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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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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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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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New patch for Fallout 3

Posted in news  on January 21st, 2009 by: ian

There is a new patch out for Fallout 3 New patch for Fallout 3 and can be found here.  It covers quite a number of bug fixes and the release notes are described below:

Bug Fixes

Fixed occasional crashes during loading and waiting.

Friendly or neutral NPC health bars, when taking damage, no longer flicker repeatedly.

Fixed issue where certain NPCs would occasionally disappear from the game.

Fixed issue where dead NPCs would occasionally come back to life.

Fixed rendering issue with the Gatling Laser gun’s tracers.

Fixed issue where the haircut menu would occasionally not appear properly.

Added ability to remap your VATS and pip boy buttons.

Fixed rare load/save issues that would cause NPCs to behave incorrectly.

Fixed issue where quest objectives would occasionally not update properly due to talking activators,
intercoms and conversations.

Using Radaway from the Pip-Boy’s Status Menu repeatedly no longer crashes the game.

Player no longer gets stuck in level up menu if their skills are maxed out.

Fixed issue where multiple followers would occasionally not load into an interior.

Fixed rare issue with getting stuck in VATS mode.

Fixed rare crash with fighting NPCs with corrupted data.

Fixed rare crashes while loading and saving games.

Fixed rare issue where player would fall through the floor while in VATS.

Fixed occasional crash after scoring a critical hit in the head with a Railway Rifle.

Prevent NPCs from inadvertently dying from falling.

Fixed occasional issue where the controller would stop working properly.

Fixed crashes related to repeatedly equipping and dropping clothing and armor into the world.

Quest Fixes

Fixed several instances where quest item stayed in inventory permanently after completing quests.

Fixed an issue where the distress message would occasionally not play in Trouble on the Homefront.

In The Waters of Life quest, the Citadel gate will open properly if the player fast travels away after exiting the Taft Tunnels but before reaching the Citadel gate with Doctor Li.

For the Big Trouble in Big Town quest, the broken protectrons in Big Town become active at the proper time.

In The American Dream quest, fixed specific issue which prevented the player from accessing their belongings in the locker by the door if they left the room first.

Fixed infinite caps exploit in Strictly Business quest.

Fixed rare instance where Dad would have no valid dialogue during The Waters of Life quest.

Prevent issue during the Finding the Garden of Eden quest where player would fade to black, instead of traveling to Raven Rock, while in combat with a follower.

Fixed several XP speech exploits with certain NPCs.

Fixed XP exploit with a robot in Fort Bannister.

Fixed issue where player’s controls can become locked permanently during The American Dream.

Have fun!

There is a new patch out for Fallout 3 New patch for Fallout 3 and can be found here.  It covers quite a number of bug fixes and the release notes are described below:

Bug Fixes

Fixed occasional crashes during loading and waiting.

Friendly or neutral NPC health bars, when taking damage, no longer flicker repeatedly.

Fixed issue where certain NPCs would occasionally disappear from the game.

Fixed issue where dead NPCs would occasionally come back to life.

Fixed rendering issue with the Gatling Laser gun’s tracers.

Fixed issue where the haircut menu would occasionally not appear properly.

Added ability to remap your VATS and pip boy buttons.

Fixed rare load/save issues that would cause NPCs to behave incorrectly.

Fixed issue where quest objectives would occasionally not update properly due to talking activators,
intercoms and conversations.

Using Radaway from the Pip-Boy’s Status Menu repeatedly no longer crashes the game.

Player no longer gets stuck in level up menu if their skills are maxed out.

Fixed issue where multiple followers would occasionally not load into an interior.

Fixed rare issue with getting stuck in VATS mode.

Fixed rare crash with fighting NPCs with corrupted data.

Fixed rare crashes while loading and saving games.

Fixed rare issue where player would fall through the floor while in VATS.

Fixed occasional crash after scoring a critical hit in the head with a Railway Rifle.

Prevent NPCs from inadvertently dying from falling.

Fixed occasional issue where the controller would stop working properly.

Fixed crashes related to repeatedly equipping and dropping clothing and armor into the world.

Quest Fixes

Fixed several instances where quest item stayed in inventory permanently after completing quests.

Fixed an issue where the distress message would occasionally not play in Trouble on the Homefront.

In The Waters of Life quest, the Citadel gate will open properly if the player fast travels away after exiting the Taft Tunnels but before reaching the Citadel gate with Doctor Li.

For the Big Trouble in Big Town quest, the broken protectrons in Big Town become active at the proper time.

In The American Dream quest, fixed specific issue which prevented the player from accessing their belongings in the locker by the door if they left the room first.

Fixed infinite caps exploit in Strictly Business quest.

Fixed rare instance where Dad would have no valid dialogue during The Waters of Life quest.

Prevent issue during the Finding the Garden of Eden quest where player would fade to black, instead of traveling to Raven Rock, while in combat with a follower.

Fixed several XP speech exploits with certain NPCs.

Fixed XP exploit with a robot in Fort Bannister.

Fixed issue where player’s controls can become locked permanently during The American Dream.

Have fun!

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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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More top rpg games of 2008

Posted in news, pc rpg games  on January 7th, 2009 by: ian

The website OMG RPG have listed their top rpgs of 2008.  While this list of not exclusively pc based it does includes four pc rpg games, ‘The Witcher: Enhanced Edition’ at number 9, ‘Mass Effect’ at 7, ‘World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King’ at 4 and ‘Fallout 3′ in second place.  They also list ‘Fable 2′, which as I mentioned in a previous post, looks set for a pc release – I wonder if it’ll make a best of 2009 list?

As I’ve already mentioned, The Witcher More top rpg games of 2008 is one of my favourites of the current crop of computer role-playing games and as they say, ‘This is definitely a game all PC gamers should have in their library’ – there’s not much more you can really say about that.

Mass Effect More top rpg games of 2008 is pure Bioware, if you enjoy Bioware games then you’ll love it, however if you don’t then you won’t, simple as that.  I think by now Bioware have decided what they do well, they know how they want their games to look and feel so you now know what you are getting with them.  Mass Effect is a sci-fi rpg where you take on the role of Commander Shepard, effectively a special forces commando, and attempt to save the universe… again.

I don’t really know much about Wrath of the Lich King as I’m not really into MMORPGs so I’ll let you read the article if you want to find out more about it.

Finally, Fallout 3 More top rpg games of 2008, well I’ve got to start with a quote from the article – ‘I could have easily rated this as number one; but maybe I am just a bit sick of all the awesome reviews and non-stop attention it is getting’, I don’t know why but I just love that quote!  Anyway, I have to admit that I haven’t actually played Fallout 3 myself yet, so I’m welcome you feedback of what you thought of it.

The website OMG RPG have listed their top rpgs of 2008.  While this list of not exclusively pc based it does includes four pc rpg games, ‘The Witcher: Enhanced Edition’ at number 9, ‘Mass Effect’ at 7, ‘World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King’ at 4 and ‘Fallout 3′ in second place.  They also list ‘Fable 2′, which as I mentioned in a previous post, looks set for a pc release – I wonder if it’ll make a best of 2009 list?

As I’ve already mentioned, The Witcher More top rpg games of 2008 is one of my favourites of the current crop of computer role-playing games and as they say, ‘This is definitely a game all PC gamers should have in their library’ – there’s not much more you can really say about that.

Mass Effect More top rpg games of 2008 is pure Bioware, if you enjoy Bioware games then you’ll love it, however if you don’t then you won’t, simple as that.  I think by now Bioware have decided what they do well, they know how they want their games to look and feel so you now know what you are getting with them.  Mass Effect is a sci-fi rpg where you take on the role of Commander Shepard, effectively a special forces commando, and attempt to save the universe… again.

I don’t really know much about Wrath of the Lich King as I’m not really into MMORPGs so I’ll let you read the article if you want to find out more about it.

Finally, Fallout 3 More top rpg games of 2008, well I’ve got to start with a quote from the article – ‘I could have easily rated this as number one; but maybe I am just a bit sick of all the awesome reviews and non-stop attention it is getting’, I don’t know why but I just love that quote!  Anyway, I have to admit that I haven’t actually played Fallout 3 myself yet, so I’m welcome you feedback of what you thought of it.

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RPG escapism – does perspective matter?

Posted in design  on December 22nd, 2008 by: ian

Just read a really interesting article on another blog titled ‘Escapism in RPGs: A Matter of Perspective’.  It discusses how escapism in pc rpgs has evolved with changes of perspective.   The basic viewpoint of the article is summed up as follows: ‘However, like any other genre, there are variations between games that can affect just how “escapist” an RPG can be, perhaps the strongest of which is perspective’.

The article goes onto discuss how first person perspective provides the most immersive

fallout3 RPG escapism   does perspective matter?

1st person - great great for putting the player in role of the character

experience, ‘First-person RPGs, like the recent critical smash Fallout 3 RPG escapism   does perspective matter?, represent, to me, the highest level of escapism in RPGs’, and this is where my viewpoint begins to differ.  While I agree that first person does provide the greatest level of immersion, I would disagree that this necessarily provides the greatest level of escapism.

I would say that escapism can be defined as getting so caught up in the game that you completely lose yourself in it.  The author says, ‘third-person RPGs, at least the good ones that I’ve played over the years, offer incredible narratives in place of true escapism’ and I would argue that offering incredible narratives, getting lost in an imaginary world and creating emotional attachments with the characters is true escapism.  The main advantage of third person perspective is that is helps a player to identify with the characters, especially the protagonist – and this is absolutely necessary in games where narrative must rule.

planescape2 RPG escapism   does perspective matter?

3rd person - great for strong narrative

My belief is that first person works well for ‘sandbox’ rpg games such as Fallout 3, but this cannot compare with the immersive experience of a game like Planescape: Torment RPG escapism   does perspective matter?.  In my mind, escapism is brought about by narrative, immersive worlds and emotional connections with characters, and this is not dependant on perspective.

However, saying this, I do believe that choosing the correct perspective for the game you wish to make (i.e. 1st for Fallout 3, 3rd for Planescape), can have an immense impact on the immersiveness of the game.

Anyway, have a look at the article and let me know what your thoughts are on the issue.

Just read a really interesting article on another blog titled ‘Escapism in RPGs: A Matter of Perspective’.  It discusses how escapism in pc rpgs has evolved with changes of perspective.   The basic viewpoint of the article is summed up as follows: ‘However, like any other genre, there are variations between games that can affect just how “escapist” an RPG can be, perhaps the strongest of which is perspective’.

The article goes onto discuss how first person perspective provides the most immersive

fallout3 RPG escapism   does perspective matter?

1st person - great great for putting the player in role of the character

experience, ‘First-person RPGs, like the recent critical smash Fallout 3 RPG escapism   does perspective matter?, represent, to me, the highest level of escapism in RPGs’, and this is where my viewpoint begins to differ.  While I agree that first person does provide the greatest level of immersion, I would disagree that this necessarily provides the greatest level of escapism.

I would say that escapism can be defined as getting so caught up in the game that you completely lose yourself in it.  The author says, ‘third-person RPGs, at least the good ones that I’ve played over the years, offer incredible narratives in place of true escapism’ and I would argue that offering incredible narratives, getting lost in an imaginary world and creating emotional attachments with the characters is true escapism.  The main advantage of third person perspective is that is helps a player to identify with the characters, especially the protagonist – and this is absolutely necessary in games where narrative must rule.

planescape2 RPG escapism   does perspective matter?

3rd person - great for strong narrative

My belief is that first person works well for ‘sandbox’ rpg games such as Fallout 3, but this cannot compare with the immersive experience of a game like Planescape: Torment RPG escapism   does perspective matter?.  In my mind, escapism is brought about by narrative, immersive worlds and emotional connections with characters, and this is not dependant on perspective.

However, saying this, I do believe that choosing the correct perspective for the game you wish to make (i.e. 1st for Fallout 3, 3rd for Planescape), can have an immense impact on the immersiveness of the game.

Anyway, have a look at the article and let me know what your thoughts are on the issue.

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Editor for the rpg Fallout 3 coming soon!

Posted in pc rpg games  on December 13th, 2008 by: ian

Bethesda have just released an editor for Fallout 3 to enable modders to create their own custom-content in the best known of all post-apocalypic settings!  It is called the Garden of Eden Creation Kit (I wonder how they could possible have thought that one up!)  and considering the ingenuity of the modding community, especially considering what they managed to do with Oblivion I really can’t wait to see what people can come up with.

If you  want to download the G.E.C.K, you can find it here and a wiki with help and tutorials can be found here.

If you are part of the modding community and have created a mod for Fallout, I would love to hear about it.

Bethesda have just released an editor for Fallout 3 to enable modders to create their own custom-content in the best known of all post-apocalypic settings!  It is called the Garden of Eden Creation Kit (I wonder how they could possible have thought that one up!)  and considering the ingenuity of the modding community, especially considering what they managed to do with Oblivion I really can’t wait to see what people can come up with.

If you  want to download the G.E.C.K, you can find it here and a wiki with help and tutorials can be found here.

If you are part of the modding community and have created a mod for Fallout, I would love to hear about it.

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