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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Divinity: Original Sin on: August 11, 2014, 12:15:38 AM
I am looking for advice about buying this. The reviews are great but I don't know if it is for me.

Games I like
Dragon Age: Origins, Knights of the Old Republic, Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines, Mass Effect, Fallout 3, Elder Scrolls Oblivion and Skyrim

Games I tried but never managed to get into
Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Neverwinter Nights, Fallout 1&2, Elder Scrolls Morrowind

I am afraid it is too old school for me. I've heard people say it is challanging. I try to play games like BG and IWD and I die in the first few fights. Even in Dragon Age Origins I never get passed the Origin story before I have to turn it down to easy to play the game. I grew up with Final Fantasy VII rather than Ultima VII so complex CRPG's are hard for me.



If difficulty is the main thing holding you back, then I say don't worry about it.  The game has three difficulty settings.  I've been playing it on hard and while it was initially pretty challenging at times, I am now about level 13 and currently finding it a bit too easy.... If you take two mages in your party your party will kick some serious ass; with two magic-users you can basically have two summoned elementals at all times... then the enemies will be so focused on trying to take out your summoned creatures that your actual party members should be OK.     The game does have some balance issues (there's too much loot). 

The way in which it's old school is that there aren't things like quest markers (you can make your own notes on the map).  So you have to pay attention to what NPCs say in order to figure out where to go for quests, but the game is basically open world so you could essentially just explore the world and accidentally solve the quests that way.  Enemies don't scale so if you find enemies in one area are too difficult all you have to do is go somewhere else and come back when you're stronger. 
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that All Children Should Play on: August 01, 2014, 02:50:03 PM
Shining Force 1 & 2.  Think I was around 12 when I played those.  Plot isn't too complicated and while they're SRPGs, the combat systems are pretty straight forward and easy to learn.  If you don't have a SEGA Genesis, I believe there's PC, PS3, and XBox 360 versions available in one of the SEGA collections. 

And for nice, easy, & non-violent RPGs, there's always the Harvest Moon series. 
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: July 30, 2014, 02:34:34 PM
Braven Arts -a tactical (J)RPG is currently active on Kickstarter. It has a really cool looking tactical turn-based battle system, lots of side quests, and a day / night schedule for NPCs.

Hard-West  - turn-based tactical strategy / RPG set in the Wild West

Age of Grit -a cRPG with a steampunk / Wild-West setting. I like how the steampunk aspect is an integral part of the gameplay and storyline, as opposed to being merely an aesthetic style that it is in a lot of "steampunk" rpgs; e.g., combat takes place on steam-powered airships. I also love their thoughts on RPG quests.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: July 30, 2014, 02:31:38 PM
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5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Divinity: Original Sin on: July 22, 2014, 11:26:41 PM
I love this game.  Seriously, if you're on the fence about buying this one, you should just take the plunge and buy it.  This a pretty big game, it's fun, and has some great potential replay value.  Larian deserves your money a hell of a lot more than most of the AAA RPG developers who churn out mediocre games and then milk it with DLC that should have been included with the base game.  D: OS's "Source Hunter" DLC is not at all necessary to buy unless you want a digital copy of the soundtrack; it's just an extra way to support the developer really.  But the game itself is absolutely worth $40.

I'm sure it is. And I've love to play it. Seriously, I would. Unfortunately, like many an AA PC game these days, I literally just can't play it, because my computer doesn't have the horsepower. And I'm sure there's a good number of people in my situation. I'd really like to see more games built with all sorts of PC's and specs in mind, rather than expecting their customers to have shilled out anywhere from $300-$500 dollars for a PC that can play the game. Oh well...

Are you sure you've looked at the minimum required specs (rather than the higher "recommended" specs)?   Paraphrasing from the GOG page: The minimum system requirements are: Dual Core CPU, 2 GB RAM, and a HD Intel Graphics 4000 or NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GT (512 MB) or ATI Radeo HD 4850.   Those are pretty modest requirements by today's standards, which part doesn't your PC meet?    If it's the GPU, you could most likely pick up decent mid- level graphics card for under $100.  Now I realize you don't want to invest a hundred bucks to play one game, but then I imagine there are others you'd like to play that this would allow you.   Unless your PC is like a decade old I assume meet the RAM / CPU requirements...  But RAM is fairly cheap and I don't know why anyone would suffer with less than 3 GBs these days anyway. 
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Divinity: Original Sin on: July 21, 2014, 11:45:53 PM
I love this game.  Seriously, if you're on the fence about buying this one, you should just take the plunge and buy it.  This a pretty big game, it's fun, and has some great potential replay value.  Larian deserves your money a hell of a lot more than most of the AAA RPG developers who churn out mediocre games and then milk it with DLC that should have been included with the base game.  D: OS's "Source Hunter" DLC is not at all necessary to buy unless you want a digital copy of the soundtrack; it's just an extra way to support the developer really.  But the game itself is absolutely worth $40.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: July 18, 2014, 07:02:16 PM
Kickstarter is about all about marketing & getting media coverage.  Plenty of KS projects with excellent potential failed because the creators simply didn't have the marketing skills / fame / jouranlism connections / plain luck required to reach their funding goal.  Now, there's a guy that has raised over $50,000 to make potato salad
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: June 28, 2014, 10:30:18 AM
A Kickstarter campaign is active for Insomnia , a post-apocalyptic, "diesel punk" RPG with RTwP combat (e.g., Baldur's Gate, DA: O, etc.). Has some really nice graphics and sounds quite ambitious, promising non-linear quests with multiple solutions.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: June 12, 2014, 10:38:47 AM
Looks great, but (not trying to be negative here) I'd like to see a demonstration of the game at this point.  The full combat mod for W2 gave me really high hopes that they ironed out some of the gameplay idiosyncrasies that I wasn't really a fun of, so I want to see the game in actual action and not just pretty cutscenes and snippets.  Hope we see it at one of the big press conferences! 

I'm sure you may have seen this by now but here's a couple gameplay demo video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVlE8BXEbpE#t=212

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3HuAroY1Oo

Of course it's still hard to tell exactly what's changed since the TW2 without actually playing it.   My biggest criticism of combat in TW2 was how much you had to rely on rolling in some fights... It got pretty ridiculous in certain battles where the best strategy was to roll over and over again.    But at least it looks like Geralt can now dodge without having to rolll :)
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: May 18, 2014, 08:23:38 AM
Witchmarsh A side-scrolling action RPG set in 1920s Massachusetts. Create and manage a team of investigators in a story-driven supernatural mystery. Really like the concept of this one and I'm all for RPGs that take place anywhere other than the generic Tolkien-esque medieval fantasy setting.

Also, a couple games I have Kickstarted have recently announced release dates.  Divinity: Original Sin (which is currently in Early Access) will have a full release on June 20th.      Quest for Infamy (a Quest For Glory style adventure / RPG hyrbrid) will release on June 26th.   Unrest (an RPG set in Ancient India) is coming out on July 23rd.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: May 07, 2014, 05:01:06 PM
^Yeah, I don't really understand the success of Omori.  Doesn't really look interesting to me but I guess the creator has a following on the web comic the game was based on.

A couple more Kickstarter campaigns that interest me launched recently:

The Way - an action adventure game inspired by Another World (aka "Out of this World" in the US)

Red Goddess- a "Metroidvania" action / adventure game.  I just really like the visuals and music for this one.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: April 09, 2014, 03:16:51 PM
A few more interesting indie RPGs have recent launched on Kickstarter:

Serpent in the Staglands an old school RTwP cRPG in the style of Baldur's Gate and Darklands. 

Prisonscape - an RPG / adventure game where you take on the role of a new inmate in prison. 
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Dragon Fin Soup- Raffle Contest on: April 08, 2014, 12:24:28 AM
Never heard of the game, got a trailer?

Also, I thought this was funny from their kickstarter page.



You can make a city for only gay people technically.
It'd be so 'happy' I'd call it Disney.

oops for some reason I linked the wrong game (Shining Empire) in my original post.  Must have been tired. Dragon Fin Soup's Kickstarter page is here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/grimmbros/dragon-fin-soup/  A Trailer is the first part of the video.  The developer is going to be releasing a longer game play video soon, too. 
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Dragon Fin Soup- Raffle Contest on: April 06, 2014, 12:29:24 PM
Grimm Bros., the developers of upcoming indie RPG Dragon Fin Soup are holding a raffle contest on their facebook page.  Check it out if you like free stuff.



I'm excited for this game.  It has great art and music.  
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Starting my 1st campaign of Dragon Age Origins! on: March 14, 2014, 01:42:47 PM
I am embarking on my first single player game of Dragon Age. I am an old school RPG gamer and have been out of the loop for a while...haven't played since the old Baldurs Gate days. Will I like this game? I also have the Awakenings expansion. Do I need to play through the original DA before I install it? Any tips or tricks I could use?

I think if you enjoy Baldur's Gate series you will enjoy Dragon Age: Origins.  You can go ahead and install Awakenings; it doesn't matter.. The Awakenings campaign takes place after the storyline of DA: O (unfortunately Awakenings sn't nearly as good and I found it too easy even on the highest difficulty setting) but worth playing once.  DA: O has it's issues; one particular issue is that the classes aren't balanced well- in general Mages > Warriors > Rogues.  But it has a decent story and lots of side quests and secrets to find.  You may need to consult a wiki / walkthrough to find some of the most powerful weapons. 

Here's how I would actually suggest playing Dragon Age Origins:  Create a character and play through their Origin story (probably a couple hours long each) until you get taken to Ostagar.  Do this for several of the origins...Maybe even all 6. The Origins completely different and this will let you try out the different classes without having to replay anything.  Then choose your favorite character and actually play the whole game. 

I'd also say that most of the DLC for Dragon Age Origins is actually worth getting; in particular, the Witch Hunt DLC is great especially if you like Morrigan's character.   
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