Obsidian are kicking their Kickstarted RPG into a higher gear with the very first gameplay teaser as well as a change of identity Project Eternity has now officially become Pillars Of Eternity, shrugging off its working title to get serious ahead of next year's release.
In case you forgot, Pillars Of Eternity promised to draw inspiration from Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment and Icewind Dale - so naturally raised an impressive Kickstarter war chest as the internet went absolutely nuts for it. Backers should head over to the the brand new backer portal.
You know what? Following the obnoxious obsession with graphics ("1080p 720p 30FPS 60FPS OMG") over the last few months, it's wonderful to get excited about big stories, gorgeous artwork and stirring soundtracks. Here's hoping that Obsidian delivers.Click here to read more...
If you want to play Diablo III - on any of its three platforms - Tesco Direct has the cheapest price around (though tied with Amazon on PC). I'm not entirely convinced that the console version is a worthwhile buy if you haven't played Diablo II, and wish Blizzard had created a new console IP rather than ripping the final part of a trilogy out of its context, but there's no denying the fun a controller brings to the previously boring melee combat. Thanks to bargain76 @ HUKD!
Final Fantasy VIII | Greenman Gaming | £8.99 (save £1.99)
Voucher Code: GMG20-CV2W4-DSYBT
Final Fantasy VIII is now available on PC as a new version with an optional magic booster (free, not a microtransaction) and a full version of Chocobo World. Though I personally felt that playing it was more like an Excel spreadsheet than an RPG (thanks, Drawing and Junction system), I'm definitely in the minority, since most players definitely enjoyed the storyline and characters. Greenman Gaming will save you nearly £2 with their GMG20-CV2W4-DSYBT voucher - be aware that you'll get a Steam code.
There are a couple of caveats, though. If you have a PS3 or Vita, you can buy the original game for £7.99 on PSN. Secondly, the soundtrack has been crunched into a nasty primitive MIDI format. Thirdly, it appears that you'll need a Square Enix account and... wait for it... a constant internet connection to play. Yay. Thanks to joobyplease @ HUKD!
Diablo III was never going to please everyone, seeing as it was in development for so long, and it definitely didn't. Though not as expansive as its predecessor (or Torchlight II), it's still an enjoyable dungeon crawler with a versatile skill system. Shame about the always-on DRM, mind. If you don't want to buy it on consoles and plan to pick up the incoming expansion pack, this is the cheapest deal around and a considerable saving. Thanks to the always-epic Jas10 @ HUKD!
Developer: Spiderweb Software
A new Spiderweb Software RPG is like my birthday, Christmas and unexpected tax rebate all rolled into one. While my American peers continually bicker about console resolutions and upload pictures of their brand new PS4s to Instagram, you'll find me playing a game that creates an entire world and believable characters using little more than the written word and a pocketful of sprites. Avadon 2 may look like it's stuck in 1998, but it channels the classic Infinity Engine and Gold Box games of old, another one-man tour de force from the indomitable Jeff Vogel.
Like Avernum and Geneforge before it, Avadon 2 requires its players to just add imagination, using a peerless command of the English language and rock-solid RPG systems to keep us hooked to the screen over the course of fifty-plus hours. Sorry it took so long.
Avadon 2 leads on from the events of its predecessor, though previous experience isn't essential. We're re-introduced to a fantasy world on the brink of destruction, both from a force of monolithic evil and squabbling factions vying for control under the guise of a grudging alliance. The formidable black fortress of Avadon used to keep the treacherous factions in line with an iron fist and its elite armies, but a recent attack leaves it uniquely vulnerable. Into this fragile situation steps you, the player, a wild card who could help to restore Avadon to its former glory or undermine it from within.Click here to read more...
Legend Of Grimrock takes the classic first-person dungeon crawling of yesteryear and brings it brilliantly into the 21st century. Stuffed with tough puzzles and bursting with player-created content, it's certainly not for everyone, but deserves a look if you fancy some old-school cerebral action to sink your teeth into. That is, if you can work out how to attack and not get eaten by a snail.
System Shock 2 is still one of the scariest and most chilling games ever made, a must-play for fans of Event Horizon or if you want to experience the game that inspired BioShock. This is the cheapest price we've ever seen. Deal ends at 19:00. Thanks to Smash41 @ HUKD!
Gritty strategic RPG Blackguards has entered Early Access, so I recently delved into its seedy depths and brought back this video for your eager delectation. We take a first look at the character customisation, combat, setting and the voices in my head that just won't stop, fine, I'll kill the beast, I'll kill it!
Erm, so, there's that too.
And here's the trailer for good measure.
Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls is set to throw us into battle against the fallen angel Malthael and his horrific twisted army, which contains all manner of disturbing mobs. You can mug up on them thanks to a new Battle.net blog post, which acts as a bestiary of sorts, containing both pictures and handy descriptions of the Death Maidens, Ghastly Seraphs, War Beasts and more.
Gorgeous Diablo-meets-Zelda dungeon crawler Hyper Light Drifter has received a meaty serving of gameplay footage, having secured an enormous amount of Kickstarter funding earlier this year. It looks amazing, sounds superb thanks to the inestimable Disasterpeace and frankly looks ready to release.
Wait, is that pre-alpha footage? Really? Hot damn. Going forward, the weapon selection will be massively fleshed out, while the visuals will be further refined. Look out for it next year on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Wii U and Vita.Click here to read more...
Richard "Lord British" Garriott successfully crowd-funded Shroud Of The Avatar back in March (gosh, how time flies) - and has now posted a lengthy slab of narrated in-progress gameplay footage to show backers how development is coming along. From combat to player housing, this is a fairly exhaustive tour.Click here to read more...
I've personally never had trouble with Play-Asia, but have heard a few horror stories. Note that you'll get a US import, which doesn't matter since the PS3 isn't region-locked. Thanks to dredg @ HUKD!
Following our announcement last week, which was jumping the gun somewhat, Defender's Quest 2: Mists Of Ruin has now fully broken cover and is available to pre-order by way of an official website. The sequel to our 2012 Indie GOTY is slated for next year on PC, Mac and Linux via Steam and GOG, boasting a new setting and the sensational Dean Dodrill in the animation department. We've got all the details and a new trailer below.
Most importantly, though, we also now know that the epic turtle tank is called Bitey. We love Bitey. That said, he's not technically a turtle.Click here to read more...
We've been waiting for official word on Defender's Quest 2 ever since the original RPG/tower defence hybrid became our 2012 indie GOTY. And, you know, we broke the story a while back regarding a potential 3DS version. Level Up Labs have now confirmed that the sequel is called Mists Of Ruin, and will be developed with help from Dean Dodrill, who created the superb Dust: An Elysian Tail last year.
Also, peep that turtle tank. Details below, courtesy of the latest update from Level Up Labs.Click here to read more...
Fable Legends is apparently going to be a future-proofed RPG, with story content rolled out over the years after the Xbox One exclusive launches. We're not sure whether to fist-pump or facepalm just yet, but we've got the all-important quotes below.Click here to read more...
Beamdog have officially dated their enhanced version of Baldur's Gate 2 for November 15th, priced at £18.99. It's very pricey for a game that has been available in countless franchise packs for less than £4, but this new edition features the expansion pack as standard, four new party members, extra content and more convenient multiplayer options. Is it a nostalgic bargain or an un-Bhaal-ievably tough sell?
Baldur's Gate: The Enhanced Edition is currently discounted on Steam.