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Shadowrun Returns, Steam Summer Sale and Wasteland 2.

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SHADOWRUN RETURNS / Yeeeees!

Well it's finally here. Shadowrun Returns is out and I've been too busy lately to actually blog about it. So here I am. Blogging about it! Overrall I'm quite happy with the finished product. I'm sure if they had had more time and money they could have done more. But with the editor they included with the game, I'm sure some of us will be knee deep in creation, prolonging the experience for all of us. Here is Gamespot's review by Kevin V. I'm pretty much on the same page as him with pretty much everything. If you want a shorter, more streamlined review, here's my review.

 

STEAM SUMMER SALE 2013 / Ehhhhhh...

So this year I have to say that the Steam summer sale was very average at best. Maybe it's just me. Who knows. I did buy a few games though. And the list is a follows:

- Legend of Grimrock

- The Incredible Adventures of van Helsing

- Torchlight II

- Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes

- Civilization 5 Upgrade pack.

 

Nothing to brag about really, but these were all dirt cheap and I just couldn't say no. I did also  buy Civ 5: Brave New World and Shadowrun returns (obviously) but of course they weren't on sale. Although Shadowrun Return had a 10% off for pre-ordering. So That was nice.

 

WASTELAND 2 / Waiting, wanting, so badly!

There's a few new articles that released this week on the game. I have to say, it's going to be hard as all hell waiting for this game to release. I want it so badly already and it's still months away from release. The BETA is due out in October (which was the orginal release month for the game). Anyways, here are the articles that should be read by everyone. No exceptions! A day with Wasteland 2 and Wasteland 2's delay: All about making choice matter by Rock, paper, Shotgun. 

 

And for those who haven't seen it yet, Wasteland 2's first gameplay video: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HvNbuOenVPw#action=share

The Resurrection of the CRPG

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Thanks to Kickstarter and the many dedicated fans, old school developers are once again able to create the games that we the gamers want, and that they the developers want. For me it's the resurrection of my favorite genre, the CRPG. In the coming months and years, old school PC gamers (like myself) are in for a treat with the line up of CRPGs that kickstarter has resurrected for us. Here are a few that I'm really looking forward to:

 

1. Project Eternity: This is the one I'm looking forward to the most. Un-chained Obsidian will be able to recreate a game formula that was so essential to PC gaming back in the 90's. There's not a whole lot of info on this title yet, but they've assured the fans that it will play like the classic games such as Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, etc...

 

2. Wateland 2: A close second to Project Eternity as far as what I'm most excited about. The original Fallout games have always and will always be my favorites. They were created and molded based on a game from the late 80's called: Wasteland. I never actually played the original game, but Wasteland 2 is shaping up quite nicely based on what I've read and seen. Many Fallout fans like myself were hopping for Fallout 3 to be more like the original games, but we ended up with something completely different. No disrespect to the new direction the franchise took, but this is what I've been waiting for for decades. Lucky for me and many others, the game is due later this year.

 

3. Divinity: Original Sin: Another game I'm excited about. Classic isometric view with tactical combat. Heavy on the "role playing" and other classic ingredients. I could talk about this game for a while but I'll let Kevin VanOrd do it for me with his great article about the game.

 

4. Torment: Tides of Numenera: Not much news on this one yet. But anyone who's played the original Torment knows that this will most likely be a gem. Definitely keep an eye out for this one.

 

5. Shadowrun Returns: Who can forget this classic which first appeared on the SNES back in the 80's. I know I remeber as kid loving this game not only for its claasic RPG style, but also for its wacky world and crazy characters. The great thing about Shadowrun Returns is that it releases later this month. :)

 

All I can say is thank you to Kickstarter for allowing devoted fans the chance to help developers create the games we love.

 

Thank you. 

 

 

PC Specs - Rig

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CPU: Intel I5-3570K

GPU: Asus GTX 670 DirectCU II Top

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x 4GB DDR3 1600

MTB: Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe

CHA: Corsair Graphite Series 600T

PSU: SilverStone SST-ST75F-P 750W Modular

Steam's Overratedness

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Why is it that the retail version of Fallout New Vegas is 19.99$ but Steam is still selling it for 49.99? If it wasn't for those random Steam sales, Steam would be a pretty big ripoff..

Resonance of Fate

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So we're only a few weeks away from a release of a game that I think might end up being the best JRPG of this generation. Yet for some reason, it seems that not too many people know about this game. Of course I'm talking about RESONANCE OF FATE, also known as END OF ETERNITY in Japan. Seeing as how the game releases March 16th, I think its time for all of us to start getting pumped about this game!!!

- Overview video - Japanese

- Battle gameplay video

In all honesty, I think this game might surpass Lost Odyssey in greatness. Of course this is just a hunch, but I can feel it.

Dragon Age: Origins

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This has to be the best RPG I've played in the last 8 years. Heck, I think it might be the best GAME that I've played in the last 8 years. The RPGer's dream game has finally arrived! 8)

Will you join us..?

RROD vs E74

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What a freakin' random thing to have happen.. I hate you E74! So Now I've had both the RROD and E74 happen to me! I like the RROD more, because the system actually shows signs of problems before it actually happens. E74 is just flat out random..

Gamespot's Halo Wars Review - Unfair and Questionable

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I still can't get over this Gamespot Halo Wars review. So many questions need answering to find out exactly how this reviewer came about his final score. The review doesn't even follow the gamespot's philosophy on reviewing games. Here is what I find odd:

[QUOTE="Gamespot"]

Halo Wars is a fun strategy outing for fans of the universe, but it feels simplistic and short alongside other games in the genre.

Gamespot

We Rate Games According to the Current Standards of Their Platforms and Genres

Every gaming platform is different, especially in terms of its technical features. However, we believe high-quality gaming experiences are possible on all the gaming platforms that we cover. So we review games against the standards of their respective platforms by implicitly comparing them to other games on that same platform and, to a lesser extent, to other games in that genre. As a result, our ratings of games on different platforms are not intended to be directly compared to one another. However, relative comparisons do apply, so a game that scores poorly is a poor game by any standards, while a game that scores extremely high is an outstanding game by any standards.

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I seriously think this game deserves a second look at by someone at Gamespot that knows what they're doing. If you're not going to follow your own guidelines, don't even bother reviewing the game. Anyways, I've put in countless hours into the demo and I think this game is great fun. Can't wait for March 3rd!

The Last Remnant

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This is seriously the worse game I've played in quite some time. Not only is this game broken, the gameplay is just way too complex. So I cut my loses and traded it in for Tales of Vesperia which is what I SHOULD have bought in the first place. Gametrailers' review seriously mislead me in thinking this game could be good. Oh well, no more compulsive buys for me!

Five Hours of Fable II

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I don't know if I'd put this game in the "amazing" class, but it's definitely a fun game with the potential of being great. I've barely scratched the surface, but so far everything is meshing well together. The only thing I didn't like was the intro (playing as a kid). You're treated early on to some nice CGI cutscenes, and I think they could have done a better job at starting off the story if they had chosen to make the intro all CGI instead of making us play as a kid. Anyway here's to many many many more hours of Fable II!

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