.

Regarding cargo - if you have more cargo in your cargo hold than the new ship will fit, you will need to sell your cargo before purchasing the new ship. The hamsters in the cargo bays will go on strike and the ship vendor will reject the purchase. The rule is that the cargo in the cargo bay of your current ship needs to be less than or equal to the maximum available cargo on your new ship.

As you explore, you will loot ship specific equipment. If you plan in advance, you can horde items for that future ship upgrade and after purchasing your new ship, slot those items into your ship.

One last note: On the ship info screen you can see an area for "MISSILE MANAGEMENT". This will eventually bring up a menu that lets you fit various payloads on your missiles and tweak their subsystems for range, avoidance and a few other things. Missiles come in one main variant and you can adjust them for various purposes and damage types.

That's it for this week. Thanks everyone!

Stellar Tactics

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

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Ebony Spire: Heresy - Game Mechanics

by Hiddenx, 09:22

Game designer Constantin Bacioiu explains some game mechanics of his recently released dungeon crawler Ebony Spire: Heresy at Gamasutra:

 

Ebony Spire: Heresy

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

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Dungeons of Chaos - Update 2.1.010

by Hiddenx, 08:38

Update 2.1.010 for Dungeons of Chaos is now live:

BIG UPDATE INCOMING !

v2.1.010 is now live and brings the following:

  • after you have finished the game, a new game mode will appear when you start a new game; you can try the game with a preset party, preset difficulty and sometimes cap to achievement xp. Succeeding with any of these trigger new related achievements.
  • new boss: draco lich. and in-fight minions and surrounding undead minotaurs. all in new map: crumbling minotaur keep. new boss is the biggest yet and has nasty tactics
  • reduced the array of armor and shields that BA/BE can use. they should bash and kill, not tank and block like a knight.
  • added some new shields, will soon be added as unique loot or arena rewards
  • lifted str/dex requirements for some powerful armor.
  • added a new armor, will soon be added as unique loot or arena reward
  • changed both BA and BE level rotation bonus to "str","hp","armor +8","str","resist elem +3”,"hp","str"
  • fixed an issue where offhand weapons were deemed in use when fighting unarmed (fists or cestus/knuckles)
  • the rogue in the chapter 1 smuggler village now sells some basic offhand items
  • added RAGE to the skills the berserkers train
  • fixes speed bonus on juvenator staff

Dungeons of Chaos

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

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Warbanners - Review

by Hiddenx, 08:26

Bio Gamer Girl checked out Warbanners:

Warbanners Review (PC)

Warbanners is a fantasy strategy game which offers up a tactical affair with RPG leanings allowing players to manage a squad of mercenaries. Gamers get the chance to take their squad through tons of missions and battles for an overall immersive gameplay experience.

Warbanners offers gamers a turn-based, tactical strategy experience with role-playing elements. The action-packed combat is carried over a campaign over 42 missions offering up a wide variety of environments and enemies. The multi-faceted battle system allows you to master everything from the terrain to special units in order to win the battle.
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Score: 7/10

Warbanners

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

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Saturday - November 04, 2017

RPGWatch - New Curation List: Dungeon Crawlers

by Hiddenx, 20:52

In my function as a Game Curator I made use of a new Steam feature and created a list of our recommended Dungeons Crawlers. More lists will follow...

RPGWatch

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Fallout: NV - Revisited @ PC Gamer

by Hiddenx, 10:44

PC Gamer looks back at Obsidian's 2010 RPG Fallout: New Vegas:

Fallout: New Vegas revisited: the most authentic 3D Fallout game

Revisiting Obsidian's much-loved 2010 RPG.

Left for dead, you wake up in the one-horse town of Goodsprings and begin a quest for vengeance in the Mojave Wasteland. That’s the beautifully simple setup for Fallout: New Vegas, which makes the vault sequence in Fallout 3, where you watch your character grow up, seem needlessly long-winded. After a quick chat with a local doctor, voiced by Saul Tigh from Battlestar Galactica, you’re set free. And it’s up to you whether you want to hunt down the people who tried to kill you, or just drift aimlessly around the desert like Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name.

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Thanks henriquejr!

Fallout: NV

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

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Brigand: Oaxaca - Version 2.0 released

by Hiddenx, 10:28

Version 2.0 of the challenging FPS/RPG Brigand: Oaxaca has been released:

Version 2.0

I finally got the new version up and everything seems to be working. I would back up your save file if you have one, though, as the sub-directories have all changed to accommodate for multiple story files. It's probably fine, but better to be safe.

Included is a save converter, so if you want to continue your character from version 1, run that program first on the launch menu, select your character, and wait a few seconds.

Major changes include a new World Editor launch option. The world editor could still use some work, but you can play around with it and start creating your own stories. I still have to implement a way to upload files, but it will probably be a while before any content is ready anyway. I was planning to have a free example DLC story with this release, but that will have to wait a week or so. It will be a single-map defense challenge.

As for bug fixes, the upside-down texture bug is no more. The solution was so simple that I now spit at my reflection in the mirror every morning for not fixing it earlier. I also increased the max objects per map from 2000 to 5000, so feel free to hoard as many guns and beers as you want on any map -- it won't crash the game.

There's a whole lot of other fixes, too. Check the Brigand Updates text file in the game folder to see everything that's been updated.

Brigand: Oaxaca

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

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Raven's Cry - Boxed Versions available

by Hiddenx, 10:20

Sir Brennus spotted that a Steel Book and a Collector's Edition are now available for Vendetta: Curse of Raven's Cry.

Raven's Cry

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

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.hack//G.U. Last Recode - Released

by Silver, 10:15

The .hack//G.U. Last Recode has been released on Steam. The package is made up of Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption, fully restored and remastered.

ABOUT THIS GAME

Log back into the .hack//G.U. trilogy and return to "The World," as Haseo tracks down Tri-Edge in .hack//G.U. Last Recode, now with enhanced graphics, improved gameplay, and brand new modes!
This collection includes all 3 original .hack//G.U. titles, Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption, all fully restored and remastered. As well as an all new exclusive 4th Volume: .hack//G.U. Reconnection.

• 15 years of .hack - Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the beloved global cross media franchise that first released in 2002

• Fully restored - Graphically enhanced gameplay and cut scenes now in 1080p and 60fps

• Improved system features - Enhanced battle balance and game pacing to provide an optimal experience for new and old fans alike.

General News

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

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Fable - Possible Continuation of the Series

by Hiddenx, 10:02

Gamespot reports that there's a chance that Microsoft will continue the Fable series:

Microsoft On The Future Of The Fable Series

Would you like to see Fable return someday?

In March last year, Microsoft made the announcement that it was closing long-running British studio Lionhead, which made the Fable and Black & White franchises, among others. The closure of the studio also meant that the Xbox One and PC game Fable Legends was being canceled. A digital card game called Fable Fortune was released, though this game was released by an outside studio (with support from Microsoft, which owns the Fable rights). But will there ever be another mainline Fable game? That remains to be seen, but if Microsoft were to bring it back, that would please Xbox boss Shannon Loftis, who heads up Xbox's first-party publishing team.

She told GameSpot this week as part of her PAX Aus travels that Microsoft loves Fable as a franchise. One of the main reasons why Loftis moved to England years ago was to help lead the production of Fable II.

"Fable is very near and dear to my heart," Loftis said. "Actually one of the primary reasons [I moved to England] was to work with the team on Fable II. Fable Fortune is now out, the card game. We love the IP. I can't talk right now about whether we're doing anything with it or not, but if I ever get the chance to go back to Albion ... "
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Thanks Farflame!

 

Fable

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

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Friday - November 03, 2017

Path of Exile - New Trade Website

by Silver, 21:38

@MassivelyOP Path of Exile now has a trading website.

One of the few features Path of Exile has traditionally lacked is an “easy” trading feature like an auction house, and that was by design: Grinding Gear Games feared bot farming, lowered drop rates, and high gear disparities between players, to say nothing of the lesson taught by Diablo III’s original launch. But players always find a way around the design, and as in many auctionless MMOs, players resorted to forum sales and whole websites devoted to facilitating the buying and selling of in-game gear.

“That’s where we are today,” GGG writes this week. “It’s easy to list items for trade, easy to search for items, and is often quite frustrating to complete a trade. This remaining frustration is the only thing standing in the way of trades being basically instant. While we understand that this sounds like a positive thing, we are very concerned regarding what will happen if that does eventuate. We have to prioritise the long-term health of Path of Exile.”

Consequently, the studio has now created its own version of the trade sites already run by players, though of course GGG’s is safer. It isn’t a full-fledged auction hall, however.

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Path of Exile

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Hack & Slash
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Runic Games - Shut Down

by Silver, 21:34

@RockPaperShotgun Runic Games has been shut down less than a month after it released Hob.

The owners of Torchlight developers Runic Games, the Chinese free-to-play-focused publisher Perfect World Entertainment, confirmed today that it has shut down Runic’s Seattle studio. Seeing as that’s Runic’s only studio, er, that’s them basically gone – though their games will live on. This comes barely one month after Runic released Hob.

Perfect World have also laid off most the team at Motiga, the studio behind Gigantic – which only launched in July. Perfect World say these are unconnected but sheesh, not a good week to be owned by Perfect World.

“I’m sorry to say that today will be Runic’s last day open,” studio head Marsh Lefler said in a statement on their site. “For those that love the Torchlight series, there will be some news coming. And for all our fans, our community and multiplayer services will keep running even after the studio’s lights go off.”

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Runic Games

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Shogun no Kamigami - Feudal Japan RPG

by Silver, 21:30

On Square Enix Collective there is an action rpg called Shogun no Kamigami which is set during feudal Japan.

Gameplay

Imagine if Monster Hunter meets Princess Mononoke?

The game starts in your village. This is your safe place where you can access to all the main possibilities such as the forge, the spell instructor or simply choose your mission, where the battle begins. This is a customizable place where you can also invite your friends.

Fighting Kami is the main goal of this game. There is plenty of them, huge bosses who need a good preparation before the confrontation. Learn their pattern, learn their weakness. Use all your equipment, your tools, your spells at your advantage. Sometimes, you’ll also have to use the environment as a weapon: find the best spot to fight them, lure them where the situation is optimal.

The only way to be stronger is to have a better equipment, that you need to forge with resources gathered in the wild and on a Kami. You can craft small items like grenades and traps to help you in the fight, but the real progress is through your weapons and armors. To access to better equipment, you’ll also have to upgrade your village.

Story

Shogun no Kamigami is based on a historical period of Japan : the Sengoku Jidai. This times were complex and a lot of Clans fought to unify the country under their banner. Our story revolves around Oda Nobunaga, who aims to become the Shogun, the unifier of Japan. You’re going to meet his path several times in your adventures, considering him as an enemy or an ally is up to you.
But he’s not the only historical figure you’re going to encounter : Hirate Masahide, Hattori Hanzo, Muramasa, Ikoma Kitsuno and most of the other characters are based on real stakeholders of History.

Mixed to the historical facts, the story also include folklore and fantasy. Kitsune, Tengu or Yokai are real in this universe and play their role in the common life. But the most important creatures that you will encounter are of course the Kami, these powerful deities, masters of the elements.

Along your journey to protect your village from Kami and War, you’ll find various cutscenes and other elements that will help you take a side and discover the true nature of Oda Nobunaga’s plans. But who’s that strange white shape in the shadows ?

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General News

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

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Thursday - November 02, 2017

Assassin's Creed Origins - Review @ PC Gamer

by Hiddenx, 22:34

Henriquejr spotted an Assassin's Creed Origins - review on PC Gamer:

Assassin's Creed Origins review

Putting an end to the machinations of the corrupt inner circle of Egypt's ruling class is on hold for a bit: first I gotta help this peasant boy I met thirty seconds ago, whose ox cart was stolen by bandits. Priorities firmly in order, I circle the bandit camp on horseback, dismount, creep close, take aim with my bow at the nearest bandit, and fire. Actually, I fire and then take aim: I have a skill that allows me to control my arrows in midair and in slow-motion. My arrow sinks into the bandit's shoulder, and he spins around and spots me.

The slow-motion feature of my bow skill doesn't just give me an advantage, it also allows me to see things I otherwise would have missed, such as what happens next. The bandit and I attack at the same time, me with my second arrow, him by throwing a fire bomb. My arrow and the bandit's lobbed grenade pass each other in midair. The bomb strikes the sand and explodes, the flame from the explosion lights my airborne missile on fire, and there's a satisfying fwoosh of my arrow igniting just before it hits him right between the eyes. The bandit drops, felled by a flaming arrow we created together.
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Naturally, once you've beaten the main quests you can continue exploring the world, and the biggest compliment I can give Origins is that I'd much rather be playing it than writing about it. It's a got a dazzling and beautiful setting, lots of enjoyable systems for mischief and mayhem, and has just the right amount of diversions and distractions to keep you busy without ever feeling like busywork. The extra year Ubisoft took with Origins didn't result in a completely new and novel experience, but it did provide one of the best games in the Assassin's Creed series.

Score: 84/100

Assassin's Creed Origins

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

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Expeditions: Viking - Patch 1.07

by Hiddenx, 20:46

The last major patch for Expeditions: Viking has been released:

Version 1.0.7: Iron Man Mode, Workshop Integration, New Game Settings

Hello everyone. Today we have released update 1.0.7.1 for Expeditions: Viking. This version contains some major new things, which is why it has been in open beta for almost a month. The most important new feature is the Iron Man mode, but we also have Steam Workshop integration now, as well as a bunch of quality-of-life improvements.

This is going to be the last major update for Expeditions: Viking. We still have a few things we're hoping Unity will get back to us on, so we may release another small patch or two down the line. Same goes if any new major bugs are discovered. The game appears to be in a pretty good shape now though, so we'll be turning our attention towards the next installment.

From the bottom of our hearts, thanks so much for sticking with us so far, and for giving the game another chance despite the rocky launch :)

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Expeditions: Viking

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

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Banner Saga - Worldbuilding and Consequential Storytelling

by Hiddenx, 20:34

The Stoic Team recently gave a BAFTA Masterclass:

Worldbuilding and Consequential Storytelling

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The session was recorded live from Austin, TX, and included:

Arnie - Art Director
John - Technical Director
Alex - Writer
Zeb - Producer

Thanks Farflame!

Banner Saga

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

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The Surge - DLC: A Walk in the Park Images

by Hiddenx, 20:29

Farflame spotted some images of The Surge - DLC: A Walk in the Park:

The Surge: A Walk in the Park expansion announced with first images

Survive deranged mascots and broken attractions across a corrupted theme park

Hardcore action RPG The Surge is set to be enriched even further with the release of a major new expansion: A Walk in the Park. Coming early December to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, discover today the very first images taken from this striking new setting.

The Surge has already dragged players deep into the high-tech CREO industrial complex, overrun by deadly machines, rogue AI and deranged exoskeleton workers. Now, in its first major expansion, A Walk in the Park gives players a breath of fresh air by taking them to an environment that’s more open and colorful, though no less deadly. CREO World is an amusement park built by CREO for its employees and their families. Forget your cravings for cotton candy though – CREO World was not spared from the disaster. The entire park is a deadly trap, where roaming rescue teams have gone insane and robotic mascots patrol freely, patiently waiting for new visitors to offer a deadly welcome.

CREO World presents a wealth of fresh challenges for players. Originally built to celebrate CREO and its mission, the park is a radically different setting from the rest of the complex, full of branching paths and secrets to discover. Survive the raging mascots and explore the park's attractions, before taking on a fearsome boss in the devastated park. Through technical and spectacular fights, you will face this new threat, cutting and equipping 16 all-new weapons, sets of armor, and implants to upgrade and further customize the way you want to play.

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The Surge

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

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Vaporum - New Patch

by Hiddenx, 20:22

Farflame spotted a new patch for the steampunk dungeon crawler Vaporum:

Localization Finally Here! (Patch #2)

Hey guys!

We know it took a lot more time than it should have, for which we are sorry, but it’s finally here! In today’s patch (Patch #2), we bring you 9 new languages: Chinese (simplified), Czech, French, German, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Slovak, and Spanish.

Apart from these official languages, we also bring you the ability to write your own localization! Go to Vaporum/Localization and read the ReadMe.txt for info on how to start. We appreciate any feedback on the localization so if you find a typo, incorrect wording, or anything, feel free to tell us, and we will fix it for the next patch. In the coming days, we will also enable Steam Workshop so you will be able to upload and download localization files easily.

Along with the languages, we also updated the game. Here are the patch notes:

  • Added 9 official languages: Slovak, Czech, Russian, Polish, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Chinese (simplified).
  • Added the ability to write community localizations. Head to the Localization folder and read the help file for more info.
  • Improved organic hit sounds to sound more meaty and impactful.
  • Added difficulty change prompt when you die a lot in a short time.
  • Tweaked: Emergency Braces module will now also activate when you’re below the threshold when it comes off cooldown. Previously, this only activated when taking damage.
  • Tweaked: Drainer gadgets now heal you for a portion of your max integrity, with a hard cap, instead of flat heal. Previously, you could abuse the system to get a lot more healing. Check this post for more info. Thanks motorbit!
  • Fixed: In some cases, the automap may remain disabled even after returning from the teleport chambers in the Arx Vaporum level.
  • Fixed: In rare cases, in the last room of Creepy Little Things, when you teleport back, the door remains closed and you cannot go back.
  • Fixed: The chest with coal on platform in Boiling Point sometimes glitches, falling down.
  • Lots of other small fixes.

Thank you!

Vaporum

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Steampunk
Genre: Dungeon Crawler
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Ebony Spire: Heresy - Released

by Hiddenx, 20:04

The dungeon crawler Ebony Spire: Heresy has been released:

Ebony Spire: Heresy

Ebony Spire: Heresy is a love letter to dungeon crawlers of old with a twist: It's been signed with the blood of many roguelike games that have been experienced by the writer. Crawl, throw, summon and smash your way through 25 levels of pure mishap in this first person turn based dungeon crawling game. Experience a back-to-the-basics computer role playing game where items play a central role. Pick up, throw, use, equip and drink your way up the tower to slay the fervent goddess. 

Items range from equippable swords and armors to drinkable potions and artifacts that can summon, teleport or annihilate your enemies. Trinkets can be wield to increase your stats and everything can be thrown around to trigger their effects or just crush your opponents underneath their weight.

KEY FEATURES

  • All items can be used by and against the player. Enemies have access to the same abilities as you do
  • Character development revolves around the items that can be obtained. There are no classic stats or XP grinding
  • Turn-based combat in a very roguelike fashion
  • Portals that will lead you outside the tower for a quick item hunting session: Cities, Harbors, Dungeons and Arenas can be explored

Make the game your own

The source code for the game is available under the MIT license. Feel free to use it to create your own adventure. And since the code is easily accessible you can mod it, add items, enemies and levels to your hearts content.

Ebony Spire: Heresy

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

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Torment:ToN - Sales Disappointing but Why?

by Silver, 19:12

PCGamesN asks Brian Fargo why the sales for Torment: Tides of Numenera were disappointing.

It is February, 2017, and respected fantasy author Pat Rothfuss is livestreaming Torment: Tides of Numenera. Viewers are watching him play through the earliest scenes of the isometric RPG, for which he has written an inspired companion character. But you would be hard pressed to know he was playing at all.

 

Sometimes Rothfuss clicks to move his character through the world - until a paragraph of descriptive prose pops up. When that happens he falls silent to read. Occasionally, he chuckles. During these long moments, of which there are many, the screen is almost totally static.

“It couldn’t have been more dull,” inXile head Brian Fargo laments. “I love Patrick, I love the game, but that’s not fun to watch.”

The fact that Tides of Numenera is not exactly a spectator sport might go some way to explaining why this 9/10 RPG will not bother Steam’s top-seller list for this year.

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Torment:ToN

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

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RPGWatch Feature - Prey Review

by Myrthos, 11:36

Corwin checked out Prey and found many things he liked about it.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there arrived a much under-appreciated game called System Shock which was light years ahead of its time. I rarely replay games, but this one I have played three times and could easily play again. A few years later saw the advent of a sequel, amazingly called System Shock 2. Now comes a new game Prey which at the very least has been made as an 'homage' and a spiritual successor to the original SS.

Some may argue that both System Shock and indeed Prey are not really RPG's, but I beg to differ. You are most definitely playing a specific character who grows and develops throughout the game, though not in the same manner as your more traditional RPG; there is no experience, for example. Instead, as you solve and complete quests you are able to open up and unlock new skill trees which allow you to customise your character precisely in the way you choose to do so. For example, there are three main ways to fight in the game; melee, guns, and psi-powers. You can choose to focus on developing one of these, or spread yourself around. Either way, at times, you will need to use all three.

Prey

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

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Non-RPG General News - This Land is My Land

by Silver, 09:35

DSOGaming has some screenshots of This Land is My Land which is a single player western open world stealth action game.

This Land is My Land is a new Western open-world PC game, first screenshots & details

Game Labs has announced that it is working on a Western open-world third-person game for the PC, called This Land is My Land. This Land is My Land a single player open world stealth action game with a living hostile environment.

In This Land is My Land, players take the role of a Native American fighter. The game takes place in the American Frontier, and the main protagonist will be a member of one the tribes. The game will feature several innovative mechanics that, at least according to the developers, will increase variety and create surprises every play-through.

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Non-RPG General News

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

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Morrowind - Tamriel Rebuilt on Patreon is a Scam

by Silver, 09:28

PCGamesN reports that the patreon page for Tamriel Rebuilt has been set up by scammers. Tamriel Rebuilt is a mod for The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind which seeks to recreate the entirety of Tamriel.

After 16 years and the involvement of over 600 modders, an ambitious mod for The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind has been hijacked by scammers looking to earn a swift buck on Patreon. So, public service announcement: don’t support a Patreon page for Tamriel Rebuilt. 

 

The mod’s developers say they “do not have, nor do we plan to have, a Patreon account at all.” They say they have alerted Patreon to the scam. 

If you'd like to help them out in other ways, they need a hand finishing their grand work. If your hands are capable, here's how you can join.

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Morrowind

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

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