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4 months ago

Feature: Fans of lots of text, rejoice!

Clear 100 hours in your calendar, ‘cos CRPGs are here to stay

In the mid-to-late 2000s, publishers abandoned the CRPG genre – an acronym describing the very specific genre of video games adapted from tabletop RPGs to be played on computers – which a decade earlier had been a cornerstone of PC gaming. They were more interested in accessible, console-friendly series like Mass Effect and The Elder Scrolls, and PC-centric RPGs all but died out. Then, around…

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1 year ago

Feature: Faster than a bard shot out of a cannon

The RPG Scrollbars: Quests Done Quick II

It's Summer Games Done Quick time again! You know what that means. The final seal has been broken, the rivers are turning to blood, and High Dread Azagorath is free to destroy the land. But while people wait, they're doing speed-runs. And in celebration of that, I thought I'd take a dig through the archives for a few particularly impressive and interesting ones that take…

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2 years ago

Feature: "It was like a referendum on my history"

Interview: Brian Fargo On Torment, Crowdfunding, The Future Of InXile And The Emotional Appeal Of RPGs

At Gamescom, after a whirlwind tour of just a few of Torment: Tides of Numenera's [official site] many worlds, I sat down with inXile CEO Brian Fargo to talk about the past, present and future of his company, and of RPGs. As well as discussing Torment, I wanted to talk about Fargo's career as a whole, which spans 34 years, and covers the creation of…

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3 years ago

Feature: Live from the Halls of Celebration

The RPG Scrollbars: The Scrolls of Honour – 2015

As the dragons finally return to their nests to hibernate and the ghosts don their chains to help remind misers of the meaning of the season, we approach the end of another year. As is tradition, that is time for we at the guild-house to award both quests and questers the ceremonial Scrolls of Honour™. (Chorus of affordable angels) Scribed upon only the finest vellum…

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Feature: October's RPG expansions and updates

The RPG Scrollbars: Oktoberquest

This month, it seems like just about every major RPG out there is getting a major update. Divinity: Original Sin. Wasteland 2. Guild Wars 2. Even Deus Ex! All we need is for someone to announce that they've secretly been upgrading Darklands on the sly and we'll have the whole set. Here's a quick look at what's taking a level up on a PC near…

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Feature: Expectations and entitlements, dreams and investments, Star Citizen and Elite

What Does Kickstarter Mean in 2015?

Once a week most weeks, the RPS hivemind gathers to discuss An Issue. Sometimes it's controversial news, sometimes it's a particular game, sometimes it's a perennial talking point. This week is one of the latter: what do we all think about Kickstarter now that its mega-money heyday, at least for games, seems to have passed? Is it a well we'll keep going back to? What…

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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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Feature: Gather party, venture forth

The RPG Scrollbars: Exciting Upcoming Updates

One of the most gratifying things about the recent-ish RPG revival is that they've almost all done well enough to warrant developer interest after release. (Oh, if only the adventure one had been as... no, no. Wrong column.) Call them Enhanced Editions, Director's Cuts or whatever else, they give their creators a second chance to fix mistakes or expand their worlds - and that's pretty…

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Feature: Carry on my saleward son.

Best Steam Summer Sale Deals: Day 2

What are the best Steam Summer Sale deals? Each day for the duration of the sale, we'll be offering our picks - based on price, what we like, and what we think more people should play. Read on for the five best deals from day two of the sale and how to play the monster summer sale game.

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4 years ago

Feature: Difficult Difficult Lemon Difficult

Life’s Too Short: How I Learned To Embrace Easy Mode

Jon Morcom ruminates - not entirely seriously - on trying to overcome difficulty spikes in games. “Slick, you dozy prick! How can you miss with a shotgun from point blank range?” I recently shocked myself by saying this rather too loudly at some pixels on my screen arranged into the shape of a nondescript bald man firing a gun very badly. I’d bought Wasteland 2…

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Feature: "We try to make things behave correctly as much as we can"

Wasteland 2: Fargo On NPCs, DLC & Save-Scumming

When I sat down for a chat with Wasteland 2's Brian Fargo (he of Interplay as-was, and now of InXile as-is), it wasn't yet known that the Kickstarted alterna-Fallout RPG was to have its release date moved from August to September. Hence, I didn't ask him about that. But we did talk about the state the game's in now, what post-release plans are, sneaking recordings…

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5 years ago

Feature: A doggone dillema

Rad Men: A Wasteland 2 Diary, Part 3: Boxbeating

Continuing adventures in the beta (i.e. unfinished, thus everything I mention is subject to change) of inXile's post-apocalyptic RPG Wasteland 2. Previous instalments are here. Things I have: an android's leg; a giant toad's eye; enough painkillers to keep an entire Oscars ceremony's worth of celebrities calm for at least a weekend; a dirty, torn shirt of unknown origin. Things I do not have: much…

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Feature: The Breakfast Cult

Rad Men: A Wasteland 2 Diary, Part 2 – Of Toads & Toasters

Continuing adventures in the beta (i.e. unfinished, thus everything I mention is subject to change) of inXile's post-apocalyptic RPG Wasteland 2. Part 1 is here. And so our merry band of four - wait, suddenly we're a merry band of five. Angela, a grizzled but approachable senior Ranger, requests to join us just as we prepare to step into the irradiated desert sands proper, as…

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Feature: Heart of Dryness

Rad Men: A Wasteland 2 Diary, Part 1

A few months ago Wasteland 2 and my PC got on about as well as Piers Morgan and Wayne LaPierre, but as of a recent update I'm glad to say that inXile's old school cRPG is as smooth as butter on my machine (though I do have to turn SSAO off, but I'll stop talking about that before I before you). This means I am…

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Feature: That's an unusual spelling of 'alpha'

Early Impressions: Wasteland 2 Beta

Playing games, especially turn-based ones, at fifteen frames per second is alright for a while, but then I started to feel a bit sick, and every blink I took seemed to last an age. The fine art of pixel-flashing really can do funny things to the human brain when it doesn't work as intended. Wasteland 2's currently appalling performance (for many, but not all, players)…

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Feature: Ranger Danger

Let’s Chatter Over… Wasteland 2

Wasteland 2's beta is officially go! Well, for backers anyway. I booted it up the second Steam finished prying it from some server's synthetic grip, and I realized something: I was nervous. My expectations were riding extremely high, and I couldn't help but fear that inXile's return to post-apocalyptic role-playing's roots would let me down. What I'd seen up to that point had my head…

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Feature: Beta Late Than Never

InXile On Date, Length, And Expansion Of Wasteland 2’s Beta

Wonderful news from the tweet-o-dodecagon today: Wasteland 2's beta finally has a release date. After it slipped from October into daaaaaaaates unknown (woooooooooo), inXile CEO Brian Fargo has claimed the Kickstarter darling is only two-and-a-half weeks out. That in mind, I got in touch with Fargo to find out what took so long, how much of the game will be available in the beta, whether…

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Feature: (Demon's) Forging Ahead

Brian Fargo On InXile’s Darkest, Publisher-Driven Days

The future is looking very bright for Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera developer inXile. Very bright indeed. Two wildly successful Kickstarters and one nearly complete, maddeningly exciting game later, Brian Fargo and co have finally found their niche. Or rather, they've settled back into the comforting clockwork of an old wheelhouse, an old home. But the road to this point was hardly an…

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Feature: Harsh Un-Reality

How Wasteland 2 Will Acknowledge Gender, Discrimination

If all goes according to plan, Wasteland 2 will be one of the most reactive, choice-driven games to grace PCs since man first rubbed two sticks together and invented the keyboard. Everything from juicy bits of dialogue to party members to entire locations can vanish or appear in an instant, all thanks to your actions. And wastelands, well, they tend to be pretty nasty places,…

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Feature: Unexiled

A Day With Wasteland 2

I recently had the privilege of visiting inXile's balmy, exceedingly pleasant beachside lair (they don't make exiles like they used to) - at which point I of course did my best to avoid the light of day as much as possible. I was in Southern California for one reason and one reason only: to explore a festering, godforsaken bullet hole of a wasteland, and this…

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