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Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic

3 months ago

Feature: Hardly kiss me

Steam Charts: Grand Finale Edition

It has happened. The day spoken of in legend. After two years, I am finally to be set free of the Curse Of Steam Charts. All its taken is entirely leaving my job in four days time to end this purgatory. The only decision left is to whom I shall pass this vexation. That, and how to avoid mentioning the actual games for one more…

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1 year ago

Feature: My worst self

Have You Played… Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. When people ask me about the first game I ever played, I tell them it was Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. That's not accurate, but it was the first one I played that made me realise the unique power games had to transport me…

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2 years ago

Feature: The Loose Canon

Best PC games of all time

There are more wonderful games being released on PC each month than ever before. In such a time of plenty, it's important that you spend your time as wisely as possible. Thankfully, we're here to help. What follows are our picks for the best PC games ever made.

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Could RPGs be more fun if they let you be more flawed?

I've recently started playing with a new Dungeons & Dragons group, drafted in after one of their numbers upped and left town. It's my second time playing table-top D&D, after a splendid stint a couple of years back with Jim Rossignol (late of this parish) DMing, and it's a properly good time. And what I've learned is that it becomes a much better time the…

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Feature: Sympathy for the damned

The RPG Scrollbars: The Fall Of Tyranny

Kickstarter's been pretty good for RPGs. We may not have seen the next big leap yet - Divinity: Original Sin 2 is looking pretty damn special, mind - but it's certainly breathed new life into the classics. Wasteland and Pillars of Eternity are both returning. Numenera went down well, despite a little over-promising. Divinity was superb. Have I left anyone out? (Oh yeah, don't forget…

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4 years ago

Feature: Sometimes watching isn't enough.

The 10 Best Games Based On Movies

I had twin criteria for this. The first was 'is it a decent game?' and the second 'does it meaningfully evoke the spirit, themes or characters of the movie in addition to having Quite Good Guns And Graphics?' The second saw quite a few games which would otherwise qualify ruled out. This year's Mad Max, for instance, was an agreeable murder-romp but it's much harder…

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The RPG Scrollbars: Pants On Parade

Since the dawn of RPGs, two things have remained constant: heroes require armour, and players will always want to find out what happens if they strip it all off and run around. Some would call it a secret test of a game's devotion to world simulation - that if characters react, it says good things about the developers' devotion to detail. Others just think it's…

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Feature: Level Cap

The 50 Best RPG On PC

An entirely objective ranking of the 50 best PC RPGs ever released. Covering the entire history of computer role-playing games is a daunting task and attempting to place the best games in such a broad genre in any kind of order is even more daunting. Thankfully, we are equal to all tasks and below, you will find the best fifty PC RPGs of all time.

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The RPG Scrollbars: The Worst Parts Of RPGs, Vol I

As wonderful as RPGs are, some tropes and cliches and just general bloody annoyances really do spoil the fun. Some of them might only crop up occasionally, others just won't go away. Some, you might think, are just petty irritations. But no! All these incontrovertible sins must be destroyed at once! Here's a few of my least favourite offenders. What others would you add to…

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Feature: Memory And Motion

Why Star Wars Makes For Better Games Than Films

Star Wars started as cinema and ended up as something else - lots of things, from pillow cases to theme park rides. But chief among them, the form that best captures the core of Star Wars now, is games. The last Star Wars I enjoyed watching was released two years after I was born, in 1983, but since then games have given me dozens of…

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6 years ago

Feature: Back In Black (Isle)

Obsidian’s Avellone On Torment, KOTOR 2, Alpha Protocol

Well, it's official: Chris Avellone has joined the Torment: Tides of Numenera team. Kickstarter's overwhelming monetary might has pushed another old band back together again, and now this one's ready to give belabored brain birth to another tale for the ages. And dimensions. And whatever other creative gravy giblets they can fit into their twisted turducken of a setting. But Torment's hardly the only thing on…

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Feature: Rolling The Dice, Pt 1

Obsidian’s Urquhart On The Future Of RPGs

Obsidian's a company that's always stricken me as bizarrely restless. Despite its near-legendary Black Isle legacy, the Project Eternity and South Park developer's rarely had an easy time finding a comfortable place in the industry. But then, when you think about it, that's not entirely surprising. Both RPGs and storytelling in games - Obsidian's wheelhouses - have spent countless years in constant flux. And though…

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7 years ago

Feature: Turning from KOTOR2's dark side

The Fixer: How To Restore Knights of the Old Republic II

Obsidian's legendary/notorious Star Wars RPG is currently on a daily deal sale 75% at £1.74/$2.49 off until Friday 6pm GMT/Saturday 10am PST, likely the cheapest it'll ever be on Steam. For that reason, today I'll be providing a guide to getting the Steam edition of Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords working well on modern machines. Widescreen resolutions, extra content, crash-dodging…

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10 years ago

Bastard Of The Old Republic: Part Two

Talking of Knights of the Old Republic, part two of my adventures as Simon Evil, the galaxies most evil Jedi, is up on Eurogamer today. After the squirm-inducing antics of Part One, Simon Evil's continuing douchebagging his way around the planets seemed to become slightly easier. Perhaps too easy... "Get over it," I told Mission, the 14-year-old Twi'lek who had joined my party. She was…

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Bastard Of The Old Republic, On Eurogamer

As mentioned in the last podcast, for Eurogamer I decided to perform the horrendous task of playing the original Knights of the Old Republic, making all the most awful dialogue and action choices available. The first part of this story, covering Simon Evil's actions on Taris, is now up. It begins like this. "There's something you need to know about me. I'm a good guy.…

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11 years ago

That KOTOR MMO: Big Reveal Soon?

Oddly, the story we ran four months back about EA letting slip that Bioware were working on a Star Wars: Knight of the old Republic MMORPG is one that continues to pick up sporadic comments even now. Seems there's a lot of very, very strong feelings about KOTOR, with a lot of people concerned that it moving online means they'll never see another single-player outing…

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Morality Tales – BioWare Versus The Issues

I've been playing lots of Mass Effect recently, because as a leading games critic it's essential I stay ahead of the curve and keep my finger on the pulse. A mere nine months after buying it on 360 and then never playing it, and then blagging a PC version only three months after its second release, I'm on the case. It would probably be controversial…

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Knights Of The Online Republic: KOTOR MMO Is Go

It's a big day for Bioware. First, Dragon Age scrubs up very nice indeed, and now EA have only bleedin' gone and revealed they're planning Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: The MMO. Yes, with Bioware at the till. [Pauses for internet-wide cheer]. "As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in rapture and were suddenly fanboys..." It's been rumoured for ages, but E3…

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