Another new release – Torchlight!

Posted on October 31st, 2009 by: ian

I’ve got yet another new release to report on, this time from Runic Games.  Their game, called Torchlight, is an action rpg, very much in the style of Diablo or Fate.  Like these games, there is a central ‘safe hub’, with a dungeon filled with evil nasties beneath it and, like these games, it is your job to save the day.  Cue plenty of action adventure as you hack your way to victory.

Here is the youtube trailer of the game and if you are interested then you can get it from the game website here.


Another indie role-playing game – The Three Musketeers

Posted on October 27th, 2009 by: ian

If you can think back to this blog post, I asked which books should be turned into games – well, according too dingogames, the answer to that question is The Three Musketeers!  The game follows in the footsteps of the books as you, ‘Take on the role of d’Artagnan in his quest to become a Musketeer’.

You can have a look at the trailer below:

As you can see, it is a top down game with rather basic graphics, hopefully the gameplay will match up with the old-skool style.  If you want a further look at it then you can find it here and you can download a free demo to see if you like it.

Like Gothic? Love Risen!

Posted on October 21st, 2009 by: ian

Well, Risen is finally out, and, according to the reviews, is looking like the next Gothic (but with a different world and without those annoying copyright issues!) As CrispyGamer says, ‘Risen is a solid game that religiously follows the design of the Gothic series. It would even be fair to say that the game is a wholesale rip-off of JoWooD’s RPG under another name. But who cares?’

Who cares indeed?  Like Gothic, combat is a killer and good luck surviving to the mid-game, but this is what a lot of people, including myself, want in a game – challenge!  Also have a look at the College News site for another great review, or look at the official blog itself, which also includes a link to the demo.

If you want, you get get Risen from Amazon Like Gothic? Love Risen!.  Finally, here is the trailer.  Enjoy!!!

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New indie rpg game – Millenium: A New Hope

Posted on October 12th, 2009 by: ian

I always try to give indie rpgs a bit of press when I find them, so here is Millenium: A New Hope.  Made by the indie developers Aldorlea, the team behind the Laxius Force series.  If you like JRPG style role-playing games then it might be worth checking out.  You can find it here.

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Millenium: A New Hope

Also, if you are the sort who likes to know something about a game before you buy it then you can find reviews of it here and here.  It is planned as an episodic game with the first release out now and the next planned for December.

Have you played it?  If so, let me know what you thinkof it – especially do you think episodic content will work or will you only buy a game in a single installment?

More Risen goodies!

Posted on September 30th, 2009 by: ian

The first Risen previews are starting to roll in now. The first of these is at RockPaperShotgun and describes a brief play-through of an early version and Alec describes his thoughts of the game and also includes some YouTube making of clips.  The second is at PCGZine and describes a more in-depth play-through.

Overall it sounds quite promising – in a this is an early version of the game and still needs to be polished kind of way, so it’s definitely one that I’ll be keeping an eye on.  As a final goody you can find the manual for Risen here


Risen rpg game set for October UK release!

Posted on September 23rd, 2009 by: ian
risen1 Risen rpg game set for October UK release!


If you’re looking forward to Risen and live in the UK then you can look forward to it’s release on October 2nd – however if you live in the States then I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until 2010!

The release was spotted on TechWatch and also includes some info about the game – you can also find more information at the official site.  While it looks like an action rpg it is also being made by the team behind the Gothic series so it certainly has some great potential.

Impressions of Dragon Age and Divinity II

Posted on September 16th, 2009 by: ian

If you are interested in either Dragon Age or Divinity II then you should check out RPGamer’s PAX Impressions of these games.  You can find the Dragon Age preview here and the Divinity II preview here.

I’m really looking forward to Dragon Age, but I think Divinity will go onto my ‘ones to watch list’

dragonage96 Impressions of Dragon Age and Divinity II

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and I’ll keep an eye on it.  With Dragon Age you pretty much know that you’ll be getting a fun game with an immersive story (something I always really like)  but it sounds like Bioware are really going all out to make the preview experience memorable.  If they’re half as creative in the game as they seem to be in the previews then it should be great fun!

What games are you looking out for in the rest of year?

Fallout Wars

Posted on September 14th, 2009 by: ian

Looks like Bethesda and Interplay are going to be having some fun.  According to this thread at the rpgcodex, Bethesda are suing Interplay over their distribution of Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics via Good Old Games.  Now obviously I don’t know all the details but it does seem just a little bit petty and I’n not really sure how many people would get confused that The Fallout Trilogy and Fallout 3 might not actually be the same game!!!

Anyway, have a look at the thread and let me know what you think – do Bethesda have a valid case or is this another instance of legalism gone mad?

What book would make the best new rpg?

Posted on March 17th, 2009 by: ian

NZGamer has an article up ‘Top 10 books that should be games‘ that really got me thinking.  Unfortunately I haven’t read many of the books (though I think that there may now be a few I’m planning to!) but it really got me thinking about which books I would like to seem turned into games.

Firstly, I have to agree that ‘Guards! Guards!’ would make a great game – the setting would be fantastic for just about any kind of game but it would be incredible for an rpg.  I think though that the two books that I would most like to see made into games are ‘The Lost World’ and ‘The Road’.

The Lost World has a small party of adventurers, a world filled with peril but limited in size, dinosaurs, plenty of adventure and more dinosaurs!  You would be able to choose your character and then head of to discover the lost world.  You would get to explore it, encounter, run from and battle the dinosaurs, discover and communicate with the tribes of humans and near-humans.  Your objective would be to attempt to bring back proof of this last world of the dinosaurs (or would you keep it a secret to preserve it?)

The last game that I remember playing like this was ‘Savage Empire’ from Origin.

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Savage Empire - it has dinosaurs!

This was a great game that had an incredible number of options – how many other games allow you to make your own crude gunpowder and guns?  This had a fun story but the best part of it was the ability to explore the world, manufacture crude technologies to assist you in your quest and the sheer amount that you could discover in it.  And did I mention that there were dinosaurs?

The second game would be based on ‘The Road’.  This book is about the survival of a father and son in a post-apocalyptic world.  Similar in setting to games like Fallout, this setting would  be far darker.  It would be survival based and you would have to scavenge for everything you need.  Weapons would be far rarer, it would certainly not be a game that you could shoot your way through, and a single misstep could mean your death.

What books do you think would make the best possible rpg games?  Are they set in the real world or a fictional world – what  settings would you like to see turned into a game?

So what are the best Western pc rpg games?

Posted on March 3rd, 2009 by: ian

This article attempts to answer that eternal question…

Unfortunately I tend to agree with the comments after the article itself – apart from the couple of older games, the best all seem to be the ones that have come out most recently (Oblivion, Fable 2, Fallout 3 and Mass Effect are all mentioned).  Definitely cannot agree with Oblivion – playing it just made me want to wish for Oblivion!  I can’t really comment about Fable 2 or Fallout 3 but, while definitely good, I wouldn’t consider Mass Effect to be in the best 10 computer role-playing games ever created.  And for good measure, I agree with the first poster that World of Warcraft shouldn’t really be included in this – where’s the role-playing?

balduesgate2 So what are the best Western pc rpg games?

Baldurs Gate 2 - the best rpg game ever?

I would certainly agree with Planescape though – easily one of the best pc rpg games ever written.  I would also include Baldurs Gate 2 and Ultima Underworld (even though these days the interface does suffer – it can still stand with the best).  Add The Witcher to the list and I think we are really getting somewhere and for my next game in the list I will have to include Fallout.

This leaves one game left for our new, improved best 10 list, so what would you include to complete this list?