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2023-01-09

Game of the Year Awards 2022 - Editors Choice

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2023-01-08

Game of the Year Awards 2022 - Most Promising RPG

What is the most promising RPG of 2023? Like every year, you had your say. Check out the details to find out what games our visitors and editors think are most promising.


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Monday - January 30, 2023

Turn Based Lovers - February 2023 - Turn Based Games

by Hiddenx, 18:42

Like every month The Turn Based Lovers checked out the upcoming tactical / turn-based games:

Upcoming Turn-Based RPG & Strategy Games of February 2023

Timestamps
0:00 Intro
0:40 SpellForce: Conquest of Eo
1:34 Yggdra Union
2:36 It Returned to the Desert
3:34 Dungeonman
4:40 Redemption Reapers
5:30 Company of Heroes 3
6:37 Blood Bowl 3
7:40 Octopath Traveler II
8:40 Dungeons of Aether
9:45 Star Shift Origin
10:45 Outro

Turn Based Lovers

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Black Geyser - Big Update

by Hiddenx, 16:59

Lackblogger spotted a big update for Black Geyser - among other things you can play the game in French now:

Ho there, adventurers!

We are thrilled to announce that Black Geyser: Couriers of Darkness is now available in French! Our heartfelt thanks goes to Vincent "Goat Buster" Lagaillarde for the French translation of the game.

Since our last update, several fixes and improvements have been implemented as well. You can read their list below.

Latest Changes

  • Added French localization
  • Enabled unique spellcasting chants for companions
  • Corrected Interrupt Strength and Interrupt Evasion calculations
  • High Interrupt Evasion characters can now tolerate a lot more hits
  • When casting identical spells on a target, now all instances take effect instead of just one
  • Sling weapon models are now always positioned correctly
  • Duration scaling based on class and level is now calculated correctly
  • Heal over time effects now work correctly
  • Duration scaling introduced for Healing Mist and Verdant Growth
  • Healing Mist and Verdant Growth now restore less Health per turn compared to single target heals
  • Adjusted the damage and scaling of damage over time effects
  • Item comparison tooltips now appear correctly both in the Inventory and the Shop UI
  • Available Special Ability points are now correctly displayed during level-up
  • Dorb won't spawn multiple times anymore
  • Hamlin no longer disappears after becoming hostile in his first quest
  • Arvex's final quest cannot get stuck after sparing Siracca anymore
  • Volendir no longer appears later in the game if he was killed before
  • The mound of sand in Freynagar now also contains Moist Sand
  • Jury Rigged Golems no longer engage instantly upon entering the area
  • Corrected marker positions for all areas on the world map
  • Each animal in Scofarth now only drops a single instance of Animal Pelt
  • Isla's staff is now identified by default
  • Trapped Jade's dialogue now starts correctly when approached by companions


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The Black Geyser Team

Black Geyser

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Caves of Lore - Some Reviews

by Hiddenx, 16:16

Unfortunately the dungeon crawler Caves of Lore is ignored by most gaming sites right now - so here are some Steam reviews:

Oldmanwithers:

Caves of Lore is a wonderful mix of idea's and systems that blend together into an incredibly engaging, if somewhat still roughly hewn, love letter to classic CRPG's while still feeling very much like it's own game.

Highly customizable character development, quick and engaging tactical turn-based combat and a world exploration mechanic that utilizes unique skills and abilities to navigate the environment and discover treasure provides a fun framework to really dig into it's many systems.
That said, the game still feels VERY much like an early access title with frequent rough-edges and technical issues to it's overall presentation (though none that have been completely game-breaking in my experience), but the developer is highly engaged in the community, listening to feedback and updating and patching the game at a pace that could only be call "fevered".
As it stands, it is a fascinating hidden gem of an RPG that will no doubt only become better and more refined as time goes on under the developer's constant refinement. If you're willing to put up with a few growing pains, I have no doubt any old school RPG enthusiast would find a lot to love about this game.

Stubbieoz:

Wow, what a gem of a game. This is indie game development at its best.
The graphics are lacking for sure but they work really well within the context of the game. There is an absolute ton of content to this game. Lots of secrets to discover and a real feeling of accomplishment when you work things out. The tactical combat is a real joy to play. You can save anytime out of combat and battles are quick.
The devs are really passionate and active in the forum. They are currently churning out patches almost every day. Which brings me to the one caveat I currently have. While the game appears to be complete, it is lacking in some tooltips and clarification on some game mechanics. But these are being addressed in the forum as they are being reported on and some early game breaking bugs have since been smashed.
Totally worth the current asking price. If you like old school rpg's with modern game mechanics you will love this.

I give this game a 4 out of 5 schooners.... along with a middy.

Eremycore:

Easily one of the best games I have played in a long time. Learning skills and abilities feels good. Each party member fills out specific roles and can be tweaked with equipment and skills. Their little bits of dialog here and there give them personality and make you care about them.
Combat is fair and pushes you to get creative with abilities while not feeling like you are forced to stick to any meta or handcuff you into playing a certain way. There may be minor UI bugs every so often but the dev is rolling out multiple updates a day at this point. They clearly care about this game and so should you.

Caves of Lore

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Blacktail - Review @ Mortismal Gaming

by Hiddenx, 12:45

Mortismal Gaming reviewed the RPG Blacktail:

Blacktail - Review After 100%

Talking about my experiences with Blacktail, a game centered around a sort of origin story for the witch Baba Yaga.

Timestamps
00:00 Intro
00:46 Overview
01:10 Story Set Up & Thoughts
02:09 Difficulty
02:38 Progression Systems
05:15 Combat
07:00 World & Atmosphere
08:47 Steam Deck Compatibility
09:38 Positives/Negatives
11:07 Conclusion
11:45 Wrap Up

Blacktail

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Adventure-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Wantless - Preview @ Kordanor's Gaming Lair

by Hiddenx, 12:41

Kordanor checked out the demo of the tactical RPG Wantless:

Wantless - Nightmare Tactics RPG - Preview [EN] by Kordanor

Ever encountered a nightmare in person? In Wantless we jump into our patients brains to erase unwelcome memories. A turnbased tactics-RPG of a different kind, with a very interesing spin on tactical combat where for every action you take, your enemies get more action points. Efficiency is key! The game also comes with a nice artstyle and an interesting spell-crafting-system.

Check out my Preview-Video for more details or give the freely available demo a spin. The game does not have a scheduled release date yet.

 

Wantless

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Sunday - January 29, 2023

Scars Above - Announced for February 28

by Hiddenx, 16:48

The Action Adventure Shooter Scars Above will be released on February 28:

 Scars Above

Scars Above is a challenging sci-fi third-person action adventure shooter combining the rewarding feel of overcoming difficulty with a compelling and intricate story, set in a mysterious alien world to explore.

Some things were not meant to be discovered…

A colossal and enigmatic alien structure appears in Earth's orbit and stuns the entire world; humanity names it ‘The Metahedron’. The Sentient Contact Assessment and Response team (SCAR) - consisting of scientists and engineers - is sent to investigate.

Things don’t go as planned and the Metahedron hauls the team across space onto a mysterious extrasolar planet. Playing the role of Dr Kate Ward - a SCAR member - who wakes up dazed, alone in a strange, hostile environment. Determined to survive, you set out to find your crew and unravel the mystery behind what’s happened.

SURVIVE AGAINST ALL ODDS
Kate is an astronaut and a scientist – not a soldier - but she's resourceful and determined to do anything to survive.Use a combination of ranged weapons, devices, consumables and melee attacks, you need to manage stamina as you run, dodge, exploit weak points and discover effective tactics to defeat your foes
Combine different elemental attacks to beat the odds and break through otherwise impassable obstacles.
Craft different items and gadgets to aid you against the countless threats in this exoplanet.

EXPLORE A MYSTERIOUS EXOPLANET
Immerse yourself in a carefully crafted adventure, inspired by the sci-fi classics.Explore an alien world filled with countless threats, gorgeous landscapes and ruins hinting of an ancient - yet advanced - civilisation that somehow disappeared.
Journey through different biomes, such as marshlands, freezing wastelands, underground caverns and alien facilities – all with their own set of challenges, enemies, secrets and environmental hazards.

EMBARK ON A RESEARCH JOURNEY
Kate is a scientist to her core and you'll use that scientific expertise to extract information from your surroundings by scanning artifacts, materials and creatures in order to learn about their features, properties and weaknesses.As you explore your surroundings, you will conduct analysis and gain knowledge which will allow you to craft new gadgets, weapons and unlock abilities in Xenobiology and Engineering trees.

THRILLING BOSS FIGHTS
Ghastly enemy designs - with diverse strategies and tactics - will keep encounters fresh, forcing you to find creative ways to defeat them.

The Scars Above Experience:

  • Immerse yourself in an exciting sci-fi adventure inspired by the classics of the genre
  • Explore an enigmatic and intricate alien world - with plenty of mysteries to uncover
  • Fight tactically, using a combination of elemental attacks, gadgets and items, exploit the environment and enemy weaknesses
  • Engage exciting and challenging enemies and bosses, from hulking rock-covered monstrosities to nightmarish creatures lurking in the dark
  • Gain knowledge and acquire new skills
  • Scan enemies to learn about their weaknesses and behaviours
  • Use your scientific skills to conduct research and extrapolate information

Scars Above

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Shooter-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Forspoken - Review @ Mortismal Gaming

by Hiddenx, 16:00

Mortismal Gaming checked out the action RPG Forspoken:

Forspoken - Review After 100%

Forspoken

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Tenebris: Terra Incognita - Announced

by Hiddenx, 11:59

The tactical RPG Tenebris: Terra Incognita got a Steam page:

Tenebris: Terra Incognita

Tenebris: Terra Incognita is a turn-based tactical RPG in a Sci-fi setting inspired by Robert Heinlein's "Starship Troopers" and Ridley Scott's "Prometheus". Create your own unique squad and set out to explore the grim planet of Tenebris!

(older alpha video)

Tenebris: Terra Incognita is a complex turn-based RPG in a grim science fiction setting. You will face a harsh journey through an uncharted planet teeming with terrifying monsters. The player's task is to rescue the human expedition from the crashed ship Solaris, overcoming serious obstacles along the way.

CHARACTERS
Over the course of the game you will have access to 23 different classes with their own unique mechanics. We are big fans of such series as X-ComDisciples 2 and HoMM, so we want to give players a similar experience, thanks to the deep customization of characters and the career progression.

  • Experiment with the talent branches of the characters.
  • Combine your abilities with equipment items.
  • Create your own unique build, and conquer the world of Tenebris!

Tenebris: Terra Incognita

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Non-RPG General News - Colossal Cave Review

by Hiddenx, 07:57

Gaming Trend checked out the Adventure Colossal Cave:

Colossal Cave review — Back to basics

Colossal Cave Adventure was a 1976 text-based adventure game developed by Will Crowther then later expanded by Don Woods. In the game, players would type in commands to explore a massive cave system and find treasure. It’s the first widely known adventure game, with its only predecessor achieving nowhere near as much renown. This adventure has quite the legacy, and was even the title to inspire industry legend Roberta Williams, to get into game development. Now, she and her husband Ken are making their grand return with a full 3D remake of the game that started it all.

Colossal Cave begins by placing you next to a small shed in a forest. There are a few items to grab inside, and your goal is to bring all 15 treasures in the cave back here for a full score of 350 points. In lieu of a text parser, you have two actions you can cycle through by right clicking: look and use. You can look at both specific items and objects as well as your general environment. Whatever you look at will trigger a pleasing narration describing the situation just like the original text adventure would. The narrator will also chime in occasionally to warn you of dangers like a dragon or a long fall. The use action, represented by a hand, covers any interactions with the environment like climbing a ladder, picking up items, and more. It’s a great way to simplify everything you could do in the original game, while keeping the breadth of abilities for puzzle solving.

[...]

Colossal Cave is a fascinating game, and this modern remake brings the wonder of a text adventure to life in full 3D. It’s streamlined with a few updates, while still keeping the spirit of the original. The game has more than a few issues, but is well worth playing for a magical adventure.

Score: 80/100

Non-RPG General News

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Unknown
Genre: Unknown
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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STORY OF SEASONS: A Wonderful Life - Announced for June 27

by Hiddenx, 07:42

The Farming RPG STORY OF SEASONS: A Wonderful Life will be released on June 27:

STORY OF SEASONS: A Wonderful Life

Put down roots on your new farm in the peaceful town of Forgotten Valley. Forge precious memories as you weave your own generation-spanning tale of friendship, family, and farming. Bring life to the land by cultivating crops and raising animals, find love among the town's friendly folk, and make lasting memories with a family of your very own in this reimagining of a beloved farming classic.

Establish your homestead
Live a carefree life on the farm growing an abundance of crops and nurturing the land to improve your yield. Raise cute animals that reward your affection with handy produce that is perfect for recipes, as gifts or sold for a profit at your very own market stall. Discover new animals, create hybrid crops and build upgradeable facilities to help you on your way to a dream life in Forgotten Valley.

Befriend the residents of Forgotten Valley
Find new friends among the charming cast of characters in the tranquil town of Forgotten Valley, and get to know them through all-new events! In this close-knit community, there’s an abundance of memorable personalities, from the mischievous Nature Sprites to the nutty scientist Daryl, that make Forgotten Valley… unforgettable!

Tell your story your way
Play as male, female, or non-binary, and customise your look as you start your new story in Forgotten Valley. Regardless of how you choose to play, all of the eight eligible bachelors and bachelorettes have romantic potential, so you can truly be who you want to be and fall in love with your heart’s desire.

Fall in love, start a family and build precious memories
Once you’ve found your one true love, it’s time to settle down and start a family. Watch your child grow into adulthood as the years pass! Will they inherit the farm? Or will they find their calling somewhere else? Help your family thrive across the decades in Forgotten Valley, guiding your child on the path to finding a future that’s right for them.

A Wonderful Life for a new generation!
Revisit a beloved story as never before, with updated visuals, additional marriage candidates, new animals, seasonal events and a wide array of gameplay improvements. This reimagined version of A Wonderful Life brings all of the heart and charm of the original to a new generation as the definitive experience of one of the most cherished entries in the long-running farming series.

STORY OF SEASONS: A Wonderful Life

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Modern
Genre: Adventure-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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RPG Crawler - RPG News Roundup

by Hiddenx, 07:27

Like every week the RPG Crawler sums up the computer and tabletop RPG news:

RPG News Roundup (1-28-2023)

RPG Crawler

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Hex - Released into Early Access

by Hiddenx, 07:25

The tactical RPG Hex is now available as Early Acces version:

 Hex

The game combines previewing enemy attacks with a system where random values are calculated before player makes the decision. The core principle is that all new variables that affect the gameplay are always introduced at the beginning of the turn, giving player time to react. This approach allows to create a very challenging but fair combat with high stakes and long-lasting consequences. The system is designed in a way to make player’s decisions more important than random rolls. For example, you won’t lose because you missed several times in a row on attacks that seemed like a sure hit. You won’t lose because the enemy rolled a lucky crit and killed one of your team and you had no way to prevent it. The game is entirely predictable within any single turn, but each new turn can create a unique situation on the battlefield that player will have to deal with.

Key features:

  • All enemy attacks for their next turn are shown in advance, giving player ability to react. Each turn therefore presents a unique tactical puzzle the player must solve.
  • All random variables are calculated at the start of the turn, so you will always know the exact result of your every action. This approach combines the best of both random and deterministic systems.
  • Complex RPG system where each action resolved using multiple checks that depend on dozens of variables. The system supports a variety of playstyles and allows for multitude of classes and weapons that each has it's uses.
  • Large selection of realistic weapons and armor. Design inspired by real historic examples and each piece of equipment has its own tactical niche, consistent with how it's actually were used.
  • Saving system which combines Ironman mode with the ability to retry encounters and pick the best outcome (retry attempts are limited). This way you have to carefuly plan your every action, but a single mistake won't ruin an entire playthrough.
  • Permadeath. Squadmates that die in battle are gone forever. If your main char dies and you have no retries it's game over.

Hex

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Saturday - January 28, 2023

Ultima VII Part I - Like a 1980s Dark Fantasy Film

by Hiddenx, 19:15

Spotted on the Ultima Codex:

Ever Wondered What “Ultima 7: The Black Gate” Would Look Like As a 1980s Dark Fantasy Film?

AI art generation technologies — DALL-E, Midjourney, and others — have been growing in popularity and capability, especially over the last year or so. What is more, whereas early iterations of these technologies required considerable amounts of GPU and computing power, their modern incarnations can run on more modest hardware; browser-based solutions are also readily available.

So it should come as no surprise that someone has taken it upon themselves to put together a series of still images imagining what different scenes and characters from Ultima 7: The Black Gate would look like had the game been brought to life as a dark fantasy film in the mid-1980s. This, granted, was years prior to the game itself being released, but fantasy films from that era did have a certain aesthetic to them.

The results are pretty impressive. Most of the characters and scenes are instantly recognizable (though if you’re at all confused, you can find a complete, timestamped index on the video’s YouTube page), and some of the renderings are particularly spot-on.

Ultima VII Part I

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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A Bavarian Tale - Totgeschwiegen - Preview

by Hiddenx, 14:06

Wizard Worm checked out the upcoming detective RPG A Bavarian Tale - Totgeschwiegen:

A Bavarian Tale - Totgeschwiegen Review | Terrible Secrets of Wolpertshofen (Detective RPG)

A Bavarian Tale - Totgeschwiegen is a third-person RPG detective story with 11 different endings, set in Bavaria in 1866. Medical student Valentin Schmidt travels to Wolpertshofen, when a sudden death causes turmoil in the village. Use your skills, find clues and question the villagers to stop the murders.

A Bavarian Tale - Totgeschwiegen

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Historical
Genre: Adventure-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Grey Heritage: Faded Vision - Like Fire Emblem

by Hiddenx, 11:29

If you search for games like Fire Emblem here's on for you: Grey Heritage: Faded Vision

Grey Heritage: Faded Vision

 STORY
In Grey Heritage: Faded Vision, we will be taking a close look at the land of Astrea, a beautiful land filled with knights and nobles. However, Astrea has been war-stricken for decades. The people of Astrea had lost all hope in having a competent king lead them towards a brighter future.

However, King Edward Estore, the puppet king of Astrea and prodigy grandson of Emperor Augustus Estore, rose up to this challenge. A man with grand ambition for the future of Calista, are guiding the people despite being a foreigner to Astrea. The people must choose between following their new king towards his ambition or face the mighty dragons of the Estore Empire.

Leon Beaumont, the son of King Beaumont and Exiled Prince of Astrea, wish to put an end to the Estore Empire's tyranny upon his land. Prince Leon finally risen the banner once more, to put an end to a long lost friend.

GAMEPLAY

  • Fight through hand-crafted scenarios across 14 chapters with all unique objectives and map design.
  • Play as 11 playable units with all unique skills, classes and abilities on the battlefield.
  • Use terrain to your advantage in this turn-based tactical RPG.
  • You are not alone! AI controlled allies will help you turn the tide of war.
  • Give your soldiers experience and stat boosting items so they can shine in JRPG combat.
  • Every soldier is key to completing the objective.
  • Inventory Management is paramount towards victory.

FEATURES

  • No Permadeath so you won't lose progress on your soldiers.
  • A narrative driven love-letter to RPG fans.
  • An emphasis on indoor and outdoor combat.
  • The ability to save at checkpoints to undo any mistakes you've made.
  • A story focus ~10 hour experience for busy adults who love RPG.

Grey Heritage: Faded Vision

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Chained Echoes - Review @ RPGamer

by Hiddenx, 11:04

RPGamer reviewed the J-RPG Chained Echoes:

Chained Echoes Review

Echoes of Greatness

Chained Echoes is a game that evokes superlatives. It lovingly embraces its 16-bit JRPG inspirations while never feeling derivative in the slightest. It successfully sets out to reinvigorate the well-worn turn-based combat formula found in many games of that era while adding many smart and well-considered elements to the mix, ultimately creating a bold and involving combat experience that feels classic and fresh at the same time. A crisp pixel-art style and stellar musical compositions wow the eye and ear as it weaves an involved and lengthy narrative full of twists and turns. In short, developer Matthias Linda has tapped into a very specific niche, setting a high-water mark of quality in the process.

Chained Echoes takes place on the war-torn continent of Valandis, a place constantly embroiled in conflicts between its three dominant kingdoms. War has been a way of life for its citizens for hundreds of years, with entire generations living and dying never knowing any other way of life. The game follows an ensemble cast of characters of various fantasy races from all over the continent, brought together for various reasons but ultimately looking for a way to bring the constant hostilities to an end.

[...]

It’d be easy to simply compare Chained Echoes to some of the classics that clearly inspired it and call it a day. But the game brings to the table a lot more than simple callbacks to Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy, or Suikoden. It builds on the impressive groundwork set by these household names in such impressive ways that it easily establishes its own identity. Even those who have never played any of the above titans will be able to get into Chained Echoes without any trouble, and all that take the plunge are sure to be quite happy they did so.

Score: 4.5/5

Chained Echoes

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: J-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Geneforge 2 - Infestation - Kickstarter soon

by Hiddenx, 10:53

The Turn Based Lovers report that Spiderweb Software will start a Kickstarter for Geneforge 2 - Infestation on February 8:

Geneforge 2: Infestation – a remastered edition of the cult-classic RPG – is heading to Kickstarter this February

Spiderweb Software is excited to announce the launch of the Geneforge 2: Infestation Kickstarter campaign on February 8th, with a goal of $30,000. The game will feature improved visuals, a new melee and missile system, and new content such as characters, storylines, and abilities. Stretch goals include funding for new missions and monsters.

The game’s original creator, Jeff Vogel, will be the primary developer, working alongside freelancers to bring his vision to life. This is the second Kickstarter for Spiderweb Software in the Geneforge series, following the successful funding of Geneforge 1: Mutagen in early 2020.

[...]

Geneforge 2 - Infestation

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Alterium Shift - Preview

by Hiddenx, 10:12

Nookrium checked out the J-RPG Alterium Shift:

Alterium Shift - (Fantasy Adventure JRPG)

Alterium Shift

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: J-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Wizards of the Coast - WotC Surrenders

by Silver, 00:36

Bob World Builder has posted a video about Wizards of the Coast walking back from OGL 1.2 and leaving OGL 1.0a in place untouched.

Wizards of the Coast announced that they will not destroy the jobs of thousands of indie RPG creators...and they personally emailed me about it?

Wizards of the Coast

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Friday - January 27, 2023

Hogwarts Legacy - Gameplay and Details

by Hiddenx, 21:21

Fextralife checked out Hogwarts Legacy previews:

Hogwarts Legacy News - NEW Hogwarts Legacy Gameplay and Details!

 

Hogwarts Legacy

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Path of the Midnight Sun - Review @ RPGFan

by Hiddenx, 18:26

RPGFan has reviewed the Visual Novel/Tactical RPG Path of the Midnight Sun:

Path of the Midnight Sun

It isn't exactly an unexpected tale from a fantasy JRPG, but it's still genuinely engaging with likable characters at its core.

Sometimes, the paths we travel on take us to unexpected places. One could argue the same of visual novel/JRPG hybrid Path of the Midnight Sun: an indie title that initially began life as a romhack of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. A successful Kickstarter later, Path of the Midnight Sun has developed into a game of surprising complexity and depth that, in several respects, stands side by side with its FE storyline inspirations. I enjoyed my time with the game immensely during my nearly thirty-hour playthrough!

As so often is the case, our tale begins with a knight on a mission of great importance. Unfortunately for Sir Suzaku Ornieres, he’s also struck with mysterious amnesia. Still, blind priestess and apparent childhood friend Shiori quickly points him back in the right direction. Sixty years ago, the land experienced the devastating emergence of the Demon King, who was sealed away only through the efforts of a group of legendary heroes. Ever since, one person of incredible magic ability has been chosen as the Vassal, the living seal keeping the Demon King from returning. The current Vassal is the Princess Faratras of the kingdom of Hoikade, and Suzaku and Shiori must meet her by orders of their theocratic nation of Pylum to assess if the seal is still functioning.

[...]

Path of the Midnight Sun is a gorgeous game with superb art direction. I love the character portraits’ detail and expressiveness, and the character and creature designs are spectacular! The VN illustrations are lovely to look at; though that quality is occasionally applied to fanservice, there are multiple options to skip the steamier fanservice hot springs illustrations should you prefer to do so. Live2D animation significantly keeps scenes from appearing too static, and the UI is sharp and easy to navigate.

The best way to play is using a mouse, but it is still relatively playable using a docked Steam Deck with a controller, as I did for this review, though that is not the optimal approach. The soundscape was phenomenal too. I love the sweeping orchestral scope of the soundtrack, and the voice acting is genuine and immensely high caliber. The story itself is enjoyable in terms of writing, but the expressive art, dynamic performances, and music help convey it efficiently.

I appreciate how the story so succinctly ties up its loose ends, and the epilogue makes the journey worth it. However, I did feel that the game’s pacing could drag on at specific points with several “fake out” endings, which are a storytelling mechanic I dislike. Honestly though? I forgot all about that minor frustration when I finally reached the proper conclusion because it was such an entertaining journey overall. Much heart and soul went into creating Path of the Midnight Sun, and that effort shows time and time again throughout the game. It’s worth tracking down and one I’ll fondly remember playing for a while yet.

Score: 90/100

 

Path of the Midnight Sun

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Honkai: Star Rail - Preview

by Hiddenx, 18:18

Moon explains the game mechanics of the upcoming Gacha J-RPG Honkai: Star Trail:

Everything You Need to Know About Honkai Star Rail!

 

Honkai: Star Rail

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Forspoken - Review

by Hiddenx, 18:06

Davidvinc has reviewed the action RPG Forspoken:

Full Honest Review of FORSPOKEN - Does It Deserve The Hate?!

Forspoken

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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SKALD: Against the Black Priory - Gameplay

by Hiddenx, 18:00

The Turn Based Lovers checked out SKALD: Against The Black Priory:

SKALD Against The Black Priory | Party-Based Tactical RPG | New Gameplay First Look

SKALD: Against the Black Priory

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Redemption Reapers - Release Date: February 23

by Hiddenx, 16:23

The RPG Redemption Reapers will be released on February 23:

Redemption Reapers - Gameplay Overview Trailer

Redemption Reapers

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Urban Strife - Featured at Steam Spring NextFest

by Hiddenx, 16:06

Urban Strife will be a part of the Steam Spring NextFest:

Urban Strife will be featured at Spring NextFest!

Coming to a Steam account near you with an updated Prologue

We're pleased to announce Urban Strife has been handpicked as one of the featured games at the upcoming Steam NextFest, coming February 6th. To celebrate this, we've taken your feedback and polished even more the Prologue Demo. This time you will be able to enjoy it fully, from day one of the festival and well beyond after NextFest ends.

Because we promised you an early comeback and because being a featured game requires one to have a press demo, tonight we will reactivate our regular build, the one you've seen Zemalf, Splattercat and other content creators play. You can, of course, download and have fun with it, but it is meant to be a demo for journalists and the un-patient ones. Just remember to be back here on February 6th, or you'll miss a lot of things.

If you're curious what exactly there is to miss, here's a tentative list of NextFest Demo features:

  • All the industry NPCs have now a quest to build a specific shelter upgrade; spend materials and you'll get to see the shelter change under your eyes
  • You can now salvage items and weapons at the Recycler Workshop and obtain building materials
  • There are 4 new facilities you can build: a garden (+food), a jail (+morale), a pharmacy (+health) and a garage
  • The items now have a trade value and the traders will be openly displaying the cut they take so you can do your trading math correctly
  • The backpack has been completely redesigned, with carry slots now clearly separated from equipment slots and filters;
  • Speaking of filters, all containers have item filters now and a SORT button for easier inventory management
    Item generation and manipulation has also been redesigned to lower memory use that sometimes lead to crashes
  • We have added much needed hover information on the main HUD (and we plan to expand this to other parts of the interface)
  • Targeting cursor has been adjusted to convey extra and more accurate information; loot cursor now is animated for easier detection of interactable objects
  • The city map has been re-drawn, showing the local attractions, districts and a streamlined road layout
  • Also on the city map, we have a new sector info chart, with new information about the places you plan to visit
  • RPG has gone through a new overhaul round, dialogues are now less stuffed; you can still read the lore, but you can do it at will, after you settle in
  • Finally, there is a whole new intro sequence to the game for more immersive story telling
  • List will continue as we add more features - expect an update closer to the festival.

Urban Strife

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Apocalypse
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Scarlet Nexus - Free Steam Weekend

by Hiddenx, 15:53

You can play the J-RPG Scarlett Nexus for free on steam this weekend:

Scarlett Nexus

Choose between Yuito and Kasane, elite psionics each armed with a talent in psychokinesis and their own reason to fight. Complete both of their stories to unlock all the mysteries of a Brain Punk future caught between technology and psychic abilities.

Scarlet Nexus

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Dark Envoy - Early Preview

by Hiddenx, 15:45

Mortismal Gaming checked out the tactical RPG Dark Envoy:

Dark Envoy - Early Preview

Dark Envoy

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Thursday - January 26, 2023

Wantless - New Trailer

by Hiddenx, 22:36

The tactical RPG Wantless got a new trailer:

Wantless - Official Reveal Trailer

Wantless is a turn-based tactical RPG where you face the woes inside your patients’ tortured minds. Set in a dystopian future of another kind, where most of the population is asleep, Wantless takes you through procedurally generated runs called mind-mazes. Brace for a fast-paced combat experience, supported by a deep skill-crafting system. Use your action points wisely, as each of your foes will receive the same number of points as you've just spent. Wantless is releasing in Fall 2023 for Early Access on PC and will be part of the Steam Next Fest with a free demo to play.

 

Wantless

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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One Piece Odyssey - Review @ RPG Site

by Hiddenx, 20:31

RPG Site reviewed the J-RPG One Piece Odyssey:

One Piece Odyssey Review

Being a fan of One Piece probably means that I was likely to either be extra-critical of its RPG adaptation or alternatively more lenient with a personal attachment to the characters. Now after having played One Piece Odyssey, I think I’m leaning on the “more critical” side. Odyssey is the first major turn-based RPG for the series, with the mega-hit Shonen manga more often adapted into action titles instead. I was pretty excited about this game, with my only concern being that the main development team ILCA, was largely only known for their support work and more recently the Pokemon Pearl and Diamond remakes which got a mixed reception. I haven’t minded their work on the Voice of Cards series, though.

The setup, and story overall, is pretty basic. Captain Luffy of the Straw Hat Pirates spots a strange island and demands they land there, before being pulled in by a storm. Shipwrecked, a strange girl called Lim separates the pirate crew from their powers, which is represented in this RPG framework by being set back to level one and having very few skills. The crew soon fights the island guardian Collossi and travels to Memoria, dream-like lands made out of their collective memories in order to regain their scattered powers. Though the events in these memories aren’t always exactly the same as what actually happened in the past.

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I was also disappointed that certain moments were not made into cutscenes, or even playable segments. Such as one point where you save Princess Vivi it, merely tells you in text what you did. This especially agitating after all the time spent combing through the sand for minor things instead of playing what could have been a more fun rescue mission. Later on, these sorts of events shook things up a bit more, and there was one distinctly fun part (for a fan) in Dressrosa, and they just didn’t do enough of that.

Through the animations alone I can see there was a lot of care put into creating this game, with some serious attention to detail (even down to Sanji refusing to damage the sole female enemy in the game). But there are some very basic design decisions, especially regarding game progression that hamper the experience greatly. The backtracking continues throughout even all the way to the very end, to the point that I really wondered what the extra padding was for. I’m not even interested in the post-game quest of fighting tougher opponents since all the boss fights prior were so basic. The great cast just isn’t enough to not make certain parts of the game feel like a chore. For the One Piece fan who can handle a bit of tedium and lackluster bosses, I can recommend it, for anyone else I wouldn’t suggest it.

Score: 6/10

One Piece Odyssey

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: J-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Fuga: Melodies of Steel 2 - Release Date: May 11

by Hiddenx, 20:21

The Strategy RPG Fuga: Melodies of Steel 2 will be released on May 11:

Fuga: Melodies of Steel - Official - Tweet

Fuga: Melodies of Steel 2 will be released on the May 11, 2023!

 

Fuga: Melodies of Steel 2

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Modern
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Matt Chat - #500 - Baldur's Gate 2

by Hiddenx, 19:54

In episode #500 Matt Barton spend some time with his favourite RPG Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn:

Matt Chat 500: Baldur's Gate 2

A big Thank You for 500 Matt Chats!

 

Matt Chat

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Mahokenshi - Released

by Hiddenx, 19:38

The card-based RPG Mahokenshi has been released:

Mahokenshi - OUT NOW

Begin your journey to become a mighty samurai mage! In a blend of adventure, strategy and deckbuilding gameplay, choose how you will follow the way of the Mahoken. Explore the Celestial Islands, build your deck, battle challenging demons, and protect the land from the forces of corruption.

Mahokenshi

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Card-Based RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Wednesday - January 25, 2023

Elder Scrolls Online - Necrom Reveal and Roadmap

by Hiddenx, 21:17

The next expansion for the Elder Scrolls Online called Necrom will be released in June:

The Elder Scrolls Online - Necrom Reveal & Roadmap | Xbox & Bethesda Dev Direct 2023

The developers of Elder Scrolls Online reveal the next expansion, Necrom, while also giving an overview of what The Elder Scrolls Online is all about and what there is to look forward to for those who jump in to the world of Tamriel.

Source: IGN

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Rogue Trader - Dev Diary #3

by Hiddenx, 18:49

Owlcat Games posted the dev diary #3 for Rogue Trader:

Dev Diary #3: Enemy Creation | Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader

Thanks Redglyph!

Rogue Trader

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Hogwarts Legacy - Preview @ IGN

by Hiddenx, 16:18

IGN checked out Hogwarts Legacy, too:

Hogwarts Legacy: The Final Preview

Hogwarts Legacy

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Hogwarts Legacy - Preview @ Gamesradar

by Hiddenx, 16:15

Gamesradar checked out Hogwarts Legacy:

Hogwarts Legacy preview: This could be the wizarding RPG we've been waiting for

Great spell-casting and staggering scale could make this the ultimate wizard fantasy

Hogwarts Legacy wants to give you the freedom to be your best wizard or witch self, even if that means embracing the darkness. After spending about an hour or so with Hogwarts Legacy at a recent preview session, the sense of choice – but also scale – is almost terrifyingly palpable. From dialogue choices, to how to approach specific moments, or even just which spells to learn, it seems navigating your way through the famed school of witchcraft and wizardry – and the alluring narrative that surrounds it – is going to be full of micro-decisions that may, or may not, impact other elements of magical life. 

It all starts with character creation. Before you even think about donning house robes, you'll need to decide what your budding fifth-year student is going to look and sound like in Hogwarts Legacy. You have choices based on what face shape and hairstyle you want to go for, rather than body types or gender. You can choose facial features like freckles or scars, and whether to wear glasses (yes, including round Harry Potter-esque specs). There are two voice options – one masculine and one feminine – and then you can choose what pitch your character will speak at. In fact, the only gendered decision you'll have to make is whether you want to live in the witch or wizard dorm when you eventually do walk the halls of Hogwarts. Hogwarts Legacy doesn't have the deepest character creation tool out there, but it's refreshingly inclusive.

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Hogwarts Legacy

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Forspoken - First Impressions

by Hiddenx, 15:58

Mortismal Gaming and Wizard Worm checked out Forspoken:

Forspoken - First Impressions

Forspoken Review - A Beautiful and Cruel Open-World of Athia (Action RPG)

Score: 7/10

 

Forspoken

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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