Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 12:34am
A new pirate RPG is in the works from Snowbird Studios, creators of Mount and Blade: With Fire & Sword--the expansion to the hardcore historical action RPG. Titled Carribbean!, the game will essentially be Mount and Blade in a 17th century Carribbean setting. In the M&B: With Fire & Sword engine, the game will feature brutal sea battles, boarding fights, duels, political intrigues and piracy. Pirates and M&B is a very, very interesting prospect considering the shaky swashbuckling games of late.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Thu, 12/29/2011 - 6:29pm
I know I'm one of many that has an awfully negative opinion on Skyrim's user interface. The inventory was especially poor in design. It's quite annoying to sift through your gear looking for different items. A solution to this mess is already here, and it actually makes Bethesda look silly. And it's in the form of SkyUI. This mod reworks the inventory and menu system to make it significantly more accessible to locate specific items. This is one Bethesda needs to copy.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Thu, 12/29/2011 - 4:10pm
Bethesda has released the PC specific Skyrim 184.108.40.206 patch. It's really a tiny little update, but it corrects one of the game's glaring issues: support for more memory. Specifically, up to 4GB RAM can be put to use now. Skyrim actually takes more advantage of our computers! Yay!
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Wed, 12/21/2011 - 11:19pm
Game Of Thrones is the first RPG adaptation of George R. R. Martin's fantasy series. The title is being published by Atlus and developed by Cyanide for release in 2012. I've posted another trailer that shows off the 'Wall'. Check it out after the break. Also, for more details and screenshots, click here.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Sat, 12/17/2011 - 2:23am
What makes the PC so great? There is a very long list of reasons why one might choose to play a game like Skyrim on the PC versus a console. One of the most significant reasons: modability. Have you found yourself wandering Skyrim and thinking something like "I wish my buddy could run around this world with me".
Now it might actually be possible. Skyrim Online is a mod by awpsoleet that allows players to do just that. Skyrim junkies will be able to play online with their friends and run around the Nordic province together. Trade items, chat, and explore with other players. Although the mod is in the alpha stage, it offers a truly tremendous and impressive start to perhaps the ultimate Skyrim wish come true. As of now, attacking other players won't show visually, but it is working. Players appear as if they were unclothed. Aryan who is over 100 hours into his adventure, and myself (I've just reached the 30 hour mark) will be putting some significant testing into this mod. We will be doing a full report on Skyrim Online along with video for you guys to check out.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Sat, 12/10/2011 - 3:53pm
Fans of Supergiant Game's Bastion will have a some new content to play through. The game's first DLC, titled the Stranger's Dream, will release next week. The developer did not intend to put out additional content initially, however, with the holidays quickly approaching, the team wanted to make something to show thanks to their fans after the game's tremendous reception. PC gamers will get the content for free, while Xbox 360 users will be charged $1 for it. Two new game modes will be introduced as well. Look for the Stranger's Dream on December 14th.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Thu, 12/08/2011 - 1:33pm
Jagged Alliance: Back In Action is a faithful, upcoming remake of the original series--unlike X-Com, which spun-off into an upcoming FPS. The game takes place in a fictitious country called Arulco, where a ruthless dictator has seized absolute power and only a small group of rebels are still able to resist the tyranny. You command the rebels and will hire the best mercenaries in the world--provided you keep your troops supplied with plenty of cash and morale. The title is currently slated for a February 2012 release.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Wed, 12/07/2011 - 2:53pm
Final Fantasy XIII-2 received a perfect score in this week's Famitsu--40/40. Zelda: Skyward Sword and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim recently scored the same, which is a rare occurrence to see three games in a single year do so. Dengeki, another Japanese gaming publication, praised the game with their 'S' verdict.
In an interview with Dengeki, producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Motomu Toriyama revealed that a New Game Plus mode would be in the game. Some players may want to go back and do everything the game offers. Certain items will only be available on the second time through the game as well. Specifically, monster decorations were mentioned, but I would hope there's more than that.
Players that still have their FFXIII save will be able to load it into FFXIII-2, resulting in different bonuses. The perks revealed so far are special monster decorations, better luck at the the in-game casino, and the title screen will also have some sort of bonus.
Auto-save is a another new feature that the team believed was an important Western trend to follow.
Check out the two brand new videos after the break. The first shows off environments, the second shows a player exploring Historia Crux.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Wed, 12/07/2011 - 2:16am
Game of Thrones is an intriguing upcoming RPG being published by Atlus and developed by Cyanide based on the now immensely popular George R. R. Martin fantasy series. The RPG-Martin combination is long overdue. The game's environments and art direction will be based on the recent HBO adaptation of the book, which is an excellent base to work from. The features of the 30 hour game are from the press release, below.
"In “Game of Thrones”, you will choose the class of your characters, find your fighting style, reach a good balance between your strengths and weaknesses, and get ready for epic battles! Find, buy or loot new equipment and weapons to fit your approach of the fights, and gain experience to improve your skills or learn new ones. Slow the time down during battle to analyze the situation and choose your next moves. In game of thrones, political skills can be as lethal as a sharpen sword, so never underestimate the power of a silver tongue to solve a critical situation!"
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Tue, 12/06/2011 - 2:46am
In a recent interview with PC Gamer, Diablo III's senior technical game designer Wyatt Cheng revealed information about the difficulty level after hell, Inferno. "We have Normal, Nightmare, and Hell, and one thing about Hell in Diablo 2, it was more geared towards characters from, I’m gonna say, level 60-65 up to 100. Our level cap is 60, and Inferno is really geared towards max-level characters. One of the things we’ve been talking about is, we have a lot of environment art. And we feel that the most fun way to play isn’t to do the same run over and over and over and over again within the same environment, background art, whatever. So Inferno is the entire game on a much tighter level (band?? 3:30) so that you can basically do your loot farming in a wider variety of places. It’s still the same game, but everything’s designed for level 60, and the rewards are (superior) across the board."
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Tue, 12/06/2011 - 2:20am
Harvest Moon, the classic farm building franchise dating back to its SNES debut, will release its latest iteration titled Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin. The Nintendo 3DS game will release on February 23rd, 2012 as announced by Marvelous AQL today. Hopefully this update to the series will bring back the warm and fuzzy, addictiveness that we loved so much in the original, Harvest Moon 64, and Harvest Moon: Back To Nature. Unfortunately is been downhill ever since the Back To Nature, which released on PSOne. More videos after the break.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Tue, 12/06/2011 - 1:59am
Another co-op hack n' slash is on its way, which is always good to hear. R.A.W. – Realms of Ancient War reminds me of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance in its gameplay and setting, also good news. The title from Wizarbox is set to release sometime next year and will be a downloadable, multiplatform release. Players will initially choose from the rogue, warrior and sorcerer classes. Expect a lot of hacking, looting, earning experience, and choosing abilities/attributes. This fantasy RPG shows some promise, but it's coming from a mostly unknown developer. If I had to guess, it might lack some depth, but that's not to say it could be an interesting co-op experience with up to one other person. The game will release first on Xbox Live, then will follow up with PlayStation 3 and PC.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Tue, 11/15/2011 - 7:41pm
Despite the dissapointing strategy title Game of Thrones: Genesis, we still have a more promising A Song Of Ice And Fire based game on the way. Game of Thrones is a RPG being published by Atlus and developed by Cyanide based on the now immensely popular George R. R. Martin fantasy series. The story in the game is being written under the "supervision" of Martin himself, apparently. As a fan of the series myself, being able to explore Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms in an RPG sounds awfully appealing. This is a title we will keep tabs on closely. For screens, click through to the full article.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Sat, 10/22/2011 - 1:46am
Exclusive pre-order DLC packs, in most cases, suck. It was a shame that such a tremendous game like Deus Ex: Human Revolution followed this trend. But now Eidos Montreal has redeemed itself: the packs are now available for download--for a small fee of course. The Explosive Mission pack, for $2.99, includes Tong's rescue mission, the Grenade Launcher, the Remote-Detonated Explosive Device and the Automatic Unlocking Device (AUD). Tong's mission made this my favorite pack at the game's release. But now you can also download the Tactical Enhancement Pack, which arguably breaks the game. Why? Well it unlocks the Double-Barrel Shotgun and the Silenced Sniper Rifle, which are great to have as additional weapons. However, the pack gives the player 10,000 extra in-game credits at the start of the game. This absolutely throws off the game's balance, giving the player too much of an initial boost. The Tactical Enhancement pack can be downloaded for only $1.99, but honestly, I'd stay away from it.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Sat, 09/24/2011 - 1:26am
With the Diablo 3 beta currently ongoing, Blizzard has released a nifty tool that let's you get a head start on planning your character. The skill calculator lets you first select your character's 6 active skills, which can be socketed with Runestones for bonuses, and then choose your 3 passive skills. On top of this Blizzard is letting fans check out the hack and slash RPGs weapons, armor, and items. The company has also created a character guide that gives background information of the different classes, previews of their male and female forms, and more.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Tue, 09/13/2011 - 1:09am
Bethesda has finally released the same 20 minute Skyrim demo shown to the media at E3--without the camcorder view, too. The footage includes series' producer Todd Howard's commentary and shows off a wide range of different aspects of the game from dual-wielding spells to the basics like using swords, shields, dialogue, and character progression. Watch the first of three parts below, and the next two after the break. Also read our full Skyrim preview, here.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Thu, 09/08/2011 - 2:31pm
Eidos Montreal has released the first screens and teaser for their upcoming Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC--'The Missing Link'. After being kidnapped by Belltower operatives, Jensen wakes up on a freighter and finds his augmentations disabled. He'll have to to reactivate them from scratch to help him escape from the ship alive. Jensen will also unmask another layer of the conspiracy during the mission. Check out the teaser and screenshots after the break.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Mon, 09/05/2011 - 1:00pm
You and I aren't the only ones disappointed that the JC Denton / Tracer Tong mission (Explosive Mission Pack) was a GameStop pre-order exclusive. Or that several weapons and items were only available if you pre-ordered from a specific vendor. JC has something to say about it himself. He also checks out a pair of arm blades and augmented vision. And is thoroughly disgusted that he can't save Tracer Tong...because he didn't pre-order.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Mon, 09/05/2011 - 12:41pm
As expected, Square Enix has confirmed the latest installment in their long-lived RPG series--Dragon Quest X Online. The game, which will be developed by Square itself, will be released on both the Wii and Wii U. The announcement marks a shift in the main series, from offline single-player to online. The long-time nucleus of the the development team is left intact: series creator and designer Yuji Hori (also worked on Chrono Trigger), composer Koichi Sugiyama, and character designer Akira Toriyama (Chrono Trigger, Dragon Ball Z). DQX will have cross-platform play between Wii and Wii U, and will offer 3DS connectivity. The Wii U version will have improved graphics, but other changes are currently unrevealed. As for a release date, Square lists 2012 for the Wii version on the official site, while the Wii U is TBA.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Mon, 09/05/2011 - 2:14am
Eidos Montreal has revealed that at least three city hubs were scratched from Deus Ex: Human Revolution. In a recent interview with Edge, art director Jonathan Jacques-Belletête admitted that the team originally planned for Montreal to be a hub, and lead game designer Frank Lapikas went even further stating that there were also plans for India. The firm cited lack of development time as the reason for exclusions. Of course, it would be awesome had there been more hubs. But the intense detail of each city and its environments were one of the game's strongest points--quality over quantity.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Sat, 09/03/2011 - 3:51pm
If you're interested in Dark Souls' backstory, Namco has released two Prologue videos from the action RPG that will give you a glimpse at it. As the indirect sequel to From Software's acclaimed Demon's Souls, the title is garnering serious attention from RPG fans. The title will be much more ambitious than the first. Director Hidetaka Miyazaki told 4Gamer in an interview that the the game would be 60 hours compared to Demon Souls 30-40 hours. The game will feature over 100 unique enemies, a massive jump from the 30 in the original.
Dark Souls releases on October 4 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, despite the original being a PS3 exclusive. Watch the first two videos from the Prologue below. More may be on the way.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Fri, 09/02/2011 - 3:27am
A week after the release of critically acclaimed Deus Ex: Human Revolution, a report has surfaced in a Canadian newspaper La Presse Affaires stating that Square Enix wants to double the staff of subsidiary development studio Eidos Montreal. With a staff of 330 currently, the studio will reportedly hire over 350 new employees during the next four years. Square Enix acquired Eidos in 2009 in what has turned out to be a huge positive for the Japenese video game conglomerate. Eidos Montreal has proven itself in what might be our top candidate for the 2011 Game of the Year--DX:HR. Although The Witcher 2 is right there with it.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Thu, 09/01/2011 - 10:41pm
Runic Games, made up of former Diablo series developers, has revealed that their upcoming action RPG Torchlight 2 will be available at launch for $20. The company has hit a price point that will influence a large percentage of interested, yet unsure gamers into purchasing the title. One of my most anticipated upcoming co-op games, Torchlight 2 looks to be a very solid title for $20.
Runic has also annoucned the last character class: the magic-wielding Embermage, which joins the Engineer, Outlander, and Berserker.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Mon, 08/29/2011 - 4:20pm
Arkane has released new Dishonored screenshots. Unfortunetly, two of the six are hardly even worth a glance. Now that DE:HR is on store shelves, this assassination title is quickly moving up my most anticipated titles list. Check out the new screens after the break.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Sun, 08/28/2011 - 3:14pm
Known for his work in Uncanny X-Men, Joe Medureira helped THQ's Vigil Games shape the original Darksiders dark world. Now Medureira is back to help give the sequel an even more refined direction in character and level design, atmosphere, and story. Stages in Darksiders 2 will be huge compared to the first game promoting more exploration, side quests, and secrets--with levels roughly twice as large. Death, the protagonist and one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, sets out to proove his fellow Horsemen War's innocence as he is being blamed for the Apocalypse that killed off man. With Medureira leading the way in the visual department, you can already see the extreme detail being put into the game in the 13 screenshots below. Also, check out the Darksiders 2 Extended Annoucement Trailer, here.
Submitted by Aryan Vahedi on Sun, 08/28/2011 - 2:24pm
Have you been wanting to create a character in Skyrim but can't because the game is obviously not out yet. Well fret no more because you can now take that first step in the character creation process all in your mind. The BethSoft Blog has released a bunch of mug shots of possible faces for each race in the game. We've posted new in-game screenshots of the different races as well. Also, don't forget to take a look at our Skyrim preview to get a better idea of what to expect in the latest installment of the Elder Scrolls.
Submitted by Aryan Vahedi on Tue, 08/23/2011 - 8:54pm
Eidos Montreal and Square Enix are just making sure you know a new Deus Ex game has been released. Check out the launch trailer after the break. Also, look for our Video Playtest and full review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution this coming week.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Tue, 08/16/2011 - 10:58pm
When a game's as ambitious as E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy, and only created by a development team of no more than 12, bugs are to be expected. While the game was bug-ridden upon release, it was still extremely playable, and is quickly becoming a favorite at Rapid Fire Games. We also knew that Streum is a dedicated group that loves their games and their work and have been suffering through sleepless nights trying to get a solid patch out. Now they have released patch 1.13, which fixes a whole slew of issues and bugs and applies balance tweaks. Read the full list of changes below. Also, check out our video playtest of the game, and look for our in-depth review tomorrow.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Tue, 08/16/2011 - 2:16pm
Supergiant Games' first title, action RPG Bastion, released today on PC through Steam. The PC version will have enhanced visuals compared to the Xbox 360 version, with higher resolution assets and 1080p. The game is priced at $15, and the soundtrack is available for $5. We'll have a video playtest of Bastion on PC coming this week. Watch the launch trailer, here.
Submitted by Aryan Vahedi on Mon, 08/15/2011 - 9:26pm
In an interview with Gamespy, Julien Bouvrais (Eidos-Montreal Director of Technology) and Jurjen Katsman (Nixxes Software Founder and President) have revealed insightful new details about the development of Deus Ex: Human Revolution for the PC. Some time ago, it was announced that the PC version of Human Revolution was to be finished by a development team with a reputation for “porting” games, and it was clear many fans in the Deus Ex community feared the worst. After all, venerable game franchises like Dragon Age and Crysis have been scorned by their respective fans because recent releases in both series’ showed all the signs of having been “console-lized” (that is, dumbed down the game's potential in order to meet the demands required by consoles). The Gamespy interview does much to reassure concerned Deus Ex diehards that Human Revolution for the PC is indeed “the version you should play.” Some notes and PC exclusive features from the article include:
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Mon, 08/15/2011 - 6:27pm
CD Project RED has revealed at the ongoing GamesCom expo in Germany that The Witcher 2 Patch 2.0 is on its way and that it will add significant enhancements to one of the best RPGs in recent years. Thanks to VideoGamersZone.de for the picture of billboard right from the show floor.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Sun, 08/14/2011 - 7:19pm
Bethesda released screenshots of some of the different races in the Maryland studios upcoming epic RPG, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Take a look at a Dark Elf, Nord, Bosmer, Orsimer, Argonian, and Khajit. Also, check out our preview on Skyrim, here.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Sat, 08/13/2011 - 10:11pm
The classic PC tactical combat, turn-based strategy series Jagged Alliance is finally returning in the form of Jagged Alliance Online. The premise: a faithful remake of the originals, but as an MMOG and developed Gamigo. If you're unfamiliar with the franchise, players hire rebels and mercenaries that they will strategically control in order to carry out missions such as overthrowing dictators. Your hired soldiers, purchased with money you've earned, will gain experience, adding an RPG-like element to the games. The game will be revealed in full at GamesCom 2011, in two weeks in Cologne, Germany. The trailer below is a bit of a preview of what will be shown at the event.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Fri, 08/12/2011 - 9:28pm
While the original Deus Ex had far more futuristic electronic music, Human Revolution, which takes place 25 years earlier, will feature a blend of organic and electronic instruments.
Audio Director Steze Sczcepkowski offered a very interesting take on sound design philosophy: “My philosophy on good sound design is…try to send somebody into a deep hypnotic state. You’re going down layers and levels of states. The better it’s done, the more your brain starts to release and give in.” Watch the trailer below:
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Thu, 08/11/2011 - 9:27pm
Patch 1.35 has been released by CD Project Red for The Witcher 2, as they continue to refine arguably the best game so far this year. It really doesn't do too much, at least compared to the last patch. But it does fix various Steam achievement issues, two scientists in Flotsam get their names corrected, and different issues with 3D Vision were resolved. Read the full list of changes below:
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Thu, 08/11/2011 - 1:15am
Update: A gamer uploaded a 37 minute capture of the Final Fantasy Type-0 demo. Watch it after the break.
The Final Fantasy Type-0 demo went live today in Japan. The demo is an updated version of the “Natsubi” test that was playable at the event in Odaiba. The Type-0 trial has at least 4 areas and 7 characters. It can be downloaded from the Japanese Playstation Store (with a Japanese account only) or from here and uploaded to your PSP. Square-Enix has added a bonus for those playing the demo--they'll be able to download summer outfits for the 14 characters when the full game releases.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Wed, 08/10/2011 - 2:53pm
Unlike the first game which was set in a medieval fantasy world, Risen 2 will offer players a chance to explore a dark pirate setting. As captain of a ship, you set out to rid the waters of sea monsters that have consumed the world, except for the haven of Caldera. These monsters have begun to greatly upset the supply flow going into the city, and someone must do something quick. Of course, players will encounter acquaintances throughout their adventures. Combat won't be with shields, but guns, bombs, and other pirate weaponry.
An RPG and pirate setting combined equals a must-play for me. I'm interested to see more of the RPG elements the game will have, and will post as soon as more of the game is revealed. If you need your pirate fix right now, check out my impressions of Pirates of Black cove which recently released.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Wed, 08/10/2011 - 2:09am
The latest video released by Eidos Montreal gets into the hacking and social interaction in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. As a huge fan of hacking into computers to read emails and shutdown security networks, I felt its inclusion was essential. The video also gets into how Jensen will be able to convince NPCs to help complete objectives or persuade them into a particular action. Human Revolution releases in now less than two weeks on August 23rd. Watch the trailer below.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Tue, 08/09/2011 - 10:51pm
Development on the new zombie action RPG Dead Island has reached completion. The concept is somewhat intriguing, and I'm especially excited to check out the game's co-op mode. The dev team released a trailer showing off Dead Island's co-op along with the news of the title going gold. You can watch it, along with some screenshots to look at, below. Made by Techland and published by Deep Silver, the game releases on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in North America on September 6th.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Tue, 08/09/2011 - 7:32pm
After 4 hours with Pirates of Black Cove, I have a solid idea of what to expect from the sandbox high seas tale. The recent Paradox release combines elements of both RTS and RPGs with a lighthearted pirate world, an attractive concept. The story and world present a cartoon-styled, comedic take on the 18th century pirate setting. You play the role of a pirate captain in command of your own vessel and crew. The humor is surprisingly good, and I'm rather fond of some of the NPC and unit art design. It remains to be seen, but Pirates of Black Cove might lack depth. The world seems a bit sparse of things to do.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Tue, 08/09/2011 - 3:19am
After 4 years in the making, Deus Ex: New Vision is finally complete and available for download. The mod remastered around 75% of the world textures in high definition. Perfect timing if you're trying to get ready for Human Revolution with another run through the original. We'll be doing a video playtest of New Vision, so look for it later in the week. Check out some more screens after the break.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Tue, 08/09/2011 - 2:53am
Diablo II clone Drakensong Online has entered the beta stage and is now open for anyone to play. It's not like the other Drakensong games, it's a browser-based action RPG made by a different developer. I usually turn my nose to browser game, but this one is rather impressive graphics wise. The depth is clearly lacking, offering little leveling control besides weapon upgrades and abilities. But it is fun in short spurts here and there, if you miss the days of Diablo. Check it out for yourself, it's free.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Fri, 08/05/2011 - 4:18pm
Bethesda has revealed the collector's edition for the highly-anticipated upcoming RPG, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The company made the announcemnet at the annual QuakeCon in Dallas, Texas. The contents of the collector's edition includes:
Alduin Statue: Created in conjunction with the IP Factory, 12” tall and is made of high quality PVC, it showcases Alduin, the World Eater.
‘The Art of Skyrim’ Official Art Book: Featuring over 200 pages of full-color illustrations, sketches and models, coffee table book showcases the characters, creatures, environments, and weaponry of Skyrim. With a foreword by game director Todd Howard and commentary from Bethesda Game Studios artists, readers will be guided through the game’s iconic visual style.
‘The Making of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’ DVD
The Collector’s Edition will be available through pre-order and it retails for $149.99 (US), €149.99 (Europe), £129.99 (UK), and A$199.99 (Australia).
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Wed, 08/03/2011 - 10:10pm
After months of speculation, Gearbox Software has finally made Borderlands 2 official. The title will follow-up the 2009 FPS action RPG, Borderlands. The sequel is scheduled to release in the fiscal year 2013, or after April 1, 2012 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
2K Games will be showing the title for the first time at Gamescom in Germany, which takes place August 17 through 21, and then shortly after at PAX Prime in Seattle, which takes place August 26 through 28. The latest issue of Game Informer has an exclusive 12 page cover story on the game, which reveals the many details about the game, including a look at the first of one of the numerous new character classes in Borderlands 2. Read more about that here.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Wed, 08/03/2011 - 2:53pm
Square-Enix released a new five-minute trailer today that gives us more details about the different styles of gameplay in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The video also does a good job of giving a complete overview of the game.
One of our most anticipated titles this year releases in just a few weeks on August 23.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Wed, 08/03/2011 - 2:13am
Snowblind, the team behind the classic Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, is finally coming back with another action RPG: Lord Of The Rings: War In The North. The title is slated for a November 1st release in the US on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The PC version will be available through Steamworks. Watch the trailer and gameplay here.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Tue, 08/02/2011 - 9:35pm
Breath of Fire IV, originally released on the PS1 in 2000, is set to re-release on the US PlayStation Network on August 16th. Fans of old-school JRPGs will get another chance to enjoy the game on their PS3 or PSP.
The Capcom title, which is known for doing a lot things well as opposed to great, actually released on PC a few years after the initial launch. The game stars the blue-haired Ryu who is capable of transforming into a dragon. Although one great part of the game are the beautiful, hand-drawn sprites, which are a staple of Breath of Fire IV. The environments in the game, however, are 3D.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Mon, 08/01/2011 - 2:39pm
Blizzard has revealed some news that create some very mixed reactions. First Diablo III will be online-only, unfortunately. Blizzard is following the Starcraft model where a player has to be connected to Battle.net to play single or multiplayer. Blizzard claims this is the only option to prevent cheating, as well as prevent players from abusing the next big announcement--the Auction House. Players will be able to buy and sell in-game items and weapons for real money. Blizzard will take a percentage of course, and the player that found or crafted the item will be rewarded the rest. The third big news out of Blizzard's headquarters in Irvine, California is that the game will not be modable, and the company is even saying it will be "strictly forbidden" by them.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Fri, 07/29/2011 - 11:03pm
Now that the development of Deus Ex: Human Revolution is complete, we are literally only a few weeks away from the August 23rd launch. Until then, we are left with videos from the game's creators. The latest details the "stealth" gameplay. Have a look below.
Submitted by Aryan Vahedi on Wed, 07/27/2011 - 11:31pm
"Mount and Blade: With Fire and Sword builds on the sandbox gameplay of its predecessors and provides a deep, hour-devouring experience for those who enjoy the history of early modern warfare in Europe and the revolutionary changes in how war was fought in that period."
A rather unknown, yet very impressive upcoming first-person shooter RPG hybrid was recently brought to my attention. E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy, powered by Valve's Source engine, is being developed by StreumOnStudio--an indie team of about 10 people, some of which have roots in modding. Development on the game is actually complete and a release should be forthcoming soon. But what am I so excited about? E.Y.E. will offer a non-linear, RPG-like storyline in which the player's decisions and interactions with NPCs will shape the events in the game. The developers placed maximum emphasis on "freedom of choice", which is what Deus Ex did so well. Players will be able to undertake the campaign solo or in up to 4 person co-op, and will also be able to carry over their created character from either mode.
The game takes place four hundred years in the future on Earth after humans banded together to fight off invaders from Mars. The player takes control of an assassin that belongs to a powerful organization called the Secreta Secretorum. Within the organization itself he is a member of the E.Y.E., an armed branch. Corruption, conspiracies, and power-hungry individuals, factions, and megacorporations plague the Earth. However, Earth is once again threatened by an outside invasion.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Tue, 07/26/2011 - 5:06am
Take a look at a trailer from the long overdue Phantasy Star Online 2 from Sega. Watch for gameplay and character creation in this PC sequel to the Dreamcast, and later Gamecube, action RPG. New to the series will be the ability to jump, perform jump attacks, and pull off combos. The aiming system will be similar to that of a third-person shooter, in which headshots and limb shots have different effects and deal varying amounts damage. Also, the traditional character leveling will be replaced with class levels.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Fri, 07/22/2011 - 3:06am
Blizzard showed up at Comic Con with news of a somewhat lighter tone. Chris Metzen, the senior VP of story and franchise development at Blizzard, revealed that Diablo III will have a novel released alongside the game to further expand the lore. The book is based on the journal of Deckard Cain, the elder Horadric mage who guides the player throughout the games. The book, which is a compendium, will also include an in-depth history of the Diablo franchise.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Thu, 07/21/2011 - 1:30am
Patch 1.3 has been released for The Witcher 2, and CD Projekt Red has details on the changes. The patch includes a free DLC quest for Chapter 2 as well as newly supported aspect ratios. Item storage at inns will be a welcome addition because of the game's limited inventory space--just talk to the innkeeper to leave some weight behind. For people like me this is awesome because I love holding on to particular weapons and items. Another healthy addition can be found in the Extras at the Main Menu: all of the games cinematic sequences have been compiled so players can view them outside of the game. The Quen sign (a shield spell) has been de-buffed by 20%, which is an important decision for the game's difficulty because I realized (others did as well) late in the game the spell became overly powerful.
CD Projekt Red is doing an outstanding job of polishing off a truly memorable game post-release. It's awesome to see the love the development team puts into this game. Video Play Test and Review coming next week. You can check out the full changelog for Patch 1.3 here.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Wed, 07/20/2011 - 11:53am
Final Fantasy Type-O finally received a release date for Japan: October 13th. Check out the new trailer below for another dose of gameplay plus a lengthy cast rundown. Click through to the full article to also take a look at a demo with commentary played by director Hajime Tabata.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Sun, 07/17/2011 - 11:43pm
Mick Fraser, author of the Jedi Beats Tank gaming blog, penned an excellent article detailing the history of The Elder Scrolls RPG series--from the first game, Arena, to Bethesda's upcoming epic, Skyrim. Fans of the series won't want to miss this.
Don't forget to check out our full Skyrim preview. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is currently slated for a November 11th release.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Thu, 07/14/2011 - 1:12am
Great news for fans of A Game of Thrones: an RPG is coming. While Genesis, the AGOT real-time strategy title, could be an interesting game--like many, I've always wanted an AGOT RPG. Cyanide, the same team developing the strategy game, is also working on the RPG which is set in Westeros as well. Players take control of a member of the Night's Watch, as well as Alester Sarwyck, a Red Priest exiled from the kingdom only to return 15 years later from across the sea.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Thu, 07/14/2011 - 12:07am
A newly formed Polish development team, Flying Wild Hog, has announced a sci-fi FPS RPG that will release in two months (September)--Hard Reset. Exclusively for the PC, the game is powered by a "built from scratch" engine, the Road Hog. The story is classic science fiction set in a "haunting, dystopian future": robot hordes have overtaken every Human city except for one--Bezoar. With humanity on the verge of extinction, Major Flethcher, the soldier with the computer eye patch, will fight off the robot invaders from this metropolis.
Flying Wild Hog is somewhat of a Polish all-star team because it features former members of some of Warsaw's top developers: People Can Fly (Painkiller), CD Projekt RED (The Witcher series), and City Interactive (Sniper: Ghost Warrior). Click "Read more" for gameplay screenshots.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Fri, 07/08/2011 - 3:43pm
Legacy, the upcoming DLC for Dragon Age 2, will release on July 26th on the three major platforms. The story will center around Hawke's father and will feature new darkspawn. The new content will cost $9.99. Get ready to head back to Kirkwall.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Tue, 07/05/2011 - 3:14pm
More news regarding Final Fantasy Type-0 for the PSP has surfaced thanks to Famitsu. The game is estimated to be 80% complete by the development team. Originially slated for a summer release, Square Enix is now saying the title will probably be delayed until the fall. The team is currently refining the multiplayer, which essentially allows a friend to help the player through the tougher parts of the game. The developers have stressed that players will be able to beat the game without help, however. The title will take players between 30-40 hours to beat, and up to 100 hours to complete 100%.
Click here to read our full preview on Final Fantasy Type-0.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Sat, 07/02/2011 - 12:40am
Final Fantasy VI has finally made its way to the Nintendo Virtual Console in North America. Arguably the greatest title in one of gaming's most storied series, the game is actually being released under it's original North American SNES name: Final Fantasy III. The game will run you 800 Wii Points ($8).
The most recent release was Final Fantasy VI Advance for the Game Boy Advance in 2006 (Japan) and 2007 (North America). The re-release featured brightened visuals, a new dungeon and equipment, bug fixes, a bestiary, and an updated translation that was more faithful to the Japanese version. In 1999 the game was released as a part of Final Fantasy Anthology, along with Final Fantasy V. The port is very similar to the SNES version--graphics, sound, and gameplay are unaltered. However, the port did add two CGI animated sequences for the intro and ending as well as the awful CD load times found on many of the PlayStation SNES ports.
Submitted by Aryan Vahedi on Wed, 06/29/2011 - 10:04pm
"The game begins as Class Zero sets out on a clandestine mission called Operation Apostle in an attempt to take back their own crystal lost to the Milites Empire and end the aggression for good."
Although the title has been through a number of changes since its inception at E3 ’06, Final Fantasy Type-0 hasn't lost any attention from the series’ often divided fan base. Originally titled “Final Fantasy Agito XIII” and planned for development on mobile phones, the game was later given the Type-0 suffix. Director Hajime Tabata found the game to be too dissimilar to Final Fantasy XIII to warrant the numeral in its title.
The developers decided to make the game a PSP exclusive when they realized they would have to wait too long in order to let mobile technology catch up. These small changes have in no way affected the development team’s ambitious goals for the project. In fact, the game will ship in two UMDs just so the real-time cut scenes can be kept at optimum quality. Although XIII was removed from the title, the game still takes place in the Fabula Nova Crystallis universe and there will still be tie-ins to elements from games heralding XIII in their name.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Thu, 06/09/2011 - 11:11pm
Jagged Alliance, the classic turn-based tactical combat strategy series for PC, will finally get a new entry: Jagged Alliance: Back In Action. The title will be a faithful remake of the original games--unlike X-Com, which spun-off into an upcoming FPS. The game takes place in a fictitious country called Arulco, where a ruthless dictator has seized absolute power and only a small group of rebels are still able to resist the tyranny. You command the rebels and will hire the best mercenaries in the world--provided you keep your troops supplied with plenty of cash and morale. Check out the official site for more information.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Tue, 05/24/2011 - 12:01am
Growlanser IV: Overload will be releasing on the PSP in Japan with new content, hence the "Overload" subtitle. Atlus is porting the tactical RPG from PlayStation 2--adding new characters, story routes, and event scenes. Click here for screenshots.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Mon, 05/23/2011 - 11:48pm
The classic beat em up action RPG Guardian Heroes is being remastered in HD by it's original developer, Treasure, for release on Xbox Live this fall. Sega released a trailer for the game showing off the graphical update.
The downloadable title will feature enhanced graphics, local and online co-op, and new modes. Luckily, there will be an option to use the original sprites, as opposed to the updated HD sprites--not too sure about those.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Sat, 05/14/2011 - 5:47pm
Nude Maker, the creator of Steel Battalion and Infinite Space, is developing a RPG for Konami titled Terror of Stratus. The PSP game is set in Tokyo in the year 2058--a time when aliens have congregated on the moon's surface. The protagonist of the title and new member of the Imperial Special 6 Squad Seishiro, sets out to save Tokyo from the alien invasion. Terror of the Stratus will see a release in 2012.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Sat, 05/14/2011 - 3:18pm
Square Enix will be releasing the first three games in the Dragon Quest series as a compilation on the Wii in celebration of the series 25th anniversary. Dragon Quest Anniversary Collection will include five DQ releases: Dragon Quest (Famicom), Dragon Quest 2 (Famicom), Dragon Quest 3 (Famicom), Dragon Quest 1 & 2 (Super Famicom) and Dragon Quest 3 (Super Famicom). The title is a full release--not for Virtual Console.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Mon, 05/09/2011 - 7:07pm
During the Activision-Blizzard quarterly conference call for investors today, Blizzard confirmed that the Diablo III beta test is slated to launch in the third quarter of 2011, or between July 1st and September 30th.
However, Mike Morheime stated that they "will not compromise the quality of the game in order to hit a window".
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Fri, 05/06/2011 - 2:04am
The 1996 Sega Saturn classic beat em up action RPG Guardian Heroes is being remastered in HD by it's original developer, Treasure, for release on Xbox Live this fall. The downloadable title will feature enhanced graphics, local and online co-op, and new modes. Luckily, there will be an option to use the original sprites, as opposed to the updated HD sprites--not too sure about those. Click through for more screenshots, comparisons, and video.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Thu, 05/05/2011 - 2:44am
Eidos Montreal and Nixxes revealed to PC Gamer the exclusive features that would set the PC version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution apart from its console counterpart. The PC version will have advanced graphics options to take advantage of the more powerful hardware--anti-aliasing, details, resolution, etc. The title will have DirectX 11 and 3D support as well as support for AMD's Eyefinity, allowing you to create up to a 5 monitor widescreen setup. The user interface will be reworked and the parts of the interface designed to be controller friendly will be changed to make it mouse and keyboard friendly. The prequel to one of the great video games of all-time will also be released on Steam.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Wed, 05/04/2011 - 4:27am
4Gamer sat down with Kouichi Yotsui and Takehiro Ando to discuss their co-op hack n slash action title Moon Diver, which released to Xbox Live Arcade today (PlayStation 3 a month ago). Thanks to Anoop Gantayat from Andriasang for providing a translated summary of the interview.
When asked about a possible sequel to Moon Diver, Ando stated that they wouldn't call the game Moon Diver 2, but rather Super Moon Diver--to take it back the SNES days [I love designers who believe that old-school games can be as fun as a new game, part of why we are so fond of Moon Diver here at RFG so much]. Ando mentioned that Feel Plus, the game's developer, had been acquired by AQ Interactive--so a large part of the team would have to be re-assembled.
Yotsui, who directed and produced the Capcom classic Strider, added that significant content would be available for use in a sequel because about half of the game was cut for time and monetary constraints.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 12:53pm
Composer Koichi Sugiyama of the Dragon Quest series held a Dragon Quest 3 concert on April 29th. After the concert he revealed that he was already writing music for Dragon Quest X and that the game would be revealed later this year--making a 2012 release date likely.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Fri, 04/29/2011 - 3:15pm
The upcoming MMORPG, Marvel Universe Online, was revealed in detail last night. PC Gamer posted an article listing the game's features--one of the highlights being free-to-play. Players will be able to play as their favorite Marvel super-hero against the main villain, Dr. Doom. The game's characters and setting are based on the entire Marvel Universe. “No corner of the Marvel Universe will be left unturned,” stated the title's writer Brian Michael Bendis. The award-winning Bendis is known as the main pen behind the Ultimate Marvel comic series which started in 2001. He has also written Daredevil, The New Avengers, and several other Marvel and independent comics.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Fri, 04/29/2011 - 5:28am
Tsuyoshi Sawada, the creator of Sega's Shining RPG series, told Famitsu to expect an announcement from Sega of a new entry in the classic franchise.
"It's been ten years since the Shining series was re-invented," Sawada said. "Currently, we're preparing a title that sums up the whole series and should provide an answer to users' curiosity. I can't give details yet, but I'd like to reveal it before we go too far into the future."
The Shining series consists of 28 releases from Sega Genesis to Sega Saturn and most recently on PlayStation 2.
"Shining is a long-running series, but development work largely stopped on it for a period of time. We redeveloped and resurrected the name as Sega shifted from hardware to software, and the goal for the games I've worked on is to target a large swath of the userbase and do something that hasn't been done before with the series. That's still the direction I take today."
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 3:38am
Growlanser IV: Overload will be releasing on the PSP in Japan with new content, hence the "Overload" subtitle. Atlus is porting the game from PlayStation 2--adding new characters, story routes, and event scenes.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 2:41am
Namco Bandai has revealed via Nintendo Power that Tales of the Abyss will release on the 3DS in North America as the handheld's first RPG. The game is a port from PlayStation 2. A North American release date has not been set yet, but the title will hit stores on June 30th in Japan. Check out the trailer below:
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Mon, 04/25/2011 - 2:49am
Sega is developing the long awaited sequel Phantasy Star Portable Online 2 for the PC. Emphasis is being put on adventuring, according to series' producer Satoshi Sakai, because it has become "lost in today's RPGs".
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Fri, 04/22/2011 - 3:42pm
Chrono Trigger will be making its way to PlayStation Network as a PSOne Classic in North America. Square Enix has officially announced that the PlayStation version of the original Super Famicom/SNES all-time great will be released on PSN this Spring. Chrono Cross shares a Spring release date on PlayStation Network as well.
The PSOne version of the game was originally released in the Final Fantasy Chronicles collection along with Final Fantasy IV. The version included animated cutscenes that the original SNES copy didn't have. The news of the PSN release was initially revealed by the game's PlayStation 3 and PSP ESRB rating. The game will also release on Nintendo's Virtual Console on April 26th. The VC version is simply emulated.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Wed, 04/20/2011 - 10:16pm
Today, Square Enix announced that Moon Diver will be releasing on Xbox Live Arcade on May 4th for $15. Initially launched on PSN, the hack and slash RPG was dubbed the spiritual successor to the Strider series by Square Enix designer Koichi Yotsui.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Sun, 04/17/2011 - 5:13pm
Square Enix has already released downloadable content for Moon Diver, their new PSN action-platormer RPG, and have two more updates on the way. The first DLC, for $.99, adds the new playable character Silence and a Score Attack stage named "Flow". Experience earned in Score Attack is applied to Story Mode.
The next DLC update is coming April 26th for only $.99, again. It will add two more Score Attack stages: "Orbit" and "Rage". The third update will actually be free and will add a new mode: Chain Kill Mode, where the player tries to kill multiple enemies in succession while maintaining the chain kill within a limited area before HP runs out. This is a single-player mode, and experience will carry over to Story Mode. If you beat the new Chain Kill mode, an entirely new world will open up.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Sat, 04/16/2011 - 12:28am
Shinji Hashimoto, a Square Enix producer, has announced via Twitter that Final Fantasy VI will be available on April 20th on PlayStation Network in Japan. Final Fantasy V just released last week, now one of the best titles in the series will be added to a hastily growing Square Enix archive. Expect a North American release to follow in the coming months, although there has been no official word as of yet.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 6:11pm
Capcom officially announced today a new action RPG from the creators of Resident Evil 4 and Devil May Cry, Dragon's Dogma. Take a look. Click Read More to check out a gameplay video as well. What a stupid fucking name though.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Thu, 04/07/2011 - 3:39pm
UnchainBlades ReXX is a brand new turn-based RPG being developed by Furyu. The team behind the game is extremely impressive: Toshio Akashi, who worked on the Lunar series is directing, Takahashi Hino from Grandia, and Nobuo Uematsu, the renowned musician of the final fantasy series and several other Square title. I'm very interested to see how this turns out. Check out the trailer. UnchainBlades ReXX will be released in Japan on Nintendo 3DS and PSP on June 23.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Wed, 04/06/2011 - 2:21am
Shinji Hashimoto, a Square-Enix game producer, recently tweeted a promise that he would reveal information on the Chrono Cross PlayStation Network release next week. This is great news for Chrono Cross fans from the US as well: the North America release generally follows the Japanese release a few months later.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Mon, 04/04/2011 - 11:27pm
Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale is a hack-and-slash action RPG being released on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and PC (via download at Atari.com). It looks like a Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance clone, which could be a very good thing. The game will have single-player and up to 4-player co-op. Bedlam Games is developing the title and Atari is publishing.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Sat, 04/02/2011 - 1:36am
Here is the next title in the tactical role-playing series from Banpresto: 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z or 2nd Super Robot Wars Z in the US. The franchise is based around crossing over several anime, manga, and video game characters and allowing the player to battle mechs and characters from the different series.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Tue, 03/29/2011 - 11:01pm
Today Famitsu posted the newest Persona 2: Innocent Sin PSP remake trailer on their site. The 1:24 mark shows one of the PSP exclusive features, Theater Mode. Persona 2: Innocent Sin will be released April 14 in Japan.
Submitted by Aryan Vahedi on Mon, 03/28/2011 - 12:47am
It's been more than five long years since the release of Bethesda Softwork’s last Elder Scrolls game, Oblivion, and the time has finally come for the next chapter in the saga. Game Informer has been given significant access to the title, and along with other media outlets, a plethora of new details have come to light. Skyrim promises to be as innovative and excellent as its predecessor was upon its release, and Bethesda has made a great deal of enhancements to improve the gameplay experience in what will likely be a top game of the year contender for many.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Thu, 03/24/2011 - 2:55am
In a recent interview with Shacknews Jean-François Dugas clarified that Eidos Montreal is developing the PC version of Deus Ex along with Nixxes. The Netherlands based firm has a history of porting games since 1999 and is now working on Deus Ex PC, which was previously thought to possibly be the lead platform. This is a big red flag for PC gamers and a huge disappointment. It's unlikely that Human Revolution will ever reach the greatness achieved by Warren Spector, John Romero, and Ion Storm.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Wed, 03/23/2011 - 8:35pm
Julian Gollop, the designer of the all-time great X-Com, demos his latest project Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars for the 3DS. The turn-based strategy RPG displays a striking similarity to X-Com, but with modern weapons and a Ghost Recon setting. This sounds like a great combination to me. Along with Ocarina of Time, this has become my most anticipated 3DS game.
Submitted by Chris Manocheh on Mon, 03/21/2011 - 1:23am
With the re-release of Parasite Eve for PlayStation Network on March 15, Square-Enix has confirmed Parasite Eve II will follow - most likely any day now. The 3rd Birthday, the third entry in the series, will be released on March 29 in North America on PSP.
Submitted by Aryan Vahedi on Sat, 03/19/2011 - 4:23am
The release of the spectacular Final Fantasy Versus XIII trailer at Square Enix’s 1st Production Premier event has shed a lot of light on what we can expect to see in this Final Fantasy action RPG. Director Tetsuo Nomura of Kingdom Hearts lineage has seemingly been given considerable creative control on the title, and has recently revealed much of what he has in store for fans of the series in interviews with Dengeki Playstation and Famitsu. Nomura has promised a more gritty and bleak storyline for this iteration in the series, which also takes place in the same Fabula Nova Crystallis universe as Final Fantasy XIII and the upcoming titles Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Final Fantasy XIII Type-0.
Submitted by Aryan Vahedi on Sat, 03/12/2011 - 9:04pm
"Despite all the new features, I think it will be Blizzard’s dedication to fan expectations and original core components of the the previous Diablo titles that will make Diablo III an instant classic."
Diablo III looks every bit like the sequel fans hope it will be. There will be gore galore, iconic classes, and loads of loot. All of this, set in the classic demonic hell world that was the setting of the previous two games in the series. Characters from the those games will also make their return, and the Lord of Terror will once again have to be dealt with in order to save the realm. There are plenty of features to be excited about as we approach Diablo III’s early 2012 release date.
Submitted by Aryan Vahedi on Mon, 03/07/2011 - 12:30am
For fans of the Diablo series, Torchlight stands as a one of the best imitations of the hack-n-slash classic. This is no surprise as it is already well known that several of Torchlight’s lead designers were on the same Blizzard teams that developed Diablo I and II. With the overwhelming reception of the first game, the team at Runic Games kept its ears open to fans of the game and started work on a bigger and badder sequel, Torchlight II, this time complete with multiplayer.