Excerpt: The Witcher is a role-playing game from Eastern European developer CD Projekt Red. It is based on the works of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and it uses a modified version of BioWare’s Aurora engine (which was designed for the original Neverwinter Nights ).
Excerpt: Some time ago it all sounded like “Overlord is one of the best Action-RPG’s ever”. Well, it seems like the lord of darkness has met his match! The Witcher, a game by Polish developer CDProjekt, is some kind of mix between Diablo and a bunch of new RPG elements.
Excerpt: This is a great RPG once you get past the annoyance of having to download the patches needed to play it on win7. The game has excellent graphics, even on my laptop. Control can be a little confusing at first but once you get the hang of it, it gets easier. Not too bad for a German made game.
Excerpt: Here is a game where you have to loot boxes of items right in front of vendors and they don’t care. A game where you’re obligated to hurry and catch a king’s assassin, yet you have the option to dally about and to do side quests, some of them extremely small in scale.
Pros: Gorgeous graphics, well-written dialogue, good voice-acting
Cons: Horrible difficulty options despite adjustability, lots of pointless and frustrating elements
Excerpt: On the PC, single player RPGs are becoming increasingly rare. Titles from larger companies seem to be relegated largely to remakes or ports of console games. Some smaller companies have stepped up to fill the gap, and while it would be easy for those companies to make subpar games given their small...
Excerpt: The Witcher is the tale of Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher by trade. Witchers are monster hunters that are strong in both body and mind. Not only are they masters of blade and magic, they can also brew different alchemical potions that are used to boost their natural abilities.
Excerpt: Valkyria Chronicles is the rare Japanese role-playing game that can't be explained through comparison. While it may be a strategy RPG at heart, the game plays nothing like, say, a Fire Emblem title; the gameplay here can truly be called innovative.
Excerpt: Valkyria Chronicles didn't start off very well when Sega released it in North America back in November 2008. The game received positive support from the press, but it just wasn't flying off store shelves.
Conclusion: A few years ago I had Sega dead in the water. In the past, they were way ahead of their time. Games released on the Saturn are now sought after as gems. Yet games such as Valkyria Chronicles make me believe in the talent of the developers working at Sega.
Excerpt: This time of year I naturally enjoy playing games that are a little darker and a more foreboding than the usual military or historical themed games I usually go for (although those include a lot of darkness of their own). For example, last fall I tried out Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth.