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 size and the lack of competition, there are some games, such as The Witcher: Enhanced Edition , which prove that great things can come from small companies.
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. And most importantly, they also like to sleep around.
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. The game is a blast, to be sure, but Valkyria Chronicles' strength doesn't lie only in the gameplay; it features a beautiful graphical presentation, a gripping plot packed with memorable heroes and villains, and a mesmerizing...
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. Despite its initial problems, Sega recently announced that in April 2009 alone, the game saw a 400% increase in North American sales.
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. It is a shame that Valkyria Chronicles was lost in the mix of the holiday season and poor marketing but perhaps this somewhat late review helps to give Valkyria Chronicles the chance of a place in the spotlight that it...
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. The year before that, I played F.E.A.R. And so on, back to the days of my childhood. This year I happily chose The Witcher [Enhanced Edition].
Excerpt: The smash hit RPG of last year took the gaming world by storm. Winning a Gold Medal for The Wargamer’s Readers Choice Awards, The Witcher is a must-buy for gaming fans seeking a computer-based RPG to celebrate Halloween.
Excerpt: 's atmosphere, stemming from a combination of lush art design and the gripping plot on offer. It suffers from occasional pacing issues -- chapter one in particular requires a horrific amount of to-ing and fro-ing before it gets to the point -- but it's delivered in a generally satisfying, urgent and compelling way, driving the player to press on with the journey through Temeria.
Excerpt: The massive influx of Polish imports (especially plumbers) into Britain has become a bit of a political hot potato during recent times. You can barely walk into any supermarket these days without seeing specialist sections filled with Polish produce. Personally, I'm grateful for all the wonderful Polish beer, but now I have another Polish import to cheer: The Witcher - a single-player RPG based on a series of fantasy stories by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.