Good list - had never heard of Pillars of Eternity but it sounds better than all of the others to me. Good chit.
Last edited by Sean; 04-27-2014 at 09:30 PM.
Good list - had never heard of Pillars of Eternity but it sounds better than all of the others to me. Good chit.
I think in the last decade of FPS we've come to know quite well that quantity definitely does not beat quality, but I am quite happy that RPGs are making a resurgence.
This is my buy list for February and March (the only months with any real confirmed dates):
02/07: Bravely Default (3DS)
02/11: Lightning Returns (PS3)
02/18: Ragnarok Odyssey ACE (PS3)
02/25: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (PS3)
02/25: Thief (PS4)
02/25: Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (PS3)
03/04: South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3)
03/11: Dark Souls 2 (?)
03/11: Atelier Escha & Logy (PS3)
03/18: Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD (PS3)
03/31: Infamous: Second Son (PS4)
Most of those are RPGs and it starts off with the huuuge bang that is Bravely Default. February really cannot come soon enough.
^Seriously this. Trying to finish up last couple games I have on my backlog and maybe get through Ayesha before February.
Can't they make a new Final Fantasy Tactics... every 6 months for the rest of forever?
Atelier looks awesome.
But ya. Pillars of eternity going to be the end all be all. Well after dark souls.
I wish I enjoyed RPGs.
So much quality and every single one I pick up from Fire Emblem: Awakening to FFXIII-2 I just get bored very quickly. makes me sad.
Fuck copying the pictures though.Code:Battle Dialogue Separate Maps Name Party Perspective Coop Structure Time Pos. Trees Checks World Battle Release Platform(s) Age of Decadence - Isometric - Open TB Squares Yes Yes Yes - Q2 PC Atelier Escha & Logy Yes Fixed Cam - Open TB Rows - - Yes Yes March 11 PS3 Blackguards Yes Isometric - Linear TB Hexes ? ? ? ? Q1 PC Bravely Default Yes Fixed Cam - Linear TB None - - ? ? Feb. 7 3DS Child of Light Yes Side Yes Linear TB None - - ? ? 2014 Multi Consortium - 1st Person - ? Action Free Yes ? - - Jan. 6 PC Cosmic Star Heroine Yes 2D Top Down - Linear TB None ? ? ? - 2014 Multi Dark Souls II - 3rd Person Yes Open Action Free - - - - March Multi Dead State Yes Isometric - Open TB Squares Yes Yes ? - March PC Divinity: Original Sin Yes Isometric Yes Open TB Free Yes Yes - - Spring PC Dragon Age: Inquisition Yes 3rd Person ? Bioware RTwP Free Yes Yes ? - Q4 Multi Drakengard 3 Yes 3rd Person - ? Action Free - - ? - 2014 PS3 Eschalon: Book III - Isometric - Open TB Squares Yes Yes Yes - Feb. 14 PC Grim Dawn - Isometric Yes Open Action Free - - - - 2014 PC Legend of Grimrock 2 Yes 1st Person - ? RT Squares ? ? - - 2014 PC Lichdom - 1st Person - Linear Action Free ? - - - Summer Multi Lighting Returns: FF XIII - 3rd Person - ? Action Free - - ? ? Feb. 11 PS3,360 Lord of the Fallen - 3rd Person - Linear Action Free ? - - - 2014 Multi Lords of Xulima Yes Iso / FP - ? TB Rows Yes ? ? Yes Q1 PC Might & Magic X: Legacy Yes 1st Person - Open TB Rows Yes Yes - - Q1 PC Pillars of Eternity Yes Isometric - Open RTwP Free Yes Yes Yes - Q3 PC Shadowrun: Dragonfall Yes Isometric - Open TB Squares Yes Yes - - January PC South Park: The Stick of Yes 2D Side - ? TB None Yes ? ? Yes March 6 Multi Sui Generis - Isometric ? Open Action Free ? ? - - May PC Tales of Xillia 2 Yes Fixed Cam Yes Linear Action Free - - Yes Yes 2014 PS3 The Banner Saga Yes Iso / Side - Linear TB Squares ? ? ? Yes Jan. 14 PC Trails in the Sky: SC Yes Iso / Fixed - Linear TB Free ? - - Yes 2014 PC,PSP Wasteland 2 Yes Isometric - Open TB Squares Yes Yes Yes - 2014 PC Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - 3rd Person - Open Action Free Yes ? - - 2014 Multi X Yes 3rd Person ? ? RT Free - - - - 2014 WiiU
Had never heard of Sui Generis before seeing it on that list, but it looks like it has serious potential; definitely going on my "keep an eye on this" list, to see if they can pull off what they're pitching.
Thank fuck for the resurgence in isometric and party based RPG's. As I get older I find I have less and less patience for my RPG's trying to be Super Mario/Quake/Tomb Raider all rolled into one. 2014 is looking like a vintage year though.
It's like the person who wrote that never actually played DS or DkS if he thinks that last paragraph doesn't also apply to them.There's no two ways about it -- Lords of the Fallen invites comparisons to Demon's/Dark Souls. The developers are painfully aware of the fact, almost immediately surrendering into an anticipated half-chuckle as the first syllables of the From Software's projects names were uttered. That's ultimately okay though, because Lords of the Fallen doesn't aim to mimic the Souls games.
Rather, Deck13 is structuring Lords of the Fallen to be a bit more of an accessible Dark Souls. That doesn't mean it's going to be easy -- spending any amount of time in front of the game makes that much wildly obvious. But, it's also not going to be punishing. Challenging and complex? Definitely. But not punishing.
If Lords of the Fallen comes off as punishing, there's a fair chance that you're doing something wrong. Dying will happen, but the developers don't view deaths as a failure; they view it as part of the learning process. If you're repeatedly dying, try something new. Be more patient, learn the patterns of your opponent, and try to limit battles to one-on-one.
That said, the guy in charge of LotF was senior producer for Witcher 2. I'm not really sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Witcher 2 was a good game, but their attempts at making Souls-style combat failed pretty miserably. The way this game is described it's purely a combat game with very little in the way of story so they will need a hell of a lot better combat mechanics than Witcher 2 had to carry a game solely on that.
Ragnarok Odyssey Ace, Sean?
Am I missing something? I heard RO was a bad knockoff of Monster Hunter.
Also, Lords of the Fallen. I shall now cream myself if it is half as good as Dark Souls
Fuck yes. Devil Survivor was on par with any Etrian Odyssey game in the difficulty department alone, not even including engaging story et-al.
I could never get into the God of War style combat. For an RPG I have been hoping to see what comes up this year that improves on the style of the Gothic series. Skyrim was fun, but I think so much more can be done.
Don't get me wrong, I love me some action RPGs or at least those with simulated action styled combat. Dark Souls, Skyrim and such are just fantastic fun, although rarely *because* of the combat.
Still, I also love classic RPGs and tactics-style RPGs. They are completely different genres really though and harder to find for the most part. The trend of having every RPG try out the multi-player, action combat business needed to go away. Having some go that direction is great but I sure don't need batman combat as the interface for all these games. Give me more turn-based statistically determined RPGs!
I have been searching for a turn-based RPG for a long time but i have not seen or played anything in this style that i like in many years.
looking for a baulders gate style game but with real, actual turn-based fighting.
Need to find a game with basically the same combat style as Return to Krondor.
Thought i may have found one i liked with Shadowrun returns but its so terribly watered down and linear.
Looks like there are quite a few turn-based RPGs on that list so maybe this is the year!
No 3DS PC only.
A 3DS will keep you going on those exact types of games for years!
Unfortunately those are mostly kiddy crap with 8 year old protagonists and endless shit dialog that scrolls by slowly enough for a four year old to read twice. W.. h... y.... do... they... all... type... one... word... at... a... time... like... this... and... can't.... speed... up... fuck... you...
At least that's how every jap rpg I've ever tried were. (most of which were recommended here) Maybe I'm just unlucky.
Fucking bring back isometric party based *PC* RPGs.
Last edited by Kreugen; 01-04-2014 at 04:44 PM.
I'd very much like the turn based games as mentioned for my rpg fix at times, and don't mind old school at all , just want something that actually can be played at modern resolutions. I bought the Enhanced Edition BG and it still jacks up at 1440p for me , anyone know of any old/new that run at high res ok ?
Heh, how old school do you want to go? I mean, the Gold Box set works fine on dosbox running hq4x.
BG:EE and BGII:EE have been flawless for me at 1080p.
Anyh00, there are 7 Isometric turn based games on that list, for PC, with what look like decent modern graphics. It is going to be a good year (note I didn't count any JRPG's).
I probably worded my previous post poorly..
I did not mean to suggest that return to krondor is similar to baulders's gate, cause its not.
But it does have a turn-based combat system that i love.
You guys might like Blackguards on Steam. It's still in development but there is quite a bit of content already. It's turn based, has some pretty cool environment interactions, and it's not that shitty Japanese girly boy crap Sean masturbates to. It has some odd UI elements but nothing too hard to figure out. It's not the greatest turn based I've played but it's solid, entertaining, and fairly well done.
Far be it from me to defend handhelds, but I can't remember a game I played on one that didn't have a way to speed up text display, either an option for instant text always or at least a button you could hold down. I'm talking mainly about NDS emulation, but I can't imagine they suddenly started making you read one letter at a time in 3DS games.
DA:I better be fucking good. That's all I have to say.
You know, for all your love of gaming collectible garbage there's still plenty of room on http://www.etsy.com/ for you to sell your own interpretation of gaming hallmarks.
Like slimfast bottle art of Link or Tidus.
Last edited by Sulrn; 01-05-2014 at 10:31 AM.
Should also mention this is based on the European version of D&D, so everyone will be familiar with the stats/rules. It's almost identical as far as I can tell.
Still the gamer crowd will buy that thing faster than hawking spelling e b a y. Just 'cause it got DA labeled on it and Biowares "flawless" (lulz) track record. Even preorder the superdragon dick 0-day dlc ham and eggs edition for 90 bucks.
And after that going apeshit crybaby at the shallow gameplay and lulz u srs ending. And promisisng to never buy something like that again... untill EA announces Miss Effects, die Missis Shepards adventures in space on this years E3.
There was one great DA with a good expansion and several good DLC and one shit DA. Given the rest of Bioware's record, I still like the odds.
And even shitstain DA2 had plenty of funny dialog to get you through to the end.
If you think DA:O is shit then I don't know what RPG you could possibly like.
I would call it above average. Plenty of flaws. but certainly pretty sound.
And if I played it on ps3 or xbox, I would probably outright call it below average.
Last edited by Caliane; 01-06-2014 at 06:29 PM.
I think it's wildly overrated. I've played it and the expansion more than once, and enjoyed it, but that's because DA:O is really just a big rehash of stuff we've seen before. I HATE CHANGE!!!!!
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DA2 was not a good game either, but in most areas it was a vast improvement over Origins.
It was boring, combat was shitty, story was meh. I didn't even do the side stuff because it was so shitty. beat the main story in about 15 hours and said "never again" to the entire series. I even have the expansion to the first game and have never even opened it.
Thanks a lot internet hype machine
Apparently Deep Down is probably going to get a localized date at CES tonight/tomorrow
I've been waiting the better part of a decade for some overhead camera, party-based games that don't suck ass, so hopefully 2014 lives up to its potential.
If you like those games, then there's cool game called Dragon Age:Origins you'll probably like, you should check it out.
I like Divinity 2 alot. sure. but honestly, its mostly the charm in the writing. the game has character. something DA is of course massively lacking with its boring as hell world building.
Remove the Alistar romance and I am pretty sure even "that" crowd would have been bored to tears with DA.
The Darkspawn were lame, everything else was good. The game was packed with funny dialog.
Then you play some JRPG and it's all ultra serious you are the chosen one to save the earth go forth teenage boy and save us all from the evil western culture that is going to destroy us. Take up your samurai weapons and defeat the spaceships that are armed with fucking laser beams and nuclear bombs while for some fucking reason you are using a goddamn sword. And suddenly DAs story was a goddamn masterpiece.
But I really don't get it. You list Mass Effect and Avadon, but hate DA? That's almost schizophrenic. Unless you were just disappointed that it wasn't BG3, which I totally get.
Last edited by Kreugen; 01-06-2014 at 07:53 PM.
Leilani's atrocious accent does not qualify as funny dialog.
The only reason to have Leilana along was for Morganna's teasing. Ohgden >> all
That's the main thing I feel DA2 fixed. The story was still awful, due to choices being meaningless, the world still not being interesting, Anders being alive, etc. but at least the gameplay was vastly improved. I actually enjoyed playing a warrior with a 2H sword in that one, it was similar to ME2's Vanguard gameplay. At least until the waves of ninja darkspawn started dropping out of the sky or I realized I was in the exact same cave system for the fifth time, anyway.
The "story" of Dragon Age was vastly underwhelming, especially how it all wrapped up. The gameplay, however, was a fairly decent departure from the typical D20 iterations we had been getting.
I still can't get into the Witcher series. I don't know exactly what is is, but despite multiple attempts, the game just won't "hook" me.
It's fine, I absolutely hated Far Cry 3 and Max Payne 3 and those are like 95/100 games and everyone thinks I'm some kind of space alien for disliking them.
I also don't like either of those games. Opinions doe, how dey werk?
Look how many handicap kids actually enjoy the AC series.
I also throw any game with "roguelike" in the description directly into the trash bin, if I accidentally play one for some reason. Permadeath in a video game is about as appealing to me as going back and playing NES Ninja Gaiden. Fuck you.
Max Payne 3 is crap compared to 2
I think when somebody here says a game X is horrible, they are really saying: "I played the crap out of it, but it sucks"
That's also probably why some of my favorite games are mods - Median XL and Brutal Doom, I liked the original and the mods removed my problems with them.
Your version is more like a game which starts off with a lot of potential but more and more flaws keep appearing as you make your way through it and by the time you get to the end you realize it was fucking terrible. Mass Effect 3, for example.
Last edited by Vorph; 01-06-2014 at 08:43 PM.
Mass Effect 3 was probably one of the best games I ever played, they just should have made it end 20 minutes earlier. Shepard dies, credits roll, galaxy purged.
I have to say, now that I have less time to play, I have been more picky with my games in general - if I find myself asking "Why am I playing this?" then it's time to quit. Games with a good story or good gameplay tend to keep that question out of my head. If I try to angrily skip an unskippable cutscene, then that breaks the immersion right there, same goes for obtuse tutorials.
So much hate in this thread. Why can't we just agree to disagree. Some of us like sandboxes with poor story or gameplay, others pedophiles and asexual heros, others middle (at best) of the road compilations, and finally those that really don't like anything but pretend to so they can justify not liking something else.
I mean it's all pussy, gashes, cunts, vaginas and the odd penis; people...
JRPGs in general scratch a very specific itch: the world is ending, you need someone to do flashy cool shit in a totally anime style fighting ridiculous robots/dragons/gods/Kefkas to save it, and this ladyboy is all you can bring to the party. If you don't like anime, you probably don't like jrpgs. Pretty much all there is to it.
I can at least respect that a lot of people loved it, just to me it was a really shitty game personally. To each his own. I guess I have such strong feelings because I was expecting something awesome and I hated it.
Never thought id find more like me who feel they wasted money on DA:O
I mean i really tried to get into it. But the snoozefest of a story didnt drag me in. Also my mage skilled Hero character was basically in God mode anyway, and i found the only reason i played was the companion revealing (or more like not revealing) their background story in the countryside camps. Did not deliver.
Anything ice was broken-ass overpowered. Storm of the Century being the worst offender by far, of course.
And then there was Arcane Warrior, which literally was godmode.
Can't wait for stick of truth. Even if the combat ends up sucking it will still be awesome.
I bought Blackguards a couple of weeks ago and played it for awhile. I enjoyed it, but what might not be entirely clear is that it is almost entirely a turn-based combat game, similar to an X-Com. In other words, even though there is a map and towns and locations and such, towns are just one screen that has a couple of shops and healers and such that you click on. You don't explore the town, you don't wander around looking for quest npcs, etc. The most you do is click some dialogue trees on someone on that same one screen. Occasionally they will affect a future combat, like putting out traps that the bad guys will wander into if you do a certain other dialogue tree before the fight, etc. But in general you are just clicking the world map to go to another battle, period. There are obviously RPG elements involved with characters and skills and such, and you can gain more party members as you go along, but this isn't Planescape or even Aarklash, which was essentially all combat too...but different.
A good comparison would be Shadowbane I guess, but with even fewer RPG "elements." At least in Shadowbane you'd walk around the town and find stuff, or walk through buildings for quests. In Blackguards you would just finish the combat and then a new world node would open up, so you click it and bam, another combat.
It does have a couple of crappy "gotcha" moments I've already encountered, like where you finish a battle and get to have an interlude, but there is no actual healing being done during that interlude, and then it throws you right back into another extremely tough battle, so if you didn't spend the end of the previous battle healing your entire party and regenerating mana, you're fucked for the next battle, and even if you saved it during the interlude, you have to go reload before the FIRST battle and do it all over again to make sure you are full up before the second one. That was fairly annoying, I have to say. Either tell me there are going to be two battles without rest, or allow me to rest. Don't spring that shit on me because you know I'm just going to reload it, and I'm going to be pissy about it.
It isn't a bad game by any means, because I do actually enjoy the combat part of it quite a bit, but I didn't realize it was pretty much just that with a little bit of story to tie it all together. I don't know what it is selling for right now, but if it is any more than the $25 I got it for, I'd say wait. I intend to play it and finish it one of these days (was mainly waiting for it to hit release), but I don't know that this is really a $40 or $50 game by any stretch.
DA:O was all about the Blood Mage. The retarded AOE shit he could do would kill literally anything. You didn't even need to be tanky. The Arcane Warrior scaling armor off of magic items was pretty hilarious too. All in all. DA:O wasn't a bad introduction to their new IP. Some of the characters were really well done.
It just suffered from a stupid as shit enemy. Your end boss was a Dragon that didn't even speak. Logain or whatever his name was may have been the true enemy, but him blatantly ignoring the Blight made no sense... as Darkspawn were killing shit everywhere. The party squabbling a-la BGI and BGII though was A++. I wont speak of DA2 because that game was shit where nothing you did mattered in the slightest. Side with the mages!? Oh, you have to kill the Archmage anyway! Side with the Templars, you have to kill the Archmage and Templar whore anyway! That was retarded.
Both games had decent gameplay though.
I really wish there were more job-based tactics games out there. Like, any, besides FFT. Blackguard looks like it might be fun at least.
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