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Sunday - October 17, 2021

Project M - Gameplay Video

by Silver, 08:10

Gematsu reports on a new dark fantasy action RPG in development called Project M. MMObyte.tv reported on the game being in development earlier this year and has a character picture.

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HOUND 13, the South Korean studio behind the mobile game Hundred Soul, has released a prototype gameplay video for Project M, its dark fantasy action RPG in development for console and PC.

Watch the footage below.

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Then we have Project M which is going to be an online narrative driven action RPG completely for PC. Yes, no mobile, no cross-platform functionality.
This is built exclusively for PC players and will utilize Unreal Engine 4 to power a large, dark fantasy world. Again, we were given an image to accompany the reveal, and let me tell you, South Korea really knows how to design characters.
On the one hand, she looks like she’s all marked up with magical symbols – which leads me to believe she’s some type of witch. And the fact that she looks much more Caucasian as opposed to the typical Asian-aesthetic we get out of Korean or Chinese games.

[...]

Saturday - October 16, 2021

General News - Purpleblob Discusses Custom Portraits

by Redglyph, 11:14

A significant part of RPG is the choices of the role; Purpleblob explains why she likes being able to customize the portraits and wonders whether it can coexist with 3D models.

Opinion – my love for custom portraits in computer roleplaying games

There is just something about painted portraits – I always feel so irresistibly drawn to them. Not only are these portraits exquisite to look at but they help me tune into the characters I create by setting them apart from other player’s characters, making them uniquely mine.

My love for painted custom portraits started with Baldur’s Gate II. For my first character, I chose a portrait depicting a half-elven lady with brown hair and eyes, wearing brown armor and a staff in her hand. While I found this portrait very pretty, it wasn’t quite what I wanted as I envisaged my character having blonde hair and blue eyes, wearing armor more vibrant than brown. Then one generous person from the Baldur’s Gate community gifted me with this beautiful custom portrait – created based on an image I found in a local magazine along with a vague description of my perceived character’s appearance. It was like magic – the only thing that changed was her portrait but I felt much more connected to my character than before.

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So why do I still favour painted portraits?

Because it would take away that unique feel of my characters. There is just magic in painted portraits – I love how they capture the perceived image I have of my characters – the right expression, motion, outfit and background. All these nuances help me to identify with and roleplay my character better. Although it was mere coincidence, I couldn’t help but feel like Celeste was destined to be an angel upon seeing her portrait, perfectly framed with golden splashes of white and blue when I chose her mythic path in Wrath of the Righteous (which you can see in the character sheet above). No matter how high quality the in-game graphics are or how varied the character customisation options are, I feel that character renders just can’t replicate the beauty or the unique feel of painted portraits. For these reasons, portrait hunting was never a chore but an integral and enjoyable part of character creation for me.

What is your view on custom portrait vs. character model renders?

Tuesday - October 12, 2021

Suikoden: Woven Web of the Centuries - Gets English Translation

by Silver, 12:37

TechRaptor reports that Suikoden: Woven Web of the Centuries has received an English translation thanks to a fan translation group.

Suikoden: Woven Web of the Centuries was released in Japan in 2012 for the PlayStation Portable and is the 14th game in the Suikoden series. It never received an English translation until now, apparently. It's the last game released in a series that ran from 1995 to 2012, with Woven Web of the Centuries receiving decent scores from contemporary Japanese reviewers.

Suikoden is a series that's languished in recent years, with players attempting a #SuikodenOnSteam campaign (to bring the series on Steam) that failed to work. While Suikoden 2 was released as a PS Classic for PlayStation 3, Vita, and PSP, it's not available these days either. For fans of Suikoden, the only real ray of hope is its spiritual successor Eiyuden Chronicle, which should be coming sometime in 2023.

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Tuesday - October 05, 2021

General News - The RPGs of 2022

by Redglyph, 15:12

@Pladio spotted the list of RPGs for 2022 given by RPG Site. Thanks!

The RPGs of 2022: Every RPG and their release dates

Here we list the upcoming RPGs we expect to see in 2022. This listing will often be updated throughout the year.

Now - we know - defining what exactly is an 'RPG' is can be a little tricky. While some of the games below may not best be labeled as an 'RPG', we wanted to include games that have evident role-playing elements. We allow for a little bit of wiggle room.

Let us also note: our list only includes games with confirmed English versions set to release in 2022 and will be updated regularly throughout the year. Games that do not have confirmed English localizations or have not yet been announced with 2022 release plans will not be included.

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Saturday - October 02, 2021

General News - Flames of Freedom TRPG Review @ Polygon

by Redglyph, 18:19

Polygon reviews Flames of Freedom Grim & Perilous, a tabletop RPG published by Andrews McMeel Publishing and based on the Zweihänder RPG. The setting is the American Revolutionary War of 1776, and the game is categorized as an "American Gothic horror tabletop role-playing game".

Flames of Freedom tabletop RPG mixes Hamilton with Stranger Things

Flames of Freedom Grim & Perilous RPG, the latest from Andrews McMeel Publishing, begins with a bold assertion. It instructs players, firmly and directly, to scrap the conventionally taught history of the American Revolution in favor of a new set of rules. Players should throw absolutely all of the exploitative, colonialist violence into a period appropriate dumpster and set it on fire. What remains is exactly what it says on the tin — a grim and perilous world filled with mystery, horror, and adventure — and the chance to rewrite the American Revolution.

Flames of Freedom is a supernatural setting that feels like a mix of Hamilton and Stranger Things. While your neighbors are marching off to fight the Red Coats, you’ll be lurking in the shadows battling against arcane powers that have existed on the continent for thousands of years. In this tabletop RPG, the process of play becomes instead a story of creation, an open and absorbing alternate history of the troubled founding of our troubled nation where everyone — and I mean everyone — gets a hand on the ball.

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Flames of Freedom Grim & Perilous RPG is one of the best new TRPGs released this year, but it is not for the faint of heart. You can get a taste with a free quickstart version, which includes a short adventure and a selection of pre-generated characters. But, even if you never roll a die in anger, it’s nonetheless a treasure trove of thoughtful historical information. The book officially goes up for sale on Oct. 12. Expect a community-made campaign to be available online around the same time. 

Giveaway by Henriquejr

by Hiddenx, 15:49

Long time Watcher Henriquejr wants to give away some Steam keys - thank you for the keys and all the newsbits you send to us over the years!

Hi Everyone,

My birthday is nearing and I wanna do a little bit different this time. For a community that I am happy to belong to, I want to give back a little by raffling some game keys among you. All of them are Steam keys. Here's the list:

  • Children of Morta
  • Fort Triumph
  • Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition
  • Metro Exodus
  • Orwell: Ignorance is Strength
  • Song of Horror Complete Edition
  • Yakuza Kiwami

The rules of the Giveaway are simple:

1. You must have a minimum of 100 posts total;
2. You clearly state in a reply to this thread that you want to participate, Don't forget to specify the preferred game/games;
3. Any game keys left will be donated in the next RPGWatch Giveaway (Winter?)

Aside from the restriction #1 above, everyone can participate, even RPGWatch staff members (admins, moderators, newseditors, etc, even The Boss himself).

The possibility to participate in this giveaway ends on October 9th, 2021. Yes, you can edit your game preference(s) before that date.

If you have any questions/doubts please feel free to ask me in this very thread.

Have Fun!

See Ya! 

Wednesday - September 29, 2021

General News - RPGs inspired by Final Fantasy Tactics @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 19:51

The Turn Based Lovers present some tactical RPGs:

 10 Promising Indie RPGs inspired by Final Fantasy Tactics | 2021-2022

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  • 0:38 Cascade Tactics
  • 1:18 Vanaris Tactics
  • 2:13 Arcadian Atlas
  • 3:37 Crimson Tactics
  • 4:42 Voxel Tactics
  • 5:51 Absolute Tactics
  • 6:41 Dusk Tactics
  • 7:38 Spiritbound Tactics
  • 8:34 Untamed Tactics
  • 9:19 Reverie Knights Tactics

Saturday - September 25, 2021

General News - 5 NEW RPGs That Could be Worth Your Time

by Redglyph, 08:34

Click4Gameplay spotted a few incoming RPGs that he finds interesting.

5 NEW RPGs That Could be Worth Your Time

Another top 5 list with new RPGs, that could be worth your time. 

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Friday - September 24, 2021

General News - Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders Review

by Redglyph, 20:04

MandaloreGaming reviews the PC port of Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders.

The Crusaders is actually the second entry in the Kingdom Under Fire series, but debuted as a standalone Xbox exclusive and got a PC port in 2020. Smite heretics in the name of the p*pe.

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Tuesday - September 21, 2021

General News - Upcoming RPG / Adventure Games

by Redglyph, 10:10

WolfheartFPS presents a selection of upcoming RPGs.

Top RPG / Adventure Games To End 2021

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  • 02:04 Sept. 23: Sable
  • 03:00 Sept 23: Diablo II Resurrected
  • 03:59 Sept 24: Death Stranding Director's Cut
  • 05:30 Oct 15: Sword & Fairy 7
  • 06:18 Oct 21: Sands of Aura (EA)
  • 07:02 Oct 26: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • 08:00 Nov 11: Skyrim Anniversary Edition
  • 09:18 Dec 7: Thymesia
  • 10:06 (Dec 8: Halo Infinite - not an RPG)
  • 12:00 Bonus 1 October: Smalland (EA, to be confirmed)
  • 12:43 Bonus 2 Nov 9: Evolution 2

Sunday - September 19, 2021

General News - Tokyo Game Show 2021

by Redglyph, 11:18

RPG Site has assembled a list of JRPGs that are expected to stream during the Tokyo Game Show 2021. The event takes place from September 30th to October 3rd.

The official programme can be found here.

Tokyo Game Show 2021 - List of expected RPG-related streams

Tokyo Game Show has been the event where we can expect news on Japanese games and RPGs, and the 2021 edition is no exception. There will be a lot of streams from organizers and game publishers running throughout four days from September 30 to October 3.

We have compiled a list of TGS 2021 streams for RPGs and games that are relevant to us, and you can check it right below.

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Tuesday - September 14, 2021

Return to Nangrim - First Person Dwarf RPG

by Silver, 09:26

Return to Nangrim is described as a dark first-person fantasy adventure with survival and RPG elements. There is a demo available on the Steam page.

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Cold winds howl through the abandoned caverns of Nangrim. This forsaken place holds nothing good for those who dare to pass. Now you must survive down in the depths of this ancient dwarven mountain city, and discover the fate of the Stonebeards in their last days.

Return to Nangrim is a dark first-person fantasy adventure with survival and RPG elements embedded in an epic dwarven lore. Go on an adventure and unveil the mysteries and legends woven around the Stonebeards, the once glorious and powerful dwarven family living in the northern Nimbor Mountains. The fabled world of Nangrim awaits you. 

MAIN FEATURES

  • Explore epic locations and unveil their secrets. Collect, combine and craft items, and interact with the environment to progress.
  • Find and forge weapons to defend against the dangers that lurk in the dark. Not all creatures have left the mountain fortress.
  • Become a master blacksmith. Learn to forge like the dwarves of old.
  • Your torch is essential: it is not only a flame to light your way but also your primary weapon of defense; keep it close when the darkness closes in.
  • Hammer or axe? Both are unmerciful tools against the evil forces. Forge and upgrade them to unlock their full potential.
  • Use Hilduir, the runic language of the dwarves, to piece together the story, puzzles, and culture of this long-forgotten nation.
  • Procedural elements guarantee a different gaming experience for every player.
  • Experience deep and extensive fantasy lore with tons of side contents, collectibles, and hidden items.

 

Elmarion: the Lost Temple - In Early Access & Demo Available

by Silver, 07:21

Elmarion: the Lost Temple is described as a first-person party based RPG. There is a demo available from the Steam page and the game is currently in Early Access.

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"Elmarion: the Lost Temple" is a real-time party-based first-person RPG in the spirit of games like Might and Magic, Wizardry, Legend of Grimrock, Diablo.The player controls a squad of 4 brave adventurers.

Each hero can be one of 8 different classes: knight, archer, fire mage, ice mage, air mage, nature mage, cleric, necromancer.

During the game, the squad explores the dungeons and clears them of monsters using a combination of different abilities of each hero.

Each class of heroes has 10 unique skills. Thus, there are 80 different skills available in the game that you can try on your enemies!

Items and Equipment: Dungeons contain many great magic weapons and armor. Try them on the heroes.

Excess items can be sold in the "village" from a merchant and with the proceeds to buy valuable potions, scrolls, armor. To quickly move to the village, the game provides portals.

The game consists of one safe village and several dungeons: main, fire, ice, air, natural and some others.

History

The king of one of the kingdoms learned about an ancient powerful artifact hidden in an abandoned temple, and sent a detachment of brave adventurers after him, promising them a generous reward for this.Purpose of the game: to get this ancient powerful artifact. 

Monday - September 13, 2021

NEO: The World Ends with You - Review

by Redglyph, 11:18

RPGamer reviews NEO: The World Ends with You. This action-RPG is currently available on PS4 / Switch, and will be availabe on Epic Game Store for PC this summer 2021.

Take a Bow to the Moon

It took thirteen years, but Square Enix’s urban fantasy RPG The World Ends with You finally received its much deserved follow-up. NEO: The World Ends with You is almost exactly what one would hope for in a follow-up, and Square Enix and h.a.n.d. have done a fine job transposing the distinct gameplay of the original onto modern systems. Though there are a few weaker elements, primarily combat, they’re overridden by the audiovisual style and another engrossing tale and cast.

It first bears noting that though NEO: The World Ends with You brings in new protagonists and other major characters, it’s very much a sequel and it’s recommended that players are familiar with the events of The World Ends with You. Taking place three years after the first game, NEO’s main protagonist is high school student Rindo Kanade, who — along with his friend Tosai “Fret” Furesawa — is drawn into a new edition of the Reaper’s Game. This is a week-long competition for those who have recently died and takes place in a plane called the Underground, which semi-interacts with the real world and is home to Noise, hostile manifestations of negative emotions. Those who lose the Game are erased, while the winners get their wish granted.

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This year has already been a strong one for RPGs, and NEO: The World Ends with You just adds to that case. The opportunity to return to Square Enix’s take on Shibuya has been far too long coming, but now that it’s here, it’s immensely pleasing to say that NEO: The Worlds Ends with You does everything I was hoping. Despite some repetitive combat, the rest of the experience more than makes up for it, with the narrative, audio, and visuals combining excellently to make the game enthralling for the length of its forty-plus-hour runtime.

Monday - September 06, 2021

General News - The RPGs of 2021

by Redglyph, 10:12

RPG Site has posted a list of the RPGs of this year, and their release date when it is known. Time to check if you haven't missed anything!

The RPGs of 2021: Every RPG and their release dates

Here we list the upcoming RPGs we expect to see in 2021. This listing will often be updated throughout the year.

Now - we know - defining what exactly is an 'RPG' is can be a little tricky. While some of the games below may not best be labeled as an 'RPG', we wanted to include games that have evident role-playing elements. We allow for a little bit of wiggle room.

Let us also note: our list only includes games with confirmed English versions set to release in 2021 and will be updated regularly throughout the year. Games that do not have confirmed English localizations or have not yet been announced with 2021 release plans will not be included.

Find the list below. Feel free to let us know in the comments if you see any omissions or mistakes!

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Saturday - September 04, 2021

Project Magnum - Official Teaser Trailer

by Silver, 22:45

Project Magnum is the working title for a new in development action RPG for console and PC.

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PROJECT MAGNUM (working title) is a new looter shooter game developed by Nexon subsidiary NAT GAMES.

PROJECT MAGNUM is a PC/console-based game that combines RPG play with third-person 
shooter combat. It presents beautiful visuals and attractive and unique characters based in a sci-fi style player vs. environment worldview. It also provides exciting battles using various skills, actions, and guns, as well as the fun of highquality PvE shooter battles that target huge bosses.

Project Magnum will be available in most major markets worldwide. More information on the 
release schedule of PROJECT MAGNUM will be announced at a later date.

Wednesday - September 01, 2021

General News - Top 5 New RPGs of September

by Redglyph, 14:27

Fextralife present their top 5 RPGs of the month.

Top 5 NEW RPGs of SEPTEMBER 2021 (MMORPG, CRPG, JRPG, ARPG)

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In this series, we highlight the Top 5 RPGs for the upcoming month. In this edition, we’re going to take a look at each of the titles, talk a little about each, and then explain why we think they deserve to be on the list. So join me now and find a mixture of some hidden gems and old favorites given a shiny new coat of paint.

Timestamps

  • 0:00 - Top 5 RPG SEPTEMBER 2021
  • 0:43 - HM: New World
  • 1:36 - Astria Ascending
  • 2:38 - Gamedec
  • 3:27 - Tales of Arise
  • 4:35 - Pathfinder Wrath of the Righteous
  • 5:51 - Diablo II Resurrected

 

Demon Knights of Ankhoron - New Screenshots

by Silver, 12:29

The July update for Demon Knights of Ankhoron shows off some Alpha screenshots. The Alpha demo is currently for Kickstarter backers only.

Upgraded Demo - Big art update, Climbing, Multiplayer and Magic!

Dear all,

Thank you for your long support of the Demon Knights project! Apologies for delay in updates but be confident that we are working behind the scenes! Multiplayer is now working!

We have just released a new Alpha Demo with climbing demo to show you which includes many working features and new upgraded art fixed from previous releases! We haven't gotten around to capturing promotional clips but here is some screencapture and new art!

Feedback from some Alpha testers is good so far as this is a big step forward. Now that our base multiplayer systems are done, we can start implementing more skills and polish. The level is feeling good and should play ~15+minutes. Inventory items and item enchantments are working too!

 

For Alpha backers - Please checkout our Alpha discord for comments and we welcome feedback and bug reports! New builds should be out every 1-2 weeks going forward now that systems are generally stable.

 

Best Regards,

Kevin Chuang

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Friday - August 27, 2021

General News - Moon: Remix RPG Adventure on Steam

by Redglyph, 11:09

PC Invasion reports that the JRPG/adventure Moon: Remix RPG Adventure is coming soon to Steam, for PC.

Cult classic Moon: Remix RPG Adventure is coming to Steam

On Aug. 27 of last year, the 1997 “anti-RPG” titled Moon: Remix RPG Adventure finally got an official release outside of Japan, via an upcoming Steam release.

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Being an “anti-RPG,” Moon flips classic JRPG tropes on their head by depicting the “hero” character as a merciless individual. Completely clad in armor, the “hero” has no qualms with indiscriminately killing animals out in the wild and barging into people’s homes to steal their belongings. The player has to undo this damage by saving the souls of animals that the “hero” killed, and by helping out the world’s colorful cast of NPCs. Accomplishing either of these tasks rewards the player with “love,” which essentially serves as an experience system that allows for further exploration of the world.

The significance of Moon

Despite having been stuck on Japanese PlayStations for over two decades, Moon has left a fairly significant impact on the gaming landscape. Games that poke fun at JRPG tropes have become fairly common now, but Moon existed when such titles were much more difficult to come across. Toby Fox, the creator of the massively successful and influential Undertale, lists Moon as one of his inspirations, which makes sense considering that Undertale shares some of Moon’s core themes.

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Wednesday - August 25, 2021

General News - Drova - Arena Content Update

by Hiddenx, 15:32

The action RPG Drova got an arena mode:

"Drova: The Arena" launched!

Hey, you! We made it. Two weeks ago we announced The Arena and today is the day. Our coffee supplies are depleted and today we proudly show you what we've been working on in the past three weeks.

What is The Arena?
Dive into the arena and combat mighty foes in a fight for life and death! Will you advance to the rank of gladiator or will you be lying in the mud?

Play the most recent version of our combat system! The Arena will be a 5-minute-long, fast-paced arena fight with multiple waves of challengers. We want to present new weapons, new enemies and our new enemy AI. The final game will still be an RPG.


Provide us with your feedback and shape the next season of The Arena! You can join our Discord to discuss features, express your critcism or just generally tell us you like or dislike something, even if you can't exactly pinpoint why.

How can I play The Arena?
There's an update for our Playable Teaser now, which enables you to choose between playing the Teaser or The Arena. All you need to do is launch the game, select "Drova - Arena" within the launcher and click "Play". What are you waiting for?

Are you registered for the prize competition?
Pick up two prizes by playing The Arena! Just join our Discord and type "!register!" in the #registration channel to make yourself known to our Arena Lord. He will then send you a DM containing the arena key, which you will have to insert into the main menu of The Arena to complete your registration. The prize competition ends on 21 September, 2021 11:59 AM CET.


First place on the high score list:

  • Become a part of Drova! You always wanted to be a quest NPC or a statue in the world of Draheim?
  • Together with you, we will work out how to immortalize a representation of you in the final game!
  • Claim the exclusive title of "Gladiator" on our Community Discord Server!
  • Your name will be mentioned in the credits of the final game as one of our gladiators!

One random, registered player:

  • 50€ coupon, redeemable on Steam / Amazon / a platform of your choosing.


Now get into the ring already!

Tuesday - August 24, 2021

Analysis - Bethesda's Next RPGs and Nemesis

by Redglyph, 18:56

Charlie Stewart of Game Rant makes a parallel between Bethesda's RPGs and the Nemesis System used in Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.

Bethesda Needs to Learn From Shadow of War’s Nemesis System

The open worlds of Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 could greatly benefit from the dynamic storytelling of Shadow of War's Nemesis system.

The Nemesis System was developed across Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, creating dynamic stories with otherwise procedurally generated orcs by factoring in their relationships to one another, their ever-changing loyalties, their fears, and their desire for revenge. Although the system was patented by Warner Bros, it hasn’t stopped the games' innovation from pushing other developers to find creative new ways to tell dynamic stories in their worlds.

Bethesda in particular could learn a lot from the Nemesis System as it embarks on two major projects which will determine its success in the 2020s. Both Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 need to figure out ways to take their open worlds to the next level while still focusing on the freedom that defined earlier Bethesda titles. Mechanics which create their own stories like Middle-Earth: Shadow of War’s Nemesis System could be exactly what the studio’s upcoming projects need to forge a path into the future.

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Source: Game Rant

Saturday - August 21, 2021

Dredge - Announced

by Silver, 01:20

Gamepressure reports on a new horror RPG in development called Dredge.

Independent New Zealand studio Black Salt Games has announced its first project. It turned out to be an unusual fishing RPG enriched with elements of Lovecraftian horror, called Dredge. The game is to be released next year on PC and Nintendo Switch.

The action of the game starts on the archipelago known as Marrow and the surrounding ocean. At the beginning we will have only a small boat. Fishing will provide us with income to upgrade the ship, e.g. by installing a more powerful engine or expanding the hold, as well as buying new rods, nets and crab pots. With time, we'll buy a better boat and get access to richer fishing grounds.

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The Unliving - Development Gameplay Highlight

by Silver, 01:17

A gameplay video for rogue-lite action RPG The Unliving.

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The Unliving is a rogue-lite action RPG about Necromancer coming to Steam later in 2021. Add the game to your wishlist to support the devs:https://store.steampowered.com/app/986040/The_Unliving/

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Friday - August 20, 2021

General News - Project Minerva funded

by Hiddenx, 16:55

Sir Brennus spotted that Project Minerva will be financed by the German games development fund. The game is developed by the German studio Grimlore Games and looks like Titan Quest 2.

Black Myth: WuKong - New Trailer

by Redglyph, 08:43

porcozaur spotted a new gameplay video of the upcoming action-RPG Black Myth: WuKong.

Check out 12 minutes of new gameplay for Black Myth: WuKong, the action-adventure game developed by Game Science, reveals its newest gameplay test collection today. The video is recorded real-time in Unreal 5 Engine, and supported by NVIDIA DLSS technology. 

Black Myth: Wukong is an upcoming action role-playing game by Chinese indie developer Game Science, based on the classical 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West. Game Science hopes to release the game in 2023.

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Thursday - August 19, 2021

General News - Blackout: The Darkest Night released

by Hiddenx, 16:59

The non-linear interactive fiction game Blackout: The Darkest Night has been released:

Blackout: The Darkest Night - Launch Trailer

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Blackout is a non-linear interactive fiction game set in a dark modern universe, influenced by White Wolf’s World of Darkness, H.P. Lovecraft and weird shows like Twin Peaks.

You play as a man who finds himself lost in a dark street somewhere in the city of New Wenders. It doesn’t take long before you start having flashbacks and regaining your memory. Something terrible happened, and you were part of it. This event somehow opened your eyes to a whole new world that has been hiding beneath the shadows.

Wednesday - August 18, 2021

General News - 5 new RPGs @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 16:35

C4G presents some upcoming RPGs:

5 NEW RPGs That Might Be Worth Your Time

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  • The Way of Wrath
  • Holomento
  • Fellowship Saga
  • Luminary
  • Dark Envoy

Tuesday - August 17, 2021

We Are Legion: Rome - Devlog#9 Graphic's WIP

by Silver, 11:40

Some graphics progress for We are Legion: Rome.

Devlog#9 We are Legion: Rome graphic artists' work in progress

Graphic artists' work in progress

Ave Legionaries!

Today we want to share some of our graphic artists' work in progress.

Do You remember our Centurion Armour concept art?

This is how it looks for now. It will be implemented into the game further in the development process.

Meanwhile, we are working on combat animations, balance and mechanics. As You can see, we want to have sword and board working together during the fight...

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Tuesday - August 03, 2021

Ravensword: Undaunted - Early Access Trailer

by Silver, 23:01

@WorthPlaying Ravensword: Undaunted has launched into Steam Early Access.

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Ravensword: Undaunted is a FPS dungeon crawler inspired by Hexen, set within the Ravensword Universe.

Ravensword: Undaunted will be available through Steam Early Access on July 9, 2021 and will remain so for about 3 months.

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Monday - July 26, 2021

Batora: Lost Haven - Official Trailers

by Silver, 21:19

Batora: Lost Haven can be described as a hack 'n slash game in a science fiction setting.

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We've partnered with Stormind games to bring colourful and mesmerising RPG hack and slash, Batora: Lost Haven to PC and consoles in 2022.

It begins with our lead protagonist Avril who used to be a regular 16-year-old girl, until a mysterious event devastated the Earth and she lost everything. Now Avril is the only one who can attempt to save her planet, using the physical and mental powers that she has been gifted with! Throughout her cosmic journey, Avril will begin to learn there is a thin line between good and evil and it is up to her to decide whom to believe: her choices will determine the destiny of the universe.

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Combat, puzzle-solving, and a peek at fearsome bosses take the spotlight in this trailer for Batora: Lost Haven, as showcased during Guerrilla Collective 2021 on Day 2.

In Batora: Lost Haven, the physical and mental balance of a naive and reckless girl who lost everything is the only weapon to save the Earth from oblivion. Jump on a journey across colorful and mesmerizing planets in this fast-paced adventure where your conscience will carry the weight of your decisions.

Batora: Lost Haven is headed to PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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Wednesday - July 21, 2021

General News - Top 5 new RPGs @ MrMattyPlays

by Hiddenx, 18:30

MrMattyPlays presents his top 5 RPGs of July 2021:

The Top 5 NEW RPGs Of July 2021

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Friday - July 16, 2021

Songs of Conquest - Development update #37

by Silver, 14:13

The latest development update for Songs of Conquest which some compare to Heroes of Might and Magic 3.

Hello, both old and new friends! These last few weeks have been a thrilling ride to say the least. As most of you will know by now: We released a gameplay reveal trailer at the PC Gaming Show during E3. The feedback has been beyond our wildest dreams. Rock Paper Shotgun called it “one of the prettiest games at E3” and one Kotaku writer admitted to “losing his shit” over the game. As if that wasn’t enough, the organizers of E3 gave our humble indie game an award, naming it the most anticipated game from the PC Gaming Show! So yeah, pretty stoked about it all. The wishlists are growing daily and we hope that you will be as excited as we are when you finally get to play it! If you haven’t wishlisted the game yet, please take the time to do it on Steam, GOG, or EGS. It doesn’t pay our bills but it feeds our vanity.

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Italian Spartacus is a streamer and Youtuber that was really impressed with our trailer. Not sure if we can live up to his high expectations, but we’ll try!

And speaking of playing the game. Some of you know that we currently have a small closed Alpha going and we are getting some great feedback. There are still a lot of things to work on, but it is clear that we are on the right path. It feels great to finally be able to let one hundred lucky gamers try the game out, but we will also do more test rounds during the fall. So if you missed out this time, there will be more chances. In order to get notified, subscribe to our newsletter or join our Discord server.

The team has been busy with development and despite E3 the pace hasn’t slowed down. As you might know, we have a few different teams that focus on different parts of the game. So let’s start out with team tech, who pretty much does all the heavy feature coding. Our lead programmer, Niklas, has been adding a bunch of new features to the level editor. A lot of quality-of-life features, such as preview-images of map entities as well as tooltips with explanations before you place objects in the level editor. He also found Patrik's old island generator code that we used a couple of years ago. Niklas has now modified it to work with the current version of the game and added it as a way to generate a more interesting starting point for new levels in the level editor.

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Checkboxes galore! Niklas loves to add functionality to the level editor whenever he needs some relaxed coding time.

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Thursday - July 15, 2021

General News - Top 5 New RPGs, Probably Never Heard About (Part 3)

by Silver, 13:43

Click4Gameplay show five RPGs you likely haven't heard about. This is a three part series so you may want to check out Part1 and Part2 also.

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Untitled RPG by Hytacka - 2:16
YS 9: Monstrum Nox -
4:26
Project Exyl -
7:03
Death Trash -
8:42
Tales of Arise -
11:13 

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Wednesday - July 07, 2021

General News - Review of A Guide to Japanese Role Playing Games

by Hiddenx, 17:32

Paul Werkema checked out A Guide to Japanese Role Playing Games:

Review of A Guide to Japanese Role Playing Games from Bitmap Books

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Guide to Japanese Role-Playing Games is a very good book. I have some disagreements with the authors on what is in the book and some of the games they included. It was fun to flip through and read about some games I never got to play or haven’t had a chance to finish them yet.

Some of the major series are separated from the other genres of games. From there the reviews are broken up into sub-genres like Action RPG and Strategy RPG. I like how they did this as you can skip to the section you want to read.

Friday - July 02, 2021

Out There: Oceans of Time - Gameplay Trailer

by Silver, 14:06

A gameplay trailer for Out There: Oceans of Time which is described as a turn-based space exploration RPG.

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Gameplay trailer from sci-fi space exploration survival RPG/adventure where you make decisions like in RPG (with english subtitles).

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Blacksmith Legends - Prologue Release Announcement

by Silver, 14:00

An announcement for Blacksmith Legends concerning the imminent release of its prologue.

Blacksmith Legends: Prologue release announcement

Hello dear blacksmiths,

I'm going to announce, that Prologue will be released on 7th July, so not even in 2 weeks!
Game is in quite decent shape and currently being polished by few people. 

If you want to participate in beta testing Prologue to catch all the bugs, ideally in other languages, hit me on discord and I'll be glad to include you in our small testing team!

Based on the feedback from festival and preparations for Early Access, I've done some changes to the game.

1. Building system - floors are not clunky anymore. I've re-done the whole system and instead of attaching one socket to another, they are now separate ones on the ground, making the hit box much better to proc. And I think overall, it's much more user friendly.

2. Crafting menu re-work - this is a huge change, as there are no more Recipe SLOTS for each character! Before, you had to assign each recipe to a certain amount of slots. That allowed me a better control and unique build for each employee.
But in the end, it ended up being annoying as during demand requests for crafting items, the Right-Click removal of recipes was a bit clunky and later on, swapping recipes ended up feeling weird and useless for a lot of players, so I've decided to make all recipes accessible.

You can craft anything from one screen. Plus, adjust working hours and see Demand right below, so you don't have to swap between Sales menu on what to sell!

3. Crafting overall received a few changes too:
- Morale deteriorates over time now and refreshes when going home
- Crafting speed and quality are now more variable during crafting
- Low morale causes failures that result in a penalty of lower quality

Added more weekly plans too, so player can balance out his way of crafting. Some can be free and some may not. Some can grant you only buffs, some can come at a price of other stat to balance it out.

4. Arena armory preparation - can't forge to prepare for Early Access too. Currently working on the armory, where player will be able to equip his gladiator with items of his choice. 

Stay tuned for more news and if you haven't done so, please wishlist my game as that motivates me to work on this great project!

Regards,

VM Machal

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Wednesday - June 30, 2021

General News - Casey Hudson founded Humanoid Studios

by Hiddenx, 14:49

Casey Hudson, who left Bioware for the 2nd time on Dec 3, 2020, just announced this on Twitter:

Today we are announcing a new independent videogame company built to unleash the creative freedom of developers - bringing innovation and artistry to players through an all-new IP.

We are Humanoid Studios. This is the first tiny step in our journey, and we hope you'll come along with us on the adventure.

https://www.humanoidstudios.com/

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Saturday - June 19, 2021

General News - Reward for NOT Levelling up

by Hiddenx, 10:23

WhatCulture Gaming talks about games that reward you for not levelling up:

8 Video Games That Reward You For NOT Levelling Up

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Friday - June 18, 2021

Onmyoji: The World - Announced

by Silver, 02:34

@TheGG NetEase Games has announced a new Japanese fantasy RPG called Onmyoji: The World.

The newest installment of the critically acclaimed Onmyoji franchise, will serve as a spin-off to the series and will come to multiple platforms in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

In continuation of the “Onmyoji” timeline based in Japan’s Heian-Kyo period, players are tasked with protecting the city of Kyoto where an unprecedented disaster has plunged the city into an abyssal darkness. The dark forces roaming the city seek to push the world to the edge of its destruction, ending the grips of humanity. Players take on the role of the game’s protagonist who finds themselves on an adventure that encounters many new people, youkai, and enemies.

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Sunday - June 13, 2021

General News - Will The CRPG Genre Die Again?

by Hiddenx, 13:58

You know it's summer when this topic is discussed again - Mortismal Gaming:

Will The CRPG Genre Die Again?

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Saturday - June 12, 2021

General News - Top 5 upcoming CRPGs

by Hiddenx, 12:41

Mortismal Gaming picked his top 5:

Top 5 Upcoming CRPGs Of 2021 & Beyond

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Spoiler! the games are, from #5 to #1: Dark Envoy, Colony Ship, Gamedec, Encased and Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous.

 

Wednesday - June 09, 2021

Lands of Sorcery - Released into Early Access

by Silver, 07:44

Lands of Sorcery has recently been released into Early Access on Steam and is described as a turn based combat RPG set in a time of virile men, ravishing women, creepy sorcerers and disgusting monsters.

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Lands of Sorcery is a turn based RPG focused on combat, storytelling, sexy women, brutish barbarians and overall craziness.

A game inspired by classic sword and sorcery fantasy works, from the writings of Robert E. Howard to 1980's B-movies like Deathstalker II.

Travel to the continent of Akoll, where steel and magic are the law and command a ragtag team of elite fighters to seek your fortune!

Gameplay

Lands of Sorcery focuses on combat, equipment upgrades and character development. As you journey through the dangerous lands of Akoll, a cast of brave (or plain crazy) individuals with diverse skills will join you and serve as a traveling hub to improve your fighters.

  • Campaign - Play through the cinematic story driven campaign "The Hunt for Gloomy Whisper" and seek the mysterious artifact that may change the world forever
  • Manage a roster of fighters - Select who goes to battle and who can chill out in town
  • Upgrade a party of supporting characters. From a masseuse to an alchemist, they will travel with you and upgrade your fighters' capabilities
  • 8 unique playable hero classes, with 6 unique skills each
  • 26 different enemies
  • Intimidation System - If hacking your enemies to death isn't working, you can also win by depleting your enemy's Morale and scare them out of the battle field.
  • Battle Rage mechanic - Skill usage increases each character's Battle Rage, which unlocks a special devastating skill.
  • Classic character evolution with combat-centric strategy.
  • Camping - Use your fighters' skills to replenish your heroes during cozy camping sessions.

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Tuesday - June 01, 2021

General News - Demon Skin Released

by Silver, 10:44

Hack 'n Slash game Demon Skin has been released on Steam to a good reception.

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About This Game

Demon Skin - is a brutal hack’n’slash set in a rough dark fantasy world, which combines unique combat mechanics, RPG and fighting game elements, and even some platformer features. With the flexible combat system each player can come up with their own unique tactic by skillfully combining stances with various types of weapons to achieve the ultimate efficiency in battle.

The darkness has got into the far off corners of the universe and threatens the world. Only the mighty Order of Wanderers whose members possess superhuman divine powers can resist that threat. One of the Wanderers witnesses a sinister ritual of restoring a powerful ancient artifact. In an attempt to break off the ceremony he gets into a flow of energy released by the artifact and instantly turns into a demon!

Wanderer is now eager to regain his former appearance but to do so he needs the artifact which was stolen afterwards. The hero sets on a path to find it, fighting the hordes of demons along the way.

SOPHISTICATED COMBAT SYSTEM

Improve your skills by mastering various stances for lightning-fast parrying and inflicting maximum damage with spectacular finishing moves! Keep an eye on the level of stamina and other indicators of the character’s physical condition - all these features directly affect the outcome of the battle.

A DEMON ON THE OUTSIDE, A DEMON WITHIN

Collect shards of Crystal and become even stronger, build up your bone armor and turn into a fearsome demon.

HUGE ARSENAL FOR KILLING MONSTERS

There are more than 30 types of edged and blunt weapons at your disposal and each type is only effective against a certain type of enemies. You can destroy enemies even with your bare hands - it’s not as effective but still a lot of fun!

OTHER FEATURES

  • An extensive skill tree. Gain experience to learn new combos and enhance health, stamina, and attack power!
  • Dozens of enemy types. From skeletons, zombies, and spiders to werewolves, lizards, and golems - fighting each of them requires a different approach!
  • Secrets and artifacts. Some rare and ancient artifact weapons are hidden in the secret places of the game world. Find it to unlock the impressive super skills after achieving a certain level!
  • Gloomy landscapes in the spirit of dark fantasy: from the icy wastelands and deep dungeons to the twilight forests and abodes of the undead. This cruel world lives a life of its own, but terrifying creatures that inhabit it are not always hostile. On your way, you will not only meet enemies but also powerful allies!

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Monday - May 31, 2021

General News - Top 100 RPGs of all Time

by Hiddenx, 17:08

Gamepressure compiled a top 100 RPG list:

Top 100 RPGs of all time - the best RPGs you need to know

Top 10, Top 20? Today it's time for the top 100! We invite you to review the biggest list in the history of games-online.pl, compiled on the basis of the votes of our authors, editorial debates and the average ratings of users of the site.

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Friday - May 28, 2021

General News - China's Indie Gaming Scene

by Hiddenx, 15:23

NeverKnowsBest takes a closer look at at the China's video game phenomenon:

The Curious Story of China's Indie Gaming Scene

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Introduction - 0:00

Part One: The Best History of video games in China - 5:27

Part Two: China's Surprise Successes - 20:07

Part Three: The Struggle of the Rest - 58:56

Part Four: Made in China for China - 1:21:54

Part Five: C********* - 1:54:03

Part Six: Conclusion - 2:10:45 

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Monday - May 17, 2021

Bygone Dreams - Interview @alt/char

by Silver, 09:52

The developers of action RPG Bygone Dreams were interviewed by alt/char.

Q: Can you say something about your studio and the game itself, i.e. where did the idea for the development of this game come from, and why action-RPG?

A: Prime Time studios is a game and movie production company that's been around for almost two decades. It's the company behind Birds Like Us, Bosnia's first feature-length animated movie featuring the voices of Alicia Vikander, Jim Broadbent and Jeremy Irons; as well as Scream For Me Sarajevo, a documentary telling the story of Bruce Dickinson's concert in Sarajevo during the siege. 

Q: What can you tell us about the size of Bygone Dreams?

A: Bygone Dreams originally started as a small boss rush game with unique and quirky characters, but over time we started expanding until we ended up with a large world and 25+ hours of gameplay. 

When all is said and done, I am fairly certain that it's one of the biggest indie games ever made.

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Q: What can you tell us about the customization of the character and his equipment/skills?

A: While the main character is always the same, his armour and weapon loadout will be customizable. We like to consider the game an action-adventure with RPG elements rather than a full-fledged action RPG, but that being said the character does optionally level up, and most of the equipment can be upgraded by forging. 

We decided early on to focus on a smaller pool of weapons with unique traits rather than have 100+ weapons that essentially behave the same. Due to this, all our weapons have unique effects defining their play style. As an example, one of our weapons makes enemies drop mana-refilling globules making it a great choice for a battle-mage build where you'd use your spells indiscriminately,  then switch to melee to refill your mana. 

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Friday - May 14, 2021

Cardnarok: Raid with Gods - Leaves Early Access

by Hiddenx, 18:08

The roguelike deckbuilder Cardnarok: Raid with Gods has been released:

Cardnarok: Raid with Gods Retail Version 1.0.0

"Hell Difficulty" Update #52 Patch Notes 2021/5/14

Thank you for all the suggestions and support, we are now out of Early Access!

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Hell Difficulty unlocked!
-You can now play New Game+ in Hell Difficulty if you have conquered Nightmare in a previous run.
Developer Notes:
We have beaten Hell Difficulty in our internal testing without maximizing all Artifacts and activating all Bonus Abilities, so we believe it is doable.

100% Achievement should be obtainable now.
Developer Notes:
It is now possible to obtain the Overgod achievement, acquired after completing all other achievements in the game.

Deity Changes
-Greek Warriors I~II: Extra damage dealt to Greek non-elite monsters has been increased from 10/20% to 20/30%.
-Egyptian Warriors I~II: Extra damage dealt to Egyptian non-elite monsters has been increased from 10/20% to 20/30%.
Developer Notes:
We hope this can make the pantheon advantages more significant.

Thursday - May 13, 2021

General News - Drova: Teaser on Steam

by Hiddenx, 15:59

Drova is an action RPG inspired by the Gothic series - a teaser is now available on Steam:

Drova - Teaser

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Immerse yourself in our vision of the 2D action RPG Drova. Inspired by the philosophy of the Gothic series, you play a novice of the Order faction who receives his first mission. You are to meet your brother of the Order in the tavern "To the Headless Ripper". Sounds simple, doesn't it? 

Wednesday - May 12, 2021

Samurai Warrior 5 - Gameplay Video

by Silver, 22:09

Upcoming hack 'n slash game Samurai Warrior 5 has a new gameplay video.

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This is a pre-play video of "Samurai Warriors 5" to be released on June 24th by Koei Tecmo Games on PS4, Switch, Xbox One (DL version only), and Steam (DL version only, released on July 27).

Nobunaga Chapter 3 Introducing the flow of the game and the action system, set in the battle of Kannonji Castle.

* The screen is for PlayStation 4 (R) under development. 

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Master of Magic Remake - Announced

by Silver, 02:18

DSOGaming reports on another announcement from Slitherine which trumpets a classic game remake; Master of Magic. Screenshots at the link.

In Master of Magic, you take up the role of one of 14 unique and diverse great wizards who compete with each other to dominate the worlds of Arcanus and Myrror. Players can choose from different schools of magic and fantasy races to command, then lead their minions and expand their influence and power across the land.

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Saturday - May 08, 2021

General News - 10 Games for Fallout Fans

by Hiddenx, 17:47

Caedo Genesis listed ten games for Fallout fans:

10 GAMES FOR FALLOUT FANS (That Aren't Fallout) - Caedo's Countdowns

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Games listed: Paradise Lost, Atom RPG, Bastion, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, Far Cry: New Dawn, Metro 2033 Redux, Endzone: A World Apart, Wasteland 3, Death Stranding, and Mad Max.

Thursday - May 06, 2021

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance - Coming to PC

by Silver, 22:30

Gematsu reports that Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is coming to PC later in the year. For other platforms it releases May 7th.

Publisher Interplay Entertainment and developer Black Isle Studios will release Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch on May 7 for $29.99 / £29.99 / €29.99, followed by PC and mobile later in 2021, the companies announced. It features enhanced graphics and up to 4K resolution on supported platforms, as well as local cooperative play.

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance first launched for PlayStation 2 in December 2001, followed by Xbox in October 2002, GameCube in November 2002, and Game Boy Advance in February 2004.

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Wednesday - May 05, 2021

General News - Almighty: Kill Your Gods Trailer

by Hiddenx, 21:14

Yemeth spotted a trailer for the coop-RPG Almighty: Kill Your Gods:

Almighty: Kill Your Gods - Release Date Announce Trailer

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Friday - April 30, 2021

Warhammer Age of Sigmar - Gameplay Overview Trailer

by Silver, 12:26

DSOGaming reports on a new gameplay trailer for Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground.

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Get a first look at action-packed, turn-based combat in today’s Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground Gameplay Overview trailer. Developed by Gasket Games and published by Focus Home Interactive, Storm Ground is based on Games Workshop’s iconic fantasy IP “Age of Sigmar” - a dark-fantasy universe where immortal knights ride heavenly stardrakes to eradicate Death across a multitude of realms. Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on May 27.

Wednesday - April 28, 2021

General News - Classic RPGs to play in 2021 @ Fextralife

by Hiddenx, 14:58

Redglyph spotted a new top RPG list on Fextralife:

Top 10 CRPG 2021: The Best Classic RPG Games to play on PC, Consoles, Mobile Switch

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00:00​ Top cRPG Intro
00:50​ Dragon Age Origins
01:27​ Pillars of Eternity
02:12​ Divinity: Original Sin
03:05​ Tyranny
03:49​ Divinity: Original Sin 2
04:28​ Pillars of Eternity 2
05:11​ Pathfinder: Kingmaker
05:55​ Disco Elysium
06:37​ Wasteland 3
07:21​ Solasta: Crown of the Magister
08:09​ Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
08:56​ Final Thoughts

Thursday - April 22, 2021

We Are The Caretakers - Now in Early Access

by Silver, 23:19

We Are The Caretakers is now available in Steam Early Access and is described as a science fiction, squad management RPG game.

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We Are The Caretakers is an afrofuturist squad management RPG. Assemble an arcane team of protectors in squad-building systems inspired by Darkest Dungeon, Ogre Battle, and XCOM. Defend the endangered animals your world relies on in strategic turn-based combat. Define your approach to a global resistance by balancing your reputation, funds, research, animals and alliances. We Are The Caretakers is a challenging strategy RPG fusion that asks you to protect a planet by fighting for the people, animals and ecosystems that inhabit it.

FEATURES

  • AFROFUTURIST UNIVERSE: Former Activision-Blizzard artist Anthony Jones brings breathtaking afrofuturist style and human empathy to a complex sci-fi world.
  • REPUTATION SYSTEM: Every action affects how others see the Caretakers. Do they fear you? Or will they support your quest to protect the endangered Raun, and decide the fate of the world?
  • TURN-BASED ENCOUNTERS: Balance force with diplomacy in an innovative turn-based combat system. Live with the consequences as you deal with the messy reality of animal conservation.
  • SQUAD BUILDING: Assemble up to 9 squads of characters with diverse traits, weaknesses, abilities, and personalities. Train and upgrade your Caretakers across 20+ unique job classes.
  • GROW YOUR HEADQUARTERS: Meet leaders, research technologies, and recruit allies in your sci-fi HQ. Balance their conflicting demands to save our world.
  • NUANCED NARRATIVE: In our morally-complex world, the individuals outside your squad matter as much as the rangers you deploy on each map.
  • GENERATED WILDLIFE: The challenging and procedurally generated survival mode brings never-ending ways to play.
  • YOU GET A BABY RAUN: It will nuzzle against your bed long after it grows too large to reasonably do so. It is adorable.

Saturday - April 10, 2021

Star Dynasties - Preview

by Silver, 23:23

GameWatcher has a preview for role-playing sci-fi strategy game Star Dynasties.

With such a heavy emphasis on characters and character driven actions, an emergent narrative begins to evolve. As each turn passes and more actions are taken (by a myriad of characters), a web of intrigue, injustices, and heroic deeds unfold. A vassal switches allegiance to a rival house, a strategic marriage nets you a claim on some new territory. An enemy house imprisons one of your faction members whilst on assignment in their territory. Each of these events is logged and its impacts on your relations with others is tracked.

For an Early Access game, Star Dynasties feels refreshingly further along the development lifecycle than other titles. It’s stable, it has a clear and functional UI, a tutorial, and its major mechanics seem to have all been implemented. It’s almost as if the developer is using Early Access to garner feedback, refine the gameplay and implement balance changes—rather than offer customers a proof of concept and a promise to deliver a game at some point in the future.

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Thursday - April 08, 2021

The Emperor's Own - Alpha Teaser Free on Steam

by Silver, 19:04

DSOGaming reports on The Emperor's Own which is described as a story-driven adventure game with RPG elements. The Alpha teaser for the game is available to try on Steam for free.

Volga Studios has announced that a free, three-hour long alpha teaser for its non-linear, narrative-driven adventure game with RPG elements, The Emperor’s Own, is now available on Steam.

Set in an alternate universe inspired by the Russian Empire at the dawn of the nineteenth century, players take on the role of Imperial Secret Intelligence officer Cornet Alexander Obolenskii as he is sent on a mission to investigate rumors of mysterious and supernatural events in the borderlands.

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Tuesday - April 06, 2021

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground - Announced

by Silver, 20:34

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground has been announced for May 27th and is a turn based tactics/strategy game.

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Conquer the Mortal Realms!

Become the commander of one of the extraordinary factions of Warhammer Age of Sigmar - a dark-fantasy universe where immortal knights ride heavenly stardrakes to eradicate Death across a multitude of realms. This is Storm Ground, a world of legends, heroes, hellish creatures and fearsome battles.

Lead your highly-customisable force in this dynamic and spectacular skirmish turn-based strategy game packed with fast-paced warfare. Victories allow you to collect and upgrade new types of units, powerful equipment, and unlock devastating skills.

Explore all the routes in Storm Ground’s non-linear campaign. During each new playthrough, overcome new odds to find unique units and gears. Build your legendary army and defy other players in epic online duels.

  • The first strategy videogame adaptation of Games Workshop’s epic Age of Sigmar
  • Spectacular and fast-paced tactical battles
  • Unlock, collect and upgrade dozens of units, equipment and skills
  • Play solo or online in epic 1vs1 battles

Saturday - April 03, 2021

General News - 5 upcoming RPGs @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 16:56

C4G checked out five lesser known upcoming RPGs:

Top 5 NEW RPGs That You Probably Never Heard About

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  • We Are Legion: Rome
  • Swordcery
  • Dark Alliance
  • Elements
  • Exodus Rising

Wednesday - March 31, 2021

Farathan - Upcoming Gothic like RPG

by Silver, 21:42

Click4Gameplay takes a close look at Gothic inspired Action RPG Farathan.

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Farathan is an upcoming open world RPG inspired by the Gothic series, but does it have any potential?

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Check out the Steam page here.

Dark-medieval-fantasy RPG with an open world.It will take you to the various world of the Elion province. 15 years after your father, the Emperor has conquered it, and faded into the mist of the eastern provinces after a great battle with the orcs. These are uncertain times, a civil war is close to break out. Fueled with the rumors of the Emperor death and whispers from the agents of a secret organization called Farathan.

The game wants to recover the pleasure of exploring by not guiding the player with markers where to go.
Listen to what they say on the streets and discover your own way!

Swords, axes, bows, magic, unlimited inventory. 

Tuesday - March 30, 2021

General News - Roguelites of 2021

by Hiddenx, 17:48

Superjump presents some released/upcoming roguelites of 2021:

The RPG Roguelites of 2021

You might die constantly in these RPGs, but at least it won’t be from an unidentified potion

I originally wrote this article with the idea of putting all of this year’s roguelites of note in it, but I stopped thinking that was a good idea somewhere around number 30. There are just too many good games that have been released so far and are scheduled for release later this year.

If you try to write something like that, you end up with a 5,000-word behemoth article that no one wants to power through for a half hour. And you know what? I can’t blame ‘em.

Instead, I’ve tried to roughly break the roguelites set for release this year into categories, and this article is going to handle RPGs.

Now, I’m not going to debate what makes a game an RPG or not. Roguelites in particular have so many genre-crossing features in them that it’s often hard to fit them neatly into subcategories, and RPGs can be some of the broadest when it comes to what actually defines them.

And, in general, all roguelites seem to have some kind of RPG element to them.

So, here’s the first installment in The Roguelites of 2021 series, and this one is all about the RPGs in all of their loosely-defined glory. Some have been released, and some are scheduled for release later this year, but all of them should be able to scratch that procedurally-generated itch.

(And also check out The ARPG Roguelites of 2021 and The Platformer Roguelites of 2021 for even more releases coming out this year.)

  • Darkest Dungeon 2
  • Home Behind 2
  • Loop Hero
  • Aquamarine
  • Ultimate ADOM: Caverns of Chaos
  • Hellcard
  • Spire of Sorcery
  • Rogue Lords
  • The Sealed Ampoule
  • The Hand of Merlin

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Monday - March 22, 2021

General News - Amazing Magic Gameplay @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 19:55

C4G presents 10 RPGs/Action Adventures with well made magic gameplay:

10 RPGs / Action Adventures With AMAZING MAGIC Gameplay

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Odin: Valhalla Rising - Loki Video

by Silver, 01:11

Some video for MMORPG Odin: Valhalla Rising.

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"Mobile & PC multi-platform MMORPG, Odin: Valhalla Rising" Loki, why did he hate Odin? Their stories that were hidden, check them out now 

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Saturday - March 20, 2021

General News - Jedi: Fallen Order - Review

by Hiddenx, 22:11

Mortismal Gaming reviewed the Action Adventure STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order:

Star Wars | Jedi: Fallen Order - Review After 100%

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Thursday - March 18, 2021

Pascal's Wager: Definitive Edition - Released

by Silver, 23:03

Soulslike Pascal's Wager: Definitive Edition has been released on Steam.

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Pascal's Wager: Definitive Edition is a challenging action role playing game set in a world of dark fantasy. Step into the shoes of Couriers, as they discover the tale behind the mysterious Dark Mist.

A World Without Light

The Colossus, mysterious creatures that dispelled the Dark Mist that once engulfed the land of Solas, has fallen. As Couriers, you will explore various handcrafted locales in this intriguing world full of secrets, hidden mysteries, and stories. The veiled truth of Solas awaits your discovery...

Hardcore Combat Experience

Master five unique, powerful, and versatile characters each with their own distinctive combat styles for a rich and incredibly challenging experience. The dark forces you face are relentless and cunning, the bosses will put your planning, reflexes, and determination to the ultimate test.

(An optional, more accessible "Casual Mode" is also available.)

Humanity's Story in the Darkness

Centuries ago, the sun sank into the sea, leading to the Dark Mist enveloping the lands. At the same time, great, towering beings began to appear. These were the Colossus. They brought light to the areas surrounding them and in turn, humanity found its last and only refuge.

Thousands of years after the Colossi appeared, a mysterious illness beset these creatures of the light and they began to fall...

Following the trail of the falling Colossi, Terrence the Courier and his companions embark on an arduous journey. They will encounter figures benevolent and evil, seal or witness their fate, and unveil the truth behind the dark world. 

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Opinion - 5 Developers That Should Tackle KotOR

by Silver, 22:55

WellPlayed offer their opinion of the developers that should be creating a new Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

Creative Assembly

Now let me get this out of the way, I’m not saying that I want a new Knights of the Old Republic game to be a sweat-producing, nightmare-inducing, underwear-ruining horror experience akin to Creative Assembly’s amazingly scary Alien Isolation, but…

Star Wars isn’t exactly known for being frightening, but with world-eating, disembodied Sith like Darth Nihilous, zombie-like Geonosians reanimated by Brain Worms and the scene where Anakin describes his hatred for sand, we’ve seen some scares in the galaxy far, far away. Just imagine a horror adjacent quest line where your character explores the darker side of the force, making their way through an ancient Sith temple that’s haunted by the spirits of fallen lords. On its own this isn’t a good enough reason to hand the keys to Creative Assembly, I know, but just imagine what they could do some creative freedom in this space, the thought alone has ignited my lightsaber.

I went off on quite the tangent there, as horror isn’t the reason I even chose Creative Assembly, it has far more to do with their world-building prowess. Just have a look around the space station that Isolation is set in. Everything in that game looks like it could have been direct scans from unused sets and props from the films they are that authentic. You truly feel as though you’re looking into the future through a 70s filter. I know that Star Wars and Alien are far from the same, but I just want to see the environments and tone that CE could bring to the table.

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Monday - March 15, 2021

Black Dawn Rebirth - Available for Free

by Silver, 21:06

IndieRetroNews reports on Dungeon Crawler Black Dawn Rebirth which is now available for free.

A surprising late afternoon retro heads up, as just moments ago, Shaun Watters has announced that the previously released commercial Dungeon Crawler of 'Black Dawn Rebirth', which was originally published by Double Sided Games for the Commodore Amiga, is now free for digital download. This game is the 7th episode of the Black Dawn Dungeon Crawler/RPG series by Shaun Watters, Ten Shu and Mike Richmond and Colin Vella.

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Wild West Dynasty - Announced for 2022

by Silver, 20:13

DSOGaming reports on Wild West Dynasty which is a mix of RPG (First Person), Life Simulation, and town building.

In Wild West Dynasty, players will start as a settler, build their own ranch and expand it to a prosperous town. The game will also offer additional possibilities like gold mining, rodeo riding. Additionally, it will allow players to create their own Dynasty which will last for decades.

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Sunday - March 14, 2021

We Are The Caretakers - Launching April 22nd

by Silver, 22:15

We Are The Caretakers is described as a science fiction based squad management RPG with turn based combat. The game will release April 22nd. Currently there is a demo available to try on the Steam page.

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We Are The Caretakers is an afrofuturist squad management RPG. Assemble an arcane team of protectors in squad-building systems inspired by Darkest Dungeon, Ogre Battle, and XCOM. Defend the endangered animals your world relies on in strategic turn-based combat. Define your approach to a global resistance by balancing your reputation, funds, research, animals and alliances. We Are The Caretakers is a challenging strategy RPG fusion that asks you to protect a planet by fighting for the people, animals and ecosystems that inhabit it.

FEATURES

  • AFROFUTURIST UNIVERSE: Former Activision-Blizzard artist Anthony Jones brings breathtaking afrofuturist style and human empathy to a complex sci-fi world.
  • REPUTATION SYSTEM: Every action affects how others see the Caretakers. Do they fear you? Or will they support your quest to protect the endangered Raun, and decide the fate of the world?
  • TURN-BASED ENCOUNTERS: Balance force with diplomacy in an innovative turn-based combat system. Live with the consequences as you deal with the messy reality of animal conservation.
  • SQUAD BUILDING: Assemble up to 9 squads of characters with diverse traits, weaknesses, abilities, and personalities. Train and upgrade your Caretakers across 20+ unique job classes.
  • GROW YOUR HEADQUARTERS: Meet leaders, research technologies, and recruit allies in your sci-fi HQ. Balance their conflicting demands to save our world.
  • NUANCED NARRATIVE: In our morally-complex world, the individuals outside your squad matter as much as the rangers you deploy on each map.
  • GENERATED WILDLIFE: The challenging and procedurally generated survival mode brings never-ending ways to play.
  • YOU GET A BABY RAUN: It will nuzzle against your bed long after it grows too large to reasonably do so. It is adorable.

The Legend Of Heroes: Kuro No Kiseki - Gameplay

by Hiddenx, 20:19

CGInferno shows some environment and gameplay of the upcoming The Legend Of Heroes: Kuro No Kiseki (Trails in the Dark):

The Legend Of Heroes: Kuro No Kiseki - Environment & Early Gameplay Showcase

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Sunday - March 07, 2021

Relic Space - Coming to Early Access Q3 2021

by Silver, 02:58

 @TheGG It has been announced that Relic Space will release into Early Access Q3 2021. Relic Space is described as a space-themed open-world/turn-based RPG.

The London-based indie games developer and video game publisher Fourfold Games are today very happy and excited to announce that their space-themed open-world/turn-based RPG “Relic Space” is coming to PC via Steam Early Access in Q3 2021.

So if you’re a fan of The Expanse – like all of us at Novy – you’re going to get a kick out of the game’s ship-to-ship combat and movement, which rely on actual physics. (See “Real space” bullet below for specifics.)

Developed by Jonah Wilberg of Fourfold Games, Relic Space tells an engrossing post-apocalyptic story through tactical gameplay and a mix of both handcrafted and procedurally-generated missions.

Check out the reveal trailer for all the goodies in the current Alpha:

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Thursday - March 04, 2021

Curse of the Dead Gods - Released

by Silver, 22:14

Curse of the Dead Gods is a dark fantasy action roguelike that has recently released.

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You seek untold riches, eternal life, divine powers - it leads to this accursed temple, a seemingly-infinite labyrinth of bottomless pits, deadly traps, and monsters.

MAIN FEATURES

  • A skill-based roguelike exploring a cruel, dark temple made of endless rooms and corridors
  • Swords, spears, bows, guns - wield these and many more
  • Light and fire will be your best allies to overcome the threats that lie in the shadows
  • Unique curses influence each attempt, putting a twist on every action
  • Dozens of enemies, with powerful champions and deadly bosses to face off against

General News - New Dungeons & Dragons RPG

by Hiddenx, 18:56

Gamepressure reports that Hidden Path Entertainment is working on a new Dungeons & Dragons RPG, maybe with a Ravenloft setting:

AAA Open-world Dungeons & Dragons RPG Revealed

We've learned that the developers at Defense Grid are working on a AAA open-world fantasy RPG that will be set in one of the Dungeons & Dragons settings.

Hidden Path Entertainment, the studio behind the Defense Gridseries, is working on a high-budget open-world RPG based on the Dungeons & Dragons license. The team is currently looking for employees for the project. From the job offers published on the company's website, we know that the game is being created on Unreal Engine 4 and that we will lead a party of heroes in it.

We don't know yet in which D&D universe the game will be set. Currently, the world of Forgotten Realms is the most popular, but in the case of this project it may be different. The team responsible for the story is led by Whitney Beltrán, who co-created the upcoming Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft expansion for the tabletop Dungeons & Dragons. The gothic horror world of Ravenloft has rarely appeared in video games, so setting the action of Hidden Path Entertainment's upcoming RPG there would be more interesting than another visit to the Forgotten Realms.

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Wednesday - March 03, 2021

Rustler - Interview & Preview

by Silver, 22:45

Wccftech interviewed the developers of Rustler dubbing it 'Grand Theft Horse'. Also The Sixth Axis have a preview of Rustler of which they say it evokes early GTA roots.

Despite the retro sensibilities and approach, Rustler doesn’t go for the expected pixellated aesthetic; instead opting for an almost cel-shaded look that is pretty easy on the eyes. Everything is clear and easy to distinguish, even when you end up surrounded by enemies. The exception to this, though, is the lack of any transparency when you go behind buildings. This led to a number of frustrating moments when I found myself stuck behind obstacles or caught by guards without being able to see what was happening.

In terms of structure and gameplay, this is pure old-school GTA. Whilst working your way through the main quest narrative, you’ll have the opportunity to carry out side missions for different characters, with occasional roadblocks requiring you to have earned enough money to continue. The beta build contains a complete narrative arc but more sidequests and missions are promised before the full release. On the whole these missions offered a nice mix of fetch quests, escort missions and combat but inevitably the dated mechanics began to feel a little repetitive during the 6 hours or so I played. There was also a lack of clarity in several missions where it took me a few tries to work out what the game wanted me to do.

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How big is the open world in Rustler? Are there multiple towns and hamlets? How long would it take to cross the world?

Rustler has the biggest open world compared to all our previous games. We have two islands which include two cities, a few smaller villages, and a few different camps. It will take around two minutes to ride from the East side of the map to the West side.

In Grand Theft Auto, causing mayhem inevitably leads to big police chases. Will Rustler also feature something of the sort, with increasingly tougher guards pursuing the main character?

Players will be chased by police for breaking local laws, such as: stealing horses, fighting with people, or even killing. With each "wanted level" police will become stronger and more intelligent, also guards on horses may appear at higher "wanted level" as well as guards with crossbows and other melee weapons or knights with tougher armor and better fighting skills, etc.

Did you consider any cooperative (or competitive) multiplayer options? Are those still on the table as post-launch additions?

At the early stages of the creation of Rustler, we were prototyping such features. We were constantly asking our fans about what they expect from the game. Most of them were focused on the single player mode. For sure, we will reconsider co-op or multiplayer when there will be enough voices or interest.

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Thanks Farflame!

Sunday - February 28, 2021

General News - Top 10 Hidden Indie RPG Gems

by Hiddenx, 10:57

Tensor Gaming presents some indie RPGs:

Top 10 RPG Hidden Gems Indie Games on itch.io

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0:16​ - Elden: Path of the Forgotten
1:33​ - Aron's Adventure
2:43​ - Moon Hunters
4:17​ - Flare: Empyrean Campaign
5:17​ - Drova: Forsaken Kin
6:59​ - Lifeling
9:01​ - Pyre
10:26 ​- Heartbound
11:33​ - Lucah: Born of a Dream
12:30​ - Escaped Chasm

General News - Early Access RPGs @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 10:31

Click4Gameplay checked out some Early Access RPGs:

Top 5 RPGs in Early Access on Steam (That You Probably Never Heard About)

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Fade The First chapter on Steam
Sands of Aura on Steam
Gedonia on Steam
Solasta Crown of the Magister
Skyclimbers on Steam

Sunday - February 21, 2021

Black Myth: Wukong - New Trailer

by Silver, 20:27

A new trailer for Black Myth: Wukong.

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As the Mouse gives way to the Ox, we have a growing talent and force. Here is a little tune for you, gamers dear. May you have a prosperous year! Note: This video is specially produced for celebrating Chinese New Year. It does not represent actual plot. Black Myth: Wukong is an action-adventure game developed by Game Science Studio. The game is still in development, and the release date has not been determined yet.

Thanks Farflame!

Tuesday - February 16, 2021

General News - New World MMO out in August

by Hiddenx, 21:33

The New World MMO will be released in August:

New World Developer Update

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Thanks Henriquejr!

 

General News - 15 New Open World Games @ GamingBolt

by Hiddenx, 18:04

GamingBolt talks about 15 upcoming open world games:

15 NEW Open World Games To Look Forward To [Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC, Switch, PS5]

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The popularity of open world games is at an all-time high, and as developers look to leverage more powerful console hardware to craft even larger and more immersive game worlds, that popularity is going to keep going even higher. 

In 2021, for instance, there's no shortage of major, exciting looking open world games coming out, and here, that's exactly what we're going to talk about, as we take a look at a few of the most interesting open world titles due out in 2021.

Friday - February 12, 2021

General News - Pathfinder in P&P and Video Games

by Hiddenx, 19:34

Paizo hosted a Twitch video yesterday with Owlcat Games and Pinnacle Entertainment Group (creators of Pathfinder for Savage Worlds), on Pathfinder, its use in P&P and video games.

Lisa Krymova (community manager) and Arseny Krymov (narrative designer) are discussing several interesting topics, such as why some rules have to be adapted so the game doesn't feel like an unforgiving DM, why they keep the 1st edition of Pathfinder, how the mythic paths impact the story and the game flow, whether the monsters have to match the players and more.

Thanks Redglyph!

Wednesday - February 10, 2021

Assassin's Creed - Next Game in China?

by Silver, 17:13

Gamebyte reports on rumours that the next Assassin's Creed will be set in ancient China.

While every player is sure to have their own preferences, various rumours have hinted at where and when we’ll be headed to next.

Rumours of the next Assassin’s Creed having a Chinese or Japanese setting surfaced in 2020 thanks to some concept art. These same rumours then surfaced again in January this year thanks to French YouTuber x0nathan.

The content creator claimed that the next Assassin’s Creed will not only release in 2022, but also that it will be set in ancient China.

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Thanks Farflame!

Monday - February 08, 2021

Valheim - Now in Early Access

by Silver, 19:51

Valheim is a viking themed RPG/Survival game with multiplayer which has recently been released into Early Access.

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A battle-slain warrior, the Valkyries have ferried your soul to Valheim, the tenth Norse world. Besieged by creatures of chaos and ancient enemies of the gods, you are the newest custodian of the primordial purgatory, tasked with slaying Odin’s ancient rivals and bringing order to Valheim.

Your trials begin at the disarmingly peaceful centre of Valheim, but the gods reward the brave and glory awaits. Venture forth through imposing forests and snow-capped mountains, explore and harvest more valuable materials to craft deadlier weapons, sturdier armor, viking strongholds and outposts. Build a mighty longship and sail the great oceans in search of exotic lands … but be wary of sailing too far...

Key features:

  • Huge procedurally-generated world - explore and inhabit mystical lands, from mysteriousforests to imposing snow-topped mountain ranges and stunning meadows, complete with their own creatures of legend to battle and wildlife to hunt.
  • Co-op PvE (2-10 players) - - Whether you want to brave the lands alone or venture with trusted allies, Valheim supports independent, player-hosted servers and unlimited world creation. We recommend playing co-op with 3-5 players.
  • Punishing dodge & block based combat system with a wide range of weapons
  • Build & sail ships - from flimsy rafts to imposing warships, build legendary vessels to conquer the seas and discover new lands.
  • Summon and defeat vengeful primordial bosses of myth and legend, and collect trophies to progress and craft new powerful items
  • Flexible house and base building system - raise mead halls, farms, settlements outposts, castles and more.
  • Intuitive item crafting - forge the finest weapons and armour, and craft food and mead.
  • Dedicated server- for players who want to run a persistent server. If you prefer not to run a server on your PC, consider renting a server at G-Portal.

Thursday - February 04, 2021

Robin Hood - Builders of Sherwood - Announced

by Silver, 13:05

TechRaptor reports on RPG/City Builder Robin Hood - Builders Of Sherwood.

Oh Merry Meeennnnn!

MeanAstronauts have announced that they are developing and publishing Robin Hood - Builders Of Sherwood, which is a title that combines RPG and city-building elements. The game has you as *gasp* Robin Hood, where you build your own forest camp in Sherwood Forest to eventually drive out the noble class of Nottingham. Check out the blurb:

Robin Hood is an action adventure game combining RPG and City-building elements, where we will play the role of a classic hero to fight to defend the oppressed by tyranny. The game is in a third person perspective. As the king of thieves, we will steal, rob, fight, ride a horse, shoot a bed, help the poor and also develop a forest village and its community. In the game, we will have an open world that we can freely explore.

Players will meet folk legends such as Lady Marion, Little John, Brother Tuck, Allan from the Valley, and Will Scarlet. The main task that the players must accomplish is to build the largest possible community for the outlawed rebels and to look for recruits from the surrounding farms and villages. The player will even recruit from the residents and guards of the city of Nottingham as they move in to take down the nobility of Nottingham.

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Batora - Announced

by Silver, 13:00

Gematsu reports that Action RPG Batora has been announced for all major platforms.

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Batora: Lost Haven
combines the features of a hack-and-slash and a twin-stick shooter in a nonlinear interplanetary story-driven action RPG.

What boundaries would you cross to save your home?

Avril used to be a regular 16-year-old girl, not what you’d call a natural-born hero. Until a mysterious event devastated the Earth, and she lost everything she cared for. Now she’s the only one who, with the physical and mental powers that she has been gifted, can attempt to save her planet!

This is how her cosmic journey starts: soon enough, Avril will learn that the line between good and evil is thin. It’s up to her to decide whom to believe: her choices will change the destiny of the universe.

Key Features

  • Physical and Mental Dualism – Find the perfect balance between your body and mind to face the challenges and enigmas you will find along the journey, but keep an eye on the double health bar: it tracks both your physical and mental health, and if you lose sight of one of them… you’re dead!
  • Defender or Conqueror – Choose if you need to use your wits or strength in your interactions with the factions: decide who you want to become while you reach your goal, but be careful of the consequences…
  • Fast-Paced Multi-Layered Combat System – Quickly learn when to switch between physical and mental mode: sharpening your strategic dualism is the only way to keep pace with your opponents!
  • Retro Sci-Fi Visuals – Fill your eyes with the original hand-painted visuals inspired by the retro science-fiction art of the 1950s. You will visit colorful and fascinating planets, and meet the most intriguing creatures of the entire universe!
  • Responsive, Non-Linear Narration – Your choices will change the fate of the universe and of the creatures that inhabit it. Are you ready to take responsibility for your decisions? Find out all the possible outcomes of the storyline designed by a Writers Guild Award winner!

Thanks Farflame!

Wednesday - February 03, 2021

Void Arena - Interview @TechRaptor

by Silver, 21:27

The developers of adventure RPG Void Arena have been interviewed by TechRaptor.

High Level Studios Has Big Ambitions

Not too long ago, I happened upon Void Arena, an upcoming game that aims to eschew traditional RPG design by doing away with levels and skill points entirely. That certainly intrigued me and I dove into the design of an ambitious new venture.

I first discovered Void Arena via a submission to the /r/pcgaming subreddit. This linked to a blog post on the developer's website, outlining some of the basics of how an RPG with no levels and no skill points would work. Before we get into that, though, I'd ask that you take a look at one of its most recent gameplay videos to see the early alpha in motion!

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"One of the core pillars of our game is 'unique progression experiences,'" explained Sad_Gandalf, the owner and operator of the game's developer High Level Studios. "Something that we are really after is making your decisions feel as if they are directly driving the growth of your character. With this said, we veered away from a path where your character's main form of progression was dictated by some arbitrary numbers in a spreadsheet. Instead, your character progresses mainly through exploring the world and learning new skills while also both finding powerful gear and the materials necessary to create it themselves."

Some RPGs treat player stats as a requirement for equipping awesome gear, but could a game work in this genre without player stats at all? Sad_Gandalf thinks it can, and the plan he's outlined for this in-development game certainly seems to back it up—at least in theory.

Tuesday - January 26, 2021

General News - Naughty Dog's Next Game Fantasy?

by Silver, 18:07

Gamingbolt believe Naughty Dog's next game will be in a medieval fantasy setting.

One potential clue could lay in some concept art by senior concept artist Hyoung Nam on ArtStation (which is two months old, but still). Three pieces were posted with the title “The Women of North” and the caption, “Inspire from new game. You know what I’m talking about…” followed by a winking emoji. The concept art showcases a dragon, indicating a medieval fantasy-themed title, but the outfits for two of the women seem Celtic-inspired.

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General News - XVASynth Let's Modders Extend Bethesda Voice Sets

by Silver, 11:35

Some good news for fans of Bethesda modding as xVASynth lets modders extend voice acting of existing actors.

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xVASynth is a machine learning based speech synthesis app, using voices from characters/voice sets from Bethesda games.

GitHub: https://github.com/DanRuta/xVA-Synth/
Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/xvasynth
Discord:
https://discord.gg/nv7c6E2TzV
Twitter: @dan_ruta

Sunday - January 24, 2021

General News - Most Anticipated RPGs of 2021

by Silver, 23:35

Wccftech have listed their most anticipated RPGs of 2021.

Monster Hunter Rise

The first Nintendo Switch-developed iteration in the long-running Monster Hunter franchise features a number of QoL changes that were first implemented in Monster Hunter World. Monster Hunter Rise looks to capture the raw thrill of difficult boss fights as well as the looting and crafting that the series is known for. Featuring both local and online co-op play, Monster Hunter Rise is already looking to be the best reason to get a hunting party together on the go.

Shin Megami Tensei V

Shin Megami Tensei V has been on my own personal list of Most Anticipated RPGs since its first reveal four years ago. Atlus has promised that we could see a simultaneous worldwide 2021 release for Shin Megami Tensei V during a Nintendo Direct presentation last July. Since then, however, it's been radio silence from the developers, worrying fans that we might see yet another delay in the project. Fingers crossed that doesn't come true.

Scarlet Nexus/Tales of Arise

I'm including both of these together in one most anticipated list for Bandai Namco, given the overlap in both art style and even development team between the two. Scarlet Nexus is a more experimental title, featuring psychokinetic powers and brainpunk technology, while Tales of Arise is more of a traditional high fantasy tale. Scarlet Nexus should arrive later this Summer while Tales of Arise still has a vague release window, not to mention Bandai Namco has yet to confirm if there will be a next-gen version for the upcoming Tales title.

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Thursday - January 21, 2021

General News - Upcoming Mods @ PC Gamer

by Hiddenx, 18:41

PC Gamer is looking forward for these mods:

The most ambitious mods we're looking forward to

New worlds for Fallout, old worlds given new life in The Elder Scrolls, and more. These are the mods we can't wait to play.

As we look forward at the upcoming games of 2021 and 2022, we're also keeping in our eye on some of the most ambitious mods coming our way. Created by teams of volunteers, who often spend years working on sprawling projects out of pure passion, mods can transform the games we know and love to give us hundreds more hours of enjoyment. We're dying to get our hands on these expansive and exciting mods.

  • Fallout Miami
  • Skyblivion
  • Skywind
  • Realms in Exile
  • Fallout 4: New Vegas
  • Destroyed Aperture

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Thanks henriquejr!

Wednesday - January 13, 2021

General News - Why RPGs matter more than ever @ Rock Paper Shotgun

by Hiddenx, 23:28

Rock Paper Shotgun explains why RPGs matter more than ever:

There and back again: why RPGs matter more than ever

So many roles, so little time

In a 2019 interview with Retronauts, inXile Entertainment founder Brian Fargo recalled what Interplay hoped to accomplish in Tales Of The Unknown: Part 1, the seminal RPG more commonly referred to by its subtitle: The Bard’s Tale.

“We were trying to set a mood and build a sense of being there… that there was a world… in our own primitive way,” Fargo said. “You started off in a bar; you got to walk around outside, you had to go down to the dungeons, so you felt like you were living in a world; you weren’t just thrust into a wireframe dungeon and that was it.”

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It wasn’t until the following decade, with the surprise success of fiddly dungeon crawlers like Dark Souls, that RPGs found a way to strike the balance. Crowdfunding certainly did its part, as did the explosion of digital distribution and the proliferation of more powerful tools. Streamers and YouTubers, too, helped to popularise games like Undertale, which took familiar genre trappings and subverted them with unique and interesting choices of their own.

Meanwhile, the PC and console ecosystems came together in the 2010s, but not in the way that publishers might have expected. In recent years success has flowed out of platforms like Steam, where Divinity: Original Sin and other games like it are continually refined before being released to larger audiences on consoles. The flow has run the other way as well. Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest – classic franchises that got their start on console – have thrived on PC. In 2020, Persona 4 Golden, an enhanced version of a 12-year-old PlayStation 2 RPG, found great success on Steam, prompting Sega to announce that it was planning additional ports.

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Thanks Henriquejr!

Monday - January 11, 2021

General News - 10 of the best Tabletop RPG Adaptations @ Game Rant

by Hiddenx, 19:44

Game Rant made a list of good tabletop RPG adaptations:

10 Of The Best Tabletop RPG Video Game Adaptations

Over the years, some tabletop RPGs translated their exciting mechanics into the video game world. Here are some of their best adaptations.


The evolution of the RPG genre throughout the years, from Dungeons and Dragons predecessor Chainmail to modern games like The Elder Scrolls franchise, has been impressive to say the least. Games that started off as little more than chess pieces and dice have become immense worlds filled with stories and characters unimaginable to the early pioneers of the genre.

Either due to recent social restrictions, or just a lack of players, the transition from pen-to-paper to digital code has become a necessity for a lot of us, whether that means finding ways to emulate the tabletop experience through the web, or finding new ways to satisfy the gaming urge. That being said, here are a handful of our favorite video games that have either directly adapted, or otherwise translated tabletop systems to a digital experience. Roll for initiative!

  • Planescape: Torment
  • Call Of Cthulhu
  • Shadowrun
  • Knights Of The Old Republic
  • Fallout Classic
  • Icewind Dale
  • Pillars Of Eternity
  • Disco Elysium
  • Baldur's Gate
  • Neverwinter Nights

Tuesday - January 05, 2021

General News - Niche RPGs to watch in 2021 @ Niche Gamer

by Hiddenx, 21:47

Niche Gamer watches out for these RPGs in 2021:

Niche Games to Watch in 2021: RPGs

Last time, I covered some of the cool shooters set to release throughout 2021. In today’s article, I’ll be highlighting some of the RPGs coming out this year. As with last time, I’ll be focusing on some of the more niche, indie, or middleware RPGs releasing this year, as opposed to the big budget AAA extravaganzas.

Be they real-time or turn-based, first-person or isometric, chances are you’ll find at least a few RPGs that will catch your attention here.

Here are Niche Gamer’s selection of 20 of the promising RPG video games releasing in 2021:

  • System Shock - Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Black Book - Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One 
  • Magin: The Rat Project Stories - Windows PC, unspecified consoles
  • We are the Plague - Windows PC
  • Urban Strife - Windows PC
  • Cyber Knights: Flashpoint - Windows PC, mobile, unspecified consoles
  • Rise Eterna - Windows PC, Nintendo Switch 
  • War of Ashird - Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
  • Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy - Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
  • Cris Tales - Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia 
  • Gamedec - Windows PC, Nintendo Switch 
  • Realms Beyond: Ashes of the Fallen - Windows PC
  • The Iron Oath - Windows PC
  • Weird West - Windows PC
  • Alaloth: Champions of The Four Kingdoms - Windows PC, Xbox One
  • Death Trash - Windows PC
  • Colony Ship: A Post-Earth Role Playing Game - Windows PC
  • Dark Envoy - Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Black Legend - Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • King Arthur: Knight’s Tale - Windows PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X

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Thank Rjshae!

 

General News - Top upcoming RPGs of 2021 @ Heavy

by Hiddenx, 20:22

Heavy made a list of upcoming RPGs:

All Upcoming RPG's of 2021

Was 2020 a super depressing year as a whole? Yep!

But were the video games that dropped that year also pretty amazing and worth getting distracted by? Yep! Some of the most outstanding titles that came out in 2020 came from the role-playing game genre. The biggest and best RPGs from that year that instantly come to mind have to be Final Fantasy VII Remake, Persona 5 Royal, Genshin Impact, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Plus there was a nice array of entertaining triumphs within the genre that came from indie studios and everyone’s favorite western RPG & JRPG development studios.

Now that 2021 is in full swing, it’s time to take a look at the next batch of quality RPGs that will take us to new worlds and let us embark on fresh adventures.

  • Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy - PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • Sword of the Necromancer - PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • Outriders - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
  • Ys IX: Monstrum Nox - PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC (Epic Games Store)
  • Fallen Legion: Revenants - PS4, Nintendo Switch
  • Persona 5 Strikers - PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • Bravely Default II - Nintendo Switch
  • Monster Hunter Rise - Nintendo Switch
  • Poison Control - PS4, Nintendo Switch
  • Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139… - PS4, Xbox One
  • Almighty: Kill Your Gods - PC (Steam)
  • Rune Factory 5 - Nintendo Switch
  • King’s Bounty II - PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny - PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch
  • Alaloth – Champions of The Four Kingdoms - PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • The Ascent - Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
  • Cris Tales - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, PC (Steam)
  • Digimon Survive - PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance - Consoles TBA, PC TBA
  • Echo Generation - Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
  • The Good Life - PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • Gotham Knights - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One
  • Hogwarts Legacy - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
  • Horizon Forbidden West - PS5, PS4
  • Hytale - PC
  • King Arthur: Knight’s Tale - PC (Steam)
  • Kingdom of Night - PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • King of Seas - PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • NEO: The World Ends with You - PS4, Nintendo Switch
  • Neptunia ReVerse - PS5
  • New World - PC (Steam)
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis - Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
  • Ruined King: A League of Legends Story - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • SaGa Frontier Remastered - PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam), iOS, Android
  • Scarlet Nexus - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
  • She Dreams Elsewhere - Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
  • Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster - PS4, Nintendo Switch
  • Shin Megami Tensei V - Nintendo Switch
  • Tales of Arise - PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong - PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)

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General News - RPG of the Year 2020 @ Wccftech

by Hiddenx, 19:54

Wccftech's RPGs of the Year 2020:

Wccftech’s Best RPG’s of 2020 – Action-Packed And Brand New

This year's spread of role-playing games runs a pretty interesting range compared to years before. With the launch of new PlayStation and Xbox consoles, there are some new titles to experience right alongside remakes and sequels alike. Very few RPGs have been released exclusive to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X, so these particular platforms will see the least amount of entries for this year alone (Demon's Souls for PlayStation 5 being the sole entry on this list). It's otherwise been a solid year for telling engaging stories across a wide variety of role-playing mediums.

Best RPGs:

Hades (10)
Demon's Souls (9.5)
Final Fantasy VII Remake (9.3)
Wasteland 3 (9.0)
Cyberpunk 2077
Nioh 2 (9.6)
Yakuza: Like a Dragon (9.1)

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Honorable Mentions:
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Mortal Shell
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
Immortals: Fenyx Rising
Persona 5 Royal
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Friday - January 01, 2021

General News - Top upcoming 10 RPGs of 2021 @ Fextralife

by Hiddenx, 09:05

Fextralife assembled a list of upcoming RPGs (and games with RPG elements) for 2021:

 TOP Upcoming 10 RPGs of 2021

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  • 0:00 - Top RPG 2021
  • 0:35 - HM Mass Effect Legendary Edition
  • 1:34 - NieR Replicant 1.22474487139
  • 2:48 - Scarlet Nexus
  • 3:32 - Dark Alliance
  • 4:15 - Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines 2
  • 5:10 - Hogwarts Legacy
  • 6:04 - Alaloth Champions of the Four Kingdoms
  • 6:49 - Biomutant
  • 7:39 - Pathfinder Wrath of Righteous
  • 8:34 - Baldur's Gate 3
  • 9:57 - Elden Ring

Thanks Redglyph!

Thursday - December 31, 2020

General News - RPG of the Year 2020 @ RPG Site

by Hiddenx, 14:31

The RPG Site selected their RPG of the Year 2020:

RPG Site Best of 2020 Awards - our picks for the best of the year

2020 was a memorable year for several reasons, not all of them good. Despite the various hardships of the year, when we were lucky enough to have a chance to look back on 2020 as it pertains to RPG Site, we can see with a little more clarity now how this year still managed to be quite a remarkable one for RPGs. The previous console generation finally came to a close, some long-awaited games big and small finally released, and as always, several surprises came out of nowhere. It's time to discuss them all in our Best of 2020 awards.

We've been running this current iteration of our awards feature since 2018, and we've kept it largely the same this year. That means that in this article you'll find several Category Awards that highlight games for nailing specific aspects of their style or systems. Then you'll find ten games we whittled down from a much longer list as our best of 2020. The first five of these are runners-up, games that we recognize as some of the best of the year, but did not land into our Top Five. Then we list our non-winning Top Five, which ended up falling just short of our overall winner, but remain as RPG of the Year-caliber releases in their own right. Finally, at the very end, one of the Top Five is crowned our official RPG of the Year 2020. At each benchmark, we had to make some incredibly tough decisions and concessions to end up at our final rankings. A couple of final important notes to consider is that we include some RPG-adjacent titles in our deliberations, and only games released before December were considered for this list.

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Best Writing & Storytelling - 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
Best Art - Star Renegades
Best Music - Final Fantasy VII Remake
Best Design & Immersion - Hades
Best Ongoing Support - Monster Hunter World Iceborne
Best Non-RPG - Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Best Re-release - Persona 5 Royal

Best of 2020: The Near Misses, aka the Runner-Up Five

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Moon
  • Fae Tactics
  • Wasteland 3
  • Sakuna of Rice and Ruin

Top Five RPGs of 2020

  • Nioh 2
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • Hades
  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

RPG of the Year

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake

And the readers' vote:

Readers Choice:

  1. Final Fantasy VII Remake - 24.9% (Square Enix - PS4)
  2. Yakuza: Like a Dragon - 15.4% (Sega - PS4, Xbox, PC)
  3. Persona 5 Royal - 12.6% (Atlus - PS4)
  4. 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim - 7.5% (Atlus - PS4)
  5. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition - 7.2% (Nintendo - Switch)
  6. Wasteland 3 - 6.5% (inXile - PS4, Xbox, PC)
  7. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV - 6.3% (NIS America - PS4)
  8. Hades - 4.1% (Supergiant Games - Switch, PC)
  9. Nioh 2 - 2.1% (Sony Interactive Entertainment / Koei Tecmo - PS4)
  10. Genshin Impact - 1.5% (miHoYo - PS4, mobile, PC)

 

General News - Story about CRPG Addict

by Hiddenx, 13:58

PC Gamer tells the story of the CRPG Addict:

The impossible quest to finish every CRPG in chronological order

A decade ago, Chester Bolingbroke set himself a mission that will never end.

It's one thing to attempt to set out to play every single game in an entire genre. But to finish each one in the order they released and then to blog detailed accounts of them is a quest beyond belief. That's what Chester Bolingbroke, author of CRPG Addict, set out to do in February 15, 2010, when he wrote the blog's first post. Over ten years later, he's still going. 

So far, Chester has ventured through the very first mainframe-based computer role-playing games, charted the rise of Ultima, and battled through generations of computers. He's faced adversity, balancing the thousands of hours his adventure demands against the needs of his personal life. He's worked on it from his home in Maine, grappling with emulators and translations, and from hotels across the US while travelling for his job. He gave up on the whole endeavour once. But he's just as active now as he was when he started, and that's despite knowing that the whole thing is impossible. 

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Wednesday - December 30, 2020

General News - 5 upcoming indie turn-based RPGs 2021 @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 21:04

The Turn-Based Lovers found five more upcoming turn-based RPGs:

5 Upcoming Indie Turn-Based RPGs 2021

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5 Upcoming Indie Turn-Based RPGs TIMELINE

 

General News - A Review of every major CRPG from the last ten Years

by Hiddenx, 14:12

The end of the decade is close, so I repost a nice review about some of the major RPGs of the last 10 years:

A review of every major CRPG from the last ten years

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A guide to modern CRPG's. Featuring: reviews, comparisons, definitions, history lessons, award shows, motivational speeches, and more. Wow, what doesn't this video have? (the answer is all the CRPG's that weren't included, /shrug)

Contents:

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Monday - December 28, 2020

General News - Gaming Events of 2020 @ PC Gamer

by Hiddenx, 23:49

PC Gamer looks back at 2020:

The gaming events of 2020 that will have the largest impact on our future

We're gazing into the orb, it says the future looks anime as heck.

Now that it's finally time to take Old Man 2020 out back and put a kindly bullet in the back of his head, it's also time to take stock of what happened this year in the world of PC gaming, and what it might mean for us in the years ahead. 

It was the year game conventions went online and game companies started to normalize working from home. PC gaming won the console war, and the reward for that victory was the promise of more formerly exclusive Sony games coming to our platform. Companies that once seemed coated in teflon, like Blizzard and CD Projekt Red, made decisions that alienated some of their most devoted fans. The Oculus Quest 2 made virtual reality more attainable, and shortages made graphics cards less attainable. And that's just skimming the surface of an eventful 12 months.

Here are some of the events of 2020 we think will have significant impacts on the future of PC gaming. Like all predictions, there's a risk that something completely unexpected might come along and drastically alter everything we think we know, but what are the odds of that happening two years in a row? Pretty slim, right?

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General News - The 10 best RPGs of 2020 @ Game Rant

by Hiddenx, 16:25

Game Rant listed their 2020 RPG top 10:

The 10 Best RPGs of 2020

Role-playing games are one of the most popular genres of the medium, and as with every year before, 2020 delivers some really stellar titles.

Every year features a wealth of new video games to check out, and among those, there are typically a ton of good RPGs. Role-playing games are sometimes hard to determine and boil down, as the genre continues to expand and include a number of new elements. Everything from games with light RPG elements to a classic turn-based approach are always welcome though.

2020 is no different in this regard, with plenty of RPGs taking the fore. Ultimately, though, a few have to come out on top, so here are the best RPGs of 2020. PLEASE NOTE: rather than attempt to put any specific order here, these RPGs are simply listed in alphabetical order.

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Demon's Souls
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake
  • Genshin Impact
  • Ikenfell
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Wasteland 3
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Sunday - December 27, 2020

General News - 13 Biggest RPGs of 2020 @ GamingBolt

by Hiddenx, 17:18

Some of the big RPG releases of 2020 listed by GamingBolt:

 13 Biggest RPGs of 2020 You Definitely Need To Play

Once long ago, role playing games were the purview of a small niche of a market, and were largely considered to be financially unviable. Fast forward to today, and role playing games represent the single most popular genre of games on the market, to such a ridiculous degree that elements of RPGs pervade and infect every other genre on the market – including former kings of the hill such as shooters or even fighting games.

But this list isn’t about those. This list is very specifically about honoring the best role playing games – true role playing games, as opposed to games with role playing elements – that came out this year. As you might expect, there were a lot of incredible ones. But here are the ones that stand out as among the very best ones.

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  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Wasteland 3
  • Yakuza: Like A Dragon
  • Nioh 2
  • Demon's Souls
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Genshin Impact
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Xenoblade Chronicles Defenitive Edition
  •  Dragon Ball Z Kakarot
  • Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning
  • Crosscode
  • Persona 5 Royal

Friday - December 25, 2020

General News - RPG of the Year 2020 @ Gamespot

by Hiddenx, 17:30

Gamespot have listed their highest rated RPGs of 2020:

Here is GameSpot's roundup of 2020's best RPGs across different platforms.

Throughout its history, the role-playing game genre has offered some of the more complex pieces of storytelling and gameplay within the medium of games. In 2020, the RPG genre hit some notable strides with some great releases. Along with the revival of the legendary JRPG Final Fantasy VII with its remake, we also saw other games lean further into the craft of letting players chart their own stories and character dynamics in games like Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Crusader Kings III.

In the following roundup, you can find a selection of RPGs that GameSpot has rated an 8 and above throughout 2020. This year proved to be a remarkable year for the RPG genre, and the games we've pulled together below take the familiar tenets of the genre and reincorporate them in some exciting ways.

  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim - 9/10
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla - 8/10
  • Crusader Kings III - 8/10
  • Demon's Souls - 9/10
  • Destiny 2: Beyond Light - 8/10
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake - 10/10
  • Hades - 9/10
  • Moon - 8/10
  • Mortal Shell - 8/10
  • Nioh 2 - 8/10
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King - 8/10
  • Persona 5 Royal - 10/10
  • Risk of Rain 2 - 8/10
  • Star Renegades - 8/10
  • XCOM: Chimera Squad - 8/10
  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition - 9/10
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon - 9/10

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Thursday - December 24, 2020

General News - 10 Open World RPGs coming in 2021 & beyond @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 14:02

Click4Gameplay assembled a list of upcoming open world RPGs:

 10 Open World RPGs Coming in 2021 & Beyond

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10. Biomutant

9. Mortem: Fallen Kingdom

8. Hogwarts Legacy

7. Isles of Adalar

6. Crimson Desert

5. Stormrite

4. Fable (Remake)

3. Gothic (Remake)

2. ELEX 2

1. Bleak Faith: Forsaken

Wednesday - December 23, 2020

King Arthur: Knight's Tale - Going to Early Access

by Silver, 21:33

@DSOGaming King Arthur: Knight’s Tale will be going to Steam Early Access January 12th 2021.

Neocore Games has announced that its role-playing tactical game, King Arthur: Knight’s Tale, will be available on Steam Early Access on January 12, 2021.

According to the developers, Early Access will allow them to work hand in hand with their players and implement changes to the game as they go, based on the feedback they receive from the community. The Early Access period will last for a few months, with regular content updates.

Based on the Arthurian mythology, King Arthur: Knight’s Tale is a turn-based tactical role-playing game; a unique hybrid between turn-based tactical games and traditional, character-centric RPGs.

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Rustler - Going to Early Access

by Silver, 21:30

TheGG reports that Action RPG Rustler is going to Steam Early Access 2021.

The Poland-based video games publisher Modus Games and the Poland-based indie games developer Jutsu Games are today very proud and excited to announce that their GTA2-like medieval themed action/RPG “Rustler” is coming to Steam Early Access in early 2021.

Carjacking is so this century. It’s time to go back to our roots. Pimp your horse, launch cows at your enemies, and live the hilariously unhinged medieval life that you deserve!

In Rustler, you’ll play as anti-hero Guy, a brigand determined to win The Great Tournament for its grand prize of the princess’ hand in marriage. Might you have to steal a horse or two, or maybe murder a few people here and there? Maybe so. One thing’s for sure: you’re going to need to be both creative and shameless if you want to win The Great Tournament!

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SPYHACK: Episode 1 - Available on Steam

by Silver, 21:26

TheGG reports that SPYHACK: Episode 1 is now available on Steam.

Art Games Studio S. A. and  Pyramid Games are today very pleased and proud to announce that their sci-fi spy game “SpyHack: Episode 1” is now available for PC via Steam (“SpyHack: Episode 1” was previously released to the Nintendo Switch back in June, 2020).

The title, a combination of a tactical and stealth action game will challenge players with stopping a tech corporation, which took control over the world. Your goal, as an agent of the Advanced Technology Division, will be to sabotage their plans and save humanity from self-destruction.

Stealthily sneak past guards or dispatch them with various weapons. Walk your way through the levels, hack various devices and terminals to reveal rooms. Get rid of enemies and take control over hacked contraptions.

SpyHack will take players to a futuristic world controlled by huge corporations, which use technology for unethical purposes. During missions, agents are taken to different parts of the world.

Their equipment will include gear used for subtle infiltration, such as hacking or taking control over hostile electronic devices and also weapons useful in direct encounters with enemies. Tactical approach will be crucial to the development of missions – staying in the shadows may be the most effective combat technique, but some situations will require you to engage.

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General News - 5 upcoming Indie RPGs @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 18:30

The Turn Based Lovers present five upcoming indie RPGs:

 5 Upcoming indie RPGs expected for 2021

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Monday - December 07, 2020

Opinion - Open World Games Are Smaller than Linear Games

by Silver, 21:21

Gamecrate makes the case that open world games offer less content than linear games.

 There is one aspect of game design that has been annoying me ever since it became the hip new popular thing to do: open-world games.

Everyone says that open-world games are huge! “Wow there’s so much to do!” everyone says. “I can’t believe I can travel anywhere!” they exclaim.

No! It’s all a trick! Open world games aren’t huge! In fact, many of them are smaller than most linear games!

Have you ever tried to mainline an open-world game from start to finish? The main quest lines aren’t actually that long. Big epic RPGs that take “hundreds of hours” to finish only take 10-20 hours to finish if you go from main quest to main quest.

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Alright. Let’s talk about my first problem with that claim: bigger does not mean better. I remember when everyone was saying Dragon Age: Inquisition was such an amazing game because it had a huge world to explore. False. It did not have a huge world to explore. It had a huge world to travel through.

Exploration implies a certain degree of interacting with your surroundings. You either discover new information, encounter new enemies, solve new puzzles, and the like. Dragon Age: Inquisition as well as many other similarly designed open-world games, don’t actually let you do this all that often. Instead, the open world is just space with different coats of paint between side-quest markers. You aren’t doing anything in it. You aren’t exploring it. You are just walking from point A to point B. Linear games had something like this way back in the NES era. It was called a world map.

Wednesday - December 02, 2020

General News - Keep an Eye On It @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 19:01

The Turn Based Lovers assembled a small list of upcoming isometric RPGs:

6 Upcoming cRPGs expected for 2021 | Keep an Eye On It | Ep 3

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Here we are in the third episode of our usual Wednesday date. The Keep an Eye on It focuses today on 6 cRPGs ….. oops better specify Isometric cRPG promising and currently in development. For this episode, I made a small exception and entered 6 games instead of 5 because I didn't want to leave out any of these. Let me know what you think about it in the comments.

Tuesday - December 01, 2020

General News - On the Radar - December 2020 @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 21:02

The Turn Based Lovers have collected some turn based games that will be released this month:

About Descartes, Boobs and Videogames

“Money for nothing and chicks for free“
– Dire Straits

I decided to write this (very) short story after I noticed that one of the most famous videogames blogs in my country began to replace news about videogames with something that videogames have little to do with. What do I mean? Obviously “a crowd of sexy streamers and busty cosplayers” that usually has nothing to say but a lot to show.
Anyway, if you just want to know what will be released in December, feel free to skip my poor digressions. You’ll have all my sympathy…

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EMPIRE OF SIN – 1st December
PHOENIX POINT – 3rd December
SHADOW EMPIRE – 3rd December
DRAGON QUEST XI S: ECHOES OF AN ELUSIVE AGE – 4th December
ARCANIUM: RISE OF AKHAN (E.A.) – 8th December
MONSTER SANCTUARY – 8th December
THE WIND AND WILTING BLOSSOM – 11th December
REVOLUTION: THE SPARK (E.A.) – 23rd December

Monday - November 30, 2020

SaGa Frontier - Remastered 2021

by Silver, 23:10

@PC Invasion Square Enix has announced that JRPG SaGa Frontier will be getting remastered for 2021.

If you a big fan of old school Japanese roleplaying games, then you are in for a treat. Square Enix has announced that a new remaster will be coming in 2021, and this time it is the 1998 classic SaGa Frontier that will be getting the updated treatment. SaGa Frontier Remastered will arrive in the summer of next year, and with it comes a branching story that develops based on your chosen character. Out of the eight different characters, each comes with their personal stories, goal, and even game endings.

By using the Free-From Scenario System, a revolutionary addition back in the day, your choices will affect how different events play out. The way you play will help determine your own unique story for each of the characters. SaGa Frontier Remastered will also see the return of Fuse, the original sidekick in each of the stories. Fuse will now be a playable character in 2021.

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Saturday - November 28, 2020

Pecaminosa - Announced

by Silver, 02:42

@TheGG Film Noir ARPG Pecaminosa has been announced.

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The Spain-based indie games developer Cereal Games and video games publisher BadLand Publishing are today very proud and happy to announce that a Steam page is now available for their upcoming film noir-themed pixel-art ARPG “Pecaminosa” (the game is coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch in early 2021).

Visit Pecaminosa Steam page and discover new details about the look, mechanics and gameplay of the unique title created by Cereal Games

John Souza, a former cop and newly-appointed local drunk, has an unexpected visitor from the past.
The ghost of Charlie “Two Angels”, a fallen mob boss, appears before Souza with a pro can redeem himself, and be allowed unto Heaven.
Hell, that sounds easy, right?… Maybe too easy…
Will Souza set his bottle aside and take up the mantle of justice again? Or will he be just as damned as Charlie?

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Missing - The Complete Saga - Announced

by Silver, 02:38

@TheGG Open World RPG/Life Sim Missing - The Complete Saga has been announced and has a Steam page to peruse.

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MISSING: The Complete Saga is a 3D role-playing game that plays like a life simulator. Your character will have an inventory, and skills based on a skill tree. The game features day/night cycles, and each day you will be assigned new daily tasks, some are based upon new events and happenings. The daily tasks will change as you grow up. You are free to explore the village, take on alternate tasks, and learn new skills apart. Every skill you learn can come in handy when you are in danger.

Key Features :

  • The player creates his/her own story through the open-ended gameplay in this open world. The open-world village provides nuanced details of opportunities through which the player can craft the life of the character.
  • The game takes place in an open world village of rural India. Get immersed in the society and its culture, where every detail has been carefully created to reflect the Indian rural environment and its people as closely as possible.
  • No Combat, No puzzles. This game is a non-violent game. Inviting players to explore and make life choices without getting attacked, stuck, or frustrated.
  • Player stats are reflected by three unique parameters. Energy, Food, and Mood, which plays a key role in accomplishing any task.
  • Fully interactive Inventory and Skill tree. The inventory is limited by the total weight of the items. The skill tree is unlocked through practicing and perfecting a training task.

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Tuesday - November 24, 2020

Yellow Brick Games - New Studio from Dragon Age Director

by Silver, 23:39

IGN reports that Mike Laidlaw of Bioware fame and other industry veterans have formed a new studio called Yellow Brick Games.

Mike Laidlaw, the former creative director of Dragon Age, has established a new development studio alongside other industry veterans. Called Yellow Brick Games, the independent studio is located in Quebec City and aims to create "original, new games of high quality".

Laidlaw is joined by Thomas Giroux, Jeff Skalski, and Frédéric St-Laurent B., meaning the studio is comprised of EA, BioWare, and Ubisoft veterans, with a body of work covering Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Watch Dogs, and Assassin's Creed.

Laidlaw takes on the role of Chief Creative Officer, while Skalski acts as Chief Operating Officer, and Giroux as Chief Executive Officer. Frédéric St-Laurent B., meanwhile, will take on the position of Game Director for the studio's first project. St-Laurent B. was previously Lead Game Designer for Assassin's Creed: Syndicate at Ubisoft Quebec.

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Wednesday - November 18, 2020

General News - 5 Turn-Based Tactical RPGs @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 20:35

The Turn Based Lovers keep an eye on five indie turn-based RPGs:

Keep an Eye on It: 5 Turn-Based Tactical RPGs | #1

Ciao everyone, today I inaugurate a new column that I want to try to bring on a weekly basis, that is called Keep an Eye on It. I will collect interesting indie and non-indie projects around and show them to you, 5 at a time. The written article will also be followed by the video on the Youtube channel. I already have a very long list of games and can’t wait to show them all. I might decide to categorize them as I’m doing for this first episode, or not, I don’t know yet.

To inaugurate it, I have chosen 5 very promising indie turn-based tactics RPGs. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts and opinions & remember to reach me on Twitter, on the discord server, and on the new Twitch Channel.

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  • Shardpunk: Verminfall
  • Kitty Tactics
  • Voxel Tactics
  • The Black Pepper Crew
  • Space Cats Tactics

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Sunday - November 15, 2020

Ambermoon - Open Source Remake in Progress

by Silver, 19:22

Indie Retro News reports that an open source remake of Ambermoon is in progress.

Originally released in 1993 for the Amiga by Thalion Software, Ambermoon was the second part of an unfinished trilogy and sequel to Amberstar that was only released in Germany. In was an incredible RPG for its time, and featured 3D graphics that were considered revolutionary for the Amiga, but sadly for the company it couldn't save them from collapse.

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How to run the game

I got some questions of how to run the game:

You need the original game data (either ADF files or extracted files like Party_char.amb etc).

Put these files next to the downloaded executable file called Ambermoon.net.exe.

If you have not yet, install the latest .NET framework for Windows.

The game only runs on Windows as of now.

Links :1) Source 2) Detailed Info

Tuesday - November 10, 2020

General News - Chad Moore Interview @Gamebanshee

by Silver, 01:55

Chad Moore, of Troika fame, was interviewed by Gamebanshee about the titles he has worked on such as Arcanum and Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines. Chad is currently working on an RPG for inXile.

“An Unfortunate Affair a story by Sir Chadwick Moore,” reads one of Arcanum’s loading screens presented as a magazine cover. For years, I treated it as such - a mere loading screen. However, during a recent replay of Arcanum, that screen caught my eye for some reason, sending me on a little investigative trip.

And as it turns out, that story actually exists (you can read it over here) and Sir Chadwick Moore, or rather Chad Moore, is very much a real person and a bit of a Renaissance man among RPG developers. Over the years he's worked on numerous notable titles, including Fallout 2, Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, and even WildStar, Carbine Studios’ short-lived MMORPG.

Chad’s areas of expertise include scripting, writing and narrative design, character modelling and animation, and even voice acting direction. And right now, he’s directing a yet to be announced and mystery-shrouded RPG over at inXile Entertainment.

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Tuesday - November 03, 2020

Outriders - Release Date Announcement Trailer

by Silver, 19:20

Outriders is a science fiction co-op shooter RPG that has recently been announced.

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Survival Demands Aggression. #Outriders will release February 2, 2021 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC (Steam & Epic). Coming to Stadia later in 2021.

Pre-order #Outriders now: https://sqex.link/m7v0

Outriders is a 1-3 player co-op RPG shooter set in an original, dark and desperate sci-fi universe. As mankind bleeds out in the trenches of Enoch, you’ll create your own Outrider and embark on a journey across the hostile planet.

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Sunday - November 01, 2020

General News - On The Radar - November 2020 @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 16:33

The Turn Based Lovers checked out the upcoming turn-based games:

On The Radar – November 2020

All the turn-based RPGs and Strategy Games releasing on November 2020

“I need never get old“

“I said I needed to try
Needed to fall
I needed your love I’m burning away
I need never get old“

– Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Most of the people think that playing videogames is only for youngsters. Citing McCarthy, they’d say “No country for old men“, but the reality is somewhat different…

Inger Grotteblad wakes up every morning in her cozy house in Uppsala and begin her training. She is 68 years old and, even if she is a grandmother with six marvelous grandchildren, she is also a pro player of CS: GO! The results? More defeats than victories, but that’s not the point. In Sweden, she is still a star, so it is not so unusual that walking on the streets, Grotteblad and the other members of her team, the “Silver Snipers”, have to sign some autographs for their young fans!
Still about famous senior players, we cannot forget the two Berliners Uschi Cezanne (81 y.o.) and Peter (76 y.o.) with their YouTube channel, “Senioren Zocken”, with more than 480.000 members!

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So, the list of the upcoming games that follows is dedicated to them, to everybody who never renounce to his inviolable right to have fun, despite his age, despite his past.
No one should forget that playing is the true elixir of long life!

SWORDS AND SANDALS CRUSADER REDUX – 04th November
MÖBIUS FRONT ’83 – 05th November
RAIDERS! – 10th November
YAKUZA: LIKE A DRAGON – 10th November
BLOCKS!: CRUSADER REX – 11th November
STRATEGIC MIND: SPECTRE OF COMMUNISM – 13rd November
REVOLUTION: THE SPARK – 23rd November
FEUDAL KINGDOMS – November

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Friday - October 30, 2020

Fallen Angel - Available on Steam

by Silver, 10:38

@TheGG Fallen Angel is a hack-and-slash game that is available now on Steam.

The indie games studio Matrioshka Games and the video game publisher V Publishing are today very thrilled and happy to announce that their biblical hack-and-slash RPG “Fallen Angel” is now available for PC via Steam.

Inspired by John Milton’s “Paradise Lost”, players take on the role of Lucifer, the angel that was cast out of Heaven, and now seeks vengeance, but when he returns, not all is as it appears.

Opportunity strikes when civil war erupts. God has departed without reason, and the archangels left behind to fight for dominion to lead. All the while a plot bigger than simple revenge begins to unfold.

“We wanted to provide a twist on the traditional perception of Heaven. Instead of a simple lush utopia, we have created a world that changes vastly depending on the archangel that controls it”, said Michael Brown, CEO of V Publishing.

“This not only allows a more visually diverse game, but it’s allowed us to create bosses and enemies that are varied in both look and how they fight, keeping things fresh as you play through.”

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Wednesday - October 28, 2020

Xuan Yuan: Sword VII - Launch Trailer

by Silver, 22:48

Gematsu reports on the release of the launch trailer for Xuan Yuan: Sword VII which will be available October 29th.

Publisher and developer Softstar Entertainment, and developers DOMO Studio and Yooreka Studio have released the launch trailer for Xuan-Yuan Sword VII.

Xuan-Yuan Sword VII is due out for PC via Steam worldwide and PlayStation 4 in Asia (excluding Japan) on October 29. A western release of the PlayStation 4 version will follow “as soon as possible.” An Xbox One version is also planned, but a release date has yet to be announced.

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Wednesday - October 21, 2020

VtM: Shadows of New York - Review @The Reticule

by Silver, 11:49

Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York has been reviewed by The Reticule.

Shadows of New York is a game about politics and the way politics is infused into every facet of our beings. The boldness of its narrative impressed and enthralled me, and I want more of it in my games in these oh-so-urgent times of ours.

That being said, it’s a difficult prospect writing a story of ‘now’, and one I’ve always been inclined to stay clear of. It runs the risk of trying to capture those defining moments, those shocking turning-points in the historical narrative unfolding in real-time, and rendering them shallow, even cringe-inducing, as some level of distance is always necessary to properly understand it.

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As a visual novel, the narrative-driven Shadows of New York offers choices throughout the story, leaving interactions with the city’s inhabitants in your hands, at least to an extent. I don’t feel like there were nearly enough possible routes to take, with conversations mostly being moulded by decisions you had made earlier. That’s fine in the sense that it shows your (sparse) choices are shaping Julia’s traits, but a lot of the time it felt like it was out of my control and the path thoroughly predetermined. The game’s well-written enough to coast on by, but more input would’ve been welcome.

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Saturday - October 10, 2020

General News - Steam Festival - Turn Based Games @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 19:17

The Turn Based Lovers checked out some turn based games from the Steam Festival:

The Steam Game Festival: Autumn Edition

"Try (or watch) before buying" It's exactly this the philosophy behind the Steam Autumn Festival!
In other words: a lot of livestreams, events and, above all, a lot of demos to try for us, always eager to discover new promising games. Obviously even our beloved turn-based games have something to show or to offer.

Indeed among hundreds of games that take part to the Festival it's possible to find tons of turn-based game. Many of them already appeared on our blog, so, this time, I decided to focus my attention on a short list of little gems that we had shamefully almost ignored in the past. Some of them seems really promising, others appears – at least – very crazy and original.

I remember you that these special demos can be downloaded only during the Festival so until the 13th October. Keep it in mind.

That being said, let’s see which games we can try! 

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Wednesday - October 07, 2020

Sword of the Necromancer - Coming this December

by Silver, 21:34

Sword of the Necromancer is a dungeon-crawler action RPG with Rogue-like elements that will release this December according to Gematsu.

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What would you do to bring back someone you love?


Sword of the Necromancer is a dungeon-crawler action RPG with Rogue-like elements where you can revive your defeated enemies to make them fight alongside you.

Turn your foes into allies using the forbidden powers of the Sword of the Necromancer and help Tama reach the dungeon's depths in order to gain enough power to bring Koko back from the dead.

Gather a little army of monsters, equip yourself with weapons and relics and level up to take on the guardians that stand between you and your objective.

FEATURES

  • Turn your foes into allies: use the Sword of the Necromancer to revive defeated monsters and make them fight alongside you.
  • Gather weapons and relics: each weapon is different from the others thanks to the procedural weapon generation system, which gives them various effects and attributes.
  • Fight with all your might: defeat your enemies using a variety of weapons and objects and dominating the fluid head-to-head battle system.
  • Level up: enhance your character by fighting enemies and upgrade your stats. Improve your summoned monsters by fighting alongside them.
  • Death is not the end: Each try gets you closer to the Necromancer. You will lose all your equipped weapons and monsters, but you will retain half the level you achieved in your run. Also, you can choose to exit the dungeon at some moments, losing all your level progress but maintaining all your equipment.
  • Learn the truth: Discover Tama and Koko's past as you advance through the dungeon.
  • Local co-op play: Use the Flask of Homunculus to create a copy of the playable character and play with a friend in local co-op game.

STORY

"Legend says that, deep within these mountains, a heretic decided to violate the will of the gods in order to achieve eternal life.

The heretic succeeded in this aberrant attempt, and created a tool for forbidden rituals that could grant immortality… and even bring back the dead.

Over the years and centuries many have tried to get that power for themselves, but all they found in the Necromancer’s crypt was their demise.

They say that the tool the Necromancer created is also a weapon…

The Sword of the Necromancer

Tama is a former rogue that is tasked to escort the priestess Koko in her pilgrimage around the continent. During their travel Koko dies, and Tama carries the corpse to the Necromancer's crypt, where legends say there dwells a power that may resurrect the dead.

Filled with despair, Tama will enter the dungeon with the aim of obtaining the forbidden power of necromancy, ignoring the dangers that lurk in the shadows.

Xuan Yuan: Sword VII - Free Demo

by Silver, 19:44

DSOGaming reports on action RPG Xuan Yuan: Sword VII which now has a free demo.

DOMO Studio and SOFTSTAR have released a free demo for their upcoming action RPG, Xuan-Yuan Sword VII, on Steam. Xuan-Yuan Sword VII is an action RPG in a third-person perspective that uses Unreal Engine and will be coming to the PC later this year.

Players take on the role of Taishi Zhao; a calm and reliable swordsman who was accidentally involved in a tragic fate. To protect his beloved family, he starts a journey in this chaotic realm to find the truth.

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Thursday - October 01, 2020

General News - On the Radar - October 2020 @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 19:58

Like every month The Turn Based Lovers checked out the upcoming turn-based games:

On the Radar – October 2020

All the upcoming turn-based games of October 2020

They are the topic of the moment, everybody talks about them, everybody pretends to love or hate them, everybody even dreams about them at night! And now, now that they are really arriving, everybody will have to deal with them.
What I’m talking about? Nah, don’t play ignorant on me, you know I’m talking about the next-gen consoles!

These are the facts. Two weeks ago, I decided to give back my PS4 to Gam****p because there was a promotion. They were ready to evaluate my PS4 very well, granting me a wonderful voucher to buy a brand-new PS5 in November. I should have been happy, but when I went back home I wasn’t happy at all.
The reason has something to do with my visceral love for the turn-based games. During these years I’ve always had a console (since the PS2!) but for all this time I’ve never played on console any damned turn-based game, and this is not because there weren’t any of them, but because turn-based games and Personal Computer are a single thing.

For me, trying to play a turn-based game on a console is like attempting to play soccer with the slippers. You can try, you can even make a good shot or two, but – simply – it isn’t funny.

So what is the conclusion of all this chat? I don’t know about you, but I think I will continue to play with my personal computer and nothing else. And what about my brand new PS5, are you wondering? I don’t know, maybe I could use it to make a decent coffee…

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  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (E.A.) – 6th October
  • Ikenfell – 8th October
  • Epicinium – 12th October
  • October Night Games – 15th October
  • Ring of Pain – 15th October
  • Crown Trick – 16th October
  • Solasta (E.A.) – 20th October
  • Tenderfoot Tactics – 21st October
  • Raiders! – 23rd October
  • Dreadlands – 29th October

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Wednesday - September 30, 2020

General News - ScummVM adds support for Ultima IV, VI and VIII

by Silver, 19:24
ScummVM has added support for Ultima IV, VI and VIII.
Sep 27, 2020: ScummVM “Interactive Fantasy” 2.2.0 Sees the Light
Posted by sev

A new release of ScummVM is ready. This is a thrilling one because we are embracing adventure games as far back as 1976! That’s right, the infamous Colossal Cave Adventure, the very first Interactive Fiction game, is now supported by ScummVM.

Besides that (and about 1594 other IF games), we now added 3 more game engines and extended another 4, thus adding the following games to the supported list:

  • Blazing Dragons
  • Eye of the Beholder - Sega CD version
  • Griffon Legend
  • Interactive Fiction games
  • Operation Stealth
  • Police Quest: SWAT
  • Prince and the Coward, English translation
  • Ultima IV - Quest of the Avatar
  • Ultima VI - The False Prophet
  • Ultima VIII - Pagan

As you can see, we continue our exploration into the world of RPGs.

Other notable changes are: a fully rewritten MorphOS port; a new subsystem for automatic saves present in nearly every engine we support; Right-To-Left display support in our GUI; updated MT-32 emulation code and Discord Rich Presence.

We now support additional different game versions, and have noticeable improvements to Illusions, Kyra, Lab, Queen, Titanic, Xeen and ZVision engines. There is also improved support for Maniac Mansion, NES and Apple //gs versions. As usual, we continue fixing original SCI script bugs in over 30 games and added Roland D-110 soundtrack support to these games.

Of course, you can find the comprehensive Release Notes here.

Grab your copy from our downloads page, or, on Windows or macOS, let the automatic updater fetch it for you.

In addition, we will be releasing a new Android port into the Beta Channel and will need your help with testing. That would be great for us to get your feedback at the Android Port subforum.

Time to dive into a nice Interactive Fiction or fry some monsters in Ultima with a Blazing Fire, if you’re a dragon of course.

Sunday - September 27, 2020

General News - Top upcoming JRPGs for the PC @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 18:59

The Turn Based Lovers take a look at the upcoming JRPGs:

Top Upcoming JRPG for your PC 2020/2022

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  • Echo Generation
  • Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes
  • Jack Move
  • Keylocker
  • Kingdoms of the Dump
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV
  • Wolfstride
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest - Interview

by Silver, 05:02

The devs behind Visual Novel Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Heart of the Forest were interviewed by Gamingbolt about the games setting, themes and choices.

Can you talk to us about the choice and consequence mechanics in Heart of the Forest and how significantly they will affect how the game’s story plays out? Tying the choice and consequence mechanics with character attributes is an interesting concept- how deeply are the two intertwined, and how does the game ensure that choices don’t become transparent as a result?

First of all, we have the main branching paths, some of which get closed with your choices and lead you through the story. But there’s also another layer to this. At any point, your Rage determines how you see the world. The higher your Rage, the stronger your will to act. You are proactive and able to make more confident decisions. But this prevents you from seeing nuances of the world around you. The options you have become more binary. There’s also your personality, which determines the description of places or objects, and which characters follow you or not. Your relations also can change. Your version of Maia can find herself in different places, with different companions at her side, or see everything in a different way.

The game has multiple endings and it will be really hard to achieve the best one.

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York - Released

by Silver, 04:56

@thexboxhub Visual Novel Vampire: The Masquerade – Shadows of New York has been released on PC, Switch, Xbox One and PS4.

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Whether you’re well-versed in the rich universe of Vampire: The Masquerade or a newcomer, it matters not in regards to the latest instalment. Prepare for a political themed horror in the form of Vampire: The Masquerade – Shadows of New York, which has just arrived on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC. Will it be able to satisfy your bloodlust?

Shadows of New York is a visual novel that works as both a standalone expansion of the Vampire: The Masquerade lore and as a complementary piece to the previous title, Coteries of New York. This follow-up proves to be a more personal and unique tale set in the world of the tabletop role-playing game. While the metropolis is familiar to some, Shadows of New York will still offer a fresh perspective as you get to meet new characters and visit new locations.

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Wednesday - September 23, 2020

General News - Final Fantasy XVI announced for the PS5

by Hiddenx, 19:53

Final Fantasy XVI has been announced for the PS5 only:

Final Fantasy XVI - Awakening Trailer | PS5

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Tuesday - September 22, 2020

Hogwarts Legacy - FAQ Confirms it is Action RPG

by Silver, 22:40

Warner Brothers have posted a FAQ for action RPG Hogwarts Legacy.

Q: What kind of game is Hogwarts Legacy?

A: Hogwarts Legacy is an immersive, open-world, action role-playing-game set in the 1800s wizarding world, which puts players at the centre of their own adventure

 

Q: Who is publishing Hogwarts Legacy?

A: Warner Bros. Games is publishing Hogwarts Legacy under the Portkey Games label. The game is being developed by Avalanche.

 

Q: When does Hogwarts Legacy release?

A: Hogwarts Legacy will release in 2021.

 

Q: What platforms will Hogwarts Legacy be on?

A: Hogwarts Legacy will be available for PlayStation5, PlayStation4, PlayStation4 Pro, the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox Series X and Xbox One X, and PC.

 

Q: What is J.K. Rowling’s involvement with the game? Is this a new story from J.K. Rowling?

A:  J.K. Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game, however, her extraordinary body of writing is the foundation of all projects in the Wizarding World.

This is not a new story from J.K. Rowling. 

 

Q: How does Hogwarts Legacy fit into the Harry Potter Wizarding World?

A: While Portkey Games are not direct adaptations of the books and films, the games are firmly rooted in the Harry Potter universe. While remaining true to J.K. Rowling’s original work, Portkey game developers chart new territory by creating fresh ways for fans to immerse themselves in the wizarding world.

 

Q: Is Hogwarts Legacy an original story?

A: Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world, single-player, action role-playing videogame (RPG) set in the 1800s wizarding world. The story has players experiencing life as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry like never before, as they live the unwritten and embark on a dangerous journey to uncover a hidden truth of the wizarding world.

 

Q: What is the original story of Hogwarts Legacy?

A: Players will experience life as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1800s as they embark on a dangerous journey to uncover a hidden truth of the wizarding world. They will grow their magical abilities by mastering spells, brewing potions and taming fantastic beasts.

 

Q: How do you play Hogwarts Legacy?

A: Hogwarts Legacy is filled with immersive magic, putting players at the center of their adventure to become the witch or wizard they choose to be. They will grow their character’s abilities as they master powerful spells, hone combat skills and select companions to help them face off against deadly enemies. Players will also encounter missions and scenarios that will challenge their morality and determine what they stand for.

 

Q: Can players choose and switch their Hogwarts house in Hogwarts Legacy?

A:  Players can choose their Hogwarts house at the start of Hogwarts Legacy.  We’ll have more details to share at a later time.

 

Q: Will you see Harry Potter, Hermione Granger or Ron Weasley in the game?

A: No, Hogwarts Legacy is set in the 1800s, before the time period of J.K. Rowling’s original stories.

 

Q: Will Hogwarts Legacy adhere to Wizarding World lore?

A: Yes. While Hogwarts Legacy is not a direct adaptation of the books and films, the games are anchored in Wizarding World lore. Avalanche is creating a unique gaming experience that is inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, in which players will find new and unexpected locations, characters and story elements.

 

Q: Does the game take place only in Hogwarts Castle?

A: Hogwarts Legacy takes players beyond Hogwarts to new and familiar locations including the Forbidden Forest and Hogsmeade Village.

 

Q: What is Portkey Games?

A: Portkey Games, from Warner Bros. Games, is the games label dedicated to creating new Wizarding World mobile and videogame experiences that place the player at the center of their own adventure, inspired by J.K. Rowling’s original stories. Portkey Games offers players the opportunity to make their own narrative choices and engage with the Wizarding World setting to discover new and unique experiences. The label was created to bring gamers and fans new gaming experiences that allow them to delve into the Wizarding World in immersive ways where they can create their own magical stories.

 

Q: What does Portkey mean, and why have you chosen it for this label?

A: In the Harry Potter series, a Portkey is an object, enchanted to instantly transport anyone touching it to a specific location. Most of the time, a Portkey is an everyday object that would not draw the attention of a Muggle. For Portkey Games, it symbolizes how games under this label will transport fans to their own adventures inspired by the Wizarding World.

 

Q: What type of games will be developed under Portkey Games?

A: Portkey Games will enable developers to create a variety of new and immersive gaming experiences that are all inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. These experiences have not been written by J.K. Rowling and will not be direct adaptations of the books or films. These are games that have been created for the fans, by game-makers who themselves are fans of and have been inspired by the Wizarding World.

 

Q: Are Portkey Games created with J.K. Rowling’s approval?

A: Each experience offered under Portkey Games will take place in the Wizarding World and will be authentic to the Wizarding World. J.K. Rowling is supportive of Portkey Games and has entrusted the design and creation of the games to WB Games and the developers involved.

General News - 5 Mechanics that more RPGs should use @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 18:23

C4G likes these five RPG-mechanics:

5 Mechanics That More RPGs Should Use

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Sunday - September 20, 2020

Within the Cosmos - Screenshots, Abilities, Crafting & Release Date

by Silver, 23:14

The latest update for science fiction RPG shooter Within the Cosmos shows some screenshots, explains abilities and crafting. The steam page lists Q1 2021 as the target release period.

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Inventory Upgrade

One of the biggest changes since the last post, and trailer, is the inventory system. I added the ability to sort the inventory, and items are now categorised. There are Weapons, Armour, Consumables, and Miscellaneous categories. There's 2 Headgear slots (which can be used to have on something like a hat, and glasses), one armour slot, and one explosives slot. Here's what the inventory looks like now:



Crafting - Blueprints

There are two parts to crafting. In the Blueprints section, you can create simple, single use items. The amount of parts needed, how many items get crafted, and how effective the items are that you craft is governed by your Skills, Perks, and Stats.



Someone with a higher Explosive skill would be able to craft a better Frag Grenade. One that deals greater damage, and has a larger radius.

Crafting - Modifications

The other part to crafting is weapon modifications. In this section, you can customise weapons you have in your inventory. When you select a weapon, you will see what attachments can be added/changed. You will also see in depth statistics for each weapon, so you can see just how much damage a weapon does, or its range, among other things. Here's a preview of what the modification system looks like while modifying one of the pistols in the game.



Abilities

Another thing I want to show you all are the abilities in the game. I spent a lot of time trying to get the balance right and letting players have fun using the abilities, without making them feel too overpowered. There are 7 abilities in the game which consists of the Assault Turret, Barricade, Combat Drone, Incinerate, Jetpack, Tactical Cloak, & Time Dilation. When used, they will drain some of your Suit Energy. Your Suits Energy will refill over time.

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Friday - September 18, 2020

General News - Nadir Interview @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 17:35

The Turn Based Lovers interviewed Shockwork Games about their upcoming game Nadir:

10 Turns Interview with Shockwork Games

Almost a year ago, we had the pleasure of e-meeting and interviewing the guys from Shockwork Games who were struggling with Alder’s Blood at the time. One of the most original games of recent times that mixes turn-based mechanics with stealth ones accompanied by dark atmospheres. Alder’s Blood was released in April 2020 but the developers are already working on a fascinating new project and we were dying to know a few more details.

Hi guys, it’s a pleasure to be with you again, this time to talk about a brand new project that’s brewing. But before discovering a few more details, could you introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi everybody! We are Shockwork Games, a small, independent gamedev studio from Lublin, Poland. We are working together as a group for quite a few years now. Started on some mobile games, but w quickly moved to big platforms and made a tactical stealth game Alder’s Blood.

Were you satisfied with the work done with Alders Blood? Is there anything you would have liked to do differently and maybe bring over to this new game? 

Were we satisfied? Yes and no. Developing Alder’s Blood was a huge challenge to us, and yes, we are extremely proud that we were able to pull this off, but there are many things we could do differently. Looking back we should have scaled down the project, focus on specific aspects so that we could polish it more.

Don’t get us wrong, we love the game, and especially its world. We are still developing new products in this IP, like Tales From the Hunt, a tabletop RPG. We’ll definitely go back to Alder’s Blood in the medium of video games, as there is still a lot to tell there.

Ok, let’s talk about the new project. What’s his name? And how can it be described?

Our new project is called Nadir, and we like to call it rogue-like jRPG. We want to make a game that’s extremely stylish, fast-paced for a turn-based game, and replayable. Ah, also moddable.

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Thursday - September 17, 2020

Hogwart's Legacy - Announced

by Silver, 04:36

PC Gamer reports that Hogwart's Legacy will be coming next year.

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Avalanche's long-rumored Harry Potter RPG was officially revealed today during Sony's PlayStation 5 showcase as Hogwart's Legacy, a tale of the famed magic school set in the 1800s.

Naturally, given that time frame, you won't play as Harry Potter, but as an as-yet-unnamed student "who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart."

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Tuesday - September 15, 2020

Sands of Salzaar - English release this month

by Silver, 18:38

PC Gamer reports that Chinese open world RPG Sands of Salzaar will be getting an English release September 22nd.

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Today Han-Squirrel Studio and XD Network announced that the English-language release will come to Steam Early Access on September 22, finally making it fully accessible to players in North America and Europe. 

The English edition will feature a full translation of the nearly 500,000-word script, along with new story content including 30 new quests. Mods will be supported through the Steam Workshop, and the developers said that hundreds of mods including new characters, custom maps, multiplayer maps, bonus difficulty modes and more will be available when the game goes live.

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Monday - September 07, 2020

Core Decay - Announced

by Silver, 20:11

DSOGaming reports on the announcement of Core Decay which is said to take after Deus Ex.

3D Realms has announced a first-person action-adventure game that is heavily inspired by the classic immersive sims of the ‘90s, Core Decay. Core Decay will explore the nature of consciousness and individuality, and will release on the PC in 2021.

Core Decay promises to feature multiple ways via which you can complete an objective. You can go all out with guns blazing, or find creative solutions to reach your goals. Players can explore alternate routes, hack computers and security systems, discover lost logs, keycodes and passwords, and use every tool at their disposal to reach their objectives.

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Friday - September 04, 2020

General News - Trails from Zero Review

by Hiddenx, 18:51

The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki still needs an official English translation and a PC port:

Trails from Zero - English Review [A MUST play for all Trails and JRPG fans]

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Thursday - September 03, 2020

General News - AI Behavior in Role Playing Games

by Hiddenx, 17:18

Click4Gameplay talks about AI in RPGs:

RPG Talks Ep. 1 - AI Behavior in Role Playing Games

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This is the first episode of my new RPG series on the channel called RPG Talks.

General News - September 2020: Turn Based Games @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 17:14

The Turn Based Lovers give us an overwiew of the turn-based games of September 2020:

September 2020 Releases | Turn-Based RPG/Strategy Games

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Let's see together all the turn-based RPG/Strategy games releasing on September 2020. As usual, we are here to see what is going to be released during the next weeks, but, this month, there is no time for chit-chat! Let’s see together what is awaiting us just around the corner.

  • Combat Mission Shock Force 2 – 1st September
  • Crusader Kings III – 1st September
  • Rogue Summoner – 3rd September
  • Dungeon No Dungeon (E.A.) – 4th September
  • Necromunda: Underhive Wars – 8th September
  • Star Renegades – 8th September
  • As Far As The Eye – 10th September
  • The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos – 17th September
  • Commanders of Valor – 19th September
  • Pendragon – 20th September
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 – 30th September
  • Soul Reaper – 30th September
  • Against The Moon – September

Tuesday - September 01, 2020

Grime - Announced for 2021

by Silver, 02:35

Grime is a new action RPG announced for 2021.

This might not be news if you’ve been watching IGN’s Awesome Indies event during Gamescom, but Akupara Games will be publishing Clover Bite’s highly anticipated title, GRIME. GRIME will launch sometime in 2021 on Steam.

Wishlist GRIME today!

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Destroy... Absorb... Grow... GRIME is a fast and unforgiving Action-Adventure RPG in which you crush your foes with living weapons that mutate form and function, and then consume their remains with a black hole to strengthen your vessel as you break apart a world of anatomical horror and intrigue.

An unusual material collapses in on itself, the world shudders and contracts, and suddenly you are squeezed into existence. What awaits you is a world unknown, alien in its own familiarity, and you must survive what terrors you face. Explore your surreal surroundings, absorb the many enemies you encounter, and use their own traits against them as you let yourself become far more than you once were.

GRIME lets you play to your preference, upgrading only those traits you feel most suited to your unique style. You’ll find there is more than one way to break open an enemy as you move through a variety of evocative environments, meet their inhabitants, and discover the source of their madness.

Feature List

  • Eye-Popping Surrealism - Explore weeping caves, face-covered deserts, and distinct civilizations all rendered in unearthly 3D. Face foes born from the world itself, and swallow them whole.
  • Living Weapons - Seamlessly swap weapons made of living creatures that mutate form during combat, from clawing swords to centipede whips.
  • Death-Defying Combat - Punish enemies by parrying their attacks, smash them from the ground or even airborne, and absorb them to grow your strength as you wage war on a living world.
  • Unique Skill Progression - Consume bosses to gain game-changing abilities. Hunt down and absorb challenging monsters to progress through your skills and bring true customization to your play style.
  • Explore an Abnormal World - Uncover mysterious secrets, meet otherworldly characters, and discover unique items - all in a breathtakingly organic, interconnected world.

If you want to keep up to date on all the development of GRIME, make sure you join the Discord! As always, feel free to connect with us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

Find out what you’re made of -- and break everything else apart.

Monday - August 31, 2020

General News - Top 20 Turn Based Tactics Indie Games

Thursday - August 20, 2020

Black Myth: Wukong - Gameplay Demo Video

by Silver, 23:44

A gameplay demo video for Black Myth: WuKong.

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Black Myth WuKong Gameplay Trailer (New Upcoming RPG Game 2020) Official Website:  

http://heishenhua.com/

Saturday - August 08, 2020

Star Renegades - Video Preview

by Silver, 14:01

CogConnected have previewed Star Renegades.

Massive Damage, the indie developers behind Halcyon 6, have learned a lot from their first game, and their new follow-up Star Renegades has the potential to become a new indie classic. Star Renegades is a strategy RPG about an invading force of inter-dimensional robots who are slowly conquering and consuming the multiverse. In our time previewing the game hands-on, we found it to be something that’s shaping up to be pretty special. To watch our full preview video of the game, just hit play on the video below.

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Saturday - August 01, 2020

Dark Renaissance - New Historical Epic

by Silver, 22:59

The XBOX Hub reports on a new visual novel historical epic called Dark Renaissance which has been announced for 2021.

“Studio V is hard at work weaving an intricate web of political conspiracies and moral dilemmas for visual novel fans to sink their teeth into next year,” says Daniele Falcone, General Manager at VLG. “From what we’ve seen so far, DARK RENAISSANCE is set to reshape our definition of interactive storytelling through its unique portrayal of historically accurate events, many of which continue to inspire dark fantasy authors around the world today.”

Game features include:

  • The darkest and grittiest Renaissance epic ever built in a game
  • A massive historical tale set across the war-torn landscapes of Italy
  • Explore world-famous landmarks such as Venice, Florence and the mysterious swamps of Northern Italy
  • Meet the rockstars of the Renaissance: Leonardo, the Medici’s Family and many other icons of European history
  • Hundreds of opportunities for character development, romance and social linking
  • Unique staged combat sequences blending opera and brutal RPG action
  • A deep housing system to enjoy luxury, drugs, gambling and the notorious Italian lifestyle
  • An original symphonic score mixing and matching ancient and modern styles

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Wednesday - July 29, 2020

Star Renegades - Launching in September

by Silver, 23:51

GameWatcher reports that turn based RPG Star Renegades is launching this September 8th.

Turn-based RPG Star Renegades now has a PC release date, publisher Raw Fury and developer Massive Damage announced today.

PC players ready to rebel against Star Renegades' authoritarian empire can do so starting with September 8, when the game is set to launch on Steam.

You participate in Star Renegades' endless interplanetary rebellion, by taking control of a squad of rebels who are able to "form bonds and create progeny", which grants access to alternative characters.

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Saturday - July 25, 2020

Sir Whoopass: Immortal Death - Announce Trailer

by Silver, 23:46

Sir Whoopass: Immortal Death has been announced with a trailer. Check out the Steam page here.

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Some are destined to be great heroes, others swing and miss. Meet Sir Whoopass, a try-hard hero with a heart of gold. Due to a series of hilarious and astoundingly poor life choices he manages to bring chaos and disarray to an utopian world. He must find The Villain-Beating Artifact on his quest to vanquish The Immortal, a mysterious recluse who for some reason is bringing down all manner of monsters and evil creatures on the world.

Key features:

  • Laugh until milk comes out your nose at a hilarious take on the ARPG genre, with witty dialogue, fun characters and a really twisted plot
  • Squeal with delight as you explore a "lagom" open world, full of foul monsters to slay, and a smorgasbord of loot to be found (*)
  • Feel the thrill and wind in your hair as you drive the Caliban Cruiser, a talking evil car that uses meat as fuel (a car-nivor)

    (*) Also, cheese.

Fable - Announce Trailer

by Silver, 23:42

An announcement trailer for Fable.

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Fable returns with a new beginning for the legendary franchise. Explore a land of fantastical creatures and wondrous places. Developed by Playground Games for Xbox Series X and Windows 10.

https://www.xbox.com/games/fable

Thursday - July 23, 2020

General News - Early Game in RPGs @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 14:51

C4G explains why the early game is important for RPGs:

Why is The Early Game in RPGs so IMPORTANT!

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Monday - July 13, 2020

Opinion - Are Western and Japanese RPGs so Different?

by Silver, 21:42
Game Maker's Toolkit ask whether Western and Japanese RPGs are so different.
 

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There's only one genre that we divide down strict geographical lines: the RPG. But western RPGs and Japanese RPGs have way more in common than you might first realise.

Aluna Sentinel of the Shards - Destiny Trailer

by Silver, 21:17

A trailer has appeared for action RPG Aluna Sentinel of the Shards which is set in the 16th Century New World.

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Following the comic book series “The World of Aluna”, co-written by the writers of the ASSASSINS CREED and BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS games, You will play as our protagonist Aluna as we follow her quest set back in the 16th Century New World, as she tries to defend her powers from the evils that seek to destroy her.  This will be easier said then done as the fast paced action battles and challenges will dictate your every decision. Special thanks to Actress Paula Garces and Julio Macias for voicing the Video.

Thursday - July 09, 2020

General News - On the Radar: July 2020 @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 17:21

The TurnBasedLovers take a look at the upcoming turn-based games:

  • MONSTER LOGIC – 6th July
  • RIFT WIZARD (E.A.) – 6th July
  • SODA DUNGEON 2 – 9th July
  • ARIA CHRONICLE – 12nd July
  • DEAD AGE 2 – 16th July
  • VAGRUS: THE RIVEN REALM – 22nd July
  • THE FEUD – 22nd July
  • OTHERCIDE – 28th July
  • FAIRY TAIL – 30th July
  • Imperiums: Greek Wars – 30th July
  • MONSTER CROWN – 31st July
  • GUILE & GLORY: FIRSTBORN (E.A.) – July
  • AGAINST THE MOON – July

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Wednesday - July 08, 2020

Black Book - Prologue Free on Steam

by Silver, 22:36

Last month Black Book funded on Kickstarter.The games prologue is free to try on Steam if you want to check it out.

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About This Game

Black Book: Prologue is a free standalone version of the game, featuring an essential part of the story - the First Day of Vasilisa becoming a witch. Welcome to the mysterious, yet intriguing world of Black Book - an Adventure game mixed with deck building turn-based combat, inspired by the likes of Slay the Spire.In the game, you’ll step forth into the rural countryside as Vasilisa - an apprentice sorcerer, trained in witchcraft. Travel across the lands as you aid common folk by persuading - and sometimes battling - the otherworldly creatures of Slavic myth.
  • Uncover the seals of Black Book
    Unleash hellish spells on your enemies! Collect spell cards and new skills as you progress.
  • A Historic Adventure
    solve riddles and complete side-quests as you learn more about life in the countryside of olden Russia.
  • Myths and legends
    Explore a world based on Northern Russian mythology. Learn from an in-game encyclopedia, created with the help of expert anthropologists - and find all folk tales hidden within the game!
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Wednesday - July 01, 2020

General News - 10 Best Turn-Based Western RPGs

by Hiddenx, 18:26

TheGamer compiled a list of good turn-based RPGs:

10 Best Turn-Based Western RPGs Of All Time, Ranked

Though some of the best RPGs of all time were developed by Japanese studios, these 10 western development houses did the genre justice.

  1. South Park: The Stick Of Truth
  2. The Banner Saga Trilogy
  3. Wizardry 8
  4. Wasteland 2
  5. Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark
  6. Shadowrun: Dragonfall
  7. Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire
  8. XCOM 2
  9. Divinity Original Sin II
  10. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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Saturday - June 20, 2020

Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend - Elements, Rocks and Trees

by Silver, 09:50

Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend has a new update about elements, rocks and trees on alien planets.

Roll out, we've got another dev diary landing! This time Marvin continues to show us just how cool his new planet surfaces are by adding elements, rocks and trees to in his Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend project. Next article will cover big craters on battered worlds you can explore! :)

Twenty Two Elements

(Originally posted by Marvin 02/02/2019 HERE)

Elements

Sounds like the name of a rock band… Twenty-Two Elements. And yes, they are basically rocks.

This week, I’ve hunted for various rock and stone 3D models on the good old ‘net. After finding a bunch, I customized each one in an attempt to make them look like the 22 elements in the game that you can pick up using your terrain vehicle.

These elements are:

Aluminum, Antimony, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Endurium, Gold, Iron, Lead, Magnesium, Mercury, Molybdenum, Nickel, Platinum, Plutonium, Promethium, Rodnium, Silver, Tin, Titanium, Tungsten, and Zinc.

Of all these elements, two doesn’t exist in real life – Endurium and Rodnium. For all of the others, I looked around for reference photos and tried to base my creations somewhat in reality. Unfortunately, about 75% of the elements listed look like a silver rock. So I tried to make some variations in the silver color and shine.

Here is a video of a test scene with all 22 of the elements laid out. A few are easy to spot right away – such as gold, copper, and cobalt.

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EVERSPACE 2 - Gameplay Interview & Alpha Roadmap

by Silver, 09:40

PC Gamer spoke to ROCKFISH games about open world space action RPG/Sim EVERSPACE 2, which is said to be more RPG than its predecessor.

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During IGN’s Summer of Gaming presentation, Everspace 2 developer Michael Shade explained that the first Everspace was always intended to be an open-world space RPG. But the team's limited budget forced them to turn into a procedurally generated roguelike instead since crafting levels by hand was beyond what the team could realistically accomplish.

Now thanks to a two successful Kickstarter campaigns, Rockfish Games is able to make Everspace 2 the game it always wanted. Everspace 2 features a bigger galaxy to explore with handcrafted, persistent sectors of space to explore and get into some epic dog fights.

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TheGG report on a press release that announces the closed Alpha roadmap for EVERSPACE 2.

Watch the Planetary Locations trailer:

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Watch the Alpha Launch trailer:

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The Closed Alpha gives players access to approximately 10 hours of gameplay including a story beat and free exploration, culminating in the first star system’s boss fight. In addition to new Ship Devices and Ultimate Abilities, players will be able to explore the all-new pilot and companion perk system.

While pilot perks are level-based, companion perks can be unlocked through various resources players gather along their journey.

Through main storyline content, scripted side missions, and various jobs, players will be able to reach the Closed Alpha cap of level 10. New ships, NPCs, and equipment have been added for players to discover as they explore even more regions in space, planetary locations, and cave systems in the game’s first solar system.

There are lots of handcrafted locations to discover in the first solar system; some won’t even be on the players’ radar until they stumble over them.

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Chris Avellone - On Great RPGs and What the Future Holds

by Silver, 00:59

Chris Avellone was interviewed by IGN and asked - what makes a great RPG?

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Chris Avellone, writer of some of the best RPGs of all time (with credits on series' like Fallout, Baldur's Gate, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Divinity 2 and plenty more), discusses some of his thoughts on the hallmarks of great RPGs and what the future of the genre might bring.

Thanks Couchpotato!

 

Friday - June 19, 2020

Wolfstride - Turn-based Mech RPG

by Silver, 03:33

@Gematsu Wolfstride is a turn-based mech RPG announced for PC. Screenshots at the link.

Live the life of an aspiring Mech combat pilot in a world caught between the last gasps of a simpler time and the shimmering metal of a sprawling metropolis. Use skills and weapons to defeat other mechs in turn-based tactical combat. Make your way to the top by managing repairs, upgrading weapons, and learning new skills. Get to know the locals and build relationships to earn money doing odd jobs for them. Whatever it takes to win the Ultimate Mech Tournament.

Key Features

  • Fight – Battle opponents in a classic turn-based combat system. Use Movement Points to outmaneuver opponents. Spend action points to deliver precision strikes and crushing blows. Hone your piloting abilities to dominate the battlefield.
  • Manage – Keep your mech in top fighting shape and improve its capabilities in the hanger. Get in there and manually fix battle scars between fights. Add and upgrade weapons and skills to match your fighting style. Budget carefully, upgrades cost money you must earn taking odd jobs around town.
  • Live – Explore Rain city, one of the last remnants of the old world. Decide where to visit and when. Meet the residents, learn their relationships, and build friendships to get job offers. As a former Yakuza, you know all about doing dirty work, like washing cats.

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Thanks Farflame!

Thursday - June 18, 2020

Horizon Forbidden West - Developer Preview

by Silver, 22:19

A dev preview video for Horizon Forbidden West. Remember to turn on the subtitles.

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Developer's preview of post-apo sci-fi action RPG, successor to Horizon Zero Dawn with english subtitles.

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Saturday - June 13, 2020

General News - Action Combat vs RPG Elements @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 20:45

Click4Gameplay explains why combining an action combat system with RPG elements is not always an easy task:

Action Combat vs RPG Elements

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Horizon Forbidden West - Announced

by Silver, 08:58

Horizon Forbidden West has been announced and is a direct sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn.

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Horizon Forbidden West continues Aloy’s story as she moves west to a far-future America to brave a majestic, but dangerous frontier where she’ll face awe-inspiring machines and mysterious new threats. Coming to PlayStation 5.

Wednesday - June 10, 2020

Final Fantasy - Best Battle Systems

by Silver, 11:46

CBR presents their list of the best Final Fantasy battle systems.

6. Charge Time Battle

Charge Time Battle was introduced in Final Fantasy Tactics. It uses a charge time meter that fills up to 100 to allow units to take action. Speed determines how quickly each unit's charge meter will refill. This system changes traditional video game battles into a virtual chess match within a 3D environment. It adds challenge and strategy to how players battle, as they need to consider the movements of the enemy and AI-controlled party members to plan their next move. You can easily miss receiving a healing spell or potion if you move out of range of a friendly AI character.

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Opinion - Which RPG is right for you?

by Silver, 11:34

Gameinformer have sorted recommended RPGs by categories to aid your search for the next RPG to play.

Story-Driven Appeal

Do you enjoy deep, labyrinthine storylines and fully developed characters? You may read a lot of text in these RPGs, but they’re worth the eyestrain.

Whether you’re exploring metaphysical quandaries in Torment: Tides of Numenera or taking on societal injustices in Persona 5 Royal, there’s no shortage of intriguing plots to explore. Trails of Cold Steel weaves a complex and bonkers storyline about military politics, friendship, and the impact of war that spans multiple games.

The thought-provoking Disco Elysium eschews traditional RPG trappings for a more dialogue-heavy approach, creating a uniquely introspective and dark journey of a detective battling his inner demons. There’s a reason why Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher series has earned such a sterling reputation, and that extends to the games. The Witcher 3 is CD Projekt Red’s most ambitious narrative and capitalizes on the novels’ rich lore, but stands out as a rare example of a game committed to putting the player in truly ambiguous moral situations; choices are neither celebrated nor condemned, leaving you to ponder your decisions.

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Hammerting - Dwarven Mining Sim/RPG

by Silver, 11:30

TheGG reports that Hammerting will be coming to PC in 2020. The game features multi-faceted gameplay mechanics including crafting, deep base building, combat, and exploration as players manage a colony of industrious dwarves.

Players will be tasked with helping the colony as it strives to develop and craft new weapons to help aid their Overworld allies during an epic war against evil; during the course of Hammerting, they will face unique challenges, from goblin raids on their caverns to traversing the darkest corners for the most valuable ores to loot. A closer look at Hammerting is available to watch right now, with the launch of a new developer diary video series, Into The Forge.

Key features:
Dwarf management: As the colony increases in size, active management of the dwarves, including the friendships they make and their morale, will be key to helping the war effort
Base building: Bore and upgrade a variety of rooms, from forges and sculpting studios to taverns and auxiliary functions and help the colony craft the ultimate base
Crafting: Build and upgrade a wide variety of items through a deep leveling up system
Exploration: Venture into the bowels of the mountainside & face increasingly perilous situations
Combat: Different dwarves for different combat situations; harness weapons from swords to two-handed hammers to overcome goblin invaders

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Tuesday - June 09, 2020

The Unliving - Announced

by Silver, 06:39

@TheGG Dark fantasy action RPG The Unliving has been announced. The game is a blend of roguelite and real-time strategy gameplay.

In The Unliving, players wield the dark art of necromancy to command a growing army of the undead through a mystical world, wreaking havoc across humanity’s domains and turning fallen enemies into morbid servants.

While the Necromancer may control the undead even he cannot escape death; with each reincarnation, players must learn from their mistakes, forge new strategies, and overcome the living, all while trying to unravel the secrets buried deep in forgotten corners of the world of The Unliving.

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Saturday - June 06, 2020

General News - The Qaedon Wars - Review

by Hiddenx, 21:35

The RPG Crawler checked out the strategy RPG The Qaedon Wars:

Indie Game Friday - The Qaedon Wars

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Thursday - June 04, 2020

General News - Rewarding Exploration @ C4G

by Hiddenx, 17:25

How to make exploration rewarding in RPGs? C4G has some answers:

The Importance of Rewarding EXPLORATION In RPGs

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Tuesday - June 02, 2020

General News - On The Radar - June 2020 @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 18:47

The Turn Based Lovers checked out which tatical games will be released in June:

On The Radar – June 2020

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I simply love to discover unknown games, try them and, sometimes, find among them the “hidden gem”!
As usual this month we have some big releases (like Griftlands) but also tons of “true indie” games. Let’s give them a chance, I know for sure that, despite some flaws, behind those games there is always a lot of love!

THE DUNGEON PARADOX – 3rd June (e.a.)
CARRIER BATTLE 4 GUADALCANAL – 4th June
HERETIC’S LOT: PROLOGUE – 8th June
DECK OF ASHES – 09th June
1971: PROJECT HELIOS – 09th June
FRAG – 10th June (e.a.)
WARBORN – 12th June
LAST REGIMENT – 15th June
TAINTED GRAIL – 25th June (e.a.)
CHAOS GALAXY – June
GRIFTLANDS – June

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Monday - May 25, 2020

General News - Maneater Released

by Silver, 05:02

Maneater has been released on Epic Game Store.

Become a Maneater!

Starting as a small shark pup you are tasked with surviving the harsh world while eating your way up the ecosystem. To do this you will explore a large and varied open world encountering diverse enemies - both human and wildlife. Find the right resources and you can grow and evolve far beyond what nature intended, allowing the player to become a massive shark, an apex predator of legends. Eat. Explore. Evolve.

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Thanks Shagnak!

Sunday - May 17, 2020

Adventure in Aellion - Early Access July 22nd

by Silver, 10:12

TheGG reports that a Zelda-like ARPG Adventure in Aellion will be available to try in Steam Early Access July 22nd.

28 APRIL 2020 – The Game Production Company announced today that their debut fantasy playground “Adventure in Aellion” will be launching into Steam Early Access on 22 July 2020, alongside a brand new trailer and free public beta.

Adventure in Aellion is an open-world fantasy epic combining the game style of classic Legend of Zelda with seamless drop-in, drop-out multiplayer to create a world ripe for exploration.

During its Early Access development, Aellion’s open world will grow to be an expansive adventure brimming with secrets. With a faithful steed of your choosing, ride through unknown landscapes and bustling towns, or head straight to the darkest dungeon you can find. Unlock tools and treasures to help you in your quest, or take on the toughest enemies with your fists alone – the choice is yours.

Designed for anyone to be able to pick up and play, Adventure in Aellion pairs simple controls with tricky puzzles – no matter your experience, anyone can be a hero of Aellion.

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Thanks Farflame!

Saturday - May 09, 2020

General News - Square-Enix RPGs that need to be remade

by Hiddenx, 19:27

Ginger Prime suggests seven Square-Enix RPGs that should be remade:

 Top 7

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Trials of Mana Remake, and now Nier remake, what other RPGs do we want to see Square-Enix remake? For me, what I thought would be a top 5 list, turned into a top 7 list of RPGs that I would love to see make a return.

Wednesday - May 06, 2020

Back to the Wasteland - Interview with Developers of Post-Apocalyptic RPGs

by Silver, 21:53

Wireframe interviewed the developers of isometric post-apocalyptic games like Underrail, ATOM, Wasteland 3, Broken Roads and Death Trash to talk about the influence of Fallout.

SPLITTING THE ATOM

Compared to Underrail, Atom Team’s ATOM RPG is somewhat closer to a typical Fallout experience, since it allows you to explore above ground in the ruins of a post-nuclear wasteland. But ATOM RPG nevertheless provides a unique perspective, since it takes place on the other side of the Iron Curtain in the mid-eighties. Small towns are full of tired-looking inhabitants, and the streets are lined with the once-proud relics of the Communist regime.

“We didn’t want it to be too Mad Max,” explains Anton Krasilnikov, the writer and designer on ATOM RPG. “We also thought [the setting] would be interesting. We all live in post-Soviet countries, so it’s much easier in a way to show.”

ATOM RPG began life as a high school project made by lead programmer Dmitriy Martynenko and 3D modeller Ivan Semenov. Inspired by their love of the original Fallout, the pair wanted to create a game in the same style, but ended up putting the project on hold when they realised the amount of time and resources it would require.

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“Since then, the idea got a bit broader,” says Hövelbrinks. “The world of Death Trash is from my own ideas and lots of different sources for inspiration. The general gameplay/genre target I would define as halfway between old-school RPGs and modern indie action games.”

Death Trash takes place in a future where humanity has relocated to the planet Nexus, where cosmic terrors lurk in the shadows, and killer robots have risen against their makers. In this chaotic world, players assume the role of a raider living among the ruins, and will have to navigate these obstacles with care.

“Where Death Trash differs most [from Fallout] I think is in its world, which is more colourful, more alien, and more dreamlike,” says Hövelbrinks. “The setting is a wild mix of things, ranging from horrifying and grotesque to occasional light humour, and our goal is to merge all of that into an organic and atmospheric experience.”

Friday - May 01, 2020

General News - On The Radar @ Turnbased Lovers

by Myrthos, 17:02

Turnbased Lovers has an overview of upcoming turnbased games, some of which are RPGs or RPGish.

ATOM RPG Trudograd (E.A.) – 11th May

Another expansion for another very good game. I bought ATOM RPG as soon as it was released, back in 2018, because it reminded me a lot the firsts two fallout games. But at the launch, the game was a bit disappointing (mind you that we’re talking about a very indie project). Nonetheless, there was great potential in the game.
I really hope that this standalone expansion can express the full potential of AtomTeam.

About its content we will have:

  • A large city with its own lore and dozens of varying locations to fight, trade, talk and explore in;
  • A hardcore turn-based experience with huge amounts of character development paths, combat styles, skills, perks and distinctions;
  • Unique characters each with their own personality and a robust branching dialogue;
  • Multiple-solution quests, which actively change the city around you;
  • Ability to transfer your hero from our previous game (Atom RPG);
  • An easy game to pick up. While Trudograd is a continuation of the first game’s plot, it is also friendly towards new players, and will quickly fill you in on the lore and major developments you might have missed;
  • A result of a two year long community effort, made by players for players. This game encompasses a lot of changes from our previous title, that were inspired by user feedback.

As usual on Steam.

Thursday - April 30, 2020

General News - What makes a good RPG Dungeon?

by Hiddenx, 17:22

Felipe Pepe tries to answer the question "What makes a good (C)RPG dungeon?":

What makes a good RPG dungeon?

A look at 11 great video game dungeons

I don’t want to dwell much on this, so I’ll just use D&D’s definition from the 3rd Edition Dungeon Master Guide:

THE DUNGEON AS ADVENTURE SETTING
The term "dungeon" is a loose one. A dungeon is usually underground, but an aboveground site can be a dungeon as well. Some DMs apply the term to virtually any adventure site. For this discussion, a dungeon is an enclosed, defined space made up of encounter areas connected in some fashion.

I like that, and it works well for both tabletop RPGs and computer & console RPGs (which I’ll hereby just call “CRPGs”). But what’s a good dungeon?

It may sound obvious, but a good dungeon in a CRPG must fit its game. For example, I enjoy the massive spaghetti-from-hell dungeons of Daggerfall:

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Thursday - April 23, 2020

General News - Game Sales Up, Production Down

by Myrthos, 15:58

The New York Times have an article on game development and game sales during the corona crisis. Amongst other Larian's Swen Vincke had something to say about the impact on game developement.

During the early days of self-quarantine at Larian Studios, the independent video game developer founded in Ghent, Belgium, morale remained high. Designers and engineers, many of whom worked remotely (the company has 300 employees across five countries), were able to continue to do so, building levels and writing code from their homes.

“The very first week, it went really well,” said Swen Vincke, the chief executive at Larian, which makes popular role-playing games like Divinity: Original Sin and the upcoming Baldur’s Gate 3. “Everyone had all the information they needed to just smoothly go work from home.”

But as the company entered the second and third weeks of social isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic, problems began to emerge. Parents have to work while caring for young children. Some employees have found themselves working limited or unusual hours, which has led to reduced productivity and communication struggles. And with Larian’s external partners closing or transitioning to remote work, everything has slowed down.

“We started seeing more stress on the leads in terms of communication,” Mr. Vincke said. “We’d spend all of our days just communicating — trying to solve problems, organize things, give direction.”

 

Monday - April 13, 2020

Comparing online ARPGs - Wolcen, Diablo, Grim Dawn, Path of Exile

by Silver, 21:22

MassivelyOP compared the major action RPGs currently available meaning Wolcen, Diablo, Grim Dawn, Path of Exile.

Grim Dawn

Grim Dawn is probably the most traditional of the major ARPG titles on the market right now. If you want a spiritual successor to Diablo II, this is probably your best bet. Its most unique feature is the way it allows players to choose two classes and invest equally in both their skill trees.

As I’ve written before, Grim Dawn is an exercise in the difference between story and lore. Its lore is great. It’s built a rich and unique setting by combining elements of fantasy, steampunk, and Gothic horror. However, the best thing that could be said about the storyline is that it does, technically, exist.

It also suffers from very slow and unrewarding character progress past the early levels — a relic of its old school methodology — and the requirement that all members of a party own exactly the same expansions and DLC can make playing with friends challenging. It is however free of other micro-transactions, for those who are concerned with such things.

Overall, Grim Dawn is a solid ARPG experience, and traditionalists will love it, but for those looking for something more unique, it doesn’t have much to offer beyond a fresh setting.

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Friday - April 10, 2020

1971 Project Helios - Releasing Q2 2020

by Silver, 22:11

1971 Project Helios is a turn-based strategy game set in a frozen post apocalypse and due to release Q2 2020.

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1971 Project Helios is a turn-based strategy game which combines modern warfare military tactics and close combat. Firearms and vehicles are scarce, conflicts and hostilities have no end, and the terrible freezing cold annihilates friends and foes in its path.

Eight characters have to join forces for a common cause: find an important scientist kidnapped by a massive stratocracy. Along their way they will have to avoid raider attacks, investigate military headquarters, and infiltrate into the territory of a dangerous anti-technological religious sect.

FEATURES

  • Tactical Combat Fight against three different factions, each one with its unique units, strategy and advantages. Soldiers, snipers, slippery bandits, knights immune to cold… Study your enemies, plan out every move and adapt to all confrontations!

  • Exploration Travel through various locations, from military enclaves to medieval dungeons. There you can search for fulgor, new equipment for your characters, and pieces of information of the world you are in and the factions you face.

  • Skill Trees As you find equipment compatible with each character, you can unlock and upgrade new skills, and combine them to make the perfect builds for your strategy.

  • Resource Management Use all the fulgor you can find to defreeze your HP, decrease the cooldowns, and reanimate your fallen units.

STORY

The campaign sets in a frozen world, in which eight people – each one with its own problems and interests – join in a sort of temporary alliance, to find one particular person: Dr Margaret Blythe. On the trail of her whereabouts, they will travel and fight shoulder to shoulder, and they inevitably get to know the others. Depending on some strategic and personal decisions, you will guide this characters right to one of three possible endings.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York - Shadows of New York Expansion

by Silver, 07:33

A new expansion for Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York has been announced called Shadows of New York.

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A stand-alone expansion and a companion piece to Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York. While Coteries was a general introduction to the world depicted in the 5th Edition of the hit tabletop role-playing game, Shadows presents a more personal and unique tale.

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Thursday - April 09, 2020

Dreamscaper: Prologue - Action RPG free on Steam

by Silver, 04:08

DSOGaming reports action RPG Dreamscaper: Prologue is free on Steam. It is essentially a demo for the full game.

Afterburner Studios has released Dreamscaper: Prologue on the PC. Dreamscaper: Prologue is basically a free demo of the full game that will get you familiar with the game mechanics. In order to celebrate this launch, the team has also released a new trailer that you can find below.

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Sunday - April 05, 2020

Windbound - 3rd-Person Survival Adventure Coming to PC and Console

by Silver, 12:07

TheGG reports that 3rd-person survival adventure game Windbound is coming to PC and Console August 28th.

Reading, 3rd April 2020 | Deep Silver has announced new indie IP “Windbound” will be available digitally on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Nintendo Switch™ and PC on 28th August.

Created by Australian developer 5 Lives Studios, Windbound is a beautiful rogue-like 3rd-person survival adventure, fuelled by hunting, exploration and crafting.

The player assumes the role of Kara who has been shipwrecked on an unknown land and must learn to adapt and survive, while solving the mysteries of a series of forgotten islands.

Windbound takes the survival genre in a new direction, focusing on nomadic hunting and exploration, together with custom boat building and an immersive tactile sailing experience. The game provides endless replayability options thanks to the procedural world, dynamic wildlife and modular boat crafting.

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Saturday - April 04, 2020

Regions of Ruin - Free to Keep

by Silver, 21:11

Regions of Ruin is an adventure/RPG game that is currently free to keep until 7 Apr @ 6:00pm. There is only a limited number available through.

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Ever wonder what would happen if Kingdom met a broad, skill based open world RPG? Welcome to Regions of Ruin.

Regions of Ruin is a 2D side-scrolling RPG with town-building where you are introduced to an open world that progressively challenges your hero and settlement the further you delve into the vast continent.

You will discover a foreboding land ravaged by hundreds of years of hardship. Where, kingdoms have risen and fallen, settlements have been laid to waste and overrun by warring groups, and great mysteries lay hidden and waiting to be unearthed - assuming you can defeat their jealous guardians.


Main Features include:

• Styled combat system with stats and levelling
• Skill tree to focus your fighting style
• Extensive loot and rare items to discover
• Forge your own equipment or smelt it for resources
• Open world exploration with a hand crafted environment, no randomized maps or levels, everything you see has been made with care
• Customised town building and expansion
• Rescue and recruit dwarves for your township (save them from extinction!)
• Send workers to harvest resources from explored regions
• Hire Mercenaries to help in battle
• Multitude of Quests and a main storyline

Wednesday - April 01, 2020

Witcher 4 - A Prequel Starring Ciri?

by Silver, 21:21

GamePressure reports on a rumour from a reliable source who states that the Witcher 4 will be a prequel starring Ciri.

Some few days ago, anonymous sources revealed to us the plans of the studio, and made it clear on the occasion that she was the team' favourite from the very beginning of work on W4. Reds are convinced that The Witcher must have a distinctive protagonist and Geralt's step daughter - in their opinion - is perfectly suited for this. Even if we remember about Cirilla's enormous powers, which made her an unstoppable killing machine in Wild Hunt, the devs have allegedly found a way to make it work. As the source reports, the action of the new game is supposed to take place before the events told in The Witcher 3, and that means that The Witcher 4 will be a prequel!

Let's be honest here, the idea itself sounds quite interesting. Given such a premise, the new game could not only focus more strongly on the events described in Sapkowski's books (we remind that recently both parties signed a new cooperation agreement), but also fill in the empty gaps left in Ciri's resume by the writer. Under no circumstances should we be concerned about the gameplay, as despite Ciri's aforementioned extraordinary powers and skills in wielding a sword, we could simply be developing them from zero up to the level known from The Witcher 3. Yet another interesting idea would be to lead the plot of The Witcher 4 to the starting point of Wild Hunt, including the development of her relationship with Avallac'h, but these are only our loose theories.

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Mortal Shell - Announced

by Silver, 20:57

Gematsu reports that action RPG Mortal Shell will launch Q3 on Steam and other platforms.

Publisher Playstack and developer Cold Symmetry have announced Mortal Shell, an “uncompromising, authentic, and hauntingly beautiful” action RPG built upon the “ruthless traditions of the soulslike genre.” It will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in Q3 2020.

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General News - Half Past Fate released

by Hiddenx, 20:11

The adventure RPG Half Past Fate has been released:

Half Past Fate - Launch Trailer

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Love is in the air, but work, life, and spicy Ramen keep getting in the way! From 8 hours to 8 years, this time-jumping saga will change the way you feel about fate forever.

Tuesday - March 31, 2020

General News - Turn Based Games in April

by Hiddenx, 20:24

The Turn Based Lovers give us an overview which turn based games will be released in April 2020:

"Waiting for the sun" – The Doors

Whoever is interested by the quarantine for the Covid-19 can really understand what is “the sun” I’m waiting for…
In the place where I’m writing, Italy, the sun is not just a star but a hope of normality, not a mirage but something to believe in.
But this is serious matter and I’m aware that today we’re here to talk about our common passion: videogames! So the “question of the day” is: can a bunch of bytes cures this damned virus?

Obviously nobody can really think so, but I’m convinced that if a “cure” is something that concern, not just our body, but also our spirit, than we can believe that even a simple videogames can lessen our suffering. During the past weeks (and still now) I was forced to stay at home… ever… and I cannot even think what would have happened to my mind without a good turn-based game, or a good book in my hand, in other words, without something capable of bring me somewhere else.
We are human beings and in order to maintain our mental health we have always to look forward and hope for our best, so even under these particular circumstances I think is right to talk about which videogames await us during the next month.

Despite the virus time goes fast and, with Spring, comes also another month full of indie releases.
To tell you the truth, beside a plethora of “not very well-known” games, this time we have also a few major releases. It would be enough to mention Gears Tactics or Alder’s Blood to get satisfaction, but under the surface we can find also some others interesting titles like, for examples, Celestian Tales: Realms Beyond (an indie game which takes inspiration from the classic JRPGs), Dread Nautical (the new turn-based release from the talented ZenStudios) or, even, Sentinels of Freedom (which seems me a to me a turn-based version of the glorious Freedom Force!).

This month there are – really! – a lot of games so pardon me if I’ll be a bit brief πŸ˜‰!

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Saturday - March 28, 2020

The Deed - Free to Keep Until Monday

by Silver, 19:45

@Bluesnews The Deed is an adventure RPG game that is free to keep forever until Monday afternoon.

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A keenly dark twist on the traditional murder mystery setting, The Deed is an Adventure/RPG game about getting away with murder.

Arran Bruce, the rightful heir to Dunshiel House, returns to his family home after discovering that his abusive father has decided to disinherit him from his Will in favour of his sadistic, deranged young sister. In a fit of anger and greed, Arran has decided to remove his sister from the equation in order to restore his own inheritance. Can he manage to get away with such a foul deed?

  • Meet the Family:
    Explore Dunshiel House and encounter Arran's twisted, dysfunctional family and their servants. Take care, though - everything that you say or do can have an impact on the outcome of The Deed!

  • Choose the Weapon:
    A rope, a candlestick or good old-fashioned rat poison? There are many household items that can be put to a dark and nefarious use. Choose carefully from ten possible murder weapons, bearing in mind who might become a suspect as a result of your selection.

  • Plant the Evidence:
    Father, mother, maid, butler ... any of these individuals could take the blame for your heinous act, if you can find the right evidence, plant it in the right location and manage to raise the suspicions of the Inspector.

  • Face the Inspector:
    When the deed is done, it's time to face the music and be interviewed by the wily, perceptive Inspector. Can you dodge his questions and avert his suspicions? Will you walk away a free man? Many possible endings await ...

Sunday - March 15, 2020

General News - The Problem with Levelling

by Hiddenx, 16:54

Click4Gameplay examines the problem with levelling in RPGs:

The Problem With LEVELLING In RPGs and Different Progression Methods

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It’s really hard to imagine a role playing game without character levels, because we usually associate that with getting stronger. Creating a sense of character progression by levelling up, is much more than just gaining experience and watching that number go up.

Saturday - March 07, 2020

General News - New Harry Potter RPG?

by Silver, 12:10

TweakTown reports that an Harry Potter RPG maybe on its way.

A new job listing for Avalanche Software seeks a lighting wizard for a "soon to be announced AAA title," and it's probably that new Harry Potter game.

According to a job listing filed just yesterday, WB Games is gearing up for a big game reveal. Since it's Avalanche's game, we expect it to be the new Wizarding World RPG. "Avalanche Software, a WB Games studio, seeks a Lighting Technical Artist to work closely with a talented group of artists and engineers on an exciting, soon to be announced AAA title," reads the listing.

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Thursday - March 05, 2020

General News - 5 RPGs that destroyed their Franchise

by Hiddenx, 20:18

Click4Gameplay have collected some RPG franchise killers:

5 RPGs That DESTROYED Their Franchise

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Monday - March 02, 2020

Opinion - Swen Vincke's Brave Presentation

by Silver, 11:18

GamePressure took a look at Swen Vincke's presentation of Baldur's Gate 3 and admired his honesty.

And yes: you can argue that the presentation may have taken place too early, that pre-alpha games are not suitable for live shows, that so many bugs and glitches just made it look bad. But check it out: So what? Swen boldly took a piece of unfinished code to an event addressed to gamers rather than the people of the industry. He took it knowing fully well that the game would probably crash at some point, that he would be standing alone on the stage, completely vulnerable. He showed us a substantial fragment of something that, although still stumbling, is very much alive, molding and evolving. And for that, I'm incredibly grateful – for the courage, for reaching out to us, the fans and gamers – without the boring glare of big screens, E3 conferences, and unnecessary marketing babble about what a special and amazing community we are.

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Genshin Impact - Zelda like JRPG

by Silver, 10:55

DSOGaming reports on JRPG Genshin Impact which is being compared to Zelda: BOTW.

Genshin Impact promises to feature a unique combat system thanks to the impressive legacy of miHoYo’s earlier titles. The new gameplay mechanics are based on elemental properties and interactions, allowing The Traveler to utilize different element attacks and magic in varied combinations to deal devastating blows to enemies.

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Sunday - March 01, 2020

General News - RPG Retrospective: Phantasy Star

by Hiddenx, 19:18

Risky Bitness looks back at Phantasy Star from 1987:

RPG Retrospective: Phantasy Star

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Recently I've been revisiting classic RPGs to experience some games I've missed as well as replay some that I either really loved or never finished.

Sunday - February 23, 2020

1428: Shadows over Silesia - Historical Adventure/RPG

by Silver, 19:54

1428: Shadows over Silesia is described as a dark action adventure game set within a background of true historical events that occurred in Medieval Europe. The game features challenging puzzles, difficult battles, and stealth passages.

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Story

Europe is in the middle of religious upheaval and many preachers predict that the end of the world is near. The year is 1428 and the Hussites have just set out on their Silesian campaign. These heretics appear to be the biggest threat in the kingless country. But true evil of a completely different kind is lurking nearby and it will not engage in religious disputes.

Key characteristics

  • An interesting story, with true historical events in the background.
  • Linear gameplay based on chapters and levels.
  • Challenging riddles and puzzles in the style of classic adventure games.
  • Exploration of underground dungeons, caves, monasteries, or castles.
  • Isometric, stylized, slightly fairytale-like, but mostly dark low poly graphics.
  • Stealth passages.
  • A combat system where being outnumbered is a problem.

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Wednesday - February 19, 2020

World of Horror - Early Access Preview

by Hiddenx, 20:32

IndianNoob checked out the roguelite World of Horror:

World of Horror Early Access Preview :: 1 Bit Macabre

Even though I was born in the early ’90s, a large part of my childhood was spent around technology from the ’80s. The state of India which I grew up in wasn’t the most technologically advanced place. We’d generally be 5-10 years behind the rest of the world when it came to electronic entertainment. Hence, I have a soft spot for all things retro in games and love me some good 1-bit art. There’s a reason The Return of the Obra Din became one of my favourite indies experiences in recent memory.

Now developer panstasz has brought us World of Horror, a bizarre mix of ’80s RPGs and roguelite adventures. The soon-to-be-released Early Access game is marketed as a 1-bit love letter to the works of Junji Ito and H.P. Lovecraft. People who have been following my writings knows me to be a huge Lovecraft buff but mangas (and JRPGs) are something I’m just not a big fan of. However, I whole-heartedly appreciate Junji Ito’s trypophobia-inducing illustrations and his contributions to the horror manga industry. Setting my prejudices aside, here’s me telling you what works and what doesn’t work in World of Horror.

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Tuesday - February 18, 2020

General News - The Most Anticipated RPGs of 2020

by Silver, 07:11

GamePressure share their list of the most anticipated RPGs of 2020.

Dark Envoy

  1. Genre: RPG
  2. Release date: 2020
  3. Platforms: PC, PS4, XONE
  4. Developer: Event Horizon

I have a feeling that Dark Envoy may turn out to be one of the biggest surprises of this year. Or maybe I'm just being seduced by every trailer with Blues Saraceno music?

Dark Envoy was announced as an ambitious, complex video game, which draws inspiration from Mass Effect, and above all from the Divinity: Original Sin series. This means that we'll get a powerful tactical RPG with turn-based combat, a great world to explore, and complex relationships between heroes. The main protagonists are two siblings who are repairing their parents' ship to embark on a great expedition.

The world itself also looks promising as it mixes the arcane-punk style (a combination of magic and technology) with a spaghetti western. The world is dominated by people who have brought old races to the brink of extinction due to their new technology. The reality presented in such a way creates a great opportunity for good scriptwriters to show off. We will visit vast lands, cities and dungeons (the latter are randomly generated), discover their secrets and take part in battles with powerful opponents. Our tactical skills and abilities will decide whether we end up victorious. We'll embark on this journey alone or, like in Divinity, in cooperation mode.

The Event Horizon has developed quite a successful Tower of Time, so we can remain calm about the quality of this Dark Envoy.

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Sunday - February 09, 2020

Blue Protocol - Upcoming Action RPG from Bandai Namco

by Silver, 20:37

DSOGaming reports on action RPG Blue Protocol.

Bandai Namco has released a brand new trailer for its upcoming PC action RPG, Blue Protocol. Blue Protocol will be using Unreal Engine 4, will feature a third-person perspective and anime-like visuals.

Furthermore, the game will feature real-time combat mechanics and a new beta phase will begin soon. This closed beta phase will begin in March, and registrations will open on February 12th.

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Saturday - February 08, 2020

Chained Echoes - Deck 13 to Publish for PC, Switch and PS4

by Silver, 06:57

Gematsu reports on Kickstarter funded JRPG Chained Echoes new publisher Deck 13. The game will be available for Switch, PC and PS4.

Deck13 Spotlight, the publishing label of Deck13 Interactive, will publish Chained Echoes, the 16-bit Japanese-style RPG developed by independent studio Ark Heiral funded on Kickstarter back in February 2019. It will launch for PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC via Steam in late 2021.

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Sunday - February 02, 2020

General News - Top 50 PC RPGs

by Hiddenx, 14:40

Rock Paper Shotgun updated their top 50 PC RPG list:

The best RPGs on PC

There are a lot of good RPGs, aren’t there? This list of the best RPGs was compiled by the collected minds of Adam Smith, Brendan Caldwell, Katharine Castle, Sin Vega, Matthew Castle and Graham Smith.

In the most recent update to this list, we removed 12 games: Dark Souls 3, Divinity: Original Sin, Diablo 2, The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, UnReal World, ADOM, Wasteland 2, Wizardry VIII, Recettear: An Item’s Shop Tale, Torchlight 2, Risen and Hand Of Fate. They all remain great games, and the reasons for dismissal vary. With Dark Souls 3 and Original Sin, we decided we’d rather just recommend one game from their respective series. With Hand Of Fate and Diablo 2, we did a straight swap with their sequels. For some of the others, we felt that age had finally caught up with them, or at least that there were newer games we’d recommend first.

Here’s the full list as it currently stands, with the new additions noted.

The best RPGs on PC

    1. Divinity: Original Sin 2
    2. Dark Souls
    3. The Witcher 3
    4. Mass Effect 2
    5. Dragon Age: Origins
    6. Deus Ex
    7. Baldur’s Gate 2
    8. Disco Elysium [new entry]
    9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    10. System Shock 2
    11. Undertale
    12. Nier: Automata
    13. Yakuza 0 [new entry]
    14. Stardew Valley
    15. Planescape: Torment
    16. Path Of Exile [new entry]
    17. Pillars Of Eternity
    18. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
    19. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster [new entry]
    20. NEO Scavenger
    21. Monster Hunter World
    22. Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
    23. Sunless Skies
    24. Fallout: New Vegas
    25. Mount & Blade: Warband
    26. Legend Of Grimrock II
    27. Darkest Dungeon
    28. Fallout
    29. Ultima VII
    30. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
    31. Final Fantasy XII [new entry]
    32. Anachronox
    33. Shadowrun Dragonfall Director’s Cut
    34. Star Traders: Frontiers [new entry]
    35. Dragon Quest 11 [new entry]
    36. Titan Quest
    37. Arcanum: Of Steamworks And Magick Obscura
    38. Brogue
    39. Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind [new entry]
    40. The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings [new entry]
    41. Avernum: Escape From The Pit
    42. Kenshi
    43. Din’s Curse
    44. Vampire: Bloodlines
    45. Chrono Trigger [new entry]
    46. Diablo 3 [new entry]
    47. Dwarf Fortress
    48. Hand Of Fate 2 [new entry]
    49. Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask Of The Betrayer
    50. Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom [new entry]

Saturday - February 01, 2020

General News - On the Radar - February 2020

by Silver, 11:37

TurnBasedLovers share their list of upcoming notable turn-based games releasing in February.

For sure in February there will be two important Early Access releases, one is Urtuk and the other one is Stoneshard. The first one is a tactical turn-based RPG with open-world features, set in a dark fantasy universe. About Stoneshard we wrote a lot in the past and in my humble opinion it will be one of the most outstanding Open World RPG of this year.

For games who goes in E.A. other ones leaves this shores, like Conglomerate 451, a grid-based dungeon crawler set in a cool cyberpunk world!

Other than that February will also bring us a couple of interesting oriental games finally translated in English (we’re talking about Banner of the maid and Labyrinth of the Witch) and a lot of other indie games of which I’ve never heard about…

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Wednesday - January 29, 2020

Elderborn - Gameplay Trailer

by Silver, 20:15

A gameplay trailer for Elderborn which is described as a Metal AF* Slasher with brutal FPP melee combat and souls-like/RPG character progression.

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ELDERBORN - a Metal Action Fantasy Slasher with brutal FPP melee combat and souls-like/RPG character progression. Steam.

The game is full of fantasy violence and gore - just the way you like your FPP games.

The problem is - Google and Facebook won't allow promoting our main trailer: https://youtu.be/kR0Qg6Pcrqs So... we had to put something together. How's that, GoogBook? Everything in order now, mr. AI thought policeman?

Platforms: PC (available now), Xbox, PS4, Switch (later in 2020) Release dates: 30 January 2020 (full steam release), 11 October 2018 (Steam Early Access), Q2-Q3 2020 (console version)

Saturday - January 25, 2020

General News - WitchBrook News Update

by Silver, 10:45

WitchBrook is a Stardew Valley type game crossed with Harry Potter.

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WitchBrook is A Game currently being devloped by ChuckleFish! The people who Published Stardew valley! Witchbrook is inspired by stardew valley and Harry Potter where you play as a student learning magic at Witchbrooks ( HOGWARTS) You get to go to potions class and live out your dream of going to hogwarts, there is plenty to do but not too much has been released about the game. I go over everything we know ! If your a fan of Harry Potter, Stardew Valley, Or Graveyard Keeper your probably going to love this Next Big hit From Chucklefish !

Wednesday - January 22, 2020

Shadows of Larth - Set for February Release

by Silver, 07:23

OnlySP reports on Shadows of Larth which is described as a fast-paced RPG lite game.

Shadows of Larth is a third-person, fast-paced, action-adventure title that showcases stunning, visceral combat from independent developer Zine FALOUTI.

Independent game developer Zine E Falouti‘s Shadows of Larth is an epic fantasy set in a Medieval and Bronze era inspired by Mediterranean culture. The Marked Guild sends players as one of five champions to “heal the wounds of the Land or ignore it and walk your path learn new abilities and forge powerful blades to fight strong, legendary and famous enemies, carve your own path to become one of The Heroes of Larth.”

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Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend - Dev Diary 17

by Silver, 07:11

Dev Diary 17 for the  Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend project shows a new video tour of the docking bay and starmap. Also there is a new forum.

Greetings! Time for another dev diary! This time Marvin gives us a cool new tour video of the game and shows off his new starmap and docking sequence in his Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend project. We've now got a forum too! Next article will cover LANDING ON PLANETS!!!!! :)

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Greetings! Time for another dev diary! This time Marvin gives us a cool new tour video of the game and shows off his new starmap and docking sequence in his Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend project. We've now got a forum too! Next article will cover LANDING ON PLANETS!!!!! :)

State of the Remake

(Originally posted by Marvin 29/12/2018 HERE)

It’s time for another “State of the Remake” video! This one is about 30 minutes long. In this one, I visit all of the races that you can encounter in the game. The comm system isn’t 100% done yet, but it is mostly working. The orange/green “pill” thingy that you will see is just a temporary placeholder for ship models that I have not built yet.

Next up – while the rest of the team are doing research for me to help me get the comm system 100% complete, I will be working on all of the ship models.

  • Note: apparently there is no sound in the YouTube video… which means the video was recorded without sound. I do not know how that happened. :-\

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Tuesday - January 21, 2020

Hades - The Long Winter Update Trailer

by Silver, 23:52

Hades is described as a god-like, rogue-like, dungeon crawler from the creators of Bastion and Transistor. The game recently received a large update.

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Hades is in Early Access, which means we're actively working on it based on our plans and your feedback. We expect to keep adding features, characters, weapons, foes, powers, environments, and more, while expanding the story and fine-tuning all aspects of the experience. Here are our latest patch note!

Early Access Patch 036: The LONG WINTER Update - January 21, 2020

We wanted to start the year off with a bang with this Major Update! It features a new Olympian, a new weapon variant, new activities, more story, and many other improvements. We plan to follow up with a couple of smaller patches while keeping a close eye on your feedback. Thank you very much for playing!

Highlights


Demeter: the Goddess of Seasons brings winter to the Underworld! Seek out her powerful Boons
Rod of Fishing: capture (& sell!!) Underworld river denizens with this new House Contractor item
Aspect of Guan Yu: earn this unique new Aspect of the Eternal Spear, and vanquish your foes!
Underworld Decor Galore: scores of new items are available at the newly renovated House Contractor!
New Legendary Keepsake: forge an unbreakable bond with Dusa, and summon her to petrify your foes
Boon Info & Victory Screen Update: pin multiple Boons onscreen for easy reference and sharing
New Daedalus Hammer Upgrades: look for multiple new upgrades for each weapon
New Story Events: uncover new secrets in hours of added narrative (with more than 1,000 new voice lines)

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Monday - January 20, 2020

Dying Light 2 - Delayed

by Silver, 21:27

Techland have announced on Twitter that Dying Light 2 will miss its Spring 2020 release.

A Long Way Down - In Early Access

by Silver, 21:15

A Long Way Down is a roguelike deck-building RPG game released into Early Access recently by Goblinz Studio.

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The game draws inspiration from hits like Darkest Dungeon, Slay the Spire and Hand of Fate.

A Long way down is a mash-up between an RPG and a deck-building game. Embody Sam and try escaping this maze where a sneaky and evil mastermind reigns. Let your memories and your choices guide you... but don't fall into darkness.

Craft a deck

The cards you choose will determine how you explore the dungeon and how you defend yourself from the horrors it contains.

Fight your way through the unforgiving monster maze

Great challenges await you as you go deeper into the dungeon. Use your cards and cunning, adapt your playstyle and overcome all enemies.

Gather your party

You’ll meet many fellow adventurers down in the dark - will you gain allies or make enemies?

Traverse the maze

Use your cards to bridge gaps and defy dead ends as you travel through the maze. Rush to escape or take time to explore, the choice is yours.

Upgrade your items and equipment

Collect rewards and use them to grow your power to take on what lies in the depths.

Confront the evil overlord

Every choice you made will affect the final battle - can you defeat the mastermind in its lair?

Friday - January 17, 2020

General News - What is Hoyfjell?

by Hiddenx, 19:14

Hoyfjell is the story of a goofy action game that became a turn-based, open-world RPG - a crowdfunding campaign has just started:

Key Features:

  • Industrial-Fantasy. Explore abandoned military bases along with haunted castles.
  • Non-Epic. You are not saving the world from the ultimate evil, but your quest is not evil either.
  • Open-World. No quest markers, no level scaling. Most of the world is available for exploration right at the start.
  • Hand-Crafted Experience. The world that's built with passion and love.
  • Turn-Based RPG. Take your time - no need to hurry. And top-down camera allows you have a better view of the situation.
  • Build Your Character. With classless role-playing system that allows flexibility and great degree of customization. Want to be a wizard-sniper? Or a rogue with telepathic abilities?
  • Explore-and-Discover. Because exploration is the heart of adventure. And adventure is the heart of RPG.

-> Background story.

Tuesday - January 14, 2020

Magic: Legends - Gameplay Trailer

by Silver, 22:05

A new gameplay trailer for Magic: Legends.

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Check out the first trailer for Magic: Legends, coming to PS4, Xbox and PC in 2020.

General News - Modders Build Harry Potter RPG in Minecraft

by Silver, 20:49

PC Gamer reports that modders have build a fully fledged Harry Potter RPG in Minecraft.

Would you like a free Harry Potter-themed RPG built entirely inside Minecraft? Of course you would want that. You—at the very least—would not not want that. Well, a team of “poor students” called The Floo Network have spent the last four or so years making a sprawling Minecraft map that runs as a complete Harry Potter RPG inside vanilla Minecraft. What first started as a the team’s decision to spend a couple years making detailed models of various Harry Potter locations inside Minecraft—something you might remember from 2017—has become a massive undertaking that gives us… Minecraft School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Here’s the trailer: 

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Thursday - January 09, 2020

General News - New Sci-Fi Game Based on Stanislaw Lem

by Silver, 20:09

GamePressure reports on the development of a new science fiction game based on the literature of Stanislaw Lem.

Retrofuturism and Atom Punk

"Lem never entered the era of digitization in his books. We still have giant computing machines that download information using punch cards. No flat screens – just heavy, cathode-ray tubes and oscilloscopes. We're closely following the same trail. People explore space, but no one’s ever heard of mobile phones," says Michal Galek.

Piotr Mierzwa (hardsurface artist) is designing one of the robots we'll meet in the game. - New Sci-fi Game Based on Lem – Conversation with the Deveopers - dokument - 2019-12-05
Piotr Mierzwa (hardsurface artist) is designing one of the robots we'll meet in the game.

Indeed, all the displays I saw in the game were old, convex CRTs, and the gadgets I used resembled devices used in the 50s or 60s. Lem imagined the future that derived directly from the present. That's why today, his approach is defined as retrofuturism. Consequently, all the devices in the game are analog. The creators emphasize they devote a lot of time to properly designing the machines – "We wonder how the device should look in order to evoke the analog era. A touch-screen, wireless tablet would be a show-stopper for us."

You can imagine the problems such an approach creates. Just take the map, for instance – Lem had no interactive maps, nor modern UIs that would display points of interest. Things ought to be quite similar in Project Iabout the only aid we will get during exploration will be an absolutely regular map, and we'll have to mark navigational points manually. Let's remember – you are a scientists on an alien planet. Your main job is exploration, and that just can't be easy without digital systems. Doesn't such a concept curb creativity? "These limitations create the impression of integrity of the entire game. It requires some effort, but once we finally implement, we get massive satisfaction from creating something that challenges the regular approach; something original,” explains Marek Markuszewski.

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Wednesday - January 08, 2020

Broken Lines - Story Trailer

by Silver, 22:35

A new story trailer for Broken Lines.

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Broken Lines is a story-driven tactical RPG about a small and disorganized squad, who are stranded behind enemy lines during WW2.

War is about hard decisions and moral gray areas - in Broken Lines you'll make hard choices to ensure your squad's survival.

Immerse yourself in a unique and very personal story, experienced through the eyes of eight distinct soldiers.

Tuesday - January 07, 2020

Starsector - Single Player Space RPG

by Silver, 21:53

Starsector is described as an open-world single player game featuring space combat alongside roleplaying, exploration, and economic aspects.

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Though it is in-development, you can purchase Starsector now at a discount to gain access to ongoing builds. Starsector supports custom content & mods and is available now for Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

Current Features

  • Pilot your ship in top-down 2D combat
  • Command your fleet in tactical battles
  • Gain experience to level up your skills
  • Detailed space combat mechanics
  • Customize your ship’s loadout before battle
  • Hire officers to give skill bonuses, pilot auxiliary ships, and oversee your operations
  • Explore war-torn star systems
  • Exploit events to trade goods for profit
  • Win the favor or scorn of powerful factions
  • Discover new worlds and salvage lost derelicts
  • Mod support for diverse user-made content
  • Claim new worlds, build outposts and industry

Sands of Salzaar - Getting an English Version

by Silver, 21:36

PC Gamer reports that an ambitious Chinese RPG called Sands of Salzaar will be getting an English translation.

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Sands of Salzaar of which the Chinese title translates more directly to Tribe and Machete) only released on January 2, but in that time has rocketed to into Steam's global top seller list with an estimated 50,000 sales in its first week. That number is expected to reach 200,000 by the end of January. Though it's only available in Simplified Chinese, Sands of Salzaar has amassed over 2,600 "mostly positive" reviews and is currently the 31st most-played game on Steam by concurrents, with peak concurrent players reaching 21,000—in the neighborhood of games like Stardew Valley and Skyrim.

And, by the looks of it, Sands of Salzaar absolutely deserves its success. From reading reviews and watching some gameplay, Salzaar is an ambitious, Early Access open world RPG in the vein of indie darling Kenshi. Set in a mystical desert, you recruit characters and explore a dynamically-generated world, making friends (or enemies) with various factions. I particularly enjoy the look of the enormous battles, which evokes Dynasty Warriors mixed with Diablo.

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Friday - January 03, 2020

General News - Best 5 JRPGs 2019 @ JRPG Jungle

by Hiddenx, 23:51

JRPG Jungle's JRPG top list for 2019 and most anticipated list for 2020:

2019 GOTY! My Top 5 JRPGs of 2019

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My 10 Most Anticipated JRPGs of 2020

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Thursday - January 02, 2020

General News - Turn-Based Games in January

by Silver, 19:48

TurnBasedLovers share their list of upcoming turn based games in January 2020.

NECRO WARS – 3rd January

The Elves have broken the pact and attacked without reason or warning. You must gather your army and push the enemy back before they pillage and burn your kingdom. You must use the terrain, fog and enemy weaknesses to your advantage in this turn-based 3D strategy game.

Key Features:

  • Strategize & defeat your foe: Using the terrain, fog of war and enemy unit weaknesses to your advantage you must defeat all the enemies or capture their headquarters to win the battle.
  • Build your army: Capture barracks’, docks and skyports to create ally units and strengthen your army.
  • Command your forces: As you progress you’ll unlock unique commanding officers each of which have their own unique unit abilities and passive powers. Utilizing each of them and their unique talents is vital to victory.

Very soon on Steam!

REVERSIQUEST2 – 7th January

ReversiQuest2 is a single-player tactical JRPG with a battle system based on Reversi.
Those good ole days of pixel art, characters, and sounds reminiscent of
video games of the mid 90’s.
No need to know the previous ReversiQuest to enjoy ReversiQuest2!

●Sharpen Your Tactics!●
Stay alert! Every move drastically turns the tide of the battle!
Never give up, even on a verge of death – a victorious reversal awaits!
The strategies are infinite! Triumph over enemies with Reversi skills,
various characters, gears, or spells…the choice is yours!

●Story and Gameplay●
A young man who grew up in a remote village in Othellia Island, Nym,
saves a girl named Imogen from a monster…but how will their fate turn out?
Advance through board game-like fields full of gimmicks in a sandbox world
drawn all in quarter view and pixel art!

You can buy it on Steam.

ORANGEBLOOD – 14th January

Orangeblood is a JRPG, with a fantastic pixel art style, set in the ’90 on a historic timeline different from that which we know.
You will guide four “kawaii” soldiers which couldn’t care less about little photo stickers… They’d rather play with some 7.62x39mm rifles and filthy, filthy cash!

After a short delay it seems to be finally ready for the store! On Steam.

THE ALLIANCE ALIVEHD Remastered” – 16th January

The Alliance Alive HD Remastered marks the glorious rebirth of the acclaimed RPG brought to you by FURYU Corporation. Uniting the talents of writer Yoshitaka Murayama, designer Kyouji Koizumi, art director Masayo Asano, and composer Masashi Hamauzu, this epic adventure comes to life with innovative gameplay on a backdrop of vibrant visuals and a classic tale. Players can develop their party’s skills through combat-based character progression, immerse themselves in the game’s lush world via dynamic vehicle-centric exploration, and form alliances with various guilds and factions. Venture further into the world to discover new vehicles to traverse in, magic to wield, places to visit, and more to experience!

On Steam!

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Wednesday - January 01, 2020

General News - The Year in Review @ Gamepur

by Hiddenx, 11:04

Gamepur has chosen the best PC games of 2019:

The Year in Review 2019: Best PC Games of the Year

Picking one game from any year and calling it the Game of the Year is rarely an easy task. With such broad genres, release schedules, team sizes, and budgets, it almost feels unfair to throw a full year’s worth of games into a big pile and sort through it to name one of them the best.

This is true for most years, but not this year. This year the decision was easy.

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Honorable Mentions:
Apex Legends
Slay The Spire
The Outer Worlds

Runner Up:
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

PC Game of the Year:
Disco Elysium

Tuesday - December 31, 2019

General News - Top 20 amazing upcoming RPGs

by Hiddenx, 13:07

F Game Killer put together a list of upcoming RPG titles:

TOP 20 AMAZING Upcoming RPG Games 2020 & 2021 ( PS4, Xbox One, PC )

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1: Final Fantasy VII Remake
2: Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot 
3: Elden Ring
4: Gothic Playable Teaser 
5: Nioh 2
6: Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance 
7: Diablo IV
8: New World
9: Persona 5 Royal   
10: Godfall
11: Cyberpunk 2077
12: Chivalry 2 
13: Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood
14: Magic: Legends 
15: Project Sakura Wars
16: The Elder Scrolls VI
17: Tales of Arise
18: Babylon's Fall
19: Trials of Mana 
20: Masquerade - Bloodlines 2

Friday - December 27, 2019

General News - Upcoming PC turn-based Strategy RPGs 2020 - Parts 3, 4, 5

by Hiddenx, 08:59

The Turn Based Lovers put together some more lists of their favourite genre:

Upcoming PC turn-based strategy Rpgs 2020

-> Part 5

00:12 - Curious Expedition 2
00:36 - ReversiQuest 2
02:26 - Archmage Rises
05:18 - Gamedec
06:31 - Spellsword Cards
08:30 - Fractalis
10:34 - Mortal Glory
11:12 - Tainted Grail
12:42 - Void Eclipse
15:00 - Warhammer Underworlds: Online

-> Part 4

00:12 - Auto Fire
02:25 - Broken Lines
03:30 - Colony Ship: A Post-Earth Role Playing Game
04:42 - Dark Drive
06:45 - Get in the Car, Loser !
08:42 - Graywalkers: Purgatory
10:39 - Griftlands
12:06 - King's Bounty II
13:28 - Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk : L'Amulette du Désordre
14:24 - Veil of Entropy: Norfolk Warriors
16:09 - Ragtag Crew
17:12 - Songs of Conquest
18:36 - Tenderfoot Tactics

-> Part 3

00:12 - Cris Tales
01:14 - Crown Trick
02:35 - Rising Lords
03:20 - Tactical Breach Wizards
05:20 - Tale of Ronin
06:48 - Talespire
08:50 - Terra Randoma
10:01 - The Hand of Merlin
11:11 - Urtuk: The Desolation
12:39 - Wasteland Raiders

Part 1 and part 2 were already in the news:

-> Part 2

-> Part 1

Wednesday - December 25, 2019

General News - 15 most underrated RPGs of all Time

by Hiddenx, 18:59

Gaming Bolt made a video about the 15 most underrated RPGs of all time:

15 Most UNDERRATED RPGs of All Time

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Amid all the big-budget RPGs, loot shooters and free to play titles of our time, there are a number of role-playing games which have faded into history. Many are still excellent to this day or enjoy a small but passionate group of fans. Let's take at 15 of those underrated RPGs here and what makes them worth playing.

Shadow of the Road - Announced

by Silver, 18:52

Shadow of the Road has been announced and is described as a turn-based RPG set during the dusk of the Japanese feudal era.

The boshin war is tearing Japan apart. Followers of the Emperor constantly face the forces of the shogunate in brutal battles. No side wants to surrender, both fighting not only for power, but also for something greater and much more important - for a place in history. The stakes have never been this high. You can feel the tension in the air; the restlessness, the weight of the entire conflict, the resolve of both sides to see things through to the very end. But not everything is as it seems and it's not just humans that want to secure their place on this land.

During the commotion, a ronin known by the name of Satoru is left hopeless and disgraced by the fall of his master, Mochitsugu. Without a master and no reason to fight, it seems like he no longer has a place in this world. However, it all changes when a certain young boy crosses his path, suddenly surprising him with a crossroad he never assumed he would have to face.

Join Satoru and a few other outcasts during the battle for peace, for power; decide what road they should take. But be warned - selecting one does not mean that the shadows of another won’t try to follow you.

This turn-based RPG will bring you to the world of Japan right at the downfall of the feudal era and will let you test your skills against enemies that are clearly human, but also those that somehow escape such an easy classification. What’s more, the Emperor is supported by East Nippon Company, a British trade conglomerate with unclear intentions, equipped with powerful steam-powered machines wreaking havoc among the forces of the shogunate. Will you be able to overcome all the obstacles thrown your way? Or will you give in and choose the easy way out?

Create your own path by making multiple decisions that will eventually influence the outcome of this immersive story - stay true to yourself and your principles or choose a darker path of sacrifice for your own gains. Haunt or be haunted. Overcome the shadows or let them consume you. The choice is yours, as it has always been - even if you can’t comprehend it yet.

Tuesday - December 24, 2019

Ori and the Blind Forest Devs - Working on an Action RPG

by Silver, 10:53

GamePressure reports that Moon Studios, makers of platformer Ori and the Blind Forest, are seeking people to develop a 'revolutionary' action RPG.

A job offer on Gamasutra suggests that Moon Studios, the creators of Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps (the latter will debut in March), are working on a new title. Their next work will be an action RPG. Developers have an ambitious goal to revolutionize this species.

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Saturday - December 21, 2019

General News - The 2019 RPG of the Year @ Gamecrate

by Hiddenx, 19:17

Gamecrate has chosen their RPG of the year 2019:

The 2019 RPG of the Year

In the dark cyberpunk future of 2019, everything is an RPG. Leveling systems and inventory management are a part of every game from NeoCab to Call of Duty. Devs attempt to weave powerful narratives into almost every single player experience. No game genre is harder to define than the RPG, so this list was particularly tough to compile.

The games below were chosen because their combination of story, setting, mechanics, and meaningful choice created memorable experience and pushed the genre forward as a whole. Some are spiritual successors while others are entirely new, borrowing mechanics from other genres - a reversal of the slow bleed of RPG leveling mechanics into everything. All of them are exciting additions to the most immersive genre in gaming.

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Honorable Mentions:
Greedfall, Impressions: Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, Zanki Zero, Kingdom Hearts 3

Runner-Up: Indivisible

Runner-Up: The Outer Worlds

Runner-Up: Fire Emblem: The Three Houses

Winner: Disco Elysium

 

Friday - December 20, 2019

The Soulkeeper Chronicles - New RPG for PC and VR

by Silver, 23:44

OnlySP reports on The Soulkeeper Chronicles which is a new RPG for PC and VR. The game itself is fully playable without VR as it boasts two separate designs. OnlySP interviewed the devs about the game also.

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HELM Systems has announced a new outing in its dark fantasy RPG universe with The SoulKeeper Chronicles, a new game built from the ground up for both PC and VR platforms.

The scale of this new project is enormous, with the developer promising three single-player campaigns. One will follow a magic-wielding monk named Isoropos, a second will feature a ranger called Edwyn, and the third will  follow Ulvar, a raider.

Across these separate campaigns, players will have the freedom to pilot boats, ride horses, and fly dragons in both exploration and combat.

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Rustler - Medieval GTA

by Silver, 22:51

A gameplay trailer for Rustler, which describes itself as a medieval GTA.

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Rustler - a medieval GTA type of game. Add to your STEAM Wishlist today! 

https://store.steampowered.com/app/84...

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General News - Where Are We? Adds Modern UI

by Silver, 22:41

PCGamesN talked to the developer behind Where Are We? and asked about the application that adds a UI to many 90s RPGs like Might and Magic.

Unlike clumsy auto-mapping programs that stumble into the dark, Van Heest’s system is based on an exhaustive knowledge base and only shows you as much information as you want to know. Its FAQ-like walkthrough mode reveals all, and another fog-of-war one forces you to make your own discoveries. The automap, which incorporates scans of some of the old fold-out versions, isn’t the only feature: There are tidy, if not glamorous, windows detailing the party’s inventory, spells, stats, combat encounters, various worldwide variables, and quests.

The supported early first-person classics ranging from 1980 to 1993 – Might and Magic 1-5, Wizardry 1-5, and Bard’s Tale 1-3 – are difficult to revisit and have always necessitated some kind of paper mapping, with a few exceptions. And besides, comparing two fantasy weapons without the aid of a UI full of tooltips is a forgotten skill, like editing a config.sys file. The world graphics can be repetitive, stacking up 2D images in a way that makes Wolfenstein 3D look like Unreal. You can easily get lost, yet the games never take themselves too seriously and have remained fun and surprising on their own terms.

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Monday - December 16, 2019

Godfall - Reveal Trailer

by Silver, 19:33

Godfall is a fantasy hack 'n slash game that was recently announced.

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Learn more about Godfall: http://www.godfall.com

Godfall is a third-person fantasy looter-slasher focused on melee combat, coming to PlayStation 5 & Epic Games Store Holiday 2020. Developed by Counterplay Games & published by Gearbox Publishing.

Follow Godfall Twitter: twitter.com/playgodfall

Facebook: facebook.com/playgodfall

Instagram: instagram.com/playgodfall

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story - Announced

by Silver, 19:30

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is a story-driven, turn based RPG being developed by Airship Syndicate and published by Riot Forge.

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Set after the events of Burning Tides, players will take control of LoL champions and explore the bustling city of Bilgewater and the mysterious Shadow Isles in a game for the first time.

Featuring fan favorite champions, innovative turn-based combat, and beautiful art direction along with brand new surprises and plenty of poros, Ruined King: A League of Legends Story advances the stories of many champions in the LoL Universe and offers an exciting new way to experience the World of Runeterra.

To learn more, please visit www.ruinedking.com or join the #ruinedking conversation:

Twitter (@riotforge)

Official Riot Forge Website: https://www.riotforgegames.com

Sunday - December 15, 2019

Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York - Review @PC Gamer

by Silver, 21:44

Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York has been reviewed by PC Gamer.

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There are, sadly, some technical issues at time of writing which dispel the carefully crafted atmosphere whenever I encounter them. Sometimes, a page of dialogue is attributed to the wrong character, or is presented as narration when it isn’t (or as character speech when it is). The story already suffers slightly during second and third playthroughs, due to some events and dialogue being unavoidable regardless of your character or in-game choices. There’s no way of skipping dialogue without constantly hitting a button, either, which risks accidentally hitting a choice you didn’t want. These are problems the game didn’t need.

Then there’s the bizarre save system. The only way to save is to exit the game through the menu. So, if the game crashes (which happens to me twice), I lose all progress since my last save. Odder still, each time the credits roll, the game deletes my save, which is painful when I test out whether making an obviously stupid choice at a fairly early stage results in death (it does). Nonetheless, this game holds me in its power, and I happily submit to its charms.

General News - Seven or Eight D&D Games in the Works

by Silver, 21:40

PC Gamer reports that there are seven or eight D&D games in the works.

The announcements of new Baldur's Gate and Dark Alliance games suggest a change, and that's backed up by Wizards of the Coast. In an interview with Gamesindustry.biz, Wizards of the Coast president Chris Cocks explained that this is only the beginning and there are "seven or eight" videogames based on D&D coming out in the next few years.

"We want each game to have a point of view, and to really keep on just a couple of things and do it really, really well," he said. "What you don't want to do is have every game in the franchise try to do the same thing, and try to do everything all at once."

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Friday - December 13, 2019

Dark Alliance - New D&D Action RPG Announced

by Silver, 11:53

@VentureBeat Dark Alliance is a D&D action RPG announced at the Game Awards.

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It’s curious why Tuque and Wizards picked Icewind Dale for the setting of this action-RPG. In Salvatore’s latest novel, Boundless, Drizzt found himself in a desperate flight against demons and abyssal constructs as his friends once again faced danger at the hands of those seeking power and the death of the renegade drow to appease the evil god Lloth.

Being set so far in the past, I wondered if this signified Wizards of the Coast’s newfound interest in telling stories set in any period of the Forgotten Realms, not just the current timeline.

“Dark Alliance is intended to appeal to existing D&D fans who already know and love Drizzt and the companions, but it’s also meant to attract new D&D fans through a different platform and style of gameplay. It made more sense to start earlier in the Legend of Drizzt as an entry point for the newer fans,” said Nathan Steward, the vice president for Dungeons & Dragons for Wizards of the Coast, over email. “For people who know and love R.A. Salvatore’s work, it gives a new adventure for the companions set in between his novels.

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Weird West - Announced

by Silver, 04:05

Immersive sim Weird West has been announced by WolfEye Studios.

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Survive and unveil the mysteries of the Weird West through the intertwined destinies of its unusual heroes in an immersive sim from the co-creators of Dishonored and Prey.

Discover a dark fantasy reimagining of the Wild West where lawmen and gunslingers share the frontier with fantastical creatures. Journey through the origin stories of a group of atypical heroes, written into legend by the decisions you make in an unforgiving land. Each journey is unique and tailored to the actions taken - a series of high stakes stories where everything counts and the world reacts to the choices you make. Form a posse or venture forth alone into an otherworldly confines of the Weird West and make each legend your own.

Thursday - December 12, 2019

The Disguiser of Fate - On Steam December 19

by Myrthos, 11:25

The 2D JRPG The Disguiser of Fate will be coming to Steam on the 19th of December.

China –December 11, 2019– For lovers of traditional 2D top down fantasy JRPG’s, independent games developer XNZONE will be releasing The Disguiser Of Fate on Steam on December 19.

The Disguiser Of Fate is a 16-bit like role playing game starred by a black knight and a slave maid who embark themselves in a dangerous adventure with more than 20 monsters to fight against.

“The Disguiser of Fate captures the spirit of classic JRPG’s”, says Winward_Birds, developer at the studio XNZONE. “Fans of the genre will find dungeons, puzzles, dialogues, and a vast world to explore”.

Just as true classics, The Disguiser of Fate features anime-drawn characters, huge world maps and ATB combats. Equip your characters with weapons and armours as you discover the secret of the magical masks.

Features

    Traditional 2D top down fantasy JRPG
    16-bit like role playing game starred by a dark knight and a slave maid.
    Over 20 monsters to fight against, each with their own strengths.
    Dungeons, puzzles, dialogues, and a vast world to explore.
    Anime-drawn characters and ATB combats.
    Equip your characters with weapons and armours.

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The press release also stated that the game will be fully translated to English.

Tuesday - December 10, 2019

Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York - All Companions Trailer

by Silver, 20:55

Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York has a trailer for all companions.

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York coming December 11th 2019 to PC. Game presents the conflict between two vampiric factions: the traditionalist Camarilla and the fiercely independent Anarchs. It's a unique, atmospheric, single-player narrative experience, set in a rich, fully licensed, globally recognized universe of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition.
Coming December 11th 2019 to PC and Q1 2020 to Ps4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

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Monday - December 09, 2019

Shardpunk: Verminfall - Interview

by Silver, 10:49

The developer of tactical turn-based steampunk game Shardpunk: Verminfall was interviewed by IndieGraze.

Interview: Shardpunk: Verminfall’s Slawomir Bryk

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A tactical turn-based steampunk game, Shardpunk: Verminfall drops players into a capital swarming with invaders. Survivors make hay while the sun shines, emerging from an airship to scavenge limited resources, and I chatted with Slawomir Bryk, lead designer and developer, on the nuances of his pixel art, speculative fiction journey.

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EM: You reference Darkest Dungeon and XCOM as influences; when it comes to turn-based tactical combat, what mechanics do you see as key to keeping play interesting, and where do you see older titles coming up a bit short? As devs, how do you balance the need to have parity and challenging fights with the need to keep larger battles from slowing down and losing excitement?

SB: Yeah, I spent a lot of time playing Darkest Dungeon and the latest XCOM games, and I liked different aspects of both.

I fancy the approach XCOM has to combat. The cover/flanking mechanics are somewhat simple but generate a lot of gameplay options and plenty of cool moments.

Darkest Dungeon, on the other hand, has a great atmosphere of hopelessness. This, combined with the stress/quirks mechanism creates a very deep experience. I mean, XCOM has negative traits, as well, but I believe it is not using them to their full potential.

I wanted to combine these two pieces together – that’s how the idea for Shardpunk started.

The problem I had with the late game of XCOM is that the player becomes very overpowered, and the thrill of always being under pressure is gone. I really wanted the “hopeless” vibe to be present in the game. The best example of this is the board game “Pandemic”, which I played a lot. In most of the playthroughs, I was never entirely sure (all the way to the end of the game) whether I would be able to pull off the strategy I was aiming to achieve. Such thrilling and tense gameplay is something that got me going.

That being said, this does not mean that the game should be unfair or prevent the player from creating any kind of plan. I don’t like frantic gameplay – I just want the game to mess my plan up a little from time to time so that I don’t feel too confident that I will be able to make it.

What is more, there are moments in Shardpunk when the player can feel overpowered – for example, when they manage to kill off a large chunk of attacking rats by some good positioning of characters and/or using some AOE attacks. These moments are necessary but will not appear too often. I definitely do not want the players to feel like everything is going according to their plans.

Sunday - December 08, 2019

General News - 10 best RPGs of 2019 @ Gameranx

by Hiddenx, 11:02

Gameranx listed their top 10 RPGs of 2019:

10 BEST Role Playing Games of 2019

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#10. My Time at Portia 
Platform: PC PS4 XBOX ONE SWITCH

#9. The Division 2
Platform: PC PS4 XBOX ONE

#8. Remnant: From The Ashes
Platform: PC PS4 XBOX ONE

#7. Outward
Platform: PC PS4 XBOX ONE

#6. Code Vein
Platform: PC PS4 XBOX ONE

#5. Greedfall
Platform: PC PS4 XBOX ONE

#4. Disco Elysium
Platform: PC 

#3. Borderlands 3
Platform: PC PS4 XBOX ONE

#2. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Platform: SWITCH

#1. The Outer Worlds
Platform: PC PS4 XBOX ONE SWITCH[2020]

BONUS
The Surge 2
Platform: PC PS4 XBOX ONE

Pokemon Sword and Shield
Platform: SWITCH

Sekiro (sort of an RPG, although the creators have dubbed it an Action-Adventure game)
Platform: PC PS4 XBOX ONE

Children of Morta
Platform: PC

Friday - December 06, 2019

Roadwarden - Announced

by Silver, 21:21

Roadwarden is an RPG announced for next year and described as illustrated text-based RPG that uses isometric pixel art and combines mechanics borrowed from RPGs, Visual Novels, adventure games and interactive fiction. 

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Who or what is a Roadwarden?

You are a Roadwarden, a brave stranger putting his life in danger to make a difference in this grim world. While most people would never risk a solitary journey through the wilder parts of the land, you – as a Roadwarden – willingly accept the struggle to live up to your promise to guard travellers, connect isolated villages, support merchants and repel attacking creatures, bandits or even undead.

What's the story about?

A powerful merchant guild has called on your services, sending you on a journey into the unknown planes of a mysterious peninsula in the hopes to expand the guild’s influence even further. You are meant to explore this place and gather as much information as possible to reveal the secrets surrounding the area. It’s a dangerous task, but an equally respectable one. Do you have the courage to meet all the requirements that define a Roadwarden?

How to play?

Roadwarden is an illustrated text-based RPG that uses isometric pixel art and combines mechanics borrowed from RPGs, Visual Novels, adventure games and interactive fiction such as inventory puzzles, dialogue choices, character abilities and development, hit points and other resources, simple survival mechanics as well as quests restricted by in-game time.


FEATURES

Explore and change the world!

Discover the secrets and face the vast challenges of a hostile fantasy world – inevitably unveiling its uniquely fierce lore.

Grow with the challenge!

Create your own background, abilities, beliefs and personality to shape your very own future as a Roadwarden.

Classical attitude!

Prepare yourself for an adventurous journey, either as a warrior, mage or scholar and define your character‘s traits, like friendly, playful or intimidating, during interactions with NPCs.

Get lost in conversation!

Immerse yourself in profound dialogues and sidequests with dozens of NPCs to gain their trust and support.

Mysteries unfold!

Use your savvy and be witty when investigating and drawing your conclusions to understand the true nature of this world.

Overcome your weaknesses!

The world is full of dangers and nobody can be trusted. Be the Roadwarden you want to be and find your path to success against all odds!

Tuesday - December 03, 2019

Kingdom Under Fire 2 - Review

by Silver, 11:37

CGMagOnline reviewed Kingdom Under Fire 2 and found it wanting.

The Kingdom Under Fire series has mostly been comprised of real-time and active strategy wargames, however, the latest installment puts a twist on the basic formula by functioning as an MMO with various RPG elements alongside the traditional strategy gameplay. The MMORPG-RTS hybrid style of Kingdom Under Fire 2 is an interesting direction for the series after 2007’s Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom.

However, despite the 12 years between Circle of Doom and KUF 2, there really isn’t much to recommend the new game. It isn’t a bad game, as it mostly functions as needed, but there’s very little about the gameplay, characters, or world to really recommend it. Add on a by-the-numbers RPG plot and bizarre visual animations, and the player is left with a flawed but functional product.

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Crumbling World - Alpha Demo Released

by Silver, 11:33

TheGG reports that the fantasy ARPG Crumbling World has released its Alpha Demo.

NOVEMBER 21ST 2019, MALIBU – Crumbling World developer Dume Arts is delighted to announce that a brand new free alpha demo for the game is now available, giving players their very first chance to dive into a rich fantasy location and explore some early levels.

Players can gain instant free access to the alpha via the game’s website. A brand new trailer is also available, setting the scene for this dark fantasy action-RPG, due to release next year for PC and Mac.

Set in a sinister, slowly decomposing land. In a world where humanity has been driven to corruption, aligning with dark forces for survival, the players’ task will be to traverse gorgeous diorama-like levels in an attempt to bring back the age of light – before the world crumbles away entirely beneath their feet.

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Monday - December 02, 2019

Starflight Remake - Dev Diaries

by Silver, 11:04

The latest dev diaries for the Starflight Remake look at strange alien encounters and the creation of alien communications.

Are You Friends of the Elowan?

(Originally posted by Marvin 20/12/2018 HERE)

The Thrynn have been born. They were pretty easy to create since there were already a few pretty decent gecko and lizard models out there on the Internet. I found one that I could use, but it was in Maya format. So I installed Maya for the sole purpose of exporting the model out into the FBX format. I imported the model into 3D Studio Max and then started my work on it. The only thing I really did to the model was to elongate the snout a bit and to bend the body so it looks like he is standing upright. I also rigged and skinned the model so it could be animated in Unity. This is what the Thrynn looked like in the original game:

Original Thrynn

I also built the eyeballs and created the cat eye texture maps for them. I used the body texture maps that came with the model nearly as-is – the only change being the general color tint. The original color was brown/tan, and I tinted it to green since that is the color the Thrynn appeared in the original game. For the background, I found some interesting looking sci-fi wall and used that.

Here are the pictures and video!

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Sunday - December 01, 2019

General News - Believable Open Worlds in RPGs

by Hiddenx, 07:51

Click4Gameplay shares his thoughts about believable open worlds in RPGs:

Believable Open Worlds in RPGs

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Creating believable worlds in RPGs, or games in general is not an easy task. It’s also hard to define what this actually means, and it can be really subjective. 

Thursday - November 28, 2019

General News - Upcoming PC turn-based Strategy RPGs 2020 - Part 2

by Hiddenx, 17:18

The Turn Based Lovers show us part 2 of their upcoming turn based RPGs list:

Here's the list:

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00:12 - 1971 Project Helios
1971 Project Helios is a turn-based strategy game that combines modern warfare military tactics and close combat. Firearms and vehicles are scarce, conflicts and hostilities have no end, and the terrible freezing cold annihilates friends and foes in its path.

02:14 - End State
A turn-based tactical game inspired by games such as Xcom and Jagged Alliance. But it is from the latter that he takes more inspiration and that from the first screenshots reminds me a lot of Jagged Alliance 2. Could it be the real successor of the Jagged Alliance that we are all waiting for? Let start with my End State overview.

03:22 - Ikenfell
A turn-based tactical RPG about a group of troublesome magic students. Use timing mechanics to power your spells and block attacks, explore the twisted halls of a vast magic school, fight challenging monsters and bosses, and uncover dark secrets never meant to be found.

06:15 - Iron Danger
Iron Danger is a tactical combat game with a unique time manipulation mechanic. A never before seen combination that combines the tactical depth of turnbased games with the exciting action of real-time games.

07:25 - Land of Arxox
Explore the 8-Biomes of Arxox. Live the life of a Dwarf, Elf, or Human folk hero. Hunt. Fish. Master spell runes of the ancients and defeat a powerful Arch Villain.

07:43 - Sacred Fire
A highly original turn-based RPG by indie Poetic Studio where the feelings of the characters will influence the course of the story and even the combat phase.

10:12 - Small Saga
Venture below the streets of London, and you will find the bustling kingdom of Rodentia, home to creatures great and small.

11:37 - Space Wreck
A passenger shuttle is damaged after pirate attack and you must find replacement parts on nearby derelict space ship. -- Intentionally short hardcore role playing game that borrows as much as possible from best isometric RPGs (Fallout, Fallout 2, Arcanum).

12:50 - Sentinels of Freedom
Prepare for a story-driven campaign within the Sentinel Comics universe as you join forces with an ever-growing team of heroes to face a wide variety of villains.

14:32 - Wizards of Unica
When turn-based combats are combined with roguelike elements, puzzles, and spells, Wizards of Unica comes out.

15:15 - The Last Spell
The Last Spell is a turn-based tactical RPG immersed in roguelite mechanics in which you lead a team of hardened heroes to defend the last bastion of humanity against hordes of monsters.

Tuesday - November 26, 2019

General News - 30 Upcoming PC RPGs

by Silver, 19:25
GamerZakh presented his list of 30 upcoming PC RPGs.

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RPGs offer many things to many people! Now, there are many great games in this list and a myriad of styles, so I'm sure you'll find something to fall in love with. Not to mention another 30 bonus games mentioned after the main list for a total of 60, so be sure to watch all the way through to find your true calling.

Saturday - November 23, 2019

Shardpunk: Verminfall - Steam Page Up

by Silver, 20:49

Shardpunk: Verminfall is a tactical squad-based survival strategy game which has a demo available to try.

"Shardpunk: Verminfall" is an upcoming indie tactical squad-based survival strategy game, based in a steampunk setting. Gameplay-wise, it is a mix of XCOM and Darkest Dungeon games, mixing all the best features from both. All of this is presented using great pixel art graphics.

The game is currently being developed as a side project.

Backstory: there has been an unexpected breakthrough during long and exhausting siege of The Empire's Capitol. Rat Swarm managed to breach the walls and flooded the city with vermin. Group of survived city dwellers are trying to escape - and possibly rescue some additional people, if necessary. They will need to scavenge the destroyed city for resources, fight off rat vermin and make their way through the Capitol - all of this to finally get safely out of the city.

Similar to new XCOM games, there will be a combat layer and a strategy layer.

Turn-based tactical combat (which is present in the tech demo) makes use of cover and flanking mechanics. Due to the characters having to cope with stress and having their own quirks there is a fair chance that something will go wrong during the playthrough. Additionally, characters need to scavenge for resources during combat in order to survive.

The strategy layer will allow the player to plan their next missions, handle upgrades etc. Characters will be navigating through the destroyed the Capitol in a prototype airship that requires repairs and maintenance. Character themselves need to be taken care of as well, as they require basic resources (e.g. food) to survive.

Features

  • Lead the group of Survivors in the search for sparse resources necessary to survive
  • Use cover and flanking mechanism to defeat the Rat Vermin in turn-based combat
  • Customize the appearance of your characters
  • Make your way through the remains of the Capitol and uncover its hidden secrets
  • Pay close attention to the sanity of your survivors, or face dire consequences.
  • Rescue more team members and don't allow existing ones perish
  • Upgrade your character's equipment and weapons
  • Experience a different run every time, thanks to the randomized nature of the game

Sigma Theory: Global Cold War - Released

by Silver, 20:39

Spy thriller RPG Sigma Theory: Global Cold War has released on Steam.

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STORY

From the creators of the award-winning sci-fi game Out There...
In the near future, a paradigm-shifting scientific discovery looms over the world, promising radical new technologies. The world’s superpowers realize they could have the power to destroy the global financial system, wipe out entire countries or even gain access to immortality.

However, this discovery — called “The Sigma Theory” — can only be harnessed by a handful of scientists. You are placed at the head of your country’s Sigma division. Your objective is to ensure that it is your nation that reaps the benefits of Sigma Theory before anyone else.

To achieve this you will have powerful resources at your disposal: a cadre of the world’s most elite covert agents, advanced tactical drones and, of course, your own skills in diplomacy and subterfuge.

It’s a cold war out there, one in which mankind must face up to its future.

THE ULTIMATE ESPIONAGE SIMULATION

Turn-based espionage: Use your special agents to dominate the world. Seduction, blackmail, manipulation, industrial espionage… Every low blow is both permitted and encouraged.
Dynamic narrative: Develop and manage your relations with over 100 NPCs: lobbies, armed groups, politicians… Alliance, deception or assassination, you choose.
Field operations: Direct the kidnapping of your targets during gripping pursuits through the world’s greatest cities. Discretion or direct confrontation, your agent’s life is in your hands.

Recruitment
First, recruit a team of four special agents from 50 unique unlockable characters to support your missions. Each comes with their own story, motivations and traits that define their behavior during missions.
Access the investigator, soldier, hacker, seducer and other archetypes to complete your Sigma division and execute your strategy.

Espionage
When your team is ready, assign them missions around the world to gather scientists, discover compromising documents on local politicians, and more.
Exploit your agents’ abilities to seduce, manipulate and bribe your targets over to your side or have them neutralized.

Counter-espionage
Other nations will also use their agents to infiltrate your country and seize your scientists. Track, capture and interrogate them to gain information on your enemies, then exchange them for ransom when they are no longer useful.

Exfiltration
Order your agents to exfiltrate scientists recruited to your cause during gripping turn-based exfiltration phases through the world’s greatest capitals. Choose the position your drones wisely to support these delicate missions.

Diplomacy
In Sigma Theory, diplomacy is the key to achieving your goals. Meet your foreign counterparts and further your objectives using flattery, threats or blackmail. You can also recover your captured agents, advance your research, and much more. Develop your relations with powerful lobbies and armed and influential groups to obtain their favor. But be careful, they may turn on you.

Tech Tree
Sigma Theory is the cause of this cold war. Rally scientists from around the world to your cause to discover new technologies to gain the edge and change the world. Mind control, destabilization of the world economy, robot soldiers, immortality… Will you keep these discoveries for yourself or share them with the world?

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened - In Closed Beta

by Silver, 11:42

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened has entered Closed Beta. The game itself is a tower defense, action RPG game with co-op.

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DEFENDERS,

It’s time. It’s FINALLY time. Oh good golly gosh, it’s finally time… BETA IS HERE! Today we launched the Beta, getting Dungeon Defenders: Awakened into the hands of Etheria’s brave Defenders. There’s so much to cover, that we’re not going to cover it all. We want you to discover all the beta has to offer on your own. Let’s get into it!

Beta Release
The current Beta is available to our Kickstarter Backers first. This is a promise that we made during our Kickstarter, and are going to make sure to uphold. Kickstarter Backers currently have advanced Beta access. On Friday, November 22nd, we are going to open up the Beta to everyone who has purchased the $40+ preorder packages.

Beta is currently scheduled to run for roughly three weeks! Starting on November 22nd and ending on 13th, this gives us a great window to gather feedback and be able to make necessary changes before launching in February.

Progress and data from the Beta does NOT carry over to the release of the game. Beta is used as a testing ground to make sure that the game is in the best possible state. Keeping data from Beta (ha, it rhymes) can cause major issues when updating to the release version.

If you did not receive a Beta key, and are a Kickstarter Backer, make sure you have filled out the surveys that were sent to your registered Kickstarter E-mails from "Backerkit". If that survey is not filled out, then the Beta key is not sent.

If you preordered at the $34 and $100 tiers, your additional beta keys will come on Friday (Nov. 22nd) with the rest of the preorder keys.

Streaming and Content Creation
During the Beta, you are free to stream, make videos, or whatever content you want. We want Defenders to enjoy and share as much as they want when it comes to Dungeon Defenders: Awakened!

What’s Missing?
There’s a lot to cover what’s in a game. Patch notes usually say what’s new, but with so much of the game being new, we’re going to let you explore the game. Instead, we're going to outline what may not be in the Beta that we are currently polishing and iterating on to get in for release (we may be missing some things from this list as well):

Tactical Map
This is currently in a functional state. We’re going to be updating the map images, and make sure it’s a lot prettier come release.

Challenge Maps
We’re currently wanting to make sure that balance feels good across the map in general. Challenge Maps are coming your way on release!

Maps
There are a total of 15 maps in Dungeon Defenders: Awakened. Not included in the Beta is Act II, Act III, and the Bonus Maps. Act I is the big focus for our beta test, helping us set the foundation so the rest of the maps bring the right amount of challenge.

Difficulty
Nightmare and Massacre are not going to be included in the Beta. We don’t want people beating all the hardest content during testing. Gotta have something scary hard for you to master on release!

Enemies
With Nightmare not in the beta, Sharken, Djinn, Spiders, and Goblin Copter will not be spawning in a lane near you.

Weapons
All of our weapons are not in the game. We have a pool of roughly 5 different weapons per hero to simulate the amount of weapons you would see during your playthrough of Act I on release. Weapon random colorization is also not reflected in the beta build, but will be implemented for release.

HUD
We’re going to be adding various improvements to the HUD. Currently we have it setup for beta to be functional. There’s a ton of work that we’ve done not in the Beta, but expect improvements on launch.

Armor
Currently we have placeholder armor models in. The final models are currently getting a last pass and will be sparkling and shining on release.

Set Bonuses
Set bonuses are working but may not currently be showing up correctly.

Split Screen
We’re testing base functionality currently, so split screen is not available during the Beta.

Social
We’re wanting to make sure that getting your friends into a match is as easy as possible, give hosts control over their sessions, and showing who’s in your party. These are currently not in the beta, and can be expected on release.

Hardcore
Currently not in Beta, coming on release.

Twitch Integration
Currently being developed, it will not be in the Beta.

Game Modes
In the Beta we have Campaign and Survival. Other game modes are coming on release.

Pets
There are a total of four pets that are available during the Beta. On release, there will be much more!

Elemental Weapons
Some weapon elemental affinity visuals may be disabled, as we’re making sure performance comes first. Your weapons will be shooting flames and electricity during release.

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Thursday - November 21, 2019

Yodha - Announcement Teaser

by Silver, 21:55

Yodha is a new RPG by indie developer Ogre Head Studios.

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Yodha is an upcoming Indian role playing game in development at Ogre Head Studio. Watch out for more news about the game at

https://www.ogreheadstudio.com/yodha.

Ogre Head Studio is an indie video game company based in India.

General News - Arkane Veterans Launch WolfEye

by Silver, 01:12

GamesIndustry reports that Raphael Colantonio and Julien Roby, formerly of Arkane Studios, are launching a small studio called WolfEye.

"I notice both as a developer and a gamer, I think it's been two or three generations of games now, I've been playing the same game," Colantonio says. "The only difference is that it's more beautiful, higher resolution, more shaders, but really the game is the same.

"I remember this funny moment where we were doing Dishonored, and I asked my lead programmer how many characters I could have in combat. And he answered something between five and six. I thought well, okay. It makes sense. The AI is what it is, and we had characters with 10,000 polys or whatever they were. Fast forward four or five years, we're doing Prey. It's a new engine, new technology, new hardware. I'm back with my lead programmer, same question. How many characters can we have? Maybe five or six. The only difference between one generation to the next was that the budget had doubled, and because the budget was doubled, it goes into more people, instead of taking three months to make a character it takes six months now, there's more optimization that is required, more of everything, every detail, making sure the eyes are perfect and the sun shines the right way.

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For now, Colantonio and Roby are understandably tight-lipped on any information surrounding the studio's first game. What they will say is that while no one should expect a new Dishonored game from them, fans of Arkane games will probably like what they make in the same way a Quentin Tarantino fan will probably like whatever his next movie is regardless of particulars.

Monday - November 18, 2019

Gujian 3 - Now Available in English

by Silver, 09:33

Gematsu reports that action RPG Gujian 3 is now available in English on Steam. The game was previously only available in Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

Publisher Wangyuan Shengtang and developer Aurogon Info & Tech Shanghai have released an update for the December 2018-released action RPG Gujian 3 that adds an English language option to the previously Chinese-only title. It is available via Steam for $29.99.

Gujian 3 is the first entry in the Gujian series to be released in English. Both the June 2010-released Gujian and August 2013-released Gujian 2 only support Simplified Chinese.

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Friday - November 15, 2019

Terminator: Resistance - Released

by Silver, 06:48

Terminator: Resistance is a shooter RPG set during the future war scenario of Terminator 1 and 2. The game is now available on Steam.

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Purple plasma! John Connor! Post-apocalyptic romance! After examining every video, trailer, screenshot & press release, here's EVERY bit of info you should know about Terminator: Resistance, the upcoming game set during the Future War. This isn't my usual sort of content, but it seems like I'm the only person on the internet to have noticed half of this stuff, so I thought it was worth getting the word out!

About this Game

There is no fate but what you make.

Experience the events leading up to the decisive final battle for the fate of mankind in the war against the machines. Terminator: Resistance, is a first-person shooter set during the 'Future War' scenario that was only glimpsed at in the iconic films, 'THE TERMINATOR' and 'T2: JUDGMENT DAY'. The machines are destined to lose, but at what cost?

  • Run and gun or sneak and hack through Skynet’s defences!
  • Level up your skills and explore a post-apocalyptic world for scraps to trade and craft!
  • Interact with a motley group of survivors and change their fates!

Wednesday - November 13, 2019

Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York - New Gameplay Trailer

by Silver, 20:52

Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York has a new gameplay trailer.

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York presents the conflict between two vampiric factions: the traditionalist Camarilla and the fiercely independent Anarchs. It's a unique, atmospheric, single-player narrative experience, set in a rich, fully licensed, globally recognized universe of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition.
Coming December 4th 2019 to PC and Q1 2020 to Nintendo Switch.

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Sunday - November 10, 2019

Opinion - The Outer Worlds is RPG's Past, Disco Elysium is Its Future

by Silver, 09:36

USGamer believes that The Outer Worlds represents RPG's of the past while Disco Elysium represents its future.

Disco Elysium covers more than a single block, but it feels dense, with every interaction impacting the story in some manner, even if that's not entirely apparent in a single run. It's a vast Jenga tower, and every piece is important. That smug, clearly-high child you meet in the early hours may be the lynchpin to the case, or a punk you had to shut up with your fist. You determine the direction you go, and the game is very responsive to even your smallest actions.

It's this depth that makes Disco Elysium such a revelation, and it's changing the conversation around another recent RPG: Obsidian Entertainment's The Outer Worlds. Like a few other reviewers, I played Disco Elysium and The Outer Worlds back-to-back. The Outer World is a throwback to Obsidian's Fallout: New Vegas, which itself was a throwback to the original Fallout. The quests offer a number of choices, but the outcome is fairly localized. Skills allow you to navigate through conversations, but it's a rigid binary: either you have the skill level to pass a persuasion or intimidation check, or you don't. If you do, it works every time. The Outer Worlds is an older, standard style of RPG, executed to a high degree. 

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Saturday - November 09, 2019

General News - The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Review

by Hiddenx, 21:24

VGU checked out The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - which is still NOT available for PCs:

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Review

Following the release of the PS4 remasters of Trails of Cold Steel I and II earlier this year, the long awaited third instalment of the long running saga has arrived in English. On a side note, fans of the series will be pleased to know that Trails of Cold Steel IV is already out in Japan, so the wait for an English translation will hopefully be significantly shorter than with the previous instalments. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III has once again been developed by series creators Nihon Falcom, with NIS America to perform translation and publishing duties instead of XSeed Games. The third game in the Trails of Cold Steel series promises to be a strong JRPG like its predecessors, but does it live up to the legacy that it hopes to continue?

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Overall, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is the strongest entry in the series to date. This third entry refines the various gameplay mechanics such as the Fast Travel and Bonding Events, whilst incorporating new elements such as the teammate involvement during the mech battle sections to make the game more enticing for returning players. If you have been looking for an RPG to fill your time until the arrival of Final Fantasy VII Remake and Persona 5 Royal next year, Trails of Cold Steel III could be exactly the experience that you have been waiting for.

Score: 8/10

 

Thursday - October 31, 2019

Wildermyth - Steam Early Access November 13th

by Silver, 21:50

Wildermyth is an RPG that will arrive in Steam Early Access November 13th.

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Wildermyth is a character-driven, procedurally-generated tactical RPG, designed to help you tell your wildest stories. Like the best tabletop roleplaying experiences, Wildermyth gives you choices and answers your every decision with consequences that drive your characters forward.

Lead a band of heroes as they grow from reluctant farmers into unique, legendary fighters. Combat unexpected threats and strange monsters across interactive battlefields. Unravel mysteries and share pensive moments in an ever-new fantasy setting that blends hard truths and sacrifice with humor and personal storytelling.

Where does your myth lead? Come help us uncover it!

  • Reminiscent of tabletop roleplaying, unique heroes are born in unique settings every game. They age, transform, fall in love, disagree, and make harrowing sacrifices.
  • Each hero brings their own organic history and personality with them, but your choices and combat skills are what decide their paths and outcomes.
  • All heroes die someday… but you get to hold on to your favorites. Reintroduce them in the next adventure, and over many lifetimes the myths you make will form your own legendary pantheon.

    An Imaginative Papercraft World
    The Yondering Lands, where the game is set, is a richly layered world populated with hand-painted 2D characters and scenery. We’ve paid loving attention to breaking molds and exploring new ideas: no orcs, elves, or goblins here—but watch out for the telepathic insect-dragons and the clockwork undead.

    Extreme Character Depth
    Each of your heroes has their own unique generated history, personality, and appearance, and will form relationships with your other heroes. All of these elements change and develop over the course of a playthrough, as characters age, encounter mysteries, and overcome challenges.

    Choices That Matter
    Your hero may choose to trust the enigmatic wolf god, leading to a hair-raising change in their appearance and combat abilities. Or they may pursue a romance with a fellow hero, giving each of them a shared buff and more story opportunities. Encounters and events have permanent, character-defining effects, letting you craft the arc of each character.

    A New Approach to Death
    Did your favorite character get one-shotted by a tentacled horror-bear? Choose to let a hero "fall back" with a maiming that will lead to some transformative new paths in their legend, or let them go out in a blaze of glory to be remembered for generations to come.

    Deep and Creative Tactical Combat
    Combat in Wildermyth emphasizes teamwork and careful positioning, as well as imaginative use of your evolving capabilities and surroundings. Walling and Flanking mechanics provide clear but conflicting incentives, while mystical interfusion lets you remake the battlefield with explosive magic. Multiple difficulty levels mean you can get as intense as you want to.

    Endless Replayability
    Pick and choose from a huge bank of combat abilities as your heroes level up in each playthrough, and decide whether you prefer offensive or defensive tactics, brute strength, stealth, or magically flinging fire from a nearby lamp into your enemies' faces. Procedural generation gives you new heroes, new enemies, new story events, and new maps every time you play.

    A Custom Pantheon of Legends
    You’ll have the freedom to customize hero appearances, names, histories, and more. As time passes, heroes grow old and may retire, or else might fall in combat—and yes, some will survive all the way to the end. You can add your favorite heroes to a roster of legends and call on them again in later playthroughs. Build your own mythologies and share the awe-inspiring might of your heroes with others.

Wednesday - October 30, 2019

Opinion - Stop Copying Dark Souls

by Silver, 20:49

GameRevolution asks for more variety in action games and says the Dark Souls formula is overdone.

It’s not as if these games are all hitting it out of the park either. Recent release Code Vein saw praise from many reviewers (including our own) about how it strips the frustration out of the experience, but frustration is also noted as a definitive quality of the Souls-like game. Games should be accessible to all, but it seems like lowering the difficulty of purposefully difficult games is the backwards solution to the issue. If you want to make a game of this type for a wider audience, there are plenty of ways to do it and sanding off the edges this much shouldn’t be it. Just doing that and not much else is not how to push a genre forward and doesn’t allow for as much healthy variety that a genre needs to evolve. Genres and subgenres exist for a reason, and developers would do well to remember that rather than copying what’s already there. There’s probably room for a less difficult Souls game but it’s a bit creatively disappointing if that’s one of the few aspects it offers to the genre.
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Kingdom Under Fire 2 - Gameplay Video 2

by Silver, 20:46

A gameplay video for Kingdom Under Fire 2.

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Pre-Order here: http://kuf2.gameforge.com

Check out the new Gameplay Trailer #2 including epic fight scenes and lots of ingame footage. Publisher Gameforge is working with Korean developer Blueside to release Kingdom Under Fire 2 for the first time in North America and Europe this November on Windows PC! Kingdom Under Fire 2 combines the massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) and real-time strategy (RTS) genres for a hybrid title unrivaled in its epic scale.

Stay tuned for the release on November 14th!

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Tuesday - October 29, 2019

General News - Halloween Deals

by Hiddenx, 19:07

GOG and Steam are tempting us with Halloween deals:

GOG.COM's Halloween Sale Scares Your Wallet with High Discounts

Horror, mystery, and action games on sale • DRM-free releases of Blair Witch, Layers of Fear 2, Call of Cthulhu, and more • 300+ deals up to -90%

OCTOBER 28, 2019 - This Halloween, GOG.COM invites you to visit the quiet town of Gogsville. A magical portal has appeared above it, sending down dozens of shape-shifting googs that spook children and play tricks on the adults. Their best ruse yet? Lowering the prices on DRM-free horror, mystery, and action games up to -90%! 

Start your visit to Gogsville by meeting the new residents. Take a hike in the woods with Blair Witch (-25%), face your worst nightmares with Layers of Fear 2 (-33%), uncover the ancient mysteries with Call of Cthulhu (-50%), beat the deadly outbreak with Daymare: 1998 (-20%), and experience some scares with DreadOut (-80%) and Visage (-20%).

Become the town's new supernatural detective and master your skills with game series like Sherlock Holmes (-80%), Tex Murphy (up to -80%), and the Broken Sword (up to -80%). Other mystery titles on sale include Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition (-75%), The Last Express (-70%), Virginia (-90%), Blackwell Bundle (-70%), The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (-