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2023-01-09

Game of the Year Awards 2022 - Editors Choice

What is the most promising RPG of 2023? Check out the details to find out what games our editors think are most promising.


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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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Friday - January 27, 2023

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.

[...]

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.

[...]

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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Tuesday - January 24, 2023

Songs of Conquest - Roadmap 2023

by Hiddenx, 21:54

Henriquejr spotted the roadmap for Songs of Conquest:

Roadmap 2023 reveal!

Greetings Wielders!

2023 is going to be a big year for Songs of Conquest and for everyone here at Lavapotion. Not only is this the year when we will launch our full game (at the end of Q3) but there are many exciting features and things planned throughout the year that we are thrilled over!

Fully refreshed after a Swedish winter holiday we have dived into 2023 with vigor. Plans have been drafted and a new roadmap has been finalized for your enjoyment!

Now, we want to emphasize that this is a living document. Things might be added to the plan as we move forward, but the things listed are the key elements towards the full release.

So what exactly are the key elements?

In the first quarter of 2023 we are introducing a much asked for feature with the new artifact market where Wielders can buy and sell their hard earned items. We are also improving the Beacons so Wielders will be able to use them as portals and travel across the adventure map.

The artifact market. Your one-stop-shop for everything artifacts. Graphics, implementation and name in the image above is still tbd. Tbd is an abbreviation for “to be decided” btw. (see what we did there?)

We will be adding more skirmish maps of varying sizes continuously throughout the year. Some of them have been under construction for a while now and we are eager for you to try them. A coming highlight includes the launching of our largest skirmish map yet!

We anticipate this map taking a long time to complete. So get your snacks ready and get comfy, you are in for a long ride.

The second quarter of 2023 is all about the Barony of Loth. We’ll be releasing our third campaign and you’ll get the chance to understand how and why the Barony became the necromancers they are today. We are also introducing brand new unit traits and abilities for many of the faction units as well as more hostile neutral units.

During the third quarter our eyes turn towards the sandy dunes of Barya as we introduce our fourth and final campaign. Our mercenaries, scientists and contract-following merchants finally get their time in the sun (literally!). You’ll get to follow their Wielders as we tie together the story that started with the Arleon campaign.

We will also be adding many new artifacts and introducing support for creating fantastic campaigns of your own through mods. Of course we will be adding achievements so that you can really brag about all that you have accomplished!

[...]

Songs of Conquest

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

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Yggdra Union - Early Access Release on February 6

by Hiddenx, 21:48

The strategy RPG Yggdra Union will be released on February 6:

Yggdra Union

Yggdra Union released in 2006. It has evolved with each release on various platforms, and finally appears on STEAM! !

Adjust the operation method and functions according to the PC!
Added new features for the PC version! !

Game contents

Story
The Kingdom of Fantasinia is ruled by a royal family that inherited the blood of the gods who built up a stable era. However, the Kingdom of Fantasinia fell under the attack of the Empire of Bronquia.
Meanwhile, Yggdra, a lone girl who escaped. With her kingdom's last hope in hand, head to the remotest land on the southern tip of the continent. She arrives and meets a boy, the king of thieves, Milanor.
The battle to liberate Yggdra's homeland begins with that encounter...

Collaborate with allies! "Union system!"
A battle system that allows up to 5 people to participate in battle at once depending on the character's position! Let's fight together with allies to defeat the powerful enemy!

One-shot reversal tactics card!
Use the power of cards with special moves to defeat your enemies!
Skillfully use various effects and face difficulties!

Added content in the ported version

Porting additional function

  • Added a rewind function (you can undo your actions as much as you like)
  • Added auto save function (Even if you quit midway, you can start from your favorite turn)
  • Added conversation log function
  • Added item hints to EXTRA content (Hints are given on which stage the item is on)
  • Addition of battle speed adjustment function (you can play at up to 5 times speed from the beginning)
  • The unit [Flunky] will participate under certain conditions! (What if Flunky achieved results in the first stage...?)
  • Sound set function! (You can play by choosing from 3 types of sound sources)

Trick function

  • A function that makes Milanor look like Cruz (Milanor will play an active role as a hunter)
  • Enemy/Allies no critical function
  • Skill gauge MAX at the start of battle (skill gauge starts at MAX state only for own army)
  • Formation type reversal function (Male and female formation types are reversed)
  • The trick function is to press a specific button appear. The appearance method is described in the manual.

PC Version New Features (Additions and Changes)

  • Japanese voice / English voice can be switched (easy to switch at any time during the event)
  • Addition of free save (You can now save freely during battle)
  • Infinite use of items in EASY mode (Items can now be used indefinitely only in EASY mode)
  • Equipment removal (equipment can now be removed in the middle)
  • Adjustment of Itmbreak (weapon does not break with Itembreak and is unusable)
  • Completely compatible with in-game mouse/keyboard/controller
  • You can adjust the layout of the keyboard buttons.

 

Yggdra Union

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

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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous - 1 Million Copies sold

by Hiddenx, 21:18

Owlcat Games has sold one million copies of Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous:

Owlcat Games:

Great news, Crusaders! We are happy to announce that international sales of Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous have exceeded the 1 million mark! It is an important milestone for us. Thank you for the support, for believing in us, and for spreading the word!

 

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous

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

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Caves of Lore - Gameplay

by Hiddenx, 20:44

Splattercatgaming checked out the dungeon crawler Caves of Lore:

Caves of Lore - Customizable Medieval Fantasy Exploration RPG

Caves of Lore

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

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Hogwarts Legacy - Gameplay Reaction

by Hiddenx, 11:34

Fextralife checked out Hogwarts Legacy:

Hogwarts Legacy Gameplay Reaction - Is it Overhyped?

Thanks Couchpotato!

Hogwarts Legacy

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

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BioWare - Mac Walters leaves

by Hiddenx, 11:30

Gamedeveloper reports that senior writer Mac Walters leaves BioWare:

Longtime Mass Effect writer Mac Walters departs BioWare

From Jade Empire to the Mass Effect series and some Dragon Age, Walters was involved in much of BioWare's big games over the years.

BioWare's lead writer Mac Walters is no longer at the developer. On LinkedIn, Walters revealed he made the "very difficult" choice to depart the Canadian studio he's worked at for almost two decades. 

"These past 19 years have been a life-changing experience," wrote Walters. "It’s hard to fathom it all, and I know I’ll be reflecting on it for years to come. Thank you to everyone I’ve had the joy of working with, and I wish everyone at BioWare the very best in everything you do. It’s truly been a pleasure."

His leaving marks BioWare's first high-profile departure of 2023. In recent years, the RPG developer has lost big names such as Christian Boyd, Jonathan Warner, Casey Hudson, and Mark Darrah. 

Walters originally joined BioWare in 2003 as a writer for its 2005 game Jade Empire. From there, he would become a senior writer for the original Mass Effect and lead writer for its respective sequels. He also directed 2017's Mass Effect Andromeda and was the narrative director on 2019's Anthem

[...]

Thanks Couchpotato!

 

BioWare

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SpellForce: Conquest of Eo - Launch: February 3

by Hiddenx, 11:23

SpellForce: Conquest of Eo will be released on February 3:

Magical Times Ahead! SpellForce: Conquest of Eo Will Release on February 3rd!

Are you ready to embark on a journey to become the most powerful mage of all time? SpellForce: Conquest of Eo, launching on PC on February 3rd, 2023, offers a deep 4X experience with an abundance of content and high replayability.
With over 80 handcrafted battle maps across 15 unique environments, players can assemble their armies from a variety of over 100 units, including dwarven axe wielders, stone golems, orcish shamans, and majestic griffons. Perfect your armies by hiring one of more than 15 heroes and apprentices to lead them. Embark on a plentitude of adventures and master over 700 handwritten quests.
As a master of magic, research over 100 different spells in your grimoire and use them strategically in tactical battles that demand consideration of flanking, range, visibility, high ground, and special battle enchantments. Explore the vast world of Eo, a magical realm full of treasures and resources, inhabited by various races such as men, elves, orcs, dwarves, goblins, and monsters. Are you ready to experience the ultimate adventure?

Watch the latest trailer here:

SpellForce: Conquest of Eo offers a unique and engaging gameplay experience by combining elements of 4X strategy games, RPGs, and turn-based tactical combat. The mobile base of operations - your mage's tower - and depleting resources keep players constantly moving, preventing the stagnation that can occur in the late-game of other 4X games. Instead, the game focuses on the thrill of discovery and danger of early gameplay, while also allowing for research and experimentation to improve units as they level up and acquire new equipment and abilities. With a wealth of procedurally generated adventures and RPG elements, SpellForce: Conquest of Eo transforms the classic RTS-RPG mix into a turn-based 4X RPG experience that is sure to keep players engaged.

Thanks Couchpotato!

SpellForce: Conquest of Eo

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

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Non-RPG General News - Colossal Cave released

by Hiddenx, 11:17

The point & click adventure Colossal Cave has been released:

Colossal Cave

Colossal Cave is an exciting point & click adventure into a mysterious cavern - a re-imagining of the celebrated text adventure by Will Crowther & Don Woods. Acclaimed game designer Roberta Williams brings you her vision of the game that inspired her to create her own legendary games.

Non-RPG General News

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

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Monday - January 23, 2023

One Piece Odyssey - Review

by Hiddenx, 16:53

Dotesports has reviewed the J-RPG One Piece Odyssey:

One Piece Odyssey review: Not quite a bone run

Approaching it like a One Piece film won't cut it.

Whenever One Piece is brought up in a conversation, what is the first thing that pops into your head regarding the anime/manga series? 

Several common answers would be the characters, the worldbuilding, or maybe even a general sense of adventure. One Piece Odyssey successfully nails two of those three elements while the Straw Hat crew explores the island of Waford, but the execution of the story, paired with dated RPG elements, does fall a bit flat where some fans hoped it would soar like a Coup de Burst. 

A new adventure with familiar (and redundant) foundations
When it was revealed One Piece series creator Eiichiro Oda would be helming the story and many of the design elements for Odyssey, fans grew hopeful that the RPG’s story would play out like one of the newer One Piece films and actually tell its own tale of adventure with the Straw Hats. Unfortunately, this isn’t entirely the case. 

About half—if not more—of the 30-plus hours of Odyssey’s story is spent in Memoria, a dream world that one of the game’s original characters Lim sends the Straw Hats to in order to experience past events from the One Piece story. This is all done because she doesn’t like pirates at the start of the story, never talks to Luffy and the crew, and uses her special plot-device powers to remove all of their strength (which you had just gotten used to during the opening hour) resetting your character’s levels from around level 40 to one. 

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Verdict
Overall, One Piece Odyssey is a fun experience for anyone just looking for a relatively easy RPG that has a great cast of characters, an interesting enough story, and plays well within its limits. But those limitations are fairly strict and you could very easily end up losing interest if the battle system or story doesn’t grab you enough early on. 

For One Piece fans, I can recommend this game solely on the fact you get more One Piece content done in a way that will feel both familiar and unique. Just try to ignore how boring the Memoria sections are. 

Score: 7/10

One Piece Odyssey

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

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Caves of Lore - First Impressions

by Hiddenx, 16:41

Kordanor checked out the dungeon crawler Caves of Lore:

Caves of Lore - Oldschool Turnbased RPG - Overview / Mechanics / First Impressions [EN] by Kordanor

 

Caves of Lore

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

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Forspoken - Review @ IGN

by Hiddenx, 16:35

IGN reviewed the upcoming action RPG Forspoken:

Forspoken Review

Score: 6/10

Forspoken

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

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Blacktail - First Impressions

by Hiddenx, 16:30

Mortismal Gaming checked out the indie RPG Blacktail:

Blacktail - First Impressions

Blacktail

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

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Sunday - January 22, 2023

Ultima IV - Retrospective Review

by Hiddenx, 20:53

The RetroGamingKnight looks back at Ultima IV:

Review: Ultima IV - A Genre Defining RPG

 

Ultima IV

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

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Skyrim - Skyblivion Gameplay

by Hiddenx, 15:46

Henriquejr spotted a Skyblivion gameplay demo:

SKYBLIVION Live Gameplay Demo and Q&A 2023

 

Skyrim

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

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Gothic 2 - Retrospective Review

by Hiddenx, 15:35

Mortismal Gaming checked out Gothic 2:

Gothic 2 - Retrospective Review (2023)

Gothic 2

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

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Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia - Review

by Hiddenx, 11:50

Henriquejr spotted an older review for Brigandine: Legend of Runersia at Explorminate:

Brigandine: Legend of Runersia Review

When I was young, every year I received the same gift for my birthday. My mom would take me to the game store and I could pick out one that would come home with me. There were certainly mistakes made over the years, but two of the better choices that I made defined my expectations for gaming going forward. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together was the first, and later, Brigandine: The Legend of Forsena. While Tactics Ogre has had varying levels of success in being reintroduced, I’m happy to say that Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia nearly achieves perfection in carrying on the legacy of the original.

RUNERSIA: A NEW WORLD TO CONQUER
Runersia is a world that will remind any returning player of the series of Forsena, even if there are several important differences that set them apart. The experience begins with a selection of six nations that can be selected, each with a story uniquely its own with a separate overarching plot that leads toward the endgame and the final boss fight. Five factions have brigandines, artifacts imbued with mighty power from the Rune God, while the sixth does not and absolutely refuses to acknowledge the others’ perceived superiority. 

Enter the Gustavan Empire, the first of these that I played. They were not only on-brand for my tastes but also immediately reminded me of Norgard, my favorite from Forsena. They certainly were not a disappointment, but Emperor Tim had some particularly large shoes to fill following Vaynard of Norgard, and he couldn’t quite accomplish it even though he was a strong character that earned my respect after only a few hours. 

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THE BOTTOM LINE
Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is an excellent entry for a genre that has needed some improvement and innovation. It carries on the series’ legacy of offering a title that stands out from its competitors and leaves a lasting impression on its players. Whether you enjoy intense tactical encounters, deep army management, engaging storylines, or simply painting a world map your color, Runersia has you covered. I know that I’ll be coming back to this one often in the future, especially now that we’ve got a couple more modes to keep us occupied. I can only hope that the recently released Tactics Ogre: Reborn lived up to its legacy as well as Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia has. That one is next on my list!

Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia

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

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Caves of Lore - Released

by Hiddenx, 11:11

The retro dungeon crawler Caves of Lore has been released:

Caves of Lore 

Caves of Lore is a turn-based, pixel-art, fantasy CRPG that combines elements of environmental exploration and character interaction with tactical, grid-based combat.

Features:

6 character capacity party, 65+ spells, 65+ abilities, 65+ traits, 50+ monsters, 40+ NPCs , 30+ quests, and 20+ areas to explore. Hundreds of items and tens of thousands of enchantment combinations make for all manner of powerful items.

Thanks Vanedor!

Caves of Lore

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

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RPG Crawler - RPG News Roundup

by Hiddenx, 10:54

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

RPG News Roundup (1-21-2023)

RPG Crawler

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Saturday - January 21, 2023

Spiderweb Software - Jeff Vogel on the OGL Debacle

by Silver, 19:33

Indie RPG developer Jeff Vogel has shared his thoughts on the Dungeons & Dragons debacle over on his blog.

What have we learned?

The Open Gaming License was a Good Thing. Once.

When I first heard of the Open Gaming License, I couldn't believe something so cool could exist. (Apparently, it couldn't.)

It's a great idea, because it's good for everyone.

It helped WotC by turning the rules for D&D into the default thing everyone learns. It makes D&D into Windows 10. It created many independent developers who make content to make D&D more fun and interesting. I can't say this is why D&D shot up in popularity over the last few years, but it sure didn't hurt.

It was great for game creators who had a great idea but didn't want to do all the grinding work of designing and testing their own ruleset. I mean, I can do this because it's my full-time gig and I enjoy it and am decent at it. However, this isn't in the skill set of a lot of smart people.

(The license has also been used to make computer games. The legality of this has some questions, but the games in question, like this one, have not gotten super-sued.)

Finally, it's great for players because a lot of cool products have been made using this license over the years. Products that don't require learning a ton of new rules to enjoy them. A healthy industry with easy to access games is good for all of us.

Anyway, that's all gone now lol.

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Spiderweb Software

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Marvel's Midnight Suns - New DLC Trailer

by Hiddenx, 12:22

The DLC The Good, The Bad, and The Undead will be avaiable on January 26:

"The Good, The Bad, and The Undead" - Deadpool DLC Trailer | Marvel's Midnight Suns

The Merc with a Mouth is now the Merc with a Date. Join Deadpool as he teams up with the Midnight Suns to tear evil a new one on January 26th! 

Expand your adventure with Deadpool in The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, the first DLC for Marvel’s Midnight Suns. Deadpool joins the team as an in-your face damage dealer wielding 10 unique Hero abilities. Plus, enjoy new story missions, a tasty new Abbey Upgrade, and some stylish cosmetics for everyone’s favorite Merc!

Marvel's Midnight Suns

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Technofantasy
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Path of the Midnight Sun - Review

by Hiddenx, 11:11

LinkKing7 checked out the Visual Novel/J-RPG Path of the Midnight Sun:

Should You Play Path of the Midnight Sun?! Full Game Review!

Path of the Midnight Sun

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

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Xploquest 3 - Released

by Hiddenx, 11:08

The turn based RPG Xploquest 3 has been released:

Xploquest 3 released

The XPLOQUEST saga continues with this third episode.

What is XPLOQUEST?

It's a turn-based, square-by-square role-playing game.
The principle is very simple :
1-You explore the world
2-You kill monsters
3-You complete quests
4-You make money
5-You gain experience
6-You level up
7-You go back to town
8-You buy equipment and skills
9-See 1.

In the world of XPLOQUEST, everyone wants you dead or your money.

Things to know:

No loot, only gold:
In XPLOQUEST enemies and chests don't give you equipment, just gold to spend in towns.

Backup only in town:
You don't decide when you save the game. It happens automatically when entering and leaving a town. So when you leave a city, make sure you have what it takes.

Fights and quests, it's all the way:
You cannot flee a fight or stop a quest in progress.

Quick fight:
When you keep the attack button pressed, the fight takes place automatically. Remember to watch your life.

The food:
Each move on the map uses a food ration. Don't forget to buy some.

Controls:
The game is played with the gamepad or the keyboard.
You can change the configuration of keyboard controls.

Xploquest 3

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

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