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Upcoming Nintendo DS RPGs

May 19, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The Nintendo DS has always ruled the roost when it comes to handheld RPGs, with the developer prioritizing this genre in view of their more wholesome gaming outlook. Great RPGs such as Etrian Odyssey go hand in hand with amazing remakes of old classics such as Final Fantasy IV to mention but a couple of a diverse and popular genre. And since you can never have too much of a good thing, here we list three upcoming RPGs that are sure to join the impressive pantheon;

#3: The Dark Spire

Developers Atlus are harking back to the classic days of the RPG with Dark Spire, bringing us the original first person action adventure format in a whole new package. For fans of the classic RPG Wizardry, this will be like coming home. The controls and menu systems are designed to imitate the function of old classics, and so this game is definitely an acquired taste. To many of today's gamers, the format and gameplay will seem alien and outdated, but this will be the exact attraction to many hardcore gamers. This stylised approach is a large gamble from Atlus, and while it's sure to turn many people off, you can guarantee that hundreds of thousands of people are going to absolutely love it.

#2: Blue Dragon Plus

Blue Dragon was originally released to the XBox 360 to wide critical acclaim. Famed for bringing back the classic turn based system which seems to rapidly be in decline, Blue Dragon was a favourite to those more diehard RPG fans. While Blue Dragon Plus will feature the same Akira Toriyama inspired style and the concept of characters, the game comes across as more of a real-time strategy. This perfectly compliments the style to create an awesome gaming experience.

#1: Dragon Quest V

it often surprises us Westerners to hear that, in Japan, Dragon Quest is even more famous than the Final Fantasy franchise. From developers Square Enix, Dragon Quest is simply one of the best RPG series of all time, and this installment on the DS (a port of the original SNES version) is no exception. First of all, it's got some of the series' greatest combat, featuring adjustments and changes that stayed on until much later in the series. Secondly, Akira Toriyama's signature artistic touches enhance the game's appeal greatly. Add to this an impressively large and detailed world for it's time, and you'll soon see why Dragon Quest is as respected as it is.

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Dragon Age: Origins, countdown to a classic?

January 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Why You Should Be Excited About Dragon Age: Origins?

After years of making great and epic RPG's that expand upon the licensed franchises of Dungeons & Dragons and Star Wars, BioWare has finally decided to build a game set in a world of their own design. Welcome to Dragon Age: Origins, the game BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk describes as a spiritual successor to the Baldur's Gate series.

Dragon Age is set to be an action RPG based on a dark fantasy setting, with players able to form their own character and origin, reminiscent in many ways to Mass Effect. The game will also feature both a singleplayer and multiplayer campaign, each of which presents the story in a different manner from each other.

The game will combine the multiplayer mechanics long reminiscent of the Baldur's Gate franchise with the dramatic perspective seen in Knights Of The Old Republic and Mass Effect. BioWare has addressed this by utilizing two different 3D perspectives. The first is the third-person view of Knights Of The Old Republic, utilised during exploration and interaction with other characters. The second is for during combat, when the camera moves up into an isometric view of the player below, allowing for a more strategic yet fast-paced approach to combat. It's also possible to zoom back into a third-person perspective during combat, taking command of any of your party members.

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As in most of BioWare's games, conversational options and moral decisions are a huge part of the storytelling. Each time around events are shaped by your decisions and game choices. BioWare are working hard to make the game completely reactive to the player.

BioWare has deemed Dragon Age "the next fantasy RPG revolution." Their writers have pieced together over five thousand years of history for the world of Dragon Age, concerning it's feudal factions and political conspiracies, as well as the varying states of it's races over the years. Dragon Age is set to take the RPG to new heights, but we'll find out come winter 2009.

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