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Posts tagged “troika”

GOG’s Summer Sale opens with a Xenonauts giveaway

Maybe my perception of time is getting a bit wonky in my old age, but didn't we just finish Spring Sale season a week or two ago? No matter - cheap games are always in style.¬†GOG's summer sale opens with a giveaway of Goldhawk Interactive's solid X-Com tribute Xenonauts. GOG also asked us to pick a few favourites from the sale, so check out our…

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines Swoops To GOG

RPS will not - cannot, even - stop going on about Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. Look! Kieron tried to be less of a dick, Jim wished for more games like its "action-soap opera", we interviewed writer Brian Mitsoda, and Cara got all S.EXE - twice. And it's one of the best RPGs, the best horror games, the best RPG worlds... we like it, okay.…

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Feature: A bite from the past

The RPG Scrollbars: The Long Night Of Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines (With Clan Quests)

They say the definition of madness is repeatedly trying the same thing and expecting different results. But hey, the Malkavians of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines have lucked into stranger things, so I figure there's at least a chance that one day I'll fire it up and find a whole new adventure waiting. Today was not that day. Tomorrow isn't looking too likely. Yet still…

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Vampire: Bloodlines Achieves True Immortality, Hits Patch 9.0

EVE developer CCP's World of Darkness MMO might be naught but fang and ash, but Vampire will never truly die. Not so long as Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines (and, you know, a massively successful White Wolf role-playing setting) is still alive and kicking. But wait, that can't be right. Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines developer Troika keeled over way back in 2005. Any other game would…

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Most Able: Fallout’s Tim Cain Joins Obsidian

Good, in fact excellent, tidings for those who find themselves able to enjoy Fallouts both old and new, and for anyone who lived through the 90s heyday of PC RPGs. Tim Cain, the main brain behind the original Fallout and later co-founder of the much-missed Troika, has fetched up at Obsidian. Until this July, he was at Carbine, working since 2005 on what turned out…

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Undying: Vampire Bloodlines Patched Anew

I'm guessing all these patches are iterative and not of much interest to the rmore casual Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines observer by now, but whenever one of these fan-made updates passes by my inbox I still can't help but double-take and think 'wow.' You guys are wonderful. Completely mad, but wonderful. Bloodlines is now seven years old, was essentially abandoned by its publisher after its…

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Interview Without A Vampire: Bloodlines’ B Mitsoda

A while back I posted about the tragedy of games like Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. Following that one of the original Troika team, writer Brian Mitsoda, got in touch to talk about the project. A veteran of Troika and RPG-devs Obsidian, he's had plenty of experience in the words that make up videogames. What follows is a discussion of Bloodlines, Troika, dialogue, character design,…

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Feature: The formerly forlorn future of RPGs

Forever Young, The Tragedy Of Vampire: Bloodlines

There's a bittersweet flavour to playing Bloodlines. It's not because of the vampiric moodiness and the twilight tales that it tells, nor the real-world tragedy of its costly development finally undoing brave development studio, Troika. No, the sense of sorrow comes from the realisation that there's nothing like this on the horizon. The idea is begged: why should there be so few games like this?…

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