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Fallout Wars

Posted in news, pc rpg classics, Uncategorized  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?

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?

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What are the best pc rpg games of all time?

Posted in pc rpg classics  on January 9th, 2009 by: ian

There is an article up at examiner.com of their 10 best computer role-playing games of all time.  It’s not a bad list, and apparently was judged on the criteria of ‘fun, merit and legacy’ (not sure how you determine the merit of a computer game though), here it is:

  1. NeverWinter Nights
  2. Ultima IV
  3. Rogue
  4. Everquest
  5. Diablo II
  6. Pool of Radiance
  7. Fallout
  8. The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall
  9. Baldur’s Gate
  10. World of Warcraft

Now, since I’ve got no real interest in MMORPGs, I’m going to remove Everquest and World of Warcraft from this list and in their places add Planescape: Torment, which I think is an horrendous omission.  I’m also going to add Quest for Glory I in as well, which may not have had much merit or legacy (apart from four sequels), but it is just so much fun to play that I have to add it in.

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Quest for Glory 1

In case you don’t know it, QfG1 is an adventure/rpg hybrid created by Sierra where your quest is to earn the title of ‘Hero’ in the town of Spielburg.  This is one of my favourite games of all time so I’m definitely putting it on the list.

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Ultima IV

You can’t really argue with any of the other games that they have on their list – all of them have had a massive impact on the development of pc rpg games.  The ones with the most impact, I reckon are Ultima IV, Diablo II and Baldurs Gate.

I think that Ultima IV is the first game that not only has elements that are recognisable in modern rpgs but, with the story of the Avatar, is the first rpg that created an in-depth and unique storyline that is easily remembered today.

While Diablo can be seen as the start of the action rpg coming into the mainstream, it was really Diablo II that really created the action rpg genre with a game that you can argue hasn’t really been beaten yet.

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Diablo 2

Baldurs Gate also has to be considered one of the most influential rpgs because it almost single-handedly saved the computer rpg genre – released at a time when rpgs were widely considered to be dying, it revitalised the genre and gave impetous to all of the rpgs that we see today.

So, there is my top three – Ultima IV as the start of the modern, story-driven rpgs, Diablo II for the action rpg genre and Baldurs Gate for saving the genre from oblivion.  What are your thoughts, do you agree or disagree with these choices?

There is an article up at examiner.com of their 10 best computer role-playing games of all time.  It’s not a bad list, and apparently was judged on the criteria of ‘fun, merit and legacy’ (not sure how you determine the merit of a computer game though), here it is:

  1. NeverWinter Nights
  2. Ultima IV
  3. Rogue
  4. Everquest
  5. Diablo II
  6. Pool of Radiance
  7. Fallout
  8. The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall
  9. Baldur’s Gate
  10. World of Warcraft

Now, since I’ve got no real interest in MMORPGs, I’m going to remove Everquest and World of Warcraft from this list and in their places add Planescape: Torment, which I think is an horrendous omission.  I’m also going to add Quest for Glory I in as well, which may not have had much merit or legacy (apart from four sequels), but it is just so much fun to play that I have to add it in.

qfg1 150x150 What are the best pc rpg games of all time?

Quest for Glory 1

In case you don’t know it, QfG1 is an adventure/rpg hybrid created by Sierra where your quest is to earn the title of ‘Hero’ in the town of Spielburg.  This is one of my favourite games of all time so I’m definitely putting it on the list.

ultimaiv 150x150 What are the best pc rpg games of all time?

Ultima IV

You can’t really argue with any of the other games that they have on their list – all of them have had a massive impact on the development of pc rpg games.  The ones with the most impact, I reckon are Ultima IV, Diablo II and Baldurs Gate.

I think that Ultima IV is the first game that not only has elements that are recognisable in modern rpgs but, with the story of the Avatar, is the first rpg that created an in-depth and unique storyline that is easily remembered today.

While Diablo can be seen as the start of the action rpg coming into the mainstream, it was really Diablo II that really created the action rpg genre with a game that you can argue hasn’t really been beaten yet.

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Diablo 2

Baldurs Gate also has to be considered one of the most influential rpgs because it almost single-handedly saved the computer rpg genre – released at a time when rpgs were widely considered to be dying, it revitalised the genre and gave impetous to all of the rpgs that we see today.

So, there is my top three – Ultima IV as the start of the modern, story-driven rpgs, Diablo II for the action rpg genre and Baldurs Gate for saving the genre from oblivion.  What are your thoughts, do you agree or disagree with these choices?

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Which games would you like to see resurrected?

Posted in news, pc rpg classics  on December 17th, 2008 by: ian

I’ve found an article on IGN called ’10 franchises we want resurrected’.  It’s got some real classics in here, at number 10 we have Master of Orion – one of the best space 4X games ever (Master of Orion 2 was the best of the series)!

planescape Which games would you like to see resurrected?

The one pc rpg game is at number 8 – Planescape: Torment Which games would you like to see resurrected? with a storyline has hasn’t been bettered even now.  You take on the role of the Nameless One in his quest to regain his memories.  The game is heavy on dialogue, features a unique setting and the kind of deep characters that are incredibly rare in any game – where else can you travel with a talking skull?!

Anyway, if you want a really deep rpg that probably hasn’t been bettered then have a look at it.

Have a look at the article, and let me know what you think, what games do you think they missed that should be remade?

I’ve found an article on IGN called ’10 franchises we want resurrected’.  It’s got some real classics in here, at number 10 we have Master of Orion – one of the best space 4X games ever (Master of Orion 2 was the best of the series)!

planescape Which games would you like to see resurrected?

The one pc rpg game is at number 8 – Planescape: Torment Which games would you like to see resurrected? with a storyline has hasn’t been bettered even now.  You take on the role of the Nameless One in his quest to regain his memories.  The game is heavy on dialogue, features a unique setting and the kind of deep characters that are incredibly rare in any game – where else can you travel with a talking skull?!

Anyway, if you want a really deep rpg that probably hasn’t been bettered then have a look at it.

Have a look at the article, and let me know what you think, what games do you think they missed that should be remade?

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Arx Fatalis released on GOG.com

Posted in pc rpg classics  on December 12th, 2008 by: ian

It looks like Good Old Games have added Arx Fatalis to their catalogue of gaming classics.  In case you don’t know, GOG.com is a site where you can (legally) download some of the classics of yester-year.  Prices tend to be under $10 and includes the Fallouts, Gothic and all kinds of non-rpg games.  If you’re interested in old classics then I can highly recommend looking at it.

Arx Fatalis is a dungeon crawling rpg in the style of Ultima Underworld, where the player is imprisoned in a subterranean world where several different races live in uneasy coexistance.  It’s quite a fun game, even though the storyline is of the generic ‘save the world from the evil god’ type.  It has plenty of atmosphere to it and decent puzzles, so if you’re looking for a dungeon-delving escape it may be worth giving it a try.

It looks like Good Old Games have added Arx Fatalis to their catalogue of gaming classics.  In case you don’t know, GOG.com is a site where you can (legally) download some of the classics of yester-year.  Prices tend to be under $10 and includes the Fallouts, Gothic and all kinds of non-rpg games.  If you’re interested in old classics then I can highly recommend looking at it.

Arx Fatalis is a dungeon crawling rpg in the style of Ultima Underworld, where the player is imprisoned in a subterranean world where several different races live in uneasy coexistance.  It’s quite a fun game, even though the storyline is of the generic ‘save the world from the evil god’ type.  It has plenty of atmosphere to it and decent puzzles, so if you’re looking for a dungeon-delving escape it may be worth giving it a try.

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