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Tyranny: Bastard’s Wound – The Verdict

Tyranny: Bastard’s Wound – The Verdict

Ten months after its release Tyranny has received its first DLC ‘Bastard’s Wound‘ which adds additional areas to the map and with it new NPC’s, a new quest arc, companion quests and achievements. Obsidian have also released a free patch along side the DLC that expands the content in the third and final act of Tyranny as well as including additional voice acting and a new path to the ending of the game.

Tyranny – The Verdict

Tyranny – The Verdict

As with other Paradox games the writing and character development in Tyranny is of a very high standard. Rarely does it feel like you’re reading a piece of filler text but instead insightful and interesting dialogue and backstory, and taking part in decisions that literally shape the game and characters you are playing in and talking to.

The Technomancer – Gameplay Trailer

The Technomancer – Gameplay Trailer

If you’re looking forward to a holiday on Mars this year, and fancy something with a different pace to Doom, you might just want to check out The Technomancer, an upcoming RPG from Spiders and being published by Focus Home Interactive. Unless I am very much mistaken, The Technomancer is sharing the same universe as Mars: War Logs, a game which I thought was interesting, but rough around the edges when I reviewed it a few years ago. I enjoyed the setting and story that Spiders were trying to tell in War Logs, but it was lacking in polish and a second chapter which dragged its feet. Judging by the gameplay trailer below, The Technomancer has received a bit of spit and polish, and hopefully makes more use of the morality system where your choices will have clear consequences later in the game.

Blackguards 2 Gameplay Preview

Blackguards 2 Gameplay Preview

Blackguards 2 is a turn-based, tactical RPG based on the rule book of The Dark Eye, the increasingly popular German role-playing game that challenges even Dungeons and Dragons for it’s fantasy crown. Made by Daedalic Entertainment, Blackguards 2 is a follow up to 2014’s original and is due for release almost exactly one year later in January of 2015. Various additions and improvements have been made since the first game was released making Blackguards 2 a more accessible and understandable game than its predecessor.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Trailer – Gameplay, Mechanics And More

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Trailer – Gameplay, Mechanics And More

Set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is an open world game that follows Talion, a ranger killed along with his family by the minions of Sauron. Talion is brought back to life by an Elven spirit and is bestowed with new powers as he seeks revenge for the death of the people he loved.

Early Access – Thoughts on Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms

Early Access – Thoughts on Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms

There is something quite satisfying about playing a game when it is in Early Access, you can quite readily identify things which need to be improved, some outright bugs and other aspects which provide a glimpse at what might be if the developers keep working on the game. Shadow: Heretic Kingdoms then is an action-RPG which shows potential, but at this early stage, has a bit to do to stand up with titles like Diablo III and Torchlight.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – The Verdict

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – The Verdict

Diablo III was a game which I fell in love with in the beginning, I blasted through in decent fashion until I reached the gates of the High Heaven’s in Chapter IV and then I just kind of stopped playing. It was the promise of the Reaper of Souls expansion, the major patch which introduced loot 2.0 and the need to play something other than Football Manager that got me playing the game again. And so, after defeating the all-evil Diablo and starting out again in Act I with my Demon Hunter, I waited for Reaper of Souls to land. Once it arrived, I got on with the job of completing Act V and exploring the new location of Westmarch.

SanctuaryRPG – A Vengeful Brotato

SanctuaryRPG – A Vengeful Brotato

Zork. TerraFirmA. Nethack. The kind of games that conjure up memories of squinting at “@” symbols convincing yourself it was a rat, or possibly an ogre. I spent a fair amount of time within their strangely compelling grasp in my younger days, and more recently thanks to the madness of Dwarf Fortress. SanctuaryRPG is not like these games. It is an RPG, and its visuals are all ASCII code, smooshed together to look like mountains and monsters and silver keys….

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Bravely Default – 3DS Demo Impressions

Bravely Default – 3DS Demo Impressions

It seems like only yesterday that every potential SaGa, Mana and Vagrant Story revival at Square Enix found itself under the Final Fantasy banner in order to capture a little more marketplace enthusiasm. From the international renaming of SaGa titles in the early years through to the incongruousness of whacking Final Fantasy onto the Crystal Chronicles sub-series of action RPGs, for decades the premier JRPG company leant heavily on their most successful marque.

Mars: War Logs – The Verdict

Mars: War Logs – The Verdict

I love the lesser lights of the RPG genre as much as I enjoy the blockbuster titles. I adored Skyrim, while I also found plenty of joy in Kingdoms of Amalur. So when I heard about Mars: War Logs, a title from the people behind that Game of Thrones game I was without a doubt keen to see what it was all about. I’ve already given some thoughts on the first chapter, but hit the break and you can read the Verdict.

Mars War Logs – First Chapter Thoughts

Mars War Logs – First Chapter Thoughts

The name of a game is crucial, get it right and you will attract media attention for all the right reasons, get it wrong and it becomes a laughing stock. War Logs isn’t either, but it is ever so slightly amusing. War Diaries would have sounded better for sure.