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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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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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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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