Archive for February, 2009

News about Dragon Age: Origins

Posted in pc rpg games  on February 27th, 2009 by: ian

I’ve found a couple of articles about Dragon Age: Origins for everyone who’s interested!  The first is an interview with Ray Muzyka (one of the founders of Bioware).  This is a short interview but there’s some good stuff in it.  For example Ray says, ‘in a way its sort of like BioWare returning to its roots – but with a twist. This is dark, heroic fantasy rather than traditional high fantasy… its more mature, more gritty’ – this is great news if they get it right.  I’m definitely looking forward to a mature rpg, as long as it has plenty of depth.

Again Ray takes the time out to assure me, ‘The core player will get that depth; a game like Dragon Age has a lot of depth, it’s very rich. The story, tactics, customisation. They go deep.’  I’m really looking forward to this, just give me an updated version of Baldurs Gate 2, set in a darker world and I will be extremely happy for a long, long time!

The second article is a short, hands-on preview of the game and it starts with the extremely promising, ‘Were it not for the game’s vastly improved visuals, you might think you had stepped back into the golden age of the late ’90s’.  Yes please!  Anyone else looking forward to this game more and more?

Bioware will also be releasing a toolset for the game, so it should be extremely interesting to see what the community can come up with.  Anyway, have a look at the articles and let me know what you think, is anyone looking forward to any other games even more than this one?

I’ve found a couple of articles about Dragon Age: Origins for everyone who’s interested!  The first is an interview with Ray Muzyka (one of the founders of Bioware).  This is a short interview but there’s some good stuff in it.  For example Ray says, ‘in a way its sort of like BioWare returning to its roots – but with a twist. This is dark, heroic fantasy rather than traditional high fantasy… its more mature, more gritty’ – this is great news if they get it right.  I’m definitely looking forward to a mature rpg, as long as it has plenty of depth.

Again Ray takes the time out to assure me, ‘The core player will get that depth; a game like Dragon Age has a lot of depth, it’s very rich. The story, tactics, customisation. They go deep.’  I’m really looking forward to this, just give me an updated version of Baldurs Gate 2, set in a darker world and I will be extremely happy for a long, long time!

The second article is a short, hands-on preview of the game and it starts with the extremely promising, ‘Were it not for the game’s vastly improved visuals, you might think you had stepped back into the golden age of the late ’90s’.  Yes please!  Anyone else looking forward to this game more and more?

Bioware will also be releasing a toolset for the game, so it should be extremely interesting to see what the community can come up with.  Anyway, have a look at the articles and let me know what you think, is anyone looking forward to any other games even more than this one?

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Review of Depths of Peril

Posted in pc rpg indies  on February 25th, 2009 by: ian

There is a review up at gamefocus for the indie pc rpg games Depths of Peril.  You take on the role of a barbarian chieftain and your mission is to protect the town of Jorvik until finally managing to rule it!

depthsofperil 300x225 Review of Depths of Peril

depths of peril screenshot

It features a mix of rpg and strategy and gamefocus say of it, ‘Indie RPG’s take another leap forward with a very fun game from Soldak Entertainment. Though not for the gamer who is new to RPG’s this is one game most RPG fanatics should take a serious look at.’

If you are interested in an old school rpg then you definitely do a lot worse than having a look at this.

There is a review up at gamefocus for the indie pc rpg games Depths of Peril.  You take on the role of a barbarian chieftain and your mission is to protect the town of Jorvik until finally managing to rule it!

depthsofperil 300x225 Review of Depths of Peril

depths of peril screenshot

It features a mix of rpg and strategy and gamefocus say of it, ‘Indie RPG’s take another leap forward with a very fun game from Soldak Entertainment. Though not for the gamer who is new to RPG’s this is one game most RPG fanatics should take a serious look at.’

If you are interested in an old school rpg then you definitely do a lot worse than having a look at this.

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RPGamer Best of 2008 Editors’ Choice Awards

Posted in news, pc rpg games  on February 11th, 2009 by: ian

RPGamer have come out with their editors’ choice awards for 2008 for rpg games of the previous year.  Have a look and browse around the different categories (there are a lot of them!)

In the PC/MMO section we have my current favourite (The Witcher) coming in a number 2, and as they say, ‘The Witcher had a somewhat quiet release, but quickly gained reputation as one of the best PC RPGs in some time’.

In the RPG of the Year category we of course have Fallout 3 – interesting that it did not get into the PC section though.

RPGamer have come out with their editors’ choice awards for 2008 for rpg games of the previous year.  Have a look and browse around the different categories (there are a lot of them!)

In the PC/MMO section we have my current favourite (The Witcher) coming in a number 2, and as they say, ‘The Witcher had a somewhat quiet release, but quickly gained reputation as one of the best PC RPGs in some time’.

In the RPG of the Year category we of course have Fallout 3 – interesting that it did not get into the PC section though.

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Dragon Age delayed and Mass Effect 2 announced

Posted in news  on February 10th, 2009 by: ian

RPGamer have an article up stating that Dragon Age, from Bioware has been delayed from the first half of 2009 to the second half (so, release could be any time from July then).  You can find more information here.

On a brighter note though, EA have announced that the intended release date for Mass Effect 2 will be sometime in the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year – so we can be looking forward to it any time from the beginning of 2010.  Again, this news is from RPGamer and can be found here.

RPGamer have an article up stating that Dragon Age, from Bioware has been delayed from the first half of 2009 to the second half (so, release could be any time from July then).  You can find more information here.

On a brighter note though, EA have announced that the intended release date for Mass Effect 2 will be sometime in the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year – so we can be looking forward to it any time from the beginning of 2010.  Again, this news is from RPGamer and can be found here.

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GameBanshees rpg games of 2008

Posted in news  on February 3rd, 2009 by: ian

GameBanshee have their game of the year list up for 2008 rpg games.  It’s broken into categories, including ‘Best Story/Writing’, ‘Best Graphics’, ‘Best Sound/Music’, ‘Most Anticipated of 2009′, ‘Independant RPG of the Year’, ‘RPG Hybrid of the Year’ and ‘RPG of the Year’.  Each category has a winner and a runner-up.  This list seems to be a veritable who’s who of games that I haven’t managed to play yet, including ‘Fable 2′ in several spots – which I’m now not going to get to play, thanks Lionhead!

The game of the year is hardly surprising (‘Fallout 3′ in case you couldn’t guess) but there is also a string showing by indie RPGs, with both ‘Mount and Blade’ and ‘Kings Bounty’ getting awards.  Most anticipated of 2009 is ‘Diablo 3′, though, as they state, ‘To be honest, we don’t really expect Blizzard’s action RPG sequel to make it on store shelves in 2009′.  So my most anticipated RPG is going to be ‘Dragon Age’.

If you want to see yet another list of the rpg games of 2008 then check out the article – it’s slant is especially good if you’re interested in indie games.

GameBanshee have their game of the year list up for 2008 rpg games.  It’s broken into categories, including ‘Best Story/Writing’, ‘Best Graphics’, ‘Best Sound/Music’, ‘Most Anticipated of 2009′, ‘Independant RPG of the Year’, ‘RPG Hybrid of the Year’ and ‘RPG of the Year’.  Each category has a winner and a runner-up.  This list seems to be a veritable who’s who of games that I haven’t managed to play yet, including ‘Fable 2′ in several spots – which I’m now not going to get to play, thanks Lionhead!

The game of the year is hardly surprising (‘Fallout 3′ in case you couldn’t guess) but there is also a string showing by indie RPGs, with both ‘Mount and Blade’ and ‘Kings Bounty’ getting awards.  Most anticipated of 2009 is ‘Diablo 3′, though, as they state, ‘To be honest, we don’t really expect Blizzard’s action RPG sequel to make it on store shelves in 2009′.  So my most anticipated RPG is going to be ‘Dragon Age’.

If you want to see yet another list of the rpg games of 2008 then check out the article – it’s slant is especially good if you’re interested in indie games.

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