We often seem to associate local indie games with things that just don't stack up against international standards. It's an incorrect inference, once that's slowly getting beaten out of us, and some of these latest ones are looking fantastic. Want to make your own RPG and join the beautiful trend? You can also do that for next to no money.
We had that wonderful debate last week about the size of games. While the saying goes that it's not the size that counts but how you use it, we all know that size sort of does matter. We want games that will keep us occupied for a long time, either thanks to awesome replay value or due to an expansive and immersive experience to begin with. I don't normally demand this from a demo, but it seems we'll be getting that anyway.
Bloodborne is the latest creation out of From Software. It is looking horrifyingly dark, grotesque and disturbing. But it's not just the bizarre level designs or insane storyline that will lead to your demise - of course there are monsters and mini-bosses that will make that "You Died" screen appear often. Some are shown off in a new video.
If things hadn’t changed a few months ago, the Witcher 3 would be just days away from launch. Sadly though, that’s not the case anymore. CD Projekt RED needs more time to iron out all the bugs in their massive open-world, leaving us to wait until May to get our hands on Geralt’s last adventure. Good thing there’s still a lot to learn about the game then isn’t it?
Okay, so I read an announcement about a new game from the director of Dragon Age: Origins and I immediately wrote it off in my head as something I wouldn't be interested in. But then I did my due diligence and looked into the game, and it's actually looking incredible. I want it now.
Dungeon crawling can be stressful at the best of times. I always worry if the next step won't lead to my characters dying in trap, or taking on an unbeatable opponent. But it's worthwhile for all the loot and experience to be earned. Darkest Dungeon takes a new and brilliant approach to a seemingly overdone concept, and it's awe-inspiring.
If there’s one thing I’ve also thought the Witcher did better than most RPGS, it’s quests. Sure, there’s padding all over the place, but most of the time side-content feels like it has a lot of meaningful weight behind it. It’s not simply "go here, pick that up and return" – something which the Witcher 3’s lead quest designer feels Dragon Age: Inquisition had too much of.
The internet is buzzing about The Witcher 3, especially after so many media outlets got their hands on the game for the first time. CD Project RED has us waiting until May for release, rounding up their Witcher trilogy before they move onto something new. But could they ever return to the previous two titles and spruce them up for newer consoles?
If The Witcher 3 didn't have your attention yesterday, then I'm pretty sure it did after seeing 15 brand new minutes of gameplay late last night. CD Project RED have outdone themselves on the new consoles, but face a pretty serious issue. Previous Witcher titles weren't on the Xbox One and PS4, so how are players meant to get their precious, decision storing saves across?
When heart of Thorns appeared on the internet last week, Guild Wars 2 developers ArenaNet simply told fans to wait until PAX for an official announcement. That panel has come and gone, and Heart of Thorns has been properly revealed as the first expansion to one of the best MMOs around. And it's bringing with it some genre defining changes.
We're not getting The Witcher 3 next month anymore, which means CD Project RED has even more time to make you drool endlessly over the concluding chapter of Gerald's adventure. The game is done, so it's all about bug squashing for the next few months - which isn't all that interesting for folks like us. Thankfully, this new batch of screenshots more than makes up for it.
I dig Dontnod Entertainment. They’re a studio who approach familiar genres with novel concepts, which resulted in the underrated rough gem that is Remember Me. They’ve got another game on the way in the form of the episodic Life Is Strange, but that’s not all that they have under the hood. Because their next game is going to be a proper pain in the neck.
The Witcher 3 is still a few months away, but it isn't the only game from the series that CD Project RED is working on. Last year a brand new MOBA set in the Witcher universe was announced, but since then there's been hardly anything else about the title. That's going to change though - because the game is out in two days.
Pillars of Eternity promises to be a proper old-school RPG. Inspired by Baldur's Gate, Iceland Dale and Planescpe: Torment, it got a whole bunch of Kickstarter money in late 2012. Unfortunately, I haven't let myself be too excited for it, until now.
The Witcher 3 certainly feels like it’s still coming out in February. Just the other day CD Projekt RED revealed the game’s PC specs, and now we have a brand new trailer. It feels like the game should be out soon, but sadly we’ll have to wait until May to get our hands on it; which is plenty time to catch up on some lore, which this new trailer really helps with.