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Deep Sky Derelicts
Box Art

Poll Watch

Do you prefer the light or dark style?
Light
48.05%

Dark
49.35%

I don't care
2.6%

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Expected Releases

Dec: Marvel's Midnight Suns
Dec: Sovereign
Dec: Space Wreck
Dec: Kynseed
Dec: Chained Echoes
Dec: Code of the Savage
Dec: Aledorn

Wednesday - November 23, 2022

Empire of Sin - Gameplay

by Hiddenx, 18:27

The Scarlet Seeker checked out Empire of Sin:

Empire of Sin Gameplay Overview/Revisit

Empire of Sin

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

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Turn Based Lovers - Autumn Sale 2022 Part 1

by Hiddenx, 17:31

The Turn Based Lovers present turn-based games currently on sale:

Autumn Sale 2022 | Top Turn-Based RPGs to Get | Part 1

Timestamps

  • 0:00 Othercide
  • 0:44 Battle Brothers
  • 1:23 Wasteland 3
  • 1:59 Operencia: The Stolen Sun
  • 2:32 Warhammer 40k: Mechanicus
  • 3:00 The Banner Saga Bundle
  • 3:40 Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • 4:15 Warhammer 40k: Gladius - Relic of War
  • 4:57 Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark
  • 5:35 Halcyon 6
  • 6:13 Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  • 6:52 Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne
  • 7:28 Outro

Turn Based Lovers

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Genshin Impact - Version 3.3 Special Program

by Hiddenx, 17:03

The Special Program for Genshin Impact 3.3 will be streamed on Twitch and YouTube:

Version 3.3 Special Program Preview

Dear Travelers,
It's announcement time! The special program for Genshin Impact's new version will premiere on the official Twitch channel on 11/25/2022 at 07:00 AM (UTC-5)!

>>>https://twitch.tv/genshinimpactofficial

The special program will also be broadcast on the official YouTube channel on 11/25/2022 at 11:00 AM (UTC-5)
>>>youtube.com/c/GenshinImpact

Genshin Impact

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

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ZanZarah - Retrospective Review

by Hiddenx, 16:37

Wizard Worm looks back at the creature collecting RPG ZanZarah:

Zanzarah: The Hidden Portal Review - Is It Worth Playing Now? (Creature Collector RPG)

ZanZarah

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

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Atomic Heart - Preview @ IGN

by Hiddenx, 16:32

IGN checked out the Shooter RPG Atomic Heart:

Atomic Heart: Exclusive Hands-On Preview - IGN First

 

Atomic Heart

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

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Unofficial Remaster on December 25th

by Silver, 12:09

DSOGaming reports that the unofficial remaster for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl will release on December 25th.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl Rebuild is basically being rebuilt in the OGSR Engine, which is an evolution of the X-Ray Engine.  This unofficial remaster will have higher-quality textures for select objects/surfaces. Players can also expect new sounds (from mutants to dialogs and weapons, replacing with high-quality ones, creating and adding new ones), better NPCs (also with some new NPC models), better shaders effects, and more.

[...]

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Post-Apoc
Genre: Non-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Tuesday - November 22, 2022

Astlibra Revision - Review

by Hiddenx, 22:45

Hey Poor Player checked out the 2D RPG Astlibra Revision:

Astlibra Revision Review: As the Crow Flies to Adventure!

Aside from seeing one trailer for Astlibra Revision, henceforth referred to as “Astlibra,” in a Metroidvania Reddit group, I hadn’t heard much else about this game. It appeared to be a bit too chaotic to click with me, and I sort of dropped to the wayside. Receiving the game for review gave me the opportunity to see how this game performs when I’m able to start from the beginning of the journey and build my way up to the cacophony of action that was present in the video and demo. Fortunately for me, this review convinced me of just how wrong I was on this assessment, and now, I hope to present to anyone that reads this why Astlibra is a game that deserves far more than a passing glance.

First and foremost, I want to set the record straight on something regarding this game. Though the screenshots may lead someone to believe that this is a Metroidvania title, I feel that this impression may be a bit misleading. It is actually more akin to a classic action RPG with platformer elements such as Nihon Falcom’s Ys 3: Wanderers From Ys – though I feel that this game vastly improves on that title. Musically, Astlibra provides a similar association with Nihon Falcom classics as well.  The gameplay takes place across a series of chapters where the player character is tasked with traveling to a new, self-contained location from the main town. After completing a chapter, it is possible to return to old locations to obtain items that may have been missed. But the sense of expanded exploration usually felt in a Metroidvania game is not present here. Not a detriment to the game in the slightest, given that I believe that it accomplishes what it sets out to do; however, I could see someone being disappointed if a Metroidvania is what they wanted here.

[...]

Astlibra Revision is a game that initially didn’t gel with me with but, very quickly, managed to ensnare me in a very addictive progression loop anchored by fun and flowing action gameplay. In other words, I have had an absolute blast with this title, and it is definitely going to be making my top ten list of 2022. This title isn’t receiving much in the form of marketing or word of mouth, and that’s an absolute shame because I feel like anyone that is a fan of classic action RPGs with platformer elements will absolutely take well to this game. And considering that the entire game was crafted by one person speaks volumes for what they have accomplished here, and I look forward to seeing what they attempt to do next.

If you’re a fan of classic 2D adventures, Astlibra Revision offers a retro-inspired quest worth undertaking, and I am genuinely glad that this review crossed my desk because, without it, it would have very likely evaded my attention. Do yourself a favor, and do not let that outcome happen to you.

Score: 4.5/5

Astlibra Revision

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

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Mount & Blade II - Review @ TSA

by Hiddenx, 22:36

TSA reviewed the sandbox RPG Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord:

Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord Review

The original Mount & Blade holds a special place in my heart. Where The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was the hottest RPG at the time, there I was on a battered old school laptop, playing a janky old build of what would later become one of my all-time favourite PC titles. That was almost 15 years ago and as much as Mount & Blade 2 evolves the original formula, there’s still a scrappiness to this ambitious blending of genres.

[...]

Summary
My return to Calradia wasn’t entirely jubilant, though Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord is a game I’ll likely stick with, simply due to my love of the original. A wealth of new systems and activities help this sandbox strategy sim feel more alive than ever, though the busywork required to get anywhere can feel like a grind. Overall, existing fans will rejoice while newcomers may look on unimpressed, unsure what all the fuss is about.

Good

  • Modding potential
  • Story mode is a helpful new addition
  • More systems and activities
  • Defined factions, each with their own flavour

Bad

  • Finicky console controls
  • Uninspiring visuals
  • Combat hasn’t developed much since the original
  • Initial grind isn’t particularly exciting

Score: 7/10

 

Mount & Blade II

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

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Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate - Duty Eternal Expansion on December 6

by Hiddenx, 20:59

Pladio spotted a new expansion for Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate - Demonhunters called Duty Eternal:

WH40K: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters is getting a dreadfully good-looking expansion

The Duty Eternal expansion is adding the Venerable Dreadnought mech and more on Dec 6th

The Vernerable Dreadnought raises their hand flamethrower in artwork for the Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate - Daemonhuners: Duty Eternal expansion

I didn't think it was possible for Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters' name to get any longer, but today Complex Games and Frontier Foundry have announced that their Bestest Best-rated turn-based tactics game is getting a paid expansion. It's called Duty Eternal, which I seriously considered trying to cram into the headline for a moment there, but swiftly realised I'd barely have room for anything else other than maybe an "is" and a "get" before we ran over three lines, so here we are. Launching on December 6th for £13 / $15, the Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters: Duty Eternal expansion (told you it was a big'un) will add the enormous Venerable Dreadnought combat mech to the game, as well as a new class, new missions and a bunch of other "substantial changes", according to the devs. Have a peek of the all-new reveal trailer (and that giant mech) below.

[...]

Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate

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

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Wildermyth - Patch 1.10

by Hiddenx, 18:06

Henriquejr spotted patch 1.10 for Wildermyth:

1.10 Suna Lo Haster

We're Steam Deck Verified! +New Comics, Pets, and Portuguese Translation

We're Steam Deck Verified!
It's official! Wildermyth is now Steam Deck Verified so you can play on the go with ease.
Here's a look at Wildermyth in action on the Steam Deck:

Our Portuguese Translation is Live!
After over a year of hard work, we're so pleased to announce that our Brazilian-Portuguese translation is live! (Translation by Edson Belo de Oliveira Júnior - @mundonasher)

German and Spanish are right on its heels- they're currently going through localization quality assurance. Russian and French are both getting close, but aren't quite at the quality assurance step yet.

Merch Sale!
From 11/25 until 12/09, everything in our merch store will be 20% off. Order soon to make sure everything arrives in time for the holidays! Click here to shop the sale.

More Treats
Our writers have been busy; we've added a new event, rewritten another, and added 10 new tidings. We've also added 3 new pets! You can find sneak peeks of them on our socials if you do some creeping around.

Additionally, you'll notice new VFX for some theme skins and abilities. We hope these will add some extra flavor to your heroes in combat.

In Multiplayer, everyone can now recruit from their legacies, not just the host. Now you can show off your hard earned Mythwalkers and take on Walking Lunch together. And, of course, we've squashed a lot of bugs and added some QoL Tools for us and modders.

[...]

Wildermyth

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

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Harvestella - Review

by Hiddenx, 16:32

Meg Sullivan checked out Harvestella:

Harvestella Review (GotY Contender???)

Harvestella

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

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Tales of Arise - Review

by Hiddenx, 16:28

Inclusive Thinking checked out the J-RPG Tales of Arise:

Tales of Arise - REVIEW! The BEST Role Playing GAME!

Tales of Arise

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

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The DioField Chronicle - Review

by Hiddenx, 16:25

Erick Landon RPG checked out The DioField Chronicle:

We Need To Talk About The DioField Chronicle...

The DioField Chronicle

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

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Dark Deity - Preview

by Hiddenx, 16:18

View from the Evening checked out the Strategy RPG Dark Deity:

Free Game Review: Dark Deity

Dark Deity is a turn-based Tactical RPG free from the Epic Games Store now until the 24th November 2022. I liked it, watch the review to see if I can convince you it's worth a look.

 

Dark Deity

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

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Monday - November 21, 2022

Weird West - Patch 1.05 with Mod Support

by Hiddenx, 21:18

WolfEye Studios released patch 1.05 for Weird West, fixing a few bugs and introducing support for mods. One of the showcased mods adds first-person view:

Weird West Patch 1.05 launches with mod support + First-Person mod!

Weird West Patch 1.05 is now live. This new free update introduces mod support for the game and fixes a handful of bugs reported by the community.

Edit: please note that due to a technical issue the release of patch 1.05 on the Epic Game Store has been delayed but should be available within 24 hours (the build update is just pending Epic approval but is all ready to go!)

MOD SUPPORT (STEAM/EGS/GOG Only)
You can now browse and install mods directly from the in-game mod menu, courtesy of mod.io!


We threw in a few sample mods for you to toy with as a starter pack:

  • Gender Swap mod: lets you swap the visual gender of the Bounty Hunter, Pigman, Protector and Devotee
  • Undead Animals mod: lets you swap animals' visual model for undead variations
  • Long Lasting Tools mod: new shovels, pickaxes, and skinning tools will have increased durability
  • No Friendly Fire mod: disables friendly fire even in higher difficulty modes

[...]

Thanks Redglyph!

Weird West

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

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Harvestella - Review @ Gamerbraves

by Hiddenx, 15:47

Gamerbraves reviewed Harvestella:

Harvestella Review: A Stellar Casual Farming Game

Harvestella is a unique title. Being a farming game with a twist of adding in JRPG elements, which can be compared to the Rune Factory seires. Developed by Live Wire Inc and published by Squre Enix, I dove in head first into the world of Harvestella, and I thoroughly enjoyed  it.

Harvestella starts off with your usual case of the JRPG trope, meaning that the main character has amnesia. The story progresses where you and your party members need to get to the bottom of the phenomenon known as the Quietus, a one day season where the air is filled with deadly dust, and that all living things that come into contact with will die. Except you of course.

[...]

All in all, I enjoyed my time playing through Harvestella, the combat while lacking depth offers a nice gameplay loop with distinct Jobs and playstyles which is perfect for those who look for a more casual time.

But those who look for a purely farming game wouldn’t particularly enjoy Harvestella since it’s pretty simplified and honestly you’re spending your time mostly fighting off monsters and exploring dungeons rather than tending your crops. But I still find the farming satisfying regardless of its simplicity.

Though my main gripe with the game is how fast the time passes for each in-game day. It feels like your main currency in the game is time and how you spend it. It can get rather frustrating at certain times where you’re just a few steps away from reaching a certain checkpoint in a dungeon only for you to get booted back home.

But despite all of that, Harvestella is a noteworthy title for fans to pick up if they’re looking for a casual game with beautiful art direction and unique twists to the farming genre.

Score: 8/10

Harvestella

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

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Tactics Ogre: Reborn - Review @ GamingBolt

by Hiddenx, 15:43

GamingBolt reviewed Tactics Ogre: Reborn:

Tactics Ogre: Reborn Review – From the Ashes

The granddaddy of tactics RPGs returns, and once again, it demands attention.

Tactics Ogre: Reborn Review – From the Ashes

There are very few games that you can legitimately hold up as titles that single-handedly created entire genres or subgenres, but one that has perhaps been a little unfairly overlooked over the years is Tactics Ogre. Essentially the progenitor of what has become known as the traditional turn-based isometric strategy RPG, since its SNES launch in 1995, the game never really got the kind of mainstream recognition that many others that followed in its footsteps did. The fact that its 2010 remake was a PSP exclusively didn’t exactly help matters either.

But at long last, after years of demands from a relatively small but decidedly vocal fanbase, the series is finally back. Square Enix has released Tactics Ogre: Reborn, another remastered launch for the 1995 original- and it’s fair to say that series fans will find it worth the wait, while newcomers, too, will find more than enough to fall in love with. Whether you’re looking for a captivating story with genuinely engrossing choice-and-consequence mechanics or a mechanically dense strategy RPG that gives you oodles of control over every aspect of your party, you’re likely to find it here.

[...]

While Tactics Ogre: Reborn does a mostly excellent job of updating and refining the original title’s gameplay and mechanics, one area where it feels like a disappointing step back is the visuals. To put it bluntly, it feels like the visual style and personality of Tactics Ogre have been largely sucked out of this version, with character models that look too smooth and rounded and environments that are full of assets that seem to have been ripped out of a mobile game. It’s particularly disappointing to see because something like an HD-2D aesthetic would have been a particularly good fit for this game.

But though its visual update is a disappointing one, it’s not nearly enough to overcome the fact that Tactics Ogre: Reborn is still an excellently retooled and refreshed version of what is, in no vague terms, a legendary RPG. For fans of strategy RPGs, Tactics Ogre is almost required reading, but for years, circumstances have made it so that it hasn’t exactly been easily accessible to the masses. Now, Square Enix has brought a new and improved version of the game that, in spite of its visual woes, shines a bright and flattering light on it. If you have any interest in this genre, to not give Tactics Ogre: Reborn would be a big mistake.

Score: 8/10

Tactics Ogre: Reborn

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

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Expeditions: Rome - Review

by Hiddenx, 14:44

Ye Old Entertainment reviewed the strategy RPG Expeditions: Rome:

Expeditions Rome Review. XCOM in Ancient Rome! And you missed it while you were busy with Elden Ring

Expeditions: Rome

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

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Sunday - November 20, 2022

Mortismal Gaming - Holiday Buyer's Guide

by Hiddenx, 16:48

Mortismal Gaming suggests some RPGs for the holidays:

An RPG Gamer's Guide To The Holidays - Holiday Buyer's Guide

Games Mentioned:
Expeditions Rome
King Arthur: A Knights Tale
WH40k Chaos Gate Daemonhunters
Hard West 2
Circus Electrique
The Diofield Chronicle
Lost Eidolons
Triangle Strategy
Tactics Ogre: Reborn
Sunday Gold
Tunic
Elden Ring
Thymesia
Steelrising
Valkyrie Elysium
Soulstice
VtM Swansong
Pentiment
Dying Light 2
Ghostwire: Tokyo
Elex 2
Weird West
Cult of the Lamb
Black Geyser
The Waylanders
Evil West
Marvel's Midnight Suns
The Callisto Protocol
High On Life
God of War Ragnarok
Stray

Mortismal Gaming

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Telepath Tactics Liberated - New Patch

by Hiddenx, 11:21

Telepath Tactics Liberated got a new patch:

Patch version 1.0.41: graphical and gamepad improvements!

The tables have turned...3D!

Greetings, tactics fans! I've got another update for you with a long-awaited graphical improvement and some bug fixes.

Our most visible change this update involves, quite literally, tables. Due to the way Unity's perspective camera handles 2D sprites, sprites near the edges of the area visible onscreen tend to skew outwards. This looks pretty normal for characters and objects that are relatively tall and narrow (like trees), but not so much for longer, squatter objects--like tables. As you can see, when those skew outwards, it looks like they're positioned counter to camera perspective:

[...]

You may recall that in the last minor update, I improved how "flat" sprites like traps are displayed. Tables aren't strictly flat, however--they have more dimensionality, and so required a different approach. Well, I finally took some time, got good (enough) at Blender, and figured out how to actually texture and export 3D models and get them working in-game!

This meant modeling a 3D version of the basic table, adapting the existing 2D pixel art for tables to create textures for every table variant in the game (basic, with food, with beer, with dice, with books, with map, with papers...), and importing them into the game. It sounds simple when I type it out, but this was days of work! And here's the result:

[...]

Pretty neat, eh? Now that I've now definitively fixed the issue of table sprites skewing near the edges of the screen, I can use this technique to address other such issues going forward (as well as to create brand-new 3D objects!) It's a small thing, but I'm quite happy about it.

But wait, there's more--let's run through some other improvements I've made to the game with this update:

-- a recent change in the code designed to prevent Together in Battle from connecting to Steam as though it were Telepath Tactics Liberated apparently broke achievements for Telepath Tactics Liberated. This is now fixed.

-- the mouse cursor is now fully locked, disabled, and rendered invisible when loading or starting a new game with gamepad controls enabled. This way, you can't accidentally mess with the cursor by bumping your mouse when in gamepad mode.

-- fixed: when in gamepad mode, the game was displaying a selection arrow over the new turn box at the start of AI-controlled turns, then leaving the cursor arrow onscreen after the new turn box faded from view.

-- fixed an exploit involving skills with an after-attack effect of "Can Move" (such as Lance or Bow) granted by a weapon with a remaining durability of 1. When using such a skill with a 1-durability weapon, it would break the weapon, after which the character could equip another weapon granting that same skill to use the skill a second time in the same turn.

-- fixed: the character creator was auto-marking weapons as equipped even if a different weapon was manually marked as equipped via "[E]" notation in the inventory field.

-- fixed: in cut scenes in gamepad mode, the Options button would sometimes inappropriately gain focus and open the options menu when selecting something else onscreen.

-- added in some code so the game can now detect if it's being run on Steam Deck. (This doesn't do anything just yet, but it will allow me to diagnose and fix issues with the the game when it's running on Steam Deck going forward.)

That's all we've got this time, folks. Thanks again for all your support!


Tactically yours,

Craig

Telepath Tactics Liberated

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

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Hogwarts Legacy - News Collection

by Hiddenx, 09:06

WesNemo has collected the latest news for Hogwarts Legacy:

Hogwarts Legacy Revealed HUGE NEWS...

Hogwarts Legacy

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

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RPG Crawler - RPG News Roundup

by Hiddenx, 07:09

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

RPG News Roundup (11-19-2022)

RPG Crawler

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Saturday - November 19, 2022

Frozen Flame - Gameplay

by Hiddenx, 16:19

SplatterCatGaming checked out Frozen Flame:

Frozen Flame - Open World Fantasy Exploration RPG

Frozen Flame

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

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Gothic 1 Remake - Goblins!

by Hiddenx, 16:11

Henriquejr spotted the Goblins of the Gothic 1 Remake:

Here is a closer look at Goblins in Gothic 1 Remake!


These devious little creatures can annoy even hardened adventurers. For inexperienced warriors, they can even spell their doom! They can quickly surround you and attack all at once, armed with clubs, old rusty swords, or anything they can get their hands on!

Goblins are crafty and, above all, light-fingered. Remember our old friend Talas from the Sect Camp, who lost the Almanac to a gang of Goblin muggers? It's time to team up with him once again and retrieve it!

Gothic 1 Remake

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

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Path of Exile - New Expansion: The Forbidden Sanctum

by Hiddenx, 15:27

The new expansion for Path of Exile will launch in December:

December Expansion Name Reveal

Path of Exile

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Hack & Slash
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Pentiment - Review @ Mortismal Gaming

by Hiddenx, 15:11

Mortismal Gaming reviewed Pentiment:

Pentiment - Review After 100%

 

Pentiment

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

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The DioField Chronicle - Free Update March 2023

by Hiddenx, 15:04

The DioField Chronicle will get a free update in March 2023:

The DioField Chronicle

"What a treat. I simply cannot resist..."

Be ready for a new story featuring Waltaquin, along with a new weapon, new skills and additional challenges.

Free update for #TheDioFieldChronicle, coming March 2023!

 

The DioField Chronicle

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

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Tactics Ogre: Reborn - Review @ RPG Site

by Hiddenx, 14:56

RPG Site reviewed Tactics Ogre: Reborn:

Tactics Ogre: Reborn Review

Although Tactics Ogre: Reborn is technically a remake of a remake, it is one that I’ve welcomed ever since it was finally announced (after a series of leaks). Tactics Ogre is one of the most wonderful strategy RPGs I’ve ever played - both the original version and its first remake on PSP. It has one of the most compelling narratives I’ve seen in an RPG, and its cast is superb in fleshing out its tale.

Despite my love for Tactics Ogre, I know that these aren’t perfect games. Each of the previous versions were cumbersome or frustrating in its own way, so I hoped Tactics Ogre: Reborn would serve as the “definitive” edition for this excellent strategy RPG at last; naturally, Reborn will be the version that’s easiest to play as time goes on, due to its availability on modern PlayStation & Nintendo platforms, as well as PC.

[...]

Tactics Ogre: Reborn is largely an excellent modern version of the classic strategy RPG. There are a myriad of improvements and enhancements to make it the most user-friendly version yet without compromising its difficulty. It is sometimes a delightfully brutal experience that pushed me to think carefully about my every move, though a lot of the gameplay alterations introduced in Tactics Ogre: Reborn didn’t jive with me for the most part. The primary suspects are the universally inflated stat values across the board and the new temporary stat increase cards among other nitpicks. Everything that I love about Tactics Ogre outside of its battle system remains intact with the branching narrative system, the ways you can recruit characters, and the overall presentation of one of the most interesting narratives in video game history.

Score: 8/10

Tactics Ogre: Reborn

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

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Pentiment - Review

by Hiddenx, 13:58

Maddmike checked out Pentiment:

Pentiment Review

 

Pentiment

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

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Friday - November 18, 2022

Monochrome Mobius - Review @ Noisy Pixel

by Hiddenx, 17:06

Noisy Pixel checked out Monochrome Mobius: Rights and Wrongs Forgotten:

Monochrome Mobius: Rights and Wrongs Forgotten Review – A Fabled World

While the Utawarerumono franchise’s sheer name may make it difficult for some people to get into, the series is known for its strong emotional narratives. The original game, Mask of Deception and Mask of Truth, boast well-paced stories with memorable casts, excellent twists veiled by a fantasy setting, and stellar soundtracks.

Following the ending of Mask of Truth, I was unsure where the series could go, save for a gacha. So, the announcement of Monochrome Mobius: Rights and Wrongs Forgotten as a prequel was largely unexpected. Plus, its gameplay approach and presentation were set to be an evident change of pace from what came before. With no real expectations in mind, I set off to experience this prequel and came out the other end feeling an array of mixed positivity.

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Monochrome Mobius: Rights and Wrongs Forgotten tells a captivating story Utawarerumono fans will appreciate, coupled with a terrific soundtrack and a well-written cast. However, narrative progress is not strongly paced, and combat tends not to be particularly engaging or compelling despite boasting intriguing concepts. Further, spots of poor presentation and technical faults can ruin the experience at points.

If you’re a prospective newcomer, I recommend playing the other titles before this one since its cast and depiction of the world are substantially better appreciated with context. Though, you won’t be lost if you choose this as your opening avenue.

Score: 7/10

Monochrome Mobius

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

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Harvestella - Review @ CC

by Hiddenx, 17:00

Capsule Computers checked out Harvestella:

Harvestella Review

Overview

When it comes to farming life sims there are certain series that immediately spring to mind that have been around for decades and when you combine them with fantasy action, there are even more that have combined RPG elements with farming to relatively great success. In recent years many new entries in this once small genre have appeared and now it is time for Square Enix to take a crack at things with Harvestella. Offering a new take on the fantasy farming RPG genre, is Harvestella worth checking out for fans of the genre?  

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Overall

Harvestella feels like a solid first entry for a company not entirely familiar with the farming/action RPG genre mix. The title offers perhaps some exceptional storytelling once things finally get going and has some absolutely wonderful characters to interact with but both its farming mechanics are a bit too simple for those who prefer that side of things. Even then, while the combat is more interesting and offers some strategic elements, especially when it comes to diving into Harvestella’s massive dungeons, it too has a number of poorly thought out elements that stop it from really standing out. As such, Harvestella does its best to create an enticing world for players to get lost in all while offering simpler than expected gameplay elements.

Score: 7/10

Harvestella

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

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Pentiment - Review @ RPG Site

by Hiddenx, 16:55

RPG Site reviewed Pentiment:

Pentiment Review

When Pentiment was first unveiled this last summer, it admittedly took me a bit of time to acclimate to Obsidian Entertainment's newest role-playing project. A narrative-focused murder mystery set in 16th-century Bavaria with an artstyle inspired by that era was not something I would have expected to be inherently excited about -- especially considering the underused setting that I was not at all well-versed in. The earliest footage showed some well-worn elements present in many games revolving around making dialogue choices and collecting evidence, but so much else felt very foreign to me.

Consequently, I originally had no truly concrete expectations going into Pentiment, and I dove in effectively flying blind. What I ended up finding was a thematically striking and ultimately optimistic story that I immediately wanted to share my experience with all of my peers whether they had this game on their radar or not.

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By the time I finished my first playthrough of Pentiment I knew that the experience was one that would fondly stick with me for a long time. Pentiment is an easy game to recommend in the same way that one recommends a favorite documentary to a new friend or a local museum to an out-of-town visitor. Pentiment carries a sort of quiet confidence in which the passion of its creators towards the subject material of the game's setting, art, and theme truly carries through to the final exceptional experience.

Score: 9/10

Pentiment

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

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Underworld - Review @ Wizard Worm

by Hiddenx, 18:56

Wizard Worm checked out the old-school dungeon crawler Swords and Sorcery: Underworld:

Swords and Sorcery Underworld Review (Dungeon Crawler RPG)

Underworld

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

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Rogue Trader - Gameplay Trailer

by Hiddenx, 18:49

A new gameplay trailer for Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader:

Gameplay Trailer | Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader

Rogue Trader

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

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Wasteland 2 - Review @ Mortismal Gaming

by Hiddenx, 18:45

Mortismal Gaming reviewed Wasteland 2 (minor spoilers):

Wasteland 2

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Wasteland 2

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

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Dark Deity - Gameplay Overview

by Hiddenx, 18:39

The Scarlet Seeker checked out Dark Deity, which is currently free on the Epic Games Store:

Dark Deity Gameplay Overview/Revisit

Dark Deity

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

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