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Wasteland 2

Wasteland 2 review

Perfect ranger?

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4 years ago

Free Wasteland 2 Add-On: Better Graphics, New Stuff

Despite generally positive buzz, I didn't get too far into Wasteland 2 [official site] because babies/RPGs are so long, but if there's one guaranteed way to make me revisit a game it's to improve its graphics. So many years of playing games, and still I'm such a moth to pixel-shaded flames. Pfft, like new graphics ever actually made a game more enjoyable, yet I choose…

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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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inXile Tease Another cRPG Comeback: Bard or Baldur?

With two successful Kickstarters under its belt, one well-received RPG sequel out in the wild and one spiritual RPG sequel on its way, what next for Wasteland and Tides of Numenera dev inXile? Sadly, it doesn't involve ditching any crazy capitalisation. It does, however, involve bringing back another much-loved olden roleplayer. But which one? I've stuck a few guesses (two of which are in this…

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Feature: Perfect ranger?

Wasteland 2 review

Wasteland 2 is formidable. The word 'sprawling' comes to mind but it's not quite right. There's a bit of sprawl, if such a thing as sprawl can happen in bits, but the game's density is a more distinctive feature than its actual size. InXile's Kickstarted RPG is a large game and rewards repeated playthroughs with previously unseen content, but it's the sheer quantity of stuff…

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Would You Like To Experience Three Minutes Of Torment?

I myself experienced three minutes of torment just moments ago. It's always a nightmare when my girlfriend heads into the bathroom before I can get in there for my first wee of the morning. I felt much better when I experienced a different sort of Torment - a proper in-game look at the next RPG from Wasteland 2 creators inXile. It's fascinating to see how…

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5 years ago

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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Near-Future: Wasteland 2 Possibly Delayed A Mite

August is here! This means Wasteland 2 is almost here too, as inXile said in May that's when they'd release their crowdfunded RPG. 31 days of possibility! Or 27 now, seeing it's already the 4th of August. But wait, hang on, now inXile have stretched that window back out to possibly 34 days, or even 41. It may be slightly delayed while they put things…

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Wasteland 2’s Live Action Intro Sidesteps Perlmanisms

I can remember covering the first wave of big Kickstarter games in all their crowd-sourced hype, and feeling conflicted with every post. It was so exciting that all this could happen, traditional barriers between games and their players so suddenly eroded, but at the same time it all seemed like so many promises, talk of a new golden age that was so still so impossibly…

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There Will Be Blood Sausage: Wasteland 2 Out In August

inXile probably could've released a slightly tweaked version of Wasteland 2's early beta and called it a day, so well done Brian Fargo and co for staying in the trenches while feedback bombs rained down all around. Now though, after months of overhauling, underhauling, betweenhauling, caterwauling, and gatorcrawling, the beta's end is finally in sight. Wasteland 2 - the full thing, LA and all -…

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Rad: Wasteland 2 Expands, Adds Linux Support

When Wasteland 2 first stepped onto the (relatively) unknown Kickstarter platform, I remember how strange it was typing that name into a headline without attaching a radioactive heap of speculation in the paragraph below. That Wasteland 2 might exist one day seemed like A Big Deal. Every now and then, as I'm writing a fresh headline I pause for thought again. Wasteland 2 is playable…

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Wasteland 2 To Be 50 Hours Long, LA To Be Green

Wasteland 2 might be in its "final stretch" of development, but that doesn't mean all systems are go just yet. inXile is still hard at work on ironing out kinks, smoothing rough edges, and even overhauling the entire inventory system. The mighty kicker of starters does, however, have an estimate of how long a single playthrough will last you: 50 hours. Exploring all locations and…

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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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Waste Not, Want Now: Wasteland 2 ‘In The Final Stretch’

I emerged from Wasteland 2's beta with a fair number of irradiated gravel bits in my gamerly boot, but there's no denying that it's a solid foundation. (And hey, it's a beta. If you go into a bug hunt expecting to not get dirty, then I can only advise that you re-calibrate your expectations.) Improvements, however, take time, and inXile's been diligently ironing out Wasteland…

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Wasteland 2 To Receive ‘Significant’ Combat Improvements

Alec and I each had a go at Wasteland 2's Early Access beta, and we both came away whistling upbeat tunes while prepping our shotguns for more. A lot more, hopefully. inXile's post-apocalyptic revival/alternate dimension vision of Fallout 3 is far from finished, and it needs viscous globs of spit 'n' shine in many areas. But those crafty developer types, they've been paying attention to…

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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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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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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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The Earth Still Burns: Wasteland 1 Re-Released At Last

On the day that the great Rumour Dance begins throwing initial shapes about a possible Fallout 4, it seems appropriate to also herald the re-release of the original Wasteland, the proto-Fallout. InXile, currently working on Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Mahnamahna, have been trying to wrangle download store rights to the 1988 Interplay RPG for some time, and a couple of days ago their…

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