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Another indie role-playing game – The Three Musketeers

Posted in news, pc rpg games, pc rpg indies  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.

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.

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Like Gothic? Love Risen!

Posted in news, pc rpg games  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!!!

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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More Risen goodies!

Posted in news, pc rpg games  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

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

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Impressions of Dragon Age and Divinity II

Posted in news, pc rpg games  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?

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

screenshot of dragon age

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?

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What book would make the best new rpg?

Posted in pc rpg games  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?

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.

savageempire What book would make the best new rpg?

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?

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So what are the best Western pc rpg games?

Posted in pc rpg games  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?

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?

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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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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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What are the most anticipated pc rpg games of 2009?

Posted in news, pc rpg games  on January 13th, 2009 by: ian

RPGWatch has an article up about their most anticipated computer role-playing games scheduled for release in 2009.  It comprises both the editors’ choices and a poll results of their readers.

Up first from the readers we have Dragon Age: Origins and I think this line explains why, ‘There’s no

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Dragon Age: Origins

doubting their success since then but many fans hold Baldur’s Gate II as their best game, so the idea that Dragon Age represents a spiritual successor is powerful’.  Baldur’s Gate II was one of the best rpgs that I have played, so if Bioware can even come close then it should be incredible.

Second in the readers top three is Age of Decadence, an indie old-school rpg that has massive potential.  I’m going to hold off on getting too excited about this one myself just yet though, as the Iron Tower team have yet to publish a game,

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Age of Decadence

but if it lives up to it’s potential then as the poll suggests it could quite easily beat the majority of AAA titles that will be coming out this year.

Number three is Diablo 3, ’nuff said.  We’ll see if Blizzard manage to re-create the magic of the original two, though hopefully the hype won’t be so great that people can only de disappointed.

The editors’ list also includes Dragon Age, but also includes Divine Divinity 2 and Risen.  I don’t know anything about Risen but the Divine Divinity sequel is one that I am looking forward to.  While I wasn’t blown away by the original it waws fun and if the sequel can improve on the first then I will definitely enjoy it.

RPGWatch has an article up about their most anticipated computer role-playing games scheduled for release in 2009.  It comprises both the editors’ choices and a poll results of their readers.

Up first from the readers we have Dragon Age: Origins and I think this line explains why, ‘There’s no

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Dragon Age: Origins

doubting their success since then but many fans hold Baldur’s Gate II as their best game, so the idea that Dragon Age represents a spiritual successor is powerful’.  Baldur’s Gate II was one of the best rpgs that I have played, so if Bioware can even come close then it should be incredible.

Second in the readers top three is Age of Decadence, an indie old-school rpg that has massive potential.  I’m going to hold off on getting too excited about this one myself just yet though, as the Iron Tower team have yet to publish a game,

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Age of Decadence

but if it lives up to it’s potential then as the poll suggests it could quite easily beat the majority of AAA titles that will be coming out this year.

Number three is Diablo 3, ’nuff said.  We’ll see if Blizzard manage to re-create the magic of the original two, though hopefully the hype won’t be so great that people can only de disappointed.

The editors’ list also includes Dragon Age, but also includes Divine Divinity 2 and Risen.  I don’t know anything about Risen but the Divine Divinity sequel is one that I am looking forward to.  While I wasn’t blown away by the original it waws fun and if the sequel can improve on the first then I will definitely enjoy it.

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Video of the top 5 pc rpg games of 2008

Posted in pc rpg games  on January 8th, 2009 by: ian

I have found a video on youtube of someones top computer role-playing games of 2008 for the pc. What I really like about this is the fact that it shows actual in-game footage of the different rpgs.  It is very online game heavy, but the top two are both single-player games.  Let me know what you think.

I have found a video on youtube of someones top computer role-playing games of 2008 for the pc. What I really like about this is the fact that it shows actual in-game footage of the different rpgs.  It is very online game heavy, but the top two are both single-player games.  Let me know what you think.

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