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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: October 09, 2014, 11:31:40 AM
Most were expecting the game to be delayed.
I can't say it's much of a surprise.

It only came as a bit of a surprise to me because fairly recently in an interview on "Matt Chat" (youtube), Feargus from Obsidian said that PoE would "definitely" be released by the end of the year. 
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: October 03, 2014, 11:07:10 AM
I'm glad that they're taking their time with it, really.  Obsidian has the reputation of releasing games that are ambitious, but buggy / unfinished.  In most cases this probably was completely out of their control as the publisher set a deadline and forced them to release it.  Now that they're releasing a game that isn't relying on a publisher for funding, it would be incredibly stupid for them to release something that isn't as polished as it could be.

I've got plenty of RPGs to keep me busy.  I'm on my second playthrough of Shadowrun: Dragonfall- Director's Cut (I love that game!).  I haven't even started Wasteland 2 yet and haven't finished Divinity: Original SinJagged Alliance: Flashback is coming out later this month.  Lords of Xulima will probably release in a month or two.   It's even possible Serpent in the Staglands and Starcrawlers will release before the end of the year.  Probably a few more games I've backed that might come out soon as well.   It's a great time to be a fan of "old school" CRPGs.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / [Kickstarter] {Demo} Graywalkers: Purgatory - Supernatural Post-apocalyptic RPG on: September 28, 2014, 11:01:09 AM
I'm backing Graywalkers: Purgatory a supernatural, post-apocalyptic RPG (e.g., angels, demons, vampires, werewolves, etc.)   on KS.  It has turn-based tactical combat similar to X-com Enemy Unknown, Wasteland 2, Shadowrun Returns, etc.  The confirmed platforms are PC, Mac, and Linux... Console ports are going to be stretch goals.   They seem to be off to a good start, so I hope they get funded this time around.  
 
The developers just released a (pre-alpha) demo which is available for download.

 I really dig the setting and art for this game.  



4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shadowrun Returns on: September 20, 2014, 09:01:58 AM
Been playing Shadowrun: Dragonfall Director's Cut since it came out.  I highly recommend; if you found "Dead Man's Switch" too linear, this is a more open ended RPG with lots of choices to make. If you liked SRR, you'll love this. 

I haven't played very far into the DC yet (as my usual style is to constantly restart RPGs with different builds until I decide which one I like most), but I can say that I really love the changes they made to the combat system. The fights are more challenging but it feels like you have more control over the outcome. Melee oriented characters are a lot more viable than they are in SRR. I'm trying out an adept and he's kicking ass, because he can run in there and flank an enemy in full cover.  Of course if I do something stupid like end my turn with him standing out in the open, he'll get slaughtered. 
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wasteland 2 on: September 20, 2014, 08:53:46 AM
The game has been getting pretty good reviews.  The reviewer at Jostiq claims to have experienced some crashes and other bugs, but it appears to be that something about the hardware configuration they used caused this, as most other reviewers haven't reported any. 

I backed it on Kickstarter, but I think I'll hold off on playing it for awhile.  I hear there's still a chance they might add perks in an update, so I don't mind waiting a little longer.  Besides, I haven't actually played Wasteland 1 yet, but inXile game me a copy of it on GOG.  But at the moment, Shadowrun Dragonfall DC has got me hooked.   
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shadowrun Returns on: September 10, 2014, 06:59:04 PM
Nerco-posting to point out that Shadowrun Returns (Windows/Mac/Linux) is on sale at the Humble Store for $4.99 for the next 11 days.  I believe you get both a Steam Key and a DRM-free copy.  If for some reason you never bought this great cyberpunk / fantasy RPG, here's your chance to get it cheap. 

Also, Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut is out on September 18th.  Anyone who already owns the Dragonfall expansion gets it for free.  I'm really looking forward to it !
7  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. 
8  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. 
9  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.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: July 30, 2014, 02:31:38 PM
NM.
11  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. 
12  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.
13  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
14  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.
15  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 :)
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