With the new age of console hardware here we all expected a massive leap forward in terms of how many pixels developers could push into our eyes. This new generation isn’t disappointing, bringing a lot of absolutely gorgeous games worlds, new and old, to life. But in an age where broken visual experiences are a scary reality, our winner stood tall, delivering a beautiful, stable and artistic world.
I think I love RPGs most of all. They have always been my favorite genre of gaming, and it's hard to pick a favorite. However, one game blew my mind this year, giving me the best RPG experience of 2014, hands down.
Games don’t always have to come burned on a disc, wrapped in a box and ready to install. Some of the best titles this year were only made available online, just waiting for you to hit the button and gobble them up digitally. These often smaller experiences are packed with a ton of innovation, and this year’s winner definitely added a lot of heart to the mix.
I’m pretty terrible at playing any of From Software’s Souls games, even though I own all of them. Curiously I haven’t yet tried Lords of the Fallen, which was widely considered as a milder, less punishing take on the genre. It’s a game that was content with sitting in Dark Souls’ shadow, but that can all change with the game’s sequel.
Influence is something carefully cultivated - do great deeds and they might be noticed, a bit. Influence unlocks Inquisition Perks in Dragon Age: Inquisition, and it can be rather difficult to max out. However, this system gives you unlimited influence at no cost. Warning: contains light spoilers.
I’m a sucker for any game that involves some kind of loot mechanic. There’s something addictive about collecting gear that makes you better in some way, even if it is just a tiny increase in one stat. For this reason, I was happy to receive a copy of Pocket RPG for my PlayStation Vita. A mini loot and levelling game that I can take with me to the ends of the earth? What’s not to like?
I'm a massive fan of RPGs, and I have a special fondness for JRPGs. Most of those kinds of games seem to come to PlayStation rather than Xbox, although there have been some notable exceptions, and Phil Spencer is promising that Xbox One will be getting in on the JRPG action.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is an exquisite game, but it isn't without its problems. I ran into a handful during my review, but lately they've been cropping up more and more. The most annoying one by far is a little audio glitch that strips the game of all its sound effects, and sometimes crashes dialogue entirely. BioWare has yet to fix it, but there are some ways around it.
When I was young and foolish, I had absolute faith in Squaresoft. I remember going into stores and buying any RPG that they pushed out, which was how I discovered Secret of Evermore and Secret of Mana. That faith has been broken, but I won't lie - I'm a teensy bit excited at the prospect of this announcement.
Despite having only two games in the series, Dragon Age has a surprisingly chequered past. Origins was like a gift from The Maker himself, harking back to the RPG eras of old and delivering an all-round stellar experience. Dragon Age II, although not terrible, failed to live up to the first's exceptional standards - an odd thing to say about a BioWare game. Inquisition is not the same Dragon Age as Origins, but it manages to take the best of both previous games and deliver something truly spellbinding.
I will not be reviewing Dragon Age: Inquisition, which means that I get to release my unbridled enthusiasm for the game. I simply can't wait to create my Inquisitor, explore all of Thedas, do every single side mission/quest and interact with my followers. Every aspect of the game excites me, and now this trailer is making my wait for the game seem interminable.
I was excited when I heard that Valkyria Chronicles was coming to Steam. It was one of my favorite gaming experiences on PS3, combining some unique story telling with excellent gameplay, strategy and design. I was glad that PC gamers would finally get their hands on this gem, and it seems they were glad, too.
Pillars of Eternity is a Kickstarter RPG that grabbed massive funding and attention, and then did the right thing and disappeared off the radar to go make the game. The game has since been delayed into next year, but it's ready for pre-order and showing off some mighty impressive gameplay and design.
Yes, this is breaking news… if you’ve been living AFK for the past decade or two! The Japanese do certainly love their RPG games, no doubt about it. How does that genre compare to others though? We know some of you have doubts about the legitimacy of our news here on Lazygamer. Well, I have numbers dammit, and they don’t lie. WHAT DO THEY MEAN MASON?
As excellent as the game libraries on new generation consoles are becoming, there is still a serious lack of JRPGs. Final Fantasy XV is a while away, but it has to be one of the most anticipated games for JRPG fans, and here's some news that will make you even happier.